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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3769   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Pours cloudy dark brown with a thin offwhite head, decent retention. Smells dark and bready yeasty, slightly fruity like raisins. Tastes sweet and malty and yeasty, again with the raisin flavors. Tasty, not all that though. Medium to full body, mellow carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Dark, cloudy, murky brownish color, Smells of plums and apple mostly. Lots of boozey applish/mystery fruit taste. Raisen in there too. This was my first westy and my first quad. Certainly not my style of beer, to sweet, with to many flavors all mashing together. Glad to try it though , thanks Kan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark deep brown with a thin white head, with just a little lacing. The aroma is full of caramel, raisins, figs, spices. The flavor is very complex. A bit sweet, with plenty of malt, dark fruit, vanilla, spices. Smooth carbonation and an even finish. Not the best quad on the market, not the worst by far, but way overhyped.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geuzelambix (243) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2008
Overwhelming beer with a very open taste. The aroma is ok, but the taste simply unique with its almost exploding character. Maybe its not as great as so many people tend to think, but its something very special and something you just have to taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Rating #100! Pours a beautiful deep brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is a rocky off-white two fingers thick which lingers for quite a while and leaves minimal lacing. Where do I start with the aroma? Sweet bready caramel malts with huge dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums up front. Big and complex with molasses, brown sugar, and some spices on top of that. Just a wonderfully aromatic brew. Just like the smell, the taste is just incredibly complex and wonderful. There is a prevailing sweetness that pervades the entire flavor with molasses, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Spices are also present but perfectly balanced with the sweetness and malts. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a nice big carbonation that tickles the tongue. I honestly dont think you could improve the mouthfeel...exceptional. Well, what else to add to the praise. Im not sure if this is the best beer Ive ever had, but its pretty damn close. Its unbelievably complex but extremely drinkable and is certainly the best of the style I have ever tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2008
wow....I wanted to hate this beer but it smelled like dried fruit and tasted like really nice dried fruit and finished dry and super super drinkable......worth the hype.....but not worth the amount people are spending on this on ebay.....

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BierGarten wine and spirits (12) - Jenks, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Simply amazing what else can be said. Sampled this at In de Vrede. Found it at De Bier Temple in Brussels. Brought 3 cases back to the states. If you have never tried this beer you must.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 [1173-20080302] Bottle. Mild fruity aroma has hints of malt and roast. Hazy, dark dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Flavour has some fruity malt but mostly is roasted malt with little bitterness. Full body. Impressive and muted like its brothers and still very nice, especially as it warms. (7/5/9/4/18) 4.3
(@ In De Vrede; Westvleteren, BE)

[1312B-20080419] Bottle. Mild vine grapes aroma has boozy green leaf grains and a strange oxo cube background. Murky, dark brown red body pours a big medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet green twigs and fruity mild malt flavour has toasty grain sweetness and booooze. Medium body. Bonus for the experience in Canada. (7/4/8/4/17) 4.0
(w/ DuctTape, jerc, TheRoot)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 My first Westy 12! Dark brown with a creamy tan head that disappears into a ring. Huge thanks to Old Style Cub fan! Huge and beautiful aroma of cherries, brown sugar, raisins, figs. Amazing flavor, fresh and strong, yet extremely complex. Has a strong vineous quality. Finish is beautifully smooth and sweet. Theres a lot going on in this beer. Its worthy of its top beer titile!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nimbleprop (7945) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Rating #500! Its an honor to have the Unicorn of beers for this milestone. Bottle courtesy of Shyam. 33cl bottle has no label, engraved in the glass is the word "Trappist", otherwise the only identifying mark would be the bottle cap. Pours a deep, cloudy, nearly opaque nut brown with a head that was initially foamy and active, and settled to a healthy, creamy, tan ring with tight bubbles. The aroma is mild, all things considered, but if you search you can sense the complexity. Theres a deep, sugary malt presence, yeast, grain, bread dough, raisins, dried fruits, dates, figs and a touch of lemon grass. The aroma is good, the flavor is truly remarkable: brown sugar, chewy bread dough, raisins, grapes, butterscotch, cookies, biscuits, Belgian candy, coffee with cream, cane sugar, a little bit of earthy spice and a little bit of mild milk chocolate. Buttery and soft on the palate makes this so easy to drink with the kind of lingering sweetness that could make it a session beer. What a session that would be. Very well balanced and the consistency of the beer is probably a reflection of the care taken when making it. While not THE best beer Ive ever had, its one of the best and certainly worthy of being labeled the best beer in the world. ******* Re-rate, 2004 bottle at Kulminator. Looks the same, great mahogany color. Flavor is sweet, a touch boozy, a little whiskey, some brown sugar, malt, light toast, yeast, caramel, dried fruits, raisins. Nose is plums, dates, raisins, malty, a little booze, some coconut. Finishes a touch hot. Aging very well. 8-5-8-4-15.


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