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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,690 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,690
Hads: 5,479
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 3,317
Gots: 1,760 | 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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Reviews: 1,690 | Hads: 5,479
Photo of coolandy007
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even with the hype, this beer truly manages to be outstanding. Nothing I could say can describe the experience. It's just a ridiculously enjoyable brew that will treat your senses. (180 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friend shared 12oz bottle with me today. I don't have a lot of experience with Belgian style beers, but I could tell why this one is so highly rated. Really delicious (166 characters)

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

I have been wanting to try this for some time and finally acquired one as part of a bigger trade. I always thought that maybe this beer was mostly hype and that it wasn't worth the trouble when I could easily get a Rochefort 10 or similar. I was wrong. It is amazing. Dates and raisins and some complex yeast magic. Almost made me swoon it is so good. I ordered 6 from Belgium and happily paid the crazy shipping. Forever ISO more. (438 characters)

Photo of Kevlee722
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally trying this. Looks amazing, deep garnet highlights, ruddy body. Pillowing khaki creamy head. Coats the glass. Smell is fantastic, raisins, plums a little leather maybe hint of tobacco. Taste is chewy caramel with dark fruits and a little lingering sweetness, a bit of a vinous character save for the carbonation. Delicious. Crisp carbonation on a more than medium body, feels wonderful on the palate. I could drink k this beer every day of my life, but I like it as a rare treat. Simply amazing. (503 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- Cute face, slim waist with big behind! Want to spend the rest of my life you.

Smell- Sexy stone fruits with lots of European characteristics.

Taste- No words can describe her taste. It is pure perfection and I want it in my mouth forever.

Feel- So smooth. Clean and refreshing. Will never let go of this feeling.

Overall- This is the beer my wife and I used for out wedding toast. So it will always hold a special place in my heart. Plus there is a long story behind the beer. Always and Forever. (507 characters)

Photo of Trapist007
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to acquire six bottles of Westy 12 over the Xmas holiday. All I can say is that this is by far the best example of a Belgian Quad that I have ever had. Any Belgian for that matter. It completely lives up to the hype. the pour is nice with a tan head. The smell has lots of dark stone fruits, rich toasted malt, maplely. The taste just went through a rainbow of flavors, plums, raisins, dates, with maltiness, a little toastiness to name a few, with a light dry, very light hop finish. It is incredibly complex, and continues to grow more and more complex with every sip, just building on the last. Drink on the warmside, 50 to 55deg Fahrenheit. This beer is so smooooooooth. Just a fantastic beer. It's one of my Top 3 Beers of all Time. (769 characters)

Photo of Shinck14
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviews after a blind tasting including Abt 12 and Rochefort 10.

This was my favorite of the three. This was just so incredibly smooth and easy to drink. It was everything i hoped for with all the hype around it. Can't wait to see how this one ages with the other two bottles i have. (284 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, ruby-brown color with a big, tan head that fades slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Rich, caramel malt, some brown sugar, slightly medicinal, some yeast.

Taste: Medium bodied, sweet malt with some molasses, spicy booze, slightly oaky, super smooth, some ripe tree fruit and raisin towards the finish which is slightly lingering.

The Rest: Fantastic; super smooth and complex. It was more bitter than I expecting and had less Belgian yest character, but was a real treat none the less. (515 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a soapy, tand head that has fantastic persistence and lacing. Fantastic aroma of bread dough and grassy hops. Brown, burnt sienna color. Starts with a rich, deep flavor; toasted malt, booze, slight hop bitterness. This actually is very reminiscent of Kvass. Finish is grainy hop bitterness over toasted malt with biscuit wafting back in.

This is really fantastic. I really, really dislike Quads, and this is delightful. Again, it's similar to Kvass, and so I'm really digging it. (489 characters)

Photo of IPA1978
4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is damn interesting, when cold it has dark raisiny smell and taste then as it warms it starts to smell exactly like grape Kool-aid! and the flavour deepens to a phenolic warm boozy quad! Epic beer but....... not sure its the best. La Trappe quad is perhaps the best quad!!! (287 characters)

Photo of Arminius757
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got to Paris and found my way to a specialty beer store where I ran into this gem. At €20 a pop, it surely is the most expensive beer I have ever purchased. But I mist say, it was worth it.
Served from bottle into special Westvleteren glass.
Deep dark red color with frothy head.
Strong smell, bit boozy with plethora of fruit.
Rich sweet taste, the booziness comes through a bit as well. Strong, but not overwhelming. Very clean and smooth.
This beer is worth the hype. If you can find it, snag it.
Got another bottle that will be aged. (545 characters)

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

Bottle from the cellar, marked 27-03-15. Dark reddish root beer brown with five fingers of sudsy beige foam. Rich sweet nose: Milk chocolate, sultanas, rum toffee, faint clove, banana chips, strawberry, subdued grassy hops. The aroma does live up to the hype. And the taste? I do understand the comparisons with St. Bernardus Abt 12 (allegedly these beers are the same recipe, different yeast strain). A supremely well-integrated combination of toffee/candy sugar, carob, molasses, cooked fruit (pears and mixed berries), clove-like phenols, licorice, grapes, root beer extract, ginger, plum liquor ... Heady alcohol bloom is the icing on the cake. Although the initial sips are sharply medicinal and boozy, the beer mellows in the glass and on the palate such that the great nuances shine though. Curiously dry and "drinkable" with a lighter than expected body and rather prickly mouthfeel. Some floral hops poke out in the otherwise cacao-like malty finish. Red berry and currant flavors are lingering long after my glass is empty. "Best beer in the world" is not a debate that can ever truly be resolved but this is certainly worthy of the accolades bestowed. Maybe the rarity factor used to play a role here ... With improved availability will the hype wither a bit? Not sure it matters. Worthy of its place in the Trappist pantheon. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with not much light seeping through. Easily an inch of tightly packed creamy beige foam is visible. I detect the aroma of dark candy sugar and dark malt. The flavor is a nice blend of dark malt and candy sugar. Light notes of caramel and molasses are also noticeable.
The mouth is exceptionally velvety smooth, creamy,and bone dry. (355 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer! Lots of smooth lighter flavored raisins. Depth of flavor is awesome. Just incredible! Thanks to @johnnyb for this beer! (150 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The holy grail of beer by many standards, I was lucky enough to enjoy this one on Christmas day with some family.

The pour was nothing terribly impressive. It had a nice brown-red color with a thin head and low carbonation. The nose was very muted and disappointing but still smelled delicious. There was dark fruit, plum, some brown sugar, and raisins in the nose. The flavor was delightful though. All the smells came through in the taste only intensified. The belgian yeast was present but not overpowering. The candied dark fruit was the star of the show. It was incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied without being heavy, low carb without being flat, and no alcohol detectable.

This beer is the real deal and worthy of the hype. The nose was disappointing and it's not much to look at but other than that, this one is close to perfect. (853 characters)

Photo of ThomasKoren
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thank you from the fellow beerfanatic that brought this to finland for me.

A great dark and strong abbey beer, despite it's high alcohol percentage it is very drinkable though a bit sharp down the hatch.

A must try if you can get your hands on it. (255 characters)

Photo of LeedsZimbabwe
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Great beer; boozy for my taste. Other trappistes have a more refreshing flavor, whereas this one is more of a "straight down the middle" sort of beer. Overall, quite good, though. (179 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Not overly impressed with this beer, but it is still really nice. I would probably prefer trios pistoles if I were to grab a Belgian strong dark again. And at 30$... Hmmm I don't know. But. I'm glad I tried this. (212 characters)

Photo of david2489
5/5  rDev +8%

these beer is awesome, taste so well, body is strong, fruity aroma. when you try it you will get in love with this beer, the best beer i have ever tasted, i cant get enough of these beer. want more. its like your tongue its getting rape with pure awesomeness. its a must drink before you die. (294 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

Big, Fruity and Robust. Also Smooth, Tasty and Enjoyable... Ridiculously drinkable at +10% waves of Dark Fruit, Brown Sugar, Cream Soda, Vanilla, Oak, Cinnamon and Caramel slap the palette. Undertones of Yeast, Grapes, Chocolate, Cherry, Clove and Nut are present. Butterscotch, Banana, Licorice, Fig and Tobacco can be picked up in the after taste. The aroma is much like Christmas spice with Plums, Brandy, and Wine being picked up. The feel is medium and bubbly. I really can't pick out a flaw, may be a bit 'too much' (complexity and ABV) for a novice, other wise I don't have a single bad thing to say. Overall this brew is amazing and well worth the hunt~ (825 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Pours dark brown, very little white head. Smell: dark fruit, plum, sweet Carmel, cream brûlée , some vanilla .Taste: wow, amazing. A lot like the nose, caramel, plum, some dark cherry,vanilla, perfect sweetness. Mouth feel: scary drinkable, slight creaminess, not a lot of carb, not as thick as I expected. Overall: I did this side by side with abt 10 and roch 12, and this was a clear winner. I will admit that this is the only aged bottle but wow does this live up. Doing it side by side to fresh bottles show how amazingly the beer ages. usually after 4 years a beer's flavors have blended TOO well, but this is magic. So happy to finally have opened this. The beauty of this beer lies in its world-class balance. (736 characters)

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
5/5  rDev +8%

In order to properly rate this beer, one must also consider the journey that is required to enjoy this brew at its home in Westvleteren, Belgium. The fruity, complex taste is complemented by the atmosphere of enjoying this in the hop fields of western Belgium. I highly recommend taking the trip to Westvleteren in order to enjoy one of the best beers that I have ever had the privilege of tasting. It is truly a pilgrimage that should be taken by every serious beer lover. (473 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 9/5/14

'08 Vintage
A- Pours a maroon/brown color with ruby hues when held to the light. A small tan head recedes to a collar that leaves some lacing.

S- The aroma is bursting with sweet over-ripe dark fruits. Masses of prunes, nice touches of raisin and fig, bubble gum Belgian candy sugar. Dried/candied pineapple is also prevalent. Slightly spicy, with hints of clove and cinnamon.

T- The flavor follows the aroma closely, with prunes and raisins in the forefront. The candy sugar and candied fruits then take over in a very sweet mid-palate. It finishes with spices (cloves and cinnamon), and lots of dryness.

M- The mouth feel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and very dry.

O- This is definitely the best quad I have had. It is not my favorite style, but I could drink this a lot! (819 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev -5%

Has a giant beige head, while being brown-black color.

Burned malts, plums, chocolate, hints of bread and hazelnut define the aromas.

Rich roasted, earthy malts, plums, walnuts and hazelnuts, hints of chocolate, very complex beer. Malts turn sweeter, in a honeyed fashion, supported by chocolate and wood. Fitting carbonation helps the body from becoming too heavy - adds refreshment. Full-bodied, complex beer, pleasantly sweet with a unique character, turning into an earthy direction with hints of chocolate in it. Very smooth mouthfeel, a little oily. Warm, slightly bitter, coffeeish finish. (600 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Cap Date - 07.05.17

A: Poured into a chalice, the beer produced lots of foam at first but quickly fizzed away allowing the pour to finish - when it was finally poured fully (minus the yeast) it was a finger and a half tall made of mid sized bubbles with a tan color. It continually bubbled up from the bottom creating pockets of foam, but the retention was low. The beer has a dark brown, leather like appearance with moderate haze, hints of auburn show as it is held to a light source.

S: Mild to medium aroma with prunes, plums, figs, red grapes. Also getting a fresh yeasty character, not traditional belgian yeast but more like bread yeast. Toast and melenoidin bread crust aromas are at the threshold levels and a spicey note that could be coming from hops or yeast phenols.

T: Huge flavor.. Tons of those dark fruit flavors - dates, prunes, figs, with a big base of bread crust, biscuits and toast. Tobacco, melenoidins, burnt sugar, slight vanilla and dark cherries also coming through at different rates. The sweetness is kept to a low level with the big spicey hop bitterness and flavor giving an earthy undertone and the yeasty character i pickup gives a surprising lager like cleanness. The phenols are kept to a minimum and there is only a hint of ethanol in the flavor (at this early age).

M: A creamy mouthfeel that gives way to a moderately high carbonation bite. There is a tingly sensation on the palette that reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged beer. Moderate body with a high amount of alcohol warming.

O: There are no short of reviews for this beer and chances are this won’t convince you to try or not try this beer, however if you can get the beer without too much trouble - get it. Not nearly as alcohol forward as I’ve heard and I wasn’t prepared for the yeasty bread flavor that made this very interesting and more drinkable. I’ll be curious to see how my other bottles age. (1,915 characters)

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