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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
bottle courtesy of carlus12. Aroma of dried fruit, cream and malt. Pours an opaque brown beer with a beige head. Taste is malty with a fruit notes and hops. Very weekl balanced and a lovely palate with many flourishes. A great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeertGouwy (1) - Westvleteren, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 The best!!!! Strange you display bottle with label since the original are sold without label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Bottle. 1998 vintage drank in 08. Hold up well even to the test of time. Pours dark brown with a kacki beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, that Trappist flavor, caramel. Mouthfeel is a tingling sensation as the somehow remaining spicy carbonation still persists. Flavors become more pronounced as this beer warms as with the 8. Finishes with hardly any etoh. Awesome. 4.3 Had this again just recently 2007 vintage consumed in 2010, and wow this beer is just awesome. No further notes but bump this up. 4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14092) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SweetH20 (1) - USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
The Holy Grail of Beer!!! The first seconds are sweet but the carbonation quickly takes it away and brings in the aroma. Though it is 10.2% it doesn’t taste like it, though it does warm your throat long after you swallow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6465) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 (Bottle, BBE 27.04.11, 20110514) The beer poured dark brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized, white and quite sizzling. Aroma was very strong and it had raisin, aniseed, malts and chocolate. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were raisin, dried plum, chocolate, malts, aniseed and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. Aroma was very good but the flavour was too much on the sweet side.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissDolle (20) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
No wonder that this is among the worlds greatest beers! Ive tasted this several times. Fantastic beer with great full body. Notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, yeast and brown sugar. Fantastic!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
BIG thanks to jjpm74! Finally got my hands on the mecca of all beers. Enticing, sweetish aroma. Color is dark, murky brown. Pours with a big, white head. Sweet malt flavor up front closely followed by a balancing hit of bitterness. Rich complex malt, hop bitterness and complex fruit flavors dance in my mouth. The attack on my tastebuds is incredible. This beer has a long lingering finish that just won’t quit. There’s also a touch of alcohol warmth to the finish. I love the balance of this beer. Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Delicious! I wish I had more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours a cloudy brown with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of sweet fruit. The thing that makes this beer so good is the balance. Nice sweetness, good fruit flavor, and some sugar as well. The 10.2% ABV isn’t noticeable. Wish they had some bigger bottles :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Tap at in the Vrede. Wow, now I know what all the hype is about. Easily the best example of this style that I ever tasted. Pours with a fairly dark color and a nice head. Aromas of figs and plums. Wonderfully smooth, great flavors of plums, caramel and other dark fruit, nice sweetness to it, alcohol not really noticeable. Very chewy but not cloying, outstanding. Addendum: Same day I went to the Kulminator and had a bottle of 12, with the yellow cap, from 2004. Completely different from the one described above. The aroma was totally dominated by malts, cloves and spiced fruit. The fruitiness - mainly cherry- was still there in the flavors but malts were more prominent. Even more chewy, almost overwhelmimg flavor profile. The rating is for the draft version by the way.

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