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


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RATINGS: 3259   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.

MasterSki's rating

   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 - theyíre all here. Thereís some vinous red wine notes that emerge, along with a touch of sweet tobacco, apples, and nuts. Thereís 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. Itís not as saccharine as Rochefort 10, as itís balanced by a dryish and slightly woody finish. While the taste isnít 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. Itís everything Iíd want in a quad, and maybe even a bit more. D - So, is it the best beer in the world? Probably not, but itís a superb one nonetheless. Itís shockingly drinkable for a 10.2% quad, and I could actually have more than one of these without feeling diabetic too. Thereís been a lot written about this beer, and Iím not sure thereís much I can add - itís excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim that has been heaped upon it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
norbertvangeyt (2) - Erpe-Mere, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt tot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om het te drinken.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matthie (2) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt rot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om te drinken.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (213) - 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. Itís sweet but so well balanced that itís not overwhelming.

   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 doesnít taste like any other beer that this high in alcohol percentage. This is purely my own opinion but I donít think this is the best beer in the world. It is a good one though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2699) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
(Westvleteren 12) Bottle 330 ml at home. Iíve 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 itís just over hyped and it will let me down, but it met my expectations. Very complex and yet easy to drink.

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