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


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RATINGS: 3467   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (2254) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Backlog. Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 11.05.13. Dark copper. Great head. Red berries and some alcohol in aroma. First taste is of red berries, malt and slightly medicinal alcohol. Then more complexity evolves, with bitter blackcurrants, Long aftertaste of malt and berries, with moderate bitterness. Average carbonation. A beer to be enjoyed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vernonmw (1) - BRAZIL - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Muito boa, mas pro meu paladar, está longe de ser a melhor do mundo. As trapistas Belgian Ale são melhores

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sausagedog (5) - Scarborough, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
So well balanced. Pours dark/slightly murky. Roasted malts, slight burnt toffee, cloves, not too sweet, can’t taste the high alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jelledebont (64) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Een rijk aroma en een subtiele smaak. Bier van een erg hoge kwaliteit, zonder heel uitgesproken te zijn. Lijkt met elke slok zelf nog iets beter te worden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (494) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2015
Bouteille - De couleur brune avec un bonne mousse beige qui tient et colle au verre - Au nez des arômes de miel, de caramel, biscuit (speculos), beaucoup de malt, les levures apporte pas mal d’épices, l’alcool est bien masqué - En bouche toujours beaucoup de miel, les levures apporte beaucoup d’épice, le malt apporte ce côté biscuit caramel et les levure sublime le tout, une petite présence de houblon terreux, l’alcool se cache bien derrière le toute - Corp puissant, amertume moyenne, carbonation correcte, douce et soyeuse, final malt doux - une excellente bière un peu surévalué à mon goût mais ça reste quelque chose d’exceptionnel

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
domPhil (2) - - NOV 22, 2015 does not count
Veramente la signora Trappista, unica sia negli aromi che nel gusto, certo deve piacere lo stile .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
Rating #1323 - 13.11.2014. Bottle from CSN. Pours a deep dark brown with an average tan head that fades fairly quickly. Medium carbonation. Aroma is a complexity of spiciness, roast malt, and a slight yeasty whiff. Palate is banana, clove, currant, raisin, toffee. Sweet and lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabobale (339) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - NOV 21, 2015
Birra decisamente complessa, almeno dal punto di vista olfattivo. Nel bicchiere si mostra di un marrone molto scuro, opalescente, con riflessi ambrati. La schiuma che lo accompagna è pannosa, compatta, di color avorio e lungamente persistente. Al naso un mix di prugna, lieve vaniglia, lieve tabacco (quasi torba), tanto legno e molto sentore vinoso. Alcol ben presente. Il corpo è strutturato con carbonazione finissima. Al palato però è un po’ scarna, con il solo caramello ben in evidenza e la prugna sul finale. Sorso rotondo, bello pieno, corposo, con il calore etilico a farla da padrone nel retrogusto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SkillsFactory (279) - ITALY - NOV 16, 2015
Tonaca di frate scura, velata dai lieviti in sospensione, riflessi color caramello, schiuma beige poco persistente con un bel perlage che forma un anello lungo tutto il bordo del bicchiere. Aroma fruttato fantastico: uva passa, prugna, banana matura, ciliegia, albicocca essiccata, man mano che si riscalda vengono fuori fichi secchi e zucchero caramellato; vinosa, erbe officinali, oleosa e tostata. Al palato ciliegia, banana matura, albicocca essiccata e prugna meno in primo piano, note vinose ed oleose. Sul finale coda zuccherina di frutta fermentata, leggera astringenza che ricorda la buccia d'uva, note vinose ed oleose e note tostate; pian piano si fa spazio una delicata nota erbacea che controbilancia il suo sapore dolce accompagnando una piacevole nota etilica. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata, alcool ben nascosto, oleosa. Che dire, paradisiaca...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarmok (649) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 15, 2015
Brown liquid with minimal tan head. Aroma of datles, rum, nuts, caramel, bail polish. Taste of caramel, nuts, sweet, light bitter, light sour. Full body, sticky feel, soft carb, long oaky finish

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