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


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RATINGS: 3664   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 33 cl) Dark brown with only a small beige head. Extremely complex with notes of plums, raisins and perhaps some chocolate as well. Starts sweetish but ends with a fig-like driness. Hops are present but only to balance things, they never dominate. Westvleteren 12 is a revelation, a truly heavenly experience - the kind of beer that explodes with flavours in your mouth giving you new impressions each and every time. And if you store this it only gets better. More a meal than a drink. Excellent, excellent. 100398

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 [bottle from Magic_dave6, thanks :D] Pours a deep brown colour with a large tan head. Nose is complex with plums, raisins, figs, nutmeg, brown sugar, choclate and a little alcohol which does not tell its 10.2%. Body is huge and oily, with an enormous dry finish. I hate to go with the masses and say this is my favourite beer, but i cant help it, i just really like quads **sigh**

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
I found one of these at Pivni Galerie (www.pivnigalerie.cz) in Prague. I’d read about it on ratebeer, and Petr, the owner, couldn’t tell me enough about it. Tastes sweet, of raisin, rum, fruits, you name it. Masks the alcohol quite well, not too sinewy. Although I liked the 8 better, one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Well, well, i managed to get 3 of these bad boys after about 4 months of trying. It is hard for me to discribe fully what this beer is like, The aroma is like, rich deep amazingness that is very similar to all the trapist ales, malt and sweet and dark fruits. Taste, mmmmmmmmmmmm, the taste. Rich sweet, fruits, citrus, rum and raisin, malt, alcohol, and about 40 other things ever second. However, i cant help but think its lacking something, more body i think. This is a very very good beer, your can drink a few of them too, if u can get them, unlike alot of quad’s. Pleased to have been given the opertunity to try it and will be aging the other 2 for a while, to see what goodness i can get out of that. RERATE: Having had it numerous times now i think its a decent belgiun ale but nothing that is really worth getting excited about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sabbac (3) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2005 does not count
Absolutely amazing! Thick, smooth, full fruity flavored. Lived up to all the hype, even after it took me 3 years to find it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
bottle. big thanks to a friend of mine for sharing. burgundy-ruby coloured body with a plush white head. incredible complexity in the aroma - plum, cherry, raisin, and a subtle tartness in the forefront. this was tasted at just the right temperature - probably around 15C. phenomenal rich malty flavour with loads of dark fruit and comforting alcohol in the background. This is perfectly drinkable, all components are well married. Definitely worth the hype and I hope to be able to try it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Bottle @ the Map Room. This lived up to all of my expectations! Deep murky-brown pour with about 1/2" of well-sustained creamy off-white head. Aroma left nothing to be desired... dark fruits (plums, raisins), tannins, bread/yeast, spices.. The wonderful complexity makes the taste buds work overtime to appreciate this brew. Starts vinous, and works through the yeast and spices to the raisins and honey as it makes its way to the throat. Creamy & coated the mouth perfectly. Wonderful lengthy vinous finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kemarv (7) - odense, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005 does not count
A very high rated beer which isnt a surprise att all. this beer is a perfect taste flavour and appearence. In short an exellent beer that standt alone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lille (11) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2005
Cette bière unique est une vraie bombe de grosse calibre. C’est une bière obscure avec une tête crémeuse couleur ivoire. Le nez est rempli d’arome complexe comme des malts rôtis, fruits secs, cacaouettes et même du sirop, l’ensemble bien emballée. Goût plein, complexe, riche et encore très rafraihissant. Elle develope également cette amertume noble à la fin qui s’attarde indéfiniment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2005
here it is...the king of the site. murky brown pour with a medium light tan head, quickly dissipating. Dark pit fruit aroma. malty, yeastly, raisin and plum flavors, nice alcohol warmth. Impeccably smooth, perfect mouthfeel...I can’t wait to drink more. Slight pepperiness also present, this is worth the wait and also the rank.

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