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


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RATINGS: 3289   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2827) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
(Westvleteren 12) Bottle 330 ml at home. I’ve got a couple more but this I got from a trade with ElManana, thanks Bjorn! 2 years old, relatively young I suppose. Served into a trappist glass, ABV 10.2% Dark brown colour, kind of murky and hazy, with a full finger high tan head, very thick and with very good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of dark fruits, there is plums and dates, figs, maybe some berries, light vanilla, hints of yeast. Yeap, great taste. Sweet but not cloying, again plenty of plums and dates and figs and some raisins now, sugar, light caramel, vanilla, sweet red wine, black grapes, candy sugar, some spices even, barely notable alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation that fits it. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Great beer, I was afraid that it’s just over hyped and it will let me down, but it met my expectations. Very complex and yet easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vidmidia (34) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 11, 2015
Escura, turva, quase opaca, com espuma âmbar abundante de média duração. Aroma relativamente fraco para um trapista, de malte e ameixas. Sabor de especiarias, ameixas e caramelo. Sente-se o álcool, mas surpreendentemente não se percebe no gosto. Retrogosto adocicado com final amargo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theothermatt (257) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark Amber pour. Slight white head that slowly disappears. Nose of dark fruits, brown sugar. The mouth is extremely complex, lots of dark fruits, a rich smooth sweetness, almost like bread pudding or a warm fig newton. Finishes slightly sweet, but clean. Amazing drinkability for a quad. It is easy to see why this is regarded as the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tbonde (47) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2015
I am amazed! Bought two bottles of this nectar quite some years ago outside the monestary itself here in Denmark!. Drank one of them about five years ago and was delighted. Now I have opened my last bottle of this hard to get rarity, and it has a best before date of July 2010! To my amazement, it is just superb ! Even back to back with an, albeit younger, Rochefort 10, which I rate as a world class beer for sure. This old Westvleteren is satisfyingly deep dark and sweet - without being overly so - with an aroma and taste of malt, plums, dates and raisins just starting the complex symphony. The alcohol, which is slightly below the Rochefort, is kept dangerously in harness. This old Westvleteren has everything you could possibly ask for in complexity for a dark beer. A treat...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SandB (33) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Köpt i London, sedan sparad och bortglömd i ett halvår. Men väldigt god, rik, kraftig och fyllig. Gjorde mig inte besviken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cluniac (68) - - JAN 8, 2015
I stumbled upon the chance to buy a Westvleteren 12 today in the Netherlands and couldnt pass it up. Bottle was a few months old. It gets nothing short of the wow factor. Aroma and taste are full of dark fruits like raisans and dates. Very rich and complex. Appearance is bold and black with a frothy head of 2 fingers that has great retention and good carbonation. The initial dark fruit taste mixes with a very rich bread flavor- it reminds me of a bread pudding. The most amazing for me is the palate- incredibly smooth and creamy with no alcohol aftertaste whatsoever for a 10%abv. Overall it is amazing, and as good as rochefort 10. I like rochefort's sweatness factor, but that is a matter of preference. Im def considering driving to Belgium to pick up a case of this stuff at the monestary!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rammer (295) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 7, 2015
The aroma of caramel and dark chocolate, rich sweet taste, pleasant warmth. There are now a thing and richer, but eternal classics

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1829) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
I’ve had this twice before but never rated it. My brother gave me a bottle from his brick he picked up about 2 years ago when this actually came to the states. The US version was good, but not deep, fig, plum and spice I remember from the first taste I had. There was some bitterness or green-ness to this beer that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Christmas present from the wife. Aroma is faint but inviting. Notes of alcohol and dark fruit. Pale gold, thin head on top of deep copper. Sweet caramel gives way to a vinous flavor with a bitter finish comprised of hops and dark chocolate. Decent carbonation and wet, full mouthfeel. Alcohol is felt more than tasted. This is a wonderful representation of the style, but it’s impossible to say that the qualities of this beer are superior to the qualities of all other styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (909) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle split two ways. Murky burgundy pour with a generous head. Loads of dark dried fruits, dates, prunes and raisins. Some vanilla and light yeast as well. Mouthfeel was actually a bit watery. The bottle of 8 I had was actually better than this one.

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