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


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RATINGS: 3408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2007
Appearance: Meduim brown with reddish tint. Full tan head with tight bead of bubbles. Aroma: Bready, yeasty, apples, caramel, warming alcohol, red wine, raisins, plums and cherries. Flavour: Sweet, caramel, warming alcohol, soft toffee, candies, plum, prune, cherry, raisin, and cinnamon toast. Light tannic character and chocolate and light earthy leatheriness. Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy, medium full bodied. Overall: Full, complex and rich with fruity, Starts sweet and finishes dry with a long lingering toasty malt and full of fruit fermentation esters but without any fusel or high alcohol overtones. No phenolics. Alcohol character is subdued - Dangerous!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jakentbc (15) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Iím not sure what is more exciting...drinking this beer or having sex on heroin! Oh, wait, itís more exciting to drink this beer FRESH from the cafe de verde...iím not saying anything else about this beer until you go there and have one yourself.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
geys1987 (1) - BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2007 does not count
Drank this beer with some friends and have to admit that it is one of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. The tast reminds me of St. Bernardus 12 though more subtle. Itís darker and has a more subtle taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amazinglopedo (15) - USA - JUL 18, 2007
Had a glass at the íDe Vredeí as I was waiting to pick up my two cases of the 8. Rather than trying to use three thousand adjectives that make absolutely no sense at all I will try to descrbe this beer in English. It poured very dark and with a beautiful head. The first sip was a shock to the system flavor was sweet yet full of alcohol. An absolutely great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1664) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
A deep and opaque garnet shade. Aroma of raspberries, port, and a pecan-pumpkin bread. Chocolate shavings and a dry cabernet. Tastes of a dark and ancient fruit reduction. A deep Malbec wine leaning toward cinnamon. Dark chocolate cookies thick with rum. Lighter moments of bananas and clementines. The citrus punch resonates in the mouth after swallowing, slowly giving way to a visceral pulse of warm breath, though the alcohol is hidden. Finishes with an expansive echo of honey, strawberry and dark spice. Palate is at once delicate as a flower and forceful as fire. This one reaches right to the heart in a valiant effort to seize it. Brilliant and undeniable. Thanks Keith!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomahan (31) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2007
Powerful, dark. malty with bread and a hint of roast, lots of alcohol. This is a superb beer, the only better in the style is Rochfort 10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinkas (291) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle,shared, thanks to a fellow rater. Deep rich brown colour, with thick off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, also definite pear adn rumminess. Flavour too complex to easily deconstruct, but with a smoothness and balance not tasted before. Magnificent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 15, 2007
What a night had along side of Roche 10 and St. B 12. Thanks fozapd for this one. Poured a brown color with small head which didnít last long. Aroma was caramel spices and come alcohol. Flavor was much the same had a scotch like flavor in there as well. It was good and thanks fozapd i think the Roche 10 is better over all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1037) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2007
0.33l - 26.05 It took some doing, but I finally dug it up. Canít read the year on the cap. Dark black/red color. Nice sized tan head of tight bubbles. Poured with a fizzy vigor into a wetted glass, and the head slowly turned creamy. Earthy, candied sugar notes on nose, with autumn leaves and alcohol in the back ground. First impression on palate is mint followed by a spicy oregano. There is a an stringent rush at the end. Would drink more if it was easier to get.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 13, 2007
A truly remarkable beer and the best I have ever tried. The color is a rich reddish amber-brown with a thick, creamy, rocky, tight-nit, beige head. Head duration is nearly fully lasting with Belgian lacing. Malt is the dominate aroma with bread, toffee, and a hint of roast. In the background are sublte hints of orange, pear, cherries, dates, a touch of smoke, and a bit yeasty. The flavor is a symphony of tastes. Sweet malt greets the palate but is tempered with the hop bitterness and a slight touch of fruit. The finish leaves a hovering of maltiness on the palate that gently fades away. I highly recommend that everyone try this at least once. Without a doubt this is the best and worth the wait until I got to my 1000 rating.

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