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

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RATINGS: 3198   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
A beer with a large off-white head, good looking and fully lasting longevity. Sweet initial flavor. Very long duration. The beer has an unik tast.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
turtleboy (1) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006 does not count
and dried fruit aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts dry with light sweet maltiness and toffee and dried fruit (raisins? Prunes?) flavors. Faint sour/tartness and throat burn. Finishes dry with light sour and malt aftertastes. A good dry Belgium Trappist ale. Though aware of its reputation as a “god” of beers, I tried not to allow the prior high ratings and expectations influence my rating of this beer. That being said, this is a good dry Belgium Trappist ale but vastly overrated by others. I also believe that the St. Bernadus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10 were better tasting and textured, relative to the Westy 12.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
(01.01.06) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from Mike Miller of Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. Bottle cap dated 27.04.02. Clear brown Belgium ale having a small diminishing white head. Soft carbonation. Toffee and dried fruit aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts dry with light sweet maltiness and toffee and dried fruit (raisins? Prunes?) flavors. Faint sour/tartness and throat burn. Finishes dry with light sour and malt aftertastes. A good dry Belgium Trappist ale. Though aware of its reputation as a “god” of beers, I tried not to allow the prior high ratings and expectations influence my rating of this beer. That being said, this is a good dry Belgium Trappist ale but vastly overrated by others. I also believe that the St. Bernadus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10 were better tasting and textured, relative to the Westy 12.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
schuimkroaat (423) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 33 cl bottle from the shelf. Dark brown with an abundant, creamy, lacy head. Velvety aroma of malt, molasses, nuts, strawberries... Initially sweet and soft taste followed by an estery explosion in the back of the mouth and flowing into a lasting, pronounced bitter aftertaste. A little sticky body, moderate alcoholic finish. Great balance - robust yet elegant, rather sweet yet very bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14107) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful lasting head. Last drop still had a small head on it. A bit hazy with sediments of yeast. Very complex taste with lots of spices and fruits to be detected. Aroma is almost as good as the taste

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (4499) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Quite a chunky pour. Nice carbonation and substantial medium-lasting head. Bottle cap says 30/07/01, so quite vintage. Aroma of dates and plum. Nice, full flavor with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Bitter, long finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Rating #300!!!!!!! 2003 Bottle, surprise beer from Suiiy. Not the most beautiful thing to look at. Pours a muddy brown with some mild off white head, recedes rather quickly. Aroma is lots of sweet dark malts, alcohol, dark fruits, figs, and maybe nuts. Oh yeah, lots of dirty musty bananas in the aroma as well. Taste is rather yeasty, which is the dominant player up front along with the sweet dark malts. Sweet for the most part, with a lurking alcohol presence. Finishes dry and alcoholy. For what its worth, I get much more of a satisfying experience out of the Rochefort 10. Will defintely retry as soon as I get my hands on another bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
nice lacing. dark caramel color. plae brown head. raisin smell. slight alcohol burn. nutmeg and spice. i’m not a fan of belgians but this is pretty good. smooth as hell with the taste sitting lightly on the tongue

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3225) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Pours brown with a beige head. Very sweet. Nice dryness. Aromas of almondliqueur, nuts, alcohol and much more. Very full. I can imagine that if I to keep loving this beer I´ll have to drink only one per session; otherwise it might be a bit too much. Bought the beer (in a bottle) at the brewery.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustbrews (1) - USA - DEC 21, 2005 does not count
The Abt 12 is substantial. You can expect a cascade of flavor. A lovely blend of malt and hops. Inviting aroma. A connoisseur could find a dozen flavors to describe. I found myself sipping and savoring until the last.


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