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

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RATINGS: 3650   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle exp. date 09.09.09. Pours a deep brown ale with a big foamy beige head. (..) Still waiting for the head to disappear.. Aroma is fruity with spicy notes of vanilla and caramel. Flavour is sweet and dominated by dark fruits, roasted malt and caramel. Some alcohol i the taste as well.

1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MikesGOTurBeer (3) - USA - MAR 16, 2008 does not count
Maybe it was just too built up, but I was extremely let down. Give me a Nimbus.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 A superb beer that I had to order from Belgium to taste the "worldís best beer" I thought the balance of this beer was amazing. The carbonation was perfect, some sweetness, but not overly sweet. Simply delicious. Its time for a rerate. Unreal. And still awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 (Sample from March 14, 2008 Beer Club Meeting, 12oz unmarked bottle) A friend of mine had a few of these shipped from Belgium. My review of this beer will be short and sweet. A perfect balance of all my favorite qualities in a beer, wrapped up in one 12 ounce bottle. I donít think Iíve ever had anything better. MUCH lovelier on the tongue than a St B 12. This will be one beer that Iíll remember to track down for very special occasions.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle courtesy of Jacob on 06/28/2010. Vintage 1998. Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet raisin and molasses aroma. Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin and malt background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3 03/14/2008 - 2004 bottle. Clear brown body with a medium creamy light tan had. Sweet spiced fruity aroma. Sweet spice and light fruit flavor. Medium body with a smooth finish. 9/4/9/5/18 - 4.5

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2008
400th Rating: Poured from a 33cl bottle (huge thanks to tytoanderso!) and served in a St. Sixtus trappist glass. This beer poured a muddy ruby brown with a thin head of fizzy tan foam that showed good retention and left behind some attractive lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of caramel, wood, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, dusty yeast, and some alcohol. The flavor consisted of caramel, sugar coated dried fruits, plums, raisins, wood, and well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and way to easy to drink with light carbonation. Subtley complex and smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slopoke (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008 does not count
The Bier Koenig in Amsterdam is one of the few places Iíve seen it. Very deserving of its rating, reddish and woody, incredible balance of malt and gravity. From one of the best of the Trappist brews.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PIVOMAN (15) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2008
great taste. what a feeling. when you drink it, you taste the wooden vassels. Itís eating and drinking in one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kkarlo (13) - SERBIA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle purchased at Le Bier Temple in Brugge. The woman that owned the place was very friendly and helped me safely box up 7 of these to take back to the states. What a beer. Dark, redish in color, sweetish flavor and a slight hint of the alcohol. Find this and try it!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 06/19/09... 2006 bottle. pours a deep brown with a slight brown head... some lingering dark fruit and yeast aromas... extremely smooth and creamy texture across the palate. raisins, figs, dates and brown sugar dominate the mouth... Westy 12 is really unlike most in its overall character and presence especially for such a high ABV. For 10%, this drinks extremely smooth and easy... there is a touch of alcohol on the finish, but this really gives the beer a nice touch at the end of its overall delicate body. top notch Trappist Belgian Ale....

3/5/2008... bottle shared with The Beer Cellar... outstanding! pours a deep brown... nice aromas of dark fruits, caramel and malts. Overall is it such a well balanced beer... there really is nothing wrong with it. Incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice luxurious palate... nothing too bold or subdued, itís just right. Not my favorite of all time, but damn good. I want more!


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