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

6,302 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

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Just sent up a flare on the ISO:FT forum and got a hit for this bad boy in less than an hour (thanks Kevin!). I'm glad those monks needed a new roof.

A - honestly, I've had enough of the heavy hitting quads to know that they all pour a big head. Westvleteren 12 is no different: huge foam is relentless throughout, but there's hardly any sediment. Brown and plain, but certainly not unattractive.

S - yum. Westy 12 smells like a complete dinner. There's a lot of sweet stickiness that hits the nose at first, caramel maybe, but then it turns savory, meaty, and substantive.

T - not quite as sweet as I expected from reading the reviews, but there's definitely something lacking in the taste, a kind of emptiness that hits right at the end. Some quads, like Rochefort 10, can get over this yeasty hump, but I don't think Westy 12 does it quite as successfully. There's plenty of sweetness on the front, but very little of the savoriness I got from the smell.

M - incredibly creamy and smooth. No carbonation to speak of, no alcohol to speak of, though after a bottle I need to take a short break. The sweetness isn't sticky like a BW, but it's definitely present.

O - I don't think I'll be seeking this (expensive) brew out in the future, but it's definitely right up there with the best of them. I will proverbially ask, "is it the best beer in the world?" The answer is clearly a subjective, "no," but it's something to seek.

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Photo of DinoFight
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wilkowski
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared two bottles with two good friends on Saturday (16 Mar 2013)

A: Deep brown with a thin lacing that hangs around.

S: Incomparable. The first glass was poured a few feet away from me and I could smell the aroma from there. Beautiful warm yeasty bread, rich dark fruits, plum, malt and more malt. Soft is the best word I have. I wish I could keep my nose in a glass of this all day long.

T: Follows the aroma. Complex, gorgeous, bold, but also well balanced. Heavenly.

M: Mouthfeel is great. Good, slightly high carbonation.

O: The best beer in the world? I'm surprised to say "yes".

We lined up two bottles of St Bernardus Abt 12 afterwards for comparison. Extremely similar but the Westy is noticeably better in almost every respect. Prior to this, the St. Bernardus Abt 12 was probably my favorite beer and I was blown away by how good the Westvleteren 12 was. I did not expect it to live up to the reputation, but it did and I'm happy to cross this off the bucket list.

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Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MrNate
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Mpollard
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just my opinion...I have seen the reviews of this beer fall after the sale of the gift packs in the US. I must say that those who rushed into drinking one right away missed out. I know it must have been very difficult to wait however, to let this beer ripen for a few years one would find a more earthy, well balanced flavor, without the alcohol burn at the end. I love this beer, just opened a bottle dated 14/12/14 which I bought at the Abby in 2011 and based it against one bought last month. The favors of the fruits are more pronounced/distinctive throughout. If you have any left, store it properly and let it sit for a few years, then review it again.

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Photo of Drew26
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of hopjake
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Westy XII goblets that came with the brick - split this bottle with my brother. Cellaring the other 5 for a while. Murky, hazy brown with yellowish tan head. Familiar Belgian funk with dark fruit aroma. Tastes much the same, with plum, raisins, and yeasty spice. Perfect carbonation - less than a tripel, but still high as Belgians usually are. Perfectly balanced. I haven't had a lot of quads, but this one stands out. Pretty close to St. Bernardus 12, but has a little something extra. I'll have to A-B them sometime.

Now if I could just get my hands on the 8 and Blonde...

Thanks to Jerry at The J Clyde for getting the brick to my family for an awesome Christmas present.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of philaflava
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of evbask1
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of brheuer
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of PattyMelt
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of owenmcm
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of saeh
4.24/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

P- Thanks to buddy Donn in Germany for this brew!

A- a fig/raisin like color that is soemwhat hazy. A nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and sticky. perfect!

S- dark fruits: plums, raisins and figs. subtle caramel malts that complement the brew nicely.

F- Wow, i can see why this brewery and its beers are highly revered. This has great flavor tones of figs and raisins mixed with the malts. I have nothing bad to say. I mean it was just like a big sigh. taseful and relaxing.

M- Slightly carabonated but very very smooth and creamy. It is like eating a plum with a lil bit of brown sugar and it slides all the way down.

O- best beer i have ever had to date. World class and i am grateful i could have it.

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Photo of ThatCracker
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of tastymug
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours hazy, barely opaque chestnut color. Minimal head in this particular pour but was sharing with a friend. It has very fine bubbles that retain around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Just the right hint of sweet with dark fruits, raisins, plums, maybe some cherry, caramel and subtle malts.

Taste: At first sip it is clear why this was a highly renowned beer. It is complex, but perfectly balanced with just the right combination of sweet flavors that taste of dark fruits like fig or plums. There is caramel, brown sugar and a very subtle hint of spiciness at the end. There’s a pleasant warmth from the alcohol as it’s consumed.

Mouthfeel: Moderate in body, very smooth and creamy on the palate, the oxidation sits on the tongue. The fine bubbles round out the mouth feel with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Overall: Most anyone should be able to taste why this is one of the top beers in the world. It is complex yet perfectly balanced, has excellent flavor, and overall is one of the best beers I’ve ever tried. The drinkability is off the charts and I really wish I could say I had more than just the one bottle that I tried. I think it’s absolutely worth every penny and if I ever make it over to Belgium I’ll be making my way over to the Abbey of Saint Sixtus.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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