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

6,357 Ratings
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: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Soft off-white head floats upon a tawny hued ale. Soft notes of fruit and earth waft up and invite the first sip.

Rich fruit upfront. In particular, raisins predominate. A touch of "fruity leather" and candied ginger makes for a novel flavor profile. Very interesting mix of phenol, pepper, star anise, and cinnamon toward the finish. Compact, tight bubbles comprise carbonation, and with each sip, they provide the right amount of tickle and lift to a very complex, round ale.

Finish is clean and powdery dry. The carbonation makes this ale deceiving as this does not drink like it is 10.2% ABV.

Bring on the roasts and lamb. Overall, this is delightful. Way too expensive for regular enjoyment but great for special occasions (or needed moments of joy).

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared this bottle at a hosted quadrupel tasting.

A - Dark brown pour with a rusty\red hue. Thin white foam settles quickly. Small bubbles of carbonation are noted. There is a small bit of yeast sediment in the pour as the bottle finished.

S - Notes of raisins, honey, toffee, and molasses are noted. Such a complex aroma that I can easily see why this is often considered the pinnacle of Belgian ales. Subtle yeast aroma of French toast came from the glass.

T - In short, this delivered the goods. Rich flavors of honey and candied fruit are right at the forefront. There is a bit of a rich molasses & brown sugar flavor that gives to a warming sherry burn in the belly at the finish. This rivals any cordial I've had really I can't see what could make this better. Its worthy of the hype.

M - Uncanny how smooth this is. Leaves a sweetness on the palate similar to a tawny port wine. Rich in the taste, yet very light and the balance makes this the ultimate sipper.

O - I love Rochefort 10 and this I have to say is a bit better. It easily was the winner in a side by side with Rochefort and St. Bernardus Abt 12. This is a beer I would drop some serious coin on to get again, and a big thanks tot he distributor who hooked me with a bottle.

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a deep brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white head which diminished slowly and gave off great amounts of lacing. aromas of dark roasted grains, molasses, bready yeast, dark fruits (plum/raisins), chocolate. the flavor is much like the aroma, except there is a nice warmth from the abv. lots of bready chocolate.. almost rye notes. lots of dark fruit flavor as well. as far as quads go, this is great.. not TOO sweet, and right up my alley. as far as considering this the best beer in the world or whatever, meh.. it's just not what i would consider, not even the style really. full body with modest amount of carbonation. a nice warming feeling from the alochol.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,357 ratings.
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