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

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RATINGS: 3311   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
A lovely golden caramel color with a sweet malt nose. A heavenly balance of malt , sweetness with a medium alcohol kick. Obviously for those who have had it , one of the top beers in the world.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ScoWRee (394) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Pours deep dark brown with a nice thick foamy tan head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Wow what a taste. Sweet, carmel, .....so many different flavors. This is a very nice brew. I think I want to become a monk!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4732) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 #300, so much expectation. Aged 1 year, poured into a westvleteren trappist glass. Pour is very dark brown/red with floating yeast and a very nice head. Aroma is heavy and dark. Plum, raisin, vanilla, caramel, hints of roasted malt and smoke, and bread nose. Flavor is very complex. All sorts of dark fruits, oak, caramel, spices, and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and heavy. Wow amazingly good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Thanks a bunch to moejuck and spector for sharing this with me and bruno. Had this blind with a st. bernardus special edition. I picked it out pretty easily after the first sniff at the aroma. Pours a dark brown with reddish hints with a light brown head. A little smokiness and some barrel flavor coming through. Very dark fruity and raisiny. Sweet and very creamy and smooth. The smoothness of this was one of its best characteristics. I also noticed some tobacco and some sort of black cherry candy coming through, delicious.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 This is the absolute best Trappist beer Iíve tried out of the six brewed here in Belgium. Freshness code has 13/08/08 on the yellow bottle cap, 10.2% ABV. Appearance was smooth creamy off-white head with outstanding lacy bubbles which settles to a thin layer after warming. Color is Dark brown. The smell is a fantastic malt aroma, along with different kinds of sweet fruit. The flavor hits as soon as it enters the mouth. The velvety caramel complex flavor with little to medium carbonation is something to savor. All these flavors throughout tasting are just incredible. Complex flavor that stays balanced all the way through, but keeps changing as the beer warms. Its amazing how this beer keeps its complexity and taste throughout the duration of tasting. I must say of all the beers I have tried so far, nothing has compared. Since my first review, I have tasted many more of these incredible brews. My opinion still holds that this is one of finest beers produced in the world.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
raimen175 (2) - ITALY - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
I have drunk this beer has an optimal aroma and to the palate it is impressive. itís my best beer

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Powerfull aromas of plum, sweet malt, hops and raisins. Fullbodied taste with plums fruit, malt, hops, and an alkoholic finisch.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Early 2006 chilled 11.2 oz bottle enjoyed tonight: Pours a dark red amber color with lots of sediment and a big, frothy light tan head. Rich malts, aromatic hops, fruit (particularly of plums), caramel, citrus, bread.... Medium bodied, very smooth and moderately carbonated. Ending is an array of wonderful flavors with a slight alcohol burn.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
December 02. 2005 my rating # 1000 - and my expectations are sky high! I carefully take it from my cellar and let it get almost room temperature before opening it. Itís almost black, and the head is moderate. The aroma is wonderfully complex, it has notes of malt, figs, fruit, oak and hops. The flavour is sweetish and very complex, and in my mouth the dominant notes are malt, figs and other dark fruits, caramel, nuts, basement, earth and hops. The hops are very aromatic and gives a very nice bitterness, that is very unlike to other Belgian beers I have tasted. Itís an incredible beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beer4000 (4828) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark red, brown body with a nice creamy head. Both aroma an flavor is complex. Sweet malty, slightly roasted warming alcoholic, dry fruit, spicy and a nice amount of hops. Itís a world-class beer and difficult to come up with something new to say. I believe true beer lovers have Westvleteren very high up on their top list. I have had the pleasure of sampling this beer and the 12 a few times during the years. Sometimes I have rated the 8 above the 12 and vice versa. Finally I had the chance to compare them at the same time, and I must admit that the 12 are just a bit better. Itís easy to notice the family likeness of these and natural to compare them. The 12 is the big brother, has a little bit extra of everything, and still so delicate balanced. Nothing is dominating in any direction. This beer is close to perfect and still have the quality of offering the drinker a different experience depending on the situation.


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