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


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RATINGS: 3752   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shawnmurphy (57) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Review recreated from notes. Was pleasantly shocked to find a six-pack of #12 at a liquor store in Jasper, Alberta, Canada, for an amount that made by father-in-law look at me like I was crazy for spending that much for just a beer. In his words, beer is beer. Well, we know better. I was eager to share this legendary beer with friends, who all enjoyed it. It poured a cloudy brown with a small tan head that lingered on top like whipped cream, which left some lacing behind. Aroma is of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, leather, spice, earth. Flavor is raisins, prunes, figs, dates, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is rich from the sweetness, yet very soft on the tongue. A beer that lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DraftProfessor4 (15) - Portreath, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Intense, dark and full bodied beer, stunning in every way and quite simply the best beer in the world

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjay44 (3560) - 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 (110) - 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 (72) - 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 (2317) - 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 (510) - 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 (25) - 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 (130) - 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.

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