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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,460 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,460
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,784
Gots: 1,254 | FT: 98
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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Leiting

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

03-26-2014 18:41:00 | More by Leiting
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rollncalguy78

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-13-2014 04:21:14 | More by rollncalguy78
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ejquin

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade with ManekiNeko. Thanks.

App: Beatiful Chesnut brown with thick white head with some lacing.

Smell: Piney, phenolic, and fruity with a tinge of alcohol. Caramel and honey there as well.

Taste: Deep and rich. Nicely malty, and spicy. Alcohol is defintely there but not overwhelming. Very nutty semi-dry finish with slight bitterness.

Mouth: Thick and smooth. Perfect carb.

Overall: Obviously this is amazing. I found that the alcohol provided a great dimension to the taste overall whereas I thought it overpowered the Rochfort 10. This is what every beer wants to be when it grows up.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:31:07 | More by ejquin
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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-05-2012 16:39:02 | More by Asgeirr
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UnoMasBelgian

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

06-30-2014 18:59:36 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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Altenor

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

01-11-2014 07:42:13 | More by Altenor
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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

03-30-2013 12:41:20 | More by itsthepleats
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vancean2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-04-2014 02:05:37 | More by vancean2
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shagens

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

05-01-2013 22:14:17 | More by shagens
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nabit

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

05-09-2014 07:13:44 | More by nabit
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby with a rocky head. Aromas of candied sugar and cloves, with some raisins, dates, grapes, and currants. The burnt banana peel often attributed to it is apt. Taste is more caramelized sweetness, dark fruit, and a deep, rounded clove finish. This beer gets more flavor and complexity out of the yeast than probably any other in the world (lambics excepted). A velvety body adds wonderfully to the experience. Worth the hype and a true delight.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 19:08:25 | More by gyllstromk
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

11-14-2011 13:12:18 | More by brydeen
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BTHU

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-27-2012 20:01:25 | More by BTHU
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nsheehan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

08-16-2012 04:53:38 | More by nsheehan
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clubarsky91

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-18-2013 18:34:36 | More by clubarsky91
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 bottle into the westy XII glass

A- pours a murky dark brown color... thick bubbly head... quickly disappears to a thin ring... Ruby hues to the light...

S- deep pronounced candied sugars .... dried and candied raisins and plums... metallic highlights in the back, slight fumes of alcohol burn

T- a slurry of sweet candy sugar, paired with candied plums, sweet darker fruits... hints of figs and raisins through out the taste... metallic covering the taste buds in the end

M- slicky and oily in the front.... heavier carbonation brings balance to the mouth feel... alcohol burn on the tongue .... metallic mouth lingering

O- Wow.... not wow for the present beer,well kind of... but wow, because this beer will turn out prestigious with tons of age.... I really can't wait to open the other 2... ten years later of course

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:38:10 | More by warrenout330
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raverjames

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-25-2012 20:49:56 | More by raverjames
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johnd513

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes to slater1313 for including this as an extra!
Cap reads 02 07 11
Smells of bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, honey, candi sugar and a phenol character. Tastes of fruit, honey and dark malts. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, tingles the tongue and finishes smooth. The sweetness, carbonation and alcohol warming character of this beer mend together perfectly. Drinkability is exceptional, I could enjoy this all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 15:59:26 | More by johnd513
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jtrockchalk

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-18-2011 18:25:37 | More by jtrockchalk
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pauljunk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -35.1%

04-17-2014 13:36:49 | More by pauljunk
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SchuStar

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-01-2012 14:20:07 | More by SchuStar
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4/5  rDev -13.4%

06-06-2013 18:12:03 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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HitchSlap

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

05-12-2014 15:17:38 | More by HitchSlap
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ManLoveBeer

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-07-2013 20:37:37 | More by ManLoveBeer
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sk8man121

Maine

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained in a trade with craytonic. Thanks man!

Also, my 35th review.

12 oz. bottle poured into Caracole tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque-mahogany with a 3 finger mocha head that will not die; creamy head stays throughout the entire beer. I've never seen anything like this.

S: Fruit; this doesn't smell like beer at all. Fresh elderberry jam, black mission figs and a hint of heat. Quite possibly the most "delicious" smelling beer I've ever had the pleasure of sitting in front of.

T: Holy hell; it's all true. I think the closest thing I've ever had to this is St. Bernardus Abt. 12 in terms of flavor; sweet, fairly boozy, and heavy on the dark fruits. Caramel, brown sugar - this is just awesome.

M: Feels literally like silk on the tongue, with nice carbonation and a medium-thick viscosity.

D: I don't feel as if I'd be a proper BA if I was to give this a 5 for drinkability. Is it incredible? Yes, but it's also 10.2%, which of course means that it's quite sweet. Add to that the fact that drinking more than one of these is usually not an option for us state-siders, and it becomes clear that this is a rare treat more than anything else. Honestly, I wouldn't want it to be anything else.

Worth the hype; this will not be my last encounter with this beer. I will sleep well this evening.

Edit: Forgot to mention; gave my girlfriend the first sip. Her reaction?

"It's ok."

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:43:58 | More by sk8man121
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,460 ratings.