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


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RATINGS: 3788   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Deep mahogony in color this poured a thick fluffy beige head. The nose gave off complex scents of sweet dark fruit, raisins, dark malt, chocolate dipped toffee, yeast, mineral and dark caramel. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with nice concentration yet light-on-its-feet due to the abundance of carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and round with good richness in the midpalate which adds some dry/bitterness on the finish. Balance is the key work here and it has that in spades!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2008
The legendary Westvleteren 12, sipped in a pub in Groningen (De Pintelier) for quite an amount of money, lets see if its worthy... Very strong malty smell, light sweet, dark bread with a little bit of alcohol. Very small white fizzy head, which disappears fast and fully, the body is black. The taste is light bitter and very malty, very long duration. Flat carbonation, medium body, dry and very creamy texture, really nice! A very nice beer, maybe not the best in the world but really a very good one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Thanks for the bottle Tim! Pours a very hazy dark brown with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, sweet malt, and candy. Very complex taste features plenty of spice with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. Excellent carbonation, bursting with tiny bubbles that massage the tongue. Very smooth finish with a slight bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden very well. Enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Rating #300

Bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubFan, thanks Todd!

Pours a dark brown with an active and attractive looking tan head.

Aroma of molasses, dark malt, caramel and yeast.

Flavor is brown sugars, malt, spices, rasins, yeasts, bread, vanilla and much more coming together very nicely.

Despite all the flavors going on this brew is very balanced and everything comes together and gives this an excellent mouthfeel.

I dont think this is the best beer ive ever tried, and the mystique adds a couple points to most peoples ratings, but its definitely world class and in my top 20.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2008
ok. Honestly. this was NOT my style of beer. I have had other ones similar in style to this, but did not love this one. It was incredibly sweet, with strong apple cider notes, also i picked up a strong liquor taste. It wasnt bad, and im assuming for its style its a great beer, but just not my thing i guess. Fortunate to try i though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle pours dark brown with a white head. Has a brown sugar aroma to it with some malt undertones. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lot of tiny bubbles for carbonation. I really like the feel of this beer. Taste is very complex. There is candi sugar, dark fruit, some sweet malt, and a small amount of hop spice. Alcohol is hidden very well. The blend of malt, hops, mouthfeel, and finish makes this a supreme beer. Truly world class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
98-11.2oz bottle @Hoboken#1-thanks hophead 75/Andrew pours a retaining off white ring and hazy gold/brown color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal, yeast, dry. Smooth, occasional. 3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
33cl bottle from the St. Sixtus Abbey. Pours dark brown to black with a one-finger tan head. Good head retention throughout consumption. Aroma is candy sugar, earthy, ripe dark fruit, and malt. Flavor is much of the same with heavy notes of candy sugar, plum, ripe dark fruit, and hints of an oakiness at the very end. Lingering, sweet finish. We tasted this Westvleteren 12 with a 33cl bottle of St. Bernardus ABT 12. The St. Bernardus had a creamier mouthfeel and was somewhat lighter in color than the Westy 12. The Westvleteren 12, however, was slightly better balanced than the St. Bernardus with a fuller-bodied mouthfeel, less sugar, and well-hidden alcohol. Given the history between these two beers, it is no wonder they are very similar. Both are exceptional ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BR007 (14) - Strongsville, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Thank you Fiver29. This is one fine beer. Thin head, nice deep color. This is one complex beer with dark fruit being the most pronounced flavor in my mouth. Smooth and so well balanced that it is hard to classify. A must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Pours cloudy dark brown with a thin offwhite head, decent retention. Smells dark and bready yeasty, slightly fruity like raisins. Tastes sweet and malty and yeasty, again with the raisin flavors. Tasty, not all that though. Medium to full body, mellow carbonation.

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