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

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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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200th review.

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter glass. best before bottle date 13.08.11

pours an opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger of lush, creamy head... slowly fades to a thin cap, collar around the glass; decent lacing. good dose of sediment.

nose is headlined by dark fruits, with notes of spice, brown sugar and caramel malts; definitely a sweet aroma. very nice. slight but perceivable presence of booze. flavor follows the nose. again, dark fruits - raisin, plum, cherry; brown, maybe carmelized sugar; belgian yeast... very balanced, very complex. also happens to be quite delicious. some warming alcohol in the finish.

medium bodied with adequate carbonation. insanely drinkable, i could happily drink this all day.

worthy to note that there was no eureka moment upon first sipping it, but as you drink, the brew really opens up. hands down a world class beer, but THE best? hmm... not sure i could give any beer that distinction. were rochefort 10 as difficult to come by i think it would marshall a similar hype. that said, it's easily a top 5 candidate in my book.

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Finally the Westy 12. Cracked open on my first anniversary of joining BA. I can remember the time where I thought I'd never get a taste of the number one beer in the world. If I would have had one then, I would have gulped it down without a doubt. Tonight I appreciated it a little more. I didn't know what to expect from this beer as there is a lot riding on being labeled the number one beer in the world. Was expecting a little let down... far from it after finishing it off. Cap reads 26.5.13. Poured into Westvleteren Chalice.

A- Pours very hazy, cloudy brown in color. Off white 1 and 1/2 finger head. Fades down to a thin cap for the remainder of the beer.

S- The nose starts and ends with dark fruits throughout. Very inviting aroma, as it is not to much, but still enough to make you wonder what is about to come.

T- My first taste leads to a boozy grape, raisin beer. The flavors pour in from here with some sweetness, spices, and dark fruits. Everything is balanced, more than expected. Very smooth drink, makes you want another sip right after you had one. Dark fruits end the drink nicely. Wow, it really is a great beer to drink.

M- Medium body, lighter on the carbonation. A little crisp, coats the mouth nicely though.

D- Only my second quad, and this is by far the better of the two. Didn't like my first quad, so I was a little apprehensive of this, but it lived up to expectations as a great beer. Wish I had the opportunity to get a couple and enjoy with more people.

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