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


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RATINGS: 3258   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BassMan49 (8) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
I don’t know if this is the best tasting beer in the world. How does one quantify a statement like that. One thing for sure it is flat out good. Strong flavor, but oh so smooth. This beer has a nice head and pour. Rich dark in color with a caramel, ever so slight chocolate taste in the mouth. It is very high in alcohol so be prepared for that. If you get the opportunity to try you will not regret it. It is a truly a once in a lifetime experience,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus via. eBay - Michael Noggin. Aged for 6 years: An extremely dark brown-black beer with ruby red highlights that pours without any sort of head. It has sweet malty, blackcurrant, liquorice and currant flavours with slight aged wet paper notes, followed by hints of chocolate and plums on the finish. After 6 years it isn’t as nice as when it was fresh. Aged for 1 year: A very sweet malty beer with liquorice and blackcurrant flavours and a very warming red fruity finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (118) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a hazy dark brown, aroma is sweet alcohol cinnamon and dates. Taste has lots of bready toasty malt with plums and raisins. Low bitterness, spicy alcohol cuts through the malt sweetness. Medium body high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
high_on_hops (688) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a tan head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of raisin, plum, cinnamon, and other spices. The flavor is sweet, dark fruit up front with a long, fruit and light spice finish over a very smooth, medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
electrotype (264) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Enfin ma première Westvleteren 12! Elle fait partie d’un style de bière qui n’est pas mon préféré, mais impossible de ne pas être excité en débouchant cette bière quasi mythique. Je la laisse reposer un peu à température pièce avant de l’ouvrir...

Elle se verse d’une manière admirable en laissant une mousse qui s’éteint assez rapidement et de façon constante. Au nez c’est très chargé! Fruits foncés et cassonade dominent la dance. Mais ce qui me marque le plus, c’est que malgré la grande et puissante complexité au niveau des odeurs, elle n’est pas "too much", elle arrive à demeurer dans une zone agréable et c’est un exploit avec tout ce qu’elle fait jaillir. En bouche, légèrement plus mince que je ne l’aurait souhaitée, mais je me rappelle rapidement qu’il s’agit d’une bière à 10.2%... Elle se débrouille plutôt bien finalement! L’alcool est d’ailleurs irréprochablement bien caché. Comme pour le nez, ce qui me marque le plus en bouche c’est cette intensité qui arrive toutefois à ne pas tomber sur le coeur. Un très grand équilibre! En somme, une bière extrêmement bien réussie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalumeaux (121) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured from bottle,thanks Willrunforbeer. Nice ruby color with a thin lacey head. Aromas of sweet caramel, earthy. Mouth feel is aweet and warm with a very nice finish of alcohol. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (937) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2014
330mL bottle shared three ways. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, clove, earth. Caramel backbone, molasses, fig, raisin, balanced perfectly with clove, pepper spice. Very smooth. Hard to tell this is over 10%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppingHop (15) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2014
Had in a small pub in the middle of Brussels. Was the best trappist beer I had ever tried with its distinct aroma and a perfect balance of maltiness and hoppiness. From the memory, it was a rare beer never boring from the first sip to the very last drop. Excited before taking each sip on it and surprised after. Looking forward to having this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SinH4 (344) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml bottle share with anstei. So I finally get to try this legendary beer. Dark brown color with small crisp head that disappears quickly. Aroma immediately gives candied sugar and dark fruits, forest strawberry, but also a maltiness there. The maltiness doesn?t go away, can?t be unseen now... Taste is rich, candied sugary, dark fruits, spices. Finish is heavy and sweet, with a nice hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is extremely crispy-foamy. Spices, berries maybe, sugar Liquorice and a bit boozy. More balanced than the Rochefort 10, but not as balanced as Bernardus. Interesting that these three Champions League beers of the Quadrupel style are all so different in their characteristics. A superb beer, but this maltiness in the aroma... Besides that, a fantastic brew, but really not worth the hassle to get it. A good choice for the 100th brewery I?m rating :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anstei (74) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml as a gift from SinH4. Pours dark brown with a large head that quickly dies. Don’t worry though, the foam forms again in the mouth and gives the beer a fresh and crisp taste. Malty, sweet nose with berries. Lasting finish.

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