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

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5,365 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,365
Reviews: 1,709
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,258
Gots: 1,710 | FT: 132
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 5,365 | Reviews: 1,709
Photo of Short-Pour
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from Westy 12 chalice. This was last of a case ordered a few months ago. Stored at 57 degrees and drank the same temp. The case was fresh, so this was only a two to three months old - very young for this beer. Below is a summary of that wonderful case.

Look: Dark Brown with a one finger head, smallish bubbles which would mostly go away in about ten to twenty minutes

Smell: Fruit and brown sugar - can pick up the Alcohol but not overpowering.

Taste: Fantastic and consistent this quad is. The flavors are not trumped by the the alcohol at any point. Wonderful flavor that lasts long after the last swallow.

Feel: Wonderful thick mouth feel.

Best dark powerful beer I have ever had. Won on multiple side by sides with the other trappest quads. But not by a huge amount, but definitely a noticeable edge. I don't agree with those who say this is not as good as Rochefort 10. But Captain Obvious wil tell you (and I agree) that the difference is not as great as the cost differential ($20 for the Westy against Rochefort at 6 bucks)

Photo of augusttag
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz bottle that my uncle brought from Belgium. Approx 60 degrees F. Opened 5/25/15 Freshness date 1/14/18.

Look: Poured into tulip glass. Foggy dark brown color with tiny particles floating in it and with a finger of off-white head of small bubbles that faded quickly. Beautiful in the glass.

Smell: Malt. Toast. Dark Fruit. Cherry. Yeast. Alcohol.

Taste: Extremely smooth through the whole process of drinking. All of the above flavors with a nice sweetness towards the end which hides the alcohol.

Overall, the best beer that I have had. Definitely the best Quad that I've had. A joy and pleasure to drink. Unfortunately my uncle insisted on sharing it with others who don't know beer and who appreciated it a lot less...frustrating.

Photo of Herky21
3.47/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warming. Alcohol is noticeably present. The darker malts come together with a flourish of dark fruits under the aroma. Good, but I'd rather have several other quads that are easier to get and probably a bit better. A good beer nonetheless.

Photo of target88
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazing beer , probably the best I have had to date

Photo of Chamrox
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Quad I've ever had. That said, it's not leaps and bounds above some of the other famous Quads. But, the best is the best.

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful beer. Smells and tastes like fresh baked bread. I have had the pleasure of tring a 3 year aged version and a fresh 4 month old one. Aging improved this beer. Both were excellent but the aged version gave new flavors and put the yeast as a role player rather than the main character. Subtle sweetness not normally found in the style. Worth all the hype.

Photo of z_taylor
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once in a lifetime brew experience. Gotta thank my pops for bringing this one back to the states so I could try it

Photo of JamesStreet
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured about 4 oz at a tasting into a snifter.
A- nice brown with a golden tint. Slight off-white head.
S- great smell of burnt sugars, stoned fruits, dates, figs, raisins. Awesome smell. Hype is high and the smell is there.
T- follows the nose with the addition of some alcohol burn. Really nice.
M- nice smooth sip.
O- definitely worth the wait.

Photo of PWWKA
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can be said, wonderful!

Photo of DahWag
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

King of the Trappist ales.
The malt sweetness is just on the verge of sticky, but does not detract.
More body than the SB Abt12, which of course is the comparable.
Love it.

Photo of IckyT2012
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a sneaking suspicion this isn't fresh. I was expecting better.

Photo of SLIPPINGAWAY
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very fortunate to have this at the Brewery...........such an amazing beer, I had to have another!!

Photo of Nachojon
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had mine at De Spuyt in Amsterdam served in a Westvleteren glass. Admittedly not my favorite style, however, I really enjoyed this. The depth of aroma and flavor are amazing. The slight bit of sour at the finish is a nice surprise. It's obviously a beer made with great care and skill. Great experience.

Photo of Joey2timer
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 poured into crooked stave taster at vintage beer tasting even at taproom.
lots of raison, fig, and dates, the finish has lots of belgian malt flavor. i really digged this.

Photo of Somber
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of the finest beers I have ever had. This was hugely hyped before I tried it and it lived up to the hype and more. The balance and stages of flavor of this beer are exceptional. I have shared this with people who are beer lovers and those who typcially don't enjoy beer and everyone has been impressed by the complexity without the harsh edginess that many good beers push. Very nuanced yet accessible.

Photo of chrisjws
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated a month prior (4/9/17). Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Teku glass after putting the bottle in the fridge for 30 minutes (approximately 55 degrees).

A: Dark brown, murky, nice finger of tan frothy head.
S: Grape, caramel, plums, reminiscent of a nice wine. No alcohol at all. That distinctive belgian yeast character in the background. Little bit of breadyness. Mild spices.
T: Dark fruits, raisins, plums, pears, grapes, belgian yeast, spices, cloves. Delicious multilayered kind of flavor.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation but no bite. Coats the mouth and then its gone.
O: Fantastic. Great example of the style and probably the best quad I've ever had. I think that it is definitely better than abt 12, but not by a lot. Worth the trouble to acquire, but there are a lot of other great quads that aren't as hard to get.

Photo of sneth019
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Layers and layers of taste.

Photo of snaotheus
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015-05-11
330ml bottle at a bar called Monk in Brussels. Best price I've seen in the city, including the stores -- 9.50 euros. 18.12.17 is the date on the cap. Served in a Chimay chalice.

Pours dark brown with a big creamy head that dissipates slowly. Tiny active carbonation. Smell is dark fruit and yeast. Strong date aroma. Lots of raisins and prunes.

Taste is brighter and livelier than Rochefort 10 (my immediately prior beer). Less dates and raisins, maybe more plum. Some overripe cherry.

Mouthfeel is rich, but light. Fluffy. Overall, very good beer.

Photo of flyingpig
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from De Bierkonig, Amsterdam (€15.90):
It's official, I have a new number one beer now. This one was a fantastic beer & definitely lives up to the hype. A huge depth of flavour to the beer & so much going on, this one seemed to excel. Exceptional balance with no single flavour seeming to dominate and the beer going down far easier that a 10.2% beer should do. Despite the hefty price tag, this one was worth every penny & is definitely one I'll be trying to find again, it was that good.

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect for the style. Big raisin.

Photo of popcornlips
4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Caramel, Cherry, Dates, vanilla, mint. This is a rare treat

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend Dustin and I had this with stilton cheese and a smoked bourbon ham served at a ~60-65 degrees temperature. I have never consumed more delicious flavor in my life. It is definitely worth the buy, hands down

Photo of jlsims04
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to try this one. Did not blow my mind. Very good for the style but not worth the effort required in my opinion

Photo of KaeF
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One year old bottle, smells like tropical fruit and Asian spices, so much in the taste here, very complex and good beer, will cellar some of these to see what they will taste like with some more age on them.

Photo of Shogun250
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer At this point not that complex. But all beers brewed with 5 ingredients should be judges against this beer. One of the beers that started it all. Tons of respect.

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