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: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a goblet. Consumed most without yeast.

A. Super dark ruby. Nice head to a fine bubble rim.

S. Charred roasted malts. Figs. Toffee. Semi sweet.

T. Ohhh the sweet is balanced with matured walnuts, raisin, green apple, and figs. A little bitter finish.

M. Super smooth. Medium carbonation. Extra full body.

O. Very happy to see this available at my local watering hole. I paid 25 bux and I'm satisfied. Damn fine. Certainly worth the hype. Its a very strong beer not subtle by any means.

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

As this beer used to be the top rated beer on the planet, I thought I'd wait to try it until I felt my palate had developed enough to truly appreciate it. Good call.

Served in a tulip.

Appearance - OK so I might have fudged the number on the appearance a little but I feel that it is justified because some of the other rating scores need to be higher than a 5. It is a beautiful, full rich, ruby, mocha, milk, chocolate color. If I was to knock the beer in any way, it is that the color wasn't as vibrant as I had hoped. (I guess I had hoped that the beer would somehow glow or something.)

Smell - What got me here is how "full" the smell was. It's not pungent like a hop bomb but it seemed that my entire nose and respiratory system was consumed by the, again, "fullness" of the smell. I could list off the individual smells but everyone else has already listed those. Here is an area where the scores need to be higher that a 5.

Taste - oh... my... god... yes, it's good. Again, I could list the individual flavors that I'm picking up but that's only a teeny tiny portion of what's going on here. What's great about Westy 12 is how the flavors develop and intermingle with each other. So smooth and subtle yet sophisticated and refined all at the same time. By far - beyond thunderdome - holy crap in a dumptruck - this is by far the best tasting beer I've ever had. Seriously. LISTEN TO ME!!! It's good.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. 'Nuf said.

So far, this is the only beer I've ever had that I thought deserved all 5's. And to be honest, I'd like to give it even higher scores. I'm not usually one to fall prey to hype but this one lives up to it and possibly surpasses it. This is a serious mastery of the perfection of the brewing art. Now, is it the best beer on the planet? I can't say for sure because I haven't had them all and I doubt that anyone else has either. But, is it the best beer I've ever had? Yeah. Abso-friggin-lutely!!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0.33l bottle, about 11.16 oz., into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Caramelized brown color, golden and ruby hues. Massive and durable mocha-tan colored head that has a scoop of mass in the center. Just translucent enough to see the abundant micro-carbonation and slight bit of sediment. Hearty foam lacing.

S-Rich malts, sweet and sour dark fruit. Not boozy, but the alcohol provides enhancement and muskiness to the aroma. There's some Eastern-European baking influenced aroma as well, sweet and dark raisin bread. It gets better as it warms.

T- Once again, hearty malts with dark fruit. Raisin in particular. Just enough sugars for sweetness without being a sugar bomb. Tastes of anise, coffee, spice, and tobacco bounce around.

M- So full and sturdy, yet incredibly smooth. It makes me think of cooking roux as a base, thick rather than water based. Nice tingle of carbonation in each sip. Some alcohol bite. Lasting sweet finish.

O- All the hype and more. Drinkable at 10.2% abv. Maybe too drinkable.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,510 ratings