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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3650   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2005
Thanks to Lachesis for sending this one to me from Belgium. Aged for six months after I received it. Poured muddy brown with a huge off white head. The head retention on this beer is quite ridiculous only to be out done by the lacing this brew leaves. Heavily carbonated. Aroma is a sweet, bread, banana pudding, yeast, and a combination of fruits. Has a thick silky mouthfeel that is quite superb. I am not even sure what exactly I tasted. There was just so much going on that it was difficult for me to isolate any one flavor. Definately spiced with a combination of cherry, grape, plum, apricot, banana, peach, berries, and bread. The spices keep the sweetness from overly dominating. There is a slight alcohol warming sensation in the finish, but it is hidden very well under the fruit attack. Will definately need more of this to figure it out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Had to be something special for my #100 rating and this did not dissapoint. Nothing less than perfection in every regard, itís greatness goes well beyond my words. This and the Rochefort 10 have a unique silky mouthfeel which sets them apart from the rest, only the Westy 8 comes close. Compared to the Rochefort, this might have a touch more sweetness and less alcohol presence, with such complexity you could write a book about it...I think they must have this on tap in heaven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown color with a fizzy off-white color. Not much head to start. The smell is dirt-like with hints of alcohol, raisin, yeast, and that Belgian horse-hair flavor common in many. Flavor has some sweet dark candy sugar up front with a raisin/plum flavor coming in later. Very warming as the alcohol hits you pretty quick but is not overwhelming in the aftertaste as a sweetness re-enters. Some aging will do this beer well, but I am surprised by itís world class rating since it doesnít seem as complex as the Westy 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
I stared at this one for half an hour before mustering up the courage to begin. Finally, I went for it... Hazy copper-brown color with a lively, fizzy, off-white and thin head. Beautiful lacing as the experience progresses. Aroma is chocolate, prunes, coriander, nutmeg and sugar-brazed walnuts. Flavor? Delicious. Flavor was a rotating sequence of caramel, nuts and toffee. Subtle carbonation and wonderful malt complexion. Warming in every sense - there goes my head, there glows my throat... Not the second coming of Christ, but this is good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 First, thanks Chris for the present. An excellent beer. Gave a sip to my son who commented that it was nicely sweet, not too bitter. He was very correct. It had also nice appearance with a very nice head. Even so, it still was not as smooth as the Rochefort Trappistes 10 which I felt, regardless of availability, was a slightly better beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2005
Wow! I decided that i would wait to crack this beauty until i set a personal best in the pole vault. well, friday i jumped 17í1" and today i just finished my bottle of westy 12. the cap was best by 10.03.07 meaning march 10, 2007 so, this was just over a year old. this was amazing. It poured into my westy glass a pleasing brown, with lots of floaties and an ample sized head that fades a bit while a thin layer exists until the end leaving some nice lace on the sides of the glass. the smell just said "drink me". it was sweet and yeasty. the first sip made me want to just suck down the entire glass, but i restrained myself and enjoyed the rest over the next 40 minutes. the taste included a bread, candy, and fruit. there was a distinct tartness in the middle and a nice bitterness toward the end rounding out all the wonderful flavors. alcohol was not present hardly in the taste, but the warming in the finish was very welcome. if you have not tried this yet, somehow acquire a bottle--mail order, trade, you should try this. that being said, this may be the best beer i have tried to date. not one that i would drink every day, too expensive now hard to get(and probably too heavy) to be a favorite, but this is so artful. as satisfying as a 7 course meal. i am glad that i got to try westy 12. and i look forward to someday drinking a beer that will surpass this in quality if that is possible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Iíll keep quiet as to where I actually got to sample this beer, as I donít want to get anyone in trouble, but it was very kind of the person to do so and I thank them for it. Poured a lovely dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of plum and spice - almost like a very nice warmed piece of plum cake - very unique and inviting. The taste again was dominated by plum and spice - Iím having a hard time describing it - it was very rich a dessert like, almost like a fine after dinner port. The alcohol is very present but only adds to the overall taste. This was truly a lovely beer, but only one I could have a sample of after dinner once in a while. Contrast that to the Rochefort 10 I tried earlier this week, which I could drink very easily a couple of bottles. Still, an incredible drinking experience, one of the main reasons I got into the ratebeer community.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 25 cl. bottle. Everything about this beer is as close to perfection as Iíve seen so far. Probably the best beer in the world!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 I sought it out because of its high ratings on this website. While it is a very good beer but it wouldn’t put it in at 100%. It definitely has a small batch, hand/craft-brewed taste. Rich caramely alcohol on the nose which is repeated in the flavor along with dark, sweet fruits (figs, dates, and prunes). Has a well-rounded and smooth mouth feel across its wide ranging flavor profile. Very complex all around. A very nice trappist ale with a homemade feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2005
A friend of mine said that this beer is everything that is right about beer and he was correct. It is simply the best beer I have ever had. It is warm and creamy and nutty with a touch of fruit and no bitter taste afterward. Lkke a previous rater, I will let my supply age and see how it is in 6 months or so.

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