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

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RATINGS: 3726   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bricks (1043) - Delaware, USA - FEB 5, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 At the start - smells bready/yeasty, with fruit and alcohol -- very good. As the extreme head diminishes, the smell improves as the aforementioned bread smell vanishes completely -- 9/10 on smell. Unprecedented head and great color. Ultra smooth for 10.2%. The taste.. It is THAT good - nearly perfection. The hype is real. If I have any knock against it, its that it is a slight touch on the sweet side... but its taste is so complex, that characteristic is forgivable. Truly outstanding - I leave it at a 19/20 overall, only in the hopes that I ever consume something from another planet that completely blows my mind and transfers me onto an alternate plane of existence where I yield omnipotent, omnipresent abilities.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
watford (1) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017 does not count
Truly the best. Dark, molasses like texture with a deep malty and high alcohol aura. The rumours were true

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MayKordez (16) - SLOVENIA - JAN 21, 2017
Finally got my hand on this perfect brew. One of the most complex brews that I ever tasted. My interest in this style is increaseing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliriumT (508) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2017
Tasted side by side with a st bernardus 12 and a rochefort 10. Whilst the rumours that the bernardus recipe is identical to this beer may be true, the fact is that there is definitely something different in the process. For starters, they look different. The bernardus has patchy tan head whereas the westy has pillowy white head. The bernardus has more spice on the nose whereas the westy has exactly what you expect from the westmalle yeast; caramel, dark fruits, raisins, clove and a hint of banana. This is noticeably more balanced than the bernardus. Very easy drinking. Certainly one of the best beers in the world. However, try it side by side with the rochefort 10 and there is no comparison. Rochefort has a better aroma and flavour. This is deservedly known as one of the best quads in the world, but Rochefort is noticeably better in my personal opinion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sjohnny (555) - - JAN 20, 2017
Yeast. Dough. Dark fruit. Grain. A hint of earth. Dark garnet brown. Thick frothy light tan head. Days of retention and thick residue on the glass. Smooth with a little tingliness on the tip of the tongue. Velvety. Dark fruit. Bread. A hint of spice. A little caramel. Warming down the throat. Just an absolute delight.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shawnmurphy (43) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Review recreated from notes. Was pleasantly shocked to find a six-pack of #12 at a liquor store in Jasper, Alberta, Canada, for an amount that made by father-in-law look at me like I was crazy for spending that much for just a beer. In his words, beer is beer. Well, we know better. I was eager to share this legendary beer with friends, who all enjoyed it. It poured a cloudy brown with a small tan head that lingered on top like whipped cream, which left some lacing behind. Aroma is of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, leather, spice, earth. Flavor is raisins, prunes, figs, dates, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is rich from the sweetness, yet very soft on the tongue. A beer that lives up to the hype.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DraftProfessor4 (9) - Portreath, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017 does not count
Intense, dark and full bodied beer, stunning in every way and quite simply the best beer in the world

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjay44 (3526) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2017
330 cl. bottle, shared at brew club Thanks to Xandy,. Pours a thin, well retained, beige head, over a slightly hazy, dark brown (SRM25) body.....nose is heavy sweet malts with dried fruits including raisin plum.....taste is sweet with heavy dried fruits, with plum raisin, multiple spices including allspice, becoming gradually dry.....mouth feel, light of medium sticky body, moderate alcohol heat, moderate carbonation. This is an absolutely delicious and complex beer. BJCP 9/3/18/5/8

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
buki (65) - Otwock, POLAND - JAN 18, 2017
No cż, kiedyś trzeba i w legendarnego Wesvleteren XII napić :)
Piwo, nieprzerwanie od całkiem dobrego kawałka czasu piastuje zaszczytne pierwsze miejsce na podium ratebeer.
Piana tworzy się wysoka, "sycząca", względnie szybko opada i ładnie okleja brzegi szklanki, spodziewałbym się wysokiego wysycenia, acz okazało się, że się myliłem.
W barwie, czarne z ciemnobrązowymi refleksami, nieprzejrzyste acz klarowne
Zapach tworzą nuty szlachetnego alkoholu i ciemnych owocw: daktyle, ciemnie winogrona
Smak jest wielowymiarowy i złożony, niemniej zbalansowany: daktyle, rodzynki, figi, przypieczony karmel, winogrona, nuta szlachetnego alkoholu, porto. Jest tego naprawdę dużo. Średnia wytrawność, goryczka raczej niska, alkohol (10,2% ABV) wyczuwalna tylko w przełyku, przyjemna. Wysycenie niskie (co jak na piwo Belgijskie powinno dziwić), jednak robi to dobrze temu piwu - odczucie w ustach jest silniejsze i klarowniejsze. Czy najlepsze piwo na świecie? Ciężko powiedzieć, z pewnością jednak najlepsze piwo trapistw i jedno z lepszych belgijskich albo nawet i na świecie. Nie do końca rozumiem jak na Westvleteren można się nie poznać i nie docenić - to naprawdę świetny kawałek piwowarskiego świata.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manker (71) - SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2017
Several bottles and vintages. A beautiful Quad, but after several blind tasting not the best one. Brown sugar, dried fruits, nuts and cardboard. Depending on freshness varied levels of sugary dried raisins. Young, less developed (dhuh) and more fruits in aroma and flavor. Great beer with its own history, but the world has changed.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackisle (2265) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle 33cl. present from my colleague, thanks Karin! (recently bought at the abbey, bbd 19/11/2019), served in a vintage St.Sixtus trappist glass. Clear deep ruby brown, good frothy beige head, recedes slowly to a stable thin layer with yeast circles remains, good lacing; incredible rich aroma roasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, hopjes, chocomel, dried dark fruits, cinnamon, coffee liqueur; taste light heavy sweet and light bitter, roasty, malty, toffee, dried dark fruits, brown sugar, spicy notes, warming alcohol; sweetbitter aftertaste roasted malts and caramel, nutty and earthy notes, laurel, coffee groundings; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; what to say? very, very good indeed.


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