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


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RATINGS: 3353   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Purchased at de Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium, enjoyed at my hotel room in Eppingen, Germany after driving about 5 hours to have the ability to purchase this beer (amongst other things to do in the great city of Brussels). Very very happy to have found this, I grabbed it and couldn’t believe I found it since the packaging is pretty minimalist. Appearance is decadent, a very very dark coffee brown with a rather thick consistency and a very abundant, frothy off white head that doesn’t want to go anywhere. Aroma is something I haven’t experienced before, it almost has a dough-like smell with notes of pepper, dark fruit notes, raisins, an amalgamation of multiple complex ingredients. Taste is unbelievable. There is not a bad thing about this beer. It starts off with a sweet plum / raisin flavor, and finishes with a lively burn that gives an eye-opening sensation. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily, the alcohol blends in nicely but lets itself known. The only drawback I’d say about this is that I can’t get it readily. A+++ brew, there was hype and I feel that it strongly met it. This is the best Belgian beer in the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (442) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Clear dark brown color with large pored foam. Shy but extremely round smell with hints of licorice. The taste is balanced as shit. Nice helpful thin but regularly appearing carbonation bubbles. Dark creamy style without being relevantly heavy. Licorice and caramel with a dark malty part. The aftertaste is smooth and a little dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerkenstock (70) - - MAY 23, 2015
Drink cool 12° C. Eye: burgundy-brown with a not too quickly dissipating white to beige head with almost no carbonation. plain bottle, like that. Nose: dried raisins, dates and plums. milk to dark chocolate, mocca perhaps and yeast Mouth: smooth, oily to creamy texture, sweet yeast, sugary and coffee notes. Palate: licorice, nuts, yeast again. Bread and leaves. Overall: Very nice, nutty, smooth, sweet and bitter as well beer. not the best belgian style though. what makes it so acknowledged is the effort you have to make to drink one. eitherway: drink one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moolesen (312) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Evening where we taste the 3 Westvleteren. 3/3. Bottle 33cl. Dark brown with a beige foamy head. Very malty aroma with a lot of rye where sweetnees is dominant. Much more interesting flavour than the 2 other Westvleteren. It’s more like drinking an old mature wine. Is it what I like? No. I like the fresh hops and definite not sweet beers. Don’t get me wrong. This is an ok beer, but nothing more than that. I’m trying to figure out why this is such an attractive beer, and the only reason I can come up with is that it is very difficult to get. Nothing more than that. Sorry. There are so many more interesting beers out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zlotta (245) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2015 0,33 l bottle from drankgigant.nl, bottled on 2/4/2014 (just over a year old). Clear, very dark ruby with a huge, foamy, almost stable, tan head. Lovely, fruity-malty aroma of figs, raisins, cherries, plums, nuts and red wine with a slightly alcoholic touch. Very intense, sweetish, fruity-malty aroma of prunes, raisins, ripe cherries, figs, nuts and toffee, followed by roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Pleasant, long, relatively hoppy and warming, alcoholic finish with a bit of rum. Full body, very creamy texture, lively carbonation. Finally! Stored it for almost a year and have not been disappointed. Very rich and complex with a wide range of flavours while being very intense. Not overly alcoholic, just enough to balance the sweetness and satisfy. Big beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Humlehode (269) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
Pours murky brown with tan head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, malt, caramel. Complex and well balanced. Smooth, off dry, medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
borre_m (588) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma has lots of caramel, sweet and complex. Taste is complex and smooth, caramel, chocolate. awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jens684 (5) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
At the source. This lives up to its reputation. Very tasty, great smell. The athmosphere in the cafe helped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2517) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Shared a bottle at Porch Nite thanks to Raith. Pours dark brown with one finger of creamy, persistent off white head. Aroma is dark fruits and cherries. Flavor follows with some pepper and malty caramel. Very nice beer. Doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but still a very nice beer. Thanks so much, Raith!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ysok02 (265) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2015
Robe brune, reflets marrons, mousse crémeuse. Nez complexe qui allie des notes de malt, du café au lait, du caramel au beurre, sur un fond d’épices douces, une pointe de houblon à l’aératiion. Bouche à l’attaque crémeuse, un très beau fruit, de la fraîcheur, de l’ampleur, une certaine sucrosité tout en gardant de la fraîcheur et de la droiture. On n’est pas dans l’opulence des Stout, mais elle possède une puissance et un équilibre impressionnant. Je suis curieux d’en boire une de 4-5 ans de cave.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roald76 (21) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
Duidelijk de zwaardere broer van nr 8. Heerlijk bier. Lange afdronk. Een rit Westvleteren waard!

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