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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,394 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,394
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,759
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 97
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:
(Yellow Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-03-2013 02:10:09 | More by CurtFromHershey
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Jpollock077

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-06-2014 15:16:16 | More by Jpollock077
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-15-2013 20:54:27 | More by pmccallum86
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Lucnifter

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-24-2014 02:49:40 | More by Lucnifter
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xanok

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-25-2014 19:42:50 | More by xanok
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pinnser

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-29-2013 18:57:58 | More by pinnser
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JesseLara

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-05-2014 20:07:07 | More by JesseLara
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-25-2012 14:32:55 | More by YamagamiTravis
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shuajw

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2011 13:24:25 | More by shuajw
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laxer8811

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-28-2013 04:11:55 | More by laxer8811
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-15-2013 00:35:35 | More by GatorLCA
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-06-2014 19:17:53 | More by ahbithwabm
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-19-2014 18:40:15 | More by Andy_Luft
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Roland45s

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-10-2014 14:51:31 | More by Roland45s
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DaveONan

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-13-2012 01:58:57 | More by DaveONan
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starshockey9

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-12-2014 00:57:44 | More by starshockey9
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edglodek

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-29-2012 09:53:15 | More by edglodek
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two-year old bottle. Dark brown but not quite opaque. Excellent head formation and retention, while lacing is there but sparse. Rich, dark, sweet but not too sweet aroma. Rum-soaked dark fruits - plum and raisin. Very rich and malty with just a touch of alcohol.

Robustly malty-sweet flavor, while the sweetness is well-attenuated. Ripe dark fruit leads the way, plum, raisin, and currant, candi sugar backing it up. Very faint hop bitterness to balance things out a bit. Carbonation has been nicely tamed, providing for a soft mouthfeel with minimal harshness. Finishes a touch drier with a bit of lingering candi sugar and alcohol.

The well-balanced sweetness puts this at the top of the quads for me. So rich and complex, showcasing great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 01:37:07 | More by gr0g
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magictacosinus

California

4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bottle of this recently, which was broken off the brick gift packs released earlier this year. Definitely wasn't cheap, but when is another opportunity going to come by to try this? Poured into a tulip glass out of a 11.2oz bottle. Split the costs and drinking effort with a friend. Freshness date is printed as "0/0/2015."

Since it was split, can't say much for these bottles' full potential in maintaining head, but even a half pour yielded classic results I expect in a quad. A dark-plum, brownish tone, a decent half finger of head, and wonderful sticky lacing all around. The color is not opaque, but this thing is definitely viscous with the alcohol and yeast included. Has tremendous alcohol legs, and looks delightful yet pretty much identical any great quad I've had in in the style.

The aroma is a combination of dark dried fruits, as expected, alongside grassy hop characteristics and deepened caramel notes. Plums, figs, and raisins are chock-filled here, and presented in an alcohol soaked manner. Unlike Rochefort 10, I'm not getting too much of the boozy, rum notes, and instead find myself surprised to find this to rather different, in the sense where there's a huge grain/malt character soaked with alcohol, as well as bright yeasty notes. The hoppiness really balances out things here, and makes it complex without being too overwhelming. Delightful!

The flavor takes things to an even greater level, by continuing the bright fruit and hop zest, and yet revealing the most notable aspect about this beer. Despite having tons of flavors and complexity, this is SO crisp and juicy to drink! The fruit flavors feel almost pruned and awash with full-bodied texture, as well as having a crisp graininess that resembles toasted caramel. Not too many spices here, or medicinal for that manner. Clove comes in, but it's very subtle. Syrupy yeastiness finds its way with well balanced carbonation. There's definitely a lot of heat that rises at the back of the throat with the alcohol, and the grassy hop flavors tingle the cheeks after each sip. This is ridiculously easy to drink. Can't taste the alcohol, and the ingredients all are well represented overall, each which comes in different phases during consumption.

This ever elusive, frustratingly difficult beer to obtain definitely lives up to being among the greats. If I could find a bottle for half the price I paid I definitely would get it again. All the ingredients come together beautifully and paint a portrait of what it's trying to be. However, the painting never seems to fully reveal itself in the long run, leaving much to be desired and examined by the time the final sip is made. Even if this beer were easier to find, it still would be the stuff of poets. In the end, no matter what anyone gets from this beer, it is extremely hard to deny that this is a beer made with wonderful care and passion from the monks of St. Sixtus, and represents what makes Belgian beer so unique and delicious in the beer world. Don't miss out on a chance to try this.

Update (2/10/2014): Recently got to try a non-brick bottle recently, courtesy of jdhowe. This is terrific - the aroma has been bumped up slightly, as the bottles that are exclusive to Belgium display a funky, yeasty characteristic - like a freshly cut green apple or pear. The beauty really IS in the yeast with this beer, and undeniably puts it far apart from the other Trappist beers as the dark horse of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 19:16:49 | More by magictacosinus
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What is there to say about the best beer in the world. In the end of March I got the Westvleteren 12, as a gift from my parents. This opened a hole new beer world for me. Before I have never heard of such rare and special beer. I always thought, and still do, that beer is there to share and enjoy. Therefore beer must be widely available.
After this introduction to very special beers, my learning ladder looked like a speedway and as a result I am now on BA. Because special beers need to be shared.

OK enough chitchat;

A-Nice dark brown, hazy fluid with nice head that disappears slowly.

S- Wood, wine and peat

T- A very nice beer with nut flavors, some vanilla. A bit sweet in balance with the bitterness.

M- Creamy not sticky, just enough, carbonation slowly explodes in your mouth.

O- A good beer, but worlds best??? I don't think one can say there is only one best beer in the world.

Due to the availability issues, I would rather drink Trappistes Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12.

Today (13-09-2011) I tasted a Westy 12 once more at the 'Vrede' next to the monastery Sint-Sixtus. What a great beer!! We discovered (my buddy Ed and I) that when this beer is served, not to cold but say around 17-18 degrees Celcius, it is absolutely World Class. Nothing comes close. You can drink this beer anytime of the day and take any kind of meal with it, it will hold.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 12:52:14 | More by Mar02x
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phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer off 2009, I had it at the stroke of midnight. It was sent to me by a friend in the states. I tried to keep an open mind and not get sucked into the previous hype about this beer, but was it ever justified. Poured dark and thick with an off white head in a Westy glass. Carbonation reminded me of the pricklyness of a Westmalle and the taste was roasted and sugary. What an incredible, complex beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 13:27:49 | More by phirleh
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richj1970

Alabama

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle from U.S. released brick into one of the chalice glasses that came with the brick.

A: Poured dark mahogany brown with a reddish tint, and a one finger head that slowly dissipated. Fair amount of lacing.

S: Fruits like plums and dates, sweet sugar, roasted malts.

T: Roasted malt, sugar, plum, dates, cherries. A nice underlying spiciness with flavors like clove and allspice.

M: Big body but not overly thick, fair amount of carbination, coats the palate nicely.

O: A very nice quad. The first couple of sips had me worried that it was going to be average, but it really improved by the time i finished it. I think it will benefit from some aging. Planning on spreading the other 5 bottles over the course of a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:36:59 | More by richj1970
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scootny

New York

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured gently into my Chimay chalice. A cloudy, coffee color with wisps of bubbles on top and a ring around the edge. No visible carbonation and some sediment made its way in. Scattered spots of lace on my glass.

Smell is candy sugar and malted grains. Bready notes are played along with a touch of brandy. Fusel alcohol is mixed with belgian yeast esters, associated fruits like banana, and spices.

Taste is big malty sweetness featuring a shade of molasses and dark fruits. Alcoholic bite sets in but is never aggressive. Yeast brings out a brandy like facet as in the Westy 8 but it is more forward due to the alcoholic presence that is invisible in the 8. Fruits like figs, raisins and banana swirl in and out. While not as overtly layered and complex as the 8 it is nonetheless a multifaceted brew. Actually the layering and complexity is more subtle and harder to dissect. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hop kiss and a gently lingering alcoholic note that fades to dark breads and sweet rolls.

Mouthfeel is perfectly weighted, light with enough girth to chew on, gently slick, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for this abv. While not a session beer, certainly one that is easy to drink too fast because of it's ease of consumption.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:50:41 | More by scootny
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's my 500th review, so I figured I might as well drink this to mark the occasion!

11.2 ounce bottle, cap stamped with 30.08.09. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a dark murky brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel, bananas, pepper, cloves and yeast. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, with the addition of licorice, nuts, chocolate and some booziness too. It seems a different flavor comes out with each sip. Very tasty! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit syrupy and slick, and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol warming does kick in after a while, but that's not a bad thing. I think this is an excellent beer. I don't think it's worth the price to buy it all the time, but it's definitely worth it to get a couple bottles just to try it because it's not easy to get. I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:39:15 | More by bluejacket74
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kldobbins

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer courtesy of Brabander a generous BA member.

The bottle cap states 27.09.12

A: Dark ruby hue. Some sediment floating around.

S: Raison on the nose, some plum. Reminds me of wine

T: On initial taste, its a rush of flavors with champangne like carbonation activity taking place. Maltiness and yeast are present. Nut and caramel. By taste 6, the carbonation lays back, and those nutty tastes come out. Alcohol is well hidden, though I do feel internal warmness.

Great overall. Happy I tried it. I would love to have it again. I think I expected to be blown away, yet I cant think of a beer that I have had.
Must try!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 02:56:08 | More by kldobbins
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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