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

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RATINGS: 2988   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.45   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ST247 (167) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle @In de vrede. Aroma is alcohol, sweet, sugar. Taste is alcohol but in a balanced not dominant way, chocolate, little bitterness. Aftertaste soft chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mansquito (3105) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Gollem Proeflokaal, Amsterdam... bottle that still had a few years before it was to "expire": Anyway, I got one of those bottles without the overwhelming head that you hear about. Pours a murky opaque body. Aroma is raisins, Belgian yeast of wonderous quality, and even some distinctly flavored hops. Taste is sweet and fruity at first and is then followed by a veritable bitterness. Somewhat fizzy carbonation gives this an interesting mouthfeel. Finally, I would say that this is one of the very few beers with an alco-burn.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidbread86 (13) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2014 Vanilla, caramel, alcohol, sweet finish. Much better aged. Great by itself or even paired with Trappist cheese.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikske79 (13) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2014
Is en blijft het beste bier in de wereld. Zacht aroma, perfecte kleur en balans van de smaak. Moeilijk aan te geraken en niet zo goedkoop, maar het is zijn geld volledig waard. Zelfs bij warme temperaturen.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benderone (14) - FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
Brune, cuivrée. Mousse blanche abondante et stable. Nez gourmand, complexe et fruité (figues, pruneaux, groseilles), acidulé. L’attaque est profonde, ronde, crémeuse, le palais évoque chocolat noir, raisin, caramel/sucre, prunes. L’alcool est bien présent en finale, la levure est discrète, le tout est très équilibré. Très bon mais certainement pas la meilleure bière du monde !

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
williamherbert (1228) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Yes it’s incredibly hard to get, and yes it is worth every penny. Beautiful cola aroma and flavors. Sugary and wonderful. It’s not perfect, but it’s close.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rich71 (9) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
Good beer, sweet, much alcohol taste but I think rochefort 10 is better and not so expensive and hard to get !

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DandyWolfFloyd (614) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Finally the quest is over! C/O of Jimsal27 ~ again thank you so much Jim! (2013 September - production) Aroma - the aroma is just as potent and complex as the taste - the aroma is comprised of alcohol, fig, raisins, anise, vanilla, and honey Appearance - body color is a dark puce; the liquid is almost totally opaque with constant nucleation; the head starts about 1" and beige, it does eventually settle but bubbles continue to set up from the nucleation there also remains a foam on the top of the body. Very impressive looking. Taste - Wow that is very complex; it’s on the sweet spectrum - flavors include dark fruits - figs, plum, raisins, caramelized sugar, honey, spices to include vanilla and a few more. There is also the alcohol quality Palate - body is medium; texture is slick; the carbonation is very lively; the finish has a lingering effect of alcohol and caramelized sugar bitterness, the length is long, and quite pleasant. Is it the best beer I’ve had? Well, it’s pretty damn impressive! I am glad I’ve had it. I’ve had other beers that have had huge hype. It lives up to the hype. I rated it as fair as I could. It’s really good. Will it change your life, no. Are other beers better? I think that’s really up to you, and what your into. I judged it on it’s merits. I meets all the criteria. I will also say, that some beers can meet the rating criteria, but aren’t enjoyable, that isn’t the case here. It measures up and is excessively enjoyable. It is a classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Mango_Kid (22) - BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2014
Dit was de tweede keer dat ik de Westvleteren 12 heb gedronken. De eerste keer dateerde nog van een tijd dat ik nog niet zo kritisch bezig was met het proeven van bieren. Dat dit bier internationaal vermaard is, eigenlijk alleen positieve beoordelingen krijgt mede met het exclusieve karakter maakte dat de verwachtingen hoog gespannen waren. Wat ik me uit de eerdere degustatie herinner is dat het me toen meer dan gemiddeld was bevallen.Het aroma is zacht en herbergt toetsen van kandij, noten en mokka. Het is een subtiel aroma, maar zeer uitnodigend.Het uiterlijk is diep donker met een gezonde glans. Het koolzuur komt maar beperkt vrij en kleeft niet tegen het glas. Toch vormt het bier en mooie volle en dichte schuimkraag met een mokka kleur.De smaak vult de verwachtingen op basis van het uitzicht en het aroma volledig in. Het bier smaakt zacht bitterzoet met toetsen van chocolade en mokka. Het mondgevoel is veruit het beste aan dit bier, licht sprankelend, toch verfrissend maar met een ongelofelijke afdronk die je doet verlangen naar de volgende slok.Algemeen is dit bier dus en absolute winner MAAR wat mij betreft zijn er waarschijnlijk couranter verkrijgbare bieren die vooral qua smaak en aroma zeker een evenwaardig alternatief kunnen bieden. Maar hey, is het nu net niet dat waarom elke bierliefhebber de bieren van de Sint Sixtus abdij ooit moet geproefd hebben?

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronisa73 (6) - drammen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Desidert den beste ølen jeg noen gang har smakt. Fikk kjøpt den i Oslo og ett sted i Stockholm. Koste meg i nesten en time med dette glasset:-)


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