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

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RATINGS: 3828   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.

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4.5
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 Thanks to whoever brought this to the Woodshop Quad tasting. Pours hazy dark amber brown, smooth, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, slight alcohol.

4.3
wheresthepath (2332) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2009
Many thanks to Lee for liberating this bottle from a Bruges beer shop for me, after (apparently) a lot of searching. Shared it with Jus. Pours deep brown with a moderate creamy head. Slight carbonation. Very very smooth indeed, tastes of sweet raisins and dates and figs and muscovado sugar and sweet malt, but with a well balanced bitterness. You don’t taste the alcohol, and unlike many strong beers, it’s not syrupy - although it’s certainly quite thick! A very, very good beer that’s easier to drink than the ABV would suggest, and beats its rivals Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12 hands down.

4.6
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Holy thanks to bitbucket for this glorious beer to end our Trappist beer tasting! Pours a very nice dark ruby brown with lasting creamy off white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is gloriously complex, with notes of molasses, caramel, hay, straw, cereal, chocolate, wine, earth, sour dough, raisins, prunes, dates, tobacco, espresso, and jasmine. The flavor is similar, though a bit less complex than the aroma, with many of the same complex flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium thick, but creamy and warming. Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, and is holy and beautiful, but is not my favorite style.

5
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2009
Dégusté le 3 décembre 2006 avec french tickler lors de sa 100e bière sur ratebeer. Sur des chants grégoriens de CARL ORFF, ERA et EMMA SHAPPLIN nous profitions d’un moment exeptionnel de plénitude. Du vieillissement en cave de plus de 6 ans au service dans un verre trappistte de chimay et à la température d’une cave de 14 degré, tout avait été mis en oeuvre pour exploiter au maximum cette denrée rare. L’ors du décapsulage il y était inscrit meilleur avant le 07/09/04 avec un pourcentage d’alcool de 10,6%. Depuis ce moment, l’objet de convoitisent: (le yellow cap) fait parti de mon porte bonheur. Pour débuter l’apparence de cette bière est dans l’ensemble déjà impressionnante avec une séparation bien marqué de deux produits distincts: La bière de couleur brune orangé rougeâtre et d’un dépôt acqueux brun foncé ambré. Une fois les deux liquides mélangés, je n’ai pas besoin de vous dire la sensation déjà installée, elle nous promettait de l’exception! En débutant avec l’arôme nous en sommes venu à un concensus assez rapide; elle dévoillait continuellemment de nouvellent saveurs. En plus de la musique choisis pour ce moment, notre âme était ailleurs, nous ne pouvions plus se permettre d’évaluer cette bière. Nous nous sentions imputables d’entraver le respect que nous donnais cette fontaine de jouvence. De la bienséance était désormait obligatoire car nous étions certains à ce moment qu’elle était la meilleur bière au monde. Un simple regard suffit au moment de joindre à nos lèvres se divin liquide pour comprendre que le silence était requis; La seul personne autorisé à communiqué avec nous était monsieur westy........Cette boisson est beaucoup plus qu’une bière elle est l’expression d’un symbole pour tous un peuples. Comparativement au vin ou aux spiritueux, il n’est pas question de prix mais de passience et mérite. En bref, il faut se préparer à recevoir ce liquide divin içi sur terre car apparemment au ciel il n’y à pas de bière sauf celle-çi.....

4.7
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle in Bruges from a residents private cellar. Well, it took me quite a bit to get my hands on one of these, luckily I didn’t have to go all the way to the monestary. It absolutely lived up to my expectations. Poured a deep rich brown with beautiful light tan lacing. Definately one of the smoothest Belg. Quads I’ve ever had. Hardly notice the copious amounts of alcohol. Definately worth the 10 euros/bottle I had to pay the guy for it.

4.2
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
(Bottle, no label, cap is stamped "09.05.10", via trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Daniel!, cellared for 1 yr. after trade) Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recede to a thin lasting layer. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, candy, perhaps chocolate. Mouthfeel initially a bit fizzy, this dissipates in later samples. Fairly soft. Nice weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of sweet dark fruit, perhaps dates, light brown sugar and chocolate. Chocolate becomes a bit more prominent as it warms. Alcohol wamth emerges towards finish and makes it slightly hot. Very similar overall to Rochefort 10. I enjoyed it but like with Rochefort I was expecting a little more.

4
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Blank bottle with gold Westy 12 cap. Pours a cloudy opaque brown with sediment swirling about within. Little head on this one, but that could’ve been due to my pouring technique. The foam that does exist smells wonderful, of dark fruit, molasses, brandy and more. Pretty much smells like St. Bernardus. Flavor is sharp; Smoky, woody, boozy, not at all sweet or fruity however. Did I mention boozy?: It seems to have a very agressive hard liquor-like body. Overall, this isn’t the best thing I’ve ever had. Though very good, I prefer St. Bernardus, and Rochefort for that matter, in this style. Don’t get me wrong, this is excellent. I was just expecting more, considering the reputation. My final thought is that I don’t think this beer would have nearly as high an average rating if it weren’t for its exclusivity (and hype).

4.8
beerthusiast (5) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009 does not count
I got just over 20 bottles from a little shop in Italy, the best Belgian beer on the planet! Good times in C.F.! Very complex and lives up to the hype.

4.8
luttonm (6270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Thanks to trevor211 for sharing this gem! sweet, deep, light brown that is remarkably in the middle of Roche 10 and Bernardus Abt12. Carmel, anise, sweet-sour nose. Pretty mellow carbonation comparatively. hazy, malty, unfiltered? Incredible flavor, potent, concentrated. Brown sugar, yeasty. A religious experience, incredible. Probably the best beer I’ve ever had, but the effort and hype are just a tad exorbitant. In other words, this would be an incredible beer to have regularly.

5
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 edit, this was my first rating. Bottle, many times. Dark belgian pour with some head. Deep belgian fruit and yeast aromas. Flavor is deep, has complex sugar, fruit and yeast tones. Mouthfeel is nice. This beer can be drank and enjoyed even at room temperature.


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