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

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4,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,389
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,754
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 97
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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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New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-05-2014 17:36:52 | More by mmmbeerNY
Photo of domtronzero


4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown and murky with a large mousse-like tan head that lingers for a long time.

Smells of dark fruits, dried prunes, apricot and a very slight banana aroma. Very estery with nice bready malts.

Flavor is very similar to aroma with a nice subtle hop bitterness. Banana and dark fruits, again very estery. Flavors are a little muddled, but still very good.

The mouthfeel has slightly more body than I prefer in a Quad.

Overall I prefer St. Bernardus 12 over this beer. The slightly thicker mouthfeel gives this beer slightly less drinkability than SB12.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 04:37:21 | More by domtronzero
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-10-2013 02:07:49 | More by miadw3
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-10-2013 03:15:27 | More by Alex5
Photo of Seaba


3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

02-26-2013 20:28:31 | More by Seaba
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful, world-class brew. As good as anything I've had. Every time I try it, I like it more. Yes, it's quite pricey, but costs the same as just a fairly good bottle of wine (and it's one of the top 5 beers in the world!). Probably the best body-mouthfeel of any beer I've had. CREAMY! Smooth, deep, and complex. Fruity, perfect balance. Nothing negative to say. If I could get this close to home, I'd have it (at least) once a week. As good as it gets, beer fans!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 21:46:54 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

04-06-2013 15:19:56 | More by badboy7113
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut, which becomes cloudy after pouring in the sediment. This beer has a terrific head, almost 2 fingers thick, with very good staying power. It leaves behind patches of lace as I drink.

The aroma is complex and alluring... chocolate, dates, some yeasty / musty notes, and a some rum like qualities.

The flavor is just as complex, maybe even moreso, than the aroma. Begins with some sweet driet fruit notes, dates and figs, then I detect some chocolate, then some musty characteristics come out. The finish is spicey, with pepper and some light notes of alcohol.

The moutfeel is velvety smooth, and not as thick as I expected... it had a medium to full body.

I could easily see myself drinking this again and again... and considering how easy this one is to drink, (and how strong it is,) that could be a very dangerous thing!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 08:43:51 | More by zerk
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-22-2012 02:05:05 | More by ILiveOffHops
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2012 22:04:26 | More by MRsojourner
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 33cl bottle hand carried back from Belgium. (Let's here it for the backpack brigade!)

Dark milk chocolatey brown with muddy clarity.

Aroma is warm leathery fruit aromas mix with chocolates and cherries and alcohol.

Malt is rich and chocolatey with cinnamon, persimmions and tropical grapes.

Acidy sweet finish is long and lingering with spices and plums.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 05:41:08 | More by drewbage
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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a westvleteren XII gold rimmed chalice. Huge thanks to my friend Adam for giving me this bottle, glass, and another bottle... Which I have yet to open. Everything is from one of the 12.12.12 bricks.

A: pours a deep nutty looking murky brown with a slight hint of ruby... With a gentle pour I get a creamy looking finger of slightly browned head that's dissapates to a thick film and remains forever, the retention is excellent.... Very nice lacing all the way down the glass as well.

S: at first I got a very very lightly toasted, brown breadiness... Then the sweetness stepped in, apple, caramel, toffee, raisin, plum... Smells nice

T: yum. Again right up front I notice a bit of breadyness that is quickly washed over with sweetness, caramel, toffe, apple, raisin, fig, vanilla, deffiantly sugary. The alcohol is there bit very well hidden at the same time. Then on the finish I get the lightly toasty breadyness again along with honey and more sweetness...

M: very very nice, medium body, with lush creamy carbonation which is at the same time also slightly stinging on the tounge... Velvety, creamy and lush... There is a bit of a lingering sweet aftertaste, where at the very end I find a sweet nutty chocolate note

O: this is a great beer... Would i call it the best beer in the world? No. Bit it is certainly damn good, particuarly for its style. It is a tad on the sweet and sugary side I would say. But very nice balance and flavor, along with the amazing mouthfeel put this amongst the elite few.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 05:22:59 | More by PeterIngemi
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark dark brown. Impossible to see through. Thin Lacey brown head.

S - it's a fairly light smell. Big fruit scent. Tart a bit but still spicy.

T - very sweet at first but becomes a dry more bitter flavor as the beer wears on. Smooth and a little vanilla.

M - medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.

O - hey it's westy. I completely love what it is. But I think I would rather have roc 10

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 09:14:04 | More by mattboyer182
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-13-2012 15:47:16 | More by Treb0R
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Ontario (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle cap stamped 25-05-15

A: A beautiful hazy ruby or deep maple colour. A small tan head of about 1 finger appears, but some halo sticks around for your enjoyment the entire time.

S: The first smell I pick up is the yeast. It is gentle and pleasant. Dark fruits are there as well as hints of caramel and yes a bit of alcohol.

T: Carrying over from the smell, the dark fruits come to the fore on this beer. It is fantastically flavorful with so much going on. What jumps out at me is the fact that the yeast is somewhat hidden in the taste.

M: Incredibly smooth. Carbonation is perfect and there is little boozy finish on this. The beer leaves a lovely memory in your mouth with a great warm finish.

O: This is a superior beer. I hemmed and hawed as to whether I should actually pay the price for this, and in the end, it was well worth it (and quite reasonable considering). I prefer Belgian quads and tripels so to me this is like nirvana. What was surprising and pleasant was the complexity of the smell/taste. The fruitiness hid the yeast and the alcohol stayed in the background until the end. I've had Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and Westvleteren just reaches above those making it well worth the chase.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 11:00:16 | More by polloenfuego
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here it is - beer of beers. I raised my tulip to billab914 before enjoying this one. I have to preface this review with a promise that in 2 years, I've only ever given one other perfect rating. I can't say I can think of anything to possibly improve this one, either. A beer that not only lived up to, but exceeded expectations.

There's possibly no prettier beer out there. I mean, perfection in appearance in a glass. Ruby-tinged chestnut brown, with only the slightest clarity that reveals light bubbles running throughout. An exceptionally well-retained 1 1/2-finger off-white, soft, foamy head lies atop the beer, and it leaves behind glass-swathing rings of soft, fluffy lace.

As with the 8, this beer smells nearly too good to drink. Impeccably delicious nose full of candi sugar, figs, spices, perfumey florals, toasted grains, sticky raisins and brandy. It smells like I'm about to drink some fine spirit that's been aging in someone's cellar for decades, and then I realize it's something much better - beer:)

This beer is so delicious that I have to force myself to drink more slowly. Malts are toasted and sweetly caramelly, the combination yielding a nice, robust and buttery toffee flavor. Sweet and sticky fruitiness of figs, raisins and prunes, along with the sugar give a honey-like sweetness that reminds me a little of meads and glaze the palate to prolong the enjoyment. The alcohol peeks out a little from the aftertaste, and it has an overall pleasant warming effect. This beer continues to open up as it warms, and the flavors grow deeper and fuller. Feel is gently carbonated, creating an effervescence that balances the fullness of the flavors and the body with a lightness on the tongue.

Drinkability isn't even worth discussing. I could drink this beer every day and never tire of it. While high in the ABV department, you'd never know by the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 04:03:58 | More by kels
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-26-2014 02:57:14 | More by opwog
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-26-2014 15:25:58 | More by gr8zehaman
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-29-2013 13:44:15 | More by RKing44
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New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-11-2013 01:37:30 | More by Lambocalrisien
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

05-11-2013 19:12:20 | More by SimonTja
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body, red tint, small white head.

S: Dark fruit; Belgian yeast which give a hint of clove in the aroma; caramel sweetness, slightly boozy, bit of chocolate malts, some bready notes.

T: Dark fruits- especially raisin and plum; brown sugar sweetness; chocolate malts; a bit of molasses maybe; complex combo of flavors; a very rich and boozy flavor.

M: Full mouth coating feel; very decadent; smooth carbonation.

O: One of the best Quads out there, but it's too difficult to get here in the states. A must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:51:32 | More by BrewCrew2010
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New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0.33l bottle, about 11.16 oz., into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Caramelized brown color, golden and ruby hues. Massive and durable mocha-tan colored head that has a scoop of mass in the center. Just translucent enough to see the abundant micro-carbonation and slight bit of sediment. Hearty foam lacing.

S-Rich malts, sweet and sour dark fruit. Not boozy, but the alcohol provides enhancement and muskiness to the aroma. There's some Eastern-European baking influenced aroma as well, sweet and dark raisin bread. It gets better as it warms.

T- Once again, hearty malts with dark fruit. Raisin in particular. Just enough sugars for sweetness without being a sugar bomb. Tastes of anise, coffee, spice, and tobacco bounce around.

M- So full and sturdy, yet incredibly smooth. It makes me think of cooking roux as a base, thick rather than water based. Nice tingle of carbonation in each sip. Some alcohol bite. Lasting sweet finish.

O- All the hype and more. Drinkable at 10.2% abv. Maybe too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:14:47 | More by NiceTaps
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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got some in the mail today, and I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight before I cracked one open.... 30.08.09

Deep brown beer with red highlights, low carbonation. There was a head, for about 60 seconds or so, but it has dissipated to a reddish/purplish/brownish-stained island and a single ring of white lacing around the entire goblet.

There is a faint nose, but what is detectable is sweet malty beer.

Wow, my first impression is subtle boldness; nothing about this beer is simple or ordinary, yet it remains constrained and civilized. Quite a work of art, indeed. Complex sugar-dominated flavor profile, full of rich, sweet caramelized malts and candi sugar, and yet it remains tame and never overly-sweet; most of the sweetness rolls off after just a brief moment, to reveal a complex, colorful aftertaste. Warmth is the only hint of alcohol. Notable flavors include pepper jack cheese, dried fruits (apricots, dates, figs, bananas), faint hop bitterness, and delicious spring water.

Carbonation is very light and hardly there, and adds a bit of spiciness that enhances the flavor perfectly. It is slightly sticky, which adds a bit of thickness and cuts drinkability a tad; honestly, though, it's the most drinkable quad I've had yet-it's not as thick as maple syrup and also doesn't coat your tongue.

Highly recommended; I was expecting a much more arrogant beer, and what I found was a gentle giant.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 08:19:05 | More by rayjay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the bar manager for informing me this was on the 'secret' menu. Bottle pours a dark ruby brown with a little bit of foam. Tastes of very strong dark fruits with lots of flavour that lingers on the tongue. Its quite easy to drink considering the abv%. Its a decent beer, but it didn't wow me away being the number one rated beer in the world. Glad I got to try this though.

Got to try this again thanks to Jeffo. Very solid quad. It tasted a little hot at first, but it settled and became very drinkable. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruits in the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 17:09:24 | More by WeedKing4
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,389 ratings.