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

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RATINGS: 3227   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheFoamhead (89) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Every beer lover talks about this rare and exceptional beer. Finally I got the chance to get it and to enjoy it. It’s alway’s difficult to taste a beer that is so praised as this one - but now I know why! The taste is simply delicious. Licorice, brown sugars, bread crumbs, anise, heavy alcohol notes and roasted coffee build a complex, but very accessible and round symphony of flavors. This full bodied beer offers new impressions with every sip. Incredible! Well, it’s difficult to stay neutral when you taste a beer that got so much credits as this one - but finally, it’s easy. This beer is simply one of the outermost best brews on the planet!!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1000) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home, 26th December 14. Rating # 1000. This poured slightly cloudy, aged for a year or so. The aroma is sweet, yeast, spice, marzipan, cake mix. Taste is slight molasses, spice, marzipan, caramel, molasses. Complex, tasty. Palate is smooth, creamy almost, very good... For the style

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darklord2G (1) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
appearance - very dark;, rich coffee aroma, rich roasty malt flavour, full bodied, and smooth finish. Lovely taste. It doesn’t get any better than this.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gramoit (368) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
Finally got my hands on this beauty!! Wow! As good as it gets really, and worth the sum of money of paid for it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1473) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Crepes de Sophie in Shrewsbury. Opened with a bit of a gush and plenty of chunks of sediment came out with the pour. Not a great start for the world’s best beer. Aside from the chunks, it’s a hazy ruby colour with a good frothy cream head. Pleasant fruity caramel aroma. The flavour is fruity to begin with with quite a bit of spice and quite evident warming alcohol. Other notes of caramel, sherry, raisin, vanilla. Enjoyable beer, but I found it a bit too boozy to be honest.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (281) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Aroma of brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit, dates, and an oak character. Appears purplish-rubyish dark brown, giant light caramel foam. Big brown sugar flavor and dried dates that are balanced with a european hop bitterness, mild sugar lingers on the end. Palate is foamy, mouth filling, and light. Overall, great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (507) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle (aged roughly twoish years). Super dark brown. A bit bubbly. Very heady/foamy. Faintly spicy nose. High spice at front that fades into subtle clove, light floral hops. Rich without being too sweet.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cavalcanti (3) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Excelente cerveja, forte, sabor marcante. Drincabilidade média. Podem provar que não vão se arrepender!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Perfecte Trappist. Helaas moeilijk te krijgen. Vrij zwaar maar een zoete nasmaak.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mschaefer (25) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Flesje 33cl tht 15 okt 2017 op 12°C. Gistdepot in een extra glaasje uitgeschonken. Donkerbruin/rode gloed met crèmekleurig schuim dat zakt tot een halve centimeter. Aroma's deeg, granen en een vleugje "platteland". Smaken van karamel, een beetje zoethout en gebrande mout. Afdronk is vol met perfecte bittere tonen, mooi in balans en heel lang. Een echte slow drinker. Alcohol is gevaarlijk goed verborgen maar in de afdronk wel waarneembaar. De kunst van subtiele complexiteit hebben ze wel verstaan daar in Westvleteren.


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