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


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RATINGS: 3071   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.

MarcoE's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoE (12) - - APR 14, 2012
Mooi dik, donker bier. Eerst flink wat schuim, maar dat zakt snel weg. Blijft een mooi crèmig laagje van over. Je zou een sterker aroma verwachten. Caramellig, zoet, moutig. Smaak is complex; zoet, bitter, cacao, koffie, drop, beetje banaan. Heel goed in evenwicht. Hier is heel veel aandacht aan besteed. Mondgevoel is opvallend. Heel veel koolzuur die prikt op de tong. Espresso-met-suiker-achtige, droogbittere nasmaak. Beste bier van de wereld blijft natuurlijk iets heel subjectiefs, maar dit torent in elk geval heel hoog boven de meeste soortgenoten uit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbothy (1072) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Pours dark brown with a shedload of sediment. One of the most unclear beers I’ve poured, and not in a good way. Small head. Alcoholic aroma, malt and port. Flavour is port, raisins, coffee, caramel and cinnamon. Smooth but the alcohol burns a bit. Excellent beer let down by the unclean look.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StueyD (1107) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
A dark cloudy brown coloured beer with a thick off white head. A surprisingly light aroma, but by no means lacking, yeasty bread dough and Marmite, ripened dark fruits, Port-like raisiny and vinous. Full mouthfeel. An assault the tastebuds, from all directions! Sour and yeasty. Dry, roasted malt, some espresso coffee. Sweet ripened fruits, raisins, plums and cherries and Port-like. Did I miss anything! The reputation this beer has is utterly justified. Tasted at "In de Vrede", Westvleteren.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (181) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Aroma deep bready with a spirit like clean alcohol aroma. Slightly dark fruity. Mahogany brown. Ours is a little hazy as opening fizzed up the sediment. Flat tasting unfortunately as much carbonation has been lost. Very boozy with toasted, sweet dark sugar. No aromatic notes as expected so probably this bottle didn’t travel very well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottled December 2012. Lived up to my expectations. Was very similar to how I remember St. Bernardus 12. Seems better, but maybe some of that is my excitement over trying this. In any case, just what a quadrupel should taste like, and a very special beer indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snegurochka (382) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
330ml bottle, kindly shared by Finn 18.06.14. Dark brown body. Delicious and well balanced aroma of raspberry, plum, figs, malt, soy and notes of pepper. Molasses, leaves, maple syrup, earthy notes, nuts, caramel. Very complex and nice bitterness that lingers on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (593) - - JUL 5, 2014
Small bottle. Split with friends and family on several different occasions. Just awesome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Harkyto (10) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2014
No aroma, color brown, no alcohol perception, maltose flavours, no hop perception. Really good beer if you love maltose and swet beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerd16 (181) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
What a magnificent pour! Chestnut brown body supports a mountainous head that retreats only slightly. Phenomenal lacing. Aroma is a little subdued but compensates with vast array of scents:bread, raisins, plum, spices and some buttery vanilla. Facets combined provide fruit bread, stollen. Delicious. Flavors are not harmonized; they operate in distinct layers. Sweet malt before raisins and plums, some metal. Coating of yeast, bread, Burned toast in the finish. Some alcohol warmth left in its wake. Palate is a little transient. There is a magnificent depth and complexity but the construction of components is a little unrefined. Rating it a 4.3 is a little generous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tantore (9) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
The nose shows some malty notes and some oak like notes. The palate is the highlight here both in flavor and feel. Mouthcoating and velvety with mild sweetness and cleansing bitterness. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesmonstro76 (4) - - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
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