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

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4,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,830
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,936
Gots: 1,395 | 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a couple years ago when bricks were available as a one-time thing.

I opened it today at cellar temp (about 62F).

The color was a brow with some ruby, just a light lacing after a few seconds of head. Really small sets of bubbles.

Aroma: there's a lot coming off, although due to the temp at which I drank it, there's a large alcohol smell, but, it's pretty well balanced against some raisin, caramel, and some sort of "bread" from the malt.

Taste: great mouthfeel, low carbonation, leaving a smooth and viscous body. Sweet malt, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla. The warming of the alcohol was complimented by the malt and sweetness and the yeast flavors....

Really: it's an amazing beer. I'll bring the temp down on the next one just a hair, I'll bet that at 50ish they're perfect.

timfc, Mar 30, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this almost two years ago, then gave another bottle to my brother as a gift, and tonight, on Good Friday 2009, we're drinking our bottles together. They are 11.2 oz bottles - mine has a date of 10.02.10. Unlabeled, with the yellow cap. 10.2% ABV. Decanted into chalices.

Appearance is darker than I expected. Almost like a cola. Nice frothy, off-white head. Caramel color, with reddish edges. Mostly opaque. Great head retention - it lasted the whole time I drank it. You can see multiple columns of carbonation. (Side note: we poured off most of the beer, but not all of it; there's just under an inch of yeasty sludge at the bottom.

Aromas are great, and they only got better as the beer warmed up. The chalice really helped to open things up. Definite yeast aromas, some hints of cola. More smells of dark fruit: cherry, plum. Apples - especially apple skins. As it warms, there's more brown sugar and maple syrup. I really loved sticking my nose in this. There were so many other spices I just couldn't identify.

Tastes were very good, too. Definitely sweet, but not overly sweet. It's balanced, but there's no real bitterness to it - as in, no hint of any hops. Aromas of yeast, apples, apple cider, with a strong bready center. As it warmed, there it grew more tart, like granny smith apples. Tastes of apple skins at the back of the throat. It definitely hides the alcohol, although I can feel it.

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's so wonderfully smooth. Great carbonation, but it doesn't bite the tongue. Very consistent.

This is a very drinkable beer. You need to sip it because of the higher alcohol, but it's really fun to drink. Very dynamic - most definitely worth trying. If you can get ahold of a bottle - do it! This would go really well with a good meal. My wife said this beer was "savory and sweet, like a good roast." I could see this going well with a big platter of fruit, crusty bread, and cheese.

ndekke39, Apr 11, 2009
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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