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

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RATINGS: 3137   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 - 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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (9) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014 does not count
Smell: Yeast! Dadels & dark syrup. Low carbo, taste is complex! Dark syrup & dadels as well. Some sweet liquirice. Very nice!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andysando (15) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Strong yeast aroma. Dadels and raisins is present, also dark syrup. Really complex taste with lots of dried fruit, syrup, liquorice and dark malts. Long aftertaste, pleasent carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAgutten79 (517) - Skui, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Helt mørk brun med herlig skum. Aroma av gjær, malt, krydder, karamell og mørk frukt. Rosiner? Smaken er fløyelsmyk, men bombarderer deg allikevel med inntrykk. Mørk frukt, gjær og karamell. Alkoholen varmer behagelig i halsen. Medium/tykk konsistens. Perfekt balansert, og spesielt aromaen på denne er himmelsk!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cinctus (165) - - SEP 18, 2014
Tastes like the champagne of beer. Very rich, very strong, lots of frothing head on top of an endlessly dancing golden soup. Strong flowery aromas.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (331) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
 Clean, mild but plentiful fruitiness, fruit/candy sweetness with a light bitterness. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Finish is mildly bitter and clean.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adamnowek (52) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Few beers live up to the overwhelming amounts of hype thrown at them, but this is the case here. I find that I’m never blown away by this beer but rather than everything is so balanced and just the way it should be.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AR64SH (2) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
Rich flavor and lingering aroma. Enriches the nose with the smell of roasted malt. It seems to taste a delicious liqueur. I do not know how old it was but it was there alone in the fridge waiting for me. I had to taste it

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pomko (198) - UKRAINE - SEP 11, 2014
Well, this one is really good. Complex aroma of spices, honey, caramel and raisins. Rich and full flavour. Oily mouthfeel. Overall, undoubtably great but seems a little bit overestimated.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jojoy (1) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
Pas évident à acquérir mais ca en vaut vraiment la peine! un gout incroyable. Je suis amateur de bière brune et ici on a vraiment la crème de la crème!!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALEXANDRO (2) - BAL. CAMBORIU, BRAZIL - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
CERVEJA COM BOA CARBONATAÇÃO, AROMA DE TORRADOS E FRUTAS. ESPUMA AMARELADA, LIQUIDO DE COR ESCURA E INTENSA. GOSTO DE CAFÉ COM FRUTAS SECAS E GRADUAÇÃO ALCOÓLICA ACENTUADA. ENFIM, É A MELHOR DO MUNDO.


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