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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3383   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - FEB 14, 2009
I waited a lot of time for this and I found it in the beautiful Brugges... Appearance: Dark brown color. Great head, beige, rocky, with good adherence at glass and very lasting. Aroma: complex-ripe fruity aroma, several fruits in my nose like, plums, cherries, prunes, figs..... Underlying caramel notes, vinous and with reminiscences of tart and marmalade. Flavor: vinous profile and caramel malts in the start, that vinous touch never disappear and remember me a carmenere and, perhaps, a sweet rose. The fruitiness is even more complex that in the nose with the same reminiscences as well of cassis, blackberries and semi-fermented red apples. Woody touches and a very slight hot note similar to chocolaty tobacco. A lot of secondary notes like marmalade, roasted sugar, vanilla and lightly is possible to feel the hops given even more balance. Palate: medium to full body; semi-oily and silky texture. Low carbonation. Remark: this is a excellent beer with a lot of attributes and complexity, but in spite of that complexity and variety of flavors is incredible its balance, in fact for me four adjectives resume the Westy12: "noble, harmonious, very balanced and elegant".


4.2
Mad Dog Martin (42) - - OCT 19, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2017 Bottle bought on EBay! Much anticipation. Mildly disappointed. It is a nice beer, but not really for me as a big fan of the hop. This pours very dark brown from its iconic bottle crowned with a dense brownish head. The aroma is boozy and reminiscent of sherry. This continues in the taste, very malty, slightly sweet and plummy with a hint of cloves. It’s like a sherry-laced porter. Easy to drink for all its 10.2%.

4
L_Lovecraft (695) - - OCT 16, 2017
(vintage 2010) Good notes of dark fruits, honey, spices, brown with reddish reflection and a good white head, medium/full body, average carbonation, taste is simlar, quite intense...really good.

4.8
finnius_fog (3) - - OCT 15, 2017 does not count
Bets Trappist I've had, and close to the best beer. Large white head and dark brown colour. Aroma is yesty and slightly fruity, but quite subtle. Flavour is yesty, sweet, and mild alcohol aftertaste. Somewhat plum taste.

5
nyues88 (1) - - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
What is the difference between the XII labeled bottle and the unlabeled version?

5
jaydangordon (4) - - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2017 Smoothest, most flavourful beer I’ve ever had. Surprisingly easy to drink for 10.2 percent alcohol

4.6
JoTheO (243) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle 330ml, bought in 2016 (bbe 18/11/18). OK, so this is it then. The holy grail (well, being a trappist beer...). Chestnut brown with some reddish tint. Plenty of yeast in the bottle. Slightly beige dense head. Aroma is a bit careful when cold, opening up with increasing temperature. Fruity apples, plums and sweet pineapple(?). Palate is thick and oily. Taste is very complex, chocloate in the beginning, heavy malt sweetness and syrupy with green apples in the finish. None of the yeasty taste notes of Belgian beers. Truly an outstanding beer.

5
polorval (1) - - OCT 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2017 Perfecte balans, volle diepe smaak, lichtjes gecarameliseerd, gewoon goddelijk!

4.1
p0urmeac0ld0ne (200) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - OCT 7, 2017
Where to begin? Deep, dark and robustly fruity. Very boozy, more akin to a fine wine than most types of beer. Entirely complex. Worth hunting if you are a Belgian beer enthusiast. Truly special, although I cannot deny that it is somewhat over-hyped. Definitely not for everyone. Looking forward to visiting the abbey shop in November where I can hopefully pick up samples of the other Westy brews.

4.2
Chrisd180 (25) - - OCT 5, 2017
Just the best.. Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
chich (1) - - OCT 1, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2017 Probabilmente la migliore birra che ho avuto la fortuna di provare, anche se solo in un'occasione, e il cui aroma riecheggia ancora nel mio palato.


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