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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3617   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Pours a very dark brown. Big fluffy head that dissipates somewhat quick. Silky white lacing. Looks delicious. Too many smells to distinguish. Fig, caramel, raison, plumb, jam, malt, honey, tea, spices and mild alcohol. Flavors are abundant as well. It tastes of all that the smell indicates and it is an unreal flavor experience. The warming from the alcohol is the only indication that the ABV exists. A spicy semi dry finish. The drinkability is unreal for any beer, especially for this type and abv. Lives up to the hype through and through. A unique experience that should be on every ratebeerian’s list

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 330 ml. bottle purchased on eBay. Date on bottle cap of 09-05-14. Like so many others on the site, this was the one beer I had been most expectant to try. Pour is deep brown, some ruby highlights, though pretty much no light escapes through. Head is a rocky tan - off white 1 1/2 inch head. Very nice to look at in a chalice. Aroma is pretty big, consisting primarily of roasted malt, dried fruit (primarily raisins), and tobacco. Initial taste of raisins, prunes, earthiness that all come at you in layer upon layer of taste. Finish features some yeastiness. Flavor is very long, intense, yet somehow blended and subdued at the same time. I certainly understand the contradiction in the remark, but the flavor really did come big (initially), yet blended and subdued at the same time (as the beer opened up). Hard to explain. Very much coats the mouth. Similar to the Westy Blond, this one needs to be tasted to be understood. Certainly a world class beer and a world class beer tasting experience. Finally, the eBay user I purchased this beer from, I recommend highly. Beer mail me if you would like the recommendation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wim (3551) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2007
dark brown coloured body with a white head a sweet fruity spicy aroma a nice sweet fruity grainy taste and a average sweet bitter finich

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stef (1) - LIEDEKERKE, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2007 does not count
verry enjoyable trappistbeer, only one place may serve it "in de vrede";for the price of 4€ you drink it in the good company of all the other trappistlovers. Bittersweet taste......must try it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Not sure what I can say about this that hasn’t been said already but I’ll give it a go. Pours deep reddish brown - thick and hazy with some sediment and material floating around. Alcohol is just hinted at on the nose at 10%+ leaving you with dried fruits, anise, and a myriad of other aromas. It was served a little too cold but after sitting for a few minutes the flavor really opens up and leaves you with an impeccably balanced and intricate beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Poured a murky brown colour with a small creamy tan head. Nose is sourness from the pour moving into a medicinal yeast, apple cidar and pitted fruits. Initial taste is a sweet syrup candy like, soft and smooth, the expected sourness did not make it’s way into this one. The creaminess begins the next layer with some pitted fruits. Alcohol being very masked. The finishing palate is chocolately with a unique bitter hops. Slight head retention and lacing of the glass. Lips become candy like finished and sticky medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ekstedt (6417) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Pours deep hazy reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Extremely complex aroma starting off with candy-like sweet fruitiness, therafter roasted notes and dark berries, and finally some earthy hops. Excellent mouthfeel, medium bodied and very smooth. Starts off a bit sweet, but the finish is dry with moderate bitter. Almost perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 The monks injected torque into this baby.
From the tap or from a bottle Westvleteren 12 is beer done full throttle.
It’ll make your mouth explode with delight,
and can be drunk in the morning, afternoon, or night.
The abbots brewed and infused it with love,
so the beer tastes blessed by powers above.
The only problem with this beer could be its being a definite rarity.
So savor the beer whenever you can, though seems to taste best in Westvleteren!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a murky hazel brown, small off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, raisins, candy and brown sugar, and carmalized molasses. The aroma is reminisent of St. Bernardus Abt 12. Chewy mouthfeel and other worldy flavors. To my astonisment this tastes nothing like St. Bernardus. Such a flavor is hard to describe. Some initial heat, roasted nuts, figs. licorice and raisins. Not nearly as sweet as I thoiught it would. Unlike anything I’ve tried before. Thanks to Roger from belgium!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Ugly appearance of murky brown water. Very frothy head. Lots of dark fruits in aroma and taste. May be the killer I expected if aged a little. Thanks jmichael.

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