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


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RATINGS: 3604   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2008
My 1000th rating! From a bottle, poured a murky looking brown, some redness in there as well, with a bubbly tan head. Lacing was marginal and carbonation was present. Aroma was a nice mix of sweet fruits almost like a sherry along with, subtle dried fruit notes and a moderate bread note. Flavor was a great balance between its fruit like sweetness and a malt backbone. I found the flavor to be really complex. It had a nice full mouth feel, seem to coat the palate. Alcohol was warming and the carbonation was adequate. This is truly a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DarkOne777 (1) - Bargersville, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2008 does not count
I recently tried this beer in Bruges, Belgium and was blown away by the smell and smooth flavor. It is a very complex beer and much different than my favorite style (German Hefe) but I would have to say it is the best beer I have ever tasted. To be fair, I havenít tasted hundreds of beers, but I have tasted many of the ones that rate highly on this site and others. It is worth the cost (it is even hard to find and expensive in Belgium) and effort. I would suggest all beer lovers to at least try one of these!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
espenra (985) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 33cl bottle from the monastary. Pours a black color with a big foamy head that settles down after a while, although the head remains through the entire session. Like Extra 8 is tastes like coffee, dark chocolate, malts and a hint of raisins. Oddly enough, even if itís 10.2% alchohol, you donít really taste the alchohol-level that much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
#500!!! Very special thank you to Puddintane for bringing this to the Cleveland tasting for my special rating. Dave brought my beer and saved my life all in the same day!!! I posted an ISO to try to find this and three of my locals stepped to the plate and offered this one for me (Thanks Miketd and Dankman38!). I am always amazed at the generosity here. This beer was indeed phenominal. Pour was a solid brown, with a foamy head. The taste was so amazingly smooth that I found I had finished it rather quickly. Sweet and malty, hints of caramel and raisins. Some wood in the flavor as well. This was very well blended and incredibly smooth and way too drinkable at 10%. I really would like to drink this again and take my time to try to figure out all the delights it has to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle exp. date 09.09.09. Pours a deep brown ale with a big foamy beige head. (..) Still waiting for the head to disappear.. Aroma is fruity with spicy notes of vanilla and caramel. Flavour is sweet and dominated by dark fruits, roasted malt and caramel. Some alcohol i the taste as well.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MikesGOTurBeer (3) - USA - MAR 16, 2008 does not count
Maybe it was just too built up, but I was extremely let down. Give me a Nimbus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 A superb beer that I had to order from Belgium to taste the "worldís best beer" I thought the balance of this beer was amazing. The carbonation was perfect, some sweetness, but not overly sweet. Simply delicious. Its time for a rerate. Unreal. And still awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 (Sample from March 14, 2008 Beer Club Meeting, 12oz unmarked bottle) A friend of mine had a few of these shipped from Belgium. My review of this beer will be short and sweet. A perfect balance of all my favorite qualities in a beer, wrapped up in one 12 ounce bottle. I donít think Iíve ever had anything better. MUCH lovelier on the tongue than a St B 12. This will be one beer that Iíll remember to track down for very special occasions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle courtesy of Jacob on 06/28/2010. Vintage 1998. Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet raisin and molasses aroma. Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin and malt background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3 03/14/2008 - 2004 bottle. Clear brown body with a medium creamy light tan had. Sweet spiced fruity aroma. Sweet spice and light fruit flavor. Medium body with a smooth finish. 9/4/9/5/18 - 4.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2008
400th Rating: Poured from a 33cl bottle (huge thanks to tytoanderso!) and served in a St. Sixtus trappist glass. This beer poured a muddy ruby brown with a thin head of fizzy tan foam that showed good retention and left behind some attractive lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of caramel, wood, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, dusty yeast, and some alcohol. The flavor consisted of caramel, sugar coated dried fruits, plums, raisins, wood, and well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and way to easy to drink with light carbonation. Subtley complex and smooth.

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