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

6,299 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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

I've been wanting to try this beer for years and have it on my list of must haves to try. Finally I got a bottle from the US release as a Christmas present to myself.

I'm glad to report there was nothing about this beer that fell short.

Snifter Glass at about 55 degree beer temp.

Appearance: A reddish purple hue and a tad bit cloudy. Nice head that stays around for the duration of the beer.

Smell; Raisins, plums, figs and some what yeasty.

Taste: Refer to smell yet with some complexity on the back end of the tongue. So much depth.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is retained and provides a great feel not over powering. Alcohol content is very well hidden.

Overall: It lives up to the hype and I'm so glad I had a chance to partake. It's a must try.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pour has a murky amber, dark brown presence. Head is thick, off-white, and about a ½ an inch-inch high, with great retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is quite sophisticated with the presence of Belgian yeast, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, plum, grapes), brown sugar, nougat, and slight caramel.

T: Being no disappointment after the aroma, taste is creamy, sweet, complex, and nicely carbonated. Correspondingly, notes follow along the same path as the aroma: yeast, malty, brown sugar, plums, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and dark fruit.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to heavy on carbonation and body; a heavier emphasis on medium accompanied by a nice wine like feel.

O: The complexity and the creamy/sweet feel here are outstanding: slight hop bitterness, raisins, figs, prunes, cherries, grapes….

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Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ortie
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gr0g
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two-year old bottle. Dark brown but not quite opaque. Excellent head formation and retention, while lacing is there but sparse. Rich, dark, sweet but not too sweet aroma. Rum-soaked dark fruits - plum and raisin. Very rich and malty with just a touch of alcohol.

Robustly malty-sweet flavor, while the sweetness is well-attenuated. Ripe dark fruit leads the way, plum, raisin, and currant, candi sugar backing it up. Very faint hop bitterness to balance things out a bit. Carbonation has been nicely tamed, providing for a soft mouthfeel with minimal harshness. Finishes a touch drier with a bit of lingering candi sugar and alcohol.

The well-balanced sweetness puts this at the top of the quads for me. So rich and complex, showcasing great complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Jose9e
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of fireman1013
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very welcoming smell with fresh yeasty aroma. Slightly champagne'y mouth feel with caramel, belgian yeast, and light hop taste. I liked it very much as a belgian style monk brewed ale. I was not disappointed at all and highly recommend a similar beer if the opportunity presents itself. Overall a very smooth, well-balanced beer.

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of lorkovicb
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jdense
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mcanderson0
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Tgmckinn
3.99/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled side by side with the US release. Both are solid and good examples of the style, but there is nothing special about these beers. The BEL release has a slight edge on the US. I found it to have a little more body and flavor. Would drink St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Rochefort 10 over this any day.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

early 2013 bottle side by side the USA release. snifter

both pour a dark brown with a slight head. the smell of the belgian one is less fruity than the american one... both have a lot of dark fruits tho. the taste is the opposite, the belgian release is a tad more complex and fruity than the USA release...but both are extremely close. full bodied with medium carbonation. smell the edge goes to USA release taste to Belgian. But close.

overall its a good quad but not outstanding. not sure how this is world class...

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.61 out of 5 based on 6,299 ratings.
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