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100
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Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3787   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle at lbaren, DE membersmeeting 12. juni. And a couple of times at home. Dark red/brown, small white head. A very smooth quadrupel. Malts, raisins, prunes, hop, licorice. A very rich taste, but no dominating strong flavours, very smooth. Nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (15126) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Hazy brown color, small head. Smell malts, lightly alcohol and caramel. Taste malts, caramel, lightly bitter. Decent carbo, medium to full body. Nice beer, but I dont taste 4.48 in this beer. Maybe because its relatively easy to get around here?

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle. Light dark fruit aromas. Very dark brown with a tan head that left quickly. Hints of cola and tobacco. Full bodied; sharp but creamy carbonation. A cascade of different flavors. Malt. Possibly chocolate. Fruit is probably present bu not clearly distinguishable - perhaps raisin. To quote Marcus: It just tastes like Vestvleteren.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14659) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is cellar notes, alcohol, dried fruits, spices. Flavour is cellar notes, alcohol, roasted, dry, spices. Wow , this is a good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14384) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle - Sour dark fruit, brown sugar. hints of cocoa and so much more. Muddy brown with a rich but thin head. Body is nice and rich, velvety on the tongue. Molasses, dark fruits again and a sour bitterness that lingers into the finish. The finish in this is where I think it falls down, grains, booze and a bitter/sourness that just isnt all that pleasant.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (14372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle (thanks to Davecooks) poured a clear copper brown with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of pears, apples, figs, dates, carmel, toffee and light maple. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, carmel, toffee, apples and pears with a smooth lingering lightly sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (14225) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle Conditioned at The Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark black with big tan head. After years of looking, caught up with this in this marvellous little boozer. Both have loads of character, are dark and interesting, smokey and fruity with a hint of licorice root. I was totally impressed with both, but even then I didnt score a 5, which means the search continues.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (14199) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle shared by alexadad06. Poured a cloudy brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark citrus, ginger and caramel aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout complex brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 (10/13/05, bottled 5/22/02) Given the greater experience and context I have gained since joining RB, it definitely is time to revisit the true king of beers. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly (no doubt due to the age of the beer), giving way to an opaque dark brown-red body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/prune, vinous, cookie dough, some cherry, light oak, orange. The flavors are bursting at the seams -- moderately sweet, cookie, raisin, floral, cherry, some orange, chocolate, molasses, herbal, faint vinous. The alcohol is nearly invisible. Smooth, even creamy, medium-full body. It will be a very sad day should I no longer be able to obtain this masterpiece. (8/4/10/5/19)

(5/27/02) Absolutely wonderful beer. Very malty, rich & complex. Alcohol warmth adds to, rather than detracts from, the wonderful flavor. (9/4/9/5/18)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scopey (14014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 2009 bottle from Cracked Kettle. It pours mahogany to deep ruby in colour with a thin foamy beige head. The nose is wood, ginger, raisin, fig, date, orange-zest, leather and dark chocolate. The taste unbelievably complex: wood, caramel, toffee, plum, cherry, date, prune, fig, stewed pear, red grape, banana, vanilla, leather, smoke, charcoal, milk and dark chocolate, rich-roast coffee, liquorice, nice alcohol warmth....the list could go on. The underlying sweetness balances the more savoury flavours. It has fine carbonation, a full body, layers of complexity, surprising smoothness and one of the longest finishes around. Awesome.


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