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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,955 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,955
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2,982
Gots: 1,446 | FT: 107
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of cavedave
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Exiled for this beautiful treat! Shared with Paul, my hb partner, and John, my man from HT.

It pours a cloudy brown, with a huge, thick, dark beige head.

What a nose! Crazy complexity, figs, dates, estery yeast hinting every stone fruit, some light spice, myriad underflavors beyond me to describe, but with their presence a superb perfume is created.

Perfectly blended flavor, superior to any quad I've tried. Think of all the best flavors of Rochefort 10 and ST. B's ABT 12, soften them a bit, add the most delicious yeast in the world, and you have this. Stupidly delicious and complex I won't even try to dissect. The finest tasting beer ever.

Mouthfeel, judging as the ability of a beer's feel to highlight it's taste, is perfect.

Drinkability is beyond mere numerical representation. Had I enough, I unstoppably would drink this until algae evolved to be the most intelligent living things on the planet.

Impression: The finest beer I've tasted. Hope to taste a better. Doubt I will. Doubt there is one.

cavedave, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, the hype makes more sense now. I had the 8, I rated it highly, but it wasn't mindblowing. This beer is an entirely different animal. Quite simply, this are masters brewing a recipe that has been passed down from masters. Fantastic, so deep and broad, yet because it is surprisingly light, extremely drinkable. Find it if you can, it will be worth the hassle.

SwiftyMcBeer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unexpected surprise shared by Chico1985 a few days ago. 11.17.13 (2010, super fresh)

A- Murky dark brown with a nice creamy off-white head that looks silky and has pretty nice retention. Certainly some nice spots of lace and a bubbly cloud atop the ale.

S- Lots of bread, very nice and freshly baked bread. A good amount of dark fruit, general spice feel, raisin and some darker brown sugar toast malt, nutty hints.

T- Dark fruit, raisin and fresh bread come off as the biggest thing to me. Underlying notes of nutty malt, brown sugar, citrus zest?, toasty brown malt, slight roast, vanilla and even oak add complexity. The dark fruit is less medicinal than some other strong Belgian ales.

MF- Quad body, lighter overall feel but a strong beer nonetheless. Very little warmth, impressive for 10%. Somewhat creamy with carbonation at a level that suits the flavors.

DB- The fresh bread and yeast profile here surely make this one a treat. At 10%, the ABV is a ghost and this one drinks dangerously smoothly. I could easily throwback a few bottles of this a week if it were available to me. Complex but balanced.

cbutova, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, here it is, Westvleteren 12. The big #1! Super thanks to Douglasjamjak for my first 2 bottles of this epic beer! Bottle date is 11/17/10, so this is relatively fresh for a quad.

Pours dark brown with red highlights, off-white head turns to film and thick ring which retains perfectly. Some lacing left. Sediment settled at the bottom.

Pretty awesome scent. Super fresh baked bread, raisins, caramel, cherries.

Follows the nose pretty closely...warm dark bread I think being the stand out, brown sugar, figs, cherry pie, nutty malts. Explodes with flavor, yet remains subtle...

Mouthfeel and drinkability to me are the true highlights of this beer. 10.2%, uh whaaa? Not even really a hint of that present. Light, extremely smooth and a bit too drinkable. Even as it warmed to about room temperature, this only improved.

Chico1985, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of psiweaver
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today at Westvleteren's Cafe served in their glassware thanks to Yapi who took me out to see the abbey.

Pours a brilliant rich brown with some reddish tinge to it with a soft 1" off white light brown head.

smell of honey and candi sugar and some dark fruits with some alchoholic burn in there. nice yeasty smell as well.

taste has a good amount of candi sugar with some nice rich fruits a bit of bread and some burn to it. There is a bit of vanilla in here as well. This would really improve with some aging and I can clearly see the potential.

great mouthfeel very smooth and viscous

easy to drink, much to easy to drink.

psiweaver, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of SmilinMofo
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a December 2008 bottle. Into the Westi tulip glasses Thanks Grant.

Appearance: Looks great in their own glasses

Smells: like the old country. Rich and earthy with some floral scents as you sip.

Taste: This one is a little tricky. It has a lot going on and it is the most complete brew I have ever tasted. Banana and malts spice and sweet. Overall Delicious

Mouth Feel: In the glass it looked a little thin. Nice feel once I began to consume.

Drinkability: This might be sacrilegious but, I feel I money were no object that this would be my session beer. A few of these would be great after mowing the grass.

SmilinMofo, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super Bowl victory celebration beer #1.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this treat.

A- Pours a chocolate brown with a huge head, three fingers and some sticking out of the top of the tulip. The head takes forever to die down and leaves great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some nice notes of milk chocolate, and dark fruits such as dates and fig. There is also just a hint of sweetness and no alcohol whatsoever.

T- This beer does not disappoint. Some nice chocolate notes to go along with some malt and some dates and currants. There is a creaminess that adds to the flavor.

M- Full bodied that coats the mouth. For as big as the head is, the carbonation isn't very apparent. Just a little heat on the back of the throat from the alcohol.

D- I could sip on this beer all night long. Great flavors and great mouthfeel make this a winner. I will be seeking this out for future Green Bay Packer Super Bowl celebrations.

Wisconsinality, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Urbancaver for splitting this bottle with StayWhatYouAre2, w113raf, and me. After a great weekend at Jackie O's, this was an amazing way to kick off our tasting.

A: Pours a dark brown with amber hues, especially when held to light. Small tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving decent lacing.

S: A plethora of dark fruit are dominate ... especially plum, fig and cherries. Yeasty with sweet carmel and syrup. No booze in the nose at all. Very, very nice.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is dominated by dark fruit. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Toffee and maple syrup perfectly meld with the fruit and yeast to create something truly special. Just a bit of alcohol on the back end, but certainly not what you'd expect for a 10.20% quad.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation with fine bubbles, creating a smooth, silky presence on the palate. Warming alcohol and just a bit drying.

I really enjoyed this, and would highly recommend it. Thanks again to Urbancaver for his generosity.

Mississipping, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown. Almost like brown sugar with lots of frothy head. Very very pretty. Smells yeasty and flowery. Lots of light and dark fruity flavours. Tastes very smooth and clean. Amazing on the palette. Especially as it warms up. A slight sharpness and hint of the alcohol content but very drinkable

Urbancaver, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter

A: Medium dark brown with heavy ruby red accent. The head is tan in color and is about ½ finger. The head faded quicker than I expected, but left some lacing and a swirl of bubbles and crown that remained for the duration of the drink.

S: My initial reaction was that this smelled a lot like plums. There's also some light caramel, and grapes/champagne. Finally I get a bit of alcohol. This is a very layered and interested smelling beer.

T: The flavor is deep and complex with a lot of dark fruits up front, primarily raisins and plums, followed by some dry bitterness and a little alcohol heat. The flavor is a little sweet but is nicely balanced and quite a bit different than the smell would indicate.

M: This has a fairly light mouthfeel, but a nice level of carbonation. The aftertaste is great and the beer is crisp. The viscosity is medium of the road and what I would expect. Overall this may be the weakest part of this otherwise outstanding beer.

D: If I lived in Belgium, I would drink this every night of the week. It is truly amazing. Only if...

glazeman, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes, enjoyed 01/10/11. Big thanks to Carleton, Spdkilz, for the bottle. Cheers buddy!

Pours a dark brown with slight maroon hues. Fairly large antique white head recedes at a moderate pace. A decent amount of lacing left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is rather herbal and sweet. Brown sugar and dates. I am not getting the depth with the dark fruit that I hoped for. The herbal and spicy aroma are coming through much more clearly than the sweeter scents.

Deeply caramelized sugars and raisins come sweep across the front of the palate. Strong yeast characteristics, cloves and anise, appear mid palate. Medicinal flavor is a bit to pronounced, not a fan of the phenols here. Earthy hops flavor is subtle.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Finish is clean but moderately long. The residual flavor does cling to the tongue a bit.

Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe my palate was not feeling it, I am just not finding what makes this the worlds best beer. Pleasant to drink, I am not sure I want more than one in a sitting. Good beer, worth trying atleast once in your lifetime.

kzoobrew, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date stamp on cap of 22.11.08 (5+ years old)

A: deep copper color with rosy hues, lots of sediment in bottle (about 3/4 of an inch)
S: malt and some oxidation, earthy notes evident
T: nice beer, warming, slightly sweeter malt with good bitter finish, some oxidation noticeable, fruit taste in the finish (plums?)
M: very clean, warming
D: very drinkable

This is my second Westy 12 and although it's a very good beer it doesn't strike me as a world class contender. Very good but not worthy of all the hype. I was also surprised on the level of oxidation.

wisrarebeer, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of kbanks13
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a LIF from prufrock, thanks again Dan!

Poured slightly chilled into a chalice with a hazy opaque brown body. Hazelnut color with lighter tobacco like hues around the edges, fluffy tall white head with nice retention. Smells like figs and fine cognac. Bready and caramel sweet odors in the nose, too. Taste is raisin and fig with brown sugar and slight booze. Sweet and caramel, malts are very pronounced with a slight floral background. Very clean and smooth, booze is not very apparent in taste or feel. Silky character to the body with low to moderate carbonation. This beer was extremely complex and balanced, rich and luxurious, and just downright delicious. I can see why this is touted as the best beer in the world, I hope that I get the chance to try this again and maybe get a few bottles to age.

kbanks13, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of drewba
3.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Deep, reddish amber with a finger silky smooth tan head. The lacing is impressive - when you til tthe glass, the bubbles all fall together, then break. Nice eye candy.

S - Tart cherries, sweet raisin, rum raisin, fresh baked bread, nuts, slight cardboard oxidation. It all finishes with an unusual slightly tart lemon aroma.

T - Caramel, loads of molasses, hints of raisin, plum, dates and cinnamon. Quite bready and nutty, this tastes very hearty. I'm impressed that the hop profile is so apparent: slightly acidic and tart lemon, grass and orange flavors are found near the finish. Also adding a dryness I was not expecting or enjoying for that matter.

M - Syrupy, mouth coating body with an obnoxious amount of carbonation. Carbonation is prickly and really too much as I feel like I can't taste everything because of it. it does get better the more you let it warm and let the carbonation die down.

D - I am stunned that this is 10+%abv, it drinks wonderfully with zero alcohol heat. The dryness in the finish is my only drinkability related criticism. Lots of nuance and complexity, solid beer.

drewba, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.33cl, bottled in September 2010.

Rich mahogany color, copious off-tan creamy head-- really a beautiful appearance, though with lots of yeast sediment on the final pour. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is interesting though subtle, with some grape fruitiness, toasted malts and buttery caramel. Booze is there as well.

Easily one of the most complex ales I've ever tasted. Initially sweet, with candied and brown sugars. Then a pretty strong bitterness is revealed, and the finish is remarkably dry for the style. Seductive and complex dark fruit. The aftertaste is roasty and chocolatey. After a few sips, a pleasant warming effect sets in. As the beer warms, a yeasty-spicy character becomes apparent, adding to the depth of this amazing ale. The mouthfeel is very effervescent, coating the tongue in full, smooth and creamy layers. Although it's very strong, it's very drinkable, with a decently disguised alcohol.

This beer deserves its status as one of the best. THE best? Who knows. Westy 12 is a dry, balanced Quad, and this is what makes it a beautiful beer.

dasenebler, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of gameface23
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an intense shade of brown with a light tan head.

S: So complex. Brown sugar is prominent. There are dark fruits, but they don't assault the nose like super malty beers that use a ton of specialty grains known to create those flavors (special B, etc). There is a caramel softness to it, which lends the perfect amount of sweetness.

T: Follows the nose. More complexity. Layers upon layers of interesting flavors. Brown sugar, dates, caramel, Belgian yeast phenols.

M: Light on the carbonation.

D: Westy 12 and Hair of the Dog Adam are the two most complex and interesting beers I have ever had. There is a refined elegance to everything about this beer, from the packaging, to the aroma and taste.

gameface23, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of CaptainTripps
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes - 12/25/10

Bottle Date: 15.12.11 (approx 2 years old, would turn three this december).
Tasted on christmas day in what i called "battle of the quads." Was compared to Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus Abt 12.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Well Westy, we finally met. It was a excellent christmas day beer.

A: Fairly dark brown, lighter then a stout, but darker then your usual brown ale. Pretty sexy looking if you ask me. Poured about two inches of creamy off white head and left tons of lacing.

S: If you are a fan of Quads, it really can't get any better than this. Dark fruits are just coming out of the wood work with this beer. You name it - Plums, figs, dates, raisons and maybe some cherry. Semi-sweet on the nose, some carmel notes present as well as of course, some belgian yeast i have grown to love.

T: WOW, what a beer. One of the beers that really puts you back in your seat and takes you for a ride. Going along with the smell in perfect harmony, dark fruits are present along with a sweet belgian brown sugar after taste. Just wonderful.

M: Heaven on the tongue. Perfect amount of carbonation, very well balanced beer. Very tasty! Alcohol so well hidden its barely there.

O: Overall, this beer is INSANELY good. I just wish it was more available to get, but oh well. I would recommend that any who likes belgian beers, especially Quads and Strong Dark Ales, this is a MUST try.

CaptainTripps, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Aroma is wildly delicious - sweet figs in honey, toffee, an immediately noticeable vinous presence, rum sugars, candied dates. A rich, fresh maple syrup is announced. Pour is deep chestnut brown with a small, cobwebby beige head. A highly-anticipated first sip. This has the round, chewy malt of St. Bernardus 12, but has a richer fruit presence and is more refined. Creamy, wonderful mouthfeel. Just beautifully balanced and well-crafted. As with Rochefort, an impression of overripe banana makes itself known. This is fucking amazing. A brilliant spicy note, like cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom swirl about the dark fruits and rich, deep alcoholic sugars. I don't know if I''ve ever enjoyed a bottle of beer this much. If my tooth wasn't hurting I probably would have enjoyed it even more.

JAXSON, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of ottovon
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours out a coppery-brown color with a light tan head. it has lots of head.

S: i get a lot of caramel aromas, some candi sugar, and yeast with hints of raison.

T: i get some spice, raison, lots of caramel and candi sugar flavor as well as yeast and bready flavors. there is a little bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: it has a light and slightly carbonated mouthfeel. it is quite nice.

D: i could drink these all night. while there are hints of alcohol in the taste, it is pretty hidden.

shared with whiterascal.

ottovon, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of CraigKodish
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, To get this beer here in California. That in it's self is quite a feat. The much sought after Westvleteren 12 - 6 pack finally arrived after weeks of pursuit. Refrigererated to only 12 degrees C per Saint Sixtus' website.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with just the slightest head.
Smell - Smells of caramalized sugar and dark fruits. Some spices too. You know this will be something special.
Taste - Candy sugar and cocoa; Hop bitter palate. Dark fruits evident. WOW ! Considering this is a 10.2% you would not know it incredibly smooth. Rochefort 10 is great but heavy alcohol taste evident. This beer is very complex but tastes excellent.
Mouthfeel - Carbonation slight, not overbearing. Almost creamy/frothy.
Drinkability - What can I say. For a 10.2%abv this has got to be hands down the most drinkable quad I have ever had. PERIOD ! So smooth.

Overall - This is a great beer. Worth the painstaking time, effort and money to get it over here ?? Probably not. I would never turn this beer down, but thank god for Rochefort and St. Bernardus which are here and a lot cheaper.
All beer connoisseurs must at least try the #1 rated beer in the world. Excellent !

CraigKodish, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

200th review.

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter glass. best before bottle date 13.08.11

pours an opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger of lush, creamy head... slowly fades to a thin cap, collar around the glass; decent lacing. good dose of sediment.

nose is headlined by dark fruits, with notes of spice, brown sugar and caramel malts; definitely a sweet aroma. very nice. slight but perceivable presence of booze.

flavor follows the nose. again, dark fruits - raisin, plum, cherry; brown, maybe carmelized sugar; belgian yeast... very balanced, very complex. also happens to be quite delicious. some warming alcohol in the finish.

medium bodied with adequate carbonation. insanely drinkable, i could happily drink this all day.

worthy to note that there was no eureka moment upon first sipping it, but as you drink, the brew really opens up. hands down a world class beer, but THE best? hmm... not sure i could give any beer that distinction. were rochefort 10 as difficult to come by i think it would marshall a similar hype. that said, it's easily a top 5 candidate in my book.

perrymarcus, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of DrewZ926
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a rich deep brown with lighter highlights, a sand colored head that fades to a slight rim.

s- heavy on the candi sugar and caramel, a hint of spice and raisin, slight prune smell too.

t- again big sweet malts, caramel and toffee, picking up a surprising hop taste too, adds some nice bitterness, finishes with classic belgian yeast spice and some orange zest.

m- just the right level of carbonation, feels almost a bit creamy

d- for a quad, feels very light and sessionable. 10+% begs to differ...

will be doing a side by side with rochefort 10 later this week to determine which I like better, right now it's pretty up in the air. i would have liked more of an emphasis on the dark fruits in the taste, but the presence of other nice flavors certainly makes up.

DrewZ926, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of mlaroche
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from beerinvest.eu (De Struise shop) on 4/29/2010, consumed 1/17/2011. Best before date on cap is "24.03.13" Served in a Bruery tulip.

Appearance - Opaque brown - lighter than a stout. 1cm head, subsiding slowly to consistent lacing.

Smell - light alcohol, raisins, caramelized sugar (but not as heavy a caramelized sugar as Westy 8). Warm and inviting. Light spicing - perhaps anise?

Taste - some roasted malts. I'm usually not a big fan of quads -they're usually overwhelmingly cloying. But it seems to have a nice balance of noble hops. Slight orange peel flavor.

Mouthfeel - nice carbonation - helps bring out the flavor. Not sickly sweet, but thick.

Drinkability - much like Westy 8, I'm picking up new things on each sip. I wish I could keep picking up this beer and figuring it out.

I figured the "best beer in the world" would be more mind blowing - but this is more cerebral. It doesn't stand out in any one way, but it seems a great exercise in balance. Don't get me wrong, it's strong, but restrained.

mlaroche, Jan 18, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cap dated "16.02.13." Thanks for the chance to try this elusive beer, D13Logan.

Appearance:
Pours a dark mahogany brown with ~1-1.5 inches of an off-white head that lasts for a few minutes. Perfect carbonation levels.

Smell:
It smells beautiful. Smells of dark fruits - plums, raisins, cherries. Only a hint of alcohol and a faint caramel smell. As it warms, the cherry fruit really comes out.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
The taste is rich and creamy. Lots of dark Belgian malts. The fruits shine and have a sweet and slightly sugary taste. This beer definitely needs to be drank at the correct temperature as you'll miss much of what the beer has to offer if it's too cold. Long lasting dark finish with brown sugar notes and a slight bitterness. It drinks like a 6-7% beer, not a 10% ABV beer - only a small alcohol burn.

Drinkability:
This beer is almost scary drinkable as it goes down so easy with almost zero hint of alcohol. In my opinion, the Westy 12 deserves every bit of hype that it gets.

kevinv, Jan 17, 2011
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4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm very lucky/thankful to have a chance to try this beer. Pours a deep brown with an inch of foamy off-white head on top. This beer is not black but you can't see anything through the glass. Lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as I lift it to drink. I love the smell of the Belgian yeast in this beer, it smells like a really sweet apple cider. Lots going on with the flavor of this beer but I taste lots of sugary apple flavored yeast. There are also some slight hints of dark fruit and a nutty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a "lively" feeling of carbonation. There is hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Everything about this beer was great, and with the exception of the mouthfeel I hardly noticed any of the alcohol presence. I would drink this again or consecutively if it were readily available.

SiepJones, Jan 15, 2011
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,955 ratings.