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

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RATINGS: 3403   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcdav2154 (449) - - OCT 14, 2012
Had this during a blind taste test with St. Bernardus with the hopes of not getting caught up in the hype. I then chose what I believed to be the best between the two. The taste between the two was identical with plums, brown sugar, and citrus all being the most prevelant. I ended up choosing glass 2 (revealed as Westvleteren) to be the winner due to how much more intense all the flavors and smells were. In short, they are identical except Westvleteren is WAY more intense on all levels which in my mind makes it one of the top beers in the world.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (362) - SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2015 I finally got hold of this beauty, bottled in 2014 from Belgian Happiness.
The beer pours dark brown with a little hint of copper and is hazy. Almoust compact liquid. A two finger high, beige, head that dissapears pretty quick and leaves lacing.

Nose: Soft touch of yeast, dark bread, fruity esters, plum, raisin, dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee and molasses. Itís a very sweet nose.
So wonderful nose - I could stay here, just feeling the nose...
Taste: Wow! Brown sugar, caramel malt, carmelized sugar, some dark notes of coffee and leather, dark bread, riasin, dried fruit and molasses. It?s beatiful!
Body: Medium body and carbonation. A bitterness that works together with the sweet malt. Thick, complex structure. I just LOVE this beer! It is definitely one of the best!

Previously I have had a lot of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and as I?ve been told - It i pretty close. But this is the master!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christophe75 (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015 does not count
Had the pleasure to drink this fine beer several times already, even before it became rare. My advice is to let it age! When you get the chance of buying it, hide it and forget about it for 5 to 10 years. Recently drank one that was 6 years old and it was the best I ever had. The taste was complex, rich and naturally sweet. Outstanding! My absolute Number 1.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wsnich (27) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Solid Quad, just donít understand the hype. I consider the likes of Rochefort to be a much better representation of a belgian quad.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Carpenter319 (1) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2015 does not count
Finally got to slay this dragon, excellent all around as expected. now to find the #8.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RasmusAberg (2) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Yep, this is the best beer in the world, in my humble opinion. I guess that the difficulty of getting it adds to the already great taste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SimonBlok (22) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma: Red fruits, banana, cinnamon, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee. Taste: Quite sweet with nice bitterness. Notes of red fruits, cherry, caramel, banana, butterscotch, boozy. Head is smooth and long lasting, carbonation is lively. Texture is smooth and a little sticky. Finish is very long, a little bitter with notes off bread and banana. This is definitely the best beer iíve had so far!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChtiBreizh (183) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 12, 2015
On tap at In de Vrede. Pours deep mahogany with tan creamy head. Lots of dried fruits in the aroma, figs, dates, molasses, a touch of flowers. creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Alcohol nearly imperceptible. Excellent. What makes it better than Rochefort or St Bernardus Abt is the balance and the soft velvety mouthfeel, while the other two have some roughness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (420) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Aroma is figs, nutty, sweet fruit, caramel, complex. Appearance is brown, light brown head. Taste is...caramel, apple, figs, nuts, so much happening. Mouthfeel is thick, perfect carbonation, wow. Overall, not a fan of the style but itís hard to not like this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
bistobhoy (11) - dublin, IRELAND - AUG 6, 2015
Travelled to Belgium with my wife to sample loads of drink but found it very late on the day i was leaving in an off licence. Because we only had carry on luggage we could not bring it back on the plane. So we had to do the only option open to us and drink it in a local park. So even on a bright day in a local park the drink was one of the best we have had. Its smooth but heavy and rich. Highly recommended

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NateH10s (33) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
33cl bottle in Westy glass A dark Amber brown with thick fine off white head A sweet yeasty, fresh dough, and caramel malt, cereal T minimal sweetness, light bitter, P rich creamy thick mid to late mild bitterness O great full classic quad, I need to stock up on this in belgium, always delicious, best of Belgium


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