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


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RATINGS: 3132   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Sampled during a gathering of the Champaign-Urbana beer club. This review is from my notes written later that night. "Bottle courtesy of Andy. If one were rating in terms of complexity, this would have to make the top 10 beers of the world. It was an impressive blend of fruit notes such as peach and cherry combined with darker flavors of toffee and bourbon. I can see why this merits some hype, but its not my favorite in terms of flavor. Perhaps its the Belgian yeast that gave it the funkiness that just didn’t do it for me. Still, for complexity’s sake, I give this an A rating." Rerating courtesy of bottle from Drew, shared with Nilay, Andy, and Edward. Add to previous rating a lot of Grape Bubblacious/Bubble Yum on the palate and nose. Wierd, but noticeably present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Dark crimson color with a great off white head and silky lacing. Bread dough, tobacco, leather and prune in the nose. Tobacco, cookie dough, plum, and raisin. Very complex. Creamy texture and finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
We went through hell to get this, fortunately it was worth the effort. Pours a dark cloudy red brown with a tan head that looks amazing, but doesn’t look as amazing as I thought, still exceptional. Aroma was almost wine-like, with dark fruits and a strong breadiness, very good, but still not the best I have smelt. Taste is amazingly all over the map, sweet dark fruits first, malty middle, long hoppy finish, very, very complex, every sip was slightly different. Velvetty smooth mouthfeel, without a hint of alcohol. This beer is exceptional and definitely world-class, but I had one better than it so far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Re-rate, from a fresh bottle in Poperinge, Belgium.
Holy moly. NOW I get it. Notes of chocolate and sweet malt in the nose, a flowing and feathery whisp of sweet chocolate raisin on the tongue. There are many more descriptors that I will put down at a later time but holy moly, this beer IS that good.

So this is the almight Westy 12... Pours a bit (actually a lot) thinner than I expected... Dark mahogany tint with a thin head that clings nicely to the glass. Aroma is cinnamon with a bit of toffee. Palate is a bit thin, but the flavor makes up for it. Raisin, yeast, toffee, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla round out the flavors. Aftertaste is brief with a quick flurry of alcohol, but the latter leaves with a slight evanescence on the tongue. Leaves the drinker wanting more. RETASTE:0 Flavor is much more cohesive than last when I tasted it. The raisin is less prominent, and there seems to be more malted chocolate in the drink. A bit more bitter than last time, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Still, for my money, Westy 8 blows this one away.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Found at a local beer shop in Belgium. A very black opaque beer, with a small off-white head and not much acid. The aroma is difficult to describe, you can smell malt, raisin, nuts, wood, toffee, etc. Very well balanced. The initial flavour is sweet (but not too sweet) and it has a long aftertaste. In a blind test, together with La Trappe and St.-Bernardus Abt, this beer was less balanced and more malty than the Bernardus, but clearly ahead of the La Trappe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
O hell yeah.what a way to celebrate #400.The # 1 beer in all the land.pours a dark brown with a frothy head.Has the dark fruits i like with some wood and nuts.Has some spiciness to it also.The finish was warming leaving me wanting more.What an orgasmic ride.If someone told me I had to lose some thing in my life to never have again and my choices were Westy or porn, I would tell them to keep the porn!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 29, 2005
Pours deep brown with a big off white head. Aroma is mild nutty, raisin and other dark fruits. Taste is extremely pleasent dark fruit and medium spice. The best part about this beer is the mouthfeel. So soft and smooth it is unreal. Aftertaste is nutty and has a hint of alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
On draft at the abbey cafe! Arrived in a chalice, dark chestnut brown, hazy and only moderately translucent with a thick beige head that left delicate lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds, bit of alcohol and spice in a cijnnamon, clove and nutmeg kind of way. Sweet spicy flavor featuring ripe, dark dried fruits like dates and figs, coffee, lots of wild spiciness, clove, allspice, maple syrup and pepper in the finish with all the complex flavors still allowing a pleasant alcohol burn. Creamy, smooth and full bodied. Yummy indeed and what a privilege to have my first sample be at the Abbey St Sixtus itself!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown/red colour. Medium, frothy, off-white head. Malty, lightly sweet aroma with notes of plums, raisins and hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes foremost malty and fruity, which in this case means plums. Caramalty notes, raisins and alcohol. For me the taste is dominated by plums and caramelly maltiness. A loveable brew. But again I´d rather go for the Rochefort counterpart. Many thanks go out to bierkoning for this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biermonk (265)
- Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2005
definitely worth the wait...Dark brown color with a fizzy off white head...Aroma of sweet malt..Flavor of dark fruit, esters, sweet malts...Exceptionally balanced... Alcohol became slightly more evident toward the finish as the beer neared room temp...I could find no flaw in this beer

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