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

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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: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a couple years ago when bricks were available as a one-time thing.

I opened it today at cellar temp (about 62F).

The color was a brow with some ruby, just a light lacing after a few seconds of head. Really small sets of bubbles.

Aroma: there's a lot coming off, although due to the temp at which I drank it, there's a large alcohol smell, but, it's pretty well balanced against some raisin, caramel, and some sort of "bread" from the malt.

Taste: great mouthfeel, low carbonation, leaving a smooth and viscous body. Sweet malt, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla. The warming of the alcohol was complimented by the malt and sweetness and the yeast flavors....

Really: it's an amazing beer. I'll bring the temp down on the next one just a hair, I'll bet that at 50ish they're perfect.

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

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for the trade. Cap dated 24 05 09.

Pours a deep transparent brown with a moderately sized head. Lacing stays tight as the head falls, but it doesn't last terribly long. Looks very good.

Aroma is very nice. Dust, dark rum, sweet malt, bread, yeast, faint hops, and a bit of alcohol. It really smells like fresh baked bread. The slight alcohol aroma really adds to what else is present, and the beer wouldn't be the same without it. Slightly vinous.

Taste is wonderfully complex and evolves nicely. Brown sugar, sweet caramel, the perfect amount of balancing bitterness, and a long, long finish. Flavors change, and overall palate impression shifts back and forth between bitter hops and sweet malt, especially in the finish. Too complex to describe. Delicious. What all quads should strive for. Perfect level of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. Full, fat, and round, but elegant at the same time. Not overly thick or syrupy. Wine-like. Hard to explain. Carbonation is just right. Again, what all quads should strive for.

Even with all of its power, drinkability is great. I could sip on this all night... and day. I liked it a bit warmer than most quads, or about 60F.

Overall, yes, one of the best beers I have ever had. In a league of its own? No. Just damn good.

I'm very glad I had the chance to try this, and will jump on the opportunity if I have it again. Worth the trade and then some.

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

I’d been saving this one in the cellar for some time. A wet, cool, dreary June afternoon seemed like the perfect time to open the bottle….just the thing to warm and brighten the day.
Pours with considerable aroma…the smells of alcohol and ripe fruit spring forth as soon as you open the bottle. The thick, blanket-like light-tan head produces considerable lace. Brown and murky color, with an awful lot of sediment.
Phenols, Alcohol, and malt smells grow more intense as you work through the glass. The beer is intensely sweet foretaste, with a heavy, full, creamy mouthfeel (even the smallest sips seem to fill your mouth). Finish is spicy and peppery, with serious alcohol warming.
This beer probably has more in common with a sweet, after-dinner port than any other brew. It’s simply delicious.
It’s not quite as complex as I was expecting, but it’s an outstanding, amazing beer.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,497 ratings