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

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4,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,819
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,933
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 106
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

PortLargo, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Schmittymack
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked two of these on my 50th b-day in February. Poured into GABF glass taster glasses, shared with my girlfriend's youngest son. Poured a nice dark brown/black with a nice head. What else can be said about this one? Taste was F'n Fantastic to put it mildly. I'd honestly have to say that this was/is the best beer I've had to date.

Schmittymack, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep chestnut brown with thin but solid head. Pours thick and slow.

Rich aroma of figs, chocolate, bread (breads really), raisins, currants.

Taste is as complex and dark as you'd expect from a quad and matches the aroma. It's drier and less sweet than some quads. Very creamy and thick. It finishes clean and dry. Every sip is a little different--one of the great qualities of the most complicated beers.

Hard to beat.

birderbeerer, Sep 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

afi4lifer, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

mrzazz, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dwren89
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: foamy tan head, medium burgundy color, opaque

Aroma: beet, prune, slightly sugary malt character, Belgian yeast character-- pungent and slightly earthy

Taste: blast of sugary sweetness at first, then developing beet/prune/date flavor, with supporting bitterness, and surprisingly balanced and somewhat dry finish

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, tingly in mouth, surpringly light bodied for the style (medium body), nimble and not at all cloying,

Overall Impression: This is the Quad to end all Quads. An immediate dark fruit punch in the mouth with slowly developing dark malt and yeast character that somehow manages to stay medium bodied and a slightly dry finish. Although it is very similar in taste to most well made quads, its nimble body and drying finish take the Westy XII to another level. This is a malt bomb that is amazingly drinkable.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

adamcthomp, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

ThrewRedButter, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Bellonc, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of mattmaples
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yummmmm! This beer was one of the tastest brews I have ever had. I like Jason's Buckwheat honey aroma comment, very true. It's spicy, fruity, malty, chocolaty flavor, smooth texture and wonderful aroma, there are few that rival this beer. I had one last night as desert and had it with a chocolate macaroon, absolute perfection.

mattmaples, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade well over six months ago and man has it been hard to wait this long, but in celebration of my 24th birthday I decided it was time. I've heard so much about this beer over the course of the year some say its the best quad ever, some say its all hype now its time to put it all to criticism:

Cap states 09.08.09 I assume this is a best by date. I chilled this a touch below cellar and let it warm up for about fifteen minutes. Finally the caps off and I can immediately smell complex notes of yeast and alcohol. Poured into my watou goblet huge two fingers of off white, light brown almost gray egg shell color head, it is immense very tight and creamy. The retention is decent and lacing creamy and thick. The body away from the light is a muddy red brown, though through a light red amber hughes are apparent. It sort of looks like an unpasteurized, unfermented very dark apple cider.

Aroma is big and complex with notes of chocolate and caramelized sugars, burnt biscuit, hints of yeast and grandiose complex alcohol on the back-end. It smells almost port like, green raisons, a bit vinous sort of like vintages tokaji, its that sort of dirty musty scent with sweet dark fruit aromas. As it warms clove like big alcohol become more apparent. I get apple core, touches of vanilla on the outer rim with subtle and very illusive touches of fig, pear and pecans.

Taste is big lots of caramelized flavors and burnt sugars. The carbonation is apparent on the fist part of the draw making it a bit lighter than expected. I get the musty slightly chocolety tokaji taste and as it warms up it becomes more and wine like (not like a cab., pino., or, chardonnay, but big and well aged port, muscadet, tokaji.). After the swallow notes of burnt rummed raisons (this is where the bitterness manifests) present them selves and on the finish a nice alcohol warmth. Apple core and hints of vanilla are also present in the taste as it warms.

This is one big complex beer that really needs time to be consumed it is always fun to experience the change temperature can make in a these type of beers. If you ever have the pleasure of drinking this do not make the mistake of drinking it too fast or too cold it must be consumed slowly to let it warm up and express it's full potential. Great for the style and a pleasure to drink.

mmcave, Sep 27, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple of work buddies and I chipped in to buy a case of this off Ebay, well worth it.

Pours a dark brown with no clarity. A thick brownish head. Aroma was honey and ripe fruit and tones of alcohol, very pleasing. Taste was very complex, some honey, fruit, and alcohol. Very well-balanced with sweetness. Chewy texture with a slight carbonation fizz, very smooth in the palate. Excellent beer good taste and not excessively filling. It does pack a punch which may put it out the desire as a session beer, but enjoyable none the less.

tbeck, Sep 15, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

SickBrew, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

bman_85, Dec 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Matagal, Mar 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Mendicant, May 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

AD17, May 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

gnaztee, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ryanflc, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black with amber/ruby highlights and a silky lace.

Aroma is of dark fruits, raisins, "pastries", and is very malty.

So damned smooth and velvety. Taste is big on malt, with a bit of spiciness brought on by the alcohol which is fairly prevalent. Again a "pastry-like" sweetness. Some yeast.

This stuff will hit hard, because of the alcohol and the price. I wouldn't say that the drinkability suffers to much though, as this is truly a special occasions sort of beer. $9 is a little tough on the wallet for one brew.

In sum, the best example of this style, and one of the best beers I've had.

Admiraldinty, Aug 31, 2004
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

Odysseyalien, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of STEG
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Near perfect, incredibly well balanced with many complex darkfruit flavors and some brown sugar and toffee flavors, it is sweetened nicely. I'm glad I have two. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden as well making for an all too easy to drink beer.

STEG, Jan 01, 2010
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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