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

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RATINGS: 3079   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moravius (398) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) aus einer Sechserpackung, erstanden im Kloster und ein Jahr im heimischen Keller gelagert. - Dunkles Kastanienbraun, ausdauernder beigefarbener Schaum. - Im Antrunk schwere dunkle Frucht, intensives Röstmalz und vornehme Karamelsüße. Wunderbar sahniges, samtiges Mundgefühl. Nougat, Mokka und eine Andeutung von flambierter Banane. Schmeckt wie verdichtetes, konzentriertes Bier - voller Aroma, aber auch von vollendeter Harmonie. Die zarte Säure, die bei einer frischen Flasche vor Ort noch zu schmecken war, ist verschwunden, aber eine frische, leicht krautig-würzige Hopfennote ist noch vorhanden. Im Abgang und Nachtrunk dominiert kräftige aber vornehme Röstmalzbittere. - Unglaublich reich und komplex, ein großartiges Bier, das seinen Kultstatus verdient hat. Das lange Lagern hat sich gelohnt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vighals (1004) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2014
Mørk brun uklar med beige skum. Lukter svisker, gjær, alkohol og et hint av bark. Bittersøt smak av humle, mørke frukter, brent karamell og alkohol. Rund fyldig avslutning. Stod ikke helt til forventningene...

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Runo (2) - Kolmården, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014 does not count
Great beer malty taste with a touch of raisin. Brown color with small head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianza_ale (78) - ITALY - JUN 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle in Teku glass. Pours a medium, nice creamy and dense beige head with incredible retention; colour it’s an opaque-dark mahogany brown with some golden reflexes. Smells first quality malts, toffee, belgian yeasts, honey, dark fruit, spices, cake... you can smell so much things in there: deep and complex. Outstanding aroma. Deep malty taste, with yeast, cocoa, dried fruits and chestnut flavours, which almost turns to a very particular bitter finish, extremly long and persistent (touch of alcohol), but perfectly smooth(!). Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation (which is nice on this level of abv%). The bittersweet proportion, and an incredible overall balance are this beer real qualities. Almost tastes like an upgraded, more balanced and less sweet Rochefort 10 (I quite like Rochefort), and take this as a compliment. The fact that you can’t almost identify its real flavour lets you understand the quality of this beer. So complicated and with many taste notes but at the same time very well blended. In its dark belgian strong ale segment, it’s probably without doubt the best

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nerumawa (9) - POLAND - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Naprawdę polecam każdemu. Jest to najlepsze piwo na świecie. Potężna dawka smaku i alkoholu. Najlepsze jest pite tuż pod Opactwem z zakąską w postaci ichniego sera.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Timvim (51) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle @ home 20140610. Dark red-brown, beige head with excellent, impressive head retention for the ABV. Aroma is raisins, plums, dark bread, caramel, burnt sugar, spice, pepper. Taste is plums, raisins, caramel, vanilla, alcohol. Very well balanced. Full body without being too viscous. Really good. It is so balanced it gets a bit unexciting though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (460) - ROMANIA - JUN 9, 2014
33cl. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head. Bready and sweet aroma with notes of dry dark fruits, light alchool, light honey, a bit sharp. Flavor...the more you drink the more complex it becomes. Quite light after the first 3-4 sips with some notes of bread, yeast, alchool. After that a nice, very well balanced sweetness, spicy. Ends in a dry note with a long aftertaste. Thick body

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrFecesious (920) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle share. 2010. Deep reddish brown. Aroma of raisin, molasses, caramel, spices. Such a great, balanced beer. Has some grittiness to the mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and tangy. Thanks GothGargoyle for bringing this. I can finally record it!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeKirk (8) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2014 does not count
Had this at the Brick Store pub to celebrate something that seemed like a good idea at the time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danlo (1078) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
330ml bottle. 1000th rating. Dark brown colour, stable bubbly beige foam head and aroma of bready malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, raisins. Taste is rich sweetish malty, toffee, molasses, chocolate, earthy, dark fruity, nutty, grassy, spicy, with lingering bitterness and boozy warmth. Silky smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, warming light bitter clean finish. Complex, extremely well balanced, very drinkable.


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