1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,244 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,179
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Yellow Cap)
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 5,244 | Reviews: 1,677
Photo of Azrael
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MrRockstar
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of grachdar
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Rons35
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of KajII
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a medium/dark murky brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown fizzy head that reduced down to a thin film and small collar, which lasted throughout and had excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and a bold doughy Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, banana, dark fruit (plums, figs and dates) and a light alcohol presence.

The taste was a smooth malty sweet with just a touch of toffee and chocolate along with a nice mild roastiness early on, and then progressed with a somewhat intense yeast presence building up to a bold fruitiness and a mild alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, and had a yeasty fruity alcohol taste that was left behind to settle in on the taste buds and lingered for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a texture that was smooth and creamy yet dry and slightly oily along with a carbonation that was tad prickly.

Overall this is a beer that comes with quite a hype, now I can say it most definitely lives up to it. It has a superb balance of flavors that I have yet to experience in any other beer. Yes, by far this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Thank God I was able to get my hands on some, for the monastery has said it will not be available again here in the US for at least 25 years (2037)...


Photo of HalfFull
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's Presidents day. Reason enough to commence a Quad-off. Westy 12, Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12. All poured into identical large wine glasses at the same temp. and roughly the same age. Westy picked up fresh at 'Café In de Vrede' and the others imported to the States via normal channels. All roughly eight months old I would guess. All from single 330 ml. bottles as I dont trust the St. Bernardus 750ml. Let's let them warm up a bit before we dive in.

Which is best? Hmmm...I've had them all before but never in such tight competion. After twenty minutes at room temperature, I decide to dive in...

All three pour dark with crimson highlights. Only the Westy is clear and bright while Rochefort and St. Bernardus show a bit of haze. St. Bernardus and Westy show solid retention with Westy a bit creamier in nature. Rochefort settles out quickly yet keep a film.

Nose agains goes to Westy with a pleasant dubbel-like aroma of yeast and bready malts. Rochefort is notably more malty but then that is a bit expected given the lack of foam. St. B. is bright and yeasty but dare I say half way to Unibroue?? But not in a bad way.

All taste excellent with St. Bernardus perhaps a bit lighter in body yet equally if not more depth to be offered. Westy is perfectly balanced and comes off almost as a dryish Dubbel. Rochefort has more character and alcohol and some rich caramel and chocolate and fig that seem to ebb and flow. St. B. is creamy and smooth.

Warming brings out great character in the Westy, more caramel sweetness in the Rochefort and a bit more yeasty character in the St. Bernardus. I must say that I would have trouble distinguishing the Westy from the St. Bernardus as for yeast influence alone, but then they do have a common history. Okay, the Westy is a bit smokier, but subtle.

Overall the Westy and St. Bernardus are largely indistinguishable given the bloodlines. Again, avoid the 750 and go for the 330 as more St. Bernardus. The Rochefort is best fresh and offers amazing depth. Drink local...

Photo of Groulxsome
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of tdjb
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Jimbo33
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chrisp450
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Timbermutt
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of beernads
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of gutcheck
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Yoitsluke
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of campfirebrew
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RayUF07
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Phacoman
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Guzzi
5/5  rDev +8.5%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,244 ratings.