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


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RATINGS: 3259   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes. Amazing aroma and flavor fruit, yeast, citrus, alcohol, spices, oak, vanilla, the list goes on and on as flavors change. The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle via Belgian Shop. Very complex beer, but the best beer in the world? I donít agree. Good, but not great. Definitely not worth $25/bottle + shipping from Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 At the St.Sixtus Cafe - Pours dark brown with a thin wispy tan head. aroma of rye bread and fruity esters: bubble gum, plums, toffee, yeast, and caramel-dripped fruits. Taste of raisins, port, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is immaculate, with medium and heavy bodied with lush, foamy carbonation. Most delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 [2004 vintage] Beautiful aroma of dark, nearly over-ripe fruits, yeast, and very smooth, subtle alcohol. Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a tan head that leaves an even coating on top of the glass- lacing is pretty remarkable. After about 10 minutes of shoving my nose into the glass, Iím ready to taste this one: WOW... loads more dark fruits, the aroma barely hinted at the heft of this one. Palate is earthy, endlessly complex. Wood flavors, almost like the inside of an old building (church?) come through towards the middle. Ends with even more complexity- this time showing off a bit of spice and substantial alcohol. This beer is so smooth, so complex and yet remains extremely balanced. Indeed, this is worthy of the title.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Rating #100. Bottle from 2004. Rich vinous aroma with elements of malt, yeast, fruitiness, some slight spiciness, a hint of alcohol. Beautiful golden amber color, minimal head, a small ring of bubbles around the surface. Flavors were of sweet malts, roasted grains, dark candy sugar, molasses, caramel, dried fruits (dates, very slight hint of raisin), fresh fruits (grapes), a hint of citric acidity, and a hint of hops in the finish. There was also some mysterious musty woodiness present in both the aroma and the flavor. Smooth, silky, velvety mouthfeel with the perfect amount of warming alcohol to intensify the delivery of flavors. Absolutely the richest and most complex beer Iíve had--Iím not sure itís possible to ever fully capture (in words) the complexity of this amazing beer. I hope to (somehow) have many more of these in my lifetime...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
big up to cmubeerman for this. guess i didnít write down notes. well, it looked pretty much black with very little dark brown head. aroma was underpowering, and grew somewhat at room temperature. pretty much dark fruit and wood, sizeable alcohol. flavor was like rochefort 10 except better in every single way. all the negative things i found there were positive here, and the flavor was overall less strong. not much alcoholic taste, but still woody and sweet and pleasant. nuts. thick, but not super-viscous, which actually suited it well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
holla to cmubeerman for sharing. the day has finally arrived. lacking on aroma...alcohol and very little fruit. flavor is rich and nutty, dark, dried fruits, sweet, wood and with no alcohol. Definitely better than rochefort 10 and a little better than the 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidemaster (282) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Its has a dark reddish brown color. It has a complex combination of Fruits and chocolate. It combines it with malt and creaminess which adds to the flavor. I love how the taste lingers on your tongue for a long time. One of the best beers you can get.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 My 100th rating!!! The Rochefort 10 was my first and I had to make sure my 100th was something special. It does not get more special than this. Thank you to Belgianshop.com for my 4 bottles of liquid gold. Was it expensive? Hell yes! Was it worth it HEEELLLL yes!!!! Everything is perfect in this. Pours deep brown with a nice sized fluffy head. Great lacing patterns. The aroma and taste is a wonderful toffee, fermented fruit, yeast and spices. Way to hard to break down completly. All I know is that I am in a state of euphorbia. Is it to late for me to become a monk?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2006
Finally! Iíve had my first Westvleteren Abt 12. Had it at the Hertog Jan Proeverij.<!-- BR --> Dark brown coloured brew. Very nice aroma, yeast, toffee, licorice? Itís a fresh, fruity and malty beer. Chocolate malts maybe? Overall very complex, but also balanced. Very nice, itís truely a good beer.

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