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


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RATINGS: 3406   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.

floris87's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
floris87 (35) - Utrecht, - SEP 28, 2011
Had this once before, when I was only starting to like proper beer. Dark beer, not entirely opaque, hint of copper in the colour, nice off white head. Aroma is certainly the best in all of Belgium, dryer and less alcohol/raisins than some of its peers (for instance St. Bernardus 12, which some say is pretty much the same beer - it isnít). Especially the roasted, nutty flavour is something I have not found this much in other Abts. Also has a hint of licorice, unusual for Belgian dark beers. The dried fruit is very subtle. Actualy, the whole beer is much more subtle than I remembered it to be, and it is certainly a fantastic beer. What I donít like: it has too much carbonation, which just ruins the palate for me, which I remembered to be much fuller and oilier. Maybe I had a better bottle last time. Anyway, certainly something special, but you donít miss much if you go for the (almost) equally fantastic Chimay Bleu or Choufe NíIce, which are much, much easier to get.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hikeg (65) - - AUG 30, 2015
Pours medium brown with small off-white frothy head. Aroma is malty, dried fruit, brown sugar, sulfur, pepper, clove. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, rather dry peppery finish, long bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, palate is oily, carbonation is high. Didnít work with me. Weird for a beer with such high status.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barroso2501 (19) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - AUG 30, 2015
Engarrafada em maio de 2015, apenas 3 meses na garrafa. Espuma abundante e persistente. Aroma de leveduras nao muito marcante. Paladar e persistencia unicos. Se nao tomou, tome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Myonlyvice (27) - - AUG 29, 2015
Second time I had a Westvleteren 12. This one had 6 months on the shelf, which seems to have brought out the character in the beer. First bottle was consumed right after purchase and was slightly underwhelming considering the hype. After half a year of Aging it is outstanding! Dark, redish brown with a big light brown head. Lots of lacing. Intense aroma of dark fruit, yeast and caramel. Malty, sweet taste with a bit of alcohol warmth. Faint bitterness. Amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (362) - SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2015 I finally got hold of this beauty, bottled in 2014 from Belgian Happiness.
The beer pours dark brown with a little hint of copper and is hazy. Almoust compact liquid. A two finger high, beige, head that dissapears pretty quick and leaves lacing.

Nose: Soft touch of yeast, dark bread, fruity esters, plum, raisin, dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee and molasses. Itís a very sweet nose.
So wonderful nose - I could stay here, just feeling the nose...
Taste: Wow! Brown sugar, caramel malt, carmelized sugar, some dark notes of coffee and leather, dark bread, riasin, dried fruit and molasses. It?s beatiful!
Body: Medium body and carbonation. A bitterness that works together with the sweet malt. Thick, complex structure. I just LOVE this beer! It is definitely one of the best!

Previously I have had a lot of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and as I?ve been told - It i pretty close. But this is the master!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christophe75 (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015 does not count
Had the pleasure to drink this fine beer several times already, even before it became rare. My advice is to let it age! When you get the chance of buying it, hide it and forget about it for 5 to 10 years. Recently drank one that was 6 years old and it was the best I ever had. The taste was complex, rich and naturally sweet. Outstanding! My absolute Number 1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wsnich (27) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Solid Quad, just donít understand the hype. I consider the likes of Rochefort to be a much better representation of a belgian quad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Carpenter319 (1) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2015 does not count
Finally got to slay this dragon, excellent all around as expected. now to find the #8.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RasmusAberg (2) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Yep, this is the best beer in the world, in my humble opinion. I guess that the difficulty of getting it adds to the already great taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SimonBlok (22) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma: Red fruits, banana, cinnamon, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee. Taste: Quite sweet with nice bitterness. Notes of red fruits, cherry, caramel, banana, butterscotch, boozy. Head is smooth and long lasting, carbonation is lively. Texture is smooth and a little sticky. Finish is very long, a little bitter with notes off bread and banana. This is definitely the best beer iíve had so far!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChtiBreizh (215) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 12, 2015
On tap at In de Vrede. Pours deep mahogany with tan creamy head. Lots of dried fruits in the aroma, figs, dates, molasses, a touch of flowers. creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Alcohol nearly imperceptible. Excellent. What makes it better than Rochefort or St Bernardus Abt is the balance and the soft velvety mouthfeel, while the other two have some roughness.

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