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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2007
An honor to drink such a delicious brew. Thanks to Carlos for getting 6 bottles of this heavenly beverage for me. Pours a gorgeous light brown with an off-white head. Strong lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass for longer than you see in your standard beers. Aroma of mixed fruits and spices. Smells like a loaf of freshly baked bread at Christmas time. The flavor is out of this world - a phenomenally rich malt body and flavor. Incredibly smooth finish. The finish is akin to that of fine aged scotch - where there is no alcohol burn, just a smooth experience from the time it hits your lips until you finish your last sip. I’ve got 5 more bottles of this and will save them for the most special occasions that arise. Fabulous.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choos (684) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma: prune, dates initially gives way to mixed fruit spices with Christmas cake spiritous overtones. Appearance: dark port brown with a tan head and patchy to sheet lacing. Flavour: malty sweet spiritous with fig, plum and date balanced with carbon and bitterness. Palait: very thick and finishes malty and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: 12 - yellow cap
Date: 02/20/2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: www.belgianshop.com

dark brown, whispy head, rich sweet chocolate and licorice aroma, rich complex malt flavor, big body, hints of chocolate, low bitterness in the finish, very smooth and drinkable, no hint of alcohol, surprising for a 10.8% beer.

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: ***4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Very excited to try this one out. Perhaps I was a bit too excited as I may have poured too hurriedly into my chimay goblet and this resulted in a dissapointing, smaller head than expected. However, (very) fortunately I have a few more of these to pour with a good deal of prudence. Despite this minor pouring setback the brew had a beautiful chestnut brown color, and still a fair head with nice lacing. The aromas sweeping off of the glass were fantastic and complex. Mocha, nutty currant, figs yeast, wheat, cherry, berry aromas emerged and evolved throughout the session. The body of this brew is simply perfect, with a velvety smooth texture and light warming sensation down the throat. The flavors evolved tremendously while drinking and each sip seemed different than the previous. Coffee/toffee charateristics emerged first quickly devloping soft and subtle spice flavors, yeilding hints of clove. The fruit flavors were always present but evolved from berry, plum to earthy to some surprisingly acidic sour apple tastes, and again back to chocolate covered raspberries and a distant woody smokiness. Over the hour and a half or so I spent enjoying this the flavors and aromas took me to such different levels that I had to respect this beers fine character. While its reputation had filled me with certain expectations, this beer certainly deserves its reputation and delivered becuase of its layered complexity and incredible structure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2007
I suppose this crown jewel of beers should be the the right one to drink for my rating number 1000. A 330ml bottle was bought at Plan B in Copenhagen in early August 07 and enjoyed at home in Tromsø some weeks later. Thanks to the guy at Plan B who in fact made some efforts to trace down a bottle on my request - great service. The elegant cap of the bottle is dated 01.11.2008. Served at cellar temperature.
The first pour gives a brilliant clear mahogany coloured body topped by a creamy, beige head leaving fragile lacing on the glass. The second pour, with the sediments, reveals an opague chestnut body. Aromatic nuances of dark bread, malts and raisin - however, the smell gives an impression of being a bit closed. Delicious in taste with delightful and robust malty depths followed by flourish prunes, then both dates and plums come to support added by dark candy sugar. The best part is maybe the lingering, lovely finish of bitter dark malts, herbs and spices. Developing and changing mouthfeel. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Full bodied, but not cloying, and therefore very, very moreish. I will be hunting high and low for another bottle of this great stuff (25.08.2007).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Amazingly good. Pours a deep brown with a tiny, creamy beige head. Notes of apricots, raisins, plums and a malty earthiness in the nose. Flavor is sweet: candy sugar and dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel is interesting and as complex as the flavor and aroma ... it’s thinner than I expected, but it has a sticky-smooth feel like a thin syrup. Very pleasant. Overall, a wonderful and complicated beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
I had my guard up,after hearing this was the "Number 0ne" beer in the world.The aroma...wonderful..cherries,plums, sweetness, touch of spices.Flavor profile was dynamic. First sip was outstanding, probably due to the anticipation of tasting one of the world’s best.Mouthfeel was rich and full, despite low carbonation.Listen...this is crazy..I am a believer now these monks brew outstanding beer...outa body experince...just not nearly enough of it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Outer body experience comes to mind. Why do the others even bother right? Well - I guess the answer is that Westvleteren will probably never produce enough to get it in all our hands.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4007) - - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 #1000. been saving this one for a special occasion, and it was a real challenge! aroma of sour dark fruits(cherry, plum), oak, alcohol, and glue. it may not be my favorite aroma in a beer, but it’s just so interesting. pour looks kind of thick out of the bottle with a nice deep brown color. creamy tan head was thin when i poured it, now its grown to almost a medium size. flavor is full of dark fruit(apple, cherry, plum), burnt caramel, yeast, that same plastic/glue flavor from aroma. sweet. moderately dry finish. Initial Rating Date: 8/16/2007 7:12:52 PM

Re-rate same beer aged 7 years. Not under the best conditions. It had been through several moves and varying temperature changes. big caramel, smooth and fruity, but no discernible fruits. not getting the gluey phenols i got the first time. held up the best of the three.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aeneas (21) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Wonderful treat brought back from Europe by a friend. Aroma was subtly spicy with a sense of malty sweetness and hints of candy sugar. Light character of dried cherries perceived upon initial pour, faded into spicier notes when the beer warmed. Appearence was a hazy dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Very little carbonation and very thin head (may have been too cold on initial pour) but what head there was had a medium tan color. Flavor profile was dynamic. When cool, the flavors were dominated by rich maltiness, some plum/ raisin hints of characteristic belgian yeast. As it warmed, the sugars became balanced by the phenolics from the yeast and the maltiness diminished. Mouthfeel was rich and full, despite low carbonation. Significant levels of residual sugars combined with what seemed like a wheat character to create a silkiness that was quite enjoyable. Overall, a great beer, one I’m happy I enjoyed! Is it the best beer in the world? Not sure, but it is a fine product that I wouldn’t mind having access to more readily!

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