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


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RATINGS: 3664   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes. Amazing aroma and flavor fruit, yeast, citrus, alcohol, spices, oak, vanilla, the list goes on and on as flavors change. The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 33 cL bottle several times and at different ages. Pours dark brown, murky. Aroma is a complex blend of fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is soft and wineous. Flavour starts sweet, goes into a toffee sweet-/softness, a slight touch of bitterness breaks the sweet notes. Extremely well balanced palate, all elements blend perfect into each other and none of them dominate. Has a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Simply perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2002
A dark brown beer with a beutiful head. It has an aroma of caramel and fruit. It is very sweet and slightly bitter and has a fruity taste that tickles your tongue slightly (the alcohol?) Definately a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joergen (26200) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a fine white head. Nice aroma of malt and raisins. Good sweet flavor of malt and hops. Very balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
Bottled. Dark nut brown, hazy colour with small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, alcohol, fruit, flowers a bit licorace and banana, very complex. Extremely wellbalanced complex flavour, being soft and sweet into a bit biting alcohol. Flavour consists of bananas, citrus, hops, alcohol and caramel and lots more. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 33 cl) Dark brown with only a small beige head. Extremely complex with notes of plums, raisins and perhaps some chocolate as well. Starts sweetish but ends with a fig-like driness. Hops are present but only to balance things, they never dominate. Westvleteren 12 is a revelation, a truly heavenly experience - the kind of beer that explodes with flavours in your mouth giving you new impressions each and every time. And if you store this it only gets better. More a meal than a drink. Excellent, excellent. 100398

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2002
Having tried several thousand beers, if I’m hard pressed to come up with one single favourite this is usually the one. Every time I try it there are new fascinating flavours. It has a deep burgundy colour. A fruity complex aroma with a hint of raspberries. It is very malty, and as the beers warms to room temperature the flavours explode. Toffee, fruit, licorice, yoiu name them. The mouthfeel is soft and vinuous, and the finish is salty with well balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2006
Rating # 600; Pours a dark amber colour with a medium thick off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with lots of raisin and dark fruits. Some spicy hints. Fruity flavor with some honey and raisin. Sweet malty and fruity aftertaste with some bitterness and warming from the alcohol. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 26th December 2007
Deep rich and sweet. Treacle and caramel. Sweet dry finish. Not that complex but a lip smacking beer that is very drinkable and moorish.

1st November 2013
Light haze on this deep red - amber beer. Tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Good minerally carbonation. Sweet malt. Mellow dry spice. Light lactose. A little coca cola. Light generic fruits. Creamy malt develops. Finishes very soft and airy but with a mild carbonated nibble. Very nice. Not the best in the beer in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 A few bottles home and In De Vrede... Ive held off rating this as its always just been small amount... but here my inital thoughs... Deep deep brown ... rich coffee malt nose ... malty lots of ovaltine malts ... smooth and rounded ... tasted just after Dark Horizon and its for me a pip under that, though obviously completely different style... 2 bottles at home ... One thats 1 year old and 1 thats a bit older Thanks Joris ... Both a lovely deep brown red ... very simelar bready malty nose... The older has a softer and more rounded mouthfeel... very deep rich malty bready tones ... Again the older is better with a touch more caramel and just seems more rounded. uping this from 4.2 -> 4.4 OMG ... i cant believe ive never let my mate try this ... so had to open one for him ... August 2009 batch ... drunk August 2010... dark brown ... rich ovaltine malt nose ... soft blackcurrant bready malts ... again touch of ovaltine ... probably still a little young ... 3.8 bottle at home 290511 ... copper brown ... bubbly white head ... huge ovaltime malty nose ... sweet frutis ... over fizzy ... blackcurrant and ovaltine ... juice rich ... nice .4.2 Bottle at home 15.06.11 bbf 30.06.12... dark brown .... thin tan head ... soft sweet blackcurrant fruity malt nose ... deep dark fruits ... rich ovaltinre ... big blackcurrant ... dark roast ... light toffeee ... wonderfully complex 4.4 Bottles at home 05/07 and 07/12 batches drunk 09/12 ... Both deep brown ... slightly more head on 07 but i poured the 12 more carefully as 07 gushed a little ... 07 rich sweet olvatine blackcurrant nose ... 12 thin toffee malt ... little metalic ... 07 rich soft smooth blackcurrant ... big ovaltine 4.3... 12 little more fizz ... soft fruits ... some blackcurrant ... little metalic ... ok but not as good 3.8 Bottle at home ... drunk 290613 .. bbf 040715 ... So just short of a year old ... Deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft deep fruits ... ovaltine ... blackcurrant and treacle toffee ...little over fizzy ... sweet fruits ... soft toffee malts ... juicy roast ... big big black currant ovaltine .. and again that odd but not unpleasent treacle ... hint of licorice toffee .. that i dont ever remember getting before 4 . 1 Bottle at bens oct 14, 040715 bottle ... Deep brown... Sweet toffee malts... Big blackcurrant yeast... Soft toffee malt... Dark fruits... Dark candi sugers... Big very bready yeast 4.0

4 bottles at homr 28/5/15
07 : dark copper ... thin tan lacing ...soft big blackcurrant .. light yeast fruit ... soft cardboard nose ... soft fruits ... soft otffee .. ligth sweet blackcurrent .. ligth sherry fruit malts .. tiny ovaltine malt...3.9
09: light copper ... thinest tan lacing ...soft dry fruit ... soft ovaltine ... soft dry fruit nose...ligth body .. juict malts .. soft toffee .. even a tiny hint of lemon ... bready fruits ... 4.2
13: ... murky brown ... soft fruits ... soft sweet malts ..caramel malts nose ...soft toffee fruits ... soft toffee malts .. light roast suger 3.9... 09(differnt batch) ...dark copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft bready ovaltine nose ... soft sweet bread fruit ... juicy toffee malts .. soft roast ... dark roast ... rick malts ... 4.2

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