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


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RATINGS: 2991   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.45   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle Conditioned at The Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark black with big tan head. After years of looking, caught up with this in this marvellous little boozer. Both have loads of character, are dark and interesting, smokey and fruity with a hint of licorice root. I was totally impressed with both, but even then I didnít score a 5, which means the search continues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 I finally got around to drinking the bottle that I dragged across the world with me some 18 months ago. It was worth the wait. What a rich and beautifully balanced beer, raisiny hints of madeira, the texture of a fine aged port, bubbles from an ancient champagne. Complexity and simplicity in one glass. I hate to say it but I agree with every one else, this is fine beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle: Brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma: raisins, plums, dark & light malts, candy sugar, wine, toffee, berries, cherries, pears. Taste: very sweet, lots of malts in here, tons of yeast flavors, some bitterness - this is the epitome of balance. Caramel, candy sugar, roasted malts, plum, raisin, toffee, wine grapes, port, cereal grains, and grapes round out the flavors. Finishes quite dry, with a sweet, pleasing coating around your mouth. Wow. There is much complexity to this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2004
I now can see why this is considered world class. Wonderfullly balanced malts, caramel, and berries. The alcohol is mostly masked by the complex body. Just terrific!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
# 100. Pours bronzy brownish with light tannish head. Nose is very malty, plummy and toffeish. Rich caramel notes. Flavors are sweet and complex. Warming. Subtle alcohol finish. Beautiful beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joergen (19658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a fine white head. Nice aroma of malt and raisins. Good sweet flavor of malt and hops. Very balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Piposieske (7) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2004 does not count
Alrighty then..., I gave this one the maximum rating, because I really canít imagine a better tasting beer. There is simply nothing to improve about this one. Itís comparable with a Rochefort 10, but with an incredibly wide range of fruity tastes and other stuff of which I really donít know the English words for. I guess itís worth travelling +/- 260 kilometres to get a crate, if only I had a driving licence (bagger!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Escobar (6) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004 does not count
Well what can I say? Keep them coming to me. The king of beers! Canít really say anything bad about this beer, perhaps except that it isnít a product of Denmark :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Dark red-brown color, heavy fruity spicy aroma, light sweet spicy taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Mohagany,dark cherry brew with a creamy top.nose is wonderful,Deep aromas of fruit,cherry,fermented dates and figs.The sweetness here is not overwhelming or sickening but rather smooth and delicious.first sip is to be savored.Every bit as complex as Rochefort 10.the esters here have been taken to a level of exotic fruits.Alcohol is warm and enjoyable.

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