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

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,327
Reviews:
1,867
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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3,673
Gots:
2,203
For Trade:
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Photo of thebigredone
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, big thanks to Jon for including this as an EXTRA in our most recent trade!

Pours with a 1 1/2 finger white head on top of a nice dark brown/purplish/redish body.

The smell is amazing, with sweet dark fruits dominating the nose.

The taste is much more complex, chocolate upfront, dark fruits in the mid-palate, and belgian yeast with smoke taking over the finish. Great beer to sip slowly, each taste is different.

On the whole, a beer I was super excited to try, and the quality lived up to the hype.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my friend Troy who brought back two bottles of this from a recent trip to Belgium and was gracious enough to share.

Poured a rich, dark brown color into a chalice. However, when the light hit it just right, it had a deep ruby/garnet glow. Wasn't a huge head, but stayed around for a while. Also, we were sharing this among several people, so pouring this bottle into multiple glasses may have affected the head size as well.

Aromas were good, but nothing really stood out. Rather fruity, like plums and brown sugar, with some sweetness as well.

The taste was excellent. Lots of dark fruits, honey, some spice, and also a bit of alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel was exceptiona, like drinking velvet. Just a tingle of carbonation to keep the palate fresh.

Overall, this was a great beer. Did it live up to the hype--could it live up to the hype? Hard to say. I would love to have another full glass rather than the portion I had in order to really savor and explore this beer. But I can't say that I was dissappointed, either, because what I did get to sample was awesome.

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Photo of kewharton
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelO
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best-by date of October 15, 2013 stamped on the cap.

A: Dark hazy reddish-brown body. Three finger off-white head leaves lots of lacing.

S: Mostly dark fruits and sugar.

T: Ridiculously complex. Plums, raisins, brown sugar, and gingerbread. Peppery alcohol. A hint of noble hop bite. Finishes somewhat dry.

M: Rich and creamy. Practically melts in your mouth.

D: The million-dollar question: is this the best beer on Earth? First off, I should note that my bottle was pretty young and still had some heat on it. I think it would improve with age. Anyway, this was an excellent beer, and I feel privileged for having had a chance to drink it. Whether it's the best is, of course, subjective, but I'd definitely put it in the conversation. However, Rochefort 10 did just a little bit more for me. Honestly, though, all the elite Trappist beers are superlative in their own way.

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklinger
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mll777
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Much thanks to jgluck and mdfb79 for this. XII release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium-dark, dull coffee brown with a finger of sand colored head. Pretty good clarity, excellent retention and lacing.

S: Vanilla/cream and red and dark fruits (black cherry, plum) and mild caramel in the secondary. Lots of fruit but it's in balance. Almost candyish.

T: Rich, delicious red and dark fruit, finishing with mild bitterness, sweet malt, and a little booze. Really clean, balanced flavor makes this very drinkable.

M: Creamy texture, medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, nice complexity. Its excellence is not in being barrel aged, loaded with hops, or 14%, but in a superb balance and flavor.

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Photo of xav33
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westvleteren 12
12 oz bottle
Capped 10/30/09 (bottled 06),found God 05/07
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a very murky dark brown with a moderate to large frothy mostly to fully lasting beige head.

Smelt of moderate to strong plums, raisins, vinous, with light cinnamon, cloves, caramel, mushroom yeastiness.

First sip was like an injection of Godliness. My tastebuds got shocked all the way into my spine. Upfront moderate sweet bitter and light sour everything followed by a strong bitter yeast moss and moderate sweetness on a long finish.

Palate was medium to full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy and slightly alcoholic.

Overall, the nose does not do it justice. It tastes like mystery and is so beautifully balanced throughout, it is dangerously drinkable for a quad. Godliness in a bottle.

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Photo of Edwin
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brownish/amber almost no light passes through. You can see the sediment settling in the bottom of the glass. Foamy tan head that seems to want to stay around for the entire trip.

Smell - Fruity, spicy, and a tinge of alcohol. Typical Belgian-like smell. Wonderful.

Taste - As the bottle instructed, I let this one warm up a bit to what I hope was about 50 degrees. Wanted to get the full flavor. Glad I did. Wow. A very nice fruity beginning with a bread-like middle. Maybe some nuts mixed in. The flavor was very full, and a lot more mild than I thought it would be, which was a very plesant surprise.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy. Goes on and off the palate without any offensive or tart notes.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for this style. Even though the alcohol content is high, and so is he price tag, this is one fine brew. A good beer to have two or three while enjoying a nice winter night.

Overall: Complex, tasty...a must try!

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Photo of Drel
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThaFranz
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Jwburns75
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friend shared 12oz bottle with me today. I don't have a lot of experience with Belgian style beers, but I could tell why this one is so highly rated. Really delicious

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Photo of jukenasty
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zookerman182
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of David_Menendez
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neutralaction
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phelps
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A one-year-old bottle, shared at a recent tasting by and at the house of one tlay10. Tyler, you are the man.

Looks: absorbing. The beer pours a cloudy dark amber, opaque, with hues of maroon and orange shimmering throughout. The head is fleeting - a rosy tan that becomes a quick ring and film, but leaves some mountainous craggy horizontal lace.

Smells: crazy! Lots of flavors swirling about that I can't decipher. I do pick up brown sugar, molasses, ginger bread, graham crackers, fig, cinnamon and some light maple syrup. Each whiff reveals something new. It's exquisite.

Tastes: just like it smells -- complex and crazy-time good. There's some inviting spiciness, with peppery flavors of coriander, cardamom, saffron and rye. Sweet figs, caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar and sweet dark molasses dance in the sweet finish.

Feels: velvety. Subtly carbonated, with a medium-full body and a delightful smoothness. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Everything here's perfectly in tune.

Drinks: incredibly. While I want to really wait it out and savor it, the beer goes down so easily it's scary. The complexity brings something new and exciting to each sip. Twelve's renown is indeed deserved.

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Photo of driftlessbeer
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Redish Brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Dark Overripe fruit. Lots of plum and raisin
T: Raisins, figs, and alcohol dominate
F: Great Mouthfeel. Velvety. One of the more unique carbonations that I have experienced
O: This might have been built up to be something that it couldn't be in my head. This is a great quad though. I think some others have caught up, but easy to see why this has set the bar.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Entered from my notes of October 18. This opportunity was provided by the incredibly generous snaotheus upon his return from a trip to Belgium. I compared this to Rochefort 10 and ABT 12 side by side.

Color is dark mahogany with a dense tan head that faded pretty quickly. Smell is all about the yeast and booze - it has a very complex blend of dark fruits, toffee, some honey, and of course, booze. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and booze - very nice. Body is not as full as I expected - medium with a light carbonation. Overall, it's a great beer and deserves its reputation. In the comparison to the other beers, it was the winner - with a very similar flavor profile to the ABT 12. Surprisingly to me, the Rochefort 10 paled in comparison to the other two. I'd like a chance to repeat the tasting to see if that verdict holds - anyone else want to bring me a bottle of W12? :^)

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Photo of Philvillani
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TampaRainman
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,327 ratings.
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