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

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RATINGS: 3224   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (36036) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (32033) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29850) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joergen (21533) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20930) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
omhper (19972) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anders37 (17537) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-08, bb 23.03.04, 12 years old, 8-5-9-4-17=43
probably purchased at the abbey in 2001

The bottle is slowly gushing; hazy brown color, with thin but persistent head. Strong malt aroma, with hint of caramel and chocolate. Rich malt flavor, with still a favorable body structure, and medium sweetness; the age doesn’t really translate into signs of oxidization, but there are some roasted nuts; correct bitterness, and comforting alcohol warmth.
Mature, elegant, harmonious.

2012-06-09, Westvleteren XII, bottle at Pibar, Lausanne, bb 05.10.14, possibly just 8 months old, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Cloudy brown, generous head, lovely lace. The caramel and gently roasted malts aroma is harmonious; it’s sweet and malty, simpler than Rochefort (having a 3yo of it side-to-side), but with some honey too. Malt and caramel flavor, with some roasted malt, a bit too much alcohol perception, impression of vegetables and herbs, correct bitterness.
Good, but very young, immature, requiring at least a serious breathing in the glass.

2011-01-28, bb 23.03.04, possibly vintage 2001, 10 years old, 8-5-10-4-18=45
Dark chestnut color, edging to black, with a thin creamy cap. The aroma has caramel and light roasted malts; sweet and with a shade of oxidisation; similar to the Westvleteren Extra 8 same vintage tasted side to side, but deeper. Good body strength, smooth mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, still very sweet, with caramel, milk chocolate. No signs of age, no signs of alcohol; the bitterness is obviously low; there is caramel and sweet nuts in the end. This beer is convincing for the malt profile and the velvety feeling.

2002-05-14, 9-5-10-5-19=48
Ruby-amber ale; wonderful thick head., Strong malt and hop aroma. Full body, some residual sweetness, strong malt, caramel, light liquorice, low alcohol in the mouth, warming, smooth, well balanced. Palate long, aromatic, sweet and bitter, malty and hoppy.</br> <font color=’#FF3300’>My favourite one, of course.</font>


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