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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Finally got around to sampling the famous Westvleteren Abt 12. Pours a nice amber/auburn color with thick tan head and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is sweet toffee, creamy buttery malts, figs and brown sugar. The flavor is beautiful. Very warming with some alcohol evident. Buttery maltyness and a creamy sweetness. Huge toffeeish notes, a sweet roasty almond character, sweet pastry doughyness, some spicyness evident of cloves and peppery alcohol warmth. Caramel undertones and a warming dry finish. In short itís perfectly balanced, creamy, buttery and delicious. However, itís not my #1 in the world. I think that there is such a thing as supply and demand. Have a description like "only a small part of their production going very far into the world" and youíre bound to be extremely highly rated. But I canít deny that itís quality and still a great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 Current production Bottle; Nose of caramel, brown sugar, yeast, and raisins, kind of like my Mom?s raisin pie; very complex! Hazy dark brown with a huge tan head that laces the glass thickly as it slowly recedes; three quarters of an inch left out of an inch and a half after five minutes. Flavor is mildly tart, with notes of sugary sweetness, spiciness, and raisins. The medium body finishes with tartness and a little alcohol warmth! Rerate 72607!984 Bottle 3/9/07 Flavor seems very similiar but I don not note any tartness; lots of dark fruits and caramel in the flavor and some alcohol in the nose, which lasts mildly to the finish. Even after 23 years, still a very good beer 9/3/9/418 or 4.3 but crbonation is very small! 12/31/2014 Second of the two 1984 bottles I possessed for the past 8 years. Nose is prunes, caramelized sugar, and a light note I attribute to oxidation but nothing major. Clear medium brown with no carbonation. Flavor is lightly sweet and darkly fruity with only very light oxidation notes and a very light hint of tobacco in the finish. Nothing spectacular but a good stale bread flavor from the thin body. I would rate this 7/2/7/3/14 3.4 Quite an adventure drinking fresh and older Westy bottles (including the 6) over the 9 years Iíve been on Ratebeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Bottle dated 07-2001. Many thanks to Capín Cougar for making sure I had the opportunity to sample both this and the Westy 8!. Mild sour malty aroma. Deep cloudy brown color. Long dry malty flavor, pefectly blended. No alcohol evident. I only wish I had sampled this far ealier in the evening. Peace brother!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2002. Last bottle ever sold at Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Florida. Complexity Iíve never experienced in any type of beverage. Pours what seems to me a perfect head with beautiful retention and pretty lacing, but the taste and aroma are the only things Iím concerned with. Beautiful ruby with swirling ruddy brown highlights. Aroma of raisins, prunes, white chocolate, heavy cream, red berries. Taste always seems different and constantly evolving, but never uninteresting. So full bodied and luxurious, to die for. Flavor near-perfectly balances malts and hops. While present, the hops only serve as an agent to add to the complexity, never overpowering, always intriguing.

1975. At thirty years old, Iím mortified that the first thing I nose is a slight tinge of oxidation once Iíve poured it into the glass. Fortunately after the first sip the ever-present alcohol hides the ever-so-slight caramel/sherry presence. Less carbonation, otherwise an otherworldly treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Shared with Rudolf @ Allen Street Hardware, Buffalo, NY. Special thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Flavors abound raisins, dried fruits. Had to sip ever so slowly to fully enjoy. Simply the best to date

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bruges, Belgium, 2002. Recollection is not as strong as I would hope on this one, but recall it being exceptional. I did feel the Rochefort 10 edged it out at the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
It is a very complex beer, very enjoyable. Nice white-beige head with a dark brown colour. The first impression is very good. Aroma was not present enough but could find yeast and caramel notes. The taste is sweet, very well balanced, some wood, fruits, caramel and raisins...a explosion of flavours. Too bad I had only one bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
A bottle of 06- Similar to my Favorite brew St. Bernardus Abt 12 but less hopy and a bit more complex.Pours out just like it looks in the left pic. Great carbonated brew with a tan khaki head which seems to bubble to the top. The smell starts to come out as you pour it out, smell starts off hopy, piny, citrousy, and moldy, then as it sits in the glass it goes into a sweet, caramel, dry raison finish. The taste is awesome a tru Quad with hints of sugar cane, sweet bitter peaches, and a chewy yeasty aftertaste. I will have an aged version of this brew and come back with a deeper description.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thanks to Cougar for driving this up from Atlanta as well. I was planning on saving it for rating #500 but it is hard to resist something like this placed in front of you, especially a five year old vintage (2001-07). I guess Iíll just have to try the new top beer instead. After having it I can see how it stayed at the top so long. This is complex, rich and very busy. If you are ever in Belgium you must pick this up - while it is hard to justify at $25 a bottle it is a steal at $5.

Aroma / Appearance - Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and cream create a rich tapestry of scents which blend together to form a very inviting aroma. The body is a rusty brown color with lacing that leaves a history of the level as you sip.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel and chocolate greet the tongue on the first sip. After that comes fresh Swiss chocolate dipped strawberries. It might be a little alcoholic but it is well masked by everything that is going on. Honey comes to the fore of a perfumy and sweet aftertaste. This is one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. I am tempted to pop open my single bottle just to have it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2006
#453. Bottle that I picked up on eBay. I just couldnít wait any long for this king nectar of the beer gods. Solid dark brown color. Off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet goodness. Candy sugar, honey, maple. Flavors of honey, malt, raisins, toffee, maple syrup, caramel, dried fruit, and plums. Slightly bitter finish in the distance and very dry. No other beer is this Perfectly Balanced. This is definitely the BEST TRAPPIST I HAVE EVER HAD. God bless.

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