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

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Reviews: 1,690
Hads: 5,479
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 3.89%
Wants: 3,318
Gots: 1,760 | FT: 133
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Reviews: 1,690 | Hads: 5,479
Photo of DahWag
5/5  rDev +8%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of Nachojon
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Joey2timer
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of Somber
5/5  rDev +8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (562 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +8%
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 (215 characters)

Photo of KaeF
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (207 characters)

Photo of Beersmuggler
3.32/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This really is overrated. I will never understand the love for this beer. I think it is average at best and would lose 10 times out of 10 to rochefort 10. (155 characters)

Photo of Shogun250
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of AnalogErik
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.11/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of JonBeer
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wonderful, but I gotta say I did this side by side by side with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 (could not tell a difference from SB12, yes I know why...) and Rochefort 10 wins my vote for the best of the 3. All great, just personal preference... (249 characters)

Photo of Wanne
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and spices. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, chocolate, spices and caramel. The alcohol is also present in the taste and enriches it. Very good beer, but the Rochefort 10 is slightly better in my opinion. (257 characters)

Photo of Sad_Larry
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's nearly impossible to get this beer, but if you somehow come across it, you'll understand why there are nothing but 5's in my review. Easily the best beer I've ever had. I even aged a few, and the flavors were even more pronounced. (235 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dried fruit nose, yeast, dark sugars. Pours brilliant chestnut with a persistent moussey tan tinted head. Caramel to toffee palate with dried fruit – raisins, honey, dark bread, faint anise and clove. Is very creamy with some alcohol on the finish and some light warming. Very rich with above average body and layers of flavor. Very fine malt flavors - especially caramel and toffee. Very well done, well rounded and balanced some very deep and interesting flavors. (467 characters)

Photo of Jul_dredd
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had the beer at different locations, and different occasions. At "le bon vieux temps", in bruxelles, and in Vleteren, and also from bottle shop in bruxelles. Incredible beer. (176 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Generally I am not a huge fan of quads, but damned if this one isn't solid as hell. I saw some posts today so I figured that I would go ahead and tick this one off the list!

Appearance: Murky very dark chestnut colored. Lots of foamy frothy head develops in the pour.

Aroma: Winelike aroma. Nice ripe grape and plum aromas in there. Not as estery as one would think from a Belgian quad.

Taste: Very well made beer. Some Belgian yeast esters in there, but it does not have that clove spice note that is every present in many of them. The wine ripe grape and plum fruits shine on the palate as well. Finish is very clean and dry for such a dark beer.

Overall: I wasn't sure about this one considering my past experiences with quads, I mean like them alright but this one certainly lives up to the hype and the complexities are there to a point I really cannot convey as well as others, but its well worth the ratings it once had as number 1 beer in the world and maybe should be closer than it used to be. I am just happy I had the opportunity to give it a try! (1,065 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

I'm surprised by a gusher of head when I pop the cap off, but after getting this under wraps and pouring into the wide-mouthed chalice, I'm able to sit back and admire a wondrous finger thick head that looks almost like whipped butter in its thick, heavy composition. There's a tinge of plum-color to the otherwise cream-colored head. The body is plum-colored with a good dose of dark brown to it and immense, relentless carbonation surging upward. A bit of yeast accumulates at the base of the glass but this is mostly clean-looking.

A nose of pungent dark fruit, faint sweet caramel and vague spice first catch my notice. A creamy berry quality drifts in and out. My overall impression is subtlety reigns here but what I do smell is lovely.

Well then, that's a creamy sweet beast with a bit of a spicy edge. There's an exceptional balance of flavors and feels here, especially with regard to the yeast and malt which impart neither the pungent nor overly floral flavors that I find in many Belgians. Instead I find a light touch of dark fruit, restrained vanilla and caramel and a grassy and floral finish that have a bit of bite. If you let the beer warm a bit, you'll start to notice some chocolatey notes too.

There's a surprisingly assertive bitterness to this beer, more than I think I've ever noticed on any other quad before, but there's also the most impeccably creamy body to this that I think any beer has ever offered me. The sweetness is tasteful and even understated and the yeast, while peppery, doesn't overrun the mouth with that acrid feel some Belgian or Belgian-style beers suffer from.

Well, if there's one thing that I can say separates this from other quads I've had and makes it worthy of the hype it's the great feel with each sip. Plenty of going on, but the creamy smoothness is worthy of numerous swirls and even then you'll be tempted to simply let the beer sit on your palate before saying good bye forever. (1,993 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into mini pint glass
(drank 2/23/15)

L: murky brown-orange ... relatively light with lots of amber/orange in it; huge tan foam head

S: dusty raisins ... mustiness is undeniable, but so are the dark fruits behind it

T: super sweet, fruity ... raisin bread ... same mustiness as nose but flavor is much sweeter than the aroma; slight caramel

F: perfect ... tons of carbonation mixed with good weight is super nice

O: didn't get to drink a full bottle, but the sample was interesting -- side-by-side with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12, it clearly came in third but was still very good. the mustiness had a quality I tried and tried to place but couldn't other than to say musty. (713 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've saved this beer for a year and a half because I told myself I wouldn't drink I would save it for when I passed my CPA exam. Well I found it today that I passed all 4 parts, so I cracked this baby open.

It puts a light brown with almost no head. The to maintains a thin white lace throughout. It smells rich, like a dessert. Loaded with dates and figs behind a musky funk. The taste follows the nose exactly. Sticky fruit with a sugary back round. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect taste is the backend is a little too sweet. Mouthful is medium thickness with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, had the sweetness on the back end been toned down it would have been a great beer but I was a little disappointed. (734 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Quad. Not sure it lives up to the hype put on it. .. (152 characters)

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.