overall
100
100
style
Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 3720   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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
We went through hell to get this, fortunately it was worth the effort. Pours a dark cloudy red brown with a tan head that looks amazing, but doesnt look as amazing as I thought, still exceptional. Aroma was almost wine-like, with dark fruits and a strong breadiness, very good, but still not the best I have smelt. Taste is amazingly all over the map, sweet dark fruits first, malty middle, long hoppy finish, very, very complex, every sip was slightly different. Velvetty smooth mouthfeel, without a hint of alcohol. This beer is exceptional and definitely world-class, but I had one better than it so far.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Re-rate, from a fresh bottle in Poperinge, Belgium.
Holy moly. NOW I get it. Notes of chocolate and sweet malt in the nose, a flowing and feathery whisp of sweet chocolate raisin on the tongue. There are many more descriptors that I will put down at a later time but holy moly, this beer IS that good.

So this is the almight Westy 12... Pours a bit (actually a lot) thinner than I expected... Dark mahogany tint with a thin head that clings nicely to the glass. Aroma is cinnamon with a bit of toffee. Palate is a bit thin, but the flavor makes up for it. Raisin, yeast, toffee, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla round out the flavors. Aftertaste is brief with a quick flurry of alcohol, but the latter leaves with a slight evanescence on the tongue. Leaves the drinker wanting more. RETASTE:0 Flavor is much more cohesive than last when I tasted it. The raisin is less prominent, and there seems to be more malted chocolate in the drink. A bit more bitter than last time, and that isnt necessarily a bad thing. Still, for my money, Westy 8 blows this one away.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Found at a local beer shop in Belgium. A very black opaque beer, with a small off-white head and not much acid. The aroma is difficult to describe, you can smell malt, raisin, nuts, wood, toffee, etc. Very well balanced. The initial flavour is sweet (but not too sweet) and it has a long aftertaste. In a blind test, together with La Trappe and St.-Bernardus Abt, this beer was less balanced and more malty than the Bernardus, but clearly ahead of the La Trappe.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
O hell yeah.what a way to celebrate #400.The # 1 beer in all the land.pours a dark brown with a frothy head.Has the dark fruits i like with some wood and nuts.Has some spiciness to it also.The finish was warming leaving me wanting more.What an orgasmic ride.If someone told me I had to lose some thing in my life to never have again and my choices were Westy or porn, I would tell them to keep the porn!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 29, 2005
Pours deep brown with a big off white head. Aroma is mild nutty, raisin and other dark fruits. Taste is extremely pleasent dark fruit and medium spice. The best part about this beer is the mouthfeel. So soft and smooth it is unreal. Aftertaste is nutty and has a hint of alcohol. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
On draft at the abbey cafe! Arrived in a chalice, dark chestnut brown, hazy and only moderately translucent with a thick beige head that left delicate lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds, bit of alcohol and spice in a cijnnamon, clove and nutmeg kind of way. Sweet spicy flavor featuring ripe, dark dried fruits like dates and figs, coffee, lots of wild spiciness, clove, allspice, maple syrup and pepper in the finish with all the complex flavors still allowing a pleasant alcohol burn. Creamy, smooth and full bodied. Yummy indeed and what a privilege to have my first sample be at the Abbey St Sixtus itself!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown/red colour. Medium, frothy, off-white head. Malty, lightly sweet aroma with notes of plums, raisins and hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes foremost malty and fruity, which in this case means plums. Caramalty notes, raisins and alcohol. For me the taste is dominated by plums and caramelly maltiness. A loveable brew. But again Id rather go for the Rochefort counterpart. Many thanks go out to bierkoning for this.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biermonk (265)
- Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2005
definitely worth the wait...Dark brown color with a fizzy off white head...Aroma of sweet malt..Flavor of dark fruit, esters, sweet malts...Exceptionally balanced... Alcohol became slightly more evident toward the finish as the beer neared room temp...I could find no flaw in this beer

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2005
Bottled. The head forms and falls quickly with an earthy brown body with some small sedimentation and belgian lace. The smell is indescribable; it starts off leathery, almost like a tack shop, with evident alcohol notes and chocolate and caramel to top it off. As the beer warms up, I also notice some hints of fresh grains as well. This beer offers a near perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness with only a hint of alcohol - the tastes are just overwhelming.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
I traveled to Belgium for this particular beer; to see if it lived up to the hype. My God, way to make the train ticket worth it. Complex, yet simple. Dark, yet light. Heavy, yet smooth. Enjoyed this amazing experience at the Dellirium cafe in Brussels. A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART!


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 309 310 311  312  313 314 315 » 372
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5