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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Photo of donaldchapman
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze, fantastic Belgian lace.
S - Complex! Rich malt characters that mingle with the phenolic and fruity yeast components and hops to make an amazing balance.
T - Very malty flavors, dark fruit, bready, toasty. The malt mixes with the yeast characters and hops to provide and wonderful experience.
M - Medium body provides a very drinkable beer without it being to full, good carbonation and excellent alcohol warmth.

This is a wonderful beer! It achieves a balance in both aroma and flavor such that nothing is dominate but rather achieves a complexity that keeps you looking for more!

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Photo of csmiley
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark murky brown in color. The light tan head was massive and stuck around for a while. As expected, lacing was phenomenal. This is quite an attractive brew.

S - Caramel and dark bread are prominent in the aroma. Some fruitiness shows up as a backing aroma. Mostly prune and fig is what I picked up. Some sweeter spices and alcohol round out the flavor.

T - Mostly sweet. Caramel, candied suger, brown suger, and molasses come to mind. Dark bread is very present and makes for a nice background to the sweeter flavors. Fruitiness in the taste leans more toward prune and plum. Cinnamon and clove make up the spice profile. Warm alcohol and hints of chocolate finish up the flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with great carbonation. Finish is sweet and cleaner than expected.

D - Drinkability is good. The high abv does place limits on how many of these that should be consumed at once. There is really nothing bad that can be said about this beer. It excels in every category. Glad I got the chance to try one of these and I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: pours brown with a grape, fig-like color, opaque; tightly-beaded head of a light tan color that gently settles into the beer and laces.

S: yeasty, fresh-baked bread, dark fruit/fig, very slight noble hop spiciness. Scores just shy of perfect because I have to work for it a little.

T: Starts with chocolate and quickly follows with lots of dark fruit, fig, plum, grape fruit flavor. Settles into a sweet caramel, molasses taste, ending with a bitterness mixed with noble hops and alcohol that lingers into the aftertaste, which is almost numbing.

M: very light, somewhat fluffy, effervescent. a little sticky, light but viscous.

D: Scores just shy of perfect as this is a strong sipper, Complexity in this beer is unmatched and the balance is better than any I have tried. It seems I get a little more of everything--the fruity, malty, yeasty flavors mixed with just a little hops at the end.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured straight from the bottle into a tall goblet. It had been stored for a couple months from the date of purchase in an light-free and cool place in the house.

It poured a strong "cola" color with a dark-brown and almost milky head. The carbonation was quite visible and more so then most beers I've had. The head seemed to stay, very slightly, throughout drinking. For the dark color it was still a pretty clear pour.

It smelled so sweet. Not a bad sweet though, not like a pot of warm, double-boiler chocolate type sweet, but somewhat cinnamony(?). It wasn't overpowering and it pulls you in.

After taking a sip the sweetness seems to dance over the tongue and into the cheeks. For this sweetness it goes down very smooth and has a minimal aftertaste. I had it by itself, but I could see it going well with a nice creamy cheese for some reason. I think the flavors would balance well.

I received six of these from someone in Belgium and sold all but two of them. I wanted to keep a couple and try it out and I'm glad I did. I wish it were widely available in the states. Of course the value or mystic of it would go down, but regardless it is a beer that I could see myself drinking any day of the week. More so in the winter months, but a nice relaxing evening would work well. I recommend this to anyone who has the chance to taste it.


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Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to deepsouth for the chance to try this brew!

Pours out a warm smooth deep brown, very murky, with a decent head..

Lovely aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, raisins, yeast, and that familiar Belgian sugariness...

Well, it is delicious. Loaded with sweet dark fruits and hints of cocoa and cinnamon, it is a deceptively strong and tasty brew..

I guess its probably sacrilege to say this but this wasn't my favorite Belgian. It was good but not the best I've ever had. Still... I'm priveleged to have gotten the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappist Westvleteren 12
11.2 oz brown bottle with no label and a unique yellow cap
Served in a Chimay chalice

I served this one at just the right temperature (around 58 degrees or so). Pours a chestnut brown with a massive head that forms on top. Incredible trails of sticky lace patterns cling to the sides of chalice.

The nose is malty with whiffs of Belgian yeast and sweet fruit that linger in the background. Aroma is not quite as intense as one might expect, but yet quite effective.

First sip is pure bliss. Juicy, chewy-rich malts provide the backbone of this beer with a sharp and striking hop finish. Flavors of Belgian sugar, caramel, dried fruit (prunes, figs & raisins), toffee and ripe rasberries.

A significantly strong offering that is deceptively smooth, complex and extremely enjoyable. The smoothness is almost creamy in its delivery. The mouthfeel is outstanding and arguably the best I've ever tasted.

An exquisite and marvelous masterpiece that defines the beauty of beer.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Westy! Here we go...

Pours a maple color with a nice 1/2-1 finger foamy, off whiite head. I'm not getting any lacing.

I smell a ton of dark fruit, bread, candy, spices. There's a lot in the nose of this. Similar to the Pannepot Fisherman's Ale, but much more balanced and pleasant.

I taste raisin, fig, caramel corn, perhaps even some candy sugar-coated nuts.

This is also going down way too easy. I'm hardly detecting the alcohol in this at all. What a masterwork.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nesued for giving me the chance to try this one.

Pours a raisin colored richness with surprising clarity, even with some sediment from the bottom. Creamy full head settles slowly.

Nose is very complex and intriguing, nearly vinous, with notable sweet dark fruits of raisin, blackberry, and plum, some full bready malt, grapes, and a subtle spice.

For the strength, depth of flavor, and complexity, this remains very delicate and fine. More bready character saturated with candy sweet fruit and a soft lingering spicy note are pronounced on the tongue. Not overly sweet, not too dry, and surprisingly lacking the 10+% abv taste.

Feel is very pleasant, medium bodied with enough carbonation to lighten it up just a little. Smooth, with the impression of being syrupy, though somehow remaining much lighter and more delicate.

Deceivingly rich, with masterfully crafted character, it's very difficult to say how drinkable this is. So enjoyable to sip. While I certainly want more, I found it very satisfying.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westvleteren 12...the rosetta stone for many beer drinkers. This one was tasted alongside St. Bernardus 12, and Rochefort 10. Poured in to an Ommegang chalice a lovely dark rosewood color, with lighter rosy hues at the bottom of the glass, and a fluffy tannish/white heading that clings the the glass, and has great retention. Nose can only be described as extremely deep, with layers of prune, candy, licorice, caramel, more sweet dark fruit...the list goes on and on. Taste is quite breathtaking, and complex. Begins very rich and sweet, with dark fruit such as plum, prune and date. Chocolate can also be detected lingering in the background somewhere. Alcohol also lends itself perfectly to the flavors, giving it the perfect amount of richness and depth of character without overdoing it. The end of the beer is interesting, in that although there is little bitterness in initial flavor, there is some int he finish, that one might describe as spicy, and perhaps a bit earthy. Mouthfeel is the most exceptional aspect of Westy 12 in that it is just so damn smooth on the palate. It was a sort of cask conditioned beer character to it, yet it is bottled. Sometimes I think cask conditioning beer takes a bit away complexity and flavor wise, but with this one there is not much left to be desired. Drinkability is very very high, despite the high ABV, although I don't think I could bring myself to drinking more than one of these in a sitting....that might just be too decadent for me. As far as the other two beers, I am sad to say that they did not even come close. The Rochefort was a bit more robust and boozy, whereas the St. Bernardus was lighter, more carbonated, and quite a bit spicier. Ok, so final verdict: This is my second time tasting this brew, and the first time I was less than impressed. This tasting, on the other hand blew me away. I now have no problem proclaiming that this is the best Belgian Quad, and one of the best beers in the world. I suspect that this will be a permanent member of my want list for a while. Cheers

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This beer poured a dark amber color with a huge off white head. Lacing was present throughout the entire beer.

Smell- Nice fruit smells with hints of alcohol. Has nice hints of raisins, dark cherries, chocolate and spices.

Taste- Incredible. Great tastes of dark fruits, chocolate and spices(cloves, anise). The high ABV is hidden well.

Mouthfeel- Nice thick yet smooth mouthfeel with medium high carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer is absolutely incredible. Not quite a perfect 5 for me but damn close. I feel lucky to have been able to try one and now I want more.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.33 l bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to deepsouth for the trade and opportunity to try this.

Pours a dark brown with +1 fingers of creamy looking tan foam head. The retention is just beautiful looking, with a smooth and creamy layer that sticks around for a good bit and leaves behind thick lacing that coats the sides of the glass and then cascades down. This is one of those beers that I could just sit there and watch swirl around in the glass for hours on end. The bouquet on this is quite a complex and well balanced little fume of aromas with sweet notes of cocoa powder, vanilla, and candied sugar giving way to dark fruit tartness and the scent of an earthy oakiness. There is quite a nice contrast and interplay between the sweet and tart notes.

The taste profile is similar to the aroma being both complex, well balanced and layered. A delicious sweet mix of candied sugars, chocolate, and bready malts with some deep dark fruit notes and spices. There is also an earthy feel and yeast presence but they are very subtle and integrated perfectly into the surroundings. For me though, the mouthfeel of this beer is where is absolutely excels. It's got a very rich texture yet still feels smooth and mellow in the mouth with fantastic carbonation. There is maybe just the teeniest, tiniest bit of alcohol in the body but for the most part that 10+% ABV is absolutely no where to be found.

This beer carries a lot of expectations and while it wasn't quite a perfect beer for me, it still came pretty darn close. The look, smell, and taste of this are outstanding but it's the body and drinkibility that are truly world class, being rich and complex but still immensely smooth and quaffable. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brianj555 for trade. Now I know what the hype is about. Pours a very cloudy, chestnut brownish color. A soft off white head with a light tan hue to it. Good retention through the tasting though hid to the side of the glass. I don't know why but I guess I was expecting more viscous of a liquid. Not bad just thinking aloud.

The nose is rich with malt and some very nice esters that blend really well. Overall that is what is great is that everything is present but nothing dominates. To start there is a very complex malt with hints of caramel and sweet bready and light note of biscuit. Hints of cinnamon and cloves but brings the breadiness out. A minor chocolate notes. Great fruity aromas that blend well. Some figs, raisins, plums and olives (yes olives). Some minor cherry and rose peddles. The yeast notes are light with no major residual, most esters. Some alcohol but light as well.

The taste is similar where the flavors are present but don't dominate. Very well balanced. The malt is prominent than what the nose indicated. There is a nice blend of caramel and bready flavors. The chocolate comes out but doesn't give it a lactic quality. There is a bit of roast that is noticeable in the finish. Less spice flavors but still leaves the bready quality in the flavor. Some salty and peppery flavors in the finish as well. The fruit notes seemed lighter than the nose (maybe why the malt came out). Figs and cherries really come out more but limited raisins and plums. Hints of pears and mangos as well. The yeast again is really subtle. As is the alcohol, but some minor solvent notes are detectable.

The body is really key here. There is noticeable body here but finishes dry for style. Just interesting to see all the flavor come out and then drop out with a lingering flavor. Overall a great beer. Loved the complexity and blend overall. I can see why this is a treat for so many!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review # 700. .33L bottle, 10.2% ABV. Date on cap appears to be 08 04 09. Pours a chestnut color, with a good deal of sediment, even with a careful pour. Tan fluffy head trickled down to a thin collar very quickly.

To describe the aroma as complex would be an understatement. Figs, raisins, rum soaked sweetbread, ripe fruit, alcohol, and some spices just to start off. What a great combonation. A beer that you could sit and smell forever.

Huge amount of ripe and dark fruit, along with some fig. Good amount of boozy flavor, without being overbearing. Hints of sweetness, but very well balanced. Long lingering rum soaked raisin finish.

Very warming, without being too hot. This could probably age with the best of them. Light body, with a good amount of carbonation aids in drinkability. What a world-class beer!

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Photo of punkindrublic50
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely deserving of the best beer in the world title. Has such an utter depth and complexity it will leave your head spinning. Aesthetics are quite nice with a dark color and a pleasant tan head, but the smell is when you realize something incredibly is coming. Fruits, spices, candy, it just hits you all at once with an intensity even stronger than a Dogfish 120.

On a side note, if at all possible wait to try this beer until you are able to make the pilgrimaged out to the monastery in Belgium. The surrounding country is some of the most peaceful and quiet farmland I've ever seen, and builds up the experience of trying the beer to a whole new level.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours with a large off-white head that just wont quit. Carbonation is very pronounced, right up the middle and color of the beers is a very deep delicious looking amber.

Smell- Notes of fruit with an undertone of alcohol. Smell is definitely the weakest part of this beer but it is still quite lovely. Smell almost seems to be running away from the beer and into my nose.

Taste- WOW!!! Very thick on the tongue, alcohol is very well disguised and beer is incredibly balanced. Hints of chocolate, ever so slight bitterness, candy, and some candied fruit flavors. Carbonation has slight pop on the aftertaste that really leaves the taste to linger.

Mouthfeel- So thick! I can almost chew this beer, its truly wonderful, fills palate and the taste just lingers for ages.

Drinkability- A+ no doubt about it this beer is delicious and has no peer that Ive yet tried.

Update to review: Tasted this beer again at the 2013 "The Festival" in Portland, Me.

This is only my second time ever seeing or having this beer. What struck me most about it upon a second try was the predominance of chocolate that I tasted. It is very delicious, perhaps a little boozy once it starts warming up, but a very, very tasty beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have gotten several of these in trades and this is about my 4th one but have just started reviewing.

Poured into a chimay goblit. Looks beautiful. Nice tan head that stays through with a nice brown body.

Smells of dark fruits, spices and candy sugar. Simply awesome smell.

Tastes just as it smells and is simply amazing. I am very fortunate to have a couple of these and will always keep a
couple around since it is a top five brew that I have had. Recomend that everyone try this one because it will knock your socks off.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogony in color this poured a thick fluffy beige head. The nose gave off complex scents of sweet dark fruit, raisins, dark malt, chocolate dipped toffee, yeast, mineral and dark caramel. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with nice concentration yet light-on-its-feet due to the abundance of carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and round with good richness in the midpalate which adds some dry/bitterness on the finish. Balance is the key work here and it has that in spades!

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Photo of dill
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is obviously one that I was looking forward to. Some friends from Belgium and I used the opportunity to cook some game and drink this from some Westvleteren chalices which had a really nice shape to them. The bottle had been aged 5 years. When we poured it out it was difficult to get a decent head on it. My friend thought perhaps we should have washed the glasses a bit differently. The smell and taste were rich with toffee. It had a nice sweetness to it that gave way to some warmth from the alcohol at the end. A very fine beer, and one that I will look forward to trying fresh.

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Photo of biegaman
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An unmarked, unlabeled 12 oz bottle purchased from the Bier Tempel in Brussels. I saved this, my first taste of the Westvleteren 12, for the last night of my first trip to Belgium, August 2007. I refused to brush my teeth before bed that night...

It glows a gorgeous burgundy when held up to the ceiling but is quite dark away from the lights. The beer is, at normal angle, only a shade or two deeper than scarlet or the aforementioned burgundy; such a lovely colour. A dusty white coloured head perches atop, appearing thin but is, in actuality, quite thick and sturdy along the perimeter.

The aroma is a soft mix of nuts, caramel and bready malts. The yeast seems to accentuate something akin to pralines or walnuts. I finally would place creme brulee in the smell as well. Almonds maybe, raisins for sure. Became increasingly fruity. Even though I didn't find the aroma to live up to other aspects of the beer, no arguments here, this is one beautiful yeast! In this beer's case, the smell mimics the taste (not vice versa), although it hardly hints at how great it is...

A very neat water profile. The yeast and mineral character of the water seem to play with one another. There is little carbonation with a sandy texture. The flavours don't seem to last too long on the tongue, they are very gentle.

I was completely and utterly taken away with the flavour - it is loaded and lovely. Notes of dates, prunes, plums, and increasingly, a strong taste of grapes. Slightly chocolaty alongside flavour of nuts and raisin. My first impression of the Westvleteren 8 was 'chocolate covered raisins' which is the same idea here.

Sampling the trio all in one night I wasn't sure, initially, which one I like best. But I simply kept upping the marks in the 12, growing to like it more and more and more and more. I wish I was a monk...

Is this damn good? Yes. Great? Yea. Amazing? Well... yea.
This is unique, as all Trappists are. Is it better? Not necessarily. Each Trappists is unique and to be appreciated in its own right. Is this deserving of the title of worlds best? Well... I overheard a server here in Belgium put it best: "whatever beer you like, then that is a good beer"...

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2001 vintage Westy 12 was the grand finale of my 05/21/08 tasting with a friend. Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, crystalline brown with a roaring ocean of head yields delicate, mild lacing. Looks downright regal in the chalice I had mine in. It's not huge, it's not flat - it just looks great.

Aroma: Loads of goodies here. Raisins and other sweet stone fruits, light woody tannins, licorice, both light, sweet sugars and darker, molasses-esque sugars. Some sweet, spicy alcohol too. Divine.

Taste: Mmmph. So wonderfully complex. Sweet, bready and caramel malts and fruit sugars - figs, cherries - are reminiscent of Christmas pudding. Light, simple sugars - honey, pure brown sugar and molasses notes - are balanced by mild, spicy, dry hops, and that delicious, deceptively-smooth alcohol in the finish rounds things out. Divin ... er?

Mouthfeel: Goose-feather pillow, and maybe the best feeling beer I've ever had. The profile is easily the most even - velvet smoothness, with a medium-to-high body. Amazing.

Drinkability: My notes just say "OMG," I guess I was pretty gone by this point. But this beer was truly phenomenal - the alcohol was barely noticeable, and everything was balanced so perfectly you can't help but take another sip. And so I did.

A classic - the classic perhaps - and rightfully so. Perfect in most ways a beer can be perfect, if you ever are lucky enough to get your hands on one of these ... well, I'll pay you for it.

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Photo of gford217
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #100! Bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into a snifter. Bottle cap dated 18.12.10. Big, big thanks Jason!

A: Pours a beautiful deep brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is a rocky off-white two fingers thick which lingers for quite a while and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Where do I start with the aroma? Sweet bready caramel malts with huge dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums up front. Big and complex with molasses, brown sugar, and some spices on top of that. Just a wonderfully aromatic brew.

T: Just like the smell, the taste is just incredibly complex and wonderful. There is a prevailing sweetness that pervades the entire flavor with molasses, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Spices are also present but perfectly balanced with the sweetness and malts.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a nice big carbonation that tickles the tongue. I honestly don't think you could improve the mouthfeel...exceptional.

D: Well, what else to add to the praise? I'm not sure if this is the best beer I've ever had, but it's pretty damn close. It's unbelievably complex but extremely drinkable and is certainly the best of the style I have ever tasted.

Thanks again to Jason for sharing the wealth!

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Photo of Redwood21
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: my only complaint was the head on mine really didnt stick around for the party. my friend who was next to me had a ring of head that survived the drink so i split the distance between 4 and 5. it has an almost cola color and the head is thin and white

S: nothing too strong, as it warmed the bouquet opened up. there is an almost prune aroma with a some what sweet ester as a backbone. the aroma ends with a slight yeasty kick.

T: when you drink this beer at a cooler temp you are cheating yourself. it starts out with a bit of alcohol and yeasty fruit taste. as it warms it really opens up. you have a semi sweet start (think a raspberry in a bitter chocolate shell) and a spicey back of your tongue finish. as it warms it also becomes more smooth there is an earthy caramel taste as well, not sweet, but still caramel. there is also the yeasty component that is most evident on the finish and is more pungent than a hefe.

M/D: as it warms it becomes amazingly smooth and easy to drink. the carbonation is very easy and does not distract. the drinkability only gets a 4.5 because im not sure i could sit and just go at this all day. I know id never turn one down, but it also might not be the first beer i grab (may...)

this is a fun, interesting beer to get the pleasure to try. if you like quads it wont disappoint...

Thanks hoeferweisen for the bottle

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Photo of RixBeer
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An extra from an awesome trade with deepsouth! Brown label-less bottle. Like all Westvleteren all information is on the cap. Trappist Westvleteren, "bevat gerstemout", bier, 12 circled,bier, 10% vol... I really do believe that "God's Brewers" should be added somewhere.

Brown with hints of dark cherry in color with light carb bubbles and a 1/3" head that fades to 1/4". Head is cream white. Looks like a thicker cider.

Smells of raisins, caramel and slightly sweet. Spicy alcohol fill the end of the inhale.

Suede Mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. The spicy character hides the malt nicely. Pretty sweet like with a nice warming from the ever present alcohol. Lingering spiciness and dry fruit flavors.
Very creamy mouthfeel, very smooth.

O the big flaw is how smooth this beer is. Hell I didn't want to wait for it to warm up a little. This has been the most impatient I've been with a beer. Waiting this glass to warm as I drank it made me agitated. I wanted to keep drinking this amazing beer. To to drinkable. I wish I could buy a 6 pack of Westy 12's at ANY store.

My hats of to the monks of Trappist Westvleteren.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Westy 12! Dark brown with a cramy tan that disappears into a ring. Huge thanks to Old Style Cub fan! Huge and beautiful aroma of cherries, brown sugar, raisins, figs. Amazing flavor, fresh and strong, yet extremely complex. Has a strong vineous quality. Finish is beautifully smooth and sweet. There's a lot going on in this beer. It's worthy of its top beer titile!

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Photo of falcon1
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without any doubt, Trappist Westvleteren 12 is one of the finest beers, if not the best, in the world. The aroma and taste of this outstanding trappist quadrupel is exceptional and extraordinary, to say the least. It ages extremely well and its drinkability is truly remarkable.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,279 ratings.
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