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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3835   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Didn’t hide the alcohol very well at all. It got better as it warmed. Heavily yeasty. Nice beer but probably wouldn’t even make my top 25, but even after and hour it continued to improve with warming. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium brown with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing.The aroma had molasses and caramel; very light hops; heavy spicy and dusty yeast; grape; raisin; plum; prune; date; vanilla; alcohol; dust and something way off; dark fruits; candy sugar; liquor; some orangey citrus. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly sour and lightly bitter with a long duration. There was dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, figs, plum, prune, date, raisin, spicy and dusty yeast, hints of cocoa, candy sugar, slightly hops and something almost slightly off, cola, and vanilla. The medium body was dry with fizzy and tingly carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish.


4.5
datrael (500) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Piwo nr 500 recenzowane na ratebeer, wiec z tej okazji wieloletni nr 1 tego serwisu. W aromacie fenole, estry, figi, rodzynki, ciasto drozdzowe, przyjemnie. W wygladzie ciemna czerwien wpadajaca w braz, piana gesta, bezowa, zdobiaca szklo. W smaku wyrazna slodycz, figi, rodzynki, ciemne owoce, nuty szlachetnych destylatów, gozdziki. Bogate, eleganckie, swietnie ulozone. Pijalnosc wysoka jak na taka zawartosc alkoholu, przyjemne rozgrzewanie po kazdym lyku. Ogólnie pyszne, eleganckie, ulozone piwo, klasa.

4.8
lkowalkowski (401) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2017
Ciemnej barwy z piekna, gesta piana. Piwo pachnie ciemnymi, suszonymi owocami, jest równiez slodka karmelowa nuta. W smaku gladkie, szlachetny alkohol delikatnie rozgrzewa na finiszu. Niesamowicie pijalne. Genialne.

4.8
k_gadeberg (54) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 On bottle @Ølfred - Aarhus Streetfood Pours red/black and hazy, with beautiful white head Impressive taste of toffee and dark chocolate, which gives a kind of sweet bitterness - it stays in your mouth in an eternity! Wouldn’t be able to drink a whole by my self though.

5
brew81 () - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Got to enjoy these while living in Belgium a few years ago. Worth the work to get a couple of cases through the Abbey.

4.9
Scrumpy369 (806) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Bottle shared at home with shonali. To many more years! Murky brown colour, floating yeast chunks, head disappears almost immediately. Nose is dried fruits, plum, raisins. Taste is also dried fruity, strong plum notes, some candy sugar, keksz. Sweet, but not geil. Some alcoholic warmth in the end. Very nice beer overall. Definitly one of the best beers out there, shame its yeasty as hell.

4.7
PictouRx (181) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017
Wow finally found a bottle to consume. Poured in tulip glass ...decent lacing and small head...looks like dark apple cider. Sip...pear plum apricot caramel toffee molasses all at once. Very very smooth little bitter. Yup best I’ve had so far!

4.3
raficon (44) - Lipno, POLAND - JUL 21, 2017
super piwo, aromat suszone owoce figi troche skojarzen z miodem, w smaku slodkie tresciwe alkochol niewyczuwalny.

4.6
vastervikman (41) - Vastervik, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2017
Yes, I also spent shitload of money to illegally buy this charming beer, even munks said they are against it, but dam stop making so perfect beer!!! This is love story no doubt about that! Loved it all the way. Like first kiss or something!

5
ortodox69 () - - JUL 20, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 bevuta nel pub adiacente il monastero in Belgio. birra scura a 12 gradi . gusto particolare forte e nello stesso tempo delicato. mi ha ammaliato

4.6
surething_ii (372) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle from the Abbey. Well, it’s hard to ignore the hype when I traveled quite a way to get it (instead of buying 12€ bottle in Brugge) but I will try. Best comparison that comes to my mind is wine. It’s like a well stored bottle of red. It won’t amuse you with heights and everything, but it’s perfectly well balanced and smooth. Color is black with decent head. Aroma not that significant. Taste keeps in one line leaving no place for irregularities. It’s basically a drink for special occasions, so not what you expect from beer. Very interesting.


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