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

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
6,405 Ratings
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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

Best before 19/06/2015 so this one is fresh.
Poured all of it without swirling the yeast, so I poured a bit of it but not all.

So this is a dark brown, hazy beer. Not that much light coming through, quite some visual carbonation when poured in the Westvleteren chalice and a small off white head with good retention.

Smells rather complex, lots of dark fruits, sweet melon oddly enough, molasses and also rather vinious. Dark caramel malts in this too.

This is a sweet fruity beer, dark fruits, some melon sweetness but also a beer a rather firm malty backbone to it. Slightly alcoholic but it only adds to this beer. Very good stuff.

Medium to full bodied, quite alot of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable.

Overall a very good beer, I love Belgian Darks so this one is right up my alley. Recommended although I do not believe it is really worth the kind of money some people dare to ask for it. I bought a couple of sampling kits from the abbey and they were €9 for 3 bottles, one of each of their beers.

Best beer? Probably not but for the rather small style of quadrupels this one is probably the most complex and probably the best, atleast compared to the ones I had.

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Poured from the bottle into a Westvleteren branded chalice at In De Vrede next to the Abbey of Sint Sixtus in Belgium.

A: Pure brown. Cannot see though it. Awesome color. Head was 1.5 fingers with pretty good retention.

S: Lively aroma with more new notes at each new smell. Dark fruits mostly - raisin, plum, currant. Spicy with anise and nutmeg. Slight whiff of alcohol covered quickly. Slight hint of those baked cinnamon and sugar coated almods you can find from street vendors.

T: Amazingly complex. Dark fruits of course. Slight hint of rum soaked fruits and a bit of rum itself. Fruitcake. Vanilla. Earth. Brown sugar-coated roasted nuts. Clove and other spices. Finish is crazy as well. Somewhat alcoholic then covered with a flood of flavors - wood, yeast, tobacco. Brown sugar. Anise.

M: Very smooth and the alcohol does not dry, amazingly.

D: Alcohol level almost undetectable. Evident in the taste somewhat but not in the drinkability. The experience goes way too fast

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,405 ratings
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