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

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RATINGS: 3137   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Bottle scored from Pailhead and consumed on New Years Eve and also my birthday. Hooray for me. Nice deep brown color. Frothy off-white head leaves good lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Rich and smooth body. Just so nice after drinking shitty airport beer on my way back to Michigan. Balance is well done. Fruity and sweet flavors with just a hint of hop in the finish. Lovely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 i was in brugges, belgium recently and i went into a little store there that sold approximately 600 different beers. i asked the lady at the desk what she thought the best beer they carried was and she said it was westvleteren abt 12, the one with the gold cap. i think i have to agree with her. itís the best beer iíve had besides rochefort 10. a little lighter in colour, and a bit harsher. nevertheless, incredibly good:lots of hops, a bit of citrus, coffee, and plum flavours were quite noticable, if i remember correctly. itís a good one, drink up!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Deep foggy ruby/brown color, with a off white head that forms. I catch a lot of caramel, candi sugar, cinnamon, and pie crust. Tremendous taste, very doughy, with dark fruits, butterscotch. Not as complex as I expected like Rochefort 10. I do get hints of chocolate, that subdue the fruit the more I drink. A beer with a lot of depth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Teriffic flavors of raisins, prunes and dark fruit. Earthy and robust with many wine-like qualities. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
saved this bottle for christmas--what a gift to myself! layered aroma of oak, red wine, raspberries, earthy spices, slight alcohol aroma. ruddy flavor of wood tannins and dried hops, plenty of caramel malt and lots of sweetness--phenomenal beer, and i can see how it earned its #1 spot.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kmp (1) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2004 does not count
Iíve got 4 crates of this beer, and two months later, I now have 4 bottles left.... Iíve got to teach my friends the route to west-vleteren

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 23, 2004
OK, I get it now. Near-chocolate nose, yet finer; the taste is full and grand, like a nice nebbiolo or burgandy. Iím not good enough to say more about this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndianaRed (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Bottle Pours a dark brown witha fizzy off white head. great thick even lacing. Terrific aromas of raisons, prunes, figs, brown sugar and a touch of belgian clove/spice. Flavors are much the same, very complicated and busy. A bit smokey and musty but still fairly sweet. Feel is a lively carbonation and a smooth palate. Soft warm sweet aftertaste. Not No. 1 for nothing. Delicious !

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Cafe in de Vrede, April 2013, fresh comparison of all three Westvleteren. Cloudy dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit and vineous alcohol, along with cinnamon and a hint of banana. Sweet and full bodied flavour with brown sugar and dried fruit, vineous and slightly hot alcohol. Grassy hops, and a quite bitter finish

Original excited 2004 rating for 4.8: A cloudy to muddy dark red/ruby brown beer with very little head. What can I add about the aroma, that wasnít already said here? I picked up earth and plums at first and then so many other impressions that I couldnít pick them apart, but just sat and enjoyed. The flavour is quite sweet and malty, but balanced and very long lasting (the beer lasted an hour, the flavour lasted another hour). There is a lot of hops to balance, and a licorice dark malt note too that adds a dry finish. Round, pleasant mouthfeel with just noticable bubbles and an almost oily whisky like mouthfeel. Itís just a wonderful drink and at risk of being Ratebeer conformist, Iíll have to say that it earns the 20 overall score second to only Kaggen.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Unbelievable! What else can I say. Can you give the aroma higher then 10? This beer has the greatest aroma. I had to sit down when I smelled this beer. Bananas, Apples, Candy, Malt, and Hops and Caramel are all very present. The taste is spectacular, but just a bit too sweet. The caramel, banana and wine taste are quite unique. Just awesome. Re-rate: I was not quite as impressed this time. This particular bottle was a bit one dimensional and I am not sure why. It was still great, but I am beginning to think that there is a lack of consistency in this beer. Still a world class beer though. Re-rate: As great as ever once again. This time my friend and I picked up gin and tonic in the taste. It is hard to believe there was still another aspect to pick up.


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