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: 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:
#33
Reviews:
1,911
Ratings:
6,529
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of Spaten454
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylesobrien
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of fresh bread, raisins, hints of clove and allspice. Noticeable alcohol, and the faintest scent of something resembling soy sauce.

Largely opaque caramel colour, deep ruddy brown, luxurious lacing and a fantastic and persistent white head. Looks almost perfect for what I'd expect from a beer like this one, honestly.

Ample carbonation, sharp but not harsh bitterness, complex assortment of flavours -- starting out spicy, then noticeably bitter (without much if any hop flavour), lightly phenolic, drying finish with caramel-like/slight toffee aftertaste.

It's like eating a warm piece of well-spiced, bready fruitcake with a little caramel sauce -- and taking a quick sip of clovey wheat beer afterwards.

Definitely one of the best Belgian strong ales I've had. For me, definitely not the "best beer in the world" (which seems a meaningless statement anyway), but I'd say it's one of the best brews made in Belgium for sure.

(For my money, the Westvleteren blonde (6?) is outstanding, if I had to choose between them, I'd take a fresh bottle of that in a flat second. The 8 is not very interesting compared to either, in my opinion.)

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Photo of Billybrewer
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So after ordering this from the Monks by email, I waited a long time for it to be shipped to the states. It was worth the wait, but obviously an extravagance that most can not afford. Simply put abt $20 a 12 oz bottle is steep. That said, it was totally worth it an one of the most complex beers I have ever had. I did a side by side with two other Belgium styles Rochefort 10 and Jeffe. After doing so, I can say that West’s was the best with Rochefort 10 very close behind. With Rochefort being 40% cheaper and more readily available, I can recommend that as well. Should you be in a position to order some westy, do so. Make sure you only share with people who truly appreciate beer. If a persons favorite beer is a mass marketer beer, leave them out because they will ruin your experience. Also, there is nothing bad about keeping them all to yourself. After all, you’ve certainly earned it.

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Photo of sraufstok
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of diemilio
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of opieo
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mike22ne
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to have one while visiting a friend in Germany. The bottle was about a year old, dated 07.12.19.
Yeah it's just a really nice Belgian quad, but its rarity boosts the score for many. Great deep caramel malts and fruit sugars. Excellent.

I can't say for sure that there's no better beer in the world but this one is certainly up there.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hands on this legendary Trappist beer. Cap reads “Trappist Westvleteren 12, bevat / bier, gerstemout 10,2% VOL, ABDIJ ST. SIXTUS 8640 WESTVLETEREN TENMINSTE HOUDBAAR TOT : ZIE TOP 33Cl e”. Date on cap is 06.04.19.

This beer pours a beautiful burnt sienna brown, completely opaque with some noticeable sediment and continually rising carb. The head bubbles away quickly, beginning around two fingers and settling at one finger of ivory foam.

The nose is bursting with vibrant aromas of caramel, subtle molasses, and a wonderful combination of spices . Dark fruits are all over the backbone of this beer, full of dates and raisins.

Bready, fruity, caramel, and dark fruits all balance the amazing flavors in this beer. A subtle spiciness rings true throughout; I pick out anise in particular. More of those dates and raisins settle on the tongue. A boozy warmth is felt all the way down, paving the way for that undoubtedly certain next sip.

A great weight to this beer. Full mouthfeel, with a high carb that hits sharply but not unpleasantly. Slight stickiness, great warmth.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slatsfeldo25
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the holy grail indeed. Fresh in the cafe or aged for 3-4 years, both same standard setting experience to measure all other beers by.

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Photo of SaulGoodbrew
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually love Trappist beers bunthisnis just another level. Bready, with dates and raisins and a nice hint of ABV without been too hot. A must try.

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

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LauraMancini
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of dontknojack
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ssjmalt
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FloydTurbo
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The actual king of beers, aroma of sweet bread, dates, raisins. Has been beautifully brought together by the monks of the abbey. Taste is heavenly. Starts out smooth with great non abrasive carbonation, finishes with a medium body and flavours of anise, raisin and bready. Highly highly recommend visiting the brewery or gift shop at least!

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Photo of justinv29
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bfork
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy dark brown with full head of small champagne bubbles that give away to larger bubbles that dissipates slowly back into small champagne sized bubbles. Clumps of yeast settle on bottom after a few minutes
S: mild smell of pre baked rising bread and Belgium yeast, plumbs and dates
T: tobacco hits first giving way to dark marbled rye bread. Metallic taste fades quickly into a bitter hops forward
F: carbonate forward which fades fast due to the bitterness left on the back of the tounge

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Photo of NightINgale
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 6,529 ratings