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

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,426 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,426
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,299
Gots: 1,737 | FT: 133
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: 5,426 | Reviews: 1,724
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.

Photo of captaincoffee
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the source during a recent trip to Belgium. Tough to rate this beer to be honest. It really seems to need some more time in the bottle prior to tasting. With that said, it is not hard to imagine how the flavors will develop over the next year or two. Multiple layers of flavor, with burnt caramel, espresso, malt, date syrup, and other fruit in the background. Will likely have to update this review at a later date after tasting a more mature bottle.

Photo of josanguapo
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From www.cervezasespeciales.es. Although it has great fame, there are better options and its price is excessive. I like the Westvleteren 8 more

Photo of blues_fever
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad I have been able to have this twice, amazing!

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

I don't feel qualified to review this, but I was fortunate enough to get a 8,10,and 12. They were all wonderful, burn a class of their own.

Photo of Stubbie1
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.

Photo of Skwalk47
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best quad I have ever had. Kind of blew me away since I figured it couldnt live up the the hype and it exceeded.

Photo of AnalogErik
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to MNMike for sharing his 2012 bottle.

Amazing quad. I can completely understand the hype. Frankly, I am sorely disappointed this isnt #1 overall anymore on the top 250.

Fantastic nose, perfect mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with just the right level of carb. Flavor is amazing, rich, plum, raisins, apricot blend. Amazing.

Photo of LittleDon
4.11/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from Au Bon Vieux Temps on 3/26/15, cap marked 10.12.17
Beautiful fluffy head, dark brown. Malt and caramel aroma. Leans sweet, a bit high carbonation wise. A little smoke and spice with the malt. Improved on warming.

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,426 ratings.