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


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RATINGS: 3393   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
December 02. 2005 my rating # 1000 - and my expectations are sky high! I carefully take it from my cellar and let it get almost room temperature before opening it. It’s almost black, and the head is moderate. The aroma is wonderfully complex, it has notes of malt, figs, fruit, oak and hops. The flavour is sweetish and very complex, and in my mouth the dominant notes are malt, figs and other dark fruits, caramel, nuts, basement, earth and hops. The hops are very aromatic and gives a very nice bitterness, that is very unlike to other Belgian beers I have tasted. It’s an incredible beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beer5000 (5062) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark red, brown body with a nice creamy head. Both aroma an flavor is complex. Sweet malty, slightly roasted warming alcoholic, dry fruit, spicy and a nice amount of hops. It’s a world-class beer and difficult to come up with something new to say. I believe true beer lovers have Westvleteren very high up on their top list. I have had the pleasure of sampling this beer and the 12 a few times during the years. Sometimes I have rated the 8 above the 12 and vice versa. Finally I had the chance to compare them at the same time, and I must admit that the 12 are just a bit better. It’s easy to notice the family likeness of these and natural to compare them. The 12 is the big brother, has a little bit extra of everything, and still so delicate balanced. Nothing is dominating in any direction. This beer is close to perfect and still have the quality of offering the drinker a different experience depending on the situation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2007
(Bottle, Man in the Moon, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, foamy off-white head leaving very little lacing. Fruity and spicy nose with dried fruit (raisins, figs), spices (cinnamon?), marzipan and hints of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries) coming through after a while. Malty, fruity taste, slightly roasted with dried fruit (figs, raisins), spices and bittersweet notes of cold coffee and liquorice coming through in the long and spicy finish. Alcohol giving it some sweetness, but still very well balanced, and a chewy, fiery mouthfeel. What can be said about this beer has probably already been said, so I can just certify that this is quite a lovely brew, or rather a masterpiece. (Just a pity it’s so darn hard to come by at a reasonable price).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3569) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle I received from my wife as a Christmas gift and my 500th rating. Pours a warm, deep brown with a moderate, creamy tan head. Complex aroma of plums, prunes, dates, malt, caramel, and molasses, with no single element dominating any of the others. These same qualities were in the flavor as well. Again, no single element was overwhelming. Each piece was well balanced against the others, like an orchestra - harmonious. Smooth, silky palate. A bit of warmth from the alcohol at the finish. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle aquired about 12 months ago and keep in the refrigerator. Poured into a Westy chalice. After opening the bottle the foam began to bubble up. Bottle poured with a nice 1 finger biege head. The head thinned out but lingered with noticeable lacing as the glass was consumed. The color was a reddish brown with some sediment evident even though I tried to leave most of the year in the bottle. The nose offers a sweet character that reminds me of caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is dark dried fruit with raisins and dates dominating. The alcohol is well masked and the overall balance of this beer is exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark-reddish brown with a caramel-colored one finger head. The aroma is dominated by yeast (smells like freshly-baked bread), followed by malt. You can taste the malt and yeast. Finishes a little hoppy. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
01jimmen (9) - umea, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
An excellent beer!A little hard to get your hands on though...As all belgians fruity.Also very sweet and creamy!I could drink it all the time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rane (951) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Bottle. I had just realised that this beer could be found outside Belgium when I found it at my local beershop. Thank you to Ølkonsortiet. What a beer, the best I´ve ever had. A redbrown beer with a huge and long lasting palebrown head. Aromas dominated by dried fruits especially prunes and plums. Very nice, but mayby there could be a little more to the aroma (when speaking of the perfect beer) Taste Is fantastic, thick flowing and fills the mouth with sweetness agian taste of prunes and plums. Very long and warming finish. You don´t feel the alcohol at all. A very complex beer, where everything is very well balanced. Rerated 160607 to exactly the same score. Still the best I´ve tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of ford9719, Thanks!!! Pours a dark brown, with a very thin beige head. Smells of yeast, vinegar, brown sugar, and malt. Smooth, about as balanced i think as a beer could be, wow. Very good beer, and hopefully this won’t be the last time that i get to enjoy it. Very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to shrubber85. Poured a dark reddish color with very little to no head. Aroma of vinager and malt. Taste is just so smoth and I can’t even explain what it taste like but it is so good.

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