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

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RATINGS: 3228   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
This is an extremely complex and balanced beer. Must be the best beer I have ever tried, at time being.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 I went all the way to the abbey in Belgium to get this beer...and it was well worth it. Hands down the best trappist, the others donít even compare. Best beer ever? Maybe, but Iím not willing to make that claim just yet... Aroma: Yeast, Toast, Prunes, Raisons Appearance: beautiful onyx black with a frothy white head. Flavor: Lots! Licorice, Vanilla, Chocolate, yeast, toasted bread, raisins RE-RATE: I tried an 8 month old bottle that I brought back from Belgium, this beer is noticeably better! I think I can now definitively say that this is probably the best beer ever! All kinds of flavors, gingerbread, biscuits, pie crust, prunes, nutmeg...simply amazing. Mouthfeel is so "soft" and gentle, lets you take in all the subtle flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 9, 2006
Wordīs vill never be able to give this beer the credit it is due for, buy it and enjoy it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Again thanks to my brother Chris for a chance to try this beer. pours dark brown w/ small tan head. Malty aroma w/ some fruity aromas as well. very complex flavor with malt dominating. fruit, vanilla also apparent. I am very happy to have tried this beer but am not sure it quite lives up to its unbeleivable hype. great beer but best?? I hope to try it again now that I can be past the hpye. Again, thanks Chris

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
RIcher, sweeter, more fulfilling than 8, I find it hard to dream up faults with this impeccable brew. Dominated by a most satisfying blend of dark dried fruits and capped with a divine yeasty character, this is of the true world classics in beer. Hard to get, yet amazingly cheap considering that this is one of the bottles to stand at the pinnacle of the art that is beer. If similar words were spoken of a bottle of wine, you could expect to be forking out thousands of dollars. Praise the lord for the relative non-snootiness of the beer world!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Mental tasting notes from 1 year ago. This is majestic! Complexity define. A plethora of flavors. Black licorice, rye bread, dried fruit, cloves. The names of foods used in the adjective context can go on ad infinitum! Certainly has the scope to live up to the fame as “The best beer in the world”. But at $15/btl and the long drive required to procure this, it might be quite awhile before this beer and I come across each other again.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Pours dark brown, almost black with a medium tan head that dissapated a bit quickly, but left a nice small head throughout the glass. Aroma is dark fruits, yeast, honey,raisins bit of floral notes. Flavor is strongly dark fruit, bit of coffee, raisins and honey, with some alcohol notes and and yeast and citrus in the finish. FInish is nice and long, mouthfeel is thick and very nice, almost velvety. Alcohol adds a nice warmth to the beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Blind Quad 07 tasting 330 ml bottle from xnoxhatex. Very malty aroma, its light especially when held next to Rochefort 10. Grain, toasted chocolate toffee, vanilla, prunes, rasins, its definitely complex but I have to stick my nose in their a little to really get it. Murky rasin brown in color, average off white head with lasting lacing. Lightly sweet in flavor and finish, candi sugar, rasins, plums, cherries, oak, and the warmth of alcohol. Medium bodied, creamy and fizzy with some nice undertones in the flavor. This unanimously took second place in the the tastings, beat out by Rochefort 10. -------- Thanks to xnohatex for the sample straight from belgium bottled only about a month ago. Pours dark with a small off white head. The aromas are very nicely balanced like everything else in this beer: plums, currants, raisins, brown sugar and dough. At the first sip iím struck: suprisingly medium to light body but a crazy amount of fizziness over the whole tongue. The longer I hold it in my mouth, it almost becomes numb with the carbonation. Drewbeerme described it as probably what it would be like to taste a little finger-lick of cocaine, i agreed. Flavors followed with successive sips: raisins, toffee, carmel, cinamon, oak, vanilla, clove, and alcohol all balanced so well (maybe even too balanced). as the beer warmed it seemed to turn sweeter and the aromas and flavors turned more to chocolate and almond. After a few sips of this i was suprised to feel heady very quickly. This isnít a crazy or intense beer, dont expect that, but it is (possibly) the most balanced beer in the world. 4.7

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Re-rate. Beer 9 of Oíbrienís Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. 03 bottle, consumed relatively sober, in comparison to the first time I had this brew. Pours light brown with a thin nothing head. The aroma was sweet full bodied, very very fragrant. The taste was ful bodied with a sweet punch, and very nice feeling on the palate, a real joy to drink. Now I rated this a 5 before, but I really donít think it deserves it, this is a great beer, even better when it warms up, but is it worth the golden 5? I donít think so. After searching Belgium long and hard I finally had this beer in Copenhagen Denmark, at Olbaren, and I was extremely thankful for being able to drink this wonderful brew, I canít say enough about it, I only wish I was able to drink it when I was less drunk, and it might have been better if I hadnít had an oak aged yeti before hand, but this beer is a must try for anyone who considers themselves a beer geek.


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