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


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RATINGS: 3393   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bartzilla (568) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Well, crap my pants and call me Leon... I finally got to try some of this thanks to a lucrative trade with BeerCellar2. The hype is deserved. I totally didn’t expect what hit my mouth. I was expecting a dark abbey and got a mouthfull of bubblegum fruit deliciousness with a tiny tinge of alcohol to keep my butt in check. Clever monks, man. Good stuff. Might be the world’s #1, but it’s a tough call as this seems to defy style in it’s genre. I can tell you that I would drink the bloody hell out of this if I had a vast supply. And I’d die happy. Monk happy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Cap dated 28.08.08 After long last, I have found my Holy Grail. Deep and rich aroma, highlighted by hints of molasses, and dare I say a touch of treacle. On the palate, I was hard pressed to find any of the mighty alcohol, as this beer is perfectly balanced, perfect hop bite on the finish. And lo, I am raptured...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle; eye: brown with reddish reflections, no effervescence, suspended matter, clear; nose: my first reaction was "this is too much, I won’t be able to handle it" but I got citrusy, tobacco, caramelized malt, "freshness", licorice, alcohol, complex, candied fruits, hops, spices, fruity, peppery alcohol; mouth: I remember more the pleasure of drinking than the actual savours and I thus am missing many of them, syrupy (port), silky and creamy texture, spices, anise, finale of alcohol, malt and peppery alcohol, good carbonation, full body, lightly fizzy; overall: wow! FRANÇAIS Bouteille; oeil : brune avec des reflets rougeâtres, pas d’effervescence, matière en suspension, claire; nez : ma première réaction fût : « Je ne serai pas capable de dealer avec ça! À chaque sniff, ça sent quelque chose d’autre. » mais je peux vous lister : citrique, tabac, malt caramlisé, fraîcheur, réglisse, alcool, complexe, fruits confits, houblon, épices, fruitée, alcool poivré; bouche : je me rappelle bien plus le plaisir de la boire que les notes que j’ai prises; bouche : liquoreux (porto), texture soyeuse et crémeuse, épices, anis, finale en alcool, malt et alcool poivré, bonne carbonatation, corsé, légèrement pétillante; en résumé : wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diogène (1068) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 It has been a long time since I wanted to try this one and there it is. Brown red opaque beer with a huge creamy mocha head that lasts forever. Aroma is spicy, notes of port, wine, grapes, raisins, malt, yeast... Taste is a wonderfull blend of spices, sweet malt, port, cognac, wine, raisns, plums, grapes, yeast, dough, honey, caramel, some bitterness in the aftertaste and such a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol seems to be way less than 10.2%. Well, the Westvleteren 12 definitely lives up to the Hype. A real gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1900) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 It is almost sacrilegious to call this beer. It transcends the category, with its deliciously enticing fruity-wine aroma and magnificent, malty raspberry/plum taste. Strong yet delicate, imagine biting into a perfectly ripe pear to get an idea of the texture and heartiness exhibited by ’12’. With such a high alcohol content, one would expect an overwhelming alcohol flavor, but it was masked as well as any ’beer’ I’ve had. With its rich, delectable taste, beautiful dark color, frothy head, and luscious aroma, this IS the perfect ’beer.’ An orgiastic feast for the senses.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer looked much like a cloudy root beer that picked up some straw towards the edges, but had a mossy green halo around the edges when held to the light. Also, there were a few flecks floating around. The dirty off white head looked a little like my carpet with uneven bubbles creating a pleasantly chaotic surface that didn’t last for all that long. Smelled of salty, flakey pastry that was creamy and doughy. Also included ideas of gooey cookie and/or bread dough with a sweet musky honey. Hell, it could even smell like baklava if you squinted right. There’s also some fruity notes of figs, cherries and plumbs. I was really astonished (as if I wasn’t impressed by now) by the “residual alcohol suggestion” where my mind pointed out where the 10.2% should be, but my nose could only pick up its shadow. Very nice indeed. Tasted of creamy, milky caramel then picks up a pleasant tingly sensation that blossoms into an amazing syrup, peaches and pecans. Then there are also some playful light nips of hop that roll around my tongue, back and forth re-releasing little hints of a milky bread dough, honey and nuts in between the suppressive drops of dryness. Finishes like the pastry from the smell with some honey. As I exhale, I get an amplified, brilliant doughy yeast. The mouth feel is light to medium and creamy with a brilliantly paired sandy feeling carbonation. Perfect! What can I say? This one’s in a class of its own.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2006
330 ml bottle-cap dated/coded 23.08.09-Hard to believe I’m actually tasting this beer, thanks to Marsiblursi for giving me this oportunity in a trade. Poured a brownish/reddish color w/a moderate long lasting head. Had an incredable aroma. Deep, fruity, complex winelike aroma of dates & figs. I could have sat here & smelled it all day, but I wanted to taste it!! Seems so hyped up that you almost expect to be dissapointed, but that is just not the case. It’s just a flavor explosion. Very fruity, winelike, floral character of grapes, figs, dates, cherries, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, peet, just pick an adjective & you can find it in there. Has a finish that’s a week long. This one lives up to the hype!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from The Bier Circus, Brussels. Although not entirely disappointed, I was a little let down that only the Blond was being served at the festival. When we left for dinner I couldn’t help but order one of these with my meal. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with an off white foam of head. Earthy aroma with hints of rasin, brown sugar and spice. Complex with a cornucopia of flavours... berries, plums, rye bread, honey, malt and nuts. As sipped becomes sweet with a long spicy unoffensive yet bitter finish. Slightly less body than expected which is my only gripe. Was a great accompaniment for my steak and frites, only rivaled by the chocolate mousse a’la Chimay for dessert...

   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 I’d 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 – 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 daughter’s 3 month birthday – 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 it’s 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.

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