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


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RATINGS: 3227   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2002
12/8/02: Rated 6 Westy 12ís ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years of bottling age - notes too detailed to summarize here. Hope to submit article to RB soon. Ratings range from 4.5 - 5/5.
Rerate 7/25/02: Rated during dinner at a small Belgian canal lock-side cafe while having a meeting of our local beer club. I ended up having this beer by accident along with a desert of Belgian chocolate and vanilla icecream smothered in a rum and raisin and advocar topping. I have never thought of a Westy 12 as a desert beer but it went togther with this desert incredibly well. The rich festive complexity of the the Westy just cut through and complemented the sweetness of the icecream and topping like a hand going into silk glove. Yes itís still deep murky red brown with fine bubbled medium size and lasting light beige head and makes a really delicate lace. Aromas are like all your Christmases at once - I could sniff this stuff for hours to try and work out whatís there. I get dried concentrated fruits like apricot and raisins, sharper fruits like apples and green grapes, aromatic sugars like karri honey and chocolate, port wine, spices and a light fruit yeast, and virtually no alcohol. The big yeast aroma and flavour in this beer is somehow special in that it doesnít overpower everything like it does on some of the other stong Belgians.
This is probably because there is so much variety and complexity of flavours that generally match the aromas in this beer. Really smooth, creamy and filling on the mouth/tongue. A slightly softer sweeter middle and a bigger bitter finish followed by a longer mellow bitter sweet chocolatey aftertaste. Still the best aftertaste of any beer Iíve rated.
First rated 9/6/2002 4.9

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Bottle brought to me from my Uncle John shipped back from Monkís in Philadelphia. A dark reddish brown swampy color with an off-white head that quickly subsided and laced. After the cap was taken off the bottle created a small head but never blew off the top. The aroma is predominantly of dark fruits and alcohol but builds to a stinging spicy fire in the nose if you keep drawing it in. Wonderful. A medium to full creamy smooth body that tingles the palate with its spirits. Everything about this beer becomes more intense as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor but ever present at the edge of every sensation. The dark fruits and spice carry through to the flavor which has many layers that climax at different stages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Full & Thick as you pour it in to your glass, this beer is very complex, just looking at it makes you see Quality Let it warm up as you would any other Trappsit Ale.Fully loaded,awesome flavors, just simply a First Class Brew, One Great Belgian Ale Brew......... JDW, Flavors of coffee, caramel, and cocoa, Absolutley A WINNER

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Very dark. The color of a raisin, black except at the right angle when it turns a deep mahogany brown. Light khaki head is a creamy foam that is long-lasting. Laces the glass well. Yeasty caramel on the nose. The taste is vaguely stout-like. The richness of the flavor is very nice but not too rich to make it hard to drink. Caramel, spicy yeast and wood come out first. As it warms, more coffeeish flavor and some lactic characteristics. The beer manages to be slightly creamy and bright on the palate at the same time. Amazingly easy drinking for its strength.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 The king of beers. I havenít had it in awhile. I donít remember it well enough to comment on it. I had some comments here, but I wanted to rerate. I didnít have this beer at a 5. Well, Iíve drank a whole lot of beer in my life, and this is still the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2002
ohhhhh... mercy. words wonít help, but : beautiful head. cloudy brownish amber hue. the nose speaks volumes of the treat to come. I am a little man, and unworthy of describing the complexity of flavors. maltysmooth. noticeable yet blended alcohol background. complex aftertaste. truly, the king of beers

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Pours up with a boisterous head that lingers over the deep brown body that leans toward opacity by virtue of its cloudiness. The head sheets down the glass as you progress. The aroma is simply Belgian perfection, and the flavor itself is full and complex, with hints of roastiness and esthers peeping through the spicy yeast. It sits well on the tongue, causing the entire mouth to tingle. The alcohol, while initially well-masked, becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Ah, tried this one on my way through Belgium earlier this summer. Definitely a world-class beverage, although imho not quite the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2002
I think that the mystery and limited availability make this beer seem better than it really is. Donít get me wrong itís definetly a fantastic beer, itís just that the memory outweighs the actual experience. The flavor is all there; rich fruity esters that will make you weep, however it is too damn sweet for me. Iíd take a LaTrappe Quad at less than half the price anyday, but then neither beer is something Iíd drink on a regular basis. Long and short: Enjoy it while you have it and donít overspoil yourself!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
This deserves the #1 spot but the price just hurts. Nice head on a dark pour. This stuff has so many levels to experience that it seems to not last long enough to get to them all. I am not verbose enough to sing the praises of this one.Just spend the money cause you gotta try this at least once.

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