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

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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:
#47
Reviews:
1,924
Ratings:
6,592
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
Wants:
3,735
Gots:
2,315
Trade:
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Photo of JRG281
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty sweet for a beer. Very fruity and brown. Definitely an amazing beer and I was happy to be able to drink it. Out of a party of 7, we agreed that it wasn't that much more special than some of the current New England beers. But if you can try it, …., it is not overhyped. It's really that good.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dzni
3.96/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidmm
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oddlandf
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Holderness
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a very deep amber body with total clarity. Very gentle pour produces three fingers of beautiful, thick pale tan head that retains and laces excellently. The canonical dark Belgian beer appearance
S -- Brown bread, fig, prune, raisin, molasses, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, hard candy
T -- Lovely semi-sweet toasty malt notes dominate the palate, alongside sugar-coated dried dark fruit, a very light herbal hoppiness, and gently fruity yeast esters
O -- Glad to finally be getting my hands on a few bottles of this while attending a conference in Brussels. This is a true masterpiece and is noticeably better than Rochefort or Saint Bernardus, imo. Didn't pick up from the brewery, but from the store it was quite pricey ($15/bottle), so I feel that I have to lower the overall some to account for that

94/100

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Photo of Thorfinn960
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chopp02
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Age this for 3 years then drink. Best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Kinnick21
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vitaly91
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of kitch
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a cap date (bottled +3 years) of 1st September 2019. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: After a careful pour to leave most of the yeast in the bottle, a clear brown colour with a copper red hue and a just over one finger off white head that had great retention, but eventually settled to a very nice self replenishing cap while leaving great lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Strong fruitiness, apple, plum, dates, fig, toffee with light clove and banana notes.

Taste: Sweet, plum, dates, fig, banana bread, toffee, yeast and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I’m not a huge fan of sweetness, and this definitely leans on the sweet side, perhaps overly so for me. I prefer both Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12 over this. It’s still good, and not by any means bad, but if I had to pick a special Westvleteren beer, it would definitely be a fresh bottle of the Westvleteren Blond, as that is just one of the best Belgian Pale Ale’s ever.

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Photo of santig0nzalez
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gongfu
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bombelsky
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

[ ] Medium Hoppy aroma herbal hops fruits from Forrest bread crust medium high level. First impression.
[ ] Hugh malty grainy flavor, bread and prunes.
[ ] Hugh creamy foam. Very good lacing
[ ] Dry finish. Cherry, spicy
[ ] Fluffy, creamy and velvety palate
[ ] Full bodied
[ ] Warm alcohol

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

Photo of KamaZootra
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Quads are my weakness, and Westy 12 is one of my favorites!

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Photo of bierfonteintje
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Veteranbrew
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrankCazabon
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This was many years ago, back in the early 90s before 12 was available in the US, but it was absolutely the best beer I had ever had up until that point, and it was spot on for its style.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,592 ratings