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

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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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4.6
Dedollewaitor (16545) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Only avaliable at the monastery. 3 times 24 beers avaliable per. car only! Limited and Beautiful. Dark, full and long finish! Very smooth texture. Dark fruits & caramel - little sweetness & little alcohol. Rerating Oktober 09. Had this more than a hundred times and it really needed a few extra words. 2005 vintage. Deep, dark rum and fruits. Complex in a way that is hard to describe. Even after 3500 beers. World class and top 10 for sure.

3.8
djd07 (16301) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong yeast, toasted malt, raisin. Medium mouth with dark fruit, toasted malt, nice booze, candy sugar, very good.

4.6
Scopey (16274) - 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.

3.8
MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 Bottle. Very dark brown colour. Creamy tan head. Very full flavour, peppery and malty. Nice smooth mouthfeel. 15 Dec 2004. 5 4 8 4 17

Bottle, 10.2%. Weak bready aroma. Cloudy dark brown colour. Big stable light brown head. The flavour is sweet and bready with a lot of brown sugar, some marzipan and a rather high bitterness. Mild carbonation and good mouthfeel. A little boozy finish. 7 3 7 3 18

4.4
bhensonb (15971) - 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.

4.5
Borup (15943) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of spice, yeast, caramel, dark dried fruit, alcohol and roasty notes.

4.5
Ratman197 (15624) - 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
imdownthepub (15524) - 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 didn’t score a 5, which means the search continues.

4.6
gunnfryd (15495) - 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.

3.6
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2016 Re-rate 4/16: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Lior D. Bottled 2013. Dark brown. Dark fruits, malt, caramel, honey, a bit of oxidation, nuts. Sweet. Rounded. Very nice. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6

Re-rate 3/15: Bottle sample at a tasting at Naama’s place. Thanks Naama. 2012 bottle. Caramel, dark fruits, sweet, a bit of alcohol, a bit oxidized, a bit thin. 6/3/6/3/12=3

Re-rate 11/29/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Tom. Bottle is 5 months old. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma full of dark fruits, a bit of licorice, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Sweet flavor with malt, dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of licorice and a drier finish. Medium-bodied, silky mouthfeel. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

Re-rate 5/18/09: Bottle sample at a tasting. Deep red color. Aroma of dark fruits - plums and raisins, some cookie notes, caramel, licorice and yeast. Sweet caramelly flavor with yeast, bread, lots of dark fruits and alcohol. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

(2/28/08) Bottle sample at [email protected] in Heule. Bottled in 2008 (if the assumption that BBD-3yrs=bottling date is correct). Dark brown color with a light beige-brown head. Aroma of dark malt, caramel and tons of dark fruits (lots of plums, some prunes and raisins). Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and roasted notes. Finishes dry. Medium to full body. This is really great. I got three more bottles to take home (each for about 3-4 Euros!) at the Alvinne brewery shop, so I could taste it again after a bit more cellar time. 9/5/8/4/17=4.3


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