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

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6,432 Ratings
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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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Have to give a shout out to Unsung for sharing this great beer with me!! Cheers!!

A: Awesome bottle, golden brown color that pours a tad cloudy with light amber head.

S: Very sweet tropical fruity smell with a hint of honey.

T: Hard to describe this very full flavored beer...but it has a tropical fruity taste with a hint of caramel, finishes with a warm soothing taste of honey!

M: Nice warm, very well balanced taste, fullest flavored tasting beer I've ever had the pleasure drinking!

O: Outstanding, very well balanced, full flavored beer! Highly recommend!

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This beer has been reviewed over three thousand times at this point and everyone knows it's outstanding, so I'd like to point out what I thought it does especially well.

What stands out to me most about this beer and in my opinion the reason it is far better than the other trappist quads, is simply that it has one of the most perfect soft, yielding mouthfeels I've ever experienced. On top of that it is incredibly balanced sweet and subtly bitter cocoa like malt, a touch of sourness from the yeast strain.

Yes its gonna have dark fruit (i.e. plumb, raisin), molasses, brown sugar, caramelized sugar to the point of burning, cocoa, coffee, maybe even toffee malt profile. And yes the yeast has a bready/doughly, slightly sour, phenolic quality but none of this is unique to this beer or this brewery.

What is unique to this beer, even amongst its Belgian peers, and what makes it is so fantastic is its RESTRAINT. In a world of ever expanding malt, hop, abv content, this beer is the exemplar of refinement and what a delicate touch can create. After waiting so long to try it I'm surprised its been received as well as it has because frankly its a beer that is so complex and nuanced that it doesn't deliver the instant gratification of the massively hopped up or malted up high alcohol beers that populate the top 250. But that's also why is so amazing.

It doesn't need to bash you over the head with sugar content, hop content, or alcohol content. It has the subtlety and restraint of a brewery who's level of maturity epitomes what it means to be confident in ones product.

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A: cloudy with dark amber light head (witch does not last more thant 30 sec)

S: Alcohol smell, fuity, yeasty

T: Caramel, whiky hint, tropical fruits, honey

M: Nice warm feeling, well balanced but should be age a bit in the cellar :)

O: Great, but so is Rochefort 12, Achel bruin and Westmalle Dubbel...

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,432 ratings
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