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

6,344 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)

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

Finally got to try this beer with the notorious god-like reputation. Was slightly inebriated which might affect my judgement or review. But nonetheless, it poured a dark murky brown with a tan head. Very nice lacing.

The smell is wonderful. Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, like a typical Trappist beer, but this one overwhelms the senses in so many way.

Lots of breadiness and sweetness on the palette. A fantastic array of dark fruits, caramel malts, vanila, apple. Lots of spices. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this is crazily drinkable!

The best Trappist beer I've ever had, but not the best beer I've ever had...I have yet to try that I think.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day! October 27, 2012 had a 40 year old bottle at Darkness Day. Had the familiar Westy taste and palate, but was diminished noticeably. Past its prime, but still better than most other beers out there. No change to my ratings.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 5-27-12

Trappist Beer Night!

The Granddaddy of Them All: Westie 12. Hype and Expectation vs. Substance and Quality. This beer, quite likely, had to overcome the highest expectations of any beer I have ever had. Ever. Heck, we paid $28 for one bottle. This one had better blow my socks off, pick them up, throw them in the laundry with the whites, rinse, dry, press, and return to my calloused feet before I would be impressed (proverbially speaking, that is).

Short story: It impressed. Oh, how it impressed!

Big, rich, brie cheesy. Like opening a barn door on a dairy farm. Yeast jumping out of the bottle. Musky and manure-y. (Yes, that kind of manure.) Creamy, yet crisp. Complex flavors of dark fruits and figs. An aftertaste of aged red wine. Edgy, but not confrontational. Subtle and smooth, yet not without a wild streak. The Quad of Quads and Trappist of Trappists!

The Legend of the XII Lives. Long Live Westie 12.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a westvleteren XII gold rimmed chalice. Huge thanks to my friend Adam for giving me this bottle, glass, and another bottle... Which I have yet to open. Everything is from one of the 12.12.12 bricks.

A: pours a deep nutty looking murky brown with a slight hint of ruby... With a gentle pour I get a creamy looking finger of slightly browned head that's dissapates to a thick film and remains forever, the retention is excellent.... Very nice lacing all the way down the glass as well.

S: at first I got a very very lightly toasted, brown breadiness... Then the sweetness stepped in, apple, caramel, toffee, raisin, plum... Smells nice

T: yum. Again right up front I notice a bit of breadyness that is quickly washed over with sweetness, caramel, toffe, apple, raisin, fig, vanilla, deffiantly sugary. The alcohol is there bit very well hidden at the same time. Then on the finish I get the lightly toasty breadyness again along with honey and more sweetness...

M: very very nice, medium body, with lush creamy carbonation which is at the same time also slightly stinging on the tounge... Velvety, creamy and lush... There is a bit of a lingering sweet aftertaste, where at the very end I find a sweet nutty chocolate note

O: this is a great beer... Would i call it the best beer in the world? No. Bit it is certainly damn good, particuarly for its style. It is a tad on the sweet and sugary side I would say. But very nice balance and flavor, along with the amazing mouthfeel put this amongst the elite few.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excited to get a hold of one of these and it wasn't cheap.

Good dark appearance with a thin off-white head. Lighter than most quads but rich.

Nose is great. Not overpowering, but hints of plum and dark fruit. Alcohol is well hidden among the fruit.

Taste is the same. Very smooth and blended. No particular taste stands out. Very balanced.

Great mouth feel with the perfect amount of carbonation. A truly amazing beer.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,344 ratings.
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