Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

Niko100's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niko100 (2286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, rich dark fruit, caramel/toffee, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit (notably plums, figs & cherries), raisons, toffee, and some chocolate; Slight alcohol at the finish; Very nicely balanced and quite complex; I enjoyed this one more than the Rochefort 10; Overall, worth the hype - delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McDear (37) - Napoli, ITALY - SEP 1, 2015
Ho bevuto questa mitica birra presso il pub del monastero di Westvleteren. Una emozione grande per una grande birra, unica nel suo genere e, ad oggi, differente da tutte le altre. Profumo intenso e gradevole, con sentori di liquirizia e fiori selvatici. Sul finale resta nel naso un pizzico di alcol che dona una incredibile profondità. Aroma al palato decisamente intenso con una apoteosi di sentori che vanno, in momenti diversi, dal caramello iniziale al cioccolato con un leggerissimo quando delicato senso di tostato. Il finale in bocca lascia una scia che si riallaccia alla profondità lasciata nel naso. Nel complesso una birra unica al mondo, da bere senza altre pietanze invasive e da gustare con rispetto e meditazione.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RafeAU (426) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle cap date 12.12.17. 2nd last night in Canberra! Raisins, dried plum, perfect creamy high carb, perfect appearance, lasting off white head. the balance of mild sweetness, dry finish, appropriate bitterness etc is just perfect. Hard to fault this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hikeg (66) - - AUG 30, 2015
Pours medium brown with small off-white frothy head. Aroma is malty, dried fruit, brown sugar, sulfur, pepper, clove. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, rather dry peppery finish, long bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, palate is oily, carbonation is high. Didn’t work with me. Weird for a beer with such high status.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barroso2501 (19) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - AUG 30, 2015
Engarrafada em maio de 2015, apenas 3 meses na garrafa. Espuma abundante e persistente. Aroma de leveduras nao muito marcante. Paladar e persistencia unicos. Se nao tomou, tome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Myonlyvice (27) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
Second time I had a Westvleteren 12. This one had 6 months on the shelf, which seems to have brought out the character in the beer. First bottle was consumed right after purchase and was slightly underwhelming considering the hype. After half a year of Aging it is outstanding! Dark, redish brown with a big light brown head. Lots of lacing. Intense aroma of dark fruit, yeast and caramel. Malty, sweet taste with a bit of alcohol warmth. Faint bitterness. Amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (365) - SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2015 I finally got hold of this beauty, bottled in 2014 from Belgian Happiness.
The beer pours dark brown with a little hint of copper and is hazy. Almoust compact liquid. A two finger high, beige, head that dissapears pretty quick and leaves lacing.

Nose: Soft touch of yeast, dark bread, fruity esters, plum, raisin, dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee and molasses. It’s a very sweet nose.
So wonderful nose - I could stay here, just feeling the nose...
Taste: Wow! Brown sugar, caramel malt, carmelized sugar, some dark notes of coffee and leather, dark bread, riasin, dried fruit and molasses. It?s beatiful!
Body: Medium body and carbonation. A bitterness that works together with the sweet malt. Thick, complex structure. I just LOVE this beer! It is definitely one of the best!

Previously I have had a lot of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and as I?ve been told - It i pretty close. But this is the master!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christophe75 (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015 does not count
Had the pleasure to drink this fine beer several times already, even before it became rare. My advice is to let it age! When you get the chance of buying it, hide it and forget about it for 5 to 10 years. Recently drank one that was 6 years old and it was the best I ever had. The taste was complex, rich and naturally sweet. Outstanding! My absolute Number 1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wsnich (28) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Solid Quad, just don’t understand the hype. I consider the likes of Rochefort to be a much better representation of a belgian quad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Carpenter319 (1) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2015 does not count
Finally got to slay this dragon, excellent all around as expected. now to find the #8.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RasmusAberg (2) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Yep, this is the best beer in the world, in my humble opinion. I guess that the difficulty of getting it adds to the already great taste.

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