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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,394 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,394
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,759
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 97
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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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured (a 2007 best before bottle so well aged) into a belgian goblet to a rich muddy looking - mid brown colour with a small head that soon vanished

Smells fruity, some dried fruit aroma, maybe some banana and certainly some spice aroma

Tastes rich and complex, burnt sugars, some spice, dark fruity flavours . . . you would not think you are drinking a 10%+ beer, the trick of any great beer, if I dind't know the ABV I'd have maybe guessed at 5 to 6 % - so basically a session beer if you're from the USA ;)

Mouthfeel was very silky and just begged for more to be imbibed

I drank the 2nd half of my glass with some roquefort cheese - an excellent pairing!

Overall a great great beer, very complex and one for a special occasion (or two!)

Having had an in-date bottle in the past, the aged one was just as good - but probably no better to be honest, slightly more earthy if that makes sense to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:14:07 | More by Ruds
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piccnd3

Montana

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-02-2012 22:06:28 | More by piccnd3
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MkUltra84

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-02-2012 17:31:25 | More by MkUltra84
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allisino

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

01-01-2012 23:10:25 | More by allisino
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ububru

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-01-2012 21:40:02 | More by ububru
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Beerlistman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-01-2012 19:37:11 | More by Beerlistman
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ygtbsm94 was kind enough to give me one of these as an extra a couple of years back, and I'm finally getting around to drinking it on New Years Eve 2011-12. Thank you, Brad. Best by 17th Jan 2010, so that makes this almost 5 years old.

A clear very deep ruby red with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a disk surprisingly rapidly, this looks quite excellent. The nose has plenty of plum and dark fruit jam characteristics, over-ripe even, with a little bit of cola and coffee. There are caramel and bready notes as well, and combined with the dark fruit, this smells like fruitcake. The yeasty phenols have died down with age, though a mellow spice character is present with allspice, nutmeg and clove. Pretty excellent.

The palate is dominated by the dark fruit character. So ripe and jammy, there's plums, dates, raisins, even a little bit of prunes, and a touch of black raspberry. Bready on the mid-palate with dark caramel, toffee and a little bit of cola (along the lines of Pepsi IMO). A little cocoa is present as well. While a little bit on the sweet side, this finishes quite dry and is actually refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a pretty stunning mouthfeel. Best beer in the world? Nope. Best quad I've had? Pretty darned close. I'm letting my original scores stand for now.

**Original review 05-14-2008 03:13:03**
4.5/4.5/4.5/5/5

largadeer split this one with me - thanks a million for the chance to try this! Best before 19th Sept 2010

A: Very deep ruby red with dense light brown head. Excellent head retention

S: Fruity with plums, dark sugar and alcohol. Complex and sweet

T: Fruity to start with but grows in complexity with the appearance of figs on the palate. As big and full bodied as this beer starts out to be, it finishes surprisingly dry

M: Incredibly smooth with great carbonation and a sweet but dry finish

D: This is an incredibly easy-to-drink high ABV beer. I need to find more!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 13:27:15 | More by DefenCorps
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seancake

Belgium

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-01-2012 12:29:20 | More by seancake
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-01-2012 03:15:28 | More by jjheinrichs
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jdklks

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-31-2011 22:22:40 | More by jdklks
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buffs9

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling (cap reads 12.08.06)

This is my first Westy 12, so nothing to compare to - starting w/ an 8 year old bottle.

A- Pours very deep brown and murky, got a bit of sludge toward the end of the pour, I did manage to keep most of this out of my goblet. Very thin head.

S- Amazing. Mostly picking up plum and raisin. Definitely has a port thing going on here.

T- Very good. Dark fruits, candy sugars, a bit of a port booziness going on here. Quite warming and both strong and delicate at the same time.

M- Beautiful creamy, leaves a bit of an oily feel in my mouth, which I like.

O: Again, never had one before, but I love this. Would really like to try one w/ less age to compare. I've got a few more 8 year olds, which I'm totally fired up about after finally cracking one open.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:27:59 | More by buffs9
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-31-2011 02:36:12 | More by Texasfan549
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xipho

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

12-30-2011 23:41:07 | More by xipho
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sterstar1

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle in Belgium and brought it back to the states. It was in the cellar for 4 years and I just opened it the other day. What a treat. The color was deep and beautiful. The nose was an absolute delight. Definitely candy and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was perfect in terms of body. Not too much and not too little. And the taste, well, amazing. Looking forward to going back to buy another for those blessed monks. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:50:27 | More by sterstar1
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grasshopper

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even though this is a difficult beer to find- especially now I have come to find over the years that this has been one of the best beers I have ever had. As far as quads go it has a consistent dark malty flavor without being overbearing. It does have a very slight banana ester flavor-just a hint so may not be as noticeable. As I have found over the years drinking/trying/comparing quite a few beers especially in the quad category this one always seems to be consistently terrific but now is extremely difficult to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:05:14 | More by grasshopper
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montauk7

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-30-2011 05:15:51 | More by montauk7
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dborginis

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brabander for this one, drinking this one relatively fresh. 17.8.14 on the cap.

Was a little worried, the smell during the pour was a bit strange, but it resolved itself in the snifter. Three things hit me in the first taste: the strong solventy Belgian sweetness, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Very rich, after a big meal, this was heavy on the stomach. Very effervescent, strong carbonation. Still with all the strong flavors, it is overall a very tasty beer. As it warms the roasted malts come through. Excellent beer!

Is it better than Younger? I would say they are both excellent, but I don't see the hype. There are many beers more attainable that I enjoy at least as much, but I will say the hype and story makes each try of both an experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:56:15 | More by dborginis
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

15.12.12 Cap date. I drank it on it's 2yr bottle date.

A - rootbeer with 2cm of off white head, legs for days.

S - Candi sugar, cherries, plums, whoppers, awesome.

T - A lovely malt ball covered raisin. It's delicate and and decadent and could be sipped for a long time.

M - creamy body with a slightly dry finish.

O - Screw the hype, I love this beer. I've had it, along with most of the other Belgian quads and varying ages, and this is still my favorite. I think 2-3yrs really is perfect for the beer to showcase everything.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:24:37 | More by xpimptastikx
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meerkat2

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-30-2011 01:06:31 | More by meerkat2
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle brought back by me from a trip to Belgium in September of 2008. Date on the cap 17.10.10

Look: Dark brown in color with a lighter shade of brown cleaning up the edges. 1/2 inch tan head and great retention

Smell: Notes of dark fruit raisin and grapes come to mind backed up by a touch of funky a yeast and just a wiff of alcohol

Taste: Just amazing fruit flavors on the palate. Raisins and figs lead the way and are just amazing. The middle carries a quite a bit of grape flavor that is a potent due to the aging. The backend has some nice spice notes from the yeast. As the beer warms up you get a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and just the right amount of carbonation

Overall: I aged this one just over 3 years and celebrated the birth of my daughter with this beer and I must say this is just a Perfect Quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 21:03:54 | More by DarthKostrizer
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JLow

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-29-2011 19:32:18 | More by JLow
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jbear68

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-29-2011 19:01:44 | More by jbear68
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to jsilva and Gatorbeernerd for these 2 bottles, which were shared and compared with Ryan011235.

# 1- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottled November 2008.
Murky brown with a ton of floaties, even with a pretty careful pour. Eventually this clears/settles into something somewhat resembling a strongly roasted tea. Modestly sized head, but pretty nice retention considering the age and the width of the glass opening. Nose is freshly baked bread smeared with apple butter, straw and yeast. Not nearly as fruity smelling as I’d guessed, and not as fruity tasting, either. Yeasty and bready with a pleasant, but light plummy taste. As warms, sorghum and toffee sweetness begin to emerge, along with a light grassiness. Brown sugar. Sourwood honey. The skim of foam is easily kept alive with a swirl now and then. Scattered speckly lace isn’t too bad at all considering how much I’ve swirled this stuff to study it. Without a doubt the highlight of this bottle is the incredibly soft and velvety mouthfeel, which leaves behind a lingering yeast/bread/honey combo in the finish.

# 2- Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Bottled February 2009.
A shade darker, with active carbonation feeding a finger or so of beige foam. Comparatively tenacious retention. Perhaps a trick of the glassware, but the aromas are more lively with this one. The nose seems more fresh and yeasty, although not as bold as I'd like. A fruitier flavor, particularly with prune and raisin, but again, not as potent as expected. Light leafy and tobacco notes. Carbonation slightly more prickly, but in general the same seductive, slippery feel. This one seems to have a touch more warming alcohol, although neither is particularly boozy. Light cocoa and a sweetness that reminds me of straight liquid malt extract.

Overall impression: I was somewhat surprised about the differences between the batches bottled just 3 months apart, but even moreso by the subtlety of both bottles. I’d almost go so far as to call them tame, at least in the bold world of quads. Tasty, although somewhat underwhelming. Perhaps they go through something akin to the ‘awkward’ stage you often see in American barleywines. I’ll update my review if I get the chance to try fresher or older samples.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 16:41:09 | More by PDXHops
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-29-2011 13:23:35 | More by TenHornsProud
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Paisan

Belgium

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-28-2011 23:47:49 | More by Paisan
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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