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

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RATINGS: 2998   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

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 - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (100) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 22, 2014
Giant beige head, brown-black color. Burned malts, plums, chocolate, hints of bread and hazelnut. Rich roasted, earthy malts, plums, walnuts and hazelnuts, hints of chocolate, very complex beer. Malts turn sweeter, in a honeyed fashion, supported by chocolate and wood. Fitting carbonation helps the body from becoming too heavy - adds refreshment. Full-bodied, complex beer, pleasantly sweet with a unique character, turning into an earthy direction with hints of chocolate in it. Very smooth mouthfeel, a little oily. Warm, slightly bitter, coffeeish finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (91) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
I was lucky enough to score a brick of this when it hit the states as a gift from the best mother-in-law in the country! Pours a nice rich amber-brown color with ivory, off white head. Dark fruit on the nose, caramel, and toffee. Palate is very similar with a nice sweet finish. A very well done beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jspronck (11) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
Brown with tan head, coarse and quickly disappearing carbonation, sweet malty aromas, well balanced, thin texture, bitter finish of average length

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty87 (2) - - APR 22, 2014 does not count
Morbida e intensa al tempo stesso. Esplosione di miele che pervade tutto il palato e persiste delicatamente. Una birra unica a dir poco.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
parisiona (19) - CYPRUS - APR 21, 2014
Special beer. 8 months old bottle. Its not only the beer that matters is the trip to get it through the hop fields on a bike!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arve_Christian (2746) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 20, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Brown color, sediments and good offwhite foam. Aromas of malt, dried fruits, raisins & nice yeast influence: medium/ high aroma intensity. Medium/ full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but balances extremely well. Very enjoyable- smooth and extremely well balanced

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonTja (97) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
Blind quad test against Pannepot, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, St Amatus 12, The Sixth Glass, & Chimay Blue My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay. Aroma is of raisin, bubblegum and some alcohol. Taste is upfront some licorice, which turns into some herby kind of nutty rum raisin, very well made, but itís too carbonated compared to the other quads, and the other Pannepot, Rochefort has such better mouthfeel, this one doesnt kick in, but itís well balanced and itís just packed with dark fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (1249) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 18, 2014
Bottle from pivoteka u modreho lva. Aroma toffee, dried fruits, raisins, prunes. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is very well balanced, rather on the dry side. Toffee, cocoa, raisins, fruity. Somewhat overcarbonated, with slightly alcoholic burning finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simonsen (544) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Medbrakt av esp0r. MÝrk brun, uklar.lite karbonert smaker karamell, malt, krydder, vanilje, gjśr, tre.Ganske tung. Fantastisk, men kanskje litt oppskrytt??

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tony_gorilla (154) - Fiskum, NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
Bottle from a local beer shop in denmark. Enjoeyd at home. Best before date is quite hard to read but i thinck it is 31.01.16... Pours brown with a small beige head. Smells balanced with yeasty caramel and fruity notes. Taste is much the same. Second time i drink this beer and geting more impressed.


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