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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: 3753   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle 33cL. I was sitting around at a tasting Sunday, when we were about to start up the main event (side by side Dark Lord vs. Speedway). Glenn (a beeradvocate fellow) was about to leave after the imperial stout showdown, so he generously interrupted us and said, "Hey, before we move on, is there anyone here who hasnt had Westy 12." A couple of us, myself included, replied, "Why no, Glenn, why do you ask?" At which point he proceeded to pull an unlabeled, yellow-capped bottle of this from his cooler, crack it and serve. Helluva guy. Dark brown pour, with little whilte head. Aroma is initally alcohol dominant, but gives way quickly to immense amounts of dried fruits. The yeast esters are just incredible -- cherries, dates, figs, but mainly raisins. Spices come through, too. Cloves and nutmeg mix in with the alcohol. The flavor is equally complex and interesting. Raisins dominate, but there are massive amounts of other dried fruits begging to be identified and savored. Caramel malt is there in force as well. Unfortunately the alcohol flavor is as strong as the alcohol smell -- it has to be looked past. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, but the alcohol keeps it clean on the finish. I docked its aroma and flavor for the over-present alcohol, and the overall simply because Im not sure it lived up to the incredible hype of the worlds best. Incredible, absolutely. Worlds best, not quite.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tjeutn (1) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2017 does not count
Als een goede belg die fier is op zn cultureel erfgoed kan ik niet anders dan dit bier de beste rating geven. Van alle trappisten is deze de Nr. uno! De smaak, de afdronk, de geur etc.. kan nie beter..

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (879) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2017
2014 bottle. Pour is a beautiful red-brown with a massive offwhite head. Nose is toast slathered in cherry and honey, slight boozy undercurrent. Taste starts with a hit of candi sugar and toffee, then rolls into honey and dark cherries and apricot, hits a yeasty backbone, and finishes with a semisweet fade touched by Euro-hop bitterness. Delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1141) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 Bottle at the monastery/brewery with commonshawn, rosskyle, samalito, and dubtully. We?ve arrived at the holy grail for beer lovers. Deep plum, almost cola color with a light tan head. Unfiltered. Aroma leans into a dark fruit quality with malty notes. Taste is quintessential quadrupel. Dark fruit and a healthy sweetness without going overboard. There?s a welcome alcohol bite as you progress through consumption. As it warms, it becomes bigger and more alcohol forward. Delicious overall...great mouthfeel, well balanced, almost wine like taste components. Well done, monks.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonshawn (1139) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 From brewery in Belgium with commonmac, samuelito, willyp, and rosskyle. Dark plum with thick off white head. Smooth aroma of dark fruit. Starts with high sugar, then gentle yeast, subtle dark fruit. Extremely smooth. A great beer in the mecca of beer.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gebels (29) - Gdańsk, POLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Back log. Brown, cloudy, frothy white head with a lot of big bubbles. In nose Grape, yeast and faint aroma of caramel. In taste similar, grape plus hudge carbonation. Nothink special, too hyped. Mabey was to freesh.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewSensei4 (11) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 20, 2017
Dark brown. Aroma of malts, fruits and spices. Very malty, toffee, candy sugar, chocolate, dark fruity. Rich, smooth. Long dry fruity malty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SprawdzToGowno (11) - POLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Du?a slodowosc. Bardzo du?e wysycenie. Jednowymiarowosc smakowa (tylko i wy??cznie karmelowa s?odycz ?e slodow)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Speko (300) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle 0,33. Pours clear radish amber with large off-white head with long retention. Fruits, dark berries, yeast, leather, caramel. Quite complex and just excellent. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
john44 (2707) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown coloured. Aroma of malts, fruits and spices. Very malty (bready malts, toffee, candy sugar, chocolate). Fruity (dark fruits, raisins, plums). Yeasty (lots of floaties and sediment). Quite Spicy. Hoppy (some balancing hop bitterness). Rich, smooth, flavoursome. Alcohol well disguised. Sweet malty fruity spicy throughout. Long dry fruity malty finish. Very Complex. Excellent. Deservedly a World Classic. Fantastic beer! (2008)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hednom (170) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2017
Botte 33 cl, pours a brown colour with a beige head, Yeasty aroma, also chocolat en dark fruits. taste starts with a light sweetness but ends in a medium bitterness,


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