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

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100
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6,327 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:
6,327
Reviews:
1,867
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
Wants:
3,673
Gots:
2,202
For Trade:
155
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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebee
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

This beer was so good I had two bottles at 15,5 EU (a bit pricey) at Au Bon Vieux Temps. Poured into an unmarked chalice. Very drinkable. I had a Abt 12 on this trip to Europe and the Westy 12 is in my opinion the better Quad. I need a side-by-side with Rochfort 12, but if you believe quads are the best beers then this one may be the best beer in the world not called Cantillon. 4.75

A – Pours an opaque, dark, ruby brown with a one-finger creamy head. 4.5

S - Brown sugar, light on the raisin 4.5

T – Spicy, brown sugar sweetness, not as heavy on the dark fruit as some quads. 5.0

MF - Heavy bodied but comes off as lighter than many quads that I have had. Creamy with a semi-dry finish. 4.5

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Photo of TDubs
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A mollasis stump licker...

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrispe2
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewjoel
3.79/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - murky brown. Hugely frothy khaki head.

S - fairly muted. St Bern 12 smells fruitier and more potent. What is there is the obvious dark fruits, some cream/vanilla, some alcohol. Not terribly complex.

T - silly sweet initially and finishes dry and bitter. I'm kind of at a loss. It tastes like the status quo of quads. Nothing remarkable and the bitter earthy finish is pretty off putting.

M - heavily, heavily carbonated, fizzy and dry.

O - meh. The hype train strikes again
St.b12 is definitely much better imo. Never like Roch 10 much though so maybe I'm just an outlier.

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

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

Wow. Awesome beer. Received a bottle this past Christmas during a bottle swap. Definitely worth the hype but also definitely not worth waiting in long lines or paying extravagant fees to obtain. Once you get one you can expect notes of carmelized sugars, raisins, dark fruits like figs in the nose. Tastes sweet with candied sugar, raisins, figs, prunes, slight molasses, and just great all around taste. Definitely in the heavier side but easily digestible. A great beer all around. Don't pay top dollar. Be patient and it will come to you at some point, beer geeks!!!!

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Photo of robertm2152
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nvbrew
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Beer 1000!

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Photo of jwilms02
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hazen
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of brureview
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark chocolate brown color with a 1/2 head in a Orval Trappist beer.
The key to appreciating the flavor profile in this beer is to drink it warmer.
I started out at a slightly colder temp, but warmer temps brought depth and complexity.

The most complex and balanced Quad I have tasted. Apple, sweet, and pear in the aroma which broadens with warming.

Very malt forward mouth feel.

The taste gets a bit dwarfed by the sharp bitter finish, but the apple and pear transition well from the taste. What amazes me about this beer is that it totally changes with warming- the flavors become increasingly complex.

It's worth checking out. Perhaps not as full and rich as other Belgian quads, nor over the top, but the increased complexity with warming and balance is a winner.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaxOhle
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,327 ratings.
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