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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,746 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,904
Gots: 1,364 | FT: 106
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 SeanChouffe
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: euro size brown bottle. No label. Yellow cap with freshness date: 24/02/07

This has been my holy grail of beers for over a year now. High expectations abound. Pours a deep red/brown color with no signs of co2 other than a nice large tan head. The head diminishes relatively quickly and leaves a nice creamy layer. Lace clings to the glass. The aroma is rich and earthy; malt and dried fruits, plums and spices. Hints of bubblegum and candy sugar. Flavor has a sweet start with quick effervescent spreading (rolling) of a dry metallic hop bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and surprisingly effervescent.

Flavor appears one-dimensional at first, but becomes obviously more complex and mellows as it warms. More dry than I had expected. A great warming sensation and a nice buzz that seems to come only from the Trappist brews.

SeanChouffe, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without light, this beer looked...brown. With light, it became an amorphous whitish brown and showed alternating specks of color. Complex cherry red rose color. Glistening tight foam seems to wash up and cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell showed alot of red fruits and alcohol. Sweet malts, notes of figs and cloves. Spicier as warmed. Had higher expectations.

Taste shot down the slide from red fermenting strawberries in the mouth to a pit of baking chocolate in an instant before the liquid seems to undergo some chemical reaction and creams into microfine bubbles that twinge down the throat.

Really a unique drinking experience, especially as far as the mouthfeel and drinkability go. Superfine bubbles and dynamic mouthfeel are incomparable, and the drinking only gets smoother and smoother.

Had this at 5 in the morning while doing some last minute packing. Will have to try it again...

donnebaby, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddled looking auburn tone. Bubbly light brown head leaves sparse lace. Aroma consists of light candy notes. Some bubblegum. Brown sugar. Very sweet nose. The flavors are very delicate, yet complex. Sweet melon like tones. Light rum alcohol. Candy and more candy. And then a dry wash of spice cleans up. Very flavorful....even in it's fragile nature. For such a big beer, this is incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is very light and airy. Carbonation is moderate. Very enjoyable brew.

Bighuge, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I ordered this from Delilah's in Chicago for $12.

It was aged since 1997.

Appearance was an opaque chestnut brown with no head except for a tiny patch of tan bubbles and a ring around the glass. The beer was definitely carbonated, though. I asked the server to pour the yeast in the glass.

First sniff was a woody, earthy, fruity smell that made my mouth water.

The taste is a kung-fu master combination of sweet port-like notes, fruit, and wood. It has a woody caramel malty-sweet aftertaste that seriously lasted for more than a minute (I timed it.)

This is one very complex beer that is not tiring to my palate. I would reach for another if they weren't so expensive!

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and smooth with a pleasant crispness from the carbonation.

The Arrogant Bastard I had afterward seemed lame in comparison.

If this is aged beer, I hope I live a long life!

silenius, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh my....is it the fact that this is so hard to get that makes it so good? According to the beer dude I talked to, the monks don't make this to sell. After a tour of the brewery, they offer each visitor a case to purchase. That's it. So, some guy in Belgium decided he'd hire people to take the tour and buy a case. In the great words of Homer, "MMMM...forbidden donut." Could be an urban beer legend, but I digress. The beer is tasty.

It pours a deep brownish-red with a healthy head that hung well until the last sip. The lace left on the glass was like a glass dipped in soapy dishwater. The sediment was present while drinking and at the bottom of the glass.

The smell of the beer surprised me. It wasn't as "dark" of a smell as I imagined it would be. To me it smelled slightly sweet, with a mild beer aroma.

The taste was very good. Mild, creamy, complex...it took me from sweet, to bitter, to fruity to malty and back to sweet again. Raisins, prunes, nuts and yeast balanced well with the malt.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a zing at first but rounded out nicely as it hit every taste bud on my tongue. I even savored the aftertaste. The high alcohol content gave a nice, slow burn all the way down.

The only downfall for me in drinkability was the price. At $11.00 a bottle it would hurt my bank account a bit to drink more.

Guinness4me, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a bit of hunting, I finally tracked down a bottle of this coveted brew. A faint stamp on the cap declares it to have been bottled on 30.07.01.
The beer within pours a mostly clear ruby red on perhaps the first couple ounces, whereupon the bottle conditioning disengages itself to swamp up the brew considerably. I notice that trappist ales seem to have a very loose yeast, and it finds its way into your glass with even the most careful of pours. The yeast swims in large, fleshy clumps, slowly settling to the bottom of the glass in a loose heap. The liquid looks something similar to pond water, a rich, earthy brownish red. Atop the beer floats a huge, tightly packed ivory froth. Great head retention, keeping a half finger's thick crown atop the beer for the life of the goblet. Very impressive for the beer's strength (11% according to the cap). Some sticky blobs of lace cling to the glass, forming a weak, broken cobweb effect.
The aroma is very surprising. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Very nutty and chocolately, with a pervasive vinous feel. The malt is very muddy, earthtoned, with a belgian biscuity haze. Burnt, sugary toffee drizzled with dark chocolate and cashew. Very deep fruitiness, with ripe, squishy cherry, rotting plum, date and fig. The vinous feel has a bit of cardboardy oxodization around the edges, furthering the muddy haze. A sweetish, leathery scent grows with warmth, soft alcohol barely present under it all. Complex, but in a strange obscured way.
The flavor almost has nothing to do with the aroma. A surprise attack of sugary sweetness hits the tongue on the first sip, just shy of cloying. Toasty, drizzled with maple sugar and caramel filled, the candi sugar just engulfs your palate with a hazy fugue of drugged saccharine sweetness. A molasses-slow river of fruit syrup follows the sugar, coating the malt with a dark purple layer of just about every fruit you can imagine. Mostly a gooey plum sauce, with distinct currant, fig, banana and apple. The yeast presents itself within the fruitiness, a strange, eccentric blend of cashew, leather, crumbling treebark and walnut. Very odd. Interesting, but not entirely pleasing to the tastebuds. The yeast gains some strength into the finish, a more pronounced nutty wierdness blending with very attractive spicy belgian yeast qualities, as well as plastic-like, clovey phenols. A bit of sourness, and a brush of licorice. The finish is very long, the whole experience seeming to move at a snail's pace. The woody, nutty flavors continue, the glazed fruit reasserting itself in the very end. Some roasty chocolate flavors, as well as toffee, creating a fuzzy malt effect. A soft lick of alcohol in the swallow, with a sludgy, syrupy prune fruitiness lingering on the palate like a gob of molten caramel. Very heavy bodied, almost milky, furthering the lackadaisical mouthfeel. The carbonation is decent, but it seems to have trouble moving the beer around the palate. It's velvety and fine bubbled, perhaps something a little more attenuated would suit it better.
Really one of the most complex beers I've ever sat down to. A full bottle presents new flavors with each sip, some dwindling with warmth as others take their place. With the complexity came some unpleasant flavors, and I thought the sweetness was overbearing, especially when approaching room temperature. I didn't care for the yeast flavor, which was quite prominent, or the muddy drone of the malt, but that could have something to do with a couple years on the brew. Maybe the brew would present itself differently when fresh. I'd hope for something a bit more toned and alert feeling. A fine belgian ale, but nothing I'd consider world class material. I'm actually surprised at how well regarded this is. Possibly something to do with it's scarcity? I don't expect I'll be paying $9 for a second bottle, nor going through the trouble to get it. One was more than enough. It certainly does have personality, and I doubt I'd ever mistake this for another beer.

UnionMade, Jul 31, 2004
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown brew.

Smell is malty and spicy, lots of grape and apple smells. Brown sugar and maple add to the sugar smells.

Taste is sweet and very sugary. Prominent sugar and fruit tastes. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon flavors. Delicious spice flavors, Pepper and cardamom are foremost. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt and Biscuit flavors come through after a bit. Woody and earthy flavors complete the brew, mushrooms and oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, thickish with champagne bubbles.

Really drinkable...If you can find a bottle! I have been storing these two bottles for a long time.

Zorro, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beer. Hard to meet the bar and expectations, but it does. Could 2 years plus not be enough aging? The fine wine appearance. Even the sediment is beautiful. Complex aroma including raisin.

Was even better at room temperature on a very cold day
Had one in late winter 2011. Its very classy . Averaging my individual 5 ratings on it.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After just drinking a very solid Westy 8, I am even more impressed with this one...now this is a beer I would save away for an after Thanksgiving Day meal special treat...

Nose is dark sweet dark fruits....plums and burgandy cherries...I actually liked the nose on the 8 a little better....body is much fuller and substantial than the 8...this feels like a sipper..creamy, buttery smoothness....still this is sliding down way too quick...very smooth and sweet...flavors swirl around...some caramel covered cherries....plums dipped in brown sugar.... just enough spicyness(black pepper and a small hit of alcohol) to keep things in check....

This is an excellent beer...perhaps not my personal favorite for #1 but no arguments here..it is certainly worthy..a world class beverage I wouldn't mind having around for special occasions.

Paid 8.50 for the 11 ounce bottle..

ZAP, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.4oz bottle, no label

Pours with a hazy brown body, fizzy thick head erupting, forms 2 inch, good retention and some lacing

Smell, sweet dried fruit, malty thickness, heady yeasty aroma also

Taste, thick dried fruit, slight alcohol sweetness. Dry aftertaste, slight greasiness left on the palette, also an odd tingling

A fantastic example of a belgian ale, but maybe not quite as good as rochefort 10, didnt live up to my extremely high expectations, i thought it was great but rochefort 10 truly is the greatest quadrupel inmo

cypressbob, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of LarryKemp
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a beer store in Brugge so it was a plain brown bottle with a cap that has the number 12 on it.

It pours a very dark brown with a fairly thick tan head. The head does not last as long as I had expected and left no lace on the glass. Instead the beer left an oily film.

It aroma is very, VERY malty with a finish of earthy hops. As the beer warmed, the aroma became more caramelly.

The taste is BIG time complex. It is sweet to begin and building sweetness as the beer lays on the tongue. About half way through, a hoppy bitterness creeps in and builds. In the finish, the sweetness is large and the alchohol bangs through.

The mouthfeel is medium fullness. The alcohol tingles the tongue and roof of the the mouth.

This has to be one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It is so complex that my pallete was exhausted after drinking one. It is a beer that you will never forget.

LarryKemp, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worlds best beer?

Pours out dark with a small tan head. Served in the proper glassware it looks splended. Velvet smooth mouthfeel makes for so smooth and so perfect smiles. This is a fine crafted beer which is certainly in a class by itself. Best Belgian trappist brew hands down. Best beer? I don't think one can cross compare styles.

scottum, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of egajdzis
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This immaculate elixir poured a beautiful cloudy brown color with a medium tan head. Roma was that of dark fruits such as grapes and plums. It had a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet fruity but at the same time nutty and slightly chocolately tsate. Slight alcohol burn as the beer warmed up. Calling this a beer is an understatement, more like heaven!

egajdzis, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have you ever been experienced?

Well, I have. Now.

My Westy12 deflowering began with a muddied, amber-tilted brown scattered with yeast particles. The head was beige and semi-short-lived.

After fooling around and reaching third base with Westy 8, this has long anticipated. Surely a defining moment.

The time arrived, and the bottle cap is awkwardly slipped off.

Head swimming and bursting and dizzy. The room fragrant with spiced rum cake, lime juice, clove, and pepper.

A heavy, petting caramel begins the escapade. A bready mattress on which to romp. Caressing raisin fingers graze with slightly rough grain nails. Hotter now. Derobed cognac, naked, but shrouded in shadow. Elongated, excited rods of liquorice. Spice draws closer, and penetrates with silken and throbbing anise, white pepper, and clove. Squeezing and rhythmic plum pudding and carrot cake.
From here on, the mind only recalls images, mere snapshots. Moaning figs and thrusting dark chocolate and grimacing florals. Squeals of passion fruit, then spurts of lime juice.

Sweaty, sappy, heavy embrace. Full of momentum and ambiance, but not free from missteps. A bit clingy afterward. Roll over, and go to bed.
Not perfect, but in the moment, it nearly seemed as such.

Done too soon, but that's not a flaw. At least not here.

This will ever be looked back upon longingly, and with a sly grin. Certainly not the best, most erotic, or most complete one will experience (in fact, I'm calling Ms. Abbaye des Rocs right now).
Regardless, this is absolutely lusty and gratifying.

cokes, Jun 10, 2004
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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been sitting on this one for quite a while now. Broke it out this weekend with Stopper. The bottle has been chilled for many months since purchase. The bottle foams outupon opening. Poured into a real ale fest glass. The beer pours a rich mahogany color with a beige fluffy head that settles slowly. There are lots of dark brown yeast chunks floating thorughout the pour.
Aroma is rich, complex, and sweet. I get cloves, raspberry, and for the first time ever bubblegum. Very appealing on the nose.
The first sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine yet prickly carbonation. Flavor is spicy and fruity. I get a little green apple and some caramel and toffee notes. Almost like a toffee hard candy in fact. These flavors roll to a bit of a warming alcohol character on the finish. I also get a bit of chocolate on the finish, not like candy but hot cocoa powder.
This is a very complex beer and I am very glad to finally have tried it and add the bottle to my collection. Is it the best beer I've ever had? Tough to say, Top 15 easy. Go and look for it!

sulldaddy, May 25, 2004
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This gusher finally settles with a giant light tan head that's not overly persistent, atop a brown body with copper notes. Dark brown yeast flocs populate the glass and take their time settling. A huge malty aroma leaps from the glass, with a strong merlot-like vinous quality and a touch of vinegar. Smooth sweetness and spritzy carbonation battle for predominance as a many-layered symphony of malt and alcohol warms and entices the palate. This finishes wit a moderate alcohol heat and mild earthy hop character that emerge and linger as the formidable malt dissipates.

Stopper, May 25, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a deep ruby colored beer with a huge thick foamy dark white head with incredible retention (the head was still in place when drinking the last sip of this beer 30 minutes after the bottle had been opened). Carbonation is really good with lots of bubble at the bottom of the glass and some other ones sticking on the side of the glass. Aroma is comprised of light and sweet roastiness with a nice touch of spice but I could not detect any alcohol. Taste is an almost perfect mix between caramel malts, candi sugar and something else, which might be cinnamon. I was really glad that I could not taste the alcohol since it could have been quite harsh at 10.2%. Wow, what a beer. I originally thought that this might be a bit of an over hyped beer but I’m glad to report that it lives up to all the praises.

Phyl21ca, May 14, 2004
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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing appearance. The head was fine and thin and disappeared quicker than for the westvlteren 8. The body is of a great opaque dark purple color. Great smell: yeast and cereals give this wonderful impression of fresh baked bread with some flour aspect. It also has a winy aspect, but not the hint of smoke the number 8 had.
The taste is a perfect and subtle balance of dark caramel malts and kind of hidden so floral hops. I got the impression to eat a slice of amazing bread: this beer's so nutritive. A veil of citrus and a note of raisin and grape appear also, with a wooden and slightly tart aspect of some great wines . What an amazing beer! A masterpiece that wonderfully hides its power. I had read a lot about it, I had thought about it a lot, and I will continue to do so...

tjd25, May 07, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So here I am with the fabeled Westy 12. There is no beer in the world as highly regarded as this. As I look at the bottle, I can't help but to think that this is no different than looing upon a Jackson Pollock painting. A true piece of art. I wanted to wait for a while to drink this, but we all know what it's like holding a piece of cake in your hand and being told not to eat it.
It poured a dark reddish brown colour. It was more like the colour of blood than anything else. The head was a frothy two finger cloud that released aromas that just filled the room. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, nuts and grains filled the air causing great antisipation.
The taste is so complex yet so smooth. I first noticed toffee that soon blended with chocolate, caramel, nuts, grass, and apples. I have never tasted anything like it before.
I thouroghly enjoyed this beer. I can't wait for the other to be opened. Only a couple more years to go.

CBFanWish, May 06, 2004
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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one wuite a bit, for all its hype and being the top rated I was a little disappointed, I really enjoyed the blue cap # 8 much better.
anywho:
poured out a deep brown hazy color with a huge head, i had trouble getting the head to go away so i could actually drink the beer. I like a nice size head but this one is a little overkill in my opinion.
smelled great, some fruit, and a big nutty smell comes out, some bread.
taste: very nice, much like the smell, but the taste I recived mostly nut and a light sweetness, it went down very smooth though and the alcohol was well hidden but very warming.
I think its a very drinkable beer but I can say I would not spend the 8 - 9 bucks for a 12 ounce bottle again. If I had my choice I would go after the blue cap first

kegerator, May 06, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark red-brown with thick four finger head. There was a lot of yeast in the bottle, which settled at the base of the glass.
Smell: Malty with a strong smell of figs.
Taste: Wow. The most complex beer I've ever had. It's flavor starts with malt, goes to sweet bananas and figs, then nuts and malt, finishing with alcohol and bitterness. Very hearty. More forgiving than I expected.
Mouthfeel: The beer has a smooth feel partly due to the light carbonation.
Drinkability: For a quadruple, this beer is very drinkable. It doesn't sit as heavy in the stomach as other beers, yet is rich and hearty. This beer is an absolute joy to drink.

Brewed in March 2004 and sampled in May 2004. I've got five more, that I'll put away for aging. I can't wait to see how this beer matures.

jvajda, May 05, 2004
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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Direct from my trip Belgium trip I had to bring back 5 fresh ones. Unlabeled brown bottle. Light cherry color in the goblet with a big persistant pale tan head. Lots of little bubbles of lively carbonation. Caramel sweet nose with touches of pineapple, mecinal vapers, and clean hops in the sinus. A beautiful look in the glass. Sorf round taste of caramel and malt initally followed by ripe plums and sour pear. It tastes as good as it looks. So rounded and full of flavor. Very very soft and smooth in the mouth. The ABV ia well hidden behind dark fruits and toasted caramel sweetness. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.. carefully pour this beauty. A Classic!

frank4sail, Apr 23, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Expensive, I think I paid over $7 for this little sucker! Anyway, pours dark and viscous. This stuff is thick, raises a formidable long lasting head. Nose of spices,yeast,earth, currants and musk. Flavor notes of fruit, earth, muskyness and yeast. COMPLEX flavors, yeastyness. Not on the top of my list, cuz its just not all that drinkable , IMHO, Not a beer for beginners. All strong dark Belgian lovers rejoice and seek out this classy, exotic sipper.

Billolick, Apr 16, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brown. Thick, resilient, creamy head. Takes forever to retire.

Smell: Raisins and malt dominate the aroma. Faint yeast bite. Faint hints of licorice and toffee. Has that lovely Trappist Beer aroma that first hooked me into being a beer geek.

Taste: Holy sheetz. My my my. Hits the tongue like a chilled caramel latté, transforms to toffee and chocolate and malt mid palate. Mid-palate also brings out the Belgian candy sugar flavors. The finish trots out a noticable hop bitterness. Noticable alcohol texture.

Mouthfeel: Perfection. The bead is neither too large nor too small. The beer is creamy without being cloying, bubbly without being fizzy.

Drinkability: As with most of the really interesting beers, this one isn't one you can pound down one after the other. This is a sipping beer.

Afterburner, Apr 14, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green plums. Raisins. Grape BubbleYum bubblegum. The lipstick of a first kiss.

Just below cellar temp, the taste opens harsh -- dynamic, but filled with alcohol. As it warms, the malt comes forward to balance the alcohol. Westvleteren Abt 12 tastes like a spiked fruit punch in the Garden of Eden. What else? Everything else.

Numb, drying finish with a nice dose of hops that manages to carry a good amount of residual sugar. This beer knows what I'm going to say about it. The flavors in Westy 12 are capable of turning on a dime and making me think twice. The fruit -- now candied oranges, papaya, and rotten red grapes -- lingers on into the mouths of my future children.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Apr 08, 2004
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,746 ratings.