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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3717   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SweetH20 (1) - USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
The Holy Grail of Beer!!! The first seconds are sweet but the carbonation quickly takes it away and brings in the aroma. Though it is 10.2% it doesnt taste like it, though it does warm your throat long after you swallow.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 (Bottle, BBE 27.04.11, 20110514) The beer poured dark brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized, white and quite sizzling. Aroma was very strong and it had raisin, aniseed, malts and chocolate. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were raisin, dried plum, chocolate, malts, aniseed and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. Aroma was very good but the flavour was too much on the sweet side.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissDolle (20) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
No wonder that this is among the worlds greatest beers! Ive tasted this several times. Fantastic beer with great full body. Notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, yeast and brown sugar. Fantastic!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
BIG thanks to jjpm74! Finally got my hands on the mecca of all beers. Enticing, sweetish aroma. Color is dark, murky brown. Pours with a big, white head. Sweet malt flavor up front closely followed by a balancing hit of bitterness. Rich complex malt, hop bitterness and complex fruit flavors dance in my mouth. The attack on my tastebuds is incredible. This beer has a long lingering finish that just wont quit. Theres also a touch of alcohol warmth to the finish. I love the balance of this beer. Easily one of the best beers Ive ever had. Delicious! I wish I had more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours a cloudy brown with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of sweet fruit. The thing that makes this beer so good is the balance. Nice sweetness, good fruit flavor, and some sugar as well. The 10.2% ABV isnt noticeable. Wish they had some bigger bottles :)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Tap at in the Vrede. Wow, now I know what all the hype is about. Easily the best example of this style that I ever tasted. Pours with a fairly dark color and a nice head. Aromas of figs and plums. Wonderfully smooth, great flavors of plums, caramel and other dark fruit, nice sweetness to it, alcohol not really noticeable. Very chewy but not cloying, outstanding. Addendum: Same day I went to the Kulminator and had a bottle of 12, with the yellow cap, from 2004. Completely different from the one described above. The aroma was totally dominated by malts, cloves and spiced fruit. The fruitiness - mainly cherry- was still there in the flavors but malts were more prominent. Even more chewy, almost overwhelmimg flavor profile. The rating is for the draft version by the way.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3890) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 As usual I dont see what all the fuss is about. Dark brown, lasting beige head. Light fruity nose. Tingly mouthfeel decent lacing. Brown sugar start, lighty tart and fruity.Whiskey overtones, medium alcohol heat/bitterness in the finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - MAY 1, 2008
i enjoyed this wonderful beer out of a great divide yeti glass. this beer appears to be a dark brown with a toffee colored head with excellent lacing. the smell is malty and chocolaty and toffeeish. belgian candy as well. you can smell the alcohol in there, but its a wonderful smell. this beer tastes wonderful. belgian candy... taste consistant with the smell. also a hint of spice. the mouthfeel is thick & sticky with medium carbonation. what a wonderful beer this is. superbly drinkable. im glad i have a few more of these laying around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
Aroma: Cookie dough and cereal grain aroma, distinctive. Cherry aroma emerges as it warms. Some fringes of an odd but pleasant orange-like aroma. Appearance: Holds thin wispy head on surface the whole time. Dark, cherry wood color. A little cloudy. Flavor: Sweetish, big malt dominates. Bready, cracker like grain with some warming alcohol. Deep, caramel and sherry malt flavor. Orange-like flavor as in aroma. Palate: Alcohol warmth, but very drinkable. Not harsh. Overall Impression: Excellent beer, but IMO not deserving of the hype. I brought this home from Belgium on a recent trip, paid about 7Euro for it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
Thanks to Fraker for sharing this rare treat with me. Bottle - Pours a fantastic dark ruby-brownish with nice tan head. Aroma is definite dark fruits, vinous qualities, spices, yeast, and earth. Flavor is much the same, very nice with dark fruits, Belgian candi sugar, slight hops, and breadiness - This beer is easily a little over-rated - but its not the flavor that makes it so fantastic. Its the balance in the flavor, this is easily the most complex and balanced beer Ive ever had -Thats what makes it so good to me. Also its incredibly smooth, perfect carbonation, still flavorful, and 10.2% alcohol - that alone makes it incredible. Hugely Recommended.


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