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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11264) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Wonderful dark brown colour with high carbonation and a very impressive white head that diminishes slowly. The taste is very complex with a general sweetness from malts but spiked up with a strong array of spices and fruitiness. I find the beer a tad too alcoholic though - almost barley wine. Exceptional body.

RERATE: [vintage 2004]
Well, this is still not as good as Rochefort. The body is still fantastic, aroma is stunning, but has that Westvleteren rye breadiness - which isnít that much me. Still a bit too vinious for me, but really still a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Botlle date 15 10 05 thanks to Ohiodad for this one . Bottle opened with a stong hiss of carbonation foured almost perfect with a nice off whit bubily head appeared dark to ruby brown with some murkeyness. aromas were slightly spicy to grassy backed by grapes cherries darkfruit. Flavor was very well balanced with flavors of fruit plum sherries with a mild alcohol burn that turns to brown surgar in there. So much flavors and complexity at first I was not to much in favor of giving this beer a 4.4 but half way through I have decided it is worth a 4.6 not the best beer I have ever had but close... Second Bottle Thanks for sharing pailhead 3-31-06 No date on cap To add to the previous rating color and appearance were identical. I would say the consistency with previous bottle with an addition of dark fruit and fig to aroma as wellas chocolate. The flavors were pretty much the same with a littlmoreof a surgary finish. Ill bump my rating up from a 46 to a 4.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Pours a dark brown with a nice thick head. Spicy, malty aroma with hints of sweetness. Slight sweet and malty flavor also. I thought this would be better. Must try again to see if things are different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Pours a murky brown with little head. Intriguing aroma...vinous with hints of grape, cocoa, alcohol, cola, some herbalness. Mildly tart and puckering with some immediate alcohol bite on the tongue. Relatively dry and thin bodied with a surprising amount of bitterness. Does not have the explosion of flavor I was expecting. It does have a muted/mild plummy fig character that opens up as it warms. Best beer in the world? Thanks Blankboy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marinerfan1981 (2) - GERMANY - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
This happens to beer the best beer I have ever tasted! Iím lucky enough to have bought two cases a month ago! I will be making more trips in the near future! If you get the chance try it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ypsifly (1) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2006 does not count
11.2oz with no label and a best before date of 28.02.08 ink jetted across the yellow, black and silver cap. Acquired via trade and carefully decanted into a Val-Dieu chalice. Mahogany under a huge off white head that slowly falls and leaves thick sheeted lace. The aroma is an incredible mix of fresh bread dough made with cinnamon, raisins, dates and dark cherries with some peppery warmth from the alcohol. Brown sugar from the malts and suggestions of licorice and a sprinkling of powdered chalk. Wow! Tastes malty upfront then fades into ripe dark fruits such as cherries, plums, and ripe red grapes all dipped in brown sugar. The middle brings a tart flavor followed by some more suggestions holiday fruit cake. Not the cheap fruit cake we all hate to recieve at Christmas but rather like the one made from scratch with a little apple liquer that has that yeasty just pulled from the oven flavor. The alcohol registers only as a pinch of pepper in the finish yet I donít feel any heat upon my breath. Amazing! The mouth is velvety fullness with just the right amount of carbonation. You bet your ass this is drinkable. Iím giving this the exact same score I gave to the Gouden Carolus Carolus DíOr - Cuvťe Van De Keizer. I think it might be a little better, or maybe thatís the hype talking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2006
.33 L bottle at the Tap House in Norfolk. Chocolate brown with thin creamy head. Whiff of flowers, malts; so gentle. Incredibly balanced taste. A flavor like other Belgians Iíve had but super refined. I can see what the others were striving for. Curiously recognizable but almost as if from a dream. Once youíre immersed the 12 goes down just like water. Buzz creeps in half way through; makes me happy. I think I could drink these continuously for a few days. Not the beast I expected but a Shakespearean achievement of fermentation. A keystone of western culture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Deanos (4) - ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2006 does not count
Why try and apply words to this great beer? It tastes SO MUCH, that i passed out while my brain tried to process all of the data from my taste buds. Obviously, this is a lie, but this beer is seriously great. Anyone that says that itís overhyped is trying to be sensational.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheDog (532) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 The best beer in the world? Not mine. Rich of flavor, taste and finish but way too much alcohol taste. Too much hype around this beer. Value for money and choose St.bernadus abt12 instead. same recipe, yeast and water. St.bernadus brewed until 1993 westvletern...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GBBTBILL (1) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006 does not count
A beer worth traveling to Belgium to drink. Just back from the Great Belgian Beer Tour - we traveled from Brussels to Westvleterenís In de Vrede Cafe for a tasting of the 12 the 8 and the blonde

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