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

6,345 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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me about a year ago from Harrymel who had just gotten back from Belgium. Thanks Harry!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Rich, caramel brown red, with tons of yeasties suspended in what looked like dirty gelatin. The frothy, mocha head didn't go anywhere throughout the entire session Gorgeous!

S: So complex. First and foremost, it smells like a red wine through and through. It's not the usual blend of dark fruit such as plums, figs, and brown sugar. This is much brighter. I got grapes, Sweet Tarts, currants, and maybe a mild undertow of figs.

T: A bit more beer-like in its flavor, not in the least bit overly sweet, and still with a nice red wine bill. The aftertaste is smooth and silky at first, but then of bit of boozy bitterness slaps the palate. For some reason, I get a good bit of apple flavor here as well. Remarkable!

M: Creamy and scrumptious, not sweet or cloying, and with a near perfect carbonation bill. The bitterness was played with a steady hand and I'm still in awe of how they got that element of this brew pitch perfect. The lacing left on the glass was ridiculous.

O: They don't call this the "World's Best Beer" for nothing. With out a doubt, the most remarkable quad to ever hit my palate. Sensational!

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I've had a few bottles of this over the last few years, and am always amazed at this beer. I at first wanted it to be awful so I didn't have to keep driving over and getting some, but unfortunately I was wrong. The hype is true. Pours a nice dark caramel/toffee color. Bit khaki head that slowly falls and leaves plenty of lacing behind. The smell is a nice blend of caramel, vanilla, figs, raisins, malt, molasses, and dried black cherries. The taste is just as complex and leaves nothing to be desired. A nice sweetness in the finish and it leaves you wanting, craving, more. World class beer.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,345 ratings.
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