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


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RATINGS: 3133   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
martijnniehof (15) - ISLE OF MAN - AUG 23, 2014
Tja... Lekker! Een fragmentatiebom van smaken en tegelijkertijd zo zacht als baby's billetjes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CaptainBoosh (26) - - AUG 23, 2014
Poured from bottle, small off white head. Aroma raisin, dark cherries, alcohol. Taste malty, dark toast, dark stone fruit. Thick pleasant mouthfeel. Fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
From a bottle direct from the hands of the Trappist monks of Sint Sixtus. Pours a dark brown and makes a rich, thick, off-white head. The heavenly aroma is of raisins, plums, caramel, yeast, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is sweet, chewy, and bready. This has often been rated as the best beer in the world. I found myself wishing it weren't so...but I'm afraid it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (110) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 23, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 Inutile dirlo...questa birra è veramente un capolavoro!!! Il colore è mogano scuro. La schiuma è fitta, abbondante, mediamente persistente (anche se ne rimane sempre qualche millimetro per tutta la bevuta) e dal colore marroncino chiaro un po’ dorato. Al naso si percepiscono soprattutto sentori vinosi, da vino liquoroso (quali Marsala e Porto). Ma è in bocca che esplode in tutta la sua bellezza. Caramello, maltato, frutta scura (come prugne), ciliegie (sia fresche che sotto spirito), e soprattutto un buonissimo liquoroso che ricorda, come si sentiva anche al naso, il Marsala e il Porto. Finale leggermente amarognolo. Corpo decisamente strutturato. Carbonizzazione bassa, se bevuta alla temperatura giusta, sui 12 gradi. Se più fredda, la carbonizzazione è eccessiva e non si sentono bene né tutti gli aromi né i sapori. Lasciata nel bicchiere, lascia esplodere tutti i suoi sapori. Possiamo dire che ogni sorso è una scoperta, non annoia mai con il passare delle bevute. Fama veramente meritatissima. Unica birra trappista ad essere fatta, per quanto ne sappia, unicamente dai monaci. Il loro motto è: "facciamo birra per vivere e non viviamo per fare birra". Il non essere attaccati al guadagno, ma alla qualità, rende questa birra un prodotto veramente eccezionale. Una parola sull’annoso confronto con la Rochefort 10, la mia birra preferita. Onestamente è veramente un testa a testa. Se proprio devo dare una preferenza, forse direi la Rochefort (ma sinceramente non ne sono tanto sicuro), in quanto più ricca di diversi sapori.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
guiroul33 (40) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 23, 2014
Clearly the most complex and best beer you can ever try. Just perfect as a dessert!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
erkas909 (6) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
This Trappist Beer was drunk at a pub called Man in the Moon in Stockholm, Rådmansgatan. I must say that it is one of the best Beers that I've drunk. Much flavour but easy to drink. Worth every Penny!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (1328) - 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 (37) - - 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 (3654) - 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.

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