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

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4,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,695
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,883
Gots: 1,352 | FT: 105
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Absolutely deserving of the best beer in the world title. Has such an utter depth and complexity it will leave your head spinning. Aesthetics are quite nice with a dark color and a pleasant tan head, but the smell is when you realize something incredibly is coming. Fruits, spices, candy, it just hits you all at once with an intensity even stronger than a Dogfish 120.

On a side note, if at all possible wait to try this beer until you are able to make the pilgrimaged out to the monastery in Belgium. The surrounding country is some of the most peaceful and quiet farmland I've ever seen, and builds up the experience of trying the beer to a whole new level.

punkindrublic50, Jun 18, 2008
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

MadScientist, Jul 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

tbryan5, Dec 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Anstuart5, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of drumline
5/5  rDev +8.5%

33cl bottle with a 30.08.09 freshness date

Appearance - Pours a very dark red/brown, with around half an inch of head that clings to the side of the glass with each swirl.

Smell - Dark fruity smell of raisins, plums, and cranberries. Yeasty smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very creamy, malty mouthfeel. Taste of belgian candi sugars and dark fruits. Light hop bitterness, and the perfect amount of carbonation. The closest thing to an orgasm of the mouth. Absolutely wonderful.

Drinkability - The 10.2% alcohol is barely even noticeable. Very drinkable brew; my 33cl glass was empty before I knew it, and left me wanting more and more. I could drink this everyday for the rest of my life, if it was readily available.

At first I was hesitant to give this beer straight 5s, but I honestly can't find anything I'd want to change about it. Perfection in a bottle. Easily the best beer I've ever had.

drumline, Nov 19, 2006
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

farundrpar, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Hamburgers, Apr 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jcrane07, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Britton, Nov 18, 2011
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Pooles26, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Avangion, Dec 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

tainted, Jun 24, 2013
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JupiterJesus, Apr 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

chossboss, May 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

One of the few beers that deserves an all 5-pt rating, this beer is mind blowing.

Bottled date was 4/13/12, poured into 15cl Westvleteren XII glass.

Great deep dark brown color with a small light tan head, the aroma is sweet like candy with hints of plum and a very slight sniff of alcohol but not immediately present. The taste is incredibly complex, so much going on with the belgian candy sugar, molasses, the roasted notes from the malts and the dark fruit just all meshes so beautifully together with what is an amazing yeast strain. To get to 10% with almost no presence of alcohol lingering is quite amazing while keeping enough residual sugar that it lingers on your lips, it's by far the best quad / belgian strong dark ale I've ever had. The body is rich, smooth and complex with medium carbonation to enhance the sweetness and finish, just great overall beer. I wish all beer was this wonderfully crafted.

Prospero, Oct 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Swonkie, Jan 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jburchett, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

juniorforce, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Ty_Collins, Jun 30, 2014
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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