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

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45
Reviews:
1,918
Ratings:
6,562
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
Wants:
3,722
Gots:
2,306
Trade:
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Photo of Jkolls
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this Westy 12 bottle in Barcelona in 2015, and sat on it until now, so it's at least three years old.

The appearance is dark, with a real gusher of a tan head. The aroma and the taste have a lot of cocoa, which surprised me. There also dark fruits, of course. The beer is sweet, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and luscious. Overall, I'm really impressed. I usually approach highly rated beers with a heavy dose of "don't believe the hype" skepticism, but Westy 12 is the real deal.

We had this side by side with Rochefort 10 (three of us doing the tasting), and we all agreed that Westy 12 was substantially better. I'd be happy to do this test over again, just to be sure, and for science, of course.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Westvleteren goblet

A - a merky copper/red/brown with a one finger khaki head that sticks around.

S - Banana, lots of booze, very sweet malts with a very nice earthy bitter tone

T - banana bread, sweet liqueur, slightly bitter terroir. Chewy grain and hop.

M - full body, well balanced, simple yet complex, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity and such an amazing banana bread booze finish that lasts and lasts

D/O - this is one of the best beers of all time. The way the simplicity is also very complex and has so much flavor and depth. You just want more and more after every sip. The banana and booze come together in the best way possible. Just wow, I could drink think endlessly.

Final thoughts - about $10 a bottle and worth every darn penny! The ABV says 10.2, I would go as far as to say I would choose this as the only beer I’d drink if I had a choice.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in January 2012, enjoyed in September 2018. 6 years old bottle :
Enjoyed for a special occasion, this beer really doesn't disappoint. This quadrupel shows a very dark body with a small head.
Great aroma with dates, cocoa, figs, toffee
The taste follows with an amazing balance at all time and an incredible drinkability.
Amaingly smooth, this dry to semi-dry ale shows no residual sugar which would make it a bit cloying.

Overall, this is an incredible beer. Really amazing. This is a quadrupel but almost on old ale territory. Reminds me more of Pannepot than St Bernardus Abt 12or Rochefort 10. Great great great

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Photo of Jromanowicz09
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RollTide7
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jpaulreese
3.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wvsabbath
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SViterileroux74
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sensorglitch
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had from bottle in Toronto and bought once from ebay. Very good.

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Photo of npolachek
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the top beers I have ever had. Smells of cloves and allspice. Mouthfeel extremely well balanced with no bitterness. There are a few bars in USA that actually have this beer, so worth the $30 if you are not in Belgium and want to try it.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amp
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VikingDAB
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSecaida
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Torps
3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Running through every Belgium ale while visiting Netherlands and Belgium!

Got a bottle from Cafe gollem in Amsterdam. This one is definitely hyped. I agree with a previous reviewer that this is comparable to Rochefort 10 which is one of my favorite quads. I feel ABT12 is a bit better and has more of a dynamic flavor as the it warms.
Worth a try though!

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4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robotic_being
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mclvngr
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heaven in a bottle.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,562 ratings