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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onnob (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
Had it last year (bottle) during our vacation in Brugge, Belgium. In one word: Divine!! Absolutely the best beer I’ve ever had!!! (and believe me, I had a few). Too bad I can’t find it in the USA. Time to go back to Belgium...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Barley dark fruit, sour ripe licorisce, Alive, woodsy, medicinal herbal..that’s all just in the aroma. A black opaque beer. Tastes like a big red apple full of spices, licorice, and brown sugar. has a long finish, slightly sour, complex, shifting, changing. Some of my top 10 beers are clearly shadowing this, and while they still belong in the top 10, this is ther sweet, acific grandfather. A full beer. Not an drop of ’mental space’ within the beer is wasted. Had a little plate of Gouda cheese with it and it paired well, the cheese doesn’t even come close to overpowering the beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alobar (2885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Exquisite! Spectacular! Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing! Fabulous fruity and spicy aroma that lingered for some time. Pours with a thick off-white head with dark brown color. Taste was fruity, bready, and spicy. Just amazing. I see why it is the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Re-rate, 7/07 in a horizontal alongisde St. Bernie’s 12 and Roche 10. Bottle courtesy fozapd/Scott, stamped 18.01.09, about 1.5yrs old. Pour was brownish with a tannish colored off-white head, not great retention, but not as week as the Westv 8 on the same night, yet inferior to both St B’s 12 and Roche 10. Aroma and flavor of caramel, brown sugar, choco, lingering spices, stronger version of 8. Alcohol more detectable than with the 8, liquor/scotch type flavors, is this bottle over-aged, not as rich as once remembered. Honestly, against the Roche 10 and St. B 12, this came in last. Numbers dropping a little, but still an average of my three experiences. Thanks, Scott, for contributing to this wonderful horizontal! Excellent stuff. Original ratings follow: Poured a nice medium brown with a huge head that laced superbly while drinking. Sedimentation was under control. Aroma was primarily bready, yeasty, spicey. The high ABV was barely noticeable in the flavor or aroma. Rich deep flavor, and distinct from the St. Bernie’s and Roche 10. There was a true beer barley and bready base coming through (ie. it didn’t feel like they sugared this one up to the point of hiding the beerness... I don’t know how to describe that). My first Quad Belgian, where not just the dark fruits, candy sugar, and spices come through, but some chocolate (slight burnt touch) was noticeable too. Definitely a peppery finish (on second tasting / re-rate, I didn’t repeat this one). Immediate aftertaste was the candy sugar (a sweetness), which then turned to a surprising lowly hop bitterness after 10-15 seconds or so. Mouthfeel was carbonated and slightly less heavy than a stout. Very enjoyable, of course. Would love to put Roche 10, St. Bernie’s 12, and this one side by side one night and have at it. Thanks to E for the trade and Westy 12 experience. The re-rate was on a bottle (stamped 09.08.08) served at ’De Vrede’ across the street from the abbey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Ah, the famed Westy 12! Through some great trading, a friend of mine was able to score the Grail. Nice port wine aroma, very fruity. Lots of dry fruit flavors, mildly spiced, some candi sugar. ABV is well hidden except for the nice warming feeling, very smooth. This truly is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
Øl fået til Ølentusiasternes festival 2006. Bedømmelsen kan derfor være skæv pga. mængden. Suverænt den bedste øl. Orange og ufiltreret. Kompleks duft. Meget rund i smagen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Infinite gratitude to Jeffin7 for this 3 year old sample. That kid didn’t miss school the day that they taught sharing. Murky, brown pour with a medium sized, tan head. The aroma is very rich with lots of ripe fruit, apple pie, plums, pears, candi sugar. The flavor is well blended and superbly complex, toffee, pears, golden raisins, candi sugar, very rich. The mouthfeel is very soft, smooth and lucious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stefaan (3) - Edegem, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2006 does not count
This beer Leaves a nice lacing that goes away quickly. It’s one of the finnest beer in Belgium

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2006
A big thank you to bentley78 for this! I have to say my expectations are ridiculously high for this beer. Very nice cloudy brown with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of dark fruit and light alcohol. Leaves a nice lacing that goes away quickly. And I have to say the taste lives up to expectations! This has an amazing sweetness to it... "It, it tastes so good when it hit your lips!!" The alcohol is very well hidden. Slightly yeasty finish. Even my burps taste good after this. I hope to make it back to Belgium some day so I can have a bottle at the source....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 bottle. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Split three ways. Aroma: Vinous, dark fruits, plums, raisin, very slight but good alcohol, some vanilla, apple. Taste is around the same, fruity especially dark fruits, toffee, caramel, apple, balanced by peppery, spicy, tartness, and dark fruit. Suprisingly dry finish. Amazing.

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