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

6,360 Ratings
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,360 |  Reviews: 1,877
Photo of timbuktu1344
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SHerninko
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jklecko2
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mwbbq
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pschafer
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sidewaysscott
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of N3ptune
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dcp27
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JammyV
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gordavidson
4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Very good Belgian. Not my favorite style these days but this is def a great beer. Lots of dark fruits and sweet caramel and toffee.

133 characters

Photo of ScotNH
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SloppyJoeWasAMan
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of IPA35
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 19/06/2015 so this one is fresh.
Poured all of it without swirling the yeast, so I poured a bit of it but not all.

So this is a dark brown, hazy beer. Not that much light coming through, quite some visual carbonation when poured in the Westvleteren chalice and a small off white head with good retention.

Smells rather complex, lots of dark fruits, sweet melon oddly enough, molasses and also rather vinious. Dark caramel malts in this too.

This is a sweet fruity beer, dark fruits, some melon sweetness but also a beer a rather firm malty backbone to it. Slightly alcoholic but it only adds to this beer. Very good stuff.

Medium to full bodied, quite alot of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable.

Overall a very good beer, I love Belgian Darks so this one is right up my alley. Recommended although I do not believe it is really worth the kind of money some people dare to ask for it. I bought a couple of sampling kits from the abbey and they were €9 for 3 bottles, one of each of their beers.

Best beer? Probably not but for the rather small style of quadrupels this one is probably the most complex and probably the best, atleast compared to the ones I had.

 1,194 characters

Photo of stencom1
4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

What can be said, wonderful!

28 characters

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

Photo of truthcontortion
4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

I was actually expecting to be let down. It's the most highly anticipated beer I ever had so I though there was no chance it would be as good as others have claimed. Ok, so I was wrong. Deep garnet color with a long lasting had. Fresh plums in both the aroma and the taste. Also hints of molassass in the taste. The level of complexity is unbelievable. This beer lives up to it's expectations and that's saying a lot.

 417 characters

Photo of Dybasi
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of smonice
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RelentlessLefty
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Spaceangler
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of wpqx
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,360 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.