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


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RATINGS: 3650   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
killedge (26) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2008
great smooth fruity carmely aroma... dark chocolate brown color.... great overall taste... this is truly a beer you could give to anyone and they would not be able to find anything wrong with it....glad I had a chance to have it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Big up to Nate for sharing this one. Strong caramel nose, with loads of complexity. Raspberry, chocolate, prunes, dates, figs and raisins to name a few. Beautiful burgundy with a rich tan head. Super sweet and complex flavor, with hints of dough, cake, and dark fruits (prunes, dates, cherries). Very creamy and full, just a tad cloying. World class for sure, but tends to be over-hyped a bit. Is it the limited availability that gives this one its huge reputation? Or is it the taste? This is a fantastic brew, but not the best coming out of Belgium. Give it 5 years in the cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2004 bottle so graciously shared with the Exec Board by Nate. Pours murky brown with a small, off white head. Nose is fantastic. Fruity and caramel, raisin, cherry, grape. Mildly tannic but sweet, almost port-esque. Taste is insane. Fruity notes play with the tongue offering up intertwining hints of cherry, grape, raisin and plum which compliment the caramel and toffee of the malt. A nice, mellow alcohol warmth permiates the palate and warms the soul. Just a fantastic beer. Thanks so very much, Nate, for sharing this tasty treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bielenberg (4) - Galten, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
Pours dark brown in color. Big malty flavor. So good. Rich beer. This is one of the best i have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2008
tasting in Columbus. pours deep ruby and murky with a thin head. scents of winery barrel room must and dried cherryís. the bear has a thin mouth feel and is slightly tannic. incredible yeast and a champagne like carbonation. the balance of this beer is what makes it great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellsinghtx (31) - DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
the best bear i have tastet ever. dark muddy, brown head. what can i say, when i got it in my mouth i was just, "wow". you dont taste that its 10.2%. a little tip to you who hasent tastet it. TASTE it as soon as possible. but dont rush to much, make sure that you dont shake it, but if you do, let it stand for about 3 hours before you drink it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Pours dark brown head. Lots going on in the aroma. Dark fruits, sherry, candy, quite a bit going on here. Flavor is very complex, fruit, funk, alcohol, caramel, chocolate. Finishes highly carbonated, but doesnít get in the way of the beer. Light alcohol notes which melded well with the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2008
Finally i get to try the Daddy, six bought for me by my lovely wife. Pours dark brown and hazy with a large frothy head that soon fades to leave a thin band of bubbles, aroma is sweet and candy like (creme brulee) Flavour is full of dried autumnal fruits and at no time do you taste the 10% itís just warming and utterly beautiful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mazzel1 (1) - Alphen (N.Br.), NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2008 does not count
Best I ever tasted. Very hard to get. Soft warm taste. Fantastic flavor. I drink one in "de vrede"near the brewery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2008 My third bottle since Iíve brought a few bottles back from Belgium in April 2007. One was with a tasting party and the other was the ínth beer of the night. This is first one Iíve had to "taste". I had the 8 and 6 at De Vrede-those were extremely fresh beers. I think my beers have seen better days. Poured a bit cold-could be an issue. Small flat head and very dark brown-almost opaque. Nose is a bit alcoholly, chocolates, caramel. Thick, syrupy mouth. Alcohol is present but tons of syrup, chocolate, raisins, prune. The flavors stick to the palate as the warmth creates more flavoring. Still, I would believe this is a beer best drank fresh at the brewery (or across the street). The 8 was almost perfect. I didnít have the 12 because I had a case in the trunk of my car. Now I wish I would have had the 12 too....

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