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

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,058 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4058
Reviews: 1581
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.66%


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:
(Yellow Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a 4-ounce tasting glass

A: Light brown/ amber color with thick very light brown/ almost white foamy top.

S: Strong floral aromas with citrus and lemon; passionfruit, tropical fruit.

T: A complex flavor that starts with milk chocolate, then switches to a malty belgian white flavor with citrus, bitterness and a lemony sour finish. There is also a smokey flavor too. Finally, there is a peppery spice that permeates the entire taste.

M: Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, medium-high acidity, not that bitter. Very smooth.

O: "The flavor of a quad without the cloying"; "complex flavor"; "fruity like a Belgian white, but the feel of a triple or a quad", there is a lot going on with this beer. The flavor starts with a creamy chocolate/ coffee and ends with a sour lemon bite. It was excellent. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-27-2013 14:36:54 | More by SlothB77
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JohnG190

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the 2012 American release. Pours a hazy chestnut, lots of sediment, with a thick, off-white head that diminishes to a frothy cap that remained throughout. The aroma is full of dark fruits, brown sugar, malt, and warm spices. On the palate there's the dark fruit, but unlike the aroma, these are reminiscent of holiday fruit-cake dark fruits - sweet, but not cloyingly so. Nice bready malt with hints of clove. The 10% ABV adds a nice warming feeling but doesn't overwhelm. Velvety, medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very complex and well crafted quad. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but hunting this down is hardly worth the effort with so many other readily available outstanding quads, especially Rochefort and St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 12:18:29 | More by JohnG190
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. This is from the American release so has around 1.5 years of age on it. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a hazy iced-tea brown, with plenty of sediment, and leaves a big two-fingered spritzy head which fades quickly to a layer atop the beer. The bottle gushed a bit upon opening.

Smell: Dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) come out first along with big malts, spices, cloves, brown sugar, hint of banana, hint of alcohol.

Taste: Very interesting. Much different from the aroma. Alcohol soaked raisins and figs, malts, cloves, mixed nuts, molasses, maple candy, belgian yeast, brandy. Boy, this is complex.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a thick, yet slightly choppy mouthfeel. Hard to explain. Definitely the thickest quad I've tasted.

Overall: Truly a unique beer. Very interesting sweet flavors and a milder yet still somewhat sweet aroma. Definitely worth trying. I'd drink again if I found the opportunity - a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:15:26 | More by Resuin
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EdKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from GBBF 2013. Well done to the international bar for sourcing these. Drunk on Bank Holiday Monday August 26th 2013. First sniff from the bottle and this is surprisingly beery and malt grainy. Not the overpowering hit of alcoholic complexity I was expecting. Pours dark reddish brown, with some nice reddish clarity in the glass. Thin off white bubbly head. First full on aroma is very malty. Caramel, ripe fruit, particularly a banana estery aroma, dark rye bread. Lots of banana and caramel, ripe plums. Taste is tangy and estery, but surprisingly quaffable and drinkable. It’s caramel, banana estery, some light dark fruit, plums and a bit of brandy or cognac alcoholic kick on the finish, with some of that black rye bread. Texture is medium, not heavy really, and it’s quite sticky and sweet. It’s less complex and heavy than Rochefort 10, but way more drinkable IMHO. I really like it. Could knock one of these back every day. 17.01.14 - comparison with St. Bernardus Abt 12. The Westy is definitely maltier and dryer compared to the fruit of the St. B. and the Westy 12 has a beautiful malty banana nose, which out-rates the St B. The Westy 12 although more subtle does have a bigger alcoholic kick than the St B though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:42:38 | More by EdKing
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themind

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the best dark beer I have ever had!It has a dark fruit blast that literally places you into euphoria. The ABV is completely hidden which makes this incredible treat that much more drinkable. The carbonation was crisp and the aroma was magnificent. This beats the Roc 10, ABT 12, Pannepot and any other brew I have ever had that even remotely resembles this beer. Just a flat out masterpiece! At one time I argued that ABT 12 was the same beer as history has recorded, well I was wrong its not. I have a good quantity of this brew and its hard for me to age it as I want to drink it all.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer that lives above the hype!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:14:22 | More by themind
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear brown port colored with ruby highlights that glimmer in the glass. A creamy white pillow of head that laces the glass but dissipates rather quickly. Thin appearance on the pour.

S - Out of this world. Booze soaked raisins, currants and dark fruits. Honey like sweetness plays with a burnt candied sugar and a welcomed boozy nose.

T - This beer follows the nose with that booze soaked fruitiness as a support to the sweetness of honey and burnt candy sugar. Finish is semi dry, slightly boozy and a touch of fruity sweetness and anise on the finish.

M - Creamy and coating, which I wasn't expecting but loved. Finish is semi dry and sweet.

O - This was a fantastic beer, one you must try in your lifetime. The layers of flavor just unfold as it opens up. Totally unique from anything I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:24:00 | More by HopBomb515
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this in a trade. It appears that the best by date reads 29.06.15.

Served chilled in a Orval goblet (for lack of a Sint Sixtus glass). The beer pours a clear brown color with ruddy highlights. The head that develops has a dense, creamy consistency and rises gently to form an ochre pillow that rises above the glass rim. As the head settles, it coats the glass in a solid sheet of Brussels lace. I decided to serve this with the lees.

A powerful aroma stirs as the beer is being poured. It is immediately reminiscent of a dark wishniak cola. Notes of raisins, red wine, and earthy hops emerge as it warms.

On the palate, the 12 has a very smooth, full body, with abundant carbonation, but not effervescent. The creamy finish carries a slight hint of this beer's strength, with only a pinprick of heat and warmth. The flavor is rich and bursting with cola, cherry, fig jam, and dried dark fruits in the finish. There is such a beautiful demure approach to this beer that has such a high alcohol content. It is bold, yet graceful.

I did not let this singular opportunity go by without attempting to pair it with some delicious French bleu cheese: Bleu d'Auvergne l'Or des Domes...stemmed from Roquefort if I am not mistaken, this cow's milk bleu is extremely creamy (like the beer) and is well-balanced and somewhat soft-spoken as well for a bleu cheese. A taste of this supple cheese, and the oils are released on the tongue, coating the palate. Guess what lifts those oils right off? That's right, the 12 just reacts on the tongue, bubbling up and contrasting against the lightly salty quality of the Auvergne cheese. The rich flavors of the beer stand up so well against this hearty cheese. My only wish is that I had a French-made baguette to tag along with this feast for the senses.

I am stunned by this beer. It is most definitely the best in the style that I have tasted, and the thing that continues to impress the the subtlety mixed with the strength and power of this beer. Well-balanced, full-bodied, powerful aroma and rich flavors, yet gentle on the palate, smooth, fine, and would age more than gracefully. This is a beer that deserves all the praise and were I more local, I would make the reservation necessary to buy a whole case of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 17:29:08 | More by MusicaleMike
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timfc

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a couple years ago when bricks were available as a one-time thing.

I opened it today at cellar temp (about 62F).

The color was a brow with some ruby, just a light lacing after a few seconds of head. Really small sets of bubbles.

Aroma: there's a lot coming off, although due to the temp at which I drank it, there's a large alcohol smell, but, it's pretty well balanced against some raisin, caramel, and some sort of "bread" from the malt.

Taste: great mouthfeel, low carbonation, leaving a smooth and viscous body. Sweet malt, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla. The warming of the alcohol was complimented by the malt and sweetness and the yeast flavors....

Really: it's an amazing beer. I'll bring the temp down on the next one just a hair, I'll bet that at 50ish they're perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:29:19 | More by timfc
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Here it is, the traditional holy mother of the beer kingdom. The fair lady was kind enough to track down a bottle (cap-stamped with 20.12.16) of this for the anniversary of the day I was born, so for such an occasion we crack right into it on a fresh, rested palate. We pour a brew of rich ruby-mahogany into our oversized tasting snifters. It immediately jets up two fingers worth of tight latte colored foam that doesn’t quit. This retains excellently, sifting down and sitting atop the liquid in an eventual creamy, ephemeral film. Thick corded ridges and archipelagos of lacing are left around the glasses. No real haze is noted, but tiny flecks of sediment sit suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be moderate yet pervasive. The aroma takes you by surprise, with massively sweet booziness and vanilla bean off the bat. These settle as the beer warms, allowing room for the remaining mix of heavy caramel, brown, and burnt wheaty malts, straw, musk, cherry and fig syrups, dried dates, almond oil, melty candied toffies, plum and concord grape fruitiness, dirty dried grass and petal, savory Belgian yeasty steel, smoked tobacco leafiness, perfumed booziness, match head sulfurics, buttercream frosting, peanut butter nuttiness, and gentle buttery diacetyls, to flower through. Our first impression is that the flavoring is almost drowned out by the mouthfeel, which is intensely creamy and thick. As we sip, the taste begins with the bite of fusel booze, brightly sweet caramel and brown maltiness with a buttery brush, wood lacquer, black pepper, astringent plum skins, dried figs and raisins, vanilla and almond extract, and that aromatic, dusty Belgian yeast. The middle peaks with a sweeter cloy of malty fruitiness, with caramel and toffee biscuits, strawberry, pear, and date syrups, chewy burnt granola, wheat flour, toasty walnuts, cooked brown, wheaty, and crystal maltiness, granular white sugar sweetness, and dried cedar lick. Washing through the end is a cleansing bitterness of booze, light cloven phenols, the softest banana esters, licorice, burnt leathers, cereal and caramel grain, continued grapey fruitiness, salted yeastiness, toasty almonds, mild oaky woodiness, vanilla extract, cigar smokiness. The aftertaste breathes of walnut oils, dates and golden raisins, lint and dust, phenolic plastics, tinny and brassy metallics, rum-soaked pound cake, bile acidity, sea salt, heavy alcohols, basement mustiness, bitter booziness, light bourbon-corn essence, continued gentle smoked peatiness, and the final echoes of that warming European yeastiness. The body is thick and chewy, and the carbonation is medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, foam, and drag are all intense, complete, and wonderful. The mouth is thickly coated, but dried overtop with a quickly burning layer of thin alcohol that leaves the mouth somewhere between satiated and astringently puckered with chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and although it drinks back well, you find the desire to want to make it last strong.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is how it handles your expectations of it. You go into it expecting this insane, flavor-bomb of power that will forever change your views and opinions of beers. You don’t really get that. The real magic of this beer is in just how simple and clean the execution of it is. The balance is unsullied, with the booze and the malt bill meeting for a beautiful dance in the center of the room. They just take their recipe and should you how it’s done, without the need for any bells, whistles, or unnecessary flair or novelty. This beer is all about harmony, and doing the right thing at the right time. The nose and the flavoring both embody this mantra naturally and intrinsically, so it comes as an even bigger surprise when the mouthfeel comes crashing in unfettered. It is so thick and creamy, creeping along like molten lava, acting like the perfect delivery vessel for the bold cleanliness of flavoring. This is an exercise is technique, and although some may be disappointed by the flavoring alone not taking them into the clouds, one must sit back and appreciate the art of the craft and what it means to strive for brewing perfection. Hard to track down, but well worth it if you want to taste what a fantastic beer is made from.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:26:12 | More by TheBrewo
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Goalcam

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't make the mistake of trying this as your first Belgian Dark Ale, you'll be ruined. This is a great beer but just really tough to find in the U.S. Has a great spicy taste on your tongue and goes down great with some salami and cheese. I was fortunate to bring back a few bottles from Brussels to get my fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:07:03 | More by Goalcam
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dcmchew

Romania

4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally got my hands of Westy XII. Best before 16.11.14 on the cap.
Dark brown in color, with some copper notes. Not a huge beige head, but sticks around for a long time. You can hear a lot of aggressive carbonation at first, but it seems to settles rather fast.
Rich smell, with dark malts, raisin, brown sugar, figs, red grapes (with a musty component, enhanced by the subtle alcohol), nuts and faint dark spices. Don't expect a strong smell that you get from popping the bottle, you have to give this one a big close sniff, but the elements are really well balanced.
Taste knocks it out of the park. Wow. Toffee and caramel, with a nice citrus feel right on its tail, but also juicy cherries, berries, plums, grapes (strong alcohol makes it feel like a sherry or a brandy). Malts are pretty quiet, way in the back, but with a decent enough roastiness and a rich taste of multi-cereal bread (ryebread maybe?). Spicy, hints of vanilla, anise, faint nutmeg and cinnamon. Mildly bitter finish with some hops peaking through.
Full body, low carbonation. There's a big complexity here, starting off crisp, then sweet, alcohol tends to dry the mouth a bit afterwards, then there's a roasted bitterness... it's really a lot going on. Malts linger in the aftertaste, would have enjoyed some fruitiness to stick around too. Not boozy.
I'm gonna stop now and just enjoy this perfect beer. Yes, "perfect" should suffice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 18:56:42 | More by dcmchew
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RhyminBelmont

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WankelEngine for the pour

2oz into a tasting snifter.

A- very little head, potentially a factor of the small pour. Dark blackish brownish purpleish.

S- liquor, dark fruit, herbs, sweetness.

T- much yeast, not as much fruit as the aroma, Booze, dried fruit.

M- incredibly pleasant warming sensation, a little drying and sticky, latent figgy notes and molasses.

O- ooovvvveeerrrraaaattteeed. Tasty, lovely, honored to try it. Thanks again to WankelEngine.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:08:55 | More by RhyminBelmont
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JohnGB

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as the reviews. But after tasting it, my expectation of what a good beer is has changed.

Overall a sweet, fragrant beer that doesn't feel like it's anywhere near its rated alcohol content. Easy to drink, with no bitter after taste. Essentially it's perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:57:15 | More by JohnGB
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ShaneGoodhew

Texas

4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty much the perfect Belgian Quad. Doing two seperate blind tastings with this Abt 12 and Rochefort 10 this came out on top both times. I wish I had more of them to really savior and notice the subtle differences between all three. This is great fresh and with some age on it. I have one that is now three years old and will be opening later this year.

Poured with almost a 2 finger head into a Westy glass.

Smell is that of a Belgian Quad with a little bit less sweetness to it and a little bit more spice.

Both taste and mouthfeel live up to the hype. Little bit more spice to go with the fruits and sugars. Taste opens up more as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:43:40 | More by ShaneGoodhew
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tick.

Bottle cap is dated: 10.11.14

Very large snappy, soapy, tan colored head. poor retention. Brew is deep red with lots of brown. Good clarity too. No lacing. Thin.

Tons of smooth clove, lots of spice, but not over the top. Heavenly smooth butter cream on the nose. Not sugary. I could Sniff this for quite sometime... Great raisins. Very-very mild "Belgian Banana".

Nearly distracting amount of carbonation. Large amount of bubbles. Great fluidity and heavenly drinkability. Slightly lighter and thinner than I had imagined it would be. SLIGHT rubber aftertaste on the very tail end. Sweetness is light, crisp, airy, and solid. I would prefer a bit more body and a little less fluid. Cloves are strong robust, crisp, airy. Not a banana bomb... Nice smooth dry bitter finish.

IMO, this beer delivered the hype; it's one of the few. It's not mind altering, but very solid and well rounded. *Nearly* perfect for the style. I would have enjoyed a bit stronger appearance, more forward flavoring, thicker body, and more creamy head. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:24:36 | More by chugalug06
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pkalix

California

4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very healthy, medium consistency foam head from pour. tan and billowy, not level. head clinging to the sides as it recedes, sediment settled on top. dark mahogany color.
smell is not strong, but there does seem to be some dark fruit aroma. otherwise nothing to smell(?).
taste catches my attention right away. dark fruit. alcohol. plums. fig. malt. toffee.
2nd pour yields a more level, creamy head.
what's missing in this (and preferably) is the rich Belgian yeast that is so prevalent in most all the Belgian brews. even the St. Bernardus has ample amounts of the rich yeasty flavor which I grew to love and then over indulge in to the point of staying away from the Belgians for quite a while. but this does not have that overpowering yeast and richness.
slathering it down the back of my throat I can taste the toffee and malt and syrup qualities. this is genuinely an incredible brew. I try not to let the rarity of it influence my perception but I am very enamored with this, and the other two (8 and blonde) I have tried. the alcohol burn is not an unpleasant one. it actually is very smooth and delicious.
I gave this excellent ratings. only the smell is lower due to the fact I cannot smell much, but that alone is also a great quality-nothing overpowering, ya know? I realize I gave the st. bernardus a higher rating but that was back when I was less refined and experienced and I was blown away with the beer. I haven't had a st bernardus in a while, and maybe it's time to try one (maybe side by side with the west12?) but from memory, this is a smoother, more stable, taste and I really think this is better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:23:13 | More by pkalix
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SavoD

Serbia

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved the mouthful caramel malty flavor. A very complex flavor with a rather deep finish. I just do not understand why it is under so much hype as it is a great beer but the availability should not influence the impression of the beer itself. I just think there are other rather similar excellent beers in the same style. However, I would still like to drink it again ;-).

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 22:48:35 | More by SavoD
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely the best belgium beer I have had. It is the perfect beer to sip and enjoy every last drop. Nice aroma and color but the taste is unmatched. Since this is really hard to get I had to be careful to rate it based on what I feel it really is, but is is fantastic. Since there was no 4.95 review, I had to give it 4.75.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 20:10:09 | More by peacemakers48
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macher0

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a goblet. Consumed most without yeast.

A. Super dark ruby. Nice head to a fine bubble rim.

S. Charred roasted malts. Figs. Toffee. Semi sweet.

T. Ohhh the sweet is balanced with matured walnuts, raisin, green apple, and figs. A little bitter finish.

M. Super smooth. Medium carbonation. Extra full body.

O. Very happy to see this available at my local watering hole. I paid 25 bux and I'm satisfied. Damn fine. Certainly worth the hype. Its a very strong beer not subtle by any means.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:56:17 | More by macher0
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livewire78

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As this beer used to be the top rated beer on the planet, I thought I'd wait to try it until I felt my palate had developed enough to truly appreciate it. Good call.

Served in a tulip.

Appearance - OK so I might have fudged the number on the appearance a little but I feel that it is justified because some of the other rating scores need to be higher than a 5. It is a beautiful, full rich, ruby, mocha, milk, chocolate color. If I was to knock the beer in any way, it is that the color wasn't as vibrant as I had hoped. (I guess I had hoped that the beer would somehow glow or something.)

Smell - What got me here is how "full" the smell was. It's not pungent like a hop bomb but it seemed that my entire nose and respiratory system was consumed by the, again, "fullness" of the smell. I could list off the individual smells but everyone else has already listed those. Here is an area where the scores need to be higher that a 5.

Taste - oh... my... god... yes, it's good. Again, I could list the individual flavors that I'm picking up but that's only a teeny tiny portion of what's going on here. What's great about Westy 12 is how the flavors develop and intermingle with each other. So smooth and subtle yet sophisticated and refined all at the same time. By far - beyond thunderdome - holy crap in a dumptruck - this is by far the best tasting beer I've ever had. Seriously. LISTEN TO ME!!! It's good.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. 'Nuf said.

So far, this is the only beer I've ever had that I thought deserved all 5's. And to be honest, I'd like to give it even higher scores. I'm not usually one to fall prey to hype but this one lives up to it and possibly surpasses it. This is a serious mastery of the perfection of the brewing art. Now, is it the best beer on the planet? I can't say for sure because I haven't had them all and I doubt that anyone else has either. But, is it the best beer I've ever had? Yeah. Abso-friggin-lutely!!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 19:33:30 | More by livewire78
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0.33l bottle, about 11.16 oz., into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Caramelized brown color, golden and ruby hues. Massive and durable mocha-tan colored head that has a scoop of mass in the center. Just translucent enough to see the abundant micro-carbonation and slight bit of sediment. Hearty foam lacing.

S-Rich malts, sweet and sour dark fruit. Not boozy, but the alcohol provides enhancement and muskiness to the aroma. There's some Eastern-European baking influenced aroma as well, sweet and dark raisin bread. It gets better as it warms.

T- Once again, hearty malts with dark fruit. Raisin in particular. Just enough sugars for sweetness without being a sugar bomb. Tastes of anise, coffee, spice, and tobacco bounce around.

M- So full and sturdy, yet incredibly smooth. It makes me think of cooking roux as a base, thick rather than water based. Nice tingle of carbonation in each sip. Some alcohol bite. Lasting sweet finish.

O- All the hype and more. Drinkable at 10.2% abv. Maybe too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:14:47 | More by NiceTaps
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a chilled glass. Dark brown color with huge fluffy tan head which dissipated very slowly into a persistent tan collar. Excellent sticky and consistent lacing throughout. On the nose, molasses and wet leather scents dominate, with hints of sour apricots and cherries. On the palate, the sweetness of molasses and smoky leather dance between notes of dried apricots, peaches, and cherries. The malt asserts itself, amidst ample hoppiness, and the burn of spicy alcohol becomes evident. The mouthfeel is punishingly full and chewy, demanding the respect this monster deserves.

I am generally not a big fan of Belguan ales, but this behemoth lives up to the hype. Glad I made the reach for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:00:36 | More by JohnParadee
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a Westy 12 chalice of course.

A - Hazy pecan brown with a massive creamy head that takes awhile to settle.

S - Brown sugar, dark Belgian candy, spicy yeast, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, plumbs, dates, bananas, cherries, walnuts. The yeast become more raw and bready as it warms. Awesome aroma.

T - Dark Belgian candy jumps out long with Belgian yeast, bananas, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cherries, tobacco, some hop bitterness is present, the alcohol is present and adds a spicy kick on the palate. The malt is sweet and caramelized but has a rawness that you don't get with alot of ales. There's an earthy and rustic character makes that adds an edginess. The finish is very dry with dry spices and a kiss of rummy alcohol.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium/full body, thins out as it warms.

Glad I got to try this. I've done a blind taste test with this and 2 other highly acclaimed quads and this did well. It's not as fruity as other quads and has a more rustic character. This taste like a true trappist ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:41:17 | More by StaveHooks
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RCane1

California

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of experiencing this in a four-hundred year old Belgian bar. Even so, it exceeded my high expectations given it's reputation. I hardly want to waste time going through motions but:

Dark, even for a quad. Definitely says there's something of substance in the glass. Very nice dark head. My nose was a bit frozen (it was January in Brussels...) but still picked up a nice fruity, nutty smell. Taste was amaaaazing. Smooth, perfectly balanced. No bitterness, offensive funk or alcohol taste.

I can't say "best in the world" because I haven't had them all yet. But definitely, the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:38:03 | More by RCane1
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ricknelson

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews. Among the 12 brews tasted was; Westvleteren XII Quadrupel. We did a direct comparison tasting of the Westvleteren XII against the Rochefort 10. The Rochefort 10 was chosen the better 3 to 1, and tied for 4th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.25. Smoothness being the deciding factor between the the Rochefort 10 and the Westvleteren XII. The Westvleteren XII came in 9th of the 12 brews tasted with an average score of at 3.81.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:44:30 | More by ricknelson
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,058 ratings.