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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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5,192 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,192
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 3,137
Gots: 1,596 | FT: 117
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured gently into my Chimay chalice. A cloudy, coffee color with wisps of bubbles on top and a ring around the edge. No visible carbonation and some sediment made its way in. Scattered spots of lace on my glass.

Smell is candy sugar and malted grains. Bready notes are played along with a touch of brandy. Fusel alcohol is mixed with belgian yeast esters, associated fruits like banana, and spices.

Taste is big malty sweetness featuring a shade of molasses and dark fruits. Alcoholic bite sets in but is never aggressive. Yeast brings out a brandy like facet as in the Westy 8 but it is more forward due to the alcoholic presence that is invisible in the 8. Fruits like figs, raisins and banana swirl in and out. While not as overtly layered and complex as the 8 it is nonetheless a multifaceted brew. Actually the layering and complexity is more subtle and harder to dissect. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hop kiss and a gently lingering alcoholic note that fades to dark breads and sweet rolls.

Mouthfeel is perfectly weighted, light with enough girth to chew on, gently slick, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for this abv. While not a session beer, certainly one that is easy to drink too fast because of it's ease of consumption.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,192 ratings.