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


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RATINGS: 3814   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 wont bore you, Ill 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vomyboy (16) - MONTSERRAT - MAY 29, 2017
Perfect beer anyway, anywhere, anyhow. It was #1 in the world and this is the place it should remain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Michi38 (161) - Cracow, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bardzo ciemno-bordowe, prawie czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana kremowa, średnio-obfita, drobna, szybko redukuje się do obręczy. W zapachu suszone figi, rodzynki, daktyle, leciutko wyczuwalny alkohol, trochę słonecznika i karmelu. W smaku słonecznik, daktyle, figi, rodzynki, trochę paloności. Posmak słonecznikowy, palony.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anova167 (361) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAY 27, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2017 Thanks to Stefan Savislan for bringing this back from Belgium for me. Pours with a giant beige head that takes minutes to dissipate. Forms foam spiderwebs in the glass. Big yeasty aroma. Notes of clove and stone fruit. Doesnt hide the alcohol either. Kind of stings the nostrils. The flavor is very complex and tingles the front of my tastebuds. Brown sugar, ripe stone fruit, raisin. Livelier mouthfeel than I was expecting. A bit of alcoholic heat going down. Lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (975) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 27, 2017
I bought this back in 2005 from The Belgian Shop. This pours from 12oz bottle( stamped date of 07 06 08) a deep brown that you just cant see through, ok, Ill say murky. The head takes up about 20% of my New Belgium goblet and is an off white and is thick and billowy that I imagine myself being able to a take a bite out of it and it would be chewy. Also, theres a few sprinkles on the top of the head from the sediment. The smell has a realy dark fruity nose to it, raisin-prine-plum-fig, along with some chocolate, yeast, coffee, and yeah, a bit of the alcohol. The taste on first sip has the dark fruits at center stage. Subtly sweet portions of plum, raisin, fig, some dark cherry, a touch of chocolate and cofee(and I do mean just a touch) and a slight bitterness in the form of some citrus near the tail end of the sip and it carries on right through the finish where I also get some of the alcohol that warms the throat during the swallow. This is so darn complex that I fear my words will not do it justice but hey, Im doing the best I can. ;^) Ok, Im about 2/3rds of the way through my glass and the chocolate is a bit more pronounced now and that simply adds to how silky smooth the mouthfeel is. And look at all that sticky lacing on the sides of my glass! This is the second of my bottles Ive tasted(the last one was shortly after I received them) and Im as impressed now as I was then....a 2 year span. Bottom line: Yeah, I spent a few bucks to get my bottles of Westvletern 12(and 8) and I could have bought lots of other beers for the cost but, I feel that the money was spent well. Ive had other quadrupels before and I liked them. Im partial to the style. Is this the best example of the style that Ive had to date? You darn tootin. Is it because of the scarcity factor? No. Its because my palate tells me that it is *that* damn good. Complexity in the taste? This has it. Complexity that has all the flavours working in harmony? This has it. A great looking appearance in a glass? This has it. A nose that keeps you sniffing before every sip? This has it. A mouthfeel that is both silky smooth and chewy at the same time? This comes very close. Drinkability that goes through the roof? Just about. So, would I buy some again? At current prices?(US$18 per bottle plus shipping from Belgium) Maybe, but if it was as "easily" available as other examples of the style, Id buy it by the case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (7504) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2017
Tap @TCBW 2017 (as "Monky Business"). Hazy chestnut color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Looks nice. Floral, bready, sweet, toast, caramel in aroma. Faint alcohol, nutty, toast, caramel, herbal, roast and bready in taste. Bit yeasty and sweet and herbal in aftertaste. Alcohol is covered. Bit raw and young, but quite drinkable. 7/4/7/4/14 = 3.6
330ml bottle (BB 04.2016, thanks Kairi). Clear dark chestnut color. Huge size, yellow-beige head, stays forever. Herbal, caramel, sweet, yeasty, floral, fruity in aroma. Caramel, fruity, sweet, bit yeasty, woody in taste. Caramel and floral and sweetish in aftertaste. Perfect balance! Highly drinkable! More! 7/4/8/5/16 = 4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dgbeer (5) - - MAY 26, 2017 does not count
Bottle given to me by my sister at Christmas. Very good - great colour, intense, sweet to taste, a bit of pear. Fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dimeon (112) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 26, 2017
A: Muddy dark brown with a big tan head N: Dates, plums, prunes, dark chocolate T: Bitter, molasses, dates, summer fruits, sugar candy. P: Full O: Everything it is cracked up to be. Brilliant!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruuurd (223) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2017
This beer might be a bit pricy (15 euro the place I bought it) but it is a special one. Its not a beer you drink, its an experience. The story behind it, the fact that its hard to get makes it pricy but worth to taste/drink it at least one time in your life! Drank this beer on the 26th of November 2016, a special night for me, together with my father in law.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
razvanash (5) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2017 does not count
A bit to pricey for when you can get almost the same sensations at a lower price from Rochefort 10 or St. Beranardus. Almost is the key word. A bit tastier than the later two, but tastier enough to explain the price difference? Definitely no. A go to beer for first timers, a must try for everybody but not the type of beer you go back to very often.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALIBALI (1843) - 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!!!!!

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