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

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RATINGS: 3389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BenDover (216) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2012
This is a 4 year old bottle that made its way to me via a friend who got it from another friend living in Germany. Pours a dark cloudy brown, good amount of extremely dense tan foam, leaves behind some fine lacing. Aroma is very lush: figs, cherries, sweetness. Taste is simultaneously smoky, sweet and malty, oaky and earthy, and fruity - raisins and figs most prominently. An extremely complex beer; the specific flavors seem to change subtly with each sip.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (212) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed on 10/19/2012. 330 mL bottle poured into a cervoise. 2001 bottle. Best by 9/7/2004. Won this bottle in a raffle at the Funky Buddha. Pours a murky reddish brown with a surprising off white head. Chunky and sedimenty. Collar of foam. Sherry and other oxidized aromas comes through first. Very fruity. The caramel malt still comes through. Tastes significantly better than the aroma. The oxidation makes it a little creamier. Lots of sherry. No booze. Buckets of dark fruit. A touch sweet with a somewhat rough cardboard finish. No booze. Low carbonation. Way too oxidized, but it’s still pleasant to drink. I should really review a fresher bottle. This is really oxidized but the quality of the beer still comes through. Westy with sherry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (35) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Important note: Don’t drink this beer directly from the fridge. At fist the aroma and taste were weak. Unpleasant carbonated because I repeatedly belched. And no perfect look as it’s head was small and irregular with different sized bubbles. My fist notes were coffee, cherries and spices. But when the beer got warmer, his real potential came more noticeable. More sweetness, more dried fruits, spicyness, chocolate and of course the alcohol. Quite complex, but not as much I remembered. I guess it must get better with aging. Bottle cap 13.05.2018.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slautar (121) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
W aromacie czuć alkohol i owoce przez co kojarzy mi się ze śliwowicą. Nie zdziwiłbym się gdyby się okazało, że braciszkowe piwo ma z tym napitkiem coś wspólnego. Barwa ciemnobrązowa. Piwo jest mętne z wyraźną zawiesiną (pewnie śliwki). W smaku owoce (upieram się przy śliwce) podane na półsłodko z bardzo delikatną goryczką w tle. Wyraźny i lekko rozgrzewający alkohol przyjemnie drapie w gardle. Mam wrażenie, jakbym pił zupełnie dla mnie nowy gatunek alkoholu i szczęśliwie trafił na jego najlepszego reprezentanta. Patrząc na to z tej perspektywy wydatek 40zł nie wydaje się wielką rozpustą a jeżeli dodać do tego satysfakcję z degustowania najlepszego piwa świata to cena staje się błahostką. Tym piwem chcę celebrować moje życiowe sukcesy!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leischka (34) - - JUL 23, 2015
A: Karamelli, suklaa, kahvi, pähkinä, mallas, hedelmä A: tumma mahonki, ei läpikuulla, vähän punervaa reunoissa. hyvä tiheä pitkäikäinen vaahto M: maku antaa mitä aromit lupaa. Makeahko. P: Kevyen alkoholinen, tuhti, muhkea runko. Pitkä jälkimaku ja polte. Probably the best beer in the world.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle enjoyed last night to celebrate the birth of our daughter. Typically for a milestone beer I’m liable to get a bit wordy, but at the risk of getting too sappy and sentimental I’ll just leave it at "welcome to the world, little one."

Best before date of 01-08-15, so just got this one under the wire. Originally from the Westy 6-pack brick that landed in the US a few years back. Thanks to my little brother for picking it up at John’s Grocery for me, and thanks to pepsican for packing it up and shipping it here. Pours clear dark mahogany with ruby highlights into the chipped St Bernardus chalice Eugene scored for me. Tan head lasts briefly, only as long as the pour. Aroma: deep and rich. Plums, dark fruit, toffee, bread, dough, molasses, and grape. Intoxicating. Pretty much everything I could hope for in a quad. Despite being nearly 3 years old now, it doesn’t strike me as "old" -- still vibrant with no perceptible cardboard (well, maybe just a bit right down at the end if I’m looking extra hard for it). Taste follows, with rich delectable molasses sweetness that is still nowhere near cloying. Alcohol is clearly present, but not harsh. Palate: full body, silky luxurious texture, soft-to-average carbonation. Overall: Most of the 6-pack is gone now -- shared with friends or given as gifts. I’ll save the objective comparison test for the last bottle (blind quad tasting anyone?), but I’m glad this is the bottle I rated. A singular beer on a singular night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (614) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 BBD: 29/11/15 Color marrón oscuro, aromas a malta, pasas, sabor dulce, buen cuerpo.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1003) - Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 7 Sep 2014 -- Shared by Adrian, thanks buddy. Wow, lots of dark fruits. I wish I just had a case sitting around to sip on special occasions.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (570) - New York, USA - JUL 17, 2015
33 cl bottle. Best by 01/28/18. Pours murky brown with an almost grey brown head. Aroma is dark cherries, figs, dates, Some cinnamon, spices, chocolate, caramel. Really nice and as it warms the Aroma gets better. Flavor is fairly standard quad but ramped up in quality. Dark raisins, figs, cinnamon, toffee, dark cherries, plum, caramel, breadiness, and Belgian yeast. Very soft low carbonation mouthfeel, almost creamy. Finish is some mild/medium hop bitterness that actually balances nicely and adds a layer of complexity. Flirts with astringency without really getting there. It’s very good. But if you can’t get this, pick up a bottle of rochefort 10 and find solace in knowing that it’s just as good if not a better beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1092) - GREECE - JUL 16, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Dark copper color with reddish notes and beige head. Aroma is yeasty and malty, light spicy, fruity, dark dried fruits, caramel, light wineous. Sweet taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvaCandido (43) - Padova, ITALY - JUL 15, 2015
Low foam retention, bright and dark brown. Toasty and malty in aroma. Good body balanced by bitterness.


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