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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a european bottle into a Krombacher pils glass. Shared with RoninTK3. Vintage 08'. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Beautiful hazy orangeish/brown with huge three finger fluffy white head that dissipated surprisingly quick. Lots of yeast floating around. Crazy lacing.

Smell- Cherry, tobacco, rich bready belgian yeast, dark dried fruit, vanilla. The list goes on, but this is one of the most layered beers I've had the pleasure to have.

Taste- Vanilla, plum, raisons, fresh bread. Finish is pure raison. Yeasty character isn't as pronounced as in the smell which is nice for me. Sweet clean lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel- Tons of bubbly carbonation with a nice resiny stickiness. Clean without the booze heat one might expect from a 10% (especially with 5 years on it.

Overall- Quads are a hit or miss with me, but this is hands down the best quad I've had. Truly a beautiful beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle

A - Pours a murky red/brown with lots of head and lots of sediment. A bit of lacing.

S - Alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, cloves, apricot, and brown sugar.

T - So much going on with this one. Plums and raisins are at the forefront with hints of brown sugar, cloves, roasty malts, and a bit of cloves and spices. Not a hint of the 10.2% ABV.

M - So smooth with lots of carbonation and no burn. Incredibly drinkable.

This certainly lives up to the hype. Just sweet enough with the perfect balance of flavors and not a hint of alcohol after the smell. Glad to finally try this and would happily welcome another.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

300 ml bottle, one of six from the recent overseas release.

Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany, two plus inches of yellow-white foam dissipates very slowly to a lacing, leaves some tracks down the inside of the glass.

Smells of rich cocoa, molasses, bananas, white wine grapes, caramel, slightly toasty bread and a hint of licorice, cloves, and cinnamon. Of note is the exceptional balance of all these aromas; despite sound like a weird mixture, they fit together perfectly.

The flavor is nutty at first, mildly bitter but also rich like hazelnut. What follows is a bit of cocoa and wine-like grape fruitiness. The conclusion is banana, caramel, and cloves. The beer manages to be rich without being cloying in the least, and seems to balance a malty sweetness with a wine-like dryness. Subtle hints of bitter hop sneak in as the beer warms. There are savory elements as well.

The ale is full-bodied and features as an expansive effervescence that feels refreshing and seems to fill the cheeks and tingle on the roof of the mouth.

This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and perhaps even exceeds my expectations. A picture of this beer should appear next to the definition for "world class" in the dictionary. Absolutely a worthwhile experience. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, take it. While I am sure some will still find it overrated, I feel most will certainly not be disappointed.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been saving this brew for a little while since receiving it via joemcgrath27 in a cross-Canada trade (madd props!). The moment has arrived with the birth of our baby daughter this past Monday.

A - Poured into the Westvleteren goblet. Before sediment it pours a crystal clear ruby red, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing. A murky amber brown after sediment.

S - Rich caramel and dark fruit, figs, candied apple, rye bread, toffee, hints of chocolate and cocoa alongside a heavy dose of cloves and a touch of booziness.

T - Pre-sediment pour had a stronger cocoa and burnt malt flavour, dark fruit notes were prominent throughout and post-sediment pour the heavier cloves and candied fruit notes come through. Vineous grape notes, earthy hops and a lingering bitterness come through alongside a hint of ABV heat and sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is incredibly smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - This is one tasty quad and it certainly lives up to the hype. Insanely drinkable, which I would imagine would only improve with time. The high ABV is incredibly well hidden amongst a complex flavour profile. Not only was this an incredible brew, it made for the perfect drink to celebrate such an incredible moment. Thank for sending this treat along Joe!!

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4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So, one of the best beers in the world, ever... Been waiting for this one for quite some time. Managed to get two bottles from a very limited release at Systembolaget.

Looks the part, murky with plenty of sediment...

The smell that rises from the glass is sweet, absolutely a Quad. Hints of raisins, plums... In the back I sense some yeast and a bit of booze.

Taste... Well, still a bit sweet, Brown sugar blended with the plums from the smell. Not really a lingering taste at all. Only left with a bit of sugar on the tongue.

Honestly... If it wasn't fot the whole Westie thang, I would put a beer like Rochefort 10 way ahead of this. In no way is this bad, it is in fact very good. But world-class? Not for me...

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

A-murky dark brown color with a smallish tan head and a little lacing

S-dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, spices

T-figs, dates, roasted malt, molasses, hints of cocoa and spices (cloves, cinnamon)

F-medium to full body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a great beer to be savored and sipped slowly

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,464 ratings