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

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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5,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,174
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 122
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Review #50!

Poured from the bottle into my Russian River Belgian glass. Huge thanks to Erik for the hookup! Date on the bottle cap is 24.09.13.

A - Pours an impossibly opaque reddish brown, with a finger's worth of cream colored head. Never seen a beer quite this color. When held up to the light, shows a tannish outer edge. The way that this beer starts at the darkest of browns in the center and just sort of works its way out to the edges and a lighter brown/tan is astounding. Head retention is great as well, lasting for a full 20 minutes after the pour.

S - Ripe red apples. Just a dash of tartness. I want this smell in my nose forever. As I delve further into the glass, picking up some caramel notes, some molasses perhaps. I have definitely never smelled a beer quite like this.

T - Starts off following well from the nose, especially as I swirl it around my mouth. Tastes of red apples, with some caramel and molasses in the background. Honestly reminds me of a warm apples cider type of taste. There is an odd dry finish to this beer that leaves an interesting aftertaste in my mouth. Fairly alcoholic in the finish, which is my one beef with this beer. I also don't really get the tartness that I picked up in the nose, which was a bit disappointing.

M - Starts off with a great feel, with no burn at all and absolutely fantastic on the tongue. However, the finish provides a bit of a harsh burn, which is accompanied by a drying sensation that doesn't quite work for me.

O - Overall, a great beer. A phenomenal beer. But not the perfect beer. If the mouth was matched perfectly to the nose, this may have been my first perfect 5, but alas, it was not to be.

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