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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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5,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,235
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,165
Gots: 1,629 | FT: 123
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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: 5,235 | Reviews: 1,676
Photo of spratmi
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was definitely worried that the considerable hype would lead to disappointment - boy was I mistaken.
A: Poured a dark hazy copper brown with a rich one finger head that receded to a light cap with thick lacing.
S: Very complex with notes of malt, molasses, figs, cloves, butter, bananas, yeast, and alcohol. There was an earthy undercurrent hidden at the bottom - almost like mushrooms. For me, the aromas were intense at the beginning and remained strong throughout the tasting.
T: Wow! Incredibly smooth with a multitude of extremely well layered notes. Dry with sweet caramel maltiness and cloves. Notes of molasses and sugars with rich fruits like bananas, raisins, and figs. Mellow butterscotch notes with hints of yeast followed by citrusy bitterness. Sweet malty residue on the lips at the end.
M: Decadently smooth and creamy. Full bodied with decent carbonation.
D: I could drink many. The alcohol is well hidden - a true delight!

Photo of hophead247
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Harpreet..Pours mahogany, semi-cloudy, with a medium tan head that leaves only a little bit behind. Awesome aroma of dark fruits (plum, date, raisin, fig), caramel, malts, spices, and faint alcohol. The flavor lives up to the nose, with the same dark fruits, caramel, and malts, as well as mild spices, nuts, wood, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, really smooth, and alcohol is pretty subdued for being 10%. It's hard to find flaws in this one- maybe the body is thin for the style, and the color isn't the most beautiful shade of mahogany. But those are just tiny observations that mean virtually nothing compared to this beer as a whole. I never thought this could live up to the hype, but it absolutely satisfied all expectations. I can't wait to visit the place someday and try some there.

Photo of Gtreid
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my new beer swilling buddy urwithdave for sharing this amazing brew. 11.7 oz bottle poured into my stone ris tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy caramel copper color. The pour drops a nickel size kahki head thAt leaves some nice spidery lace.

A: smells of rich caramel, canddied figs, and sweet apple pie. Earthy hops and just a ton of sweet malt.

T: I don't think a quad could taste any better. Sweet malt, candy, apples, figs, and caramel. The flavor profile is just out of this world. Finishes sweet and dry with no hint of the abv.

M: Creamy, smooth, and absolutely perfect. Aggressive carbonatin delivers the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: I could drink this all night, it really doesn't get any better. Overall this is one of the best brews I have ever had. Simply amazing! Skal.

Photo of krunchie
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got mine as a gift, bought in a beer shop in Brussels. Served in a Riedel glass at 15.6C (60F)

A: Pours an almost pitch black liquid with a thick, slightly beige fluffy head. Nice head retention. The beer almost looks like a Bordeaux around the edges of the glass and leaves an outstanding lacing. Viscous and creamy

S: Satisfying alcohol nose. Port wine, red grapes, dates and a slight belgian yeast aroma. Spicy; pepper and clove. Slitghly acidic dark malt and brown sugar. Extremely smooth and beautiful smell! I could smell this for ages and be a very happy man....

T: ....wow. I mean, really, WOW. VERY good beer. Once again, I get port wine and a great warming alcohol thing. Dates and figs. Perfectly balanced, some noble hop-like aromas in the finish and slightly dry bitterness. Very smooth on the palate. I'd never guess it was over 10% ABV thanks to the expceptionally soothing mouthfeel. Very spicy, exotically peppery and bitter orange peel in the finish. All flavors I pick up are perfectly balanced to one another, none of them are dominant in a bad way. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar - sweet but not too sweet. That's how we like it!

M/D: Very creamy and full-bodied, yet exceptionally drinkable for the style. Smooth and warming with perfect CO2. I expected a bigger head though. Without a doubt a winner nonetheless! Hit the perfect serving temp smack down IMHO.

Probably one of the best beers in the world, regardless of the hype. Fantastic, and very unique, flavor. Too bad I don't have more... :'(

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

My buddy brought out one aged 5 years and one that had aged 10 years and you could simply experience the difference. The 10 year bottle was pure perfection. As you experience the incredible amount of flavor and the yeasty punch after the first sip, you are immediately feel this balancing sensation on the back of your tongue. Quite unexplainable. Simply delicious.

Photo of caresville
4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split bottle with PaulMPap, poured into unibroue chalice.

a- deeep, dark, murky brown with some floaties. nice little fluffy head with good but not great lacing.

s- hype or not this stuff smelled amazing. baked bread, brown sugar, figs, cinnamon, prunes, raisins, licorice, basically smells like if you mixed everything that is the color brown that tastes fantastic and liquify it.

t&m- pretty much what i expected... a heavy, earthy hop tone with hints of malts, sugars and dried fruits. liquid alcoholic cinnamon teddy grahams. cant even taste the alcohol, very well masked and truly a thing of beauty to drink.

d- smooth and delicious, lives up to the hype for me!! IMO not the best beer in the world, but damn near close. looking forward to getting my own bottle very soon and not sharing!!

Photo of wahhmaster
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Thanks Thijs (Brabander) for the hook-up!!

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with reddish edges. Has a large foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Very complex. Has hints of dark fruits, grapes, citrus, spice, caramel, and many other things. Very strong-smelling.

Taste: Has an intense wine-like taste up front that finishes sweet with hints of caramel. Also finishes with a heavy alcoholic bite. Also has that typical yeasty flavor typical of most Belgian beers. This is one of the most complex and flavorful beers I've had yet.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied with a nice carbonation bite. Kinda was expecting more here but I'm not that disappointed.

Drinkability: A truly world-class brew. I'm deeply grateful to brabander for the opportunity to try this one. If you can get your hands on it, try it!!

Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle courtesy of SirSketch. Thanks! Poured three ways into Heineken tasting glasses.

A - Yeasty, dark brown, and hazy. Much darker than I expected. Thin head, a skim coat of bubbles on the surface.

S - Smells largely like bread dough as its rising. Quite yeasty, the slightest touch buttery, cereal grains. Much different than I expected, but quite good.

T - Hmm, not at all what I was expecting, but very good. Sweet up front, a bit of root beer, sugary, some cola. Yeasty, bready, some belgian yeast character. Quite different from other quads I've had, but definitely very nice. A unique experience.

M - Somewhat on the thin side of medium bodied. Carbonation isn't particularly high, but is definitely right for this beer. Somewhat creamy in feel, and a bit soda-like also.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially for a quad. I typically find quads to be a bit rough and very much a sipper of a beer. Not this one...flavors are strong but balanced...nothing hot about this from an alcohol standpoint. Very drinkable...excellent.

Photo of SykDoc
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in trade from ZymasefungiI207I, much thanks. Had this with my wife and two of my best friends. Poured from a bottle into a tulip, it pours a moderate brown that is quite hazy and basically opaque. A light tan head forms and sticks around leaving a mild lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is where this begins to take off for me. Nice notes of grass and sweet malty, almost candy component. Complex and difficult to fully delineate, almost cotton candy-ish but very good.

The taste is a great mixture of spices, as well as a fruity sweetness that seems to be primarily grape. Very complex but tasty with a firm malty sweet backbone that seems to boost the spices. Alcohol is noticeable.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied. The sweetness goes down fairly smoothly and leaves a mild dry/bitterness at the finish. Just the right amount of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. The ABV actually makes it a bit dangerous but yum in every respect. Again, much thanks for the beer and I hope many people continue to enjoy.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 330 mL picked up at in de vrede. Reviewed 10/8/2009 in tulips.

Ar: spicy and funky, dark sweet with floral, tart fruit, much better with warmth, alcohol, grape, earthy, herbal hop, fruity and doughy (dark dough), unique, similar to 8, smooth fruitiness, lightly wine like, plum/prune, strong grape juice

Ap: rocky tan mousse like head, very good retention, hazy dark mahogany/deep red with purple highlights, smooth lace

F: dark fruit, heavy, woody with unique spice, grape, plum, herbal hop, unique assertive and rich, alcohol, strong grape, rich berries (blackberry), smooth roast, toffee, dried dark fruit, starts with earthy caramel/toffee, then grape and fruity with berries and light tartness, then spicy herbal end with hop bitterness and alcohol, woody grape and earth like grape seeds, sweet but pleasant, good sipper, long complex spicy taste, dark spices, less spicy tart grape would help balance, *minty grapey spicy alcohol with tartness defines this beer, resinous hop, dark dough, pastries, prune and date, dark dry fruit, dark cherry, chocolate hints, much more bready than expected, unique grape, much better than St. Bernardus 12

M: Thick and Creamy, high fine carbonation, chewy, great fullnes without being too heavy, light alcohol heat in stomach/throat

O: different than remembered, great hop, very unique minty herbal resin and earthy grape, very good, complex, better with warmth, rich layers, assertive, *more fruity than roasty, *huge flavor, like the blonde more

*= ideas from fellow taster

Photo of mutterfudder
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh the legendary Westy 12. Pulled out my last bottle of this at a recent tasting of friends. Poured into a wonderful Cantillon snifter/wine glass thing that said friends gave me for a Christmas/Birthday gift.

A - Poured a slightly-viscous brown with a thin but long lasting head.

S - Amazingly complex. Figs, malt, raisins, and dates. I spent a good 2 minutes just smelling this beer. It truly is a great smell, my favorite quad tied with St. Bernardus 12, which is amusing and expected, given their history.

T - Amazing fruit and malt flavors, like a hyped up dubbel. Fruits similar to fig, dried orange and the aforementioned raisins. There is nary a hint of alcohol here, it's just very well balanced and masked by the flavors here.

M / D - Mouthfeel here deserves some special attention: This is just chewy and moist, an incredible refreshing mouthfeel to this. Wonderfully drinkable as I wish I had more than my 5 ounce pour on this.

So, is it the end all be all? The ratings don't lie: This is an amazing beverage. I think the rarity and mystique probably add to the experience, but believe the hype: This beer deserves the acclaim.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, like a good wine, must exist in time. This is to say, it must be good at the moment you have it, but also good in the scheme of beers as a whole such that as new styles and techniques evolve it remains well regarded and enjoyable. The fact that this one has acquired a nickname (Westy) is a testament to this. Out of a bottle provided by BA members (THANK YOU!) this legend was a deep, copper color with burgundy highlights. It was visibly viscous, leaving good streaks of lacing off the well-retained head. The aroma was complex and demanding; a sensual blend of ripe plums, dates and dark fruits galore. Behind that was alcohol (esp. dark rum), chocolate, spices and the pungent twist of Belgian yeast. The flavors were just as big and layered. Chocolate, more dark fruits, coffee hints, raisins, wood, cinnamon, figs etc. etc. The doughy notes were hard to discern under the other heavier elements but the impact was like an alcohol soaked fruitcake. Despite the depth of the beer it was indeed a brew with finesse and a good finish. Easy to drink? No. It's rich and intense. Pleasant to drink? Yes, especially if you love beer. A casual drinker could be run over by this thing. The mouthfeel was good and creamy but not amazing, the body full without being heavy and the carbonation right on. Relatively drinkable for all that is has to offer and a genuine joy for the advanced palate. In short, this delivered on every level including living up to its reputation and if you can find it, do so.

Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a night of disappointing beers, I figured this was the perfect moment to pull this one out. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Bottled March 2008.

A- Pours a dark burgundy. Semi-clear. The bits of yeast that poured into the glass seemed to be suspended in the glass, absolutely motionless...even after I shook the glass. Produced a fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing and good head retention.

S- Exactly what I want in a quad. Nice sweet malt backbone with an influence of various dark fruits. Picking up figs and raisins. Very balanced and restrained.

T- As soon as the beer touches the palate, figs and raisins give off a sweet, fruit flavor...very mellow and just divine. As it settles, more of the malt flavors come out, adding a depth of sweetness. There's a slight bitterness in the finish. All the flavors mesh together perfectly...extremely balanced.

M- If there is a part of this beer that separates it from others in this style, this is it. Medium bodied with perfect viscosity for a quad. The carbonation gave it a fuller mouthfeel.

D- Nothing out of place, just smooth and balanced. The high alcohol is kept in check by the other flavors. Very easy to drink for a big beer.

Is this the best beer in the world? Absolutely not. Is this beer the best quad in the world? Debatable. Are the ratings influenced by hype? Without a doubt. That being said, this is a high quality beer. Flavors and ingredients are very much in synch...I can't explain it, but the mouthfeel is honestly what makes this beer. If you could equate the feel of velvet on the skin, that's what the texture of the beer felt like on the palate. Bottom line, good shit! However, I will not go out of my way to pay $20 for a 12 oz. bottle.

EDIT: the more and more I drink this, the more I realize how ridiculous the mouthfeel is. Truly a thing of beauty.

Photo of Winters
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wouldn't of been able to try it if it wasn't for BA Buddy Brabander

A- Nice brown with ruby highlights and great head that goes to a little bit of foam that lingers. With carbonation that very slowly churns in the center. It laces the glass very nicely.

S- I get a nice boutique of fruits like apples, grape, and raisin. Caramel, molasses with a little burn of alcohol but in no way bad. The grape and raisin bite harder in the end. Good sweet malts and yeast and loving the brown sugar.

T- The nice complex fruit tastes like the apples, mixed grapes, caramel, molasses, yeastiness, and light on the pepper. Nice sweet malts, a bit of leather and wood. It's definitely a complex beer.

M- Nice full body with a nice chewy bite to it. Also a little bubbly in the back.

D- It's definitely a sit down and talk beer, but I could definitely drink several. It's one of those that are so good you just want to sip on to make it last.

Photo of digita7693
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well what can I say... Had this at the café next to the abbey and have since enjoyed several bottles at home.

color is dark amber, almost looks black, depending on the light
smell is wonderful, fruity and caramel
taste, perfection. you can hardly taste the alcohol behind the rush of flavors, fruits (raisins, figs) slight gingerbread taste, sweet caramel. but not overpoweringly sweet, just enough

Photo of Luk13
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty hard to review with all the hype.

God I love Christmas. Rated side by side blind with Dieu du ciel Rigor Mortis and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Very spicy, nutty aroma with some fruitiness. Very rich nutty taste, lots of booze and tropical fruits. Full, creamy, A+ mouthfeel. A beautiful beer but a little young.

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

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. It is fitting that I have finally sampled this beer in my fifth year of 'serious' craft drinking, on the dawn of a new year with an ambitious set of beer goals for 2010. Since I approached this beer with respect and humility, rather than overloaded expectations, I was thoroughly satisfied with the experience.

Pours a purplish, burgundy brown with ruby red hues and a bubbly ring of tan head. Spotted lacing covers the top half of the glass.

Smell is doughy malts, baking yeast, caramelized fruit, candy sugar, and a trace of alcohol.

Taste is a lovely mix of blueberries, plums, apple cider, prunes and chocolate chips. There's a prominent vinous flavour, very wine-like in character, imparting dark grapes with a touch of tartness. Finish contains a hint of alcohol, boozy and warming. Spicy, fruity bite from the hops with a quick flash of bitterness to end. In a word, delicious.

The mouthfeel is in a category of its own. Lush, resinous, and silky in texture, with a pronounced creaminess in the body. Velvety and clean, yet chewy at the same time. Dangerously drinkable for 10.2%.

It took me an hour to properly savour this brew as the complexity is nearly unparalleled. Like most BAs, I prefer a handful of beers over Westy 12, but it's still a beast that needs to be tamed at some point in your craft beer journey. I feel extremely fortunate to have tried this legendary quad. A tasty and luxurious treat, deserving of its world class status.

Photo of Mora2000
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer with me. This is beer No. 1,000 for me. I wanted to do something special but had no idea thirdeye11 was going to break out a bottle of this. Thanks a ton.

Pours a medium brown with a beige head. The aroma is dark fruit along with some alcohol and caramel malt. The flavor is complex with brown sugar and dark fruit. This has a little more alcohol flavor than some quads but everything is nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel and extremely drinkable.

Not sure if this is the best beer in the world, but there are certainly no flaws. Thanks again to thirdeye11.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received in a trade from Mikey711

the fact that this beers reputation precedes itself goes without saying in this forum, so objectivity in reviewing needs to be at its best

btw, beer (not review) number 1000 for me, not a bad choice for that milestone

A - cola brown without the transparencey, plenty of visible sediment, an easy pour wells up a finger of off white head, too dark for noting visible carbonation

S - bready, yeasty malt aromas are what I first detect, some lingering sweetness, similar to dark fruits, especially figs, dates and raisins, some fainter more sugary sweetness as well, like brown sugar or molasses

T - geez, where to start... yeasty bready maltiness still leads the way, then those dark fruits bridge the gap to the finish, fresh fruits, more like figs than dried dates or raisins, some fresh anise, the finish arrives with the more sugary sweetness, molasses, and brown sugar, the beer leaves a overripe dark red grape fresh off the vine kind of aftertase

M&D - incredibly smooth and complex in both aroma and taste, this beer at least meets the hype, I'll leave "excedes the hype" to the individual. I wouldnt say this was the best beer i have ever had, but it was incredibly good, and worth the cost to try at least once

Photo of djeffbee
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Mike from Quotations who GAVE us a bottle to ush in the New Year.... 2009 edition.

Shared with some of my lifelong friends in goblets...

A - handsome deep ruby, clear until the bottle became slighlty disturbed which led to some magical yeasty chunks. No head, thick, no lacing. (new sample had a monster head with heavy lacing)

S - caramel, raisiny, figs, slightly winey yet sweet (new sample - not winey)

T - sweet caramel, slight winey sour - just like the aroma. In my mind I was trying to compare this against a Rochefort 10 or SB12, but this was way different. (new sample did not have any sourness)

M - smooth, syrupy, low carbonation, but left a tingling on my tongue.

D - wish I could have more, will call this drinkable, availability is a slight problem, but very drinkable.

I was very excited to share this with my bests... Great beer - yes, best in the world - no, at least not this sample. Would like to assess this further with more samples.

UPDATE: Freshie from Belgium (thanks Riggsy), and much, much better. The mouthfeel, much much more in the line of what was expected!

Forgive spelling/grammar - from my iPhone.

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

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Near perfect, incredibly well balanced with many complex darkfruit flavors and some brown sugar and toffee flavors, it is sweetened nicely. I'm glad I have two. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden as well making for an all too easy to drink beer.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this prized brew in a trade with billab914, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a DeKoninck chalice.

Murky brown color with a foamy beige head that hung on as a layer and left spots of lace all over the place.
The aroma is brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits and yeast.
The taste is absolutely delicious, sweet fruity flavors, dates, raisins and plums.
The mouthfeel is incredible, this brew is dances on the tongue.
Very drinkable.

Photo of Pencible
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. This poured a hazy mahogany with moderate light tan head. It smelled like strong sweet brown sugar and caramel and creamy yeast, with some banana nut bread and milk chocolate and confectioners sugar and raisin. It tasted like toffee and brown sugar and raisin and banana nut bread, with creamy yeast and cocoa powder and chalky confectioners sugar. It was oily with smooth carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was amazingly sweet (malty) and complex. It really is one of the best Belgian ales ever. It had a delicious scent and taste, with great body. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink, but it definitely needs to be sipped to be fully savored. I'm curious how this tastes fresh, but I don't know when I'll ever find out. Regardless, this beer meets the hype. Fantastic.

Photo of Anthony1
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown/red color, lots of carbonation, nice small creamy head which leaves pretty quick, lots of nice lacing throughout the drink in forms of islands in some spots. Scents are very complex, lots of stuff going on, but could detect plums, raisins, toffee. The taste is very very nice, I believe I've had nothing like this so far. Nice tart/tangy/sweet flavor. Could taste plums/grapes I think. The finish is dry and clean. Medium body, well rounded, with a carbonated feel. Very drinkable. This is my first Westy, and what a powerful/excellent/awesome brew. Just might have to try and get some soon.

Photo of ffejherb
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to akorsak for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 12/22/09.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a chunky, muddy-looking brown, earthy color with half an inch of bubbly beige head that retained well but only left some spotty lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and malty aroma with lots of dark fruit tang suggesting raisins, plums and dark wine-like grapes. Toffee and caramel notes are also abundant. Floral hop notes add a bit of contrast, but work nicely with the sweetness of the nose. Subtle honey notes also opened up as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - My initial take is that this reminds me of a liquid Heath bar. Uber-toffee notes dominate, while caramel candies and sugary sweet notes mingle with more slightly bittersweet licorice notes and a mild floral hop bitterness.

M - Thick and syrupy with a solid medium body and very sparse carbonation. Finishes sweet with a hint of bitterness on the palate.

D - Yes this is a great Quad to say the least, but is it THE best beer in the world? Well, perhaps not in my humble opinion, but still this is an excellent Quad.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,235 ratings.