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


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RATINGS: 3334   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kustie (296) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown and red color with small head. Ripe fruits, caramel, chocolate, yeast in aroma. Taste is quite sweet but has some bitter elements and nice very long aftertaste. Flavors of malt, ripe fruits, toffee, nuts, chocolate, plums and oak. Very interesting and complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
loverbeer58 (10) - - FEB 14, 2015
Migliore birra al mondo? Non me ho idea, magari troppo hype intorno alla birra, ma che ha una complessità incredibile con note dolci al cioccolato ed alle prugne inizialmente, con poi richiami secchi sul finale. Bevuta unica.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cassius (87) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2015
Niet hele sterke geur en troebel bruin van kleur. Beide geen positieven. De smaakdiepte echter is fantastisch. Bitter en zoet en sterk. Heerlijk complex. Bijna stroperig in de mond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
martin00sr (1247) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2015
So... the famous number twelve... 2013 bottle kept for my rating #1000. Let’s see. Murky brown with creamy light beige head. Looks nice and solid. Aroma of dried fruit with light alcohol notes, ok. Flavour has spicy caramel, dried fruit and maltyness, complex and very well balanced. Warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with light, tickling carb. Verrry drinkable. Thanks to Bamsen and MiP for taking me along so far!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spatenfan (43) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Poured from a bottle brought back from Belgium. I’ve heard that this beer was over-hyped. Definitely not the case. Aroma was sweet dark fruit. Appearance was dark brown to black. Taste is absolutely wonderful. Soft, sweet, dark fruit goodness. For me the alcohol is totally hidden, just fantastic. I had this beer side by side with a St Bernardus Abt 12. To me, it was almost a night and day difference. The Westvleteren is much more refined. Pure perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlizzardOz (14) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels. Pours dark brown with a good thick head. Lots of dark dried fruit and spices. Rich dark sugar flavours. Incredibly well balanced with no one flavour overpowering. Lovely smooth and creamy texture with light but dense carbonation. It is the balance of all the many complex flavours that makes this such a special quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (3315) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2015
06-FEB-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben Tasting, my place, from Kvickly Allerød and from Fish & Beer. Had a fresh and a 7 year old side by side as well as a fresh Rochefort 10. all the usual Quad stuff. Yeast, spice, figs, bread, touch of licorice. Very sweet, full body, medium carbonation. Not very bitter. No difference between this and Rochefort 10. I mean no. I try to find something but they seem like the same drink. I look for small differences in e.g. carbonation or bitterness but no. Perhaps this is a milimeter more bitter than Rochefort, but still very close. Off course the seven year old version is softer, more vinous. Also more complex. I like the age-thing It is a great beer. It is all about balance. Though Quads are not really my style I get the grandness in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christopsy (133) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
WOW! Bottle at home. Ordered from online shop. Poured a lovely brown with a nice frothy head. Smells sweet, almost caramel. Tastes sweet, but not too sweet. Caramel, wood-y, just the right amount of bitterness. A wonderful beer! Would love to try again, but don’t see that happening any time soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TurtleBrain (19) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle @ home shared with DroolYeast. Yeasty aroma with a hint of nuts and caramel. Hazy brown appearance with a small head lasting. At first a medium alcohol sweetness followed by a long lasting heavy bitter taste. Full body with an smooth oily texture and light+ carbonation and long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierridder_S (155) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
31/01/2015 33cl bottle @godmother’s Dark brown colour with fast dissipating head. Aroma : malts, caramel, nuts, alcohol. Taste same but a bit too much alcohol on this one.

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