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

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5,426 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,426
Reviews: 1,724
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,297
Gots: 1,739 | 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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I won a bottle of Westvleteren XII in a charity raffle. I was very excited to try this beer because it was before it bottled for sale in the US. Me and a friend both tried the beer and we are both big fans of Belgian beers. The aroma and flavors we muddled and did not seam like a good example what I had heard people rave about.

Photo of dannypayne8
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worth the hype. Unlike any other beer. I swear it got me stoned.

Photo of sokol_1993
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle in middle of Brussels, Belgium on Dec 29, 2014.
Decided to open it for a celebration on June 1st, 2015.
It blew me away. Very complex taste. A lot of dark fruit smell and taste. Some maltiness.
The dark fruit taste of grape and prune came out even more when it is warmer. Some hint of alcohol, but not that much. With every taste, it is even better.
Worth the hype and is somewhat cheap for the quality. I would love to have another one again, if it's not too damn difficult to find in the US.

Photo of Troutmen
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally decided to open a bottle from my stash. Very smooth a little heady however extremely delicious. One of my favorite beers.

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

I was GIVEN a bottle of this by a great guy at work. I shared it with some great friends at a great bar. None of that matters to this fact: this beer is INCREDIBLE.

Photo of MA_hops
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply divine! I saved a couple bottles and finally opened one up. It reminds me of champagne. Freshness date: 2/25/2018

A: Dark red/amber in color with a thin, white head which appears to be a thick, creamy foam. It never dissipates and seems to coat the top of the beer. There is also an abundance of fizzy bubbles within the beer.

S: Raisins, grapes, mixed fruits, some sweetness, hint of alcohol.

T: No flavor stands out as it is extremely balanced. Some mild sweetness to it combined along with notes of grapes and raisins.

M: Medium amount of carbonation, champagne like. There really is no bitterness or dryness either.

O: Very good!! I wish I was able to acquire more, but I guess i'll save my last bottle for a very special occasion!!

Photo of Short-Pour
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from Westy 12 chalice. This was last of a case ordered a few months ago. Stored at 57 degrees and drank the same temp. The case was fresh, so this was only a two to three months old - very young for this beer. Below is a summary of that wonderful case.

Look: Dark Brown with a one finger head, smallish bubbles which would mostly go away in about ten to twenty minutes

Smell: Fruit and brown sugar - can pick up the Alcohol but not overpowering.

Taste: Fantastic and consistent this quad is. The flavors are not trumped by the the alcohol at any point. Wonderful flavor that lasts long after the last swallow.

Feel: Wonderful thick mouth feel.

Best dark powerful beer I have ever had. Won on multiple side by sides with the other trappest quads. But not by a huge amount, but definitely a noticeable edge. I don't agree with those who say this is not as good as Rochefort 10. But Captain Obvious wil tell you (and I agree) that the difference is not as great as the cost differential ($20 for the Westy against Rochefort at 6 bucks)

Photo of augusttag
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz bottle that my uncle brought from Belgium. Approx 60 degrees F. Opened 5/25/15 Freshness date 1/14/18.

Look: Poured into tulip glass. Foggy dark brown color with tiny particles floating in it and with a finger of off-white head of small bubbles that faded quickly. Beautiful in the glass.

Smell: Malt. Toast. Dark Fruit. Cherry. Yeast. Alcohol.

Taste: Extremely smooth through the whole process of drinking. All of the above flavors with a nice sweetness towards the end which hides the alcohol.

Overall, the best beer that I have had. Definitely the best Quad that I've had. A joy and pleasure to drink. Unfortunately my uncle insisted on sharing it with others who don't know beer and who appreciated it a lot less...frustrating.

Photo of Herky21
3.47/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warming. Alcohol is noticeably present. The darker malts come together with a flourish of dark fruits under the aroma. Good, but I'd rather have several other quads that are easier to get and probably a bit better. A good beer nonetheless.

Photo of target88
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazing beer , probably the best I have had to date

Photo of Chamrox
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Quad I've ever had. That said, it's not leaps and bounds above some of the other famous Quads. But, the best is the best.

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful beer. Smells and tastes like fresh baked bread. I have had the pleasure of tring a 3 year aged version and a fresh 4 month old one. Aging improved this beer. Both were excellent but the aged version gave new flavors and put the yeast as a role player rather than the main character. Subtle sweetness not normally found in the style. Worth all the hype.

Photo of z_taylor
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once in a lifetime brew experience. Gotta thank my pops for bringing this one back to the states so I could try it

Photo of JamesStreet
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured about 4 oz at a tasting into a snifter.
A- nice brown with a golden tint. Slight off-white head.
S- great smell of burnt sugars, stoned fruits, dates, figs, raisins. Awesome smell. Hype is high and the smell is there.
T- follows the nose with the addition of some alcohol burn. Really nice.
M- nice smooth sip.
O- definitely worth the wait.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This used to be the number one beer in the world.

Is it worth the hype? No. Is is a good beer? Yes.

I have tried two different "vintages" of this beer; one was aged for five years before consumption, the other for two years. The tastes really did not change that much over time.

I would not want to drink much more than a one or two ounce pour of Westy 12. A small splash at a tasting is enough to give you a sense of what this beer is about and an appreciation for what it represents.

I had it once and felt that was enough to satisfy a curiosity for this lifetime.

Do not go trading whales for it.

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.

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