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

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RATINGS: 3339   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Notes from a tasting in 10/08 Bottle ordered and consumed at In De Vrede, the abbey cafe. Poured in to a Westvleteren goblet, opaque brown with a frothy tan head that left fine lace on the glass. Lots of dark fruit in the nose, ripe currant, dark cherries, run-soaked raisins...yes, it smells boozy. Some breadiness too. In the mouth, the first thing you notice is the alcohol. Having this beer fresh, at the source, has its advantages and its drawbacks and the heat of this beer when so young is one of the drawbacks. But once you get past the alcohol up front, there is a wonder of flavors. A rich maltiness, velvety smooth and all the dark fruit comes through. Raisin, currant, plum and dark cherry, underpinned with sweet spice, a breadiness and sweet finish that is promptly made clean by the strong alcohol. A velvety mouthfeel though. It’s pretty damn good. A beer that lives up to the hype. The only drwaback was drinking it so young; I would imagine that having this with 6-18 more months of age on it would make it heavenly. As it is, the heat of the alcohol is the only flaw.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StilleStorm (1001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2015
DWG; Bottle BB 26.09.16. Drunk celebrating my 1000th rating, Ratebeer and beer in general. Pours moderate, dark brown with a moderate frothy to creamy, and lacing, tan head. Nosetrils fils with heavy malt, dark caramel, yeast, nuts, ripe dark fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter with a lasting, awesome warming, dark fruit, nutty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to silky, carbonation is avarage. Aroma and taste is all extremely well balanced. Thank you Sint-Sixtusabdij.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
altonbrownd (3708) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle at Beer Mania, Brussels. This is the holy grail. Little foam, heavy on alcohol but you can barely notice that. The brew is licorice colored. Then, the taste is complex, dense, carbonated and highly sweet. Finishes very softly and the taste remains for a long time afterwards. Perfection.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nogva (42) - NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from 2013. Pours a dark and cloudy brown with an offwhite head that has excellent retention. Complex and full-bodied aroma of nougat, brown sugar and belgian yeast with a hint of raisins and lingering alcohol. Full body, creamy feel, average carbonation. The moment this beer hits the tongue it envelopes the whole mouth with a rich taste of sweet licorice, prunes and ripe apples with spicy kick in the delicious and everlasting finish. Believe the hype! This one is right up there with the Rochefort 10.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poohmets (15) - - APR 30, 2015
5 years old batch. Looks cloudy and dirty. Aroma is overpowering, very wide, a bit stuffy, slight fruityness. Palate, dry wine, smooth, flat. Taste, fantastic, plum, ripe fruit, full, alcohol but well hidden,

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
josanguapo (34) - SPAIN - APR 26, 2015
Aunque tiene gran fama, hay otras mejores y su precio es desorbitado. La Westvleteren me gusta mas

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Refsgaard (1) - - APR 24, 2015 does not count
Dejlig smag, hvor det karamelagtige fylder munden helt ud. Havde hørt, den godt kunne være sprittet grundet den høje %, hvilket den overhovedet ikke var. I sandheden den bedste øl.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1105) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
Okay, time to try the most highly regarded beer in the world - a birthday treat, courtesy of my gorgeous wife. And rating 1100 to boot! From a 330ml bottle on 22/4/2015. Pours a cloudy brown with a medium head. Has a pleasant, quite strong aroma of dark fruit, toffee and Belgian yeast. In the mouth, it’s big and complex, with lots of caramel and toffee, plums, dried fruit, lots of dark sugar, and yeast. It finishes with a really spicy bite at the back, with a distinct hint of alcohol in the background. The palate is thick and rich, with quite lively carbonation. I’ve been fairly underwhelmed by a number Belgian quads with huge reps in the past, so was a touch skeptical about the ridiculously high rating for this on here. But this is very good indeed - very complex, flavoursome and satisfying. Streets ahead of the 8.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmanock (27) - - APR 20, 2015
Pours dark amber/brown with rocky tan head. aroma is very deeply bready with some sugars and not much alcohol to be detected, especially for a 10.2% ABV. some nice darker aromas like leather and some dark fruit like dried fig. flavor is nice and dark. mostly brown sugar and black bread, and a little bit of rum, chocolate, and hop bitterness. more bitter and has less fruity esters than other comparable trappist brews. starts sweet and very bready and ends dry and a little bitter. really fantastic beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clemc (3) - - APR 18, 2015 does not count
Had multiple times, and yet cannot conclude but that this is a vastly over rated beer. Very complex nose and palate, yes, but the same and better easily available in many other beers.....oh well I guess rare appeals even to people who claim to be have an impartial palate. Very hard to separate cost from flavour for some...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eelco (88) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
A dark brown beer, muddy. An off white head, which desolves quickly to a thin long lasting lacing. Sweet aromas of caramelized pear, not very different to other quads. The taste is something else, all the quad characteristics, very complex, high carbonation which is perfect. Quite dry, bitter finish. The alcohol is nog prominent at all, but gives this warm glowing sensation. Indeed a good beer, however overpriced.


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