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

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4,862 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,862
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,946
Gots: 1,406 | FT: 107
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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1/5  rDev -78.3%

flipdog0, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Partridge, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

imbuckeye, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

spakman, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

LostTraveler, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

zrab11, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

bpfrush, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mirthywvu, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Ncpogs, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle dated 01.08.15. Kudos to my friend Ken for grabbing us a 6 pack to share. I also purchased a St. Bernardus Abt 12 and a Rochefort 10 for comparison purposes. From my notes, this one prevails as the best of the three:

Pours dark brown with a pillowy, beige head that fades to a foam atop the ale. Aromas are pleasant and come through more as the ale warms: musty, boozy, earthy, sweet, caramel, honey, fruity as it warms w plum & cherry. Tastes are boozy, rich, sweet, malty, fruity with plum, raisin, currant, rum, bready yeast, mossy, musty, earthy - great complexity! Mouth-feel is full bodied with lots of carbonation, very smooth. Overall, it lives up to its expectations. I had my doubts, but it came through...maybe even better than expected.

barnzy78, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Dduquette, Dec 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

thesquire, Dec 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

BeerSnob1022, Dec 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

JakeDebus, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Steve212, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mechamifune
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany brown with a fluffy off white head. Very obviously well carbonated. Looks thinner than I thought it would as it pours out of the bottle. Nice looking beer.

Smell is a little bit of alcohol up front, followed by some sweetness and dark fruit. No real hop presence. Smell is pleasant but not an overwhelming or out of the ordinary smell for the style.

Taste is dark fruit up front, followed by brown sugar and then a slight lingering tartness. Not much of any ligering aftertaste, no real bitterness. Drinks a little hot as it warms up. A very pleasant flavor profile with no one note really overpowering.

Mouthfeel is probably the best i've had in this style. Full carbonation but not foamy. Very smooth and easy to drink despite the large flavor profile. Still a sipper for sure, but it never becomes harsh.

Hard to grade this beer impartially given all the anticipation and the amount of time it spent at the top of the top beers list. For the style, this is marginally the best example i've had. For me, though, it doesn't transcend the style or make me think of quads any differently than I did beforehand. It is worth seeking out if you can get it and are a fan of the style in general. For the price point though, i'd rather buy rochefort going forward, even if I prefer this by a slight margin.

mechamifune, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

frinkglaven, Dec 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Avangion, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review No. 600

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip, cap dated 26.09.15 - this is an unmarked bottle and not the recent US release. This bottle sent to me by Curtis McArthur (thanks man!) and reviewed from notes.

A: Careful pour yields a ton of off-yellow head that has good substance and sticks around forever; it looks like a root beer float head. Body is darker opaque brown/prune colored with gold highlights at the stem of the glass. Carbonation is still rising ten minutes after the initial pour, streaming up the side of the glass. I'm intrigued - this thing is beautiful.

S: Instant fruitiness, darker in essence; grapes upfront with some suggestions of apples, prunes, plums, and raisins. Maltiness is apparent, and sweeter Belgian candy sugar rises, with hints of caramel as well. Brilliant smell.

T: Follows the nose, with a more subdued sweetness. A touch of a chalky yeast character distracts slightly. Moderate fruitiness again with the slightest sensation of holiday and baking spices; apples and raisin bread, faint caramel drizzle. Dessert, and bready malt; on the sweeter side. Carbonation cleans the palate and the flavors meld harmoniously. Very nice.

MF: Thinner medium body with a dancing carbonation presence that isn't distracting. Just a touch of an alcohol bitterness.

O: Fabulously done Quad. Right up there with Abt. 12, though I believe Abt 12 tasted better to my palate, with more caramel-apple dessert notes. Overall I can see why this is such a sought after beer. This also seems to be an excellent age for this beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Docrock
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle with date 9-2-14 into Westvletern Chalice at 50*

A - a rich deep dark red brown with a perfect 1-1/2" head that slowly dissipates to a nice thin cap. slight to average lacing.

S -sweet smelling maltiness with omnipresent fruit consisting of fig, dates, and raisins. the Belgian yeast aromas are just what i was expecting.

T -wow, just wow. perfect balance between the sweetness of a Quad but with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. the fruits, especially the fig and raisin aromas are released the warmer the beer gets. As the beer warms up to 55* it gives a warm glow on the finish, just amazing.

M - the carbonation is perfect for the full body. extremely drinkable. A slight warming as it goes down, but expected for the alcohol content.

O - this beer definitely lives up to the hype. Have now tried all the Trappist top ABV brews and this is by far head and shoulders above. The balance is perfect and the expected Belgian Quad characteristics are in perfect harmony. Everybody's tastes are different, but for me, this is a Benchmark brew.

Docrock, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is it. Review #2,000! Here's to 2,000 more!

Pours a mild brown with a thick frothy head into my tulip. It did foam up initially, which required a bit of patience to subside.

Apple, cherry, fig and grapeskin notes all come flying at my nose. It makes a pretty damn good statement from first sniff!

It starts off strong and tart but then mellows toward the back. Cherry, plum and apple dominate the palate.

It has just the right amount of tartness too. It finishes dry too and with little of the alcohol heat from upfront. Leaves a chewy texture on the tongue.

I can't think of a better beer to celebrate nearly 6 years of beer advocacy than to review a beer that has consistently proven its' mettle in the BA Top 100.

Brad007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Sark
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Burnt-orange brown with lacey retention after initial finger of head.

Smell- Dark fruits (black currant, plum) but not incredibly stong, even after warming up.

Taste- Complex as a Trappist monk. Sweet on the tip of the tongue with a warm middle. A little note of alcohol warmth but well hidden. The dark fruits now come out with greater intensity and phenols from the yeast's work let it be known.

Mouthfeel- Big, smooth, but a little bright alcohol is noticed in the back of the mouth.

Overall- It's a big beer but expertly well-rounded. There's a reason why people have hyped this.

Sark, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

LuauLarry, Dec 26, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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