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

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RATINGS: 3173   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Poured form 12 oz brick bottle. Pours a nice dark amber color with a light tan foamy head that lasts a good while. Aroma is sweet fruit, malty, with the notes of bananas and alcohol. Flavor is initially a nice sweet malt fruit flavor which turns into a nice ester/banana alcohol flavor at the end. The great thing is this flavor transitions to the backend very smoothly with a long lasting end flavor. Mouthfell is silky and the carbonation is medium-above average. This is an awesome beer. Did this side by side with Abt. 12 and Roch. 10. Final response was W12>A12>R10. A12 was close and well worth the price point but W12 is definitely better.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kiichi (3) - - OCT 21, 2014 does not count
The one I had was from 2012. The complexity of smell and taste is insane here. Started drinking when it was still a slight bit too cold, but as it warmed up the focus shifted a lot allowing me to pick out a load of notes which changing intensity. The variety and depth is mind-boggling; from cognac to plums, over cloves and burned muscavado sugar up to dried bitter orange peel and drops of fresh grape juice, to a good cigar, and much more. On the minus side I had hoped for a fuller mouthfeel and the last bit in the Glass got unpleasantly bitter, though pouring fresh is a remedy there. All in all not my favorite beer I have ever tasted, but certainly the best one. That also tells you about my stance on the hype.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZeroDome (8) - GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
Well, its definitly a damn fine beer. Drank one fresh at "Cafe in de Vrede" and took a sixpack home. Bottle now abput 6 month old. Aroma: Caramel, fruits, raisin, (vanilla), ... very spicey, hint of alcohol. Appearance: Dark Brown, not clear, first good head then with few minutes becoming less. Taste: Medium sweet, not to heavy, not bitter or sour. Carbonation is good. Very nice, but a bit hyped. Fits perfectly into style, though i like Rochefort 10 more ;)

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ItyMeuh (8) - Danderhall, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Simply the best beer I have had the privilege to drink. A challenge to obtain, which adds to the experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melnis (185) - LATVIA - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma- champagne, Munich malt?, malty bear poured on bath house stones. Taste- perfectly balanced, sweet with it’s aroma and tiramisu taste.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
melush (838) - SPAIN - OCT 17, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en La Birra. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, dulce, ligeramente a chocolate, muy ligeramente a alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
dark brown colour with a fine head, very complex aroma: bread, raisins and black chocolate, impressive malty palate, deep balance between sweetness and bitterness, slightly oily, the finish is moderately dry showing candy sugar, plums, gingerbread and a long warming alcohol touch

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bewyder (32) - FRANCE - OCT 15, 2014
Incroyablement équilibrée, ni trop lourde, ni trop sucrée, amertume et notes café parfaitement mesurées, hyper onctueuse, hyper agréable, hyper gustative, mousse sublime. Première dégustation au bar La Tête A l’Envers, Vincennes, France, en décembre 2012.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Westvleteren chalice. A: Pours a light brown color which is very cloudy. Many particles can be noticed floating around. Forms a medium, creamy and medium bubbled beige head. Good retention and only few thin molasses lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top S: Very sweet and fruity upfront. Strong notes of dark fruits like, plums and grapes. Raisins. Strong notes of brown bread, caramel malts and roasted malts. Candy sugar, brown sugar, Belgian yeasts and some alcohol T: As suggested by the nose. Sweet and fruity upfront. Strong notes of dark fruits (grapes and plums) and dry dark fruits (dates ans raisins), brown bread, caramel malts, candy sugar, Belgian yeasts and earthy hops. A bit of bubblegum sensation. Nice light bitter end. Hops are bit grassy and bit citrus. Great bittersweet balance M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Fruity and mainly bready aftertaste. Bittersweet O: Deliciously drinkable despite of the high ABV. Perfect Belgian Trappist. Perfect Belgian Quad. Not as good as Rochefort 10 but, this is another story... ;) [ BA Review @ 9/3/2009 ]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neorej80 (102) - - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Fruity sweet aroma, eed/brown colour and a smalle off-white head. Flavours of cherry, caramel and malty. Little dry sparkling on the tongue. Nice liquorice and sweet aftertaste. Great!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. How to rate this one? How can anything be said about this white whale that hasn’t been said before? Well, it probably can’t. Pours very dark brown, with a big creamy head. Aroma is very nice roasted malts with caramel and toffee, dark fruits and chocolate, notes of yeast and wood, some subtle burned notes, leather and coffee, as well as bread and syrup. Full body with a creamy texture, and soft to average carbonation. Flavour is sweet with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, lots of dark fruits and molasses, fruity yeasty notes of sweet cocoa, as well as some nicely integrated notes of sweet and warming alcohol. Nice sweet malty finish with toffee and cocoa. Very smooth and velvety and with an incredible drinkability for its ABV. Some variation between the batches, but nevertheless this is truly a world class beer!


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