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


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RATINGS: 3394   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.

The_Mango_Kid's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Mango_Kid (22) - - MAR 2, 2014
Dit was de tweede keer dat ik de Westvleteren 12 heb gedronken. De eerste keer dateerde nog van een tijd dat ik nog niet zo kritisch bezig was met het proeven van bieren. Dat dit bier internationaal vermaard is, eigenlijk alleen positieve beoordelingen krijgt mede met het exclusieve karakter maakte dat de verwachtingen hoog gespannen waren. Wat ik me uit de eerdere degustatie herinner is dat het me toen meer dan gemiddeld was bevallen.Het aroma is zacht en herbergt toetsen van kandij, noten en mokka. Het is een subtiel aroma, maar zeer uitnodigend.Het uiterlijk is diep donker met een gezonde glans. Het koolzuur komt maar beperkt vrij en kleeft niet tegen het glas. Toch vormt het bier en mooie volle en dichte schuimkraag met een mokka kleur.De smaak vult de verwachtingen op basis van het uitzicht en het aroma volledig in. Het bier smaakt zacht bitterzoet met toetsen van chocolade en mokka. Het mondgevoel is veruit het beste aan dit bier, licht sprankelend, toch verfrissend maar met een ongelofelijke afdronk die je doet verlangen naar de volgende slok.Algemeen is dit bier dus en absolute winner MAAR wat mij betreft zijn er waarschijnlijk couranter verkrijgbare bieren die vooral qua smaak en aroma zeker een evenwaardig alternatief kunnen bieden. Maar hey, is het nu net niet dat waarom elke bierliefhebber de bieren van de Sint Sixtus abdij ooit moet geproefd hebben?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NateH10s (30) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
33cl bottle in Westy glass A dark Amber brown with thick fine off white head A sweet yeasty, fresh dough, and caramel malt, cereal T minimal sweetness, light bitter, P rich creamy thick mid to late mild bitterness O great full classic quad, I need to stock up on this in belgium, always delicious, best of Belgium

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (774) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
(330ml bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels, July 28 2015) Pours deep brown with a moderate head of dense tan head and a bit of lace. Aroma is a sweeter and more intense version of 8, with similar dry dusty yeast, sweet fig, prune, toffee, nutty, light chocolate and roast, maybe some oat like grains in the back. Palate is loads bigger than 8, with deeply intense notes of dark fruit - figs, dates, raisinated grapes - toffee, molasses, cinnamon, clove, allspice, pecan. Middle onwards the beer dries out and spices and nuts become more prominent along with stone minerality. Bitterness in the finish from moderate roast counteracts the complex fruit flavours and harmonizes with the spicebox character. Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy soft carb, no alcohol. As expected, a lot of the same touchstones of flavour as the 8, but more intense and richer. Feels much better in the mouth. Maybe closer to typical feel for a big dark Belgian than the 8 because it’s sweeter, but it’s still a cut above almost anything else!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Peter1969 (1) - - AUG 1, 2015 does not count
Purchased: 1 August 2015 From: Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales, Sydney Cap BBD 01-06-18 Aroma: Sweet, yeasty, dark fruits, raisins, dark malt. Appearance: Hazy brown-dark amber color. Long lasting, creamy, off-white head. Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol, spicy, creamy, fruity, stone fruits. Palate: Sticky texture. Long warming finish. Overall: Warming, Very complexed. Exceptional beer, One of the best ballanced beers I have tried. Lived up to its high expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Banana13 (1) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
Smaakvol, geurig en toch wel een heel lekker biertje! Jammer van de wat hoge prijs, maar desalniettemin wel één van mijn favorieten.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Edje (1) - budel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
one of the best beers i ever tasted. the story behind the beer and its exclusivity adds to the experience

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (228) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed on 10/19/2012. 330 mL bottle poured into a cervoise. 2001 bottle. Best by 9/7/2004. Won this bottle in a raffle at the Funky Buddha. Pours a murky reddish brown with a surprising off white head. Chunky and sedimenty. Collar of foam. Sherry and other oxidized aromas comes through first. Very fruity. The caramel malt still comes through. Tastes significantly better than the aroma. The oxidation makes it a little creamier. Lots of sherry. No booze. Buckets of dark fruit. A touch sweet with a somewhat rough cardboard finish. No booze. Low carbonation. Way too oxidized, but it’s still pleasant to drink. I should really review a fresher bottle. This is really oxidized but the quality of the beer still comes through. Westy with sherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (36) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Important note: Don’t drink this beer directly from the fridge. At fist the aroma and taste were weak. Unpleasant carbonated because I repeatedly belched. And no perfect look as it’s head was small and irregular with different sized bubbles. My fist notes were coffee, cherries and spices. But when the beer got warmer, his real potential came more noticeable. More sweetness, more dried fruits, spicyness, chocolate and of course the alcohol. Quite complex, but not as much I remembered. I guess it must get better with aging. Bottle cap 13.05.2018.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slautar (134) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
W aromacie czuć alkohol i owoce przez co kojarzy mi się ze śliwowicą. Nie zdziwiłbym się gdyby się okazało, że braciszkowe piwo ma z tym napitkiem coś wspólnego. Barwa ciemnobrązowa. Piwo jest mętne z wyraźną zawiesiną (pewnie śliwki). W smaku owoce (upieram się przy śliwce) podane na półsłodko z bardzo delikatną goryczką w tle. Wyraźny i lekko rozgrzewający alkohol przyjemnie drapie w gardle. Mam wrażenie, jakbym pił zupełnie dla mnie nowy gatunek alkoholu i szczęśliwie trafił na jego najlepszego reprezentanta. Patrząc na to z tej perspektywy wydatek 40zł nie wydaje się wielką rozpustą a jeżeli dodać do tego satysfakcję z degustowania najlepszego piwa świata to cena staje się błahostką. Tym piwem chcę celebrować moje życiowe sukcesy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leischka (34) - - JUL 23, 2015
A: Karamelli, suklaa, kahvi, pähkinä, mallas, hedelmä A: tumma mahonki, ei läpikuulla, vähän punervaa reunoissa. hyvä tiheä pitkäikäinen vaahto M: maku antaa mitä aromit lupaa. Makeahko. P: Kevyen alkoholinen, tuhti, muhkea runko. Pitkä jälkimaku ja polte. Probably the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1501) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle enjoyed last night to celebrate the birth of our daughter. Typically for a milestone beer I’m liable to get a bit wordy, but at the risk of getting too sappy and sentimental I’ll just leave it at "welcome to the world, little one."

Best before date of 01-08-15, so just got this one under the wire. Originally from the Westy 6-pack brick that landed in the US a few years back. Thanks to my little brother for picking it up at John’s Grocery for me, and thanks to pepsican for packing it up and shipping it here. Pours clear dark mahogany with ruby highlights into the chipped St Bernardus chalice Eugene scored for me. Tan head lasts briefly, only as long as the pour. Aroma: deep and rich. Plums, dark fruit, toffee, bread, dough, molasses, and grape. Intoxicating. Pretty much everything I could hope for in a quad. Despite being nearly 3 years old now, it doesn’t strike me as "old" -- still vibrant with no perceptible cardboard (well, maybe just a bit right down at the end if I’m looking extra hard for it). Taste follows, with rich delectable molasses sweetness that is still nowhere near cloying. Alcohol is clearly present, but not harsh. Palate: full body, silky luxurious texture, soft-to-average carbonation. Overall: Most of the 6-pack is gone now -- shared with friends or given as gifts. I’ll save the objective comparison test for the last bottle (blind quad tasting anyone?), but I’m glad this is the bottle I rated. A singular beer on a singular night.

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