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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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Photo of hopjake
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Westy XII goblets that came with the brick - split this bottle with my brother. Cellaring the other 5 for a while. Murky, hazy brown with yellowish tan head. Familiar Belgian funk with dark fruit aroma. Tastes much the same, with plum, raisins, and yeasty spice. Perfect carbonation - less than a tripel, but still high as Belgians usually are. Perfectly balanced. I haven't had a lot of quads, but this one stands out. Pretty close to St. Bernardus 12, but has a little something extra. I'll have to A-B them sometime.

Now if I could just get my hands on the 8 and Blonde...

Thanks to Jerry at The J Clyde for getting the brick to my family for an awesome Christmas present.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

P- Thanks to buddy Donn in Germany for this brew!

A- a fig/raisin like color that is soemwhat hazy. A nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and sticky. perfect!

S- dark fruits: plums, raisins and figs. subtle caramel malts that complement the brew nicely.

F- Wow, i can see why this brewery and its beers are highly revered. This has great flavor tones of figs and raisins mixed with the malts. I have nothing bad to say. I mean it was just like a big sigh. taseful and relaxing.

M- Slightly carabonated but very very smooth and creamy. It is like eating a plum with a lil bit of brown sugar and it slides all the way down.

O- best beer i have ever had to date. World class and i am grateful i could have it.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Appearance: Pours hazy, barely opaque chestnut color. Minimal head in this particular pour but was sharing with a friend. It has very fine bubbles that retain around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Just the right hint of sweet with dark fruits, raisins, plums, maybe some cherry, caramel and subtle malts.

Taste: At first sip it is clear why this was a highly renowned beer. It is complex, but perfectly balanced with just the right combination of sweet flavors that taste of dark fruits like fig or plums. There is caramel, brown sugar and a very subtle hint of spiciness at the end. There’s a pleasant warmth from the alcohol as it’s consumed.

Mouthfeel: Moderate in body, very smooth and creamy on the palate, the oxidation sits on the tongue. The fine bubbles round out the mouth feel with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Overall: Most anyone should be able to taste why this is one of the top beers in the world. It is complex yet perfectly balanced, has excellent flavor, and overall is one of the best beers I’ve ever tried. The drinkability is off the charts and I really wish I could say I had more than just the one bottle that I tried. I think it’s absolutely worth every penny and if I ever make it over to Belgium I’ll be making my way over to the Abbey of Saint Sixtus.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/29/2015. Served in a Chimay goblet

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with some visible yeast sediment floating in the glass. There was slightly more than a finger of a frothy light tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Rum soaked dark fruits. Raisin, fig, plum, caramel, brown sugar, belgian yeast

Taste: Similar to the nose. More booze soaked raisins, fig, cherry, sweet bread, apple, yeast spice

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full bodied with medium carbonation. It has a soft, slightly creamy mouthfeel that's really nice. Alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Goes down so smooth.

Overall: There's no doubt this is a world class beer. I would rank this as my #1 quad. If you've never tried it, I would recommend seeking out a bottle, and maybe a couple extras to save for special occasions. With that being said, is it worth the extra money and effort it would take to obtain this on any type of semi regular basis? In my opinion, no (and I don't know that there's any beer out there that would be).

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,421 ratings
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