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

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RATINGS: 3078   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (756) - - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle is about 2 years or so old. Murky pour, fairly small head. Raisin, plum, brown sugar, light spices, toffee in the aroma. Lots of dried dark fruit here, raisin, fig, plum, dark toffee, a bit of anise. Quite nice and will be happy to revisit the other 2 I have stashed away in coming years.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fall_ep78 (45) - DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Desværre skal man skrive en hel del for at fylde dette felt ud og med denne øl er det ikke nødvendigt at skrive andet end følgende: Dette er en råddent fantastisk øl - slut prut!

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Chareus (1) - USA - MAY 9, 2014 does not count
Over rated. Do they even drink beer in the Netherlands ? Or is this like in France? Maybe they should make some wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (2620) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
330ml bottle, massive thanks to Ian aka Harrisoni. Pours dark caramel brown with a small head. Aroma is dark fruits, toffee, caramel, molasses and booze. Taste is toffee and cola to start. Rich fruity caramel finish. Boozy. Good shit.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (654) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 6, 2014
11.2oz bottle (brick version) thanks to Bbdubn! Pours cloudy dark toasted red-brown with a finger of head. Nose is fruity earthy bread, fig, raisin, cherry, a touch of booze. Taste is creamy earthy dark bread, berry, nuts, grapes, fig, fruity, a bit more carbonated than expected but mellowed after a few minutes in glass. Finish is bready fruit, raisin, sweet maple notes, berry. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle thanks to Eddie. Best by 10.02.15. Pours a cloudy, light brown body with lots of garnet coloring on the edges. Fluffy, tan head is sticky and lasting. Chunky yeast particulate detracts. Aroma has sweet, rosy alcohol accompanied by light brown sugar, plum, and grape. Rich cherry flavors come through on the first sip followed by faint apricot and cinnamon. More grape, too. Pleasantly dry palate and effervescent carbonation. Malt forward with a slight slickness that works. Overall a very nice beer. Very repeatable and smooth for its ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6514) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Here is another beer I’ve tried on several occasions, most recently following a trade with b3shine. I’ve deferred rating it because I wanted to be certain of my perceptions. I’ve tried it on its own, and alongside 4 year aged St.B12. The four bottles of Westy 12 I’ve tried are all fairly fresh, less than 18 months old to the best of my knowledge. Admittedly this is not my favourite style, but even with that concession I must say that this beer was excellent, but not anywhere near top-10 for me. The aged St.B12 was preferable to all present during a masked tasting, showing greater nuances and complexity, a rounder profile, and a less boozy finish. I’m happy to have another half dozen in my cellar to try this again in years to come.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
tstyle64 (1) - Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2014 does not count
Nice smooth and recognizable fruit flavors while not being overpowering. So glad to finally see what all the fuss is about. Belgium style is not always my favorite but this one goes right to the top of the list among the beer I’ve had. Definitely worth a try if you can get some.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Dark brown color with a big persistent foam collar. Aromas of fig, plum, raisins, anise, cloves and sugar. Taste of raisins, fig, plum, anise, cloves, licorice, wood and a little bit of wine and cherry. Very good mouthfeel, very well balanced. Couleur brun foncé avec un beau col de mousse persistant. Nez de figue, prune, raisins secs, anise, clou de girofe et sucre. Saveurs de raisins secs, figue, prune, anise, réglisse, bois et un peu de vin et de cerise. Bière très bien équilibrée.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (1707) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Massive thanks to Harrisoni for this big want. Cheers Ian. Also thanks to Richthevillan for being the mule. Cheers Rich. 37th birthday beer no 13. Bottle. Dark brown beer with medium head and a little patchy lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation in glass leading to a slightly lively pour. Aroma of toffee, yeast and raisins. Taste is some sweet malts, toffee, yeast, a little spice, dark stewed dried fruit and prunes. There is also some alcohol warmth with banana. Medium to full bodied, a moderate amount if oil and light carbonation on the tongue. Not quite as good as the Rochefort 8 in my opinion but second to it. Superb.


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