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


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RATINGS: 3218   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WingdSoldier (61) - BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
Dark red-brown, has a full, rich, caramel-like malty palate. Is this over-hyped Trappist any good? Hell yes! But is it really the best beer in the world? Imho, no...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Hugely flavorful, particularly a nutty, malty, burnt fruit flavor that is married perfectly to a soft but full body. The taste lingers in your mouth for a many minutes after you take a sip. Elegant, sophisticated, powerful, and down-right awesome. The true king of beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PauloAG (29) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2014
330cc bottle. It is comfort drinking. I brought home 12 bottles in July. She is getting better with time. I really want to keep the 3 I have a few months to appreciate her evolution in bottle. Outstanding beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Michbeerlover (143) - - NOV 17, 2014
2012 bottle imported directly from Belgium, unmarked bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a 1/2 finger white head. Floral, slight alcohol and Orval "ish" aroma. Can't describe the taste, because it really doesn't taste much like anything, maybe some mixture of Apple and plumb. Very slight alcohol. Light to medium mouthfeel. Very smooth. You could chug it down. Don't get the hype at all. Rochefort 10 is so much better. Maybe, I got a bad bottle or I am missing something? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (429) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Amazingly complex aromas, which I almost enjoyed more than the beer itself. Quads are not my favourite style, and although I could appreciate the quality of the beer, it’s not one I will return to. A once in a life time beer, shared in North bar, Leeds

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
I drank my 1st Westvleteren 12 in Bruges, Belgium. Wow! Great beer! Strong but smooth taste. A great alternative that's much wider distribution is St Bernardus 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2436) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
Well, here it is then, the world’s best beer according to this very site. I have been familiar with it for many a year and enjoyed it many times but it wasn’t till the Flemish media made a hype out of it, following its election as best beer on this site, that every beer drinker in the country and abroad wanted to get his hands on it - prompting the monks at the Sint-Sixtus abbey to change their ways, introducing a reservation system and reducing the amount of crates per car (as the only official way to buy it, is driving to the abbey to pick it up). In other words: thanks to Ratebeer, it is even harder now for me to obtain it than it already was before (thank you, Ratebeer...). Anyway, for this rating I dug a 1,5 year old sample from the cellar and taste it at cellar temperature. It pours a deep, dark, brownish purple, clear at first but hazy with deposit, under a thin but remarkably stable, light yellowish beige, sticky, moussy head. The aroma is powerful, complexely perfumed and simply stunning: all kinds of noble sweetness and spiciness are blended into one mouth-watering bouquet I could sniff for hours; impressions of marzipan, old port wine and madera, candied orange, banana liqueur, milk chocolate, apple cake, walnuts, brown bread, vanilla, overripe pears and plums, cinnamon, sweet cherries, cognac, mint, cocoa powder, butterscotch, raisins and something vaguely earthy, only adding subtlety and complexity. In the mouth, candied and overripe fruits abound, sourish and sweetish both in a delicate and gentle way, banana, blue grapes, plums, pears, passion fruit and of course dark candi syrup, over a profound, fluffy, somewhat fatty malt sweet backbone, caramelly, nutty, chocolatey, with a delicately tingling carbonation adding a slight sourishness; towards the end, yeasty spiciness comes up retronasally, leafy and peppery hop bitterness and warming, liqueurish and brandy-like alcohol put everything into utter balance. Assessing whether this is the world’s best beer or not is irrelevant to me: I have always regarded this as the top ’abt’-style beer in Belgium, a landmark on the Belgian beer map, with a delicacy and refinement seldomly seen. I tasted this younger and much older and even at 8 years of age, it was still a heavenly experience, on a par with the world’s best wines or single malts. Keep in mind, though, that the balancing, earthy and leafy hop bitterness declines throughout the years, causing the fruity and candi-ish sweetness to become more pronounced; yet after many years of cellaring, it also maderizes beautifully. I prefer this at 1 or 2 years of age but this is pure personal taste. In all: the best of the abts to me and one of the best Belgian ales, that much is clear. The fact that it is hard to get, probably added to its sheer mythical status, but I must admit that even for me - living in Flanders - the excitement of booking a couple of crates and driving to the far-out Westvleteren monastery to get my hands on them does add to the experience. Inspiring, appetizing, satisfying, this is indeed a classic in every sense of the word.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ulfrxn (1) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014 does not count
Svårt att tänka sig något godare. Stark utan att smaka alkohol. Dricks långsamt och svalt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (1761) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to richthevillan cheers rich. Murky black brown good beige head. Aroma is plums figs dark malts. Taste is dark fruits molasses nice sweetness great malty backbone long bitter finish. Nice full body. 457818. Good in all aspects.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OOKPIKABLE (118) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro, Ottawa. Pours brown and cloudy with thin white head. Effervescent. Slight aroma of honey and malt. Some honey, maybe a bit of raisin, but alcohol more than anything else in terms of taste. Very chewy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness. Best beer in the world? A disappointment.

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