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

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RATINGS: 3331   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
azorie (4) - Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
best beer I was lucky to get a case while I was in Belgium for 2 weeks. I love the hoppy taste, lots of malt, strong bite, great pour and head. The big thing is taste its got it all to me, its a trappist ale, the very finest IMHO.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
I have to thank a friend of mine tinydancer for sharing one of these. Nutty sweet smeel. Full well balanced flavor of malty carmel. Nice glazing with little head. Just the best finish I could ever dream of in a beer. Fabulous!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 sweet nose. very smooth. hides the alcohol like no other. So well balanced. Lived up to the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3367) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 excellent! had to go through alot to get one, but it was worth it no surprises in the appearance, typical trappist, big thick head. aroma of dried fruits, and a tiny bit of caramel. Flavor is beautiful, very complex, lots of fruit, and caramel, with a tad bit of alcohol to remind you its 10.2%. extremely outstading brew!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 22 year old bottle!!!!! brewed in 1984!!!!! nutty sweet nose not any head but guess what its 22 years old i didn’t expect any... fan freakin tastic, sweet caremel nut molloases. some fig. no biteerness just balanced. amazing is all i can say. most incredible beer!!!! drank the other bottle... colouring is progressivly milky brown some slight head in the second bottle, no real alcohol flavour so well balanced and blended, malt flavour everything just perfect!!!! And did i mention 22 years old. Oh and i do need to thank a friend for this one he is not a member but on another beer website he goes by no more euro lagers

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Aroma of apples, pums, rasins and figs, with caramel lurking deep down. Appears a hazy mahogany color, with deep burgundy tones on the edges, and with a small brown head that dissipates. Flavor is complex, with caramel, toffee, fig, rootbeer candy, and some pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium-thick and velvety. A truly phenomenal brew, and one that meets expectations. My thanks to my SecretSanta.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgianBeerGal (3299) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 This is my favorite beer in Belgium. This is my favorite beer in Europe. This is my favorite beer in the world. I have had bottles at home with friends (2002-present) but I swear the flavor is better in the garden at In de Vrede. It would be a 5, but I will always search for the "perfect" beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (860) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Dark/reddish brown with light, creamy head. Aroma of mature fruit, yeast, sweetness and sugar. Sugary flavour with yeast and fruit. High carbonation. (been awhile since this rating and I might soon be popping a new bottle to see if I missed something - after all it was at the end of a long evening at Københavnske Øldage)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Poured into a St Sixtus Trappist glass, the beer swirled and splashed, as the magnificent off-white head rose from the slightly hazy dark copper body. The head settled into a creamy foam, showing the most amazing lace patterns I have seen on a beer, I just sat and swirled it around the glass for a while, watching the webs of beer wind their way down the glass, I would have given the beer 6/5 for appearance if I could. The aroma, strong, complex... raisons, smoke, nuts, sweet warmth, alcoholic spiciness, you cannot even begin to describe what comes through. The body is sweet, warm, sticky and smooth, so smooth... Delivering a list of flavours too long to mention, the hops are amazing, not too bitter, not too flavoursome, a little green and spicy perhaps. The malt profile is stunning, layer upon layer of complexity... you think, for example "oh, its chocolate, there is more chocolate than anything else!" then you have another sip, and something different grabs you. The finish is slightly restrained, with light hops and a sticky alcoholic warmth.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. For our 100th beer... why not go big! This beer has been aged in perfect condition for over 6 years. Bottle expires 07/09/04. Aromas... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... you’d think it wouldn’t live up to its expectations... WELL YOU’RE WRONG... It would take a dictionary to enumerate all the flavors and aromas in this beer. Why is this the best beer in the world? You just have to taste it..... smell it... i’m not going to even try and enumerate everything i smeel and taste in this beer. I’m going to say that it is almost PERFECT. Might not be as professionel, but the name speaks for itself. END OF STORY. FYI... this beer ages beautifully. I have one more left... Mr. Westy, we’ll see each other in another 6 years when you should be 12 years old... FYI: the bottle cap says 10.6% ... not sure about that 10. 2.


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