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


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RATINGS: 3307   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Acquired this bottle from a trade a few years past- had it sit on the top shelf of my fridge all this time to finally cherish in celebration of the Bachelorette’s season finale. 12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a foamy off white head that settles quickly to the rim of the glass. Nose is dark prunes, figs, warm pumpernickel bread with poppy seeds on the crust, toffee, vanilla, and banana. Mouthfeel is solid and crisp with a great punch of all around booze that lingers well into the aftertaste. Balanced and top notch. This is the perfect beer for a Sunday night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (200) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VincentKabel (250) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (392) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1153) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wanne (24) - - MAR 22, 2015
Dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and spices. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, chocolate, spices and caramel. The alcohol is also present in the taste and enriches it. Very good beer, but the Rochefort 10 is slightly better in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beastmaster (363) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2015
So excited for this one. Dark deep Coca-Cola brown with lots of bubbles and a pretty tan head . Aroma of sweet apricots, bananas, malts, sugar, and figs. Between my brother and and I we think we can taste fig, caramel, and light vanilla, can barely taste the alcohol, light light bitter end. Creamy and well carbed. Nice balance in this hard to get beer. Nothing is over powering or at a loss. That is what I think makes this beer absolutely incredible for everyone who trys it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mstevens (5) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
PERFECTION. Never have I drunk such a perfectly-balanced beer. Drinking one IS a privileged moment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Utrecht (3) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
As it’s just a 2.5 hour drive to Westvleteren, I regularly go there, drink a few and bring some home. Fantastic rich aroma with caramel, fruits/raisins. Complex taste, smooth yet very rich. An exploding bomb of delicious beer; sweet and low bitterness. Long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (60) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Uitgeschonken in Westvleteren bokaal, zalig aroma van rozijnen, vers brood, noten en chocolade. Diepe donkerbruine kleur met zachte rode gloed, met beige schuimkraag die terugzakt tot lage kring van schuim. De smaak is zeer complex, en zacht. Je proeft tonen van karamel, honing, rozijnen, vijgen, pruimen, vers brood en banket. Verder ook cacao, als in Belgische pralines, met hazelnoot, ook nog zachte specerijen als kaneel en kardemom. Deze trappist is natuurlijk zeer gewild en zeldzaam, en ook terecht in mijn optiek. Het is een buitengewoon mooi en gebalanceerd bier. Er zitten ook zoete tonen in van gedroogd fruit en karamel, droge tonen van de specerijen en een perfecte bittere finish door de gebruikte hopsoorten. Het mondgevoel geeft een mooie carbonatie door en een zacht bitter smaakpallet in de afdronk. Naarmate het bier opwarmt komt de alcohol steeds nadrukkelijker naar voren, maar de balans blijft perfect. De afdronk is lang en zacht bitter. Is het dan de beste Trappist? Naar mijn idee wel, maar de Rochefort 10 doet er weinig voor onder. Dit geldt ook voor het abdij bier Sint Bernardus Abt. 12 die ook heel dichtbij deze smaakbeleving komt. Deze ga ik zo proeven ter vergelijking. Verder zeer veel respect voor de monniken van Westvleteren, voor dit uitzonderlijk Belgisch biergenot, wat met toewijding en geduld wordt gebrouwen. Vergelijk Westvleteren 12 en Sint Bernardus Abt 12: De bieren lijken op elkaar, maar de Westvleteren heeft een verfijnder aroma dan de Sint Bernardus, ook iets zachter van smaak en iets verfijnder en subtieler qua complexiteit en smaaklagen.Toch net iets lekkerder. De Sint Bernardus is iets scherper en kruidiger, maar komt toch heel dichtbij betreft smaak en aroma. Een goedkoper maar toch volwaardig alternatief. Beide bieren zijn uitstekende quadrupels en van een zeer hoog niveau, maar de Westvleteren heeft mijn voorkeur, door het meer verfijnde aroma en smaakpallet. De gebruikte gist is toch verschillend. Deze bieren horen beide tot de beste Belgische bieren die er zijn. Maar de Westvleteren 12 is onovertroffen.

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