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


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RATINGS: 3691   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2010
A bottle I received from the generous Bert in a beer trade. When opening the box of goodies the last one I pulled out was the Westy 12 and I was completely floored. I enjoyed this one with company for a special occasion. It poured a dark hazy brown with a medium tan head that simmered down to a thin film. The aroma was sweet, dark malt fruit shine. I think raisins was the only flavor I could pick out, though it was much thinner than I expected. Fine perfect bitterness in the finish. There is nothing wrong here that I can see. It is not my favorite style of beer but Im hard pressed to find anything wrong with it at all. Bert you are the man!!! Thank you! (months later)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngunity (129) - - DEC 7, 2016
The ten year quest ends with a 330ml bottle poured into tulip glass served approx 12c. Head was foamy but not very thick or pretty, dissapating quite fast Id describe the head retention as poor. Seemed a bit of yeast sediment in bottle. Appears a murky opaque brown. Aroma is a little wine like and a bit boozy not great. Flavour is refined and sweet and masks the high abv. Tastes like a sweeter big Belgian beer. Good but not the best

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
horto008 (183) - Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Ive been waiting a long time to write this review as it has taken me a long time to find the beer...luckily a trip to Germany solved it. That said, its hard to rate a legendary beer, especially one that consistently is placed as the best beer in the world category. BUT. My take it on it is this: its a really, really, good Belgian strong ale. If youre a serious IPA drinker, calling this the best beer in the world would be like trying to explain to a classical music aficionado why Kanye West deserved a Grammy. For me, I thought it had an amazing apple-ness to it, enough toast/bread notes to subdue the sweetness, and a bit of an alcohol edge. Its extremely flavorful and it sticks around, laces the glass, and all those things youd want to see in a great beer. Best Ive ever had? Unsure. Worth hunting for the taste? Sure, why not. Worth hunting because its a Beer Unicorn and having it increase your rank as a beer snob? Absolutely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alex7x3 (5) - Калуга, RUSSIA - DEC 4, 2016 does not count
Legendary beer, excellent taste and aroma, but not so unique as rumors about it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
il_vosa (8) - Torino, ITALY - DEC 4, 2016 does not count
Well, it is difficult to review such an icon for every beer lover; The aroma is of citrus and fruity; The apearence is absolutely great with the characteristic red/brown colour; But it is when it came to the taste that i was disappointed: an intense taste of fruit and malt with a tail of alchool and bitterness. Too far away of what I consider the best beer of the world, nothing special or different from the houndred trappist beers, and absolutely not worth such a big price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (35) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2016
330ml bottle pours very dark brown with thick foam beige head. Strong aromas of cider, dried fruit, yeast and alcohol. Tastes of pear, apple, yeasty bread, caramel malt, brown sugar and spice. Rounded, full bodied mouth feel with a long finish and a touch of fruity tartness. A very honed and refined example of a great beer style. Is it worth paying an exorbitant price for the privilege of sampling a benchmark beer from a tiny trappist brewery run by monks? Absolutely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Korcz (936) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Mocno przegazowane, alkoholowe, płaskie. Karmel, trochę suszonych, kwaskowatych owocw. Następna prba po kolejnych 3 latach w piwnicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Copid (52) - POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
W aromacie sporo suszonych owocw, karmelu, toffi i estrw. W smaku gęste, przyjemnie oblepiające, spora słodycz, rodzynki i przyjemna goryczka. Alkohol ładnie ukryty. Bardzo dobry quad, ale przehajp jest spory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlackBeerPG (401) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Taste: Bold bready, rich earthy malts, raisins, dark fruit, chewy, and balanced. Big malt and dark bread nose. Dark Mahogany in color, semi opaque with big head of sticky lace. Medium/Full body. Liquid bread, no wonder the monks could survive on this during fasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fules (908) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - NOV 27, 2016
Minimlis, azonnal eltűnő hab, sttbarna szn. Illata karamelles-kandiscukros, enyhn konyakos s prklt malts, aszalt gymlcskkel prosulva. Karamelles-kandiscukros zekkel indt, a cscsponton gymlcsk, - szilva, barack - valamint konyakos aromk trnek előre. Hossz lecsengse karamelles, prklt malts, pici konyakkal s hajszlnyi keserűvel. Testes, mgsem telt el, sőt tulajdonkppen friss hats, sznsavtartalma erős, de selymes. Nagyon finom, kiemelkedő sr, nem hiba van akkora hre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rosskyle (546) - - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Gollem. Plum Amber color with an off white head. Sweet plum chocolate aroma. Chocolate plum figs sugar raisin flavor. Heavy body. Just about the perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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