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


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RATINGS: 3668   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
11.2oz Bottle. The pour was a medium/dark murky brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown fizzy head that reduced down to a thin film and small collar, which lasted throughout and had excellent sheeting of lacing. The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and a bold doughy Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, banana, dark fruit (plums, figs and dates) and a light alcohol presence. The taste was a smooth malty sweet with just a touch of toffee and chocolate along with a nice mild roastiness early on, and then progressed with a somewhat intense yeast presence building up to a bold fruitiness and a mild alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, and had a yeasty fruity alcohol taste that was left behind to settle in on the taste buds and lingered for a while longer. Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a texture that was smooth and creamy yet dry and slightly oily along with a carbonation that was tad prickly. Overall this is a beer that comes with quite a hype, now I can say it most definitely lives up to it. It has a superb balance of flavors that I have yet to experience in any other beer. Yes, by far this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Thank God I was able to get my hands on some, for the monastery has said it will not be available again here in the US for at least 25 years (2037)... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerRevi

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nincao83 (1) - BRAZIL - OCT 26, 2016 does not count
Caramel, plum, hint of vanilla, toffee, nuts, raisin and some spices. Taste is caramel, plum, toffee, raisin. Sweet and warming aftertaste. Best Westvleteren IMHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sharkydodson (1201) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 26, 2016
the aroma is caramel and fruity with hints of port, plum, vanilla, toffee, nuts, raisin and some spices... the taste is fruity and caramel with notes of dried plum, red wine, almond, toffee, raisin and sweet citrus... the aftertaste is sweet, dry and warming... great beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stiops (2) - NORWAY - OCT 26, 2016 does not count
Had this in a comparancy, blind tasting with Rochefort 10 and St.Bernardus 12. What a dissapointment. Doesnít live up to its hype one bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenYeti (9) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016 does not count
It was great, but I donít feel itís the best out there. I think the scarcity factory ads a lot to the mystique and allure, and is a little overrated. Still outstanding though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hansk (12) - Fakse Ladeplads, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2016
If you want perfection. This is it. Especially If you can find a 3-4 year old one. Here is Kulminator in Antwerp Usually helpfull

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcotetta (33) - - OCT 18, 2016
Pure brown colour with some shade of orange, the nose is rich, initially stands out an enveloping alcoholic warm, then notes of plum, brandy, almond, black bread. The taste is full, warm caramel notes give way to alcoholic sweetness, very well balanced. A very long aftertaste rich and complex. Really a great beer

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorkogrlo (329) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber hazy color. Some barnyard smell with spices, toast, yeast and maybe some grass. Flavor is rummy with dates, whisky and nuts notes. No hop notes and somewhat too sweet. Medium body. Sweet finish. Overall: I expected too hyped beer and I think that I got it. Yes, it is great beer. But best. Hmmm. In my opinion not so balanced, too sweet, but with really nice complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamer (183) - PORTUGAL - OCT 18, 2016
33cl directly from the abbey. Reddish dark brown color with huge beige head. Medium and soft carbonation. Full bodied and creamy texture. Aroma is very complex with plums, chocolate, yeast, vanilla, spices and dried fruits. Taste is also complex but very balanced, is sweet but also has some bitterness, also tastes chocolate, plums, dried grapes and many other flavours that Iím not capable do distinguish. Aftertaste is sweet and very long. It definitely worth the travel from Portugal to taste it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2565) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Kaori & Jon! Big chocolate covered raisin aromas with some prune, plum and slight cola character. Average carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. Nice hoppy bite that was a pleasant surprise. Iím not a big fan of quads but this is a great beer and world class for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hln752 (4) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016 does not count
I have the luxury position of buying and tasting this beer any time of the year and to be honest I really do not know why this beer is so highly (over)rated. I have tasted this beer several times to try to unlock its succes and secrets. I just can't unlock its aroma and (after)taste secret that many of the Ratebeer members give it. It is an ok quad but not more than that. The secret of its succes is its availability. No more, no less. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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