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


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RATINGS: 3118   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HULK777 (350) - - JUN 27, 2014
Very nice and complex aroma of candy, honey, malts, peppermint, fruits, and flowers. Contained (but long lasting) typical "Trappist" taste, with hints of peppermint and apples.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tastybeer (1713) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2014
XII Bottle, courtesy b3shine, thanks! Pour is near clear copper, big tan head. Short retention/some lace, big legs. Aroma of dark fruit, ester, cinnamon, light roast, apple brandy, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, fruity, estery, warming. Palate is dry, slick, soft, sweet finish. Remarkably drinkable for 10+ abv - probably best it’s hard to get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (539) - NORWAY - JUN 26, 2014
Mørk brunrød farge med lys beige skum. Lukter gjær, alkohol og mørke stenfrukter. Rund og balansert i smak. Fyldig. Får litt "cherryfeeling". Lang og god bitter avslutning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
songokuh (1) - - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (949) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle us release, pours murky brown with tons of carb. Aroma is rich sweet dark fruits. Taste is rich dark fruits with a fairly bitter and dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
terrybail (594) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
330 ml bottle courtesy of Dave Rachar for my 50th 1996 vintage (I am now 53 not sure why I waited 3 years) Well was not expecting this to live up to the hype’ well I was wrong this is lovely The aroma is huge huge fruit Not sure what else to say and not sure wether the age makes a difference in the flavor but wow this is good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Serapac (100) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle bought in a brussels Sunday market from a lady selling cheese... Coffee colour and beige head typical of Abt beers. Aroma combines ripe fruits with malts. Taste coffee, chocolate, cinamon, palate all that and turning a bit malty again. Very nice and complex overall, but probably a bit overrated thanks to the mystery surrounding it. Still glad to have tried finally, even though 8 euros was a rather steep price. In this category, I would probably keep a slight preference for St. Bernardus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franksv6 (133) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle 6 years old. Westvleter is difficult to obtain in the Netherlands, and the price of € 12.50 is very expensive but this beer makes everything good. Color: Dark brown with a beige head. Taste: plums, raisins, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, well balanced sweetness, spicy. Togetter with the struisse Pannepot, the best beers out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cjldm (40) - - JUN 18, 2014
Third time drinking, first time reviewed. Won in an online competition (RRP AU$80). No date printed on the cap (?!). Poured in a Westmalle chalice. Had been in the fridge 15 minutes. Pours with a big, fat uneven head that hangs around for a couple of minutes. Typical dirty quad look. Smells of plums and brandy, brown sugar, Trappist yeast. All the classics. The typical quad smell. Most similar to Rochefort's red wine barrel qualities, but you can definitely smell the St Bernardus relationship. Starting to warm up as I sip it... Wow. My mouth is so full I feel like I'm almost having an allergic reaction. This is without a doubt the most complex beer I have ever had. The first time I ever tried it, I picked up on the fact that it had not just Rochefort's dark fruits, but also it's own sweet berry fruits too - baked together in a dry, yeasty brown sugar cocoa and raisin cake. ...and the flavour develops every few minutes as it warms. A third of the way in and I'm getting sweet, bitey Lambrusco at the front of my mouth and a wave of brown sugar raisins coming backwards over the tongue. I think it's still a little young though, hard to tell without a date. The mouthfeel is huge. Beautiful carbonation and alcohol warmth that carries the sweetness without St Bernardus' drier, doughier feel. Don't ever let anyone tell you St Bernardus is 'the same' (I've been to both the St Bernardus brewery and In de Vrede twice!). If anything, it's closer to Rochefort 10. At the end of the day though, it's just a beer and your glass will eventually be empty. Definitely the best quad, but Pannepot and Rochefort are essentials too. St Bernardus comes after this (in spite of the similarities - it still uses St Sixtus yeast, but Westvletern moved to Westmalle yeast in 1992 when the contract arrangement ended - somehow it makes a world of difference). Save up your money and go to Belgium. If you can't make it to In de Vrede it would be well worth paying €10-15 for on the grey market. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moravius (451) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) aus einer Sechserpackung, erstanden im Kloster und ein Jahr im heimischen Keller gelagert. - Dunkles Kastanienbraun, ausdauernder beigefarbener Schaum. - Im Antrunk schwere dunkle Frucht, intensives Röstmalz und vornehme Karamelsüße. Wunderbar sahniges, samtiges Mundgefühl. Nougat, Mokka und eine Andeutung von flambierter Banane. Schmeckt wie verdichtetes, konzentriertes Bier - voller Aroma, aber auch von vollendeter Harmonie. Die zarte Säure, die bei einer frischen Flasche vor Ort noch zu schmecken war, ist verschwunden, aber eine frische, leicht krautig-würzige Hopfennote ist noch vorhanden. Im Abgang und Nachtrunk dominiert kräftige aber vornehme Röstmalzbittere. - Unglaublich reich und komplex, ein großartiges Bier, das seinen Kultstatus verdient hat. Das lange Lagern hat sich gelohnt.

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