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


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RATINGS: 3382   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
I believe this was an 08’ unless the dates are weird on the cap??? because I was told it was 05’ (why split hairs over a few years on this beer) bottle and my second Westie ever, I shared it with the Yeti. Big thanks to Peter for basically giving me this. Split into two snifters, pours a dark yet translucent ruby brown with hints burnt seinna on the perimeter. Very small tannish head, nice alcohol legs but no lacing really, careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Bottle was served straight from cellar, it felt about 55-60 as the crow flies so to speak. Nose was estery, figs, jam, and maple syrup, and also 100 things I couldnt put my finger on. The taste is more of the same, an incredible depth of complexity... I feel like I could do one of those 16 item lists by I won’t bore you, I’ll just say lives up to the hype for the most part. The real star of the show is the mouthfeel, full as hell yet smooth as silk over your tongue. I could swish this around for days, very sexy. Long caramel-ey creme brulee finish. Overall this beer is for sure in my top ten, best beer in the world is a mighty bold statement. Best Abt/Quad no question.

L_Lovecraft (695) - - OCT 16, 2017
(vintage 2010) Good notes of dark fruits, honey, spices, brown with reddish reflection and a good white head, medium/full body, average carbonation, taste is simlar, quite intense...really good.

finnius_fog (2) - - OCT 15, 2017 does not count
Bets Trappist I've had, and close to the best beer. Large white head and dark brown colour. Aroma is yesty and slightly fruity, but quite subtle. Flavour is yesty, sweet, and mild alcohol aftertaste. Somewhat plum taste.

nyues88 (1) - - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
What is the difference between the XII labeled bottle and the unlabeled version?

jaydangordon (4) - - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2017 Smoothest, most flavourful beer I’ve ever had. Surprisingly easy to drink for 10.2 percent alcohol

JoTheO (243) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle 330ml, bought in 2016 (bbe 18/11/18). OK, so this is it then. The holy grail (well, being a trappist beer...). Chestnut brown with some reddish tint. Plenty of yeast in the bottle. Slightly beige dense head. Aroma is a bit careful when cold, opening up with increasing temperature. Fruity apples, plums and sweet pineapple(?). Palate is thick and oily. Taste is very complex, chocloate in the beginning, heavy malt sweetness and syrupy with green apples in the finish. None of the yeasty taste notes of Belgian beers. Truly an outstanding beer.

polorval (4) - - OCT 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2017 Perfecte balans, volle diepe smaak, lichtjes gecarameliseerd, gewoon goddelijk!

p0urmeac0ld0ne (199) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - OCT 7, 2017
Where to begin? Deep, dark and robustly fruity. Very boozy, more akin to a fine wine than most types of beer. Entirely complex. Worth hunting if you are a Belgian beer enthusiast. Truly special, although I cannot deny that it is somewhat over-hyped. Definitely not for everyone. Looking forward to visiting the abbey shop in November where I can hopefully pick up samples of the other Westy brews.

Chrisd180 (25) - - OCT 5, 2017
Just the best.. Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

chich (1) - - OCT 1, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2017 Probabilmente la migliore birra che ho avuto la fortuna di provare, anche se solo in un'occasione, e il cui aroma riecheggia ancora nel mio palato.

wilde_joost59 (253) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2017
From a bottle at beernight Huub. There was a lot of yeast so the color looked not so well. But in the aroma and the taste there war really a lot of good things: chocolate and also a lot of spices. Very good.

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