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


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RATINGS: 3463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2608) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Rating #500. Bottle. Pours a dark brown, about the color of darkly stained walnut. Head is about two fingers of frothy tan. Lacing begins right after pour. Aromas are of raisins, soil, wet leather, chestnuts and dates. Flavor is incredible, but it takes a second to blossom after each sip. At first, my thought was, this is it, but it kept developing in different directions. Starts off with a brown sugar and malt presence, and it finishes on a very similar note. Between these bookends, however, it heads down fruit paths that remind me of dates, plums and raisins, before going back to a brown sugar finish. The liquid is fairly thin... I noticed it when I was pouring... but the mouthfeel is anything but. Big body and big flavor with a nice alcoholic warmth and just a touch of a bite.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
portney (4) - SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2007 does not count
The best beer I ever tasted... and YES I have truely tasted the Kaggen Stormaktsporter. Probably before anyone of you here, no disrepect intended... but it was just before Kaggen was bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 In De Vrede cafe. Honey sweet grassy aroma, spicy evocative Yirgacheffe notes. Sweet rummy, spice flavor, lingering tingely chocolate and plums in the finish with just a little vapory warmth. A very special beer, and fun to try it fresh at the source. 8/5/8/4 16 Previous Rating: 9/15/2007 Bottle, from Aarhus. Deep brown, just a bit of glow around the edges. Rough bubbles settle into fine sticky tan. Leathery tobacco, raisin-heavy Christmas pudding, mineral wind off the ocean. Flavor is raisiny port, molasses, rum, licorice, ink. Carbonation level is toward the full side, but not aggressive. Lingering treacle note. Lives up to the hype, but doesnít necessarily push past it. 8/5/7/5 17

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Celebrating a big day with a big beer. Top 1% with a 100%. It poured a dark and cloudy chestnut brown with a light tan head. Complex carbonation giving obvious life to the goblet. Spicy, nutty, rich malt, plum, orange, cherry aroma. Robust flavor of dark plum and berry. Sugar and something slightly anise as well. Coffee and chocolate flavors presented themselves later in the tasting. This beer will move on you...a complex dance of flavors with every sip. The six pack was a Fatherís Day gift and Iím anxious for another reason to open a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pour was a super dark brown with some dark red and copper highlights. The head was borderline tan with slight retention and little if any lacing. This beer showed incredible depth and complexity in terms of aroma. The first rush is malt, chocolate and licorice. As it opened up aromas of fig, cherry, yeast and spice came into play. Later into the beer I got brown sugar and grape soda. The flavor was equally complex, seemingly having shifted gears each time I took a drink. The initial flavor is a fairly straightforward blend of chocolate, malt and dried dark fruits. As it progresses more tart fruits come into play like cherry and raspberry. Yeast is noted as well. Then I got a very distinct flavor of grape soda. Not grapes, but purple, fizzy grape soda. The mouthfeel was very nice and the alcohol was completely hidden. A whirling dervish of a beer. One whoís ever changing aroma and flavors give it an extra point or two in my rating, even if I didnít think it was one of my favorite beers ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Bottle. Nose is deep. Lots of sweet malt character, very similar aroma to the Bernardus 12. Fig up front, spice; a touch of sourness; and some hop aroma. Other fruits, possibly pear, and a faint hint of chocolate. Very dark brown, near black. Swirly head with small tight bubbles around the edge. The flavor and palate are astounding. The beer is heavy and thick, bordering on syrupy, but so utterly smooth. The finish is crisp and slightly spicey, taking the edge off such a sweet beer. The alcohol is strong, but balanced, reminiscent of a good bourbon. Strong dark fruit flavors with oak and chocolate. I understand why this beer is so highly regarded, but there is possibly too much alcohol presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Deep brown in color, rich dark malts in the aroma, with some hint of fruit. Very dark maty flavor with strong fruit overtones, very strong flavor. Incredible beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 A few bottles home and In De Vrede... Ive held off rating this as its always just been small amount... but here my inital thoughs... Deep deep brown ... rich coffee malt nose ... malty lots of ovaltine malts ... smooth and rounded ... tasted just after Dark Horizon and its for me a pip under that, though obviously completely different style... 2 bottles at home ... One thats 1 year old and 1 thats a bit older Thanks Joris ... Both a lovely deep brown red ... very simelar bready malty nose... The older has a softer and more rounded mouthfeel... very deep rich malty bready tones ... Again the older is better with a touch more caramel and just seems more rounded. uping this from 4.2 -> 4.4 OMG ... i cant believe ive never let my mate try this ... so had to open one for him ... August 2009 batch ... drunk August 2010... dark brown ... rich ovaltine malt nose ... soft blackcurrant bready malts ... again touch of ovaltine ... probably still a little young ... 3.8 bottle at home 290511 ... copper brown ... bubbly white head ... huge ovaltime malty nose ... sweet frutis ... over fizzy ... blackcurrant and ovaltine ... juice rich ... nice .4.2 Bottle at home 15.06.11 bbf 30.06.12... dark brown .... thin tan head ... soft sweet blackcurrant fruity malt nose ... deep dark fruits ... rich ovaltinre ... big blackcurrant ... dark roast ... light toffeee ... wonderfully complex 4.4 Bottles at home 05/07 and 07/12 batches drunk 09/12 ... Both deep brown ... slightly more head on 07 but i poured the 12 more carefully as 07 gushed a little ... 07 rich sweet olvatine blackcurrant nose ... 12 thin toffee malt ... little metalic ... 07 rich soft smooth blackcurrant ... big ovaltine 4.3... 12 little more fizz ... soft fruits ... some blackcurrant ... little metalic ... ok but not as good 3.8 Bottle at home ... drunk 290613 .. bbf 040715 ... So just short of a year old ... Deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft deep fruits ... ovaltine ... blackcurrant and treacle toffee ...little over fizzy ... sweet fruits ... soft toffee malts ... juicy roast ... big big black currant ovaltine .. and again that odd but not unpleasent treacle ... hint of licorice toffee .. that i dont ever remember getting before 4 . 1 Bottle at bens oct 14, 040715 bottle ... Deep brown... Sweet toffee malts... Big blackcurrant yeast... Soft toffee malt... Dark fruits... Dark candi sugers... Big very bready yeast 4.0

4 bottles at homr 28/5/15
07 : dark copper ... thin tan lacing ...soft big blackcurrant .. light yeast fruit ... soft cardboard nose ... soft fruits ... soft otffee .. ligth sweet blackcurrent .. ligth sherry fruit malts .. tiny ovaltine malt...3.9
09: light copper ... thinest tan lacing ...soft dry fruit ... soft ovaltine ... soft dry fruit nose...ligth body .. juict malts .. soft toffee .. even a tiny hint of lemon ... bready fruits ... 4.2
13: ... murky brown ... soft fruits ... soft sweet malts ..caramel malts nose ...soft toffee fruits ... soft toffee malts .. light roast suger 3.9... 09(differnt batch) ...dark copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft bready ovaltine nose ... soft sweet bread fruit ... juicy toffee malts .. soft roast ... dark roast ... rick malts ... 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (4315) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2007
Dark rich colour. Aroma is very complex but sweet fruitiness tends to stand out. Carbonation is tight on the tongue and dissipates quickly spreading the rich, slightly smokey flavour around the mouth. There is a massive mixture of flavours. Sweet fruitiness, rich malts and a warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndyMagnum (8) - USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
[Thank you oslo2116] I have been trying many beers for the past few years but only started rating them then past few months after some urging by a couple of friends. I thought it would be fitting to make this the first beer Iíve rated on Ratebeer because itís the best one I have ever had. I am seriously thinking about going to Belgium and getting a case.....or two. Pours a chestnut brown with tan head. Aroma fruity and nutty and spices. Flavor is unparalled. Tremendously complex. I would love to spend more time detecting all the flavors/aromas of this wonderful brew. Very smooth and absolutely no alcohol burn which is very impressive for being 10.8%.

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