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


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RATINGS: 3664   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CH-303 (1997) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
I had been saving the Westvleteren 12 bottle for a few months, and decided to celebrate reaching the halfway point of the 300-book with it.
Appearance: Dark brown. Little bit of head. Cloudy. Aroma: Vinous, malty. Alcohol?! Fruity. Taste: Vinous, very fruity. Malt. Hops. Warming. Info: 330ml bottle, 28/8-2006, 150/300

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Excellent beer! Canít really say much more. Had it at Gollum in Amsterdam, just an amazing brew. Near perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Bottle from Shyam. Very unique. Manages to not taste like any other Belgian. Very thick flavor up front like the dark purple artificial grape of snowcones and Otterpops. After that, wood (but not barrel), dark date, raisin, and overripeness. My second bottle - also from Shyam - featured a deep, DEEP soily aroma and flavor - complete ignorance of the fruitiness of the first go-round. Both are thick and dark and could only have been made by devoted individuals.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2008
No way.....are you kidding me? I think this beer is OK, but much too sweet, raisins and plums and small sherry notes.....Gimme a bernardus 60th anyday! Iíve had a lot beter beers tha this...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 Several 0.33l bottles from the monastery, drank over a long period. Pours deep mahogany with a dissapearing foamy head. Smells of wood, malt, yeast sugars, and alcohol, very thick and viscous in the mouth. Taste is caramel, dark wood, yeast, malt, sour, cola with a strong alcohol finish. Small carbonation. Very enjoyable,complex and rewarding beer. After each bottle my estimation of this beer goes up, I think itís as close to beer perfection as you can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anotherpint (5) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008 does not count
Deep ebony body, light tan head, invigorating amount of carbonation. Inviting first impression: the beerís 10.2% is a quite pleasant afterthought in conjunction with a rich, earthy palate. Brown bread, vanilla and ripe plums came to mind almost immediately, fading to a brief hint of spicy-floral with soft chocolate overtones. Understated yet enjoyable hops used to great success. Impressive, long-lived aftertaste, at first reminiscent of the tannin complex in Darjeeling teas, and then receding evenly and cleanly. [Served at the "In de Vrede" cafe, Westvleteren, Belgium. A real treat, and a must-try.]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Deep mahogony in color this poured a thick fluffy beige head. The nose gave off complex scents of sweet dark fruit, raisins, dark malt, chocolate dipped toffee, yeast, mineral and dark caramel. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with nice concentration yet light-on-its-feet due to the abundance of carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and round with good richness in the midpalate which adds some dry/bitterness on the finish. Balance is the key work here and it has that in spades!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2008
The legendary Westvleteren 12, sipped in a pub in Groningen (De Pintelier) for quite an amount of money, letís see if itís worthy... Very strong malty smell, light sweet, dark bread with a little bit of alcohol. Very small white fizzy head, which disappears fast and fully, the body is black. The taste is light bitter and very malty, very long duration. Flat carbonation, medium body, dry and very creamy texture, really nice! A very nice beer, maybe not the best in the world but really a very good one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
abcfan (919) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Thanks for the bottle Tim! Pours a very hazy dark brown with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, sweet malt, and candy. Very complex taste features plenty of spice with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. Excellent carbonation, bursting with tiny bubbles that massage the tongue. Very smooth finish with a slight bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden very well. Enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Rating #300

Bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubFan, thanks Todd!

Pours a dark brown with an active and attractive looking tan head.

Aroma of molasses, dark malt, caramel and yeast.

Flavor is brown sugars, malt, spices, rasins, yeasts, bread, vanilla and much more coming together very nicely.

Despite all the flavors going on this brew is very balanced and everything comes together and gives this an excellent mouthfeel.

I donít think this is the best beer iíve ever tried, and the mystique adds a couple points to most peoples ratings, but itís definitely world class and in my top 20.

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