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

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RATINGS: 3137   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAY 21, 2006
Finally got my hands on 7 bottles. Opened one and shared it with my brother for college graduation. Pours a hazy dark chestnut red...if you hold it to the light you see some nice greens. Big old belgian cream colored head with tons of lacing. Aroma is very remiscent of St Bernard 12, except maybe a bit more balance. Tons of dried plum and raisin...spice...vegetables...yeast...bread. Flavor was incredibly balanced. Iím not going to trash it because it didnít quite live up to the best beer in the world, but I will say that out of all the trappist and BSAs Iíve had, this one has got to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Tons of rich dried fruit and candy sweetness to make it thoroughly enjoyable, enough belgian yeast to remind you that the brew you are drinking comes from a long line of tradition, and enough complex spice, bitterness, and veggie flavors to keep you thirsting for one more sip. Mouthfeel is very smooth and similar to roch 10. Now I canít say that it is worth all the trouble to acquire this beer over roch 10, bernard 12, or some of my other belgian friend, but if this were readily available...even at a similar price of $13+...I would no doubt stock up. Truly a great beer and I feel privileged to have enjoyed it...and this is not something I would say about many beers.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anders37 (16727) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2006
Rating # 600; Pours a dark amber colour with a medium thick off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with lots of raisin and dark fruits. Some spicy hints. Fruity flavor with some honey and raisin. Sweet malty and fruity aftertaste with some bitterness and warming from the alcohol. An excellent beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quinten (1045) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2006
Dark color, full head, got 2 bottles with tanx to peter klein!!!........... Iím one of the less who had realy had the REEL good luck to rate thise beer. there are more ratings than the production numbers that time. fortunely good one had it on 5 different celsius and no further words.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Extremely dark brown, almost black, with a beautiful and persistant tan head. Leaves a nice lace on glass. It has an aroma of malt, caramel, fruits and spices, complex but not very strong. Alcohol is also present. Flavour is extremely complex but at the same time ultra smooth. This beer has so many flavours that each time you drink it, you find something diferent: toffee, alcohol, plums, candy sugar, you name it! This is definately a great beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SHIG (3587) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 Dark brown in color with creamy light brown head. Fruity aroma that only gets stronger as it is given air. The taste is so complex I donít even know where to start. It is tastes of berries yet changes into a spicy malt that lasts on your tongue until you take another drink! Is there a better beer out there?????

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Those monks know how to brew beer! Thanks to hopscotch I was able to try this one, very hard to get. So many complex flavors, impossible to figure them all out. Just an excellent beer, there is a reason why it is number 1!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 Easy to see why this beer is always at the top. Very good flavor (complex fruits and sugars) but very strong... But dontít be fooled into thinking this beer is easy to find, This beer is NOT available on tap anywhere as it is only bottled and it is NOT common or easy to find in fact the only retailers legally allowed to sell this beer is the St. Sixtus monastery and the abbey owned cafe "In De Verde" located across the street from the abbey.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trankon (4) - Zaragoza, SPAIN - MAY 1, 2006 does not count
Iím in love with this beer, an explosion of fruity flavours finishing with a slight bitterness, the best beer allover the world...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Complex in flavor starting with sweet fruits - plums, raisins - but ending with a peppery alcohol and a slight bitterness. There are also notes of toffee, licorice, raspberries. The flavor seemed to shift as the beer warms. The pour was brown with a thin head that gave way to floating bubbles and nice lacing. Nose filled with fruits - strawberry, plum, raisin. The palate was sticky and the finish long leaving a slight musty, yeasty aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Iíve had the pleasure of having this beer at the Westvleteren Cafe and a BIG thanks to SDBruBoy for sharing a bottle with us a couple weeks ago from his trip to Belgium!! Pours a medium clear brown color with a very tiny head and the slighest amount of lacing. Aroma is fantastic with cherries, sweetness and malt. Flavor is unbelievable with nut hints and a kind of sweet maltiness that finishes with lots of fruit hints and a definitely noticeable vinous note. Slight hint of hazelnut at the end that only serves to finish the beer off nicely. So smooth and easy to drink with a very slight warmness to the beer that only serves to compliment the overall deliciousness! Very, very tastiferous!


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