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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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5,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,128
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,083
Gots: 1,557 | FT: 116
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. No label, yellow cap. Date printed is 21.06.08. 10.2% ABV. I had bought this one at In de Vrede in Westvleteren, so it is quite fresh.

Appearance: Deep brown amber with a small yet fluffy light tan head. The beer was pretty clear, but I was careful to reserve most of the yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel malt with a ton of fruity esters. A lot of dark fruits, cherries, and prunes. Absolutely wonderful.

Taste: There is a lot of upfront sweetness. The alcohol is strong, but it compliments the beer. Light medicinal phenols and estery alcohol with more fruits, and a very faint bitterness plays on the back of the tongue. There is a light coffee and toffee finish.

Notes: I hate to do it, but this beer is just so good. The complexity and the amazing balance of this beer is just awe inspiring. I think that is what makes this beer so great the balance. Its full bodied, but not thick, sweet, but not cloying, phenolic, but not overpowering, estery, but not over the top, with the perfect amount of bitterness to contrast the sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.

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4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend OlieIPA for procuring this in a trade and selling me a bottle.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy light-brown head that settles to a medium-thin layer, leaving only a few sheets of lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma is sugary and malty with sticky dark fruits, molasses and Belgian yeast as the most prominent characteristics. There are accents of indiscernible spices and with burnt sugar as well. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable even as the beer reaches room temperature.

T- The initial taste mirrors the aroma, with flavors of malty sweetness and dark fruits making their way to maple syrup and brown sugar town. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, which also leaves a mild tea-like bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth with very mild carbonation.

D- This beer is very drinkable considering its immensely complex flavor profile and a 10.2% ABV. Each sip leaves you in anticipation of the next.

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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy...ok, so, here we go.

Poured into the Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours a magnificent dark red amber that seems both opaque and crystal clear at the same time, with a 1/2 inch head that is not going anywhere anytime soon. Seriously, this pillow of off-white foam sits proud and strong in the chalice, leaving a great wall of rich, creamy lacing as you drink.

S - Dark, rich dried fruit, brown sugar, slightly boozy, spiced, phenolic. Oh so complex.

T - Right after pouring, it's very boozy and a tad harsh, but given the chance to breathe, it mellows into a malty, slightly hoppy, slighty fruity and sugary sweet nectar of the gods. Liquid joy.

M - Surprisingly light on the palate with a very fine carbonation. Warms a lot right off the bat, then settles down for a bit, then gives off the warming feel again. Lovely.

D - PROTIP: Let this one breathe for a minute after pouring. It was very boozy and in my face right off the bat, but it settled down into a very drinkable brew once it had the chance to aerate. As for the ABV/feel, it goes to your head pretty quick, but it's a great buzz.

Overall - Oh man, this is a damn good one. I was nervous about opening it, but I'm so glad I did. Every sip I take is in eternal thanks to the good monks who brew this divine libation. I can see why they say this is the best beer of all time.

And now my glass is empty. Sigh.

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4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nose: A seriously monstrous nose. Notes of chocolate, dark fruit and roses among other flowery notes make for a complete aromatic delight. Stupendously complex and fragrant.

Mouth: Bold, intense, rich. Coffee up front and a lot dark fruits and perfumy notes at the back. The finish is expressive and long, reminiscent of a Black Russian shot.

Overall: Myth status confirmed. This beer is pretty much near perfection for its style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, here we go. I got this in a trade with miketd. Thanks Mike! I have been wanting to have my own bottle of this for a long time. Wrote this review doing a slight side-by-side tasting with midaszero, his was brand new, and mine is 3 years old - I believe.

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Date on the cap reads 13.09.08

Appearance - Pours a deep burgundy from the bottle. It is transparent on the verge of translucent. Brownish with garnet hues. It has great head retention. It produced a 1 finger head that slowly dissipated to a thick crown on the surface of the glass. It leaves moderate lacing behind on the glass.

Smell - The smell is amazing. There is a lot going on in this brew. I can smell sweet notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and burnt sugar. There are dark fruit notes of fig, cherry, plum, raisin, along with hints of red apple. There is a hint of spice as well - ginger and cinnamon. There is a hint of booze that peaks through, but it is pretty well hidden for 10.2% ABV. Very floral and wispy - hints of cherry blossom and lavender.

Taste - The taste is pretty amazing too. It is extremely complex and deep. It is very similar to the smell. There are the same notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and burnt sugar. The bready notes from the malt are much more prevalent in the flavor than they are in the scent. The dark fruit notes come through in a nice balance with the malt notes and candi sugar. Raisin, fig, and cherry are the primary fruit flavors that peak through, intermingling with the spice flavor of cinnamon. There is a very distant floral hop note that comes through at the end of the flavor, providing an extremely slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This mouthfeel is perfect. The brew is full bodied and sticky. It coats all of the mouth and stays there. There is a perfect level of carbonation here - just enough to cut through the body and keep the brew feeling interesting. Incredibly smooth, creamy and velvety.

Drinkability - This beer is perfectly drinkable. I didn't want it to live up to the hype, but it did. It is a fantastic beer. I don't know if I could point at a beer and call it the best in the world, but this is one of the most well-crafted beers out there. Even at 10.2%ABV, I could session this beer. It would be a mainstay in my beer rotation if it didn't require giving up shares of my soul to acquire it.

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