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

BA SCORE
100
world-class
6,302 Ratings
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
6,302
Reviews:
1,861
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
Wants:
3,674
Gots:
2,195
For Trade:
155
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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is one of those beers that has been talked up to me for years, and now that I have tried it I am definitely not disappointed. I was lucky enough to pick up a gift pack with 6 bottles and 2 glasses after attending The Festival in Worcester, MA.

A: Dark brown, bordering on black, seemingly cloudy.

S: Spice, dried fruits, nuts, and no hot alcohol which many 10% beers can display.

T: Very raisiny and super complex with wood and spice, the flavor bounces all over the place creating happiness everywhere. Upon completion of the swallow the level of alcohol became pretty apparent, but not displeasing.

M: Of the quads I have had, this is undoubtably the best. Level of alcohol is masked quite well, the flavors are extremely complex and blend together perfectly, and the carbonation is spot on for the style.

O: As stated above, this beer lived up to the hype for me. Glad I have 5 more of these gems just waiting to be savored.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of animortician
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to sample this much anticipated treat!

A: Dark Dark brown, very cloudy. Light brown head that didn't stick around for very long. Left some decent lacing though.

S: Nutty, Lots of different malt characteristics.

T: Rich flavors of nuts, and malt, Belgian yeast and some fruit. The fruit was subtle but prune or fig is what I tasted, very nutty.

M: Very well balanced and light for a quad. good carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O: This beer was awesome but put next to some of the other great Quads I have had I don't think it really would be leagues above them. This beer def didn't live up to the hype and I don't think it deserves the #2 spot overall. With that said it was still very enjoyable and a great beer!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

#BOTG 75! A huge one for tonight, a long time want. Bottled 4-14-11. Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice. Pours blood brown/red. Super creamy off white head that doesn't go away at all. Beautiful. Smell- apple sauce, cinnamon, raisins, prunes, sweet fusel alcohol, ripe pears, dark cherries, dark overly ripe plums. Brilliant. Super complex. Taste- sweet, deep ripe dark fruits, raisins, plum, with a salty sweet ending. Prunes, brandy notes, a tiny bit of alcohol notes, but it doesn't burn at all. Just super smooth. I was wondering how it could possibly be better than Rochefort 10, and it is. It's just so creamy, smooth, deep, complex. Bravo, its the hype.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber brown with piles of pink-tinged tan foam that is rocky and leaves solid sheets of cream – some of the densest I’ve seen, it actually marbles with new pours.
Plum, raisin cake, brandy barrel, caramelized sugar, carob and sandalwood – different every sniff.
Brown sugar, rum, sultana, dates, some butter, more plums, with some light spice to finish.
Butter toffee ending, a clove hit and spiced plum linger.
Incredibly creamy, medium, slight warmth, very soft.

The creamiest beer I’ve ever tasted – truly extraordinary mouthfeel. Flavors are not super deep – I suspect this is a bit green. Surprise is how amazingly drinkable it is – 10% doesn’t show up at all.

Suspicious as I am of hype, this is worth hunting and hoarding.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mwilbur
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 330mL (new XII) bottle into snifter. Bottle cap date stamped 21.09.14.
Well, here goes...
A: Pours a murky super dark brown with just a hint of light at the edges with backlighting. Nice 1 inch bubbly light tan head. At the end of the pour arrives some nice brown-black sludgey yeast amalgam. Excellent retention. Faint silky lacing on the glass.
S: Nice fresh belgian yeast and spice, dark dried fruit (especially raisin), cinnamon, candi sugar, and clove. I think I was expecting to get my socks knocked off, but the aroma is not overpowering. Instead it is wonderfully fresh, straight-forward, and restrained.
T: Wow! Wonderfully complex...takes a few sips to get a good handle on this one. Opens with a bitter charred wood note quickly followed by belgian yeast, clove, dark dried fruit, cinnamon, spicy black pepper, and dark dry chocolate. Hints of caramel malt and candi sugar. Notes of aged port and wine play throughout. Simply worldclass. With warming, molasses and sweet tobacco notes emerge.
M: Dry and bitter up front. Turns toward silky smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. Then finishes light and slightly sticky sweet with nice lengthy lingering on the palate (which is tremendously pleasant--sweet and dark notes predominate--and lasts forever...quite a treat). Medium body...which belies the 10.2% ABV.
D: Simply a tremendous brew. This is some magic act...the 10.2% ABV is imperceptible (well, at least not until after you finish the bottle and have time to let the beer settle in). Hands down the easiest beer to drink over 10%. It lived up to the hype, which is hard to do. This one does not hit hard with the first sip...it grows on you, opens up, and by the time you finish the bottle you then realize what you just drank. I'm looking forward to aging my other bottles and comparing notes over time.

1/2/14: Enjoyed another one (from same batch using snifter as well) today. Amazingly similar to this review...nearly imperceptibly changed. This one holds up extremely well with aging!

12/15/14: Sampled another one in a snifter from the same batch. More dark dried fruit in aroma and taste. Still lots of sweet spice and good complexity. You can tell this has mellowed and softened a bit now. Not as fresh as previous tastings.

1/11/16: Enjoyed another one (from same batch using snifter as well) today. Appearance fairly similar to original review, but head is weaker, doesn't last as long, and doesn't leave much lacing. Raisins, bready yeast, and sweet spice on the nose. Follows aroma fairly closely, some vanilla, soft clove...the chocolate and wood notes are gone. Soft feel...definitely has mellowed with age. Alcohol is more present than with previous tastings. Still a good beer, but definitely past peak (and past it's best by date). I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to have this last one.

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4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body, red tint, small white head.

S: Dark fruit; Belgian yeast which give a hint of clove in the aroma; caramel sweetness, slightly boozy, bit of chocolate malts, some bready notes.

T: Dark fruits- especially raisin and plum; brown sugar sweetness; chocolate malts; a bit of molasses maybe; complex combo of flavors; a very rich and boozy flavor.

M: Full mouth coating feel; very decadent; smooth carbonation.

O: One of the best Quads out there, but it's too difficult to get here in the states. A must try for any beer lover.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,302 ratings.
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