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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3382   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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4.3
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2009
This 22-1-2008 brewn batch beer, personally retrieved from brewery, was a feast to get, to keep in stock for one year and to drink eventually. It poored a fine head with a bit of brown yeasty slur. That slur ruined my drink. It gave the head and a awful taste. I have to rely on my impressions of earlier consumed examples of this outstanding beer. It is less pronounced and sweet as the Rochefort 10. Has more bitters. Its no showof but more contemplative of nature. Tip for pouring, keep sludge absolutely out of the poured drink. Two more years of evolution are awaited with joy.

5
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Trappist beers are always a treat, and this is no exception. Pours dark brown with frothy beige head. Nose is citrus, vanilla, coffee, very complex. Flavor is just as complex, exquisitely balanced fruits, hops, nuts, a bit of spice. Perfection in a bottle.

4.6
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Many Thanks to HopTilUDrop for this rare treat! Deep brown and cloudy with a beige head. Aroma of pepper and pine and maybe of fresh aromatic bread with vanilla notes. Wonderful creamy/buttery mouth, very soft on the tongue while unleashing a bitter as well. Really well balanced and complex More pine and air of a mountain stream. Later slight orange with a strong element fo tea of all things. This beer never displayed ony cloying soapiness and kept my interest throughout. Well worth any effort.

5
Wynne (28) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 After the primarily overripe banana flavor of Rochefort, and the many comparisons I’ve heard between it and Westvleteren 12, I wasn’t sure what to expect--a distant relative, a first cousin, or a twin. After my tasting, I think only a fairly young and unrefined beer-tasting palate would judge RF10 and WV12 identical--each hit my mouth with very different flavors. Met some nice fellow Americans in Belgium at the abbey today picking up their orders around 3PM; wish we could’ve hung out. Exclusive rep of the beer didn’t mean much to me compared to the simple friendliness of the seller and overall good spirit around the Vleteren area, but I think the rep is absolutely deserved. Nose is similar to Kasteel bruin, and both beers are sweet, but the flavor of Westvleteren is oh so much riper and deeper than nearly any beer I’ve had... leather, vanilla, burnt caramel, licorice, slight butter, faint coffee, soft cinnamon spice and figs and apricot, with some smoky oak. I could swear I even taste a hint of caramelized witloof, that bizarre and wild acquired-taste vegetable which is the signature of Belgium. (Discounting brussel sprouts, which I really can’t stand.) Mouthfeel is marvelous; so velvety and rich that it’s like butterscotchy liquid angora. The dark anise aftertaste is almost not bitter at all, yet it dances a waltz with your tongue long after you’re finished. The moment my glass was empty I was dying for another. The only other beer I can think of that’s as complex as this is the far more bitter Storm King Stout, from Victory. So what is the best beer in the world? You’ll really have to try all the best-rated ones to answer the question of what suits your personal preferences the best, but Westvleteren 12 is truly marvelous, and definitely worth the test if you can get your hands on it. On further testing, I found this beer appeals even more. I can’t think of how to improve on it--I don’t know if it’s possible to ask more of a beverage.

4.8
roguemonk (9) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009 does not count
Beautiful nose...wonderful flavor...Any day with Westvleteren Abt 12 a good day! I look forward to winter just so I ca drink wonderful beers like these.

4.5
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 Thanks to whoever brought this to the Woodshop Quad tasting. Pours hazy dark amber brown, smooth, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, slight alcohol.

4.3
wheresthepath (2371) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2009
Many thanks to Lee for liberating this bottle from a Bruges beer shop for me, after (apparently) a lot of searching. Shared it with Jus. Pours deep brown with a moderate creamy head. Slight carbonation. Very very smooth indeed, tastes of sweet raisins and dates and figs and muscovado sugar and sweet malt, but with a well balanced bitterness. You don’t taste the alcohol, and unlike many strong beers, it’s not syrupy - although it’s certainly quite thick! A very, very good beer that’s easier to drink than the ABV would suggest, and beats its rivals Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12 hands down.

4.6
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Holy thanks to bitbucket for this glorious beer to end our Trappist beer tasting! Pours a very nice dark ruby brown with lasting creamy off white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is gloriously complex, with notes of molasses, caramel, hay, straw, cereal, chocolate, wine, earth, sour dough, raisins, prunes, dates, tobacco, espresso, and jasmine. The flavor is similar, though a bit less complex than the aroma, with many of the same complex flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium thick, but creamy and warming. Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, and is holy and beautiful, but is not my favorite style.

5
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2009
Dégusté le 3 décembre 2006 avec french tickler lors de sa 100e bière sur ratebeer. Sur des chants grégoriens de CARL ORFF, ERA et EMMA SHAPPLIN nous profitions d’un moment exeptionnel de plénitude. Du vieillissement en cave de plus de 6 ans au service dans un verre trappistte de chimay et à la température d’une cave de 14 degré, tout avait été mis en oeuvre pour exploiter au maximum cette denrée rare. L’ors du décapsulage il y était inscrit meilleur avant le 07/09/04 avec un pourcentage d’alcool de 10,6%. Depuis ce moment, l’objet de convoitisent: (le yellow cap) fait parti de mon porte bonheur. Pour débuter l’apparence de cette bière est dans l’ensemble déjà impressionnante avec une séparation bien marqué de deux produits distincts: La bière de couleur brune orangé rougeâtre et d’un dépôt acqueux brun foncé ambré. Une fois les deux liquides mélangés, je n’ai pas besoin de vous dire la sensation déjà installée, elle nous promettait de l’exception! En débutant avec l’arôme nous en sommes venu à un concensus assez rapide; elle dévoillait continuellemment de nouvellent saveurs. En plus de la musique choisis pour ce moment, notre âme était ailleurs, nous ne pouvions plus se permettre d’évaluer cette bière. Nous nous sentions imputables d’entraver le respect que nous donnais cette fontaine de jouvence. De la bienséance était désormait obligatoire car nous étions certains à ce moment qu’elle était la meilleur bière au monde. Un simple regard suffit au moment de joindre à nos lèvres se divin liquide pour comprendre que le silence était requis; La seul personne autorisé à communiqué avec nous était monsieur westy........Cette boisson est beaucoup plus qu’une bière elle est l’expression d’un symbole pour tous un peuples. Comparativement au vin ou aux spiritueux, il n’est pas question de prix mais de passience et mérite. En bref, il faut se préparer à recevoir ce liquide divin içi sur terre car apparemment au ciel il n’y à pas de bière sauf celle-çi.....

4.7
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle in Bruges from a residents private cellar. Well, it took me quite a bit to get my hands on one of these, luckily I didn’t have to go all the way to the monestary. It absolutely lived up to my expectations. Poured a deep rich brown with beautiful light tan lacing. Definately one of the smoothest Belg. Quads I’ve ever had. Hardly notice the copious amounts of alcohol. Definately worth the 10 euros/bottle I had to pay the guy for it.


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