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


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RATINGS: 3685   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bartsels (1) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2008 does not count
rare to find, hard to get dark chocolate brown color This is a fantastic brew fact that this beer is unfiltered makes it even more tasteful. For those who havent tasted it yet, I still own 42 bottles of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 330 ml bottle from my secret festivus box. pours dark brown/maroon with a small off white head. complex aromas of dark fruit, yeast, spice, all great belgian aromas in this one. flavours are big dark fruit with noticable malty sweetness, yeasty, chewy, doughy, complex belgian, yum. most palatable, flavourful beer ive ever had. truly great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Ok...I was over at Croslings for a tasting, and we had drank most of the beers brought for that. We were looking through some stuff in his cellar, and I have to talk him out of opening a Kentucky Breakfast Stout, I tell him I have one that we can drink, and we should try something I dont have. As I am messing around by the beers, he pulls something out and pops it before I even know what it is. What is it? A damn Westy 12...Wow, thanks man.

Poured a deep brown-amber color with a moderate beige head that eventually settles to a ring. Sweet, fruity figs, brown sugar, and yeastiness on the aroma. Sweet, malty entry with undertones of fig and other dark fruits (plum) that leads into a yeasty, dry finish. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Really an excellent beer. Thanks again Nick, I will make up for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hembryggaren (45) - rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2008
I really dont know why, but I thinking "candy store" when I smell this beer. And I dont like too much fruity smells on teh same time. Its a really god beer but I didnt wanted another after a glass.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Firewalker (1) - BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2008 does not count
When tasting and smelling this bear youll get the same experience as when tasting wine. The complexity of the flavours and taste is just great. The fact that this beer is unfiltered makes it even more tasteful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
killedge (26) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2008
great smooth fruity carmely aroma... dark chocolate brown color.... great overall taste... this is truly a beer you could give to anyone and they would not be able to find anything wrong with it....glad I had a chance to have it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Big up to Nate for sharing this one. Strong caramel nose, with loads of complexity. Raspberry, chocolate, prunes, dates, figs and raisins to name a few. Beautiful burgundy with a rich tan head. Super sweet and complex flavor, with hints of dough, cake, and dark fruits (prunes, dates, cherries). Very creamy and full, just a tad cloying. World class for sure, but tends to be over-hyped a bit. Is it the limited availability that gives this one its huge reputation? Or is it the taste? This is a fantastic brew, but not the best coming out of Belgium. Give it 5 years in the cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2004 bottle so graciously shared with the Exec Board by Nate. Pours murky brown with a small, off white head. Nose is fantastic. Fruity and caramel, raisin, cherry, grape. Mildly tannic but sweet, almost port-esque. Taste is insane. Fruity notes play with the tongue offering up intertwining hints of cherry, grape, raisin and plum which compliment the caramel and toffee of the malt. A nice, mellow alcohol warmth permiates the palate and warms the soul. Just a fantastic beer. Thanks so very much, Nate, for sharing this tasty treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bielenberg (4) - Galten, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
Pours dark brown in color. Big malty flavor. So good. Rich beer. This is one of the best i have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2008
tasting in Columbus. pours deep ruby and murky with a thin head. scents of winery barrel room must and dried cherrys. the bear has a thin mouth feel and is slightly tannic. incredible yeast and a champagne like carbonation. the balance of this beer is what makes it great.

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