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

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5,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,179
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 122
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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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Ratings: 5,244 | Reviews: 1,677
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

I feel privileged to try this elegant and subtle quad. It did not disappoint and was worth the small fortune I spent to get it here from Belgium.

A - Half an inch of froth that gives way to impressive lacing. Deep reddish-brown. Can I bring out burnt sienna again in a review?

S - Yeast and subtle vine fruits.

T - Sweet yeast and booze. So elegant and well-balanced . One flavor does not overpower another.

MF - My bottle had fairly substantial carbonation. Very refreshing and not as heavy as other quads.

O - All of the pieces come together to make an exquisite puzzle. Very easy to drink, but very difficult to describe.

Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist Westvleteren XII @ 10.2% , from 'The Brick' purchased for $60

A-pour is a dark amber with a small fine off white head leaving a lace ring along the supplied goblet's

S-fruity & floral , a slight varation on the classic Belgian yeast

T-smooth crisp & strong , hints of a slight bittersweet finish

MF-low carbonation , full bodied , very pleasant on the palate

Ov-not the best beer in the world but a damn good one

sampled alongside Trappist Rochefort 10 and other Belgian beers recently

prost LampertLand

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TripelBlove
4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too much into Quads but the rarity of this beer definitely hyped up my thoughts on it...definitely worth a try and glad I got to try it.

Sharing this beer with other people might have lessened my thoughts on it a little bit since I only got about 4 oz. of it, but with it being so rare, I had to share it with friends in order to compensate for the cost of it.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired one bottle from '12 (thanks to cneville) and one bottle from '11 (from Mike) and did a side-by-side with the '11 Westy and a St. Bernardus Abt 12 - just to see what all the fuss is about. Westy pours a murky, dark brown color that accumulates deep at the bottom with light only passing through near the top of the beer, giving it a lighter, copper color. A beige, creamy head forms but remains small, even with an aggressive pour, though it can be coaxed out easily by swirling the glass. So far, so good.

The aroma was beautiful, and in all honesty, simply everything that a Belgian strong ale should be. Raisins, figs, dates - all lightly sugar coated and soaked with a mild boozy flavor. Sweet, smooth brown sugar, faint roses, lightly toasted nuts, toffee malt, and another complex layer of booze that gets a bit stronger as the beer warms up, until it reaches a slightly phenol-like presence. Earthy and dark, fruity esters abound, along with light hints of spices and Belgian yeasty warmth. It all remains wrapped in an array of sugary and savory aromas - the nose on this is one of the most perplexing things I've come across. Just SO MANY THINGS going on, yet it all mingles so strangely well.

A heavily bread and caramel malt backbone leads the way as I take my first sip. I don't have much time to linger with that, however, because my palate is immediately thrust into a flavor profile more stunning than the aroma. Candied grapes, figs, dates, and more dark, juicy, overripe fruits. Sweet red licorice, light booze, honey, calm, earth and fruit esters, mild clove and warming spices, Belgian yeast... I could go on and on. Truth is, the flavor profile on this bad boy is truly an enigma - so many things happening and there's no way you're going to capture all of them with mere words. Some heavy bread and almost rye-like flavors in the aftertaste, buttery and smooth. Somewhat on the heavy side without being thick or syrupy; silky and smooth on the palate, very creamy and not sticky at all - decent carbonation, even for nearly two years of age.

So, is this the "best beer in the world" ? No. Well, in my opinion, anyway. BUT - I can definitely see why some people might agree with that, and I can definitely say that it deserves to be in the discussion. Even though it doesn't necessary top my list, it's certainly one of the best and most well crafted beers I've had, and no doubt a benchmark example of the style. If you love beer, do yourself a favor and seek one of these out. It was really an amazing beer, and the experience of enjoying it for yourself (or with a friend) is excellent.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Therisse
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Head was pretty consistant, cloudy body, very tiny bubbles, and a caramel color

Aroma: I smelled some copper, as well as bread, it had minerality to it, and hints of cocoa

Flavor: What stood out to me the most were the flavors of chocolate, plum, and bread. There was a sweetness that was somewhere between that of cane sugar and brown sugar. I also tasted hints of copper and cinnamon.

Mouth feel: Full body, bubbles were at a nice consistency.

Overall: Not a huge fan of Belgiums but this is a nice beer. Complex yet nicely balanced :)

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer in the world apparently!!

A- a deep golden/brown color, there is some yeast settlement at the bottom of the bottle

S- Dried figs, big malty sweetness, plums, rum soaked raisins.

T- Big sweetness, again those dark fruits, rum soaked raisins, a little bit of bozzyness on the back end

Overall- This is exactly what a Belgian quad should taste like. Really amazing beer. I wouldn't say it's the best beer in the world, but certainly the standard when it comes to Belgian quads.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cfrances33
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle thanks to sleuthdog. Poured into a snifter.

Pour: A hazy, muddy brownish/deep red. A nice two and half finger head forms, and leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Big candied dark fruits up front. Definitely some plum, overripe dark cherries, and raisins. Alcohol on the finish, and a certain white grape tannic aspect on this finish. Some licorice as well.

Taste: Again, loads of overripe dark fruits: plum, cherry, raisin, and figs. Lots of chewy toffee, and a root beer like aspect. Definite alcohol heat as it finishes sticky with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Slightly boozy. Pretty sweet, but a lot less than I was expecting.

Overall: Very, very good. I need to have another go around with the other quads, but I don't really think the style is my thing. Still, I can see how this might appeal to a lot of people. Either way, enjoyed this one!

Photo of Bills453
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the Westy 12 chalice in celebration of the birth of my second son!

Appearance - a nice dark brown, reddish, almost purple tint. Kind of the color of prune juice with some fantastic tan-brown head!

Smell - cherries, dark fruits, prunes. Bit of yeast.

Taste - an amazing mixture of fruits. Probably my favorite Belgian offering, but not my favorite beer ever.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and refreshing.

Overall - an amazing offering! I'm so glad I was able to try this and the birth of my second son is the best reason ever to crack it open.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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