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

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RATINGS: 3804   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slopoke (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008 does not count
The Bier Koenig in Amsterdam is one of the few places Ive seen it. Very deserving of its rating, reddish and woody, incredible balance of malt and gravity. From one of the best of the Trappist brews.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PIVOMAN (15) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2008
great taste. what a feeling. when you drink it, you taste the wooden vassels. Its eating and drinking in one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kkarlo (13) - SERBIA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle purchased at Le Bier Temple in Brugge. The woman that owned the place was very friendly and helped me safely box up 7 of these to take back to the states. What a beer. Dark, redish in color, sweetish flavor and a slight hint of the alcohol. Find this and try it!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 06/19/09... 2006 bottle. pours a deep brown with a slight brown head... some lingering dark fruit and yeast aromas... extremely smooth and creamy texture across the palate. raisins, figs, dates and brown sugar dominate the mouth... Westy 12 is really unlike most in its overall character and presence especially for such a high ABV. For 10%, this drinks extremely smooth and easy... there is a touch of alcohol on the finish, but this really gives the beer a nice touch at the end of its overall delicate body. top notch Trappist Belgian Ale....

3/5/2008... bottle shared with The Beer Cellar... outstanding! pours a deep brown... nice aromas of dark fruits, caramel and malts. Overall is it such a well balanced beer... there really is nothing wrong with it. Incredibly smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice luxurious palate... nothing too bold or subdued, its just right. Not my favorite of all time, but damn good. I want more!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pastemaker (2) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Deserving of the hype. A dark, frothy and perfectly balanced beer that goes down smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
the best of the best. Was lucky enough to have tried this twice.The finish is even better then the start. Hope it is not the last time.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tafkap99 (7) - Aalst, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008 does not count
bottled 08/01/2008. Young and flavoured. Dark brown. Creamy. The yeast is omnipresent (due to the age). But a nice and smooth taste in the mouth. Will be better a little bit older. A great Trappist beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
0.33 l bottle (bottled 2006). Ruby color with creamy tan head. Perfumed, candyish, vinous and berryish aroma with notes of orange, rose and warming alcohol. Rich sweet malty flavor with toffee, warming alcohol, chocolate and pepper. Few years ago I had fresher bottle of this and it was remarkably different, more dark fruits and chocolate, I think it was better.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Had a mini quad tasting in April 07. Had this one after the Abt 12. Received this bottle from rayjay (beeradvocate name) via trade. Thanks Jason Appearance: Pours a nice and clear brown color with a 1.5 finger tan head. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the Abt12. Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits, nice malts and a slight alcohol burn. This is followed by dark fruits, figs, roasted malts, and slight cherry. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms. Very nice. Lets see how it tastes. Flavor: The tastes are similar to the aroma, but not as noticable. Cherry and dark fruits from the start followed by warming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors. Palate: The dark fruit and malt flavors hang for a bit. This is pretty creamy and goes down very smooth for 10.2%. I wish I had more than one bottle of this because I could easily drink a few of these. Overall. This finished behind the Rochefort 10 and slightly above the Abt 12 and Chimay Blue. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others). Im not sure if its worth $20 if you dont get it in Belgium due beers of similar quality being available more readily and for much cheaper. Definitely a beer you have to try though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottled 12/18/07. Very fresh tasting! Extra special thanks to OldStyleCubFan for this sample. Dark brown with frothy off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Complex flavors caramel, cotton candy, Raisins, and buttery hops. I am officially blown away!


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