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


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RATINGS: 3532   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (458) - - JAN 24, 2016
Caveat: I didn’t have the guts to put this review down till now when I’ve had at least 6 bottles tasted under varying conditions. The initial intention was to get as much information as possible, I gave up after 6 because I suspect that even after 250, I’ll still be discovering flavor and aroma elements that I missed the first 249 times. Enjoy this one without overthinking things! 10.2%ABV. Abt/Quadrupel. Poured out of the bottle a dark amber brown, 28ºSRM. Nose has berries and cherries. Pleasant rich alcoholic sweetness of rum raisins. Faint yeasty aroma with formic tartness on the nose. Subtle spice like cinnamon. Mouthfeel is alcoholic and syrupy. There is adequate carbonation which is balances out the palate very nicely. Palate is ponderous with dark roasty flavors up front: espresso, dark chocolate, almost burnt barley toast, there is just enough breadth in the palate for an umami component to suggest burnt char siew ends. The middle of the palate is nicely rounded and endowed with fruity flavors: ripe dark cherries, honey plums, dates, prunes and stewed fruit. Because of the residual from the front of the palate, you get the impression of cherry liqueur dark chocolate candies. The palate is surprisingly light riding on a whisky smoky, alcoholic palate. No cloying sweetness. All the carbs in this this have been turned to beautiful aromatic alcohol. Finish is clean without the expected cloy. Overall impression. Dangerously approachable. Quickly kicks you in the ass. Goes on Favorites List! Goes on All Time Favorites List!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1435) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 23, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2016 330 ml bottled 09.10.16, so if the 3 year rule is true, this was bottled Oct. 2013, two months before I bought and then cellared it. Good age for a try I guess.
Medium gusher. Dark brown body, with a big, frothy, moderately lacing, beige head.
Smooth, sweet aroma of caramel, almond, brown sugar, milk chocolate, sweet dark berries, dried fruits.
Very smooth, complex taste, with caramel, brown sugar, nuts, cocoa, almond, dried fruits, some spices, some sour fruits, subtle alcohol.
Medium, a bit creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium dry, warm, medium sweet, slightly roasty-bitter, with cocoa, caramel, dark fruits, some spices.

Not my very favourite Belgian beer, or among my favourite beers in general, but definitely world class and one of the best trappists for sure. Greatly balanced, very smooth, but also pretty complex. I’m just missing the last bit I can’t appoint for such a highly rated beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhatDaddy (42) - Volos, GREECE - JAN 22, 2016
0,33lt bottle @ Valentin - Curious Bierkniepe, Volos, Greece Very nice quadrupel, but the hype is more than the beer itself - maybe the difficulties to get this beer help to that a lot. Anyway, it IS very good - complex, deep, with long aftertaste. I think though similar to the Rochefort 10, just with a fuller body, it;s more thick. The foam will last not long, the smell is like a wine, sweet malt and a bit alcohol. The taste has also the great malt as well some bitterness (had an aged one too, there you get less carbonation and more, deeper sweetness, very nice). Aftertaste is long. Better at about 15 degrees Celsius. Bravo, the monks drink good beer...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pongauer (12) - Maassluis, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2016
Best beer or not, thats debatable, but you simply cannot go around the fact that this is one of the best beers around. It is a perfectly balanced brew, or damn close to it. full body, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4886) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Because of the standing of this beer, I was expecting something great or at least really good. But as with most top 10 or top 50 RB beers, this was simply another let down after tasting more than 4500 other beers, I know there are so many other great tasting beers out there that I’m not sure how this gets to the top of the list, perhaps the difficulty in acquiring it comes into play? I am finally beginning to realize that I must not like really good beer, go figger. From a bottle this beer poured a darker brew but not real dark, more of a lighter brown. Had a decent head that faded rapidly to a thin creamy foam which provided nice lacing. Initial taste impression was strong yet smooth and somewhat civilized and this is nothing out of the ordinary for many lower rated beers. Warming sensations as it transversed my mouth to the gullet. Some unexpected bitterness in the session, I thought it could have a few more manners. However, for 10% it did not provide an alky impact that was in yer face, tho it certainly was apparent and somewhat volatile on the olfactory -I guess that was a good thing. Flavors were simply alky laced old country trappest beer, nothing more. Decent co2, but not half the effect of a good Orval. The finish was the kind of feeling that you get when you drink a medium good trippel or even a misbehaved dubbel. So, overall, another letdown. I waited 10 years to try this and the build up to this night’s tasting was not worth it but I was finally glad to get this off my bucket list. If you want a good quad experience, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is much better than this brew, JMHO. Quite a letdown. Bottle brought back from the old country by Martin’s nephew, for Martin who shared it with me. Big thanks Martin, I owe him big! Evidently the cost of this bottle was about $15.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dutchmaster (1) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
Had a bottle from the case i recently bought at the abbey in Westvleteren. Dark brown colour, with a light beige head, poured in the original glass. Complex dry fruit, little yeasty taste. Brilliant beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jameslg2169 (2) - Houston, USA - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
Pours a dark amber with a nice Belgian head. Clear with bubbles streaming up. Smells like dark fruit, figs, caramel, Belgian yeast Taste follows the nose with cherries, figs, caramel, maybe some chocolate and the Belgian yeast characteristics Medium bodied Had this beer side by side with a Rochefort 10 and there’s a clear difference between the two with Westvleteren 12 getting the upper hand. I don’t think there’s a better beer that I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
P214LLI (1) - Ramlösa, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
En smak som stannar kvar i munnen länge. Den bästa öl jag har smakat så här långt. Är köp priset rätt. JA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZAWSZEGOTOWY (4) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
The bottle I used to drink was a little bit shaken so the beer was full of CO2. Although the beer was quite cold the aroma was amazing in every breath I took I felt sweet fruits and other nice things, I almost did not feel yeast aroma which I dislike in belgian beers. As the beer was warmer the aroma was better. I must say that the colour of this beer was amazing, but the head was frothy but not very sustainable. The taste is also an amazing thing a variety of tastes that I can not name in English, but it’s sweet, fruity and well-balanced. I would prefer to drink it a later and the alcohol would be more balanced but it was really good :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ferrinche (51) - Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2016
Uno al afrontar esta cerveza, debe dejar atrás todas las expectativas que trae. Que sea calificada como muchos como la mejor cerveza del mundo juega en su contra, y puede que en la de quien la pruebe, aguándole un poco la experiencia. Es una cerveza que basa su mito en la poca disponibilidad y en su precio derivado de ello, acompañado de la calidad y delicadeza y complejidad de una Trappense. ¿Si es la mejor Trappense? es muy posible, para gustos colores. Para mi la Westmalle dubbel sería la Trappense que le recomendaría a un amigo por la relación calidad precio. En definitiva, la Westvleteren XII se diferencia poco en calidad a sus hermanas Trappenses (como Rochefort o Westmalle), aunque seguramente se trate de la mejor de ellas, según mi opinión personal, pero el mayor esfuerzo para adquirirla, no compensará al bebedor normal. En cuanto a sus notas de cata, sorprende su gran equilibrio de sabores, no destacando ninguna por encima de las demás. Su característico dulzor, en ningún momento llega a empalagar, y pese a su alta graduación no se nota ningún regusto alcohólico.

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