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


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RATINGS: 3534   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZAWSZEGOTOWY (4) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
The bottle I used to drink was a little bit shaken so the beer was full of CO2. Although the beer was quite cold the aroma was amazing in every breath I took I felt sweet fruits and other nice things, I almost did not feel yeast aroma which I dislike in belgian beers. As the beer was warmer the aroma was better. I must say that the colour of this beer was amazing, but the head was frothy but not very sustainable. The taste is also an amazing thing a variety of tastes that I can not name in English, but it’s sweet, fruity and well-balanced. I would prefer to drink it a later and the alcohol would be more balanced but it was really good :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ferrinche (51) - Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2016
Uno al afrontar esta cerveza, debe dejar atrás todas las expectativas que trae. Que sea calificada como muchos como la mejor cerveza del mundo juega en su contra, y puede que en la de quien la pruebe, aguándole un poco la experiencia. Es una cerveza que basa su mito en la poca disponibilidad y en su precio derivado de ello, acompañado de la calidad y delicadeza y complejidad de una Trappense. ¿Si es la mejor Trappense? es muy posible, para gustos colores. Para mi la Westmalle dubbel sería la Trappense que le recomendaría a un amigo por la relación calidad precio. En definitiva, la Westvleteren XII se diferencia poco en calidad a sus hermanas Trappenses (como Rochefort o Westmalle), aunque seguramente se trate de la mejor de ellas, según mi opinión personal, pero el mayor esfuerzo para adquirirla, no compensará al bebedor normal. En cuanto a sus notas de cata, sorprende su gran equilibrio de sabores, no destacando ninguna por encima de las demás. Su característico dulzor, en ningún momento llega a empalagar, y pese a su alta graduación no se nota ningún regusto alcohólico.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rusos (374) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle. Brown hazy colour. Aroma is full, sweet, caramel, spicy, dried fruits, some noble alcohol. Taste quite the same, spicy, sweet, caramel, alcohol. A bit high carbonation. Overhyped. But good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2639) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours hazy brown color, small beige head. Aroma of malt, raisins, wine, malty, bit yeasty. Taste is sweet, raisins, plums, dark berries, malty, full body, bit spicy, grapes, oat flakes. Nice, but I had better beers... :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukka19 (97) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle shared by Cuso,many thanks, dark hazy brown color with light tan head.Aroma of raisins, prunes, figs, syrup with notes of herbs and hops, caramel, vanilla. Taste is malty, fruity, dried fruit, little bit sour, but nice balanced and complexed beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probabeer (46) - - JAN 12, 2016
De aroma muy suave pero muy original, diría que tirando a dulce o achocolatado. Con mucho cuerpo. Es fuerte pero con el alcohol muy bien integrado, la primera impresion me trae a la cabeza el roble, de textura cremosa y un final amargo. Muy buena

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guruhso (111) - DENMARK - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Reddish brown coloured with a nice beige lasting head - good lacing. Aroma of dried fruits; figs, prunes, raisins, overriped fruits, syrup with herbal/floral hoppy notes. Yeasty notes too. The flavour is sweet but finish light bitter. Some nice alcohol warmth. The body is medium and the texture is creamy. Soft carbonation. Very well balanced and enjoyable. I agree; it must the King of the Trappist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rand (1410) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2016
From De Vrede - Westvleteren (B). Everything (and the opposite) was already said about this fabulous beer. No need to add a layer. It’s simply an extraordinary experience that this Grand Cru tasting. Maybe a beer coming from elsewhere ..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewhemia (120) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2016
Deep amber/brown with lots of sediments. Aroma of dough, rye bread, alcohol, raisins and banana among othet things. Fantastic complexity in the atoma although the sourness dominated at first. The taste is dominantly sweet. Taste of sweet rye bread, cough drops, and the like. Amazing complexity. Each sip brings something new. Great full body that slides down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (167) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Review is of a 3 yr old bottle. Pours a very murky, dirty brown color. Head is tan and 1/4th of an inch. Sediment is very evident throughout tasting. Head retention and lacing were above average. Smell is big on dried and candied fruits, dates, figs, even some apricot. Belgian rock candy is also very present. Slight soy sauce is there, hops are not, and alcohol is definitely there. Taste is heavy on caramelized sugar, dates, and figs. Burnt malt is also apparent, with belgian yeast/ witch hazel also present. Hops arent present but alcohol flavor is high. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Head retention added slightly to the substance of the beer. Overall this was a good beer but dont know how it was once regarded as the best beer in the world. It was a solid beer for the style but there was nothing in the flavor profile that stood out to me.

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