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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After much contemplation on whether this beer was worth trying based on its cost alone, I decided to splurge. Abt 12 pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy, off-white head. The head retains exceptionally well. Flecks of yeast sediment abound in the dark liquid. The smell is a bit port-like, with some sweet candy present in the aroma, as well. The taste is quite strong, with notes of candy sugar, dates, dark fruit, etc. all making equal impressions. A very well-balanced brew. Almost every sip is like a unique experience. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, albeit a little less carbonated than it could be. For a beer of 10.2% abv, this one drinks dangerously easy. Although maybe not worth the price for a single bottle, this is nonetheless an excellent creation from the Westvleteren Trappist brothers. Nectar, indeed.

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Finally broke down, better yet, finally found an establishment that serves this nectar of the gods.

Presented in a labeless bottle with of course, the yellow cap. I decided to go with the yeast. Contained a little more than I normally like, no much to speak of in terms of a head- I am not complaining. Dark caramel color with heather hues.

Smelled wonderful, bananas and of course that unmistakable Trappist aroma.

Something about this beer puts it heads above even the other Trappist type beers. Like nothing I've tasted before. Fruity, balanced, hoppy, refreshing, amazing!!!

Upon finishing the beer, a patron sitting next to me asked. Where do you go now? My response was down. Down in quality, price, taste, and expectation.

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Aroma: Rich, caramel malt, some brown sugar, slightly medicinal, some yeast.

Taste: Medium bodied, sweet malt with some molasses, spicy booze, slightly oaky, super smooth, some ripe tree fruit and raisin towards the finish which is slightly lingering.

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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