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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12 oz bottle from BelgianBeerGirl Aroma: Creamy milk chocolate and spearmint. Ap: Dark brown with a creamy head. Flavor: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisin and plum). Bitter hops and a little bit of booze. Palate: Velvety, silky, creamy, and perfect carbonation. Amazing!

4.7
Nordcore (1500) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Apperance; Dark brown and clear with a small lightbrown head. It is a fantastic aroma with different sets of fruits and when you drink it, it is so complex that I was surprised that a beer could such a fantastic experiense. I gave it 19 in overall impression, so mabye the next time I drink it, it has a chance to blow me away even moore. THIS IS THE BEST BEÈR I ’VE TASTED. Thanks to AZLondon who bougth this beer to me.

4.7
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - MAR 5, 2009
Dai la manteniamo alta? Manteniamola alta. Siccome si festeggiava in via ufficiosa il mio compleanno, ho deciso di fare questa piccola pazzia e di concedermi la Westvleteren 12 (siccome non è proprio reperibile ogni giorno) anche se costava la bellezza di 15€. Li vale? non li vale? non credo li valga in sé, ma questo non significa che non sia una grandissima birra; e averla assaggiata è una cosa che mi rende contento.

4.8
Richy (22) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 2, 2009
I found this beer for sale in a beer shop in Amsterdam, and drank it in the nearest place I could find, the back room of a dutch "Coffee Shop". In a strange reversal, I was discreetly sipping it, keeping it out of view of staff, while others around me, were openly smoking weed. So, in those unusual surroundings, I poured myself a glass. It is dark and thick. It’s flavour is immense. Very complicated. It goes one way, then another, then another, as it slips down your throat, all good. It’s hard to describe the flavour. The closest thing I could think of was jagermeister. Although, that doesn’t do this beer justice. If you can get hold of it, I highly recommend it.

4.7
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color with a medium thickness tan head that lasted for a few minutes and gave way to nice ring around the end but the lacing doesn’t hold up well. The nose is pretty damn imressive. There are some fruit notes, dates, plums and a nice chocolately character. The taste is very impressive as well. The malty chocolate notes are the first thing that takes my taste buds on a ride along with some of the deep fruit notes I got in the aroma as well. The carbonation is rather full and overall makes for a full bodied beer. I could not say for sure whether this is the best beer in the world but it is a pretty damn good beer and well worth a try if you can get it for a reasonable price.

4.5
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Finally made possible through Shawn, and to be completely honest- didn’t imagine it happening for ages! Pours this deep beautiful mahogany- bright and translucent with a huge vanilla coloured head. Taste is amazing with a creamy, raisiny mouthfeel. Rich caramel notes. Plentiful flavours of toffee, fig and bountiful nuttiness. A truly amazing beer. The mysticism behind obviously plays a little part in the experience. But really, nothing can enhance a phenomenal beer like this. I think it’s ultimately somethign that we all seek as a craft beer community- so once it’s reached- it’s a really awesome feeling. :)

4.8
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2009
Had a two years old one and I have no qualms with those who say that this is the best beer in the world. Smooth and complex stuff.

4.6
Wipplewill (9) - , Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2009 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Served 2/25/09 in chilled Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Appearance is cloudy brown, with minimal off-white head. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter and extremely smooth. Worlds best beer.

4.6
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours a cloudy brown with a lasting off-white head and nice lacing. Lovely chocolate aroma, sweet and delicious! Love the taste! Woodsy, malty, honey, licorice/anise, complex but balanced. Creamy with good carbonation - quite thick. A well-executed and delicious beer. No complaints!

4.4
jeverszeuge (647) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2009
dark copper colour, surprisingly solid head. roastmalty smell with some yeast. aromes of toffee, roasted nuts and plums. roasty and oily start. aroma of some yeast and, cherry, black bread dark chocolade, toffe. mid brings hops and dark aromas, herbs, wood, forestground. end brings hops but the sweet aromas are still there and make a tasty combination. great stuff.


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