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


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RATINGS: 3665   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 Rating #100! Cap: 20.11.10 - I debated whether #100 was a worthy milestone for a Westy 12, but I couldnít wait any longer damn it! I took over almost an hour and half to savor this little beauty. Aroma: Nose is figs, raisins, sugary candy, toffee and a touch of cherries. Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with some floaters. 2 finger beige head initially that fades into a constant 2 cm topper. Lots of carbonation, though not much lacing. The head just slides off the glass. Flavor: This one is complex to say the least. Vanilla, dried dark fruits, caramelized sugar, bready yeast, all spice. Wow Ė it keeps changing like a Willy Wonka Gobstopper. A little hoppy alcohol burn in the finish to level out the sweetness. Palate: Creamy bubbly/tingly mouth feel. Coats your entire mouth like latex paint. Overall: An excellent complex Belgian. You could take a day trying to figure out the different flavors as it warms up. A notch or two above Rochefort 10 in my opinion, but with the availability of the latter, Iíll most likely stick with it rather than mail order from Belgium again. However, it certainly is worthy of its legendary status and a must try on your list.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 This one really lives up to itís hype. I have tasted 1, 2 and 3 year old version, and the last one (vintage 2004, sampled in 2007) just knocked me complety over. It is muddy brown with a lot of sediment, and has a fantastic aroma of berries, overripes fruits, toffee and caramel. The flavours are everything at once: sweet like caramel, fruity bitter and complex spicy. Finally the palette has a history of itís own, being creamy and full bodied with a lively but refined carbonation and a finish that makes you wanna fill out the application form for the trappist monastary. Heavenly silence should be the canonized words for such a grand experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cschmelz (5) - Yakima, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
What an incredible beer, brewed by incredible people, in an incredible place. We visited St. Sixtus recently and it is well worth the visit. At Peace, the little pub on the monestary site itself serves the beer for a pittance and it is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy beer brewed with care and tradition. Do yourself a favor if you visit Belgium and go and visit this very special place.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
Fredagsbaren pŚ Biologi, Aarhus Bottled Complex - with balance of bitterness and malt Fruits and vanilla Creamlike palate and notes The alcohol is occasionally too dominant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintBernardus (2) - Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Not sure what the fuss is all about - this one is overrated. Sure, itís tasty but didnít live up to the expectations I got from this site. Iíll take a Saint Bernardus Apt 12 over this any day. I suspect the score is heavily influenced by the rarity and hype. Must I have another? Nope, not when I can pick up an Apt 12 just down street. At least I got it out of my system, had to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is sweet with lots of malt, fruit and, spice. Has some fruity chocolate, malt and a little bitterness in the flavor with some alcohol that lingers in the finish. Itís a very nice beer but I wasnít overwhelmed with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a fair amount of tan head that dissipates to tan lacing. The aroma is buttery sugar with notes of toasted nuts and malts and spices (vanilla). Flavor is rich and nutty with notes of vanilla and caramel. Body is a bit thick and creamy with just the right balance of carbonation. A very balanced rich beer. Quite quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deft (84) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle at Haket 2008-02-08. This is a good beer, in my opinion itís perhaps a bit overrated, though I had my expectations very high when I tasted it. Dark but clear, brown and red in colour, medium tan head. Lots of stuff in aroma and taste, sweet, fruits (Iíd say cherries), spices, can be found in both. A bit of oak in taste. Itís very enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkseduction (717) - ZweibrŁcken, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Pours a dark brown oily brew. Nice stable and longlasting head for a quadrupel. Smells like danish butter cookies. Mahagony colour, clear, cloudy yeast. Top fermentation, slight sour taste. Dark chocolate, toffee, nougat, espresso. finish with a shot of alcohol, longlasting. A very nice brew, a bit expensive, one of the best beers i tasted so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Dark brown hazy body with floating yeast and medium size off-white head. Nose with lots of fruity complex notes. Flavour extremely complex dominated by fruit, sweet, chocolate and a lot more. A true master.

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