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


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RATINGS: 3355   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2006
330 ml bottle, cap dated 26.04.09. At long last. After losing one to Canada Customs in a trade, I wondered if Iíd ever get another shot at it, but thanks to a suggestion from Ross on a source, here it is. Dark ruby brown colour with an everlasting rocky, creamy, and rich tan head with lots of lacing. Dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, toffee, orange peel, raisin, fig, and amber rum aroma. Brown sugar, toffee, and molasses flavours lead into dark chocolate, fruit, figs, raisins, and cherries which in turn give way to a light alcohol finish with more molasses, rum, and dark chocolate to top it off. Mouthfeel is remarkable Ė rich and full bodied yet soft and delicate, smooth and easy drinking yet substantial, warming but no sign of alcohol heat. Definitely worth the wait and a fitting tribute for my daughterís 3 month birthday Ė one of these will hit the cellar to celebrate another one of her milestones 17-20 years down the road. Also a fitting end, after 866 official Ratebeer ratings, to notebook #1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. The Holy Grail among beergeeks has finally managed to find itís way to this humble being. A big thanks to Rayboy for hooking me up with this hard to find bottle. Pours copper with some sediment. Dark fruit, clove, various other spices along with a nice earthy basement funk. Finishes slightly warm. Overhyped?... definantly. Tasty?... absolutely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Head non-existant. Muddy black body. Spicy herby aroma with caramel butter notes. Very complex flavor appearing fruity and yet spicy, seems to contain brown sugar as well. Hard to describe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Carlsens] First time I tasted it, it was a little bit too much, but now for every time I discover new notes. Being a monk in Westvleteren must really be the right thing between religios beer geeks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Thanks to Brewblackhole for giving me a sample of this one! Poured a nice tanish red color.Has a a malty/fruity aroma to it. When I first tasted it my first thought was that I was was drinking a carbonated wine! Nice malty taste with a big flavor of cherry. This was a very good brew,but the #1 rated in the world? I donít know about that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
How do you review this beer? How do you rate a beer that many people believe to be the best beer in the world? With all the hype surrounding this beer and all the anticipation, (including the price tag), I had very high expectations. I was almost expecting to be disappointed as this beer has been pedestalled as "the holy grail" of beers. Truth is; it is deservingly in a league of its own. Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a nice beige head that fades into a frothy cap and an attractive halo. It was surprising the head and lacing on a 10.2% ABV beer. Smell: The aroma is complex and sweet. Dark fruits like plums, figs and dates are all interwoven into a truly enticing aroma that smells only like Trappist Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap)! I was surprised at the amount of floral character this beer displayed. Taste: The taste can only be described as tasting like Trappist Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap)! It is completely unique. There is a tartness surge on the front end, then a very mellow smooth silky vinous middle with caramel flavors that lead into what I might try to liken to figs and dates and toasted brown sugar malts; but it is really so well blended that is hard to isolate individual flavors. In the aftertaste, there is again a yeasty tart that maybe be similar to a splash of green apple, and a bit of alcohol warmth. I love the stinging character on the lips. It is not clear what causes that spicy stinging sensation (maybe the acidity) but it begs you to drink more. Truly though, I can only describe this as being in a league of itís own! Mouthfeel: Super freaking smooth and so creamy it is sinful! It is light and perfectly carbonated to be full and easy to drink at the same time. Drinkability: Absolutely dangerous. I was pleased to share this beer with a couple of close friends, but I must say, a beer this big may never go down so easily! Is a $300 case out of the question? If it fits in your budget, absolutely go for it; you wonít regret it. It goes down so dangerously easily its indescribable. Until next time someone shares a Westy 12 with me, I will keep a special place in my heart for this spectacular gem. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (38081) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes. Amazing aroma and flavor fruit, yeast, citrus, alcohol, spices, oak, vanilla, the list goes on and on as flavors change. The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle via Belgian Shop. Very complex beer, but the best beer in the world? I donít agree. Good, but not great. Definitely not worth $25/bottle + shipping from Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 At the St.Sixtus Cafe - Pours dark brown with a thin wispy tan head. aroma of rye bread and fruity esters: bubble gum, plums, toffee, yeast, and caramel-dripped fruits. Taste of raisins, port, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is immaculate, with medium and heavy bodied with lush, foamy carbonation. Most delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 [2004 vintage] Beautiful aroma of dark, nearly over-ripe fruits, yeast, and very smooth, subtle alcohol. Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a tan head that leaves an even coating on top of the glass- lacing is pretty remarkable. After about 10 minutes of shoving my nose into the glass, Iím ready to taste this one: WOW... loads more dark fruits, the aroma barely hinted at the heft of this one. Palate is earthy, endlessly complex. Wood flavors, almost like the inside of an old building (church?) come through towards the middle. Ends with even more complexity- this time showing off a bit of spice and substantial alcohol. This beer is so smooth, so complex and yet remains extremely balanced. Indeed, this is worthy of the title.

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