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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 9/5/14

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A- Pours a maroon/brown color with ruby hues when held to the light. A small tan head recedes to a collar that leaves some lacing.

S- The aroma is bursting with sweet over-ripe dark fruits. Masses of prunes, nice touches of raisin and fig, bubble gum Belgian candy sugar. Dried/candied pineapple is also prevalent. Slightly spicy, with hints of clove and cinnamon.

T- The flavor follows the aroma closely, with prunes and raisins in the forefront. The candy sugar and candied fruits then take over in a very sweet mid-palate. It finishes with spices (cloves and cinnamon), and lots of dryness.

M- The mouth feel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and very dry.

O- This is definitely the best quad I have had. It is not my favorite style, but I could drink this a lot!

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,433 ratings
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