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


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RATINGS: 3805   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle 33cL. I was sitting around at a tasting Sunday, when we were about to start up the main event (side by side Dark Lord vs. Speedway). Glenn (a beeradvocate fellow) was about to leave after the imperial stout showdown, so he generously interrupted us and said, "Hey, before we move on, is there anyone here who hasnt had Westy 12." A couple of us, myself included, replied, "Why no, Glenn, why do you ask?" At which point he proceeded to pull an unlabeled, yellow-capped bottle of this from his cooler, crack it and serve. Helluva guy. Dark brown pour, with little whilte head. Aroma is initally alcohol dominant, but gives way quickly to immense amounts of dried fruits. The yeast esters are just incredible -- cherries, dates, figs, but mainly raisins. Spices come through, too. Cloves and nutmeg mix in with the alcohol. The flavor is equally complex and interesting. Raisins dominate, but there are massive amounts of other dried fruits begging to be identified and savored. Caramel malt is there in force as well. Unfortunately the alcohol flavor is as strong as the alcohol smell -- it has to be looked past. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, but the alcohol keeps it clean on the finish. I docked its aroma and flavor for the over-present alcohol, and the overall simply because Im not sure it lived up to the incredible hype of the worlds best. Incredible, absolutely. Worlds best, not quite.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALIBALI (1822) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2017
VINTAGE 2015: 9/4/9/5/19 Andersartiger LebkuchenCellar mit Cake HoppyButterWarmness INFERNO👽!!! A FRESH KRATZER WITH STRONG ALE ATTITUDE!!! VINTAGE 2013: 8/4/9/5/18 Anscheinend der RUNDE!! Obwohl auch hier wird gekratzt. Cherry, Fass, Butter, Candy und Selleriedrrer. Bitte, hier is er👌 . VINTAGE 2011: Cherryearther mit ernsthaften Altersnarben Marke Ledermaske. Und dann ..DER FEUERDRACHE mit Schnapsatem!!! MORE HOPS!?!? 🚀🍄 9/4/9/5/19!!! SCHARF!!! VINTAGE 2009: 10/4/10/5/20 THE MASTERPIECE!!?? Stinky Muffphenoler mit Bourbonfasslagerungskniefall.EdelmarzipanExplosion HOTTER✨👽. VINTAGE 2006: 9/5/9/5/19 Spritziger Cheese Barley Winer mit stumpfer High ABV Power. Wirkung: Psychedelica, Barrelism & Plumyness ✨👽🎆❤💋 THANXXXX TO BEYOND BEER HH!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BarrelDoctor80 (3) - Rodenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2017 does not count
We taste tested this with St Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10 for our 1year engagement. Had a strong pungent taste, unexpected but unique and somewhat appealing. Aroma was decent however to the palate not as smooth as the other two listed. An experience I must say and its hard to go wrong with a Trap beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Antonio369 (197) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2017
33 cl bottle, served in trappist goblet by my dear and kind host Joost in the Patershoeve in Westvleteren. Thank you so much Joost! Poured dark brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma: flowers, caramel, malts, raisins, bread, nuts. Taste: delicious...caramel, bread, jam, honey, raisins, sultana, roasted nuts, malts, coffee, vanilla, dried fruit, plum, figs, nougat, sweet candy, toffee. Medium body with a flowery, malty, bittersweet finish. Comes very close to the st. Bernardus, have to do a side by side tasting sometime soon. Also reminded me somewhat of the Rochefort 10. I had my first Westvleteren 12 in the best setting possible, on a cottage just around the corner of the st. Sixtus abbey. Sometimes life can be so sweet...anyway this certainly lives up to the hype. Absolutely delicious...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mauritio (9) - - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
Here I went, the best beer in the world.. Unfortunately it really did not deliver to the hype. At ~10 per bottle in Samson Nijmegen this was not worth it for me. I love the logoless bottle with just the cap. I thought it is a smooth beer with a sweet note to it, little yeast but not too much. Head disappeared very quickly after pouring, not too much carbonation. No alcoholic flavour at all, drinks more like a wine/port than like a beer. Nice beer to drink but not a this price point, especially if you can get Bernardus or Rochefort for 1/4th of the price!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
galaxy93 (2) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2017 does not count
Very very good belgium trappist beer. I drunk this one 3 month ago and i can not forget this lovely taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JamesMcGowan (10) - KINGSTON UPON THAMES, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2017
Aroma: Sweet, and slightly spicy, in a way thats evocative of a good mead. Notes of honey, raisin bread and prunes. Appearance: Heavy carbonation dissipates quickly after the pour, but it continues bubbling away in the glass for another minute or two before going flat. Looks an awful lot like coca-cola! Flavour: Charcoally notes of toasted brown bread and dried fruit (prunes, brandy soaked raisins and sultanas). Lingering malts. Sweet, mellow and malty all at once, and the flavour definitely develops as you drink more of it. Very balanced, and masks the alcohol content extremely well. Mouthfeel: Very thin, and not in the slightest bit viscous. Like a mellow red wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nikokaoja (207) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - MAY 10, 2017
10. 5. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Dark brown with clear sedimentation in the glass. Aroma is very shy and not up front at all. Flavour towards sweetness but not too much. Warm and silky mouthfeel with just a hint of hops bitterness present in the lasting and complex afteraste. Funny effect after swallowing is mouthwatering effect that I got. Alcohol is very well camouflaged and not straightforward. Resembles some barley wines that I have tasted so far. Excellent beer but not the best IMHO. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ArtificialCyst (1053) - Szczecin, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
2-years vintage. Aroma: Dried fruit, esters, lightly spicy, bit acetonic. Appearance: Dark amber body, nice head. Taste: Sweet, alcoholic, esters, dried fruit, pepper, acetone. Palate; Medium body, carbonation medium-high, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MasDen (342) - Mogilev, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2017
Aroma: dried fruits, dark sugar, brandy, prune. Appearance: Dark red, with small white head. Taste: dried fruits, dark sugar, brandy, prune, small bitterness and warming warmth all over the body. Palate: full bodied, average carbonation, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tanel025 (100) - ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2017
Aroma: malt, yeast. Not very strong aroma. Lots of light brown head, stays pretty good. Taste is strong caramel, malts, alcohol. Wouldnt say its the best beer in the world. Certainly a very good beer, not easy to drink, but enjoyable. A bit overrated.

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