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Westvleteren 12 (XII)

Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3224   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gramoit (368) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
Finally got my hands on this beauty!! Wow! As good as it gets really, and worth the sum of money of paid for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1472) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Crepes de Sophie in Shrewsbury. Opened with a bit of a gush and plenty of chunks of sediment came out with the pour. Not a great start for the world’s best beer. Aside from the chunks, it’s a hazy ruby colour with a good frothy cream head. Pleasant fruity caramel aroma. The flavour is fruity to begin with with quite a bit of spice and quite evident warming alcohol. Other notes of caramel, sherry, raisin, vanilla. Enjoyable beer, but I found it a bit too boozy to be honest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (281) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Aroma of brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit, dates, and an oak character. Appears purplish-rubyish dark brown, giant light caramel foam. Big brown sugar flavor and dried dates that are balanced with a european hop bitterness, mild sugar lingers on the end. Palate is foamy, mouth filling, and light. Overall, great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (507) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle (aged roughly twoish years). Super dark brown. A bit bubbly. Very heady/foamy. Faintly spicy nose. High spice at front that fades into subtle clove, light floral hops. Rich without being too sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cavalcanti (3) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Excelente cerveja, forte, sabor marcante. Drincabilidade média. Podem provar que não vão se arrepender!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Perfecte Trappist. Helaas moeilijk te krijgen. Vrij zwaar maar een zoete nasmaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mschaefer (23) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Flesje 33cl tht 15 okt 2017 op 12°C. Gistdepot in een extra glaasje uitgeschonken. Donkerbruin/rode gloed met crèmekleurig schuim dat zakt tot een halve centimeter. Aroma's deeg, granen en een vleugje "platteland". Smaken van karamel, een beetje zoethout en gebrande mout. Afdronk is vol met perfecte bittere tonen, mooi in balans en heel lang. Een echte slow drinker. Alcohol is gevaarlijk goed verborgen maar in de afdronk wel waarneembaar. De kunst van subtiele complexiteit hebben ze wel verstaan daar in Westvleteren.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Karyots (17) - BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2014
Tasted a young one: Ruby brown with a thin head. Caramel, nuts, raisin- also some hops in the background. Full taste - hints of sweetness at the beginning. Not as complex as a two year old one that I had tasted before. The two year one was a totally different animal - mellowed down with very complex taste - like a wine. The fresh one has a taste like fresh hay compared to this. Overall a fantastic beer. Reminded me so much of the St. Bernardus 12. Difficult to decide which is better :-) Both my favourites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardaxe (266) - - DEC 17, 2014
Very good. Unique. Alcohol comes through but it's subtle and lingers in the background. Nice fruitiness, some apple and dark raisin. A hint of wood. Problems are that it's too carbonated. Maybe a touch too sweet. Not the best beer in the world but very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schwarzbart (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
The second time I've had a 4oz sample with a couple friends. A great beer and I enjoyed even more the second time. Sweet malts with pear and apple upfront. Bread, caramel, dark dried fruits, yeast, earthy notes and hints of alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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