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


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RATINGS: 3432   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Wow. Thanks to Dan for the sharing of the bottle first and foremost. Did a blind tasting next to Bernardus 12. At first, I could not taste a difference, but after a few tastes the balance and the bright fruitness made this beer stand out so much that there was not even a question as to what beer was which (besides carbonation and color issues, which made it even easier to tell). There was a very soft head to the beer. A slight nuttiness in the aroma and an estery fruitness that was completely pleasant, if a little understated. The taste was first of bright fruit, then of chocolate, and then, and then and then... this beer is deeply complex, but so simply complex that it is difficult to really get everything with a small sample, or even one beer. There was a slight, pleasant oxidation of the beer. And the palate lingers in a honeysuckle sweet remembrance that is at once a jubilant thing for the experience of having this beer yet is depressing because I know that it will be a long time before I enjoy this beer again. The hype, for me, is validated. Is it the best beer in the world, probably not. It is damn close though, if only because it reminds me of the first time that I had expedition stout; a time when my favorite beer was McEwan’s Scotch Ale (and I had not even found ratebeer yet), and my first taste of Traquair Jacobite Ale. This beer makes me really appreciate and love beer. ---re-rate--- Consumed 7/31/08 Aroma is maple syrup, full bright fruit, sweet, divine. Taste is nutty, sweet maple syrup, spicy, alcohol. Something different in every taste. Full, sweet mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering sweetness, alcohol, and a numbing spiciness. I’ll keep the rating as it is. So inconsistent, but such a good beer recipe. ---re-rate--- 9/13/08 bottle: 23.4.11 picking up more grape and creaminess. Lots of nutty spiciness and alcohol too. Much better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Skoy (1) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2007 does not count
Very hard to find, only a select amount of pubs serve it (which the price shows!) Nice dark color, served at room temperature;

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daniele (6777) - ITALY - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 scura shima persistente nonostante i più di 10 gradi profumi di frutta secca alcol tostato lieviti in bocca un careza al palato tentdente al dolce da sorseggiare con calma

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2968) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
I’d been holding on to this one for some time to share with the guys. Incredible beer. Lives up to the hype. So smooth, complex, and subtle. Brownish amber color. I swear this smells like grapejuice. Alcoholic grapejuice but grapejuice nonetheless. Waves of different flavors as it pass over the tongue. Red fruit flavors at first give way to a nutty malty finish. Really nice. Word to brewblackhole for sending this one. Couldn’t have enjoyed it without you.

   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
I’m not sure what is more exciting...drinking this beer or having sex on heroin! Oh, wait, it’s more exciting to drink this beer FRESH from the cafe de verde...i’m 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 I’ve ever tasted. The tast reminds me of St. Bernardus 12 though more subtle. It’s 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 ’De Vrede’ 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 (1678) - 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

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