1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,244 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,178
Gots: 1,632 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

(Yellow Cap)
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 5,244 | Reviews: 1,677
Photo of mike409
3.9/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tried this beer for the first time a few weeks ago and have been waiting to rate it so doing it now for the rb scavanger hunt. did not think it was worth all the hype tasted very similar to roch10. it poured a hazy deep yellow with great white frothy head aroma was sweet and nutty as was the taste.

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the fundraiser batch, so still quite young, purchased at a cafe in Brussels.

A - Pours a clear red-tinged brown with one finger of tan head that has very good retention.

S - Lots of dark fruits, sweet caramel malt and bread. Very nice.

T - Starts a bit on the sweet side, with caramel, dark dried fruits and some burnt brown sugar. From midway through the finish, taste turns spicy and earthy, with considerable bitterness on the finish.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy initially, gradually transitioning to a bit prickly, then finishing earthy and dry. Some mildly numbing alcohol on the finish.

O - Excellent beer? Yes. Light years ahead of the Rochefort 10 I can buy any day of the week? No, but I did have a Rochefort 10 immediately after this and it was considerably sweeter than the Westy 12. Sadly, I may not have the chance to have a nicely aged bottle for comparison. Overall, this was spicier and more bitter than I was expecting (in a good way) and thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of TheUncle
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KingDiamond
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of LIVEfreak2
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1200th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

I didnt save the cap, dont remember the date.

Thanks to lcmir23 for this one

Shared with Gurudel for his birthday.

App- A very dark brown with some amber highlights in the glass. Fairly thick and didnt let a lot of light through. A nice puffy 1-1/2 finger head with some good stick and cling.

Smell- A very aromatic quad. Has a great layer on the nose of sweetness, malts and the ABV is completely hidden. The beer as it warms creeps with more dark fruits and gets more complex.

Taste- This was my 3rd bottle of this one and I have to say this was the best one yet. Had a good complex flavor with some sweetness and the dark fruits shined. Much like the nose the ABV is really hidden well.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level. Good residual dark fruits and some sweetness.

Drink- Great beer, hard to get but worth the experience at least once.

Photo of drivelikejehu
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of JRaburn
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of paslaugh
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Acquired from a Belgian webshop a while back. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, and as it's review no. 400 I thought I'd celebrate....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-brown - tons of yeast sediment slide into the glass as I empty the bottle. Yields a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. An opulent aroma of sweet, fruity goodness: plums, figs, dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar and yeast. A warm, port-like booziness rounds it off.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt with a complex, fruity character. Notes of plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, molasses, port/sherry and a hint of dry yeast. A warming alcoholic finish with a spicy, astringent character and a hint of grain. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with tingly carbonation and a prickly sensation from the alcohol. Highly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet, boozy fruitiness.

Impressive - a beer with a big character. Sweet, fruity booze; it's almost like sherry in flavour. Not sure that I would rate this as the greatest beer in the world, but it's certainly a show-stopper. Perhaps I'll revisit after a few hundred more reviews and see if a revision is needed. Definitely one to seek out and sample.

Photo of heymikew
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The homebrew of a talented abbey. A gift from God.
To be savored like a fine congac.
Thick, rich dark fruit. It reminds me of my mother's mince pie
with the bourbon soaked raisins. The ageless love of the art over the generations is realized on the tongue.

I had my first one at at Au Bon Vieux Temps in the center of Brussels. A tiny old place with a tiny crowd at 9 on a Tuesday night. But didn't get to fully appreciate with a cold.

The one I brought home though (one of several including the W8 reviewed here, all purchased at De Bier Temple) was opened at the most opportune time and therefore fully appreciated.

It merits it's revered status but probably best in moderation as an occasional treat. I would be in trouble if this was my refrigerator brew.

Photo of Dan25D
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of gcgarcia
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of muskiesman
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of edglodek
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to ehammond1 for setting me up with one of these!

Cap is dated 15.06.14.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy 2 inch khaki head that settles to a puffy cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy chunks of lace cling to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and a variety of fruit aromas: grape juice, grape jelly/jam, dark fruits. Taste is of raisin bread, brown sugar, burnt caramel, dark fruits, grape juice, and a kick of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is warming in the back of the throat after each sip and a slight amount of bitterness as well. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and very worthy of its reputation. The carbonation level seems a wee bit high but that is of minor concern. I am thrilled that I finally got to try this beer.

Photo of Zeller12
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jiboo22
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ZackH
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Beezee
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MaxHops
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Timadae
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into own trappist glass. Cloud amber brown when pour thinner than expected, light bubbly head, but not much but a bit of lacing. Not overly aromatic, neither hoppy or malty hints of acidic and alcohol. Raisiny fruit and a touch of maltiness with a nice acidic note. Very warm mouthfeel, but not to heavy at all. Nice crisp acidic note on the finish with a lingering flavour.
Excellent and very complex beer!

Photo of galapas
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of siege06nd
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to IrishColonial for this little beauty. You are a true friend, Eric, thank you so much for this amazing gift.

A: Pours a cloudy, tobacco brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A huge cream three finger cream colored head. The head is extremely uniform and tight. Some of the tightest and finest lacing I have ever seen adorns the edges of the glass. Just a wonderful and classic looking quad here.

S: Oh wow. Honey, clove, banana, cherry, fig, prune, dates. Hints of caramel and supple leather. Lots of biscuit malt notes blend perfectly with all of the ripe fruit. Smells a lot like iced vanilla cake. Amazing. Perfect.

T: Creamy bread crust, cherry, vanilla, some caramel and traces of tobacco. Belgian spice and yeast are well incorporated and assertive, but they don't dominate. I mostly get sweet fruits and fresh bread. A little bit of booziness on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are perfectly balanced.

O: A little booziness is the only thing that holds this back from being perfect. It was evident to me why this is the standard from the minute I poured it...the color, consistency, and head on this beer are unequaled. Definitely one for every beer lover to try. Thanks again for this one, Eric!

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,244 ratings.