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

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RATINGS: 2988   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.45   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Review #600. Bottle brought back from Belgium by my wife - thanks Bryna! Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best before February 10th, 2011, so roughly two years old. A - Thank god! After the flat bottle I had in Toronto I was worried. The cap comes off with a hiss and a touch of gunsmoke. Pours with a voluminous two fingers of dark tan foam (impressive for a goblet!), that dissipates quite slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing and a thick cap. The body is a nearly opaque dark plum color. S - The smell literally explodes out of the glass, with an initial wave of dark fruits and berries. Plums, prunes, raisins, black cherries - they’re all here. There’s some vinous red wine notes that emerge, along with a touch of sweet tobacco, apples, and nuts. There’s a caramel malt backbone that ties things together, but stays in the periphery. As it warms a touch of booze peeks through to remind you that this is for sipping. T - The taste is very grape-forward, with notes of port, red wine, dark fruits, rum-cake, and caramel. It’s not as saccharine as Rochefort 10, as it’s balanced by a dryish and slightly woody finish. While the taste isn’t quite as complex as the nose, the alcohol is better hidden. M - The body is chewy and viscous, without becoming heavy or syrupy. Carbonation is present, but soft. Finishes surprisingly dry with only mild residual stickiness. Not much in the way of alcohol heat at all. It’s everything I’d want in a quad, and maybe even a bit more. D - So, is it the best beer in the world? Probably not, but it’s a superb one nonetheless. It’s shockingly drinkable for a 10.2% quad, and I could actually have more than one of these without feeling diabetic too. There’s been a lot written about this beer, and I’m not sure there’s much I can add - it’s excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim that has been heaped upon it.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Voras (11) - - APR 15, 2014
Brown, the head dissappears fast. Aroma and taste are the same thing, probably some caramel above everything, but the most important thing: very, very well balanced. One day I’ll give it another chance, and then I’ll discover all the refinements of this awesome beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Korraz (5) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Simply delicious ....each time you drink it you feel like in heaven.Probably one of the most important aroma i ve never seen .

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (84) - Odder, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
33 cl bottle somewhere in Antwerp. Fruity. Grape - white wine. Overripe red fruits. Dried darker guitar. Caramel malts. Some yeast. Pours with off-white tan head. Haze red brown colour. Tiny head lasting. Moderate sweetness. Warm feeling in the end. Fruity malt at finish. Lively carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
Aroma of plums, leather, and smoke. Sweet and syrupy mouthfeel. Dry fruit. Really complex and tasty. A wonderful beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sbron (134) - NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
Fles 33cl. Donkere kleur. Witte volle schuimkraag. Eerste smaakimpressie : wauw!!!!!! Licht koolzuur, zoetig, caramel, licht koffie achtig. Conclusie: beste bier ooit!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Regis_BR (1) - - APR 7, 2014 does not count
Uma das melhores cervejas que provei nos últimos 5 anos. Dispensa comentários. Nota 10.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ambro206 (28) - ITALY - APR 7, 2014
Una birra avvolta nel mito. Un’ esperienza berne una. Ho avuto questa fortuna. Perfetta alla vista. Colore impenetrabile, schiuma compatta. Il caramello domina su tutti gli altri sapori che si uniscono per una birra di carattere: pompelmo, chiodi di garofano su tutti. Nonostante l’elevato grado alcolico il bilanciamento in bocca è magistrale. Non vedo l’ora di berne un’altra.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garymiller (1) - - APR 6, 2014 does not count
From bottle kept in a dark cool place. Great color even better taste. Bottle came straight from the Abdij itself.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JDavits (3) - - APR 5, 2014 does not count
Westvleteren 12 is brewed by god himself... This is heaven in a bottle... Best beer in the universe!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bbqbob (1) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014 does not count
I spent a day there recently and was lucky enough to bring home a case of the number eight. It was worth the hauling to have a touch of this magic in my beer locker. The cafe’ serves all of their beers, but to buy a case (one every 2 mos. limit) you need to write in 2 months prior to arrival. You will then get whatever they are handing out that day and it will be $100 a case. Well worth it.


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