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


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RATINGS: 3176   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.

Jonathan3584's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle 33cL. I was sitting around at a tasting Sunday, when we were about to start up the main event (side by side Dark Lord vs. Speedway). Glenn (a beeradvocate fellow) was about to leave after the imperial stout showdown, so he generously interrupted us and said, "Hey, before we move on, is there anyone here who hasn’t had Westy 12." A couple of us, myself included, replied, "Why no, Glenn, why do you ask?" At which point he proceeded to pull an unlabeled, yellow-capped bottle of this from his cooler, crack it and serve. Helluva guy. Dark brown pour, with little whilte head. Aroma is initally alcohol dominant, but gives way quickly to immense amounts of dried fruits. The yeast esters are just incredible -- cherries, dates, figs, but mainly raisins. Spices come through, too. Cloves and nutmeg mix in with the alcohol. The flavor is equally complex and interesting. Raisins dominate, but there are massive amounts of other dried fruits begging to be identified and savored. Caramel malt is there in force as well. Unfortunately the alcohol flavor is as strong as the alcohol smell -- it has to be looked past. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, but the alcohol keeps it clean on the finish. I docked its aroma and flavor for the over-present alcohol, and the overall simply because I’m not sure it lived up to the incredible hype of the world’s best. Incredible, absolutely. World’s best, not quite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eluosiren (53) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 28, 2014
The beer is amazing! Starting from the bottle which is a piece of minimalistic art, towards the taste and the depth of it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
yurihegge (2) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014 does not count
The most hyped but surely not the best Trappist Beer.. For me it missed out on the full body experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adasko (440) - Poznan, POLAND - OCT 26, 2014
Nie jestem fanem tradycyjnych belgijskich stylów piwa, ale tego piwa nie można nie docenić. Jest świetne, bardzo gładkie i aksamitne. Bucha owocowym aromatem, daje cudowne wrażenia smakowe i odczucie w ustach. Nie jest to najlepsze piwo jakie piłem, ale zdecydowanie trzeba go spróbować.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalfaro86 (297) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 25, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown brew with a huge beige head with good retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and low bitter with dark fruits, spices, caramel, dried fruits and apple, robust bodied, smooth, great balance, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and low bitter with a sweet finish and a long aftertaste, great beer but not te best

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordofSirius (1) - Saarland, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2014 does not count
First time I rate a beer. Just received a gift of 3 bottles, one already consumed. Just incredible! It just goes on and on and.. The flavours are so in harmony with each other, no sign of alcohol. This is such a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marstonlad (443) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki (bought 8/2013). A dark brown color with a medium-sized, dense and very well lasting head. The aroma shows the worth of this masterpiece: it offers varied, rich fruitiness with a central theme of ripe apple, and also berries, floral notes and spices. Taste is sweet and spicy and rich and long. Long, slightly sour finish. Ripe apple and berries create a refined, wine-like impression. Full-bodied, extremely smooth palate with a low carbonation. Refined, multidimensional, potent yet somehow also very subtle, civilized - and not in any way overrated. As close to a perfect beer as possible. Peaks above other abts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wixie (46) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
Brown, reddish colour, large head. Strong aroma of fruits and caramel. Full body, lively carbonation. Rich taste: sweet and bitter. This beer looks amazing from the moment you pour it until the last drop, keeping a steady head until the end. The aroma is intriguing, very rich, yet subtle enough to make you want to put your nose in the glass. The palate is extraordinary: while the liquid is heavy, it still fizzles in your mouth, making it very lively. The taste is solid enough to be recognizable, yet also very rich and interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kwadroepel (5) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
Ondanks torenhoge verwachtingen positief verrast door dit biertje. Zo verfijnd, zo perfect. Mijn beste bierervaring tot dusver

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kiichi (3) - - OCT 21, 2014 does not count
The one I had was from 2012. The complexity of smell and taste is insane here. Started drinking when it was still a slight bit too cold, but as it warmed up the focus shifted a lot allowing me to pick out a load of notes which changing intensity. The variety and depth is mind-boggling; from cognac to plums, over cloves and burned muscavado sugar up to dried bitter orange peel and drops of fresh grape juice, to a good cigar, and much more. On the minus side I had hoped for a fuller mouthfeel and the last bit in the Glass got unpleasantly bitter, though pouring fresh is a remedy there. All in all not my favorite beer I have ever tasted, but certainly the best one. That also tells you about my stance on the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZeroDome (8) - GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
Well, its definitly a damn fine beer. Drank one fresh at "Cafe in de Vrede" and took a sixpack home. Bottle now abput 6 month old. Aroma: Caramel, fruits, raisin, (vanilla), ... very spicey, hint of alcohol. Appearance: Dark Brown, not clear, first good head then with few minutes becoming less. Taste: Medium sweet, not to heavy, not bitter or sour. Carbonation is good. Very nice, but a bit hyped. Fits perfectly into style, though i like Rochefort 10 more ;)

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