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

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RATINGS: 3332   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - FEB 14, 2009
I waited a lot of time for this and I found it in the beautiful Brugges... Appearance: Dark brown color. Great head, beige, rocky, with good adherence at glass and very lasting. Aroma: complex-ripe fruity aroma, several fruits in my nose like, plums, cherries, prunes, figs..... Underlying caramel notes, vinous and with reminiscences of tart and marmalade. Flavor: vinous profile and caramel malts in the start, that vinous touch never disappear and remember me a carmenere and, perhaps, a sweet rose. The fruitiness is even more complex that in the nose with the same reminiscences as well of cassis, blackberries and semi-fermented red apples. Woody touches and a very slight hot note similar to chocolaty tobacco. A lot of secondary notes like marmalade, roasted sugar, vanilla and lightly is possible to feel the hops given even more balance. Palate: medium to full body; semi-oily and silky texture. Low carbonation. Remark: this is a excellent beer with a lot of attributes and complexity, but in spite of that complexity and variety of flavors is incredible its balance, in fact for me four adjectives resume the Westy12: "noble, harmonious, very balanced and elegant".


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmanock (26) - - 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 (1) - - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (266) - - APR 18, 2015
Belgian beers arenít often my bag. Theyíre usually an esthery yeastfest with no real malt to them. This beer is traditionally yeasty but has a sort of caramel malt backbone that ties it all together. Spectacular in that respect. Iíd have to agree that this is probably the best quad Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krej (151) - USA - APR 18, 2015
Iím not a fan of Belgian beers but this one is pretty good. Itís a lot bit yeasty. Caramel taste. Very foamy feeling. Probably the most unique beer Iíve ever had.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
David_Deas (2) - - APR 13, 2015 does not count
Beer is an excellent representation of the style, but difficult to obtain. Similar to the Rochefort 10 in terms of the flavors present, but it is not so similar to the Bernardus Abt 12 as has been popularly rumored.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KamGoPro (139) - Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
Deep chocolate pour with sifting buoyant sediment visible through the chalace. High caramel head actually overflowing bottle when opened. 330ml strong sweet rich raisins with roasted malts and candied sugar nose. Strong alcohol presence. Bright like champagne. Refreshing zestiness throughout. Finishes with the warming of alcohol on the back of the tongue and throat. Wonderful once in a lifetime Texan experience!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
Con la fama que tiene esta cerveza me eaperaba mucho de ella y asi fue mi decepcion. Buena espuma y aroma. Pero el sabor no me gusto nada.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thellgren (384) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
0.33 l bottle from beer and chocolate shop in Brussels. Very nice taste, similar to Westvleteren 8. In my mouth this tasted more smooth than that, which is interesting since this has more alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (326) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Pours a deep brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is a caramel, butterscotch, toffee, raisins and figs. Taste is caramel, figs, butterscotch, toffee and raisins. Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel.


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