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


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RATINGS: 3622   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Thanks to Papsoe (Kaggie97/Zinister trade) for this treasure. Dirty, cloudy, brown color with a thick initial bright tan head that turns into a very nice 1/8" protective coating. Figs and some dark fruits on the nose. Very complex taste with a wonderful balance of malt, darkish fruits, molassas, vanilla, toffee, caramel with a very nice carbonation to give a great mouthfeel. Lenghty aftertaste. Way too hard to determine if this is "the" best beers in the world, but you won’t get a complaint out of me. Thanks Papsoe

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 12oz bottle purchased in July 2006 at the DeVreda in Belgium (still saving one six-pack!). Simply the best

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
guzzler67 (1651) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2007
(2004) Cloudy, mahogany appearance with a small tan head and good lacing. Intriguing aroma, with dark fruits (figs, plums), toffee, licorice, and molassas. Complex, malty, vinous taste with layers of ripe fruit, oak, vanilla, molassas, bittersweet chocolate and seasonal spices. Modestly hopped, with a full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Finish lingered, but wished it could have lasted longer. Just to add to all of the superlatives lavished upon this brew, here were some of the most remarkable flavors that could be associated with the word "beer".(purchased a few years ago at Whole Foods, Vienna Va)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 My 100th rating! Pours deep leathery brown. Slight foamy head that dissipates to moderate lacing. Bouquet of dried fruits, brown sugar, complexity. First sip is sugars, alcohol. After letting it warm, more chocolate, molasses and brown sugar were present. This one really lived up to the expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2007
much thanks to egajdzis for sharing thi amazing beer. 1991 bottle. Pours a chestnut/ruby/amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, nuts, leathery, coconut, light alcohol, Flavors of toffee, dark fruits, nuts, chocolate...wow...very creamy, ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
thanks dra19, BillVanE, and jgd0608. Wonderful to finally get this! Dark pour, but tastes and feels a lot lighter than the pour, which was a great surprise. Detectable raisins and other fruits i couldnt find, because there were so many!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Had this in a back-alley pub in Mechelen, the night of the Belgian Grand Prix. What a great way to top off a great weekend. There is literally nothing at all wrong with this beer. It pours very dark brown, but is not real thick. the head is plentiful and tan and laces throughout the entire experience. The aroma is so rich and full that is hard to put into words. The flavor is unbelievable. There’s fruit. Raisins and plums and dates and a some berry I couldn’t pick out. It’s got a little spice and brown sugar, and malt. Amazing. Just amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Rating #500. Bottle. Pours a dark brown, about the color of darkly stained walnut. Head is about two fingers of frothy tan. Lacing begins right after pour. Aromas are of raisins, soil, wet leather, chestnuts and dates. Flavor is incredible, but it takes a second to blossom after each sip. At first, my thought was, this is it, but it kept developing in different directions. Starts off with a brown sugar and malt presence, and it finishes on a very similar note. Between these bookends, however, it heads down fruit paths that remind me of dates, plums and raisins, before going back to a brown sugar finish. The liquid is fairly thin... I noticed it when I was pouring... but the mouthfeel is anything but. Big body and big flavor with a nice alcoholic warmth and just a touch of a bite.

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