1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,963 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2,985
Gots: 1,449 | FT: 108
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,963 | Reviews: 1,633 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vkv822
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into tulip snifter.
Date on Cap: 15.12.13

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a craggy, foamy off white head that leaves thick lacing. Breaks down to about a half inch thick foam.

The aroma is of tart fruit, with some dark sugars and phenols. Very faint alcohol.

The taste is again of more tart fruits upfront, followed by light yeast and dark sugar notes and finishes in a very light, boozy warming. Very low phenol character intermittently, which I enjoy as I find the spice in some quads to be a bit much for my taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly, active carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer, and I love the balance in tart/dark fruits and the phenol spice. I feel very fortunate to get to try this beer.
All of that said, it is not such a spectacular beer that I would probably not go the great lengths it generally takes to acquire this beer.

vkv822, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

hannydawg, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ncmussell
5/5  rDev +8.5%

ncmussell, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of LockeSD
4/5  rDev -13.2%

LockeSD, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Holy Grail.

Looks-wise, slightly disappointing. The trappists are known for their big, voluptuous heads and this one is a little sad, a sandy beige with limited retention and no lacing. But otherwise, it looks good, cloudy cola brown with cinnamon orange highlights. The aroma is a deep, dark vault of nuance. Brown sugar, raisins, pure caramel malt, pumpernickel, and toffee come first; delve a little deeper and you get toast, coconut, praline, and calvados. Despite its darkness there is a champagne-like quality to it, a mix of biscuit and fruit (mostly apples, grapes, and figs).

The flavor is lovely and round, full of cherries, dates, rum, and brandy. Toasted marshmallow and bourbon come through as well, with a touch of oak and hints of anise. It is delicious, filling, lingering, and soft, chewy and rich but still vaporous and dry. A beer of many contradictions and beautiful harmonies.


soulgrowl, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +8.5%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of cwps48
4.75/5  rDev +3%

cwps48, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4.75/5  rDev +3%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jIsh
5/5  rDev +8.5%

jIsh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of domjwl
5/5  rDev +8.5%

domjwl, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of edraven667
5/5  rDev +8.5%

edraven667, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of MalaMi
5/5  rDev +8.5%

MalaMi, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
5/5  rDev +8.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +8.5%

ejimhof, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of aaronwhit
5/5  rDev +8.5%

aaronwhit, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of FievelGoesWest
5/5  rDev +8.5%

FievelGoesWest, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Patchmaster
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Patchmaster, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of rwmiscik
4/5  rDev -13.2%

rwmiscik, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
5/5  rDev +8.5%

BigPapiBrewingCo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
5/5  rDev +8.5%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received 330ml bottle in trade from cosmonick. (Thanks Randall!)
Poured into goblet after returning home from hospital after the birth of my son!

Aroma: A nice, sweet apple note, freshly-baked whole grain bread, clove, and yeast.

Appearance: Very light tan, 2 fingered head hangs around for a while, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Body is a very hazy dark amber/brown.

Flavor: Sweet caramel, subtle clove, and some underlying alcohol. Sip after sip, the alcohol seems to come through more and more, and lends to a bitter finish. Up front, the brew tastes fantastic. It could probably use some age, though, to soften the boozy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated. Body is medium-full. The high amount of alcohol leaves a nice warming feeling in the throat after swallowing.

Overall: Definitely a fantastic, well-balanced quad. Is it the best beer, or even Belgian quad I've ever had? Unfortunately not. I'd really like to get another bottle of this and let it age for a couple of years to see how it improves. This many people can't be wrong!

mdvatab, Nov 19, 2011
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,963 ratings.