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

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RATINGS: 3638   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrefwoordPunk (943) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Botlle 33 cl at Locus Publicus, Delft. Pours a very dark brown with a medium off-white head and a rich sweet aroma with brown sugar, caramel, honey and coffee (with sugar and milk). Taste is rich, sweet wiith lots of malts and hints of caramel, chocolate, coffee, ripe fruits and hops. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10.2%. A very nice beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle from OíBrienís pub San Diego. Iím not going to tell you how much I paid for this bottle........too much. Brew poured a deep dark brown that was slightly hazy. Head was tan and thin, then dissipated and was gone within a few minutes. Nose of brown sugar, molasses, roasted toffee. Taste reminded me of a thin port wine. Very smooth and clean on the pallet. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2007
12oz. bottle from Belgium--Poured a dark, rich brown with glowing amber tints. Big, welcoming beige-gray head. Earthy, smoky, peaty aroma. Great silken, smooth mouth feel. Quite complex and worth the try! Yum!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pubbe (493) - HÝjbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown colour with a little reddish hue. Massive light brown head. Malt, green hops, caramel and a hint of smoke in the very powerfull aroma. Flavor has deep deep malt, some bitter chocolate and balancing hops. Runs velvety on the palate. Lasting finish. Every element in this beer is adjusted perfectly by other elements - powerfull yet balanced - this is why we love quadruples!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2007
11.2oz bottle so generously bonused by SoLan. Thanks a ton Alan! He says the bottle is about 3 1/2 yrs. old so Iím assuming 2004 vintage. To be quite frank, I was a little apprehensive about this beer. Although I respect the style, Abt/Quads are not my favorite style. Here we go... Wonderful vinous aroma. Much like a rich Cabernet. Raisins, figs, fresh dough. Iím quite taken with the aroma. Pours rich, deep brown with dark chestnut accents. A foamy white head quickly gives way to a good amount of spotty lacing. Quite complex on the tongue. Dry, but lighter bodied red wine (Pinot?). Dough. Yeast. Dried figs and plums. Young port. Some cinnamon spice. Wow. Iím stuck as to how vinous this is. Not really what I was expecting. Silky smooth mouthfeel. 10.2%? Really? Above and beyond my expectations. Canít wait to try another.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2007
11.2 oz humble bottle. Graciously given by Px2GrafX in BIF. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try this highly prized brew. No label, no fancy silk-screened etching. Just a plain, brown bottle with the famous yellow cap of this widely sought after beer. Simply tremendous flavor. So rich and complex..alcohol is subdued to a point that you can hardly notice it. So many others have described itís multitude of characteristics in near perfection, so Iíll spare you the details. Truly exceptional mouthfeel..silky smooth and delicious. As drinkable as any beer. This really leaves you wanting more..itís a good thing this stuff isnít widely available, because Iíd be happy but poor. But then again, if youíre buying Westy 12, youíre probably not too concerned about the price. This is the quintessential treat for any beer lover. Amazingly, it somehow lives up to the hype. Best beer in the world? Iím not sure, but it is certainly deserving of the title.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
icefires (6) - USA - DEC 19, 2007 does not count
Good stuff Maynard. Not the best though. Only rated first cuz itís so hard to get. Call the monks, make a reservation, go pick it up, agree not to sell it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (13084) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle (thanks to Davecooks) poured a clear copper brown with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of pears, apples, figs, dates, carmel, toffee and light maple. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, carmel, toffee, apples and pears with a smooth lingering lightly sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Undated bottle poured a deep dark brown with no head and oaky aroma. Medium-full body, big malty flavor with a dry, complex flavor balance. Well-carbonated with a late candi sugar character. Complex and nice.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brandonday (1) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
Beautiful Beer! I just had it for the first time last night and could not have been happier! So many flavors that just come alive as the beer warms up. Highly recommended!


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