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

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4,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,716
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,895
Gots: 1,355 | FT: 102
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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

PHBoiler, Aug 11, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the US release last year that Ive been sitting on. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A -- Dark, dark brown with sediment. Cream-tan head with good lacing.

S -- Stone fruits (plum, cherry...), earthy and sweet. Bready and boozy.

T -- Very complex. Dirty. Prunes, cherries. Yeasty goodness. Sweet. Very well balanced.

D -- Better be careful, this one is quite boozy. But the booze doesnt keep you from taking big sips in rapid succession (because its really good). the Bubbles are very fine.

O -- Probably suffers a bit from overhype, but it is still really good. One of the best beers Ive ever had.


tkelley, Aug 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Rish907, Aug 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jerseybeer, Aug 09, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 Vintage; date on bottle cap is 30. 08. 09, cellared at room temperature but in darkness for the last 7 years, acquired via beer trade. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights; too dark to judge clarity, – but yeast sediment in bottle suggests the clarity isn’t good, but that shouldn’t count against bottle conditioned beer. Three finger head of dense froth- a pale sand hue. Very good head retention for the alcohol content; a thin cap persists to the finish with large specks hanging on to the sides of my chalice.

The aroma is a fantastic blend of dark, very ripe fruits but not vinous, yet clean ethanol is apparent, but not boisterous. Very bready and dark malt aromas prevail, I’ve heard that this is made using only pilsner and/or pale two row, but I would swear it used a ton of Carapils and Crystal 120. The candy sugar has pushed the Belgian twanginess forward but the yeast character doesn’t overpower the malt and the very subtle hop nose is clean and flowery like light Saaz or Hallertau.

First sip screams malt breadlines and dark fruit that continue to dominate on the tongue, with apricot suddenly becoming particularly apparent. There is a very subtle difference between multiple decoction beers and those that fake it by altering the grist bill, but the care that went into this beer is obvious, and the finished product is executed gloriously. A brief spicy hop note in the aftertaste begins to dry the palate with some help from the booze; the hop character has no doubt faded over the past 7 years, but the bitterness still provides a solid balance. This is a sweet beer, and the hop flavor is very mellow, but still within the parameters of the style. Caramel and a dark fruit are the major players here, the overall profile is not very complicated, but the flavors and aroma are highly developed and balanced well. This is an old bottle, so the carbonation has dropped off, and the sweetness would be lifted better with a fresher sample, so I will not let a slight cloying sweetness damage the score due to my own error in over-cellaring. Bubbles are very fine and achieves a superb mouthful if one is fond of Quadruples. The body is thicker, but smooth and not oily, alcohol thins the body out enough and again, a fresher bottle would have more carbonation.

Finishes with waves of sweet dark malt, apricot brandy, and the quintessential Trappist funk. While it seems sinful to imbibe more than one Westy 12 in a session, I could imagine drinking 3 maximum before the sweetness becomes overpowering. I waited too long to drink this masterpiece, but even in its ripe old age, the beer is exquisite and deserves the praise it receives.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Jimbobebop, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

OhioBobcat, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Streetcore, Aug 08, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Done in a blind tasting with Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, and Achel Bruin.

Poured into a Duvel tulip, hazy brown with a small off white head.

Smell is tart fruit, cherry, plum, pretty strong flavors.

Taste is rich fig, smoke, oak/nut, a bit of alcohol heat.

Medium body and mouthfeel. It is bold up front, pretty balanced, but the attraction is mostly in the smell.

It gets better as it warms, almost a marshmallow taste, Belgian Candi Sugar, prune and red fruit comes out. Very rich and complex, but it still has that alcohol bite and doesn’t go down as smooth as some of the others.

Overall a great beer, but my friend rated it as the lowest (a step below the 2/3) and I put it as third (4th being Rochefort). Different tastes for different people, but I say there is a lot of hype to this one.

Results of the tasting:

1. St Bernardus 12

2. Achel Bruin

3/4. Westy 12/Rochefort 10

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

thebeerprophet, Aug 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

mikennat, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

truckmann, Aug 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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JCC78, Aug 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

henshawb, Aug 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

mrcraft, Aug 04, 2013
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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