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


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RATINGS: 3335   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Cloudy, brownish color with a sensational malty aroma of chocolate and raisins. It had a nutty taste with butterscotch or caramel notes. The feel was full and creamy. Perhaps one of the best beers of all time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
I only got started on "good beer" a short time ago. And, this was one of my first. The complexity was mind boggling. I've been a huge Belgian fan ever since.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 It is a rich symphony of flavor. It was sweet and chocolaty and fruity and warming, but it also had a perfect finish. I am in awe of this. Iíve had none better. Iíve been to the mountain top. What else is there?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2003
It is with much trepidation that I approach the throne of Westy 12. Upon opening the bottle a lovely fruity aroma is released. Nice head of varying sizes of bubbles. The color is a deep red. When held up to a light, it is a beautiful red glow with hints of yellow. The aroma is of ripe fruits (pears, berries, apples, bannanas) and yeasty as well. Now for the first sip. Some vinous qualities in the finish, which are surprisingly pleasant. Hoppy bitterness upfront with thick rich malts in the middle. Bready yeastiness as well. Plum flavor. Notes of coffee and chocolate(!) as well. I can see why some people say this beer is inconsistent, as every sip seems to taste a little bit different. I think that what makes this beer is the malts. They are so rich, and the texture is so smooth. The aftertaste is a constantly changing array of flavors that lingers for 10 seconds. I am very disappointed that my glass is almost empty because every sip reveals an amazing new aspect. Westy 12 transcends my expectations for what a beer can do on your palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Big thanks to jcalabre for this one. A full bodied sweet candy-like barage of flavors, blended with a beautiful complexity that finishes with a cocoa tinge and warmth from the alcohol. No question that you are experiencing something special and world-class. Incredible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Amazing. It's full of yeast. Dark copper in color with a head you could float a quarter on. Aroma of citrus, spice, alcohol, and yeast. The taste was a complex blend of all of that and more. Those monks sure know their beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
"I can see the yeast" was the comment from one of my friends upon the pour. A dark copperish color with a thick heavy foam. It had a complex citrus, yet yeasty flavor. I can understand the draw of this beer, but it's not going to convert me to a belgifile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 A winey, yeasty aroma is the first thing to meet you upon pouring. The tan head is pretty thick and mounds well over the lip of the glass. The flavor is intensely bready and yeasty, with a woody dryness to it. The aftertaste has smoke along with some fruit. The only thing I disliked about this beer the woody aftertaste. It was approaching unpleasant, but was quickly dissipated by another sip ;-) 8/25/05 notes - Again with the figs (just had the 8), just with darker, roaster dates. Alcohol, maple, wood, and brown sugar. Odd, I think I liked the 8 better!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1434) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2003
The holy grail of beer. Thankfully I did not have to embark on a quest to obtain it. Incredible aroma with abundant depth. Black currant, alcohol, raisins. Georgeous appearance. Dark brown/purple ala plums. Head is initially massive but mostly dissipates. There is some moderate lacing. The flavor is extremely complex. I am sure this is what everyone lines up for. Fruit, yeast, spices. The finish is extraordinarily long and rich. Like an incredible ultra-rich chocolate dessert. Massive and perfectly ranked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Murky reddish brown. Large frothy tan head that leaves huge sheets of itself behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma has definite alcohol and woody notes. Semi-sweet fruity aroma is also present. Quite a nice aroma! Two clear stages of flavor: intially its sweetness, candi sugar and dark fruit. Then as you swallow it turns tails and you get a big wallop of wood and yeasty goodness. The alcohol, all 10.2% of it, goes almost unnoticed until you get the warming in your throat and the tingling in your gums. Truly an extraordinary beer worthy of the tons of praise heaped upon it.

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