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

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RATINGS: 3591   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aerodynabeer (6) - - MAY 22, 2016 does not count
Just THE Trappist beer. As rare as itís good. Find it and taste it! The mouth is rich with breast taste, the smell a bit strong with alcohol. Colour : brown

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dzagoda (18) - POLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Po otwarciu butelki wydobywają się nuty owocůw, głůwnie wyczuwalna morela i zapach drożdży. Barwa ciemnej herbaty. W smaku piwo przypomina wino morelowe z posmakiem drożdżowym. Alkohol bardzo dobrze ukryty.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RRistow12 (606) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with khaki head. Very complex strong aroma. Notes of figs, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, caramel. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and chewy. Flavors of raisin, plum, figs, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, bourbon, earthy notes and spices. Complex incredible beer. Definitely deserves the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MCShann (1) - - MAY 15, 2016 does not count
Absolutely fantastic beer. Completely lived up to the hype and iím not even a huge Belgian drinker. Definitely a different taste than the St. Bernardus 12

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1925) - Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2016
At In de Vrede. Deep ruby brown with a frothy lasting beige head. Aroma is surprisingly neutral. Like the others itís not overcarbonated, with perfect balance and mouthfeel. Earthy hoppiness with a moderate bitterness. Balanced with Caramel, brown sugar, dates, figs. Complex maltiness. Dry finish. Alcohol is hidden. Just very clean and smooth and weíll put together. Harmonious. Surprisingly restrained even for such a strong beer. Also something very unique about it; mysterious. Anxious to try a bottle after aging.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (140) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2016
De legende waar ik zoveel over heb gehoord sinds mijn hobby het proeven van bier in í14. Voor een redelijke prijs een fles weten te bemachtigen. Een donker aroma vol caramel en fruit port en citrus, licht maar ook weer met veel diepgang. Een ware golf van smaak die je mond bombardeerd en bekogeld en die zich langzaam ontwikkeld in een prachtige fruitige caramal citrus kersen smaak. Een schuimkraag die niet al te lang blijft maar van een mooie lichte caramel kleur is. Troebel en extreem donkerrood van kleur. Zoet met een zachte bittere bite. Er is zoveel smaak aanwezig! Een prachtige niet al te droge afdronk die gewoon prachtig in balans is. Woorden komen te kort. Een bier dat al je zintuigen prikkelt. Qua complexiteit van smaak behoort dit tot de absolute top, zo niet de beste!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (785) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Sort of sweet and floral in the aroma. Very light and smooth for the alcohol content. Unique and lovely.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Polarman (1) - - MAY 4, 2016 does not count
The best. Aroma taste aftertaste look smell knowing. Perfect beer. Enjoy not cold but around 15 degrees to get the best out of it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftykev (15) - - MAY 2, 2016
30/4/16 a Westy 12 birthday bottle gift. had to try it eventually! dried fruit nose. lotís of stuff going on here. smooth mouthful of malts, dried fruit, caramel with a slight bitter finish. v good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zasavc (11) - - APR 29, 2016
Finally. Perfect colour, nice head, aroma is a killer. Great taste. But donít expect too much. Rochefort will give you the same for smaller price. In my case much smaller.


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