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

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RATINGS: 3259   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours a very opaque, dark brown. You canít see through this one. A finger of off white head that lingers a bit. Decent amount of sticky lacing. The nose is well, incredible. There is so much going on. A lot of malt and Dark fruits, mainly plum, fig and raisin. A lot of pear, sparkling grape and orange zest. Caramel, spice, nutmeg, cloves and a unique sparkling wine/brandy combo. The alcohol is present but subtle. Than there is the mouth. Much of the same going on here. A huge malt backbone with a lot of dark fruits up front that fade immediately into a sweet caramel, almost creamy butterscotch like flavor. Nutmeg and cloves blended in perfectly again with that alcohol/wine mix followed with some licorice. Very smooth finish. Best beer in the world? Yes. Definitely!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
norbertvangeyt (2) - Erpe-Mere, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt tot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om het te drinken.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matthie (2) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt rot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om te drinken.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Pours reddish brown, brown to beige head. Aroma of malt, fresh tobacco, caramel. Really complex taste with caramel, banana, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, it just kept getting better. Not as smooth as the Westy 8, but very impressive. Full body, great texture, very long finish. There is a reason it is so in demand.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrana (510) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Quite a bit better than I remembered from having it before. Has a very light mouthfeel but an extreme amount of flavor. Light caramel with grape-like flavor and subtle belgiany pepper & slight bubblegum year flavor. Quite balanced. Not syrupy, just smooth and light.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmacklin (317) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a murky, dark reddish brown with a small, short lived beige head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, spices, alcohol, vanilla and liquorice. Sweet and complex flavours of plum, raisin, caramel, banana, liquorice, vanilla, oak, spices... the list goes on... with a slightly bitter, warming alcohol finish. Full body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Extremely well balanced. An excellent beer but not perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
belgoman (1) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
Ein sehr reichhaltiges Bier. Wunderbarer Geschmack. Ein unverkennbares Bier, man erkennt es aus vielen heraus. Es prikelt und man schmeckt den Alkohol nicht.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1028) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle thx heather and Frank A: brown sugar, grappy, bready, licorice, dark caramel app: brown white head yeast particles. T/p: med to full body with sweet and moderate long finish. Moderate carbonation. O: great. So smooth these monk truly know how to brew. Complex maltiness and super palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (213) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle shared with Seb and Jo. Thanks Jo. Aroma: apricot, caramel, red fruits, roasted malt. app: brown-reddish with medium beige head. Taste and taste: creamy, medium sweetness, sweet fruity first. average carbonation. Overall: wow, so good. Itís sweet but so well balanced that itís not overwhelming.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jphartley (36) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle received as a birthday gift from my sister. Thank you Jessica. Aroma quiet floral with clear notes of pear. Flavours of dried fruit and more pear. Overall it is very balanced and doesnít taste like any other beer that this high in alcohol percentage. This is purely my own opinion but I donít think this is the best beer in the world. It is a good one though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2699) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
(Westvleteren 12) Bottle 330 ml at home. Iíve got a couple more but this I got from a trade with ElManana, thanks Bjorn! 2 years old, relatively young I suppose. Served into a trappist glass, ABV 10.2% Dark brown colour, kind of murky and hazy, with a full finger high tan head, very thick and with very good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of dark fruits, there is plums and dates, figs, maybe some berries, light vanilla, hints of yeast. Yeap, great taste. Sweet but not cloying, again plenty of plums and dates and figs and some raisins now, sugar, light caramel, vanilla, sweet red wine, black grapes, candy sugar, some spices even, barely notable alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation that fits it. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Great beer, I was afraid that itís just over hyped and it will let me down, but it met my expectations. Very complex and yet easy to drink.


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