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

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100
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6,343 Ratings
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,343
Reviews:
1,872
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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2,208
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color, white head tops it off. The head stay for a spell and fades to a thin ring. Fruity notes on the nose, raisins, figs and cherries come to mind. Sweet and malty to start then the fruity flavors come in to play. A bit bubbly in the mouth. A very nice Quad but I think there are better out there.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a small Westvleteren IIX chalice.

A - A slow foam pushes upward as the cap pops off, leading to a pour of surprisingly effervescent beer. Active carbonation bubbles away as a lighter-than-expected brew fills my glass. It's a sort of dark brownish color, with red/orange/purple highlights when held up to the light. Despite the somewhat fizzy nature of the head during the pour, it appears a dense layer of light tan foam has formed, and isn't going anywhere. Bits of sediment can be seen floating in the murk at the bottom of the glass. Bits of lace form, although nothing substantial. So far so good.

S - The aroma is complex to say the least. The booze is certainly immediately identifiable, along with a wide variety of other notes. Cherries, plums, raisins, figs and dates. Sweet candi sugar, with mild spices and bready Belgian yeast. Molasses and brown sugar poke through as well. Pungent, but subtle. balanced and mild, but bold. Only thing throwing me off is the phenolic bite.

T - Sometimes I find that Belgian beers are simply representations of their respective styles, and don't push the flavor profiles into big, bold incarnations of those styles; they bring to the table would you'd expect, but nothing more. Westvleteren IIX doesn't do this. This brew is big, bold, complex, and delicious. Fruits are right up front, with dates, figs, cherries, and plums all coming through, complimented beautifully by sweet candi sugar and other sweet notes. Well developed base of bready malt, Belgian yeast, which is superb here, and other earthy notes. The sweeter side is balanced nicely by lots of spice, with ginger, cinnamon being at the forefront. The spice lingers long into the finish. Molasses, brown sugar and and other sweet flavors come through as well. Earthy hops and a gentle boozy warmth give it some edge. A magnificent meld of bready yeast, spices, dark dried fruits, and sweet malt. World-class.

M - The mouth on this one is flawless. Fine bubbly carbonation and a nice medium body make this one smooth as silk. Still, it fills the mouth nicely, with a perfect consistency, giving way to a finish in a class of it's own. Slight stickiness, and there's no denying the alcohol presence on this one, but it all goes together with the profile perfectly.

D - An all around superb beer, and it's easy to see why it's regarded as one of the top brews in the world. While I've always been attracted to the Belgian beers out there, Quads/BSDAs usually fall a bit short for me, but this one was certainly different. That being said, the massive price-tag and exclusivity make it a little harder to enjoy. I've yet to try Rochefort 10, but I can't imagine this is THAT much better than it. Either way, I'm glad I got the chance to try this one; world-class and a benchmark for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours with a large off-white head that just wont quit. Carbonation is very pronounced, right up the middle and color of the beers is a very deep delicious looking amber.

Smell- Notes of fruit with an undertone of alcohol. Smell is definitely the weakest part of this beer but it is still quite lovely. Smell almost seems to be running away from the beer and into my nose.

Taste- WOW!!! Very thick on the tongue, alcohol is very well disguised and beer is incredibly balanced. Hints of chocolate, ever so slight bitterness, candy, and some candied fruit flavors. Carbonation has slight pop on the aftertaste that really leaves the taste to linger.

Mouthfeel- So thick! I can almost chew this beer, its truly wonderful, fills palate and the taste just lingers for ages.

Drinkability- A+ no doubt about it this beer is delicious and has no peer that Ive yet tried.

Update to review: Tasted this beer again at the 2013 "The Festival" in Portland, Me.

This is only my second time ever seeing or having this beer. What struck me most about it upon a second try was the predominance of chocolate that I tasted. It is very delicious, perhaps a little boozy once it starts warming up, but a very, very tasty beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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From notes.

A: Hazy brown color with tons of light beige head. Very fluffy foam with tons of lacing.

S: What you would expect from the style: raisins, plums, spiced/banana bread. Lots of sweetness with a little tangy kind of smell that makes me think of wine.

T: Well, it follows the nose very well. You get the best balanced quad I've ever had. Good amount of banana bread, candied ginger, dried fruits and the wine like quality I got in the smell. Extremely well balanced. Alcohol is present, but compliments the tastes very well. Warm, comfy beer.

M: As you expect from such an old yeast strain: very light and fluffy with no stickiness to be found.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable and you could get a couple of these down without realising what you are doing.

All in all, a legendary beer with old and tested heritage. A beer all beer lovers should at least taste once.

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To honor NASA discovering the TRAPPIST-1 star system, I'm finally breaking open the bottle I got at the local shop last year. I have to say, everything about this beer is a surprise, from the texture to the flavor. It pours clear dark brown with receding head, no lacing, and clumps of heavy sediment towards the end of the pour.

Smell is sweet toffee candy, red apples, dark cherries, cola; sweet and interesting. Taste is where it gets really weird though. Starts off quite sweet, but gets shockingly bitter and dry by the end. Burnt toffee and spice dominate the front end, with fairly strong alcoholic roughness and clove-like numbing feeling on the tongue. This is one that must be sipped slowly or palate fatigue will do you in, and fast. A strange Dr. Pepper-like medicinality threatens to make this one cloyingly sweet, but then a bitterness sets in and all of a sudden, you're dealing with burnt malts, dry, strong boozy flavors that give the lingering finish more of a sharp, acidic, spicy yeast quality than a sweet, rounder one. I can't say this is a particularly balanced beer, and nor does it want to be. It hits hard and strong in each direction it pulls.

The strangest thing about this beer is the carbonation, which, with it's disappearing head, is between soda and champagne, and less like beer. It certainly brings up those belches! Overall, I can't say this lives up to the hype of former "best beer ever, anywhere." It just doesn't quite complement itself well in the flavors it most strongly forces. That said, every sip was interesting, pleasurable, and I don't regret the slightly exorbitant price I paid to get it locally. It may not be my favorite, but it's deserving of it's place as a legend.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,343 ratings.
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