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


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RATINGS: 3408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Like the commercial description indicates;I remember the rumours years ago that you had to go to the monestary in the middle of the Belgian countryside,to get their ales and that Westy 12 was only available on certain days.You would go to a window and pick them up in a wooden crate.By the time I was hooked on Belgians I found that some specialised beer stores like Belgian shop and De Bier Konning would make that trip for us.Now it's great yet kind of sad that this Holy grail of beers is so easy to obtain.Anyway back to the beer.Complex sweet sour orange spice,chocolate bread aroma with no alcohol.Dark chestnut appearance with perfect head and small white particles.Thick sweet fruity orange bitter spice, dark fruit flavor.Only a little old fashion bread flavor towards the finish combined with apricots.Lingering fruity aftertaste with very slight hops and no alcohol burn.Strange that the last time I tried this I remember it seemed more like a dark bread bomb.Succulent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Bottled. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003. And rerated 2005. Dark brown. A fresh and yeasty aroma. Warm and soft palate. Spicy, sweet, sugary, ,chocolate, marcipan, candi-flavour, complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Wow! Fantastic choice for my 300th rating. Beautiful clear dark reddish brown ale with a small head of tiny, tiny bubbles, fading to almost white lace. Nose and taste of dark malt, espresso, and floral hoppiness, with a huge finish. Does a good job of hiding the taste of its high alcohol content. Hard to find any fault with it at all. Delightful complexity of flavors, near perfect mouth feel. Worth the price, but too strong to drink very often.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Deep dark brown color with long-lasting pale head. Very smooth, complex and enjoyable aroma. Apricot, raisin, herbal tea, caramel, honey and white pepper. Beautiful sweet mouthfeel. Taste of caramel, sweet coffee, honey, chocolate, spices, nuts, apricot and red berries. smooth finish with hints of spices, apricot and alcohol. Very, very, very good. Makes you feel like a zen-Buddhist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 Bottle. Amber beer with a very nice beige head. Malty aroma, grassy, toffee, fruit, hoppy notes, bready, spicy, some wheat. Malty vinous flavor, some alcohol, fruity, citrus, pears, yeast,grass, toffee notes, sweegtish, some hops. Lovely beer but not the best beer in the world in my book any longer. Old rating, november 11, 2005: Dark amber, nice brownish head. Now, this is a complex beer... Aroma brings alot, but the nutty and malty touches came thorugh the most. Some dark chocolate, vinous, spice and peppery. Some hops, you name it, it was there. Flavor is dry nutty and malty, spicy and peppery hoppy and from dark chocolate, even more nuts and malts. Some syrup and a pleasant finish. Incredibly complex and a very. very good beer. Oj, vad den var god...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 My original glass was enjoyed on one of the most picture perfect days I can remember (4th July 2002): sunny, 70 degrees (F), nice breeze and I was sitting on the patio at the ’brew pub’ across the street from St. Sixtus. . . I remember the amazing fruity aromas and robust malt well. I recently sampled another bottle and though the setting was as great, the flavours were just as amazing. . . the aroma has loads of different fruits: ripe pears, bananas, watermelon, and kiwi, as well as freshly cracked nuts, almonds, pecans and deep, full malt. The body has light brown edges that get steadily darker and more red in the middle. What little alcohol is present in the nose is also folded into the complex flavours and velvety palate. Smooth chocolate, strawberries, toasted and buttered sourdough, this is truly a first rate beer!
11.2 oz bottle [22.05.05 on the cap, sampled 4th July 2005]: cloudy beechnut with a modest taupe cream that diminishes significantly, but never fully leaves…The palate is actually softer and smoother than I remember, I didn’t think it could possibly get better! The flavours a bit dark and more developed than the fresh sample: the alcohol has penetrated each ounce and helped spill more of the nuttiness and fruitiness throughout. I have heard that it is best at 3 years, and after this experience I would tend to agree.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Every drink of this brew brought with it new flavors. From nuts to berries to spices, it never ran out. The color seemed odd but that was most likely due to the lighting in the room. I was sad to make it to the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This was a very complex and amazing beer. A lot of different flavors coming at you all at once. Fruit, candy spice and an absolutely velvety mouthfeel. At 10.2%, this is a velvet hammer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Well, I finally bought the true "King" of beers. 11.2 oz slender, tapered brown bottle. No freshness date seen, but none needed either. Poured out a dark, murky brown color, with hints of ruby around the edges. Had an enormous white head at first, but slid back to a yeasty island on top of the beer. When I poured this beer & got near the bottom of the bottle, I noticed big, brown chunks of yeast coming out, so I eased off on the pour. Aromas right off the bat are of brandy soaked raisins, plums, and other dried fruit. No hop aromas at all. All dried fruit, spices, and sweet caramel malts. The aromas are very complex & change over time as the beer warms up. Tastes kind of strong at first, then the malts soothe the tongue from the bite of the spicy alcohol. Very malty, very well made beer overall. Finished with a warming effect, and a slight coating of the tongue. I truly wish I could afford more of this nectar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Very interesting. Absolutely gorgeous looking beer. Thick head that dissipates slowly, large bubbles, deep amber color. I can’t say that I’m experienced enough to describe the flavor, but it is quite fantastic. Smooth for such high ABV. Alcohol is hidden well. Deserves the high rating. One terrific beer. Wish it was more accessible, and cheaper.

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