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


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RATINGS: 3720   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - FEB 14, 2009
I waited a lot of time for this and I found it in the beautiful Brugges... Appearance: Dark brown color. Great head, beige, rocky, with good adherence at glass and very lasting. Aroma: complex-ripe fruity aroma, several fruits in my nose like, plums, cherries, prunes, figs..... Underlying caramel notes, vinous and with reminiscences of tart and marmalade. Flavor: vinous profile and caramel malts in the start, that vinous touch never disappear and remember me a carmenere and, perhaps, a sweet rose. The fruitiness is even more complex that in the nose with the same reminiscences as well of cassis, blackberries and semi-fermented red apples. Woody touches and a very slight hot note similar to chocolaty tobacco. A lot of secondary notes like marmalade, roasted sugar, vanilla and lightly is possible to feel the hops given even more balance. Palate: medium to full body; semi-oily and silky texture. Low carbonation. Remark: this is a excellent beer with a lot of attributes and complexity, but in spite of that complexity and variety of flavors is incredible its balance, in fact for me four adjectives resume the Westy12: "noble, harmonious, very balanced and elegant".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjay44 (3523) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2017
330 cl. bottle, shared at brew club Thanks to Xandy,. Pours a thin, well retained, beige head, over a slightly hazy, dark brown (SRM25) body.....nose is heavy sweet malts with dried fruits including raisin plum.....taste is sweet with heavy dried fruits, with plum raisin, multiple spices including allspice, becoming gradually dry.....mouth feel, light of medium sticky body, moderate alcohol heat, moderate carbonation. This is an absolutely delicious and complex beer. BJCP 9/3/18/5/8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
buki (65) - Otwock, POLAND - JAN 18, 2017
No cż, kiedyś trzeba i w legendarnego Wesvleteren XII napić :)
Piwo, nieprzerwanie od całkiem dobrego kawałka czasu piastuje zaszczytne pierwsze miejsce na podium ratebeer.
Piana tworzy się wysoka, "sycząca", względnie szybko opada i ładnie okleja brzegi szklanki, spodziewałbym się wysokiego wysycenia, acz okazało się, że się myliłem.
W barwie, czarne z ciemnobrązowymi refleksami, nieprzejrzyste acz klarowne
Zapach tworzą nuty szlachetnego alkoholu i ciemnych owocw: daktyle, ciemnie winogrona
Smak jest wielowymiarowy i złożony, niemniej zbalansowany: daktyle, rodzynki, figi, przypieczony karmel, winogrona, nuta szlachetnego alkoholu, porto. Jest tego naprawdę dużo. Średnia wytrawność, goryczka raczej niska, alkohol (10,2% ABV) wyczuwalna tylko w przełyku, przyjemna. Wysycenie niskie (co jak na piwo Belgijskie powinno dziwić), jednak robi to dobrze temu piwu - odczucie w ustach jest silniejsze i klarowniejsze. Czy najlepsze piwo na świecie? Ciężko powiedzieć, z pewnością jednak najlepsze piwo trapistw i jedno z lepszych belgijskich albo nawet i na świecie. Nie do końca rozumiem jak na Westvleteren można się nie poznać i nie docenić - to naprawdę świetny kawałek piwowarskiego świata.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manker (71) - SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2017
Several bottles and vintages. A beautiful Quad, but after several blind tasting not the best one. Brown sugar, dried fruits, nuts and cardboard. Depending on freshness varied levels of sugary dried raisins. Young, less developed (dhuh) and more fruits in aroma and flavor. Great beer with its own history, but the world has changed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackisle (2257) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle 33cl. present from my colleague, thanks Karin! (recently bought at the abbey, bbd 19/11/2019), served in a vintage St.Sixtus trappist glass. Clear deep ruby brown, good frothy beige head, recedes slowly to a stable thin layer with yeast circles remains, good lacing; incredible rich aroma roasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, hopjes, chocomel, dried dark fruits, cinnamon, coffee liqueur; taste light heavy sweet and light bitter, roasty, malty, toffee, dried dark fruits, brown sugar, spicy notes, warming alcohol; sweetbitter aftertaste roasted malts and caramel, nutty and earthy notes, laurel, coffee groundings; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; what to say? very, very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (481) - POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
0,33 bottle, bb 3.09.2018. Pours brown, murky, with large, off-white head. Aromas of sweet wine, caramel, cane sugar. Taste is sweet, with marked bitter aftertaste and a bit alcoholic bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mliga (18) - POLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Piwo dobre, ale daleko mu do najlepszego piwa na świecie. Trochę przekazywane, olbrzymią piana. W smaku i zapachu taki quadrupel....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shakespiers (13) - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Emperors new clothes! It used to be a fantastic beer 20 years ago but theres a lot better around nowadays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SylvainCFC (107) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2017
Robe brune cuivre trs fonce, mousse abondante moyennement crmeuse de bonne tenue. Grosses bulles sur la paroi. Nez de fruit trs mrs (compote), sucrosit et malt bien prsent (on dtecte larme de crales). Chaleur de lalcool galement bien perceptible au nez. Bouche trs bien balance qui dmarre sur une lgre amertume avant de dvoiler des notes douces de fruits mrs (prune, pomme), de malt torrfi (trs lger cacao), de crale (petites touches de biscuit). La douceur nest cependant jamais excessive, comme jugule par une certaine fraicheur (surette) et une amertume qui se redveloppe en fin de bouche. Alcool trs bien intgr qui ne perce pas. Fine pour une quadruple, tire vers la texture huileuse. Bire trs ronde, de corps moyen pour le style. Un exemple dquilibre, de complexit et pourtant daccessibilit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fischersfriend (4) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2016 does not count
Truely one of the best beers in the world. Obviously its hard to live up to the hype associated with this beer. Lets face it , its hard to get and very pricey. Aroma is amazing. Figs ; raisens, brown sugars. Appearance is less murkey than some of its peers. Taste is well crafted malty, and bready but full of dried fruit notes . Definitely not too sweet and with a slightly dry fresh finish. Very complex. Not much i can say that hasnt allready been said. Without a doubt this is a special beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonofian (13) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2016
All aboard the hype train. Definitive trappist quad that tastes and looks like the thick monks robes it was probably stewed in. Nuts, raisins, earth. Full yet fizzy. Is this the best beer in the world? No. But it is still worth it, if only to say that youve consumed a real life myth.

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