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


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RATINGS: 3308   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2010
A bottle I received from the generous Bert in a beer trade. When opening the box of goodies the last one I pulled out was the Westy 12 and I was completely floored. I enjoyed this one with company for a special occasion. It poured a dark hazy brown with a medium tan head that simmered down to a thin film. The aroma was sweet, dark malt fruit shine. I think raisins was the only flavor I could pick out, though it was much thinner than I expected. Fine perfect bitterness in the finish. There is nothing wrong here that I can see. It is not my favorite style of beer but Iím hard pressed to find anything wrong with it at all. Bert you are the man!!! Thank you! (months later)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavidBe (30) - BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2015
Gisteren nog een paar kratten van gehaald. Blijft een geweldig bier dat weinig uitleg behoeft. Bier is zeker zo goed als de Rochefort 10, maar de belevenis rond WVXII (het bellen, het halen, de moeilijke verkrijgbaarheid...) Maken het echt een unieke ervaring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
S_jenk (4) - - MAR 23, 2015 does not count
When I heard about how highly regarded this beer was, my first thought was "bah!". Living in Amsterdam, I decided to seek out a place that carries them, and managed to find a small local dealer selling them at €16 per 12 oz. bottle. Pricey, yes. But the beer is Truly an astounding one. The color appears dark-brownish at first, but when held to the light, presents a deep reddish-gold. The head was tan colored, almost brown. Aroma was alright, but the taste is where it's at. For an 11%, the taste is incredibly smooth. For how rich of a flavor, it's surprising drinkable. If it wasn't so rare and expensive Id be buying this beer regularly! I got hints of citrus, chocolate, coffee, and even caramel. Carbonation was perfect. It's a funny thing drinking this beer, you really do enjoy it, but end up drinking it so fast that you are wanting another! My only regret staring into my empty glass that's coated with the savory foam, is that I didn't buy another. 10/10. I won't say it's the best beer ever, because that's just assuming everyone ha the same preferences. But I will say that it is truly, honestly, well balanced. It's the beer that I'd love to serve at a party, because anyone drinking it would love the smooth, easy-going-yet-complex flavor out of it. Simpletons can enjoy it, and the most-dedicated beer lovers will have no quarrel with siting down with a bottle of this. The monks at Westvleteren know what their doing. I'm glad that they are non-profit. It makes this beer special, and drinking it reminds you that they care about quality above all. "Quantity" in their lexicon is simply stating "greed", and this rare treat for me is worth remembering. I would like to get drunk with those monks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
Best example of a quadrupel beer iíve ever tasted. Its right on the mark. Dark brown coloured beer with a firm off-white foam head. Suprisingly light when you consider the deep dark colour of the beer (and the heavy tasting brothers of the quadrupel kind out there). Roasted malts, raisins, dark fruit, light spicyness and a very smooth an dlight finish with almost no bitterness and also not a overwhelming alcohol afterglow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wanne (24) - - MAR 22, 2015
Dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and spices. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, chocolate, spices and caramel. The alcohol is also present in the taste and enriches it. Very good beer, but the Rochefort 10 is slightly better in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (396) - Americus, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle shipped from Belgium. Pours dark, coca-cola brown with tan head. Aroma of raisins is very prominent, with a bit of cloves. Tastes of raisins, booze and nutmeg. Very light considering the color and flavors. Medium-bodied. This was the most expensive beer Iíve ever had and I enjoyed every sip. Definitely worth the money.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beastmaster (363) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2015
So excited for this one. Dark deep Coca-Cola brown with lots of bubbles and a pretty tan head . Aroma of sweet apricots, bananas, malts, sugar, and figs. Between my brother and and I we think we can taste fig, caramel, and light vanilla, can barely taste the alcohol, light light bitter end. Creamy and well carbed. Nice balance in this hard to get beer. Nothing is over powering or at a loss. That is what I think makes this beer absolutely incredible for everyone who trys it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Utrecht (3) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
As itís just a 2.5 hour drive to Westvleteren, I regularly go there, drink a few and bring some home. Fantastic rich aroma with caramel, fruits/raisins. Complex taste, smooth yet very rich. An exploding bomb of delicious beer; sweet and low bitterness. Long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mstevens (5) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
PERFECTION. Never have I drunk such a perfectly-balanced beer. Drinking one IS a privileged moment.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (200) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2015
Rating no. 200 -> Pours a nice dark mahogany color. Aroma is dusty and yeasty with aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, nutmeg, cardamom, bubblegum, some slight nuttiness and general spicyness. Flavor is slightly sweet but very complex with flavors of dark fruits, dark candi sugar and yeast with a dusty, dry finish that lingers. Alcohol is not all that prominent, but you can kinda sense it after you swallow the beer. Saved this one for my 200th review, and it was well worth it. One of the best beers i have tried, hands down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1161) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma of figs, raisins, yeast, cloves. Amazing flavor of figs, raisins, prunes, yeast, spices, chocolate, nuts, booze, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Medium-full body with medium-sharp carbonation.

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