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


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RATINGS: 3620   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2007
ok, Lets see what all the hype is about. Upon the pour I am not overly impressed, as it is an unattractive muddy brown with a parchment coloured head that fades completely. The aroma took me by surprise. It’s tart and sweet pitted fruit, light horse blanket (almost cider-like), malty caramel and candied sugar. Smells like their might be a bit of wild yeast in the mix. The flavour is also cider-like with added presence of figs, raisins and some port with a disappearance of the acidity I found on the nose. It begins very sweet with candied sugar and dried light fruits that ends with port-like notes and peppery spice. The booze is masked tremendously well,better than any other quad I’ve encuntered. Now I’ve getting a date and caramel backbone with herbal notes lingering. The palate is round and soft with a sticky, long finish. Overall this is a very balanced and pleasant beer, but not as intense as I’d hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 17, 2007
This beer pours a dark chocolate brown and cloudy color woth no head and very minute laceing to it. The aroma is of pitted fruits,and tends to be on the sour side. As you drink it there is an initial tang which fades into a mild sour pitted fruit mainly figs which also dissappears just as quick. Leaving your mouth with hints of fruit and a sweet funk to it. The palate is very sweet containg a lot of pitted fruits and an earbal flavor that stays around for quite some time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2364) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Oct ’07. Fresh Westy 12, from Olbutikken in Copenhagen.

What can I say that hasn’t been said? Lovely...and now I can dream about trying a bottle with some age on it. From everything I can taste in this beer now, that would be divine.

Oct ’08. Roughly year-old bottle. Yep. It rocks. 4.3 at least. Mmmmm...mmm.

Nov ’09. Older bottle, best by 23.04.11 on the cap. Splendid, splendid beer. Mulled cider with raisins initially, later a surprising intensity of cherry juice. This is a 4.5, not a 4.3. I’ll bump to 4.4.

Oct ’13. 2005 bottle. Pours deep cloudy brown into my St. Bernardus chalice. Short-lived off-white head. Nose is spicy; flavor is perfection. So smooth at this age with microcarbonation, beautiful sweetness, zero sign of the alcohol. This one ages like a beauty. Compared to the St. Bernardus SE I had a few days ago, this is sweeter and smoother, overall more enjoyable. Rochefort 10 (a few weeks later) is absolutely no contest. Definitely a 4.5. Probably a 4.6.

Nov ’14. 2009 bottle (no collar on the glass). Softer and more subtle than I remember, but not kicking you in the teeth with the first sip can be a very good thing. As I make my way through the bottle the caramels and raisin and yeasts offer everything one could want in a dessert beer.

Nov ’15 Head to head with a 9-year-old St. Bernardus 12 SE. Spicier, very tasty, probably better one sip at a time. But it loses overall; the Bernardus SE is smoother, creamier, and more rewarding at the scale of a full glass. Splendid stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 33 cl bottle, bougth at Ølkonsortiet in Aalborg - thank you! Dark brown reddish color. Small beige head. Lots of flavors; much sweetness, with caramell, fruits, dried fruits, herbs... Vinous and carbonated, but not too much. Very balanced and warming beer! Had a bottle 11. june 2009. It´s fantastic. Complex, balanced, fruit, soices, sweetness, malt, discret hoppy bitterness.. Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KimJohansen (10414) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
Pours dark brown with small beige head. Very complex aroma with notes of malt, plums, raisins and chocolate. I get toffe, plums, raisins and chokolate in the flavor. Finishes of with warming alkohol. Perfect balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Finally, I get to try the famous Westy 12. Sampled from the Yespr collection, shared at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a cloudy dark burgundy brown brew with a slow dissolving off-white head that has some awesome lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, roasted nuts, dark pitted fruit, a touch of licorice and some toffee. Taste is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, thick, creamy with some dark berry and caramel malt flavor. Finish is semi-sweet , soft with a toffee and licorice aftertaste, plus plenty of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
golubeer (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Simply the best. Beautiful beer. Nice fruity flavour. This is what beer is meant to be like.

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