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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: 3432   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.42/5   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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4.4
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Best before 2012. Pours deep brown with a large head. Lots of carbonation, very fizzy. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Flavor of alcohol figures in strong, also lots very complex spice profile, along with some fig. Fantastic once it warmed up a bit and lost some of the carbonation.

4.2
Linnet (1940) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Big creamy beige head, deep copper/red/brown colour. Aroma of yeast, sugar, jam, dried fruits, alcohol, honey and faint hops. Flavour is rich, alcohol, sugar, yeast, dried fruits, honey, very sweet and yeasty, notes of corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and less carbonated than all other quadrupels i’ve had to date. In short: very good, best beer in the world? No it is not.

4.8
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
The aroma hints of grapes and some dark fruits as well. The flavor is grapes and dark fruits mixed with wonderful Belgian yeast characteristics - and no hotness whatsoever. This is delicious, well balanced, and very smooth. The mouthfeel is amazingly soft and effervescent like real Champagne.

4.7
wchesser (2162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Was lucky enough to get to try some of this from a friend that picked it up in Belgium...bottle had been opened about 4 hours. The aromas were cola and caramel along with the terrific distinctive Belgian yeast. Terrific balance and banana and baking spices.

4.6
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Pours a clear brown with a big fluffy off white head. This beer changed flavor about four times throughout the tasting. Initially a little to cold. Aroma was earthy, yeasty, malty, a little funk and not much fruit. Flavor was slightly bitter, and actually a little hot. Twenty minutes later and at least five degrees warmer and this beer was completely different. Aroma was malt, raisins, and lost most of the funk. Flavor was sweeter, more dark fruit, fig, malt, and yeast. This was a phenomenal beer.

4.6
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Deep brown with a thin, pale head. Sweet, fruity aroma, smells earthy, of raisins, prunes, and dates. Fantastic flavors of raisins, orange peel. It’s sweet, malty, and balanced. Starts off soft and fruity, with a slightly bitter, malty finish. Blew me away.

4.7
doughert82 (20) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
This beer is more than "perfect"! After many years of tracking it down in the United States, I thought it would be much more hype than reality, but I was wrong. Pours dark but clear, multitude of flavors in the first sip. What struck me was how clear the sight and taste was! So pristine, and completely diverse and balanced flavor. This beer is worth the hype!

4.1
hallinghansen (3474) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Rating # 300. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown body, with a small, but forever lasting off-white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, molasses, dark fruit and notes of alcohol. Flavor is yeast, malt,, sweet dark fruit, dates, raisins and notes of alcohol. Warming finish from the alcohol. Nice lacings. Fantastic beer.

4.4
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 330mL 2003 ed courtesy of glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! Pours very deep brown almost black looking in the glass with a thin tan head that leaves some nice bubbles and a faint protective layer. Really wants to lace well. Aroma is outstanding. Loads of rum raisin, malaga gelato, light cognac, dates, figs, mulled apple cider. Whoa. Taste is similar: tons of gourmet dark fruits, cognac, milk chocolate, ganache, chocolate mousse, mulled red wine. A little warming from the 10%. This is seriously good. Beautiful creamy, rich palate. Just destroys all other Trappist beers. Especially St. Bernardus 12. 2/10/2010 94/9/5/17=4.4

330mL 2007 ed thanks to Travlr. The pour is perfection: massive, thick, pillowy cinnamon tan head erupts with precision and towers out of the Westvleteren trappist chalice perfect poise rising straight out of the glass but not toppling over like a miracle. Massive retention and sheety, full lacing. Nose is rich milk chocolate, cinnamon, dates and figs. Taste is ultra rich milk chocolate, cinnamon apple butter, raspberry compote and ganache. Mild spicy calvados adds alcohol warm and sharpness. Effervescent carbonation and present hoppiness cut the sweetness. Very rich and aerated palate. Insanely easy to drink with less dark fruit character compared to St Bernardus 12 and more cinnamon, chocolate, and apple brandy. Awesome. 7/17/2011 8/5/9/5/17=4.4

4.8
smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 Rating #1000! Bottle from a trade with Boutip. BB date 25/08/12. Pours dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of Belgian candy sugar, dark fruits, bread dough and molasses. Flavor is sweet raisins, figs, plums, candy sugar, molasses, licorice, some dough and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Great beer. Thanks Phil for hooking me up with this world class brew.


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