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

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RATINGS: 3312   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (832) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Pours a large mocha head atop a very dark brown body. The lacing is extremely long-lasting. Yeast is by far the most prominent smell, accompanied by some dark malts and fruits, along with a bit of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the nose with plenty of dark fruits, dark malt, alcohol, fruit and yeast spice, caramel and molasses. Very full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Complex and delicious beer. Fantastic example of the style and one of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thijster (1) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
This full bodied Trappist is a gem hard to get your hands on. Due to the very limited production the brewers maintain a very high standard in quality and taste and aroma. Truly a Divine Beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lucybeerr (1) - - MAR 29, 2015 does not count
The best beer in a world. Tasty, creamy and very expensive. I'm impressed by this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (1056) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
33cl bottle shared. Appearance: Dark redish copper with a thin offwhite head. Aroma: caramel,nuts, toffeee,raisin,light spices(nutmeg,cardarmon), roasted malts , Taste: Moderate sweet caramel malts, some very niced dosed dark fruit (figs,raisins), some spices and a hint of yeast in the finish. Light bittereness. Medium boy, soft carbonation. So finally the XII, and I was a bit dissapointed a 4 is a very good score. But the Extra 8 was more impressive for what it was. This is a Extra 8 with better taste taking the fruity tones into complext wine teritory, but with a few flaws on other aspects. 4.0 Means probably it might not even make my top 10 list of 2015. I might try a older one later this year and see if that makes the difference.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1345) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle graciously shared by alexsdad06 pours dark copper with thin ecru head. Nose caramel, toffee, raisin, light spice. Taste loads of sweeter malt flavors, raisin, pear, grape soda. Mid palate light bitter. Hint of spice on the finish. This is a 5 year old bottle, so I expect the flavors have mellowed a bit.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavidBe (30) - BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2015
Gisteren nog een paar kratten van gehaald. Blijft een geweldig bier dat weinig uitleg behoeft. Bier is zeker zo goed als de Rochefort 10, maar de belevenis rond WVXII (het bellen, het halen, de moeilijke verkrijgbaarheid...) Maken het echt een unieke ervaring.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (202) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2015
Rating no. 200 -> Pours a nice dark mahogany color. Aroma is dusty and yeasty with aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, nutmeg, cardamom, bubblegum, some slight nuttiness and general spicyness. Flavor is slightly sweet but very complex with flavors of dark fruits, dark candi sugar and yeast with a dusty, dry finish that lingers. Alcohol is not all that prominent, but you can kinda sense it after you swallow the beer. Saved this one for my 200th review, and it was well worth it. One of the best beers i have tried, hands down.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
Best example of a quadrupel beer i’ve ever tasted. Its right on the mark. Dark brown coloured beer with a firm off-white foam head. Suprisingly light when you consider the deep dark colour of the beer (and the heavy tasting brothers of the quadrupel kind out there). Roasted malts, raisins, dark fruit, light spicyness and a very smooth an dlight finish with almost no bitterness and also not a overwhelming alcohol afterglow.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (398) - Americus, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle shipped from Belgium. Pours dark, coca-cola brown with tan head. Aroma of raisins is very prominent, with a bit of cloves. Tastes of raisins, booze and nutmeg. Very light considering the color and flavors. Medium-bodied. This was the most expensive beer I’ve ever had and I enjoyed every sip. Definitely worth the money.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1173) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma of figs, raisins, yeast, cloves. Amazing flavor of figs, raisins, prunes, yeast, spices, chocolate, nuts, booze, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Medium-full body with medium-sharp carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
S_jenk (4) - - MAR 23, 2015 does not count
When I heard about how highly regarded this beer was, my first thought was "bah!". Living in Amsterdam, I decided to seek out a place that carries them, and managed to find a small local dealer selling them at €16 per 12 oz. bottle. Pricey, yes. But the beer is Truly an astounding one. The color appears dark-brownish at first, but when held to the light, presents a deep reddish-gold. The head was tan colored, almost brown. Aroma was alright, but the taste is where it's at. For an 11%, the taste is incredibly smooth. For how rich of a flavor, it's surprising drinkable. If it wasn't so rare and expensive Id be buying this beer regularly! I got hints of citrus, chocolate, coffee, and even caramel. Carbonation was perfect. It's a funny thing drinking this beer, you really do enjoy it, but end up drinking it so fast that you are wanting another! My only regret staring into my empty glass that's coated with the savory foam, is that I didn't buy another. 10/10. I won't say it's the best beer ever, because that's just assuming everyone ha the same preferences. But I will say that it is truly, honestly, well balanced. It's the beer that I'd love to serve at a party, because anyone drinking it would love the smooth, easy-going-yet-complex flavor out of it. Simpletons can enjoy it, and the most-dedicated beer lovers will have no quarrel with siting down with a bottle of this. The monks at Westvleteren know what their doing. I'm glad that they are non-profit. It makes this beer special, and drinking it reminds you that they care about quality above all. "Quantity" in their lexicon is simply stating "greed", and this rare treat for me is worth remembering. I would like to get drunk with those monks.


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