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


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RATINGS: 3467   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2007
33 cL bottle. It pours a dark mahogany with big, very tight beige head. The aroma is really quite refined, with caramel apples mostly, some faint roastiness, noticeable sugar, and some slight clovey yeast notes. The flavor is incredibly harmonious. It begins with an edgy, roasty acidity with a few burnt notes. But it quickly softens and becomes more like caramel. I even detect a slightly oaty taste in there. I gets a little more tart again toward the finish, but also takes on a sort of bitter chocolate tone, with plenty of clove and maybe allspice. The aftertaste is warm but not distinctly alcoholic. Some woody chocolate notes linger for quite some time, too. I gotta say, this really is quite a good beer. Thanks to dra19 for sending this bottle my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 Thanks to Eric for this amazing brew. From a bottle that is a few years aged. The taste was amazingly smooth. A great body and head. The overall taste is fruity, perhaps raisins or prunes with a sweeter strawberry. But the fruity taste is also combined with hops and some spices. Awesome. No need to say anything but top notch. Re-rate: Well, how do I re-rate something that is such a moment in time? Well, itís impossible to have the same experience. Best by 29/02/08 drank January 2010, brewed in 2005. Pours a dark and cloudy brown-red color with a thick white head. A sweet aroma of fruit, strawberries. A somewhat dry full rich flavor; fruity, yeast, some metal, maybe some cardboard. The quality is very noticeable for sure. I need to try this a few more times to generate a true opinion. Very nice. Five years later. Man, this is one hell of a beer. A bottle thatís about 5 years old. Just a massive strawberry nose. Huge cardboard fruity berry flavor. Just lovely. Soft. Dark caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2007
From Bottle: Good beer, but did not live up to its billing in my opinion. Great head and aroma. Good kick and aftertaste. Thick palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MdeHaas (1) - Amerfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2007 does not count
Wonderful beer with great aroma when served at the right temperature. Itís flavors blend into each other smoothly and the nice dry aftertaste stays for a comfortable time. I also like the little kick it gives when swallowing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CaneCorso (2) - London, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007 does not count
To state that this is one of the greatest beers to be found in the world, is clearly an understatement. The aroma and flavor of Westvleteren Abt. 12 are truly an incredible experience to behold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JdKrone (16) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Clearly one of the best beers in the world. I was fortunate enough to try this at "in de Vrede" the abby in which it is brewed, in Belgium. It came to us in a glass and the appearance was mind blowing. It was fairly dark and super murky and the head was light tan and creamy and THICK, but thin maybe 1 inch. Frothy would not be a word I would use to describe it. It was perfect through nearly every phase. The aroma was clean and clear and I easily detected hints of dried fruits perhaps prunes or raisins and roasted malts. I would have expected the flavor to be more sweet compared to that of the aroma, however the first sip was incredibly smooth and sophisticated with not even a note of extra sweetness. It was perfect I tell you! After 2 of them I must admit I was feeling happy. Has a wonderful mouthfeel perhaps the best, however I can not give it a perfect rating because another Trappist brew I tried, "Orval" wins(according to me) in flavor. Had I not tried Orval, this beer is a 5.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 #500, and coincidentally, my six month RB anniversary. Cap code 09.05.10. Pours a dark, murky brown body that lets just the slightest bit of light shine through. A large, frothy, cream colored head settles to a thin but dense blanket of foam. Random patches of microfilm lace are strewn about the glass. The nose is intensely aromatic, and almost indescribably inviting. Sweet caramel meets rum soaked figs, prunes, and raisons. Scents of root beer, maple, cocoa, heavy cream, and Tahitian vanilla beans foreshadow the decadent flavors that are surely to follow. The flavor is just downright epic. Its sweet up front, with caramel and maple showing strong. It then transitions seamlessly to the complimentary flavors of figs, raisons, and vanilla. Surprisingly bitter floral hops tickle the roof of the mouth on the back end, providing punch and balance. The body is medium-full, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that ends up just a bit too sticky. Sweet and sour dry fruits linger on the palate for ages. This is a truly fantastic beer that lives up to the hype. I couldnít have chosen a better candidate for #500.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Almost opaque but slightly more dark brown color with a nice beige head. Some fruit in the aroma, could be prunes. The aroma is very clear and raw in a way, yeasty as well. Sweet flavor: raisins, yeast and malts come out to give it a deep touch and the hops give it a nice refreshing feel, a very balanced beer. The sampled beer had been stored for a couple of years and it really was worth it: carbonation at its right level and a deeper tone in the flavor. No alcohol taste only a warm feeling! The taste just explodes in your mouth but doesnít actually leave a huge aftertaste, although some sweet maltiness is distinguishable on the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CarlatIC (2) - ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007 does not count
This is the best fucking beer I have ever had in my life. There are hints of ash and caremel that really bring out the nose and the head of the beer. Fuck, I love drinking this at the bar with my friend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Tried at Pizza Port Carlsbad with Shaun. Bottle from ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Side by side comparison with St. Berny 12 and Rochefort 10 (11.3%). Many similarities between the 3. Westy is a little darker than the Berny. Berny has a little more banana aroma. Westy aroma gets nicer as it warms up, revealing more malty aromas. Westy a bit more cloudy. Dark brown color. A little more carbonation in the Berny. Berny had a best by date of May, 3rd, 2012. Westy had no date. I canít help but think the Westy is young. It almost reminds me of a slightly aged St. Bernardus. This is the second time Iíve had Westy 12. The first was with Jon (WeeHeavySD) at OBrienís Trappist Ale tasting. I remember the Westy being spectacular, and probably much older...something like 4-6 years old. This time it was just good, much less than my expectations. Must rerate again someday. I still have one in the closet to rate next year. 8,4,9,4,18: 4.3 4/12/08:rerate. bottle from ygtbsm94 with non beer geek friends. Completely awesome. 4:8.

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