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

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RATINGS: 3355   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wajacobs (26) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours dark with a thin tan head, lacing is minimal but the carbonation level is on the high side. Heather says this is GOOD! I agree!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 500th Rating - 2006 bottle. Dark brown pour with a large tan/off-white Wonderful aroma with lots of quality yeast, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste is a really great mix of malty flavors that climb slowly up the tongue - rich grains, sweet chocolates, cherries and ripe figs - amazing, and this is still a very young Westy. Really worth all the trouble if you can get it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
#700, Bottle - cap:30.08.09 Big thanks to Walt for sending this my way, good karma will come to you. Popped open and a loud phhssss! sound came out. I picked it up to smell and got a wiff of plum candy seeping out. Poured a clear brown head with a nice body already forming as it was poured. Lots of legs, formed a nice star on top. Aroma: black plums, currants, chocolate, sligh cherry and raisin - Fantastic aroma. First taste: Very Flavorfull. Nice carbonation with plums and cherry being present. Pretty sweet but not overly sweet. Very smooth, very balanced. The alcohol is barely noticable - I had to stop myself from chugging it, thats how good it tastes. Sweet aftertaste. The flavor seemed to dance on my tongue. I could easily drink this everyday.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
I may have ruined my ability to rate beers effectively by tasting this so early in my "beer career." Wonderful flavor, didnt want to swallow. Beautiful color and head. Speechless upon tasting...felt the heavens open as I imbibed this nectar of the gods. If you can get your hands on it...you wont be sorry. Everything else will now taste like Budweiser.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 100th Rating was into a Westvleteren chalice. Dark, Dark Reddish brown with a huge off white head. Head seem to last for ever with awesome lacing. Notes of dark fruits and light alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, Dark fruits, spices, some citrus, and a hint of caramel. Light carbonation that coats the mouth with a velvet smooth finish. Well worth the wait. Compares to Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12 but I have to give it a point higher because of the anticipation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Bottle shared with gputty. Pours a very dark,coppery red with an off-white head. Nose is very complex, with nuts, alcohol, tobacco, yeast. Flavor is doughy, bread, grapes, nuts, raisins, dark fruits - just tons and tons of activity. Definitely does not disappoint and gets better with age.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Bottle, pours dark brown with a very minimal light tan head, quite a bit of sediment regardless of careful pour, although this could not be found while drinking. A more subdued aroma than expected, yet a lot packed in - chocolate, fig, raisin, plum, pear and more dark/dried fruits. A nice touch of that yeasty earthiness, which is good. A bit more carbonated and sweeter than expected yet did not have a negative effect. This beer was good at living up to expectations, but for the time, money and effort to acquire, Id go with the Rochefort 10 and be every bit as happy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Acquired via trade with the extremely understanding Maria. What can I say? The king daddy of all beers according to many sources. This beer did not dissapoint. All dark fruit all over...in the aroma and taste. The pour was a nice dark brown wtih big puffy white head. One common theme among the Westies is that alcohol is in the background. Hardly noticeable. This is a masterpiece.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
From the bottle, poured into a wetvleteren chalice. Finally got the opportunity to try this, and it did not disappoint. Color was chocolate brown, but not murky or cloudy in my opinion. Nice size off-white head. Aroma was sweet with all the malt characteristics one would expect: fig, raisin, chocolate, currant. Extremely well balanced, the finish was smooth and satisfying.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown and a big thanks to Kevster for bringing this puppy along. Never thought Id have a chance to try it. Pours murky brown with almost no head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, figs, dates and alcohol. The flavor has a big caramel component with some dark fruit notes like figs, dates and plums. Also some roasted malts also show up for a moment with a bit of alcohol in tow. Ends on a nice even keel requiring another sip. Wow, no sense of the ABV.


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