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

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RATINGS: 3257   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a copper-brown with a nice ivory head. Malty aroma with ripened, fruit, figs, cherry, caramel, and alcohol notes. Flavor is a very rich and sweet with a bit of spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a a nice alcohol warming. Nice carbonation and finish. A very nice brew, well worth the hype. Tip o the hat to Jethro6191 for securing this one a bit early!!!


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 (212) - 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. It’s sweet but so well balanced that it’s 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 doesn’t taste like any other beer that this high in alcohol percentage. This is purely my own opinion but I don’t 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 (2695) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
(Westvleteren 12) Bottle 330 ml at home. I’ve 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 it’s just over hyped and it will let me down, but it met my expectations. Very complex and yet easy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vidmidia (22) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 11, 2015
Escura, turva, quase opaca, com espuma âmbar abundante de média duração. Aroma relativamente fraco para um trapista, de malte e ameixas. Sabor de especiarias, ameixas e caramelo. Sente-se o álcool, mas surpreendentemente não se percebe no gosto. Retrogosto adocicado com final amargo.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theothermatt (251) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark Amber pour. Slight white head that slowly disappears. Nose of dark fruits, brown sugar. The mouth is extremely complex, lots of dark fruits, a rich smooth sweetness, almost like bread pudding or a warm fig newton. Finishes slightly sweet, but clean. Amazing drinkability for a quad. It is easy to see why this is regarded as the best beer in the world.


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