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

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RATINGS: 3352   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
I’ve had this beer quite a few times but have finally gotten around to rating it. I believe Kevster provided this one for me. Thank you sir. Pours a cloudy dark maroon with a somewhat lighty dense white head. Big, luscious aromas swirling around the top of the glass. Alot of dark fruits, berries, sweet malts, yeast, and a touch of chocolate round out the big notes coming off of this brew. The taste is just mouthwatering as it hits the tongue. The blend of fruit and light chocolate in this beer is near perfect as it masks the alcohol beautifully. Sweet Belgian candy sugar coat the inside of the mouth in the aftertaste. Finish is smooth and delightful. Just heaven in a bottle. I’ve got one left and I’m saving it. Always a treat drinking this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Huge, huge thanks to the one and only Kevster for being generous enough to share this with us at the O Town Throwdown. I’m sure not many people have the chance to have this beer as one of their first 40 ratings, so I feel very honored to have the chance to do so. Pours a murky, dark, cloudy brown with an off white head. Aromas of plums, figs, apricots, chocolate, dates, dried fruits. I literally spent a good 15 minutes smelling and looking at this beer before I even attempted to taste it, savoring the experience. When I finally did take a sip, my mouth was assaulted with a huge array of flavors: fruits, candy, chocolate, nuts. Sticky, creamy, warming mouthfeel. Flavors are so intense and complex, cannot wait to try this one again, if I should ever have the opportunity. Swirling around in the glass, the beer leaves a thick coating on every inch it touches. Warming finish with a nice hint of the alcohol that is present. One of the few things in life that lives up to the immense hype that has been placed upon it. The most complex, flavorful, wonderful thing I have ever tasted. Well worth any and all effort to try it for yourself. For me so far, this is as good as beer gets.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
Muddy brown coloration. Aroma of champagne. Dense and creamy consistency. Notes of nuts, coffee and chocolate. Light bitterness. Good cream. Excellent aftertaste. Residues in the deep of the cup. Average carbonation (in the point). The fame of this beer is fully justifiable, cause it is qualified and differentiated.................................... Trata-se de uma autêntica cerva de mosteiro trapista, que muitos dizem ser a melhor cerveja do mundo, a exorbitantes 100 reais a garrafinha, a qual rachamos em 3 bebuns no Belgian Beer Paradise. Só uma coisa posso dizer: é uma experiência pra nunca mais esquecer. Quer você goste muito ou nem tanto assim, não dá pra ficar indiferente depois de tomar uma Westvleteren 12. Creme denso, escuro e consistente. Coloração escura e MUITO turva, com abundante suspensão de sedimentos minúsculos, os quais são magicamente "integrados" ao líquido, sem decantar. No paladar, extremamente complexa e possivelmente diferente de todas as que já experimentei. Densa, sedosa e algo "licorosa". Paladar de nozes e um pouco de café, mas intensamente saborosa. Seja ou não a melhor do mundo, trata-se, talvez, de algo muito superior (ou, no mínimo, diferente) das cervejas a que estamos acostumados, mesmo as outras trapistas.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Belgianshop, 12/04. multiple bottles. Beer bottle brown with meium beige head. Sweet, fruity malty aroma with some alcohol. Some alcohol on palate. Smooth creamy palate.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Coloração preta avermelhada, com creme bege não tão volumoso, mas que deixa uma camada fina perene. Consistência densa e cremosa (licorosa). É um pouco mais doce que a Westvleteren 8. Encorpada e complexa (mais que a 8). Álcool e amargor presentes, mas equilibrados. Licorosa. Looooooonga! Torrefação. Carbonatação alta. Sabor e paladar mais completos que a 8. A 8 é mais suave/equilibrada, mas a 12 é mais completa. A fama dessa cerveja, ao meu ver, é plenamente justificável, uma vez que ela é qualificada e diferenciada nos quesitos básicos.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
Dark brown with compact tan head. Aroma is candy sugar, rum, berries and a little banana. Very complex flavour: alcohol, light bitterness, earthy and herbs. Very good, but not all "the best beer in the world"!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 bottle; cap marked 29.03.09. Poured into Westvleteren chalice. Deep brown with a creamy, light tan head that fills the glass. Sweet aroma with notes of alcohol, fruit (apples/raisins) and caramel. Full bodied. Big malty beginning, with chocolate, grapes orange, and alcohol coming through. Alcohol and oak finish. Deserves its place among the best beers in the world, but personally I’m a bigger fan of the Westy 8.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2007
Drank at In de Vrede, across from the abbey. I did not expect this beer to live up to the hype. What beer could? Looks like a black-brown stew with a bubbly hat of creamy froth. Nose of apples and brown sugar and garden greens. Creamy, stout-like mouthfeel. A hoppy version of chocolate milk with cider notes, but there are other mysteries. Like the faint lemon zest near the end, what was that about? Spicy-hoppy finish. Yeah, so, in the end I was wrong. Hype fulfilled.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
<Proppen> Stunning hazy tan/orange appearance, with a very complex sweet fruity aroma. Definetly the most plesant palate ive ever felt. Flavor is like eating a desert, like honey cake, and yet the alchohol balance the sweetness perfectly. Props for no label, just like the rich dont need pricetags!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle, yellow cap. Cloudy dark brown colour with a long lasting stickylight brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruits, hops and caramel. Flavour of malts, bit of yeast, caramel, bread, bit of alcohol. Smooth very tasty special brew.


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