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

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RATINGS: 3650   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Very excited to try this one out. Perhaps I was a bit too excited as I may have poured too hurriedly into my chimay goblet and this resulted in a dissapointing, smaller head than expected. However, (very) fortunately I have a few more of these to pour with a good deal of prudence. Despite this minor pouring setback the brew had a beautiful chestnut brown color, and still a fair head with nice lacing. The aromas sweeping off of the glass were fantastic and complex. Mocha, nutty currant, figs yeast, wheat, cherry, berry aromas emerged and evolved throughout the session. The body of this brew is simply perfect, with a velvety smooth texture and light warming sensation down the throat. The flavors evolved tremendously while drinking and each sip seemed different than the previous. Coffee/toffee charateristics emerged first quickly devloping soft and subtle spice flavors, yeilding hints of clove. The fruit flavors were always present but evolved from berry, plum to earthy to some surprisingly acidic sour apple tastes, and again back to chocolate covered raspberries and a distant woody smokiness. Over the hour and a half or so I spent enjoying this the flavors and aromas took me to such different levels that I had to respect this beers fine character. While its reputation had filled me with certain expectations, this beer certainly deserves its reputation and delivered becuase of its layered complexity and incredible structure.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2007
I suppose this crown jewel of beers should be the the right one to drink for my rating number 1000. A 330ml bottle was bought at Plan B in Copenhagen in early August 07 and enjoyed at home in Tromsø some weeks later. Thanks to the guy at Plan B who in fact made some efforts to trace down a bottle on my request - great service. The elegant cap of the bottle is dated 01.11.2008. Served at cellar temperature.
The first pour gives a brilliant clear mahogany coloured body topped by a creamy, beige head leaving fragile lacing on the glass. The second pour, with the sediments, reveals an opague chestnut body. Aromatic nuances of dark bread, malts and raisin - however, the smell gives an impression of being a bit closed. Delicious in taste with delightful and robust malty depths followed by flourish prunes, then both dates and plums come to support added by dark candy sugar. The best part is maybe the lingering, lovely finish of bitter dark malts, herbs and spices. Developing and changing mouthfeel. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Full bodied, but not cloying, and therefore very, very moreish. I will be hunting high and low for another bottle of this great stuff (25.08.2007).

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Amazingly good. Pours a deep brown with a tiny, creamy beige head. Notes of apricots, raisins, plums and a malty earthiness in the nose. Flavor is sweet: candy sugar and dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel is interesting and as complex as the flavor and aroma ... it’s thinner than I expected, but it has a sticky-smooth feel like a thin syrup. Very pleasant. Overall, a wonderful and complicated beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
I had my guard up,after hearing this was the "Number 0ne" beer in the world.The aroma...wonderful..cherries,plums, sweetness, touch of spices.Flavor profile was dynamic. First sip was outstanding, probably due to the anticipation of tasting one of the world’s best.Mouthfeel was rich and full, despite low carbonation.Listen...this is crazy..I am a believer now these monks brew outstanding beer...outa body experince...just not nearly enough of it

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Outer body experience comes to mind. Why do the others even bother right? Well - I guess the answer is that Westvleteren will probably never produce enough to get it in all our hands.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 #1000. been saving this one for a special occasion, and it was a real challenge! aroma of sour dark fruits(cherry, plum), oak, alcohol, and glue. it may not be my favorite aroma in a beer, but it’s just so interesting. pour looks kind of thick out of the bottle with a nice deep brown color. creamy tan head was thin when i poured it, now its grown to almost a medium size. flavor is full of dark fruit(apple, cherry, plum), burnt caramel, yeast, that same plastic/glue flavor from aroma. sweet. moderately dry finish. Initial Rating Date: 8/16/2007 7:12:52 PM

Re-rate same beer aged 7 years. Not under the best conditions. It had been through several moves and varying temperature changes. big caramel, smooth and fruity, but no discernible fruits. not getting the gluey phenols i got the first time. held up the best of the three.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aeneas (21) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Wonderful treat brought back from Europe by a friend. Aroma was subtly spicy with a sense of malty sweetness and hints of candy sugar. Light character of dried cherries perceived upon initial pour, faded into spicier notes when the beer warmed. Appearence was a hazy dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Very little carbonation and very thin head (may have been too cold on initial pour) but what head there was had a medium tan color. Flavor profile was dynamic. When cool, the flavors were dominated by rich maltiness, some plum/ raisin hints of characteristic belgian yeast. As it warmed, the sugars became balanced by the phenolics from the yeast and the maltiness diminished. Mouthfeel was rich and full, despite low carbonation. Significant levels of residual sugars combined with what seemed like a wheat character to create a silkiness that was quite enjoyable. Overall, a great beer, one I’m happy I enjoyed! Is it the best beer in the world? Not sure, but it is a fine product that I wouldn’t mind having access to more readily!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Frosted pint glass served from Nitro tap at...Yeah Right!! Poured carefully into a Chimay Goblet. Date ? (I’ll have to check the cap later) Dense, creamy light brown head with great retention eventually leaving a nice lacing. Body is slightly murky brown. Not much carbonation after the pour, at least that I could see. Beatuiful sight. Heavenly aromas! Yeast, dark fruit, caramel, candy sugar- everything you would expect from a quad but nothing out of the ordinary. Complex flavors hinted by the aroma with some dry bitterness. Very well balanced. Such a smooth mouthfeel! Hardly any sign of the alcohol. Incredibly drinkable for a big beer. This was my first, and more than likely last, experience with Westy 12. As good as it was there are other more accessible Quads (St. Bernardus 12, Trappistes Rochefort 10) just as good that don’t break the bank like this does. One of those "At least now I can say I tried it" beers. Now onto the Dark Lord!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Thanks to jason for this treat. I was surprised at first scent to discover that even an inexperienced beer drinker would determine that there is something familiar in this brew’s aroma. Banana yeast, coupled with some other fruits and subtle spice combine to make a very sweet and pleasent aroma. appears very dark brown with a shaving cream tanish head that laces a bit. First sip was outstanding, probably due to the anticipation of tasting one of the world’s best. Initial sweetness, some fruits, cherries, spices, and some peppery alcohol dominates towards the end. Sweeter as the beer warms up. The complexity is awesome, and the beer almost changes completely as you take that last sip. A very nice treat.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Got this off ebay. Worth the trouble! Pours deep mahogany. Thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt and raisins. Sits very full-bodied and sweet on the tongue. Tastes of creamy malt, raisins, and molasses. Finishes clean with a slight alcohol burn. An amazing beer.


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