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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3668   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2008
Dark brown body with an amber hue, thin light brown head. Aroma of yeast and old port wine. Spicey palate of dried fruit, quince, biscuit and caramel. Soft carbonation. Hard to rate objectively due to the hype, but this is easily in my top few - an exciting drinking experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Smooth, mild, not an agressive beer with a beautiful dark brown appearance, a top quality, complex aroma and flavour of the dark ales with coffe, chocolate, some tobacco and raisins. Complete mouthfeel. Wonderful harmony( with god?) But what a photo? The beer hasn’t got any labels!!! So, i have a crate of this, i have a big mercy:) You must call the beer-phone to catch some Westvleteren, you can find it at the webpage!!! Good luck!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuctTape (15) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2008
Thanks to JerC for sharing the bottle from his recent trip. Very dark brown pour with a thick white head. Flavour was mild, a bit of a liquorice taste on the finish, the alcohol was showing a little bit, but not enough to make it unpleasant like some high abv beers. It is a very good beer and probably one of the best Belgian Quads i have had (i am struggling to think of what i might say is better), i would love to get the opportunity to try it again and see how my opinions change with further tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pours a very deep bown with an amazing white head that holds very nice. Aroma is huge with alcohol, lots of fruits, candi sugar, and slight oak? Body is heavy, but uncarbonated. Was carbonated at first, then fades to none. Tastes is of ripe fuits, slight toffee, and oak. Finish is sweet and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
Flaske. Utrolig velafbalanceret med en diskret duft af nødder. Smagen er subtil og dækker den høje alkoholprocent perfekt. Virkelig en god øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Thanks jjpm74 for the bottle. Very dark brown pour, cloudy with medium but tenacious head. Flavor really mixed subtle with quite complex. Lovely aroma of apples, raisins, cherries, some wood, a little chocolate even. Flavor was surprisingly mild but very nice. Some of the same fruits as the nose, but more grape and some vanilla as well. Loved the initial taste; hit some weird yeastiness in the mid palate and the finish was surprisingly low-key and a little disappointing. Did not linger on the palate very long. A very nice beer overall, and I liked it the more I drank it. Probably should have lingered more and enjoyed longer... I’d say it’s not the best beer I’ve ever had... its subtlety really makes me want it again already. A seductive beer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
Thanks to Yesper, JK, hellomynameis. The beer was brown with a moderate amount of off-white head. Sour apples, raisin, and alcohol were predominate in the aroma. The flavor was complex. I detected sugar, grapes, raisins, dirt, and alcohol (well hidden). It had a dirt/pepper finish. The beer was very smooth and enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Bottle courtesy of jjpm74. Pours a dark brown color with a medium khaki head that fades to 1/8 inch and holds. Nose of musty dark fruits, dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste showcases a big cola flavors, a touch of vanilla, raisins and dark roasted grains. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation--absolutely the best palate of any beer I have tried. The finish is long with lingering dates and plums. Overall: Everything about this beer is finely in-balance with the universe. A true Zen beer experience (forgive me).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
Finally decided to open the infamous Westvleteren 12. It starts with a strong aroma of dark fruits and candi sugar. Pours a reddish-brown with a dusting of tan head. The flavor is amazing. Slight sweetness, with some apple notes and cinnamon. Long slightly peppery finish. It’s good, but not sure I would rank it as the best in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 bottle across from the abbey. Fully expecting this beer to be overrated, I was pleasantly surprised. This beer was excellent, and it let me know early on. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol, complex dark fruits and candy, with some spiciness. I bought a sixer to go.

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