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

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RATINGS: 3582   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Bottle from ebay auction, sampled with Dennis bell. Poured Brown/Amber with one finger thick off white head. Aromas of bread, hop and sweet spice. Flavor had an instant burn on the tip of the tongue down to the throat. Yeasty, raison, date, with a dry mild hop burn finish. It was good but I think it is overated. Dennis and I both Prefer Rochefort 10 and St Bernardis Special edition better.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Dark and Murky in color with a dark tan head, large bubbles, and sediment visible. Aroma is wet wood, sweet dried fruit, raisins. Flavor is the same. So complex and delicious that you dont even notice the alcohol. It has a sweet palate for sure but its so well balanced it catches before it goes overboard with just the right amount of malty goodness. Salty finish. Best in the world? Maybe. Best in its style. Absolutely.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Much thanks to Vance for this. Dark brown body with low head formation. Aroma is sugary, buttery, has some dark fruits and raisins. Flavor has dark dried fruits, some bitterness, nutty on the back, buttery, some caramel. Bitter finish. The palate is creamy and wonderful. Such a real pleasure to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Bottle, acquired in trade from jjpm74. Thank you John! Just got it today, but with this, I have no patience. Pours black with a tan head that is very large. Aroma is raisin, cream and a bunch more great things. Mouthfeel is creamy as all hell, very smooth. Fruity, malty. This is good! 9/4/10/5/19/4.7

5/21/2008: 2001 bottle from bierkoning. Thanks Edo! Shared with cdumler. Chocolate brown color with a medium head and good retention. Aroma of raisin, fig, alcohol, brown sugar, molasses and apple juice. Sweet taste of raisin, cherry, honey, rye and cotton candy. As with my last bottle, this was amazingly pleasant and complex. 8/4/9/5/18/4.4

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy purplish-brown color with a thick, almond head. Strong lacing. Aroma is fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a nice bit of the Belgian yeast to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Flavor is very complex. Itís hard to put a finger on it. Thereís some caramel, apricot, alcohol, and some toffee to it. Maybe not the best beer Iíve ever had, but itís right up there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4347) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2008
Dark brown colour, virtually no head. No carbonation at all, so I suspect the bottle didnít survive the years. Anyway, did not live up to my expectations. Nice aroma and flavours of dark fruits, but too sweet, and I miss the carbonation bite. Definitely worth a rerate!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11790) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle, pub Proppen, Denmark , BirkerÝd. This was a very pleasant drink. I can find nothing to complain about, which is seldom with beers. However, it didnít stand out as being truly spectacular, mostly because it was sort of totally well balanced, with no dirty tricks or surprises added, just a damn good beer indeed. It was a bit expensive (dkk 129 / usd 25), but i was very happy to be able to taste it at all.[6,4,8,4,17] re-rate, bottle from beerplanet.eu. clear brown smooth head4. complex malty aroma, slighty fruity figs, also faint note of fresher fruits.7. aroma is quite subdued and not very agressive. alc is very hidden.faint spicy sweetness too. flavor is malty, spicy, quite complex, dried fruits, alc. is noticeable but mostly as a warming sensation, also a little boozy. elegant and in fact pretty mild flavored quad. a bit too spicy sweet for my taste. 7. palate is a little thin 3, overall a nice and complex quad but for me - not really in a league of its own. 16. [7,3,7,3,16].

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
borisz (399) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
Best beer of the world ? I dont think so, it was nice bud i dont get the hype of this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
(2007-version) Dark brown. Very complex aroma og flavour - and extremely well-balanced. Plum, raisin, dry chocolate / figs, diff. berries.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Wow!!!! Rarely does a beer live up to its hype like this one. Poured a dark amber with a small brownish head that lingered. The nose has some malt, yeast and vanilla. The palate was mild, sugary and carbonated. The finish was amazingly complex with a tatse of plums, figs, caramel, raisins and plums with a warming alcohol finish. Best beer in the world? Who knows, but this sure lived up to the hype. I have another 5 I cant wait to enjoy!!!!


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