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


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RATINGS: 3071   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 A Mes rate: This particular bottle was rated at Lowlander and that was also the place where I had my first bottle thanks to Duff’s insitance. Aroma is vanilla, sugar and caramel with some chocolate and dark fruits. Red grapes and raisins too. Plus something that I can only describe as playdough. In fact it is reminiscent of all the best things you have ever sniffed at. Appearance is so very very close to perfection. Deep almost black mahogany red body and just the right amount of off white head and lace. Only reason it gets a 4 from me is that the head always dies just that little bit too soon but it is clearly the most inviting "drink me I am gorgeous" looking beer there is. Ok, what do I say about the flavour? Chocolate, cream, vanilla, raisins, pudding, a little biscuit, mazipan and just a touch of spice and malt. Finish is head and shoulders above everything else I have ever tried. I am not drunk, I will stand by this statement. A wonderful gentle warmth from the alcohol, more caramel (but more like toffee this time), just a dab of spice and also some cardboard and leather. Unbelievable length. Nothing has ever left me demanding another sip or being so sorrowful as you drain the last drops as this beer. On top of all this it gets you very very drunk indeed. I have been lucky enough to have had sessions on this and it is truely legendary. Nothing has ever satisfied me so consistently as this always does. Full bodied, superbly balanced, complex in every department. Think of a superlative and its in this drink somewhere. This is not hype it is every bit as good as they say.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Bottle, Passage Cafe, Brugge, Belgium. I am truly blessed to have gotten to experience this beer. Appearance: Dark grape red. Mild, tiny bubbles. Creamy tan foam. Nearly opaque. Aroma: Grape, woodsy, mild, yet deep. Taste. Rich! Old, oak, caramel, ester. Palate: Thick, tongue-numbing. Cloying, but doesn’t linger too much. Wow, what a rich, old beer. Very very good. Very special. Hides the 12% (!) well, but it’s still pretty apparent. I’m floored by the experience of this beer. Thank you Sixtus. Thank you Lord for beers like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
dark brown, white a beige head. The nose is fruity with notes of hops and yeast. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, fruit, hops, raisins and alcohol. Full bodyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Shared with several at 2 am in the Hampton post Dark Lord release. Thanks to RatedX for sharing this rare, pricey little gem. Plums, raisons, spice, grapes. Almost like everything good about a fine wine without the bad parts (if that makes sense at all). Beautiful dark brown appearance with light brown head. The yeast is doing something at Westvleteran that nobody else can quite match. Unique and special..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Poured a ruby color with an off white head. Aroma is fruity, vinous, sweet, grapes, almost like Manishewitz wine. Flavor is sweet and fruity with brown sugar, yeasty with a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pours a very dark cloudy brown (almost black) with a thick off-white head. Aroma is fruity with yeast, some toastiness, pear, a hint of alcohol, dough and bubblegum. Flavor has notes of toasted and some roasted malt, plums, raisins, chocolate, yeast, brown sugar, light spiciness and a good dose of hops. Pleasantly sweet, slightly bitter. Has a nice twinge of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is heavenly; airy, round and creamy without being thick or oily. Subtle carbonation. Good head retention. Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 After walking by my secret stash of Westvleteren bottles for about a year, I figured this past Saturday was a good time to finally sit down and rate them. Pours out brown with a small tan head that lingers throughout the tasting creating gentle patterns of lacing on the chalice. Smell is of bananas, butterscotch, raisins, prunes, and toffee. Taste is of nuts, caramel, apples, celery and licorice. Excellent mouthfeel with a great amount of carbonation despite the small head brought forth by the pour. Each taste seems to linger in the mouth for an eternity.

1986 bottle sampled 2/1/07

Pours flat with only a sparse hint of bubbles one might find in a glass of wine. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, oak, leather, hints of vanilla. Tastes of chewy toffee, caramel, bourbon, raisins, chocolate and oak. No sherry notes to speak of which is a surprise and a testament to this beer. Subtle elements of spice are present and with only a hint of warming alcohol, this is dangerously drinkable. Finishes with some celery and lots of rich chocolate. Palate is reminiscent of maple syrup and is rich and velvety. This was a surprising treat, but as good as it is at 21, it is definitely past its prime and is best enjoyed at 1, 5 or even 10 years old.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
smokey caramel color, not much ehad. sweet aroma, sweetly flavorful. couldn’t identify a lot of the flavor nuances, but i lost interest once the raison taste seemed to linger. my impression is that it is hard to get, and hard to swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 #100 rating. Bottle at the Hop Leaf in Chicago after the Dark Lord release. Poured into a tulip, a nice mahogany brown with an average size white head that lasted. Yeasty sweet, fruity vinous raisin aroma which got more complex as it warmed. Noticable alcohol in the aroma. After 10 minutes, I finally decide to take a drink, this taste lasts for a while and changes as it goes down. My first notes on the flavor say: Good beer. Chewy goodness. Then I try for a minute or two to figure out what I’m tasting...stuff like vinous dates, brown sugar, and a bunch of other stuff I couldn’t pick out because I decided to just sit back and enjoy it. There was a hint of sourness and then a nice bitter finish. Medium body, watery texture with a dry finish. It was fun to try this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Re-Rate- Very unimpressed with it this time. The first rating was not under the best of circumstances. The body is fizzy and acidic, not a lot of sweetness or depth, just a cardboard slightly bitter taste. Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of bananas, clove, apples very complex. Flavor is delicious. I’m going to leave it at that so I can pay more attention to the beer. Incredible. Huge thanks to RatedX for sharing this one.

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