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


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RATINGS: 3403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (35937) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 33 cL bottle several times and at different ages. Pours dark brown, murky. Aroma is a complex blend of fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is soft and wineous. Flavour starts sweet, goes into a toffee sweet-/softness, a slight touch of bitterness breaks the sweet notes. Extremely well balanced palate, all elements blend perfect into each other and none of them dominate. Has a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Simply perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - APR 10, 2007
A truly great Belgian strong ale, just too bad its so hard to come by. A MUST!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
I finally tasted this beer after years of pining. After a blind tasting with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12, I thought Westvleteren 12 fell just a bit short of Rochefort 10. Still an amazing beer, but it lacked the complex nose of Rochefort12. The beer poured a deep red-brown with thick beige head. A very complex thick malty taste with lots of raisin and winey notes, and more bitterness compared to Rochefort 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fukito (919) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 7, 2007
Bottle at Jbru´s, Nice spicy, anise, brandy an outstanding bubblegum aroma. Deep, winey, calvados, brandy, spicy flavor. Full mouthfeel, packs a flavor punch with a mild ending and a suculent aftertaste. Amazing for a 10,2% beer. Shinny amber color with a thin white head and beatifull lace. Really charming, enchanting masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 2 year old bottle. I just pulled out my written rating for this one. Pours a cloudy deep brown with notes of red. The head is white, fluffy and uneven. Aroma is very full, with alcohol, dark malts, and a little bit of smoke/roast. There are a million tastes in here. Mostly dark fruits like plum and raisins. Decent balance of hops. Changes as it warms. I’ve got to get a hold of another one so I can try it unaged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brix (647) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Tasted 2007-03-25. ½ year old bottle, 33 cl. Dark red - clear, but with lotsa floties. Aroma of bananas, caramel, burned sugar and a hint of metal. Taste is mostly burned sugar, but also a little alcohol. As it warms up, it gaines complexity. Loooong aftertaste! I like this one better after a few years of cellaring. I haven’t rated an old version yet, but I think it would bring the score up to about 4.6. "I’ll be back!" ---- Rerate: 1,5 years old - same batch; much more smooth and mellow. Banana cake with honney, the GF says! Raised the overall score to 20.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clansman (5) - Alleroed, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007 does not count
A very good and complex trappist, but a bit overrated because its hard to come by and quite pricy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Thought about waiting, but what time is better than now! Bottle from Shrubber85. Thanks so much Roger! Best by 26 04 08. I think this at least a couple years old. Pour is dark brown with small bubbled off-white head. Very nice lacing throughout. Aroma is very sweet and figgy, reminiscent of the Stille Nacht the first I had it. Not quite as complex as I expected. Flavor is similar to aroma with very sweet dark fruits highlighting the campaign. I can honestly say that I have not had a beer quite like this before, however it is not my favorite beer in the world either. Didnt taste any chocolate, surprisingly. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. For what it delivers, this is very smooth and tasty, but I think I enjoyed the Westy 8 more overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wajacobs (26) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours dark with a thin tan head, lacing is minimal but the carbonation level is on the high side. Heather says this is GOOD! I agree!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 500th Rating - 2006 bottle. Dark brown pour with a large tan/off-white Wonderful aroma with lots of quality yeast, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste is a really great mix of malty flavors that climb slowly up the tongue - rich grains, sweet chocolates, cherries and ripe figs - amazing, and this is still a very young Westy. Really worth all the trouble if you can get it.

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