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

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RATINGS: 3137   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Beautiful pour, thin creamy head. Smells like Chardonnay. Dark brown color with bits of yeast floating in it. First sip, fruit, raisins and fig and red grapes, followed by a slight alcohol bite and lots of dark chocolate. This beer has a wonderful balance, I am glad to have the opportunity to experience it, now I know what all of the fuss is about. Warms up to more fruit and a sweeter finish, so complex.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JanDecoster (1) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
nec plus ultra!!! I you are a lover of brown beer and you havenít tasted it, this is defenetly a sin! Aftertaste is superb. I live in Westvlaanderen approx. 50 km from the abbey of Westvleteren. Lucky me!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
An amazing beer. Pours deep brown with a lovely off-white head. The aroma is enormous with fruits, caramel and salty licorice carried through into the taste. Definitely my favourite consistently brewed beer in the world.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Bottle. Deep brownish beer with a nice cocoa head. Musty aroma with some sweet malt, fruit, and spice. Chocolate, yeasty, fruity (rasins) flavor. Thereís a hint of roasted malt. Nothing overpowering, but very well structured and flavors tend to linger. Very easy to drink for the alcohol.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Tried this at the Hopleaf in Chicago with Paul. No doubt the best Belgian beer Iíve ever had (we tasted it alongside the Rochefort 10 and a pot of steamed mussels). I did not take notes, didnít want to make the experience too much like work, or interrupt the far-reaching conversation. But enuff about me, on to the beer: Smelled a bit like apple cider, but more yeasty and dark. Palate was thick, tasted so complex I couldnít pick out any one predominant flavor, loved the sharpness contrasting with the sweetness. If there are hops in this beer, I missed íem. I quite like hops, so itís hard for me to score this as a 5, but thatís splitting hairs with a beer this good. Someone wrote this beer is "delicate" -- thatís a great way to put it. $12/11.2 oz bottle.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
huge thanks to walt for this one. pours a very dark brown aroma is alittle subtle. smells dusty and very lightly sweet. taste is very complex yeasty dark fruits malt though not too much. licorice and after rheading swededogs rating i can taste the little smoke flavor. this is damn good.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2005
33cL bottle, stamped 30.10.04. First off, huge thanks to MontyRxR for securing this one! I popped the cap on this one, and the beer immediately rose to the top and started pouring over the edge. Not good! I have to admit that the first thing I noticed about this was that the aroma was a little light. I guess thatís a result of heightened expectations. Once it warmed up a bit, the aroma became divine. Dark fruits (fig, prune, cherry), chocolate, toffee, licorice, cherry cordials and somewhat vinous. Every sniff peeled back another layer. As it reached room temp, the aroma became very thick and chewy, just like an impy stout. After the first sip, I knew I was in for something extraordinary. Chocolate, raisin, fig, prune, cherry, licorice, subtle spices, toffee and even a small puff of smoke. The finish was somewhat dry but very silky smooth. I find it amazing that something so robust (as in the 10%) can be so delicate, but thatís the nature of this one. Itís in perfect harmony with the world.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2005
Great warm brown color, small creamy off white head. The smell is sweet nutty, bready and has some touche of dry raisins spices and hops. Taste is fullboddied and malty sweet. It is a rich beer with a perfect balance. It is slight sweet, nutty, soft caramely and the bitterness of the hops are well in place. The afthertaste stays in your mouth for minutes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
derhumpen (6) - USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
Pleasant aroma and color. Head has a wonderful soft off-white color. Intense and carmel like essence. Somehow maple syrup popped in my head, despite how vulgar that seems!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 Origninal notes Š 9/4/10/5/18 "330ml in Westvleteren glass at Duvel Cafť, Stockholm, Sweden. I had been looking for this beer for a while when I finally got hold of it. Chocolaty dark and dim appearance w/ very little carbonation or head. The aroma surprised me since I had been expecting a grand version of Rochefort 10 or something like that, that is, the aroma wasnít very strong at all. The flavor is wonderfully íoldí w/ a smooth, rich bitterness and a nice burn. Mouthfeel was the best ever, a bit burning, very majestic if you will." September 2006: Aroma: mm, yeast, syrup, vinous, some fudge, candisguar, corianjder, figs, malty, alcohol, some cinnamon & coconut. Appearance: golden beige white head with some brown spots. Very deep red brown, slightly turbid and slightly greytinted. Flavor: very full-bodied, sweet, freaking good afterbitterness, sourish mm, fruity, molasses... Palate: pretty darn good, full-bodied, not that much co2, a bit slimy, soft and warming.


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