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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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5,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,016
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,021
Gots: 1,480 | FT: 107
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received 330ml bottle in trade from cosmonick. (Thanks Randall!)
Poured into goblet after returning home from hospital after the birth of my son!

Aroma: A nice, sweet apple note, freshly-baked whole grain bread, clove, and yeast.

Appearance: Very light tan, 2 fingered head hangs around for a while, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Body is a very hazy dark amber/brown.

Flavor: Sweet caramel, subtle clove, and some underlying alcohol. Sip after sip, the alcohol seems to come through more and more, and lends to a bitter finish. Up front, the brew tastes fantastic. It could probably use some age, though, to soften the boozy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated. Body is medium-full. The high amount of alcohol leaves a nice warming feeling in the throat after swallowing.

Overall: Definitely a fantastic, well-balanced quad. Is it the best beer, or even Belgian quad I've ever had? Unfortunately not. I'd really like to get another bottle of this and let it age for a couple of years to see how it improves. This many people can't be wrong!

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ernie for sharing this, a 1998 bottle from the batch that got labeled and sold in the US. Craziness.

A: Murky chestnut body with an impressive cap of tan foam that sticks around nicely. Great head for being sold old.

S: Intense, rich, deep, and smooth. Toffee, dates, prunes, and straight maltiness. Very, very, very nice. Perhaps not as noticeably complex as a fresh bottle, but the smoothness more than makes up for that. Terrific.

T: Super smooth, with terrific balance between sweet malts and more restrained dark fruits. Slight alcohol tingle on the finish, and a touch of mustiness that is the only negative sign of senescence.

M: Smooth (again), delicately carbonated, and perfectly graceful.

O: No surprises here, this beer ages like a champ. I'll be updating this review with that of a fresher bottle shortly; I've tried this beer several times now at tastings, and I can't wait to savor an entire bottle all by myself.


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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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