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


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RATINGS: 3109   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cladinshadows (42) - USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours dark and yeasty into the undersized signature Westvleteren XII chalice. Smell is a bit more subtle than expected, but raisins, toffee, apples, pears, and any number of dark fruits come through along with a slight earthiness. Head clings around briefly. Taste is a magnificent balance of malt, fruit, and a hint of hops with a long and powerful finish. Body is right on target: enough to give an initially sweet impression but an overall dry finish. Has the classic warming character of a well crafted strong Belgian ale. Overall this beer tastes like a blend of Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12, and it is easy to see why it’s considered a classic example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle shared by Travlr at the DC Local Tasting, big thanks to Gene for my first taste of Westy 12! Clear dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, honey, yeast, spices, light booze. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Watje2010 (31) - - AUG 18, 2014
chocolate, coffee, brown, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, long finish. A very good Trappist, many rate this as the best, i like it very much but other Trappists can be rated the same.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coolmac (53) - SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 16, 2014
Light malty sweetness on the nose. Clear red with thick head that sticks around. Huge malty sweetness with a nice bitterness. Roasted fruit and caramel. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3617) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2014
The pour is dark brown at the top fading to chalky brown at the bottom. Some sediment is present swirling around. The head. Stays at 1 inch the whole beer and is cream colored all around with dark swirls in the top. The aroma is earth, belgian chocolate and mild belgian yeast, and wood. It has a healing effect on the palate and is warm but smooth. The foamy head tingles the lips on each sip. The flavor is predominantly darker malt with earth, mineral, coolness, and some belgian chocolate. its balanced with aa short bitterness. You can feel this one in the veins immediately. There is absolutley no aftertaste and its clean just like spring water. I believe this beer is like some kind of right of passage so its time to lay down my beer rating and start talking to people, enjoying instead the company of others rather than the quest to find new beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - AUG 15, 2014
A kezdeti benyomások egy vulkanikus erejű habkitörést követően fogalmazódhattak meg bennem, melyek közül elsőként mennyeien krémes, tejszínes aromáját említeném egy lágyan pirított, mogyorós-diós-mandulás vonallal. Páratlanul sima és visszafogott, mégis összetéveszthetetlenül egyedi. És amikor krémességet említek, azt szó szerint kell érteni. Ha valaki csak könyvekben találkozott volna még e fogalommal, tökéletesebb szemléltetés egy korty Westvleterennél nem is létezik. Szétolvad a szánkban, lágyan elterül, szinte betapasztja a szájüreg minden egyes négyzetmilliméterét. Egy rakás alkotóelem jelenlétét véljük felfedezni, a szokásos trappista összetevők mindegyikét: diófélék, datolya, szilva, mézes harapnivalók és krémlikőr éreztetik hatásukat, az eredmény azonban lenyűgözően egyedi. Valahogy egyik fázis során sem érzünk előretörő komponenst, kitüremkedő ízjegyeket, annyira szorosan kötődik egymáshoz minden egyes molekulája a sörnek, hogy az egyes kortyok hatása minden alkalommal szinte előélet nélkül és a halványulás érzetét mellőzve, egyből a lényegre térve tör elő, pár másodperces jelenéseket idézve elő a varázslatból. Mintha minden ital legjavát ötvözték volna egyetlen palackban, az alkohol, mint közös nevező remekül elrejtett ereje, a likőrök gyümölcsös krémessége, a maláta teltsége egyszerre lép a színre, majd még mielőtt megfejthetnénk, megfoghatatlan összetettségbe burkolózik. Ezen ismertető után felesleges lenne tagadni az iránta kialakult csodálatomat, melyet nem elsősorban újszerű, soha nem tapasztalt ízek parádés felvonultatása, semmint inkább a nagybetűs harmónia titokzatos létrejötte eredményez.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (30) - ponferrada, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2014
Es una cerveza completa, con un aroma suave y redondo con cuerpo cremoso, normal y buena carbonation, buen sabor a malta. Un sabor equilibrado y un carácter bastante complejo con un retrogusto que perdura y termina con un final seco. Excelente cerveza.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Super dark red pour , creamy off white head. Thick. 12oz bottle. Raisin and prune aroma. Massive fruity, tart, raisin, cereal, and floral taste. A lot going on here. Don't like the style enough to give it a perfect rating - but this is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1098) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Unique tasting quadruple Not very fruity Share a bitter with Kaser. Is brownish red in color with a frothy tan head. Best if this style. Not a fair rating since I am not a fan of this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bloke (13) - Wei Hai, CHINA - AUG 12, 2014
Managed to try two separate bottles, one from a promotional six pack but close to use by date, the other probably brewed this year. There were of course massive difference, the older one having lost its carbonation massively and while much sweeter at first, didn’t have the pleasant aftertaste of the fresher bottle, which my ratings are based on. Having done the Belgium 6 abbey trip, this was of course a big must try, since the others I had all had before. Given it’s lofty rating on this site, I was at first a little disappointed, with the initial flavour quite mild compared to Rochefort 10 or Chimay blue, but it does maintain the flavour in your mouth and the sweetness comes through slowly. Like most Belgians strong caramel flavour with nice balance of light bitterness. Still, prefer the Rochefort and the Chimay triples but that’s just my preference. A very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michcam8 (288) - Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Finally got to crack one of these bad boys. Lives up to the hype. Great aroma, dark fruits, caramel malt, toasted bread, and grain cereal. Taste is of raisins, prunes, cherries, and caramel up front, a sweet candy flavor...not overpowering in the middle, and a toasted bread flavor on the finish. Taste lingers, which is good. Medium body. Great beer!

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