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


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RATINGS: 3087   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle 33cL. I was sitting around at a tasting Sunday, when we were about to start up the main event (side by side Dark Lord vs. Speedway). Glenn (a beeradvocate fellow) was about to leave after the imperial stout showdown, so he generously interrupted us and said, "Hey, before we move on, is there anyone here who hasn’t had Westy 12." A couple of us, myself included, replied, "Why no, Glenn, why do you ask?" At which point he proceeded to pull an unlabeled, yellow-capped bottle of this from his cooler, crack it and serve. Helluva guy. Dark brown pour, with little whilte head. Aroma is initally alcohol dominant, but gives way quickly to immense amounts of dried fruits. The yeast esters are just incredible -- cherries, dates, figs, but mainly raisins. Spices come through, too. Cloves and nutmeg mix in with the alcohol. The flavor is equally complex and interesting. Raisins dominate, but there are massive amounts of other dried fruits begging to be identified and savored. Caramel malt is there in force as well. Unfortunately the alcohol flavor is as strong as the alcohol smell -- it has to be looked past. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, but the alcohol keeps it clean on the finish. I docked its aroma and flavor for the over-present alcohol, and the overall simply because I’m not sure it lived up to the incredible hype of the world’s best. Incredible, absolutely. World’s best, not quite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RhetoricalAns (215) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle. deep brown with a red tinge. thin fizzy tan head. Great complex aroma and taste that runs the gamut of brown sugar, dark fruit, cherry, toffee, bread, chocolate. Wonderfully deep and complex. champagne like body. As good as anything else I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
droef (78) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
Is it the holy grail of beer? Well, it’s hard to find that’s for sure! But the answer is simple: YES! A bottle of 33cl costed me €16,95 but it was worth every cent! Smooth, strong, full of body and taste!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djbans (1) - - JUL 31, 2014 does not count
La cerveza perfecta y equilibrada en todos los sentidos. Lo bueno es caro muchos alucinarán con una cerveza que vale 13 euros pero aconsejo beberla al menos una vez en la vida.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruigo (1037) - PORTUGAL - JUL 29, 2014
Shared a 33cl bottle from the abbey directly. Pours a hazy dark brown colour with a thin small tan head. Red fruits, toffee, molasses, vanilla and brandy in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is a complex panoply of flavours and different sensations in the mouth. It is fruity, sweet and at the same time bitter and dry... Overall, a fantastic beer. Thank goodness I have 24 more to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wittales (627) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Appearance was cloudy light brown with tan creamy diminishing 1/2 finger head , no lacing. Aromas are toffee, deep fruits, brandy, molasses with fruity yeasts. Taste are smooth fruits of date, raisin, fig, light cherry, bourbon, sweet bread and special belguim yeasts. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with full body, then balanced lasting warming finish. Beautiful Quad, love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lukin (437) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
bottle. Pours dark brown-ruby-black with fizzy tan head. Cherries, raisins, dark fruit and berries, earth, brown sugar and toffee. The beer is deep and rich. A great beer, but what makes it special is the balance. Never too sweet or boozy, and no one flavour dominates. Every sip seems a perfect harmony. Fantastic even besides all the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (94) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at Against the Grain. Pours dark with a thick creamy head. Smells like brown sugar, bread, molasses, peppery notes. Taste is layers of caramel, grain, figs, dates, raisins. Slightly warming. Long deep finish. Just lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joserabelo (5) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Nao tem igual. Devia ter um estilo e patamar unico para esta cerveja. Papilas salivares entram em açao so de lembrar desta cerveja. Otima harmonizacao com carne e reduçao de vinho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angel77 (800) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl de Cervebel en casa el 30-06-2014 en el momento. Con fecha de cons pref para 05-10-2014. Color marrón oscuro muy turbio con bastante espuma beige claro. Aromas dulces bastante maltosos y especiados con tonos de vainillas, cacao y chocolates, un poco de miel. Sabores también maltosos, ligeramente tostados, con toques de frutos pasas uvas, higos, pan de higos, vainilla y cacao y chocolate. Cuerpo medio a fuerte, con unos muy buenos 10 vol que le dan una buena sensación alcohólica, fácil de beber con paso suave, fino y sedoso por boca, generando algo de espuma. Muy buena, de lo mejor en en el mundo belga hasta hoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home, thanks to Craig(way back in 2012!). Pours a dark brown, nose has toffee, vanilla, raisins, caramel, dark fruits, taste is sweet, rich, toffee, caramel, vanilla, fruity, boozy, but hides the 10.2% well, very drinkable.

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