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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,624 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,624
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,856
Gots: 1,322 | FT: 104
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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nsheehan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-16-2012 04:53:38 | More by nsheehan
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vancean2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-25-2013 02:35:57 | More by ThrewRedButter
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TheHumanTorch

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-19-2014 03:07:31 | More by TheHumanTorch
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-18-2013 18:12:52 | More by hikeeba
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer is smooth opaque and malty. The alcohol is present form the 1st sip yet still very well hidden. An excellent beer thast is well worth the search. Mine was tasted at the Brewery and also in Brugge at a cozy pub. This beer is served in a chalice and should be consumed at close to room temperature for best enjoyment.

04-18-2006 23:22:01 | More by bierman2000
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DLucky

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

09-04-2013 17:27:14 | More by DLucky
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chase2634

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-09-2013 14:05:33 | More by chase2634
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kennethkearns

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-22-2013 16:10:49 | More by kennethkearns
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PortLargo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

01-09-2013 20:35:59 | More by PortLargo
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jn84

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-09-2013 21:17:54 | More by jn84
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1jstafan

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-14-2014 09:35:02 | More by 1jstafan
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-07-2012 02:53:27 | More by cleonile2000
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

05-06-2012 10:29:22 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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bpowers315

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-24-2013 03:16:16 | More by bpowers315
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-18-2013 19:09:46 | More by kdb150
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frontalot

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-06-2014 21:33:02 | More by frontalot
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nabit

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-05-2013 11:58:19 | More by hoptician
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FightinIrish88

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13.2%

03-13-2014 14:29:26 | More by FightinIrish88
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

presentation: i'm guessing this is close to a very modest looking 12oz. brown bottle with no label. golden yellow cap with all the info. you need. "trappist westvleteren" on top with their logo in the center. the number 12 is on the bottom of the cap encircled. abv is displayed at 10.2%. there is a best by date stamped across the cap: 14.03.08.

appearance: pours a muddy brown with brick red highlights in a chalice glass. head is a half inch off-white that dropped to a capper surprisingly fairly quickly. carbonation appears to be good, but retention and lacing is just decent.

smell: smells caramelly sweet with dark fruit and alcohol. medicinal but there are also hints of lemon rind and licorice.

taste: lots of flavors hitting you at once. cloves, caramel, raisins, spice cake, and alcohol. alcohol is prevelant and provides a nice warming effect. phenolic towards the end of the sip with a light yeasty bitterness. vinous with some anise towards the finish and continues in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel: very nice. creamy medium body with great carbonation despite a slightly disappointing head. rolls around nicely and the alcohol prickles your tongue. swallow is velvet.

drinkability: i'm not sure what exactly keeps me drinking this, but i have a hard time putting it down. i try to slow and sip and savor, but it's tough. alcohol is there and intoxicating, but this is an easy to drink quad.

overall: delicious. this is deserving of the current number one beer in the world. i cannot give it a five, nor can i make it my highest rated beer, but it's definitely one of the best beers i've ever tasted. i have three more of these put away, and i can't wait to see how it matures.

10-17-2005 00:38:41 | More by Px2GrafX
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Dajtai007

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +7.8%

08, this was poured at the end of a long tasting, but damn did it stand out.
Poured into glasses, three-ways. Beautiful appearance, nice head retention.
The nose was amazing, very complex of dried and tropical fruits, caramel, sweet Belgium yeasts. I smelled the glass for about 10 minutes without even taking a sip.
Taste was transferred from the nose. Smooth, delight, and complexity danced on my tongue. Truly the best beer in the world hands down. Mouth feel was perfect, I was in heaven.
I wish I had several cases of this, I swear it would turn peoples notion about beer. Truly exceptional, to be brewed only by the divine. I can't wait to open up the other bottles further down the road.

03-31-2010 16:53:22 | More by Dajtai007
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decadance

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

03-09-2012 04:44:07 | More by decadance
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DimensionX

Oregon

4/5  rDev -13.2%

09-28-2013 03:59:35 | More by DimensionX
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tripelhops

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

05-02-2013 02:09:51 | More by tripelhops
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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