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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at the Molen brewery, and this is my second time trying the Westvleteren 12. Found it at a bar in Delft a while back, but I did not take notes.

Poured in De Molen snifter

Appearance: The 12 has a reddish/brown hue and pours a white/tan head. Laces the glass quite well.

Smell: This is where the beer really sets itself apart from other quads. It has the beautiful fruity smell so typical of Westvleteren beers. Not surprisingly, sweet dark fruits hit the nose first. Like the 8, the esters really shine through right off the bat. It's reminiscent of old fashioned bubble gum, the kind you find at a baseball game. Bready aromas, like fresh rye covered with stroop. Caramel and toffee mixes in with all these scents to make the 12 smell more like a dessert than a beer.

Taste: The sharp dark fruit bite is at the forefront and is pleasantly, but ever so slightly bitter. Like the smell, the taste of the beer is more comparable to a desert cake than a beer. Dates, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and clove all mix together to attempt to veil the alcohol. The bready malts form a good base to the beer, reigning in, and complementing all the other aspects.

Overall: This is a truly beautiful beer. The pleasant dark fruit bite reminds me of the Westmalle dubbel, which isn't surprising considering they share the same yeast (or so I've heard). I'm not on the bandwagon of ''Westvleteren 12: Best Beer in the World'' but I will say it surely is one of the greatest. It is delicately crafted, and a real treat to the taste buds.

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A - Dark, hazy, muddy brown. Mixed foam, off-white head. Ok retention and lace.

S - Milk chocolate, prune, fennel, pumpernickel bread, rum soaked fruit cake.

T - Huge flavor profile. Prune, caramel, toasted raisin bread, milk chocolate, vanilla, Drambuie, honey.

M - Thick, boozy, full body. Smooth, lingering finish.

O - Doesn't disappoint. Outstanding nose, and incredible integration and balance on the flavor profile. The best Quad I've had to date.

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Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a caramel brown hue with a huge, frothy, white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving no trail but a huge persistent lace.

S: Dark fruit sour aroma with an apple twinge.

T: Slightly sour dark fruit flavor with a slight fizzy caramel flavor.

M: Very strong and boozy but masked nicely. Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This beer didn't disappoint. Great aromas and complex flavors.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Just sent up a flare on the ISO:FT forum and got a hit for this bad boy in less than an hour (thanks Kevin!). I'm glad those monks needed a new roof.

A - honestly, I've had enough of the heavy hitting quads to know that they all pour a big head. Westvleteren 12 is no different: huge foam is relentless throughout, but there's hardly any sediment. Brown and plain, but certainly not unattractive.

S - yum. Westy 12 smells like a complete dinner. There's a lot of sweet stickiness that hits the nose at first, caramel maybe, but then it turns savory, meaty, and substantive.

T - not quite as sweet as I expected from reading the reviews, but there's definitely something lacking in the taste, a kind of emptiness that hits right at the end. Some quads, like Rochefort 10, can get over this yeasty hump, but I don't think Westy 12 does it quite as successfully. There's plenty of sweetness on the front, but very little of the savoriness I got from the smell.

M - incredibly creamy and smooth. No carbonation to speak of, no alcohol to speak of, though after a bottle I need to take a short break. The sweetness isn't sticky like a BW, but it's definitely present.

O - I don't think I'll be seeking this (expensive) brew out in the future, but it's definitely right up there with the best of them. I will proverbially ask, "is it the best beer in the world?" The answer is clearly a subjective, "no," but it's something to seek.

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

Shared two bottles with two good friends on Saturday (16 Mar 2013)

A: Deep brown with a thin lacing that hangs around.

S: Incomparable. The first glass was poured a few feet away from me and I could smell the aroma from there. Beautiful warm yeasty bread, rich dark fruits, plum, malt and more malt. Soft is the best word I have. I wish I could keep my nose in a glass of this all day long.

T: Follows the aroma. Complex, gorgeous, bold, but also well balanced. Heavenly.

M: Mouthfeel is great. Good, slightly high carbonation.

O: The best beer in the world? I'm surprised to say "yes".

We lined up two bottles of St Bernardus Abt 12 afterwards for comparison. Extremely similar but the Westy is noticeably better in almost every respect. Prior to this, the St. Bernardus Abt 12 was probably my favorite beer and I was blown away by how good the Westvleteren 12 was. I did not expect it to live up to the reputation, but it did and I'm happy to cross this off the bucket list.

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