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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3814   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Lots of sediment stays in suspension. Deep still brown with a very slight off white head that disappears quickly to a ring. Some orange hints in the light. Dark fruity aromas, candi sugar, and a cool alcohol bite in the nostrils. Heavy bodied smooth on the tongue and cool tingling carbonation. Amazing dried fruits has a tart maltiness and even a pretty good hop/bitter malt bite. This potion envelops the tongue and will linger forever. Plums, currants, black cherries, hides the alcohol well but hints slip through to warm your throat at the very end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (602) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Aroma is wildly delicious - sweet figs in honey, toffee, an immediately noticeable vinous presence, rum sugars, candied dates. A rich, fresh maple syrup is announced. Pour is deep chestnut brown with a small, cobwebby beige head. A highly-anticipated first sip. This has the round, chewy malt of St. Bernardus 12, but has a richer fruit presence and is more refined. Creamy, wonderful mouthfeel. Just beautifully balanced and well-crafted. As with Rochefort, an impression of overripe banana makes itself known. This is fucking amazing. A brilliant spicy note, like cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom swirl about the dark fruits and rich, deep alcoholic sugars. I dont know if Ive ever enjoyed a bottle of beer this much. If my tooth wasnt hurting I probably would have enjoyed it even more. Thanks Brad, I owe you.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus93 (66) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
A very dark brown pour, with a touch of ruby highlights. Surprisingly dark, moreso than I was expecting. A two finger head, pale tan / offwhite, nice and sticky, good retention. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the size of the head on here, especially considering the ABV. A ton of dark fruit, sweet candi sugar scents, almost caramel like, too. A smoky, and woody quality, kinda oak like. Sugary dark fruit... A very notable raisin, fig, and date flavour. A warm, alcohol flavour... A little sweet, a little tart, a little peppery/spicy. A nice earthiness, smokiness, leather and tobacco. A lot going on, and beautifully balanced. Certainly my favourite of the trappists, and a very fine abbey ale. Big, rich, and round feel. A nice, fizzle of carbonation over the tongue, swirled through the mouth, and easing to soft and smooth on the finish, leaving the warmth and rich flavour on the finish. An excellent beer, and unfortunate to only have one bottle. It drinks incredibly smooth and soft, with an excellent sense of satisfaction after a glass. It has certainly secured a place among the best of the best, and well worth seeking out to try. Almost frighteningly drinkable, and perhaps the closest thing to perfection that I have tasted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetervanderArend (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2008
It has a cloudy brown colour with a creamy head. Aroma of hazelnut, nut and chestnut. Full-bodied and very complex.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2008
nightcap for emily. she kindly shared it with me... long blonde hair, deep clear blue eyes, wonderfully soft skin and looks just beautifull asleep on my couch... and the beer? :-) it’s westy 12! Gorgeous stuff, but no competition ;-)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Bottle from Brad... Pours a dark brown color, almost a two finger creamy white head, that faded fairly quickly. Aroma was of dark fruits. Taste was candy sugar, dark fruits, maybe a little oak/vanilla touch. Very smooth. Not a trace of alcohol. Nice creamy texture, average carbonation. Thanks brad for the beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3182) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2008
I am not totally impressed with this beer, it pour really thin with virtually no head. its got some taste of dark fruits including figs and raisin. Alcohol taste is their which brings a smooth overall flavor. truth be told, while this is very good, it is far from being "the best"

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4398) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2008
The aroma is nice with fruit, malt, maple, yeast, and leaves. The appearance is the color of a fig (purple) with brown and the head is sudsy. The flavor is bitter and soapy but mostly like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s disappointing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Sweet, full bodied and suprisingly drinkable abbot. Very sweet and complex flavour with allot of most things. I didnt find the finish to be of a bigger experience but the smooth mouthfeel and complex character of this beer is really great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Drinking at my home, in a Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Both the beer and goblet were purchased a De Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Nice smell. A little bit of natural vanilla and some figs. Its a very sweet smell. It gives you a good clue as to the sweet taste that is to come. Not too hard hitting like some of the other stronger Belgians out there. Im suprised this is as drinkable as it is. I could drink a few of these. The carbonation is nice and bubbly, but fades rather quickly. The immediate taste is of sugary figs. It leaves almost a licorice aftertaste behind, that sticks around for a couple minutes after each sip. It is a very complex, and very sweet, flavor without being too hard on the palate. Id have to say this beer was worth the money, and worth the wait. It certainly lives up to the hype.


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