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


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RATINGS: 3666   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 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

   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.

   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 I’ve 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.

   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. It’s eating and drinking in one.

   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!

   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, it’s just right. Not my favorite of all time, but damn good. I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pastemaker (2) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Deserving of the hype. A dark, frothy and perfectly balanced beer that goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dutch23mp (314) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
the best of the best. Was lucky enough to have tried this twice.The finish is even better then the start. Hope it is not the last time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tafkap99 (7) - Aalst, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008 does not count
bottled 08/01/2008. Young and flavoured. Dark brown. Creamy. The yeast is omnipresent (due to the age). But a nice and smooth taste in the mouth. Will be better a little bit older. A great Trappist beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
0.33 l bottle (bottled 2006). Ruby color with creamy tan head. Perfumed, candyish, vinous and berryish aroma with notes of orange, rose and warming alcohol. Rich sweet malty flavor with toffee, warming alcohol, chocolate and pepper. Few years ago I had fresher bottle of this and it was remarkably different, more dark fruits and chocolate, I think it was better.

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