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

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RATINGS: 2998   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2003
Very nice dark amber color.Nice tan foamy head.Nice tiny carbonation bubbles spiraling there way to the top of my mug.Some what sweet malt aroma with a slight hint of yeast,and some hints of fruit,that smell like raspberry,or cherry,also a very slight hint of alcohol that i didn't detect until i gave this wonderful solution a swirl in the mug.Flavor was much better then i thought,lightly malty,some cherry,raisin, more tastes then my unprofessional palate can put a finger on.There seems to be a slight citrus tone to this that seems to come through when the carbonation hits your tongue.This is truely a smooth brew,very complex,big on flavor with a after taste that is mildly bitter but turns to a lightly sweet dark coffee taste.This is more beer then i deserve,and should almost be reserved for the really well versed in the tasting world.Nah ,that would be insane if you have the means to get this brew do it,it will be well worth it.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is yeasty and sour with a touch of fruitiness. WOW. An amazingly complex and excellently made beer. Full bodied. Malts are bold and flavorful. Very complex. Seems to be a different taste/flavor aspect with every sip. Fruity with raisins, plums and cherries interplaying with vanilla, chocolate and orange peel. Hides the 10.2% alcohol very well. This is one beer that is definitely worthy of all the hype/accolades it has received. Very smooth and extremely complex. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Beer # 1100 on my personal list. Thanks to herbjones for this one.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Bottled(330ml). -my friend get it from Belgium, excellant beer but not my best, what to say about this beer when everything was allready known. Dark brown coloured, medium sized beige head, nice chocolate nose. Very smooth. Complex aroma with notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and cocoa, warming alcoholic finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2003
I've had the pleasure to savor this one a few times. It definitely lives up to it's reputation. Has a strong pallette of many different flavors. If your able to get your hands on one, it's definitely worth trying.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2003 Intense aroma...alcohol, vanilla, grapes, tobacco, wet tree bark, clove. The flavor was intense as well, with alcohol, tobacco, vanilla, caramel (or toffee), spiced fruit, wonderful maltiness, sugar, even a little chocolate in the aftertaste. Pretty dark ruby/brown/orange color with a medium tan head. Crisp feel with a long finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Extremely close to perfection...simply grand. I could drink this every day of my life and just appreciate it more as time went on. Malty, figgy, hint of "real" vanilla. Really beautiful in the Trois Pistoles glass, I was content to sit and watch the swirling head and rising bubbles for awhile. There was no rush or expediency for me to taste. Mind-boggling amount of various flavors that constantly changed as the brew warmed to room temperature. The perfect amount of spicy richness in both the aroma and flavor. One that can only be described accurately to one wbo's enjoyed it before. I would give it a perfect 5, but I know I will have another bottle and be able to describe much more about this beauty.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2003
So I finally got my hands on a bottle of Westy 12 thanks to mwsf. I finally get to see/taste/smell what everyone is talking about. Creamy, slightly beige head. The head takes a while to settle down. Fairly aromatic, I can smell it and the glass is a couple of feet from my nose. Sweet aroma, yeasty with hints of raisons. The color is dark, like the cloth of a monks robe. Lots of carbonation, but not huge bubbles, they are pretty small. When this beer hits your tongue, you know something special is in your mouth. Yeasty taste, but not as much as some of the other Belgians and Belgian Strongs I've had. Delicate on the tongue. The carbonation doesn't ruin it. The alcohol is hardly evident. This beer is numero uno for a reason. I'll buy this every time I get a chance from now on.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 21, 2003
You wanted the best, you've got the best...well this was the introduction of a great rock n' roll band, but it's perfect for this beer. Brown colour, thin head, but really lasting. Incredibly creamy texture. Raisins, strawberries and raspberries in the aroma, with some vanilla hints. The flavour is delicate, complex, really pleasant, it's difficult to describe all the sensations that this beers gives in your mouth: fruity (raspberries, apricots, peach, strawbeery, raisin), sweet (caramel and vanilla) with a touch of sourness. The finish is balanced between sweet and bitter flavours, with good coffee notes, very persistent in your mouth. This beer is perfectly balanced and you can't even fell the high ABV percentage. Westvleteren 12 is simply the best beer I've ever drunk in my life. I'd have never thought to give a "5 out of 5" percentage, but this beer really deserves this rating. An unforgettable beer (and I dont' really care if I had to pay 8 euro!).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Pours cloudy brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit (berries, plums, raisina), sweet malt, caramel and wood. Flavors are much like the aroma, with a musty touch as well. Body is rather heavy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Superb dark belgian appearance, but the overt alcoholic flavor was too much to deal with. Along with the burnt old tabacco taste.


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