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


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RATINGS: 3218   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Courtesy boboski. Bottle from 2002. Poured thickly into a trappist glass with an amalgam of various dark ruby-brown colors topped with a slow moving thin off-white head. Aroma is apricot, plum, and a variety of spice notes that change by the minute. A wonderful malt base aroma compliments along with the yeast. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - medium in body with enough carbonation to further enhance the sensory intake of aroma and taste. The taste is spicy and warm, has clove and fruit tastes that develop as it warms and the finish has a slight tart suggestion that lingers along with the warmth. The alcohol presence is detectable only a bit after you sip. Once I had a Rochefort 10, I somehow doubted that a Westy 12 could be better, but it is. As a rater, you donít really know what the limits of aroma, taste, etc. are unitl theyíre surpassed, and this one did for me in a couple categories. Much thanks to boboski and his borderline warped sense of generosity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Rating # 200. Two bottles from my cellar, one for my love and one for me, to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. These two westies are young of age, obtained this summer with only six months of aging. Yellow cap says ď30.08.09Ē. Beautiful appearance; Sparkling and lively, dark mahogny body with a glimse of red. Mostly lasting fingerthick head with a light tan. Enjoyed lightly chilled in trappist glass. Intense and complex aroma. Starts yeasty with notes of almond and marzipan. Continues with layers of all kind of fruits over a malty base. Taste of this sample is surprisingly earthy and yeasty, still very complex and soft, loaded with dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates), delicate dark malts, and notes of chocolate, vanilla and ripe banana. Alcohol is well masked, only a pleasant heath in the mouth. Full-bodied with a light hopbitter finish. A truly great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
Is this the greatest beer in the world? Approaching a beer with such a reputation is not easy and it is hard to remain completelyl objective about rating it.... But here goes... I have had this in my house for over a year but some how resisted the temptation. Served in the Duvel glass. Pours with a medium sized light brown head that dissapates quite fast, on top of the deep cloudy dark bronze hue. Lots of floatersin the glass that ease their way down to the bottom of the glass. Pronounces orangey nose with sweet honey hints. Massively complex taste. Impossible for a amateur like me to distinguish all of the flavour. Orange and pear fruits with hints of cognac and a sweet toffee like finish. This is beer heaven. Certainly one of the best beers I have ever had. If not the best. Although with at the time of tasting this having just under 600 ratings I donít feel qualified enough to say whether it is the best. A master piece though. My advice. Drink it all! Even the floaters

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alfmaester (8) - godalming, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 I have allways wanted to taste this famous Westvleteren Abt 12. Extreamly rich, dark and cloudy. Salty, and well-balanced. Also with a very malty flavour. leaves a nice lacing. Overall a pretty great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Dark, rich copper color with a creamy beige head. Rich flavor to match. So smooth and delicious, I canít quite give it a perfect score, but itís damn close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Finally got around to sampling the famous Westvleteren Abt 12. Pours a nice amber/auburn color with thick tan head and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is sweet toffee, creamy buttery malts, figs and brown sugar. The flavor is beautiful. Very warming with some alcohol evident. Buttery maltyness and a creamy sweetness. Huge toffeeish notes, a sweet roasty almond character, sweet pastry doughyness, some spicyness evident of cloves and peppery alcohol warmth. Caramel undertones and a warming dry finish. In short itís perfectly balanced, creamy, buttery and delicious. However, itís not my #1 in the world. I think that there is such a thing as supply and demand. Have a description like "only a small part of their production going very far into the world" and youíre bound to be extremely highly rated. But I canít deny that itís quality and still a great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Current production Bottle; Nose of caramel, brown sugar, yeast, and raisins, kind of like my Momís raisin pie; very complex! Hazy dark brown with a huge tan head that laces the glass thickly as it slowly recedes; three quarters of an inch left out of an inch and a half after five minutes. Flavor is mildly tart, with notes of sugary sweetness, spiciness, and raisins. The medium body finishes with tartness and a little alcohol warmth! Rerate 72607 !984 Bottle 3/9/07 Flavor seems very similiar but I don not note any tartness; lots of dark fruits and caramel in the flavor and some alcohol in the nose, which lasts mildly to the finish. Even after 23 years, still a very good beer 9/3/9/418 or 4.3 but crbonation is very small!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Bottle dated 07-2001. Many thanks to Capín Cougar for making sure I had the opportunity to sample both this and the Westy 8!. Mild sour malty aroma. Deep cloudy brown color. Long dry malty flavor, pefectly blended. No alcohol evident. I only wish I had sampled this far ealier in the evening. Peace brother!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2002. Last bottle ever sold at Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Florida. Complexity Iíve never experienced in any type of beverage. Pours what seems to me a perfect head with beautiful retention and pretty lacing, but the taste and aroma are the only things Iím concerned with. Beautiful ruby with swirling ruddy brown highlights. Aroma of raisins, prunes, white chocolate, heavy cream, red berries. Taste always seems different and constantly evolving, but never uninteresting. So full bodied and luxurious, to die for. Flavor near-perfectly balances malts and hops. While present, the hops only serve as an agent to add to the complexity, never overpowering, always intriguing.

1975. At thirty years old, Iím mortified that the first thing I nose is a slight tinge of oxidation once Iíve poured it into the glass. Fortunately after the first sip the ever-present alcohol hides the ever-so-slight caramel/sherry presence. Less carbonation, otherwise an otherworldly treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (6179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Shared with Rudolf @ Allen Street Hardware, Buffalo, NY. Special thanks to the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Flavors abound raisins, dried fruits. Had to sip ever so slowly to fully enjoy. Simply the best to date

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