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


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RATINGS: 3467   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 This is the absolute best Trappist beer Iíve tried out of the six brewed here in Belgium. Freshness code has 13/08/08 on the yellow bottle cap, 10.2% ABV. Appearance was smooth creamy off-white head with outstanding lacy bubbles which settles to a thin layer after warming. Color is Dark brown. The smell is a fantastic malt aroma, along with different kinds of sweet fruit. The flavor hits as soon as it enters the mouth. The velvety caramel complex flavor with little to medium carbonation is something to savor. All these flavors throughout tasting are just incredible. Complex flavor that stays balanced all the way through, but keeps changing as the beer warms. Its amazing how this beer keeps its complexity and taste throughout the duration of tasting. I must say of all the beers I have tried so far, nothing has compared. Since my first review, I have tasted many more of these incredible brews. My opinion still holds that this is one of finest beers produced in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
raimen175 (2) - ITALY - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
I have drunk this beer has an optimal aroma and to the palate it is impressive. itís my best beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Powerfull aromas of plum, sweet malt, hops and raisins. Fullbodied taste with plums fruit, malt, hops, and an alkoholic finisch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Early 2006 chilled 11.2 oz bottle enjoyed tonight: Pours a dark red amber color with lots of sediment and a big, frothy light tan head. Rich malts, aromatic hops, fruit (particularly of plums), caramel, citrus, bread.... Medium bodied, very smooth and moderately carbonated. Ending is an array of wonderful flavors with a slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
December 02. 2005 my rating # 1000 - and my expectations are sky high! I carefully take it from my cellar and let it get almost room temperature before opening it. Itís almost black, and the head is moderate. The aroma is wonderfully complex, it has notes of malt, figs, fruit, oak and hops. The flavour is sweetish and very complex, and in my mouth the dominant notes are malt, figs and other dark fruits, caramel, nuts, basement, earth and hops. The hops are very aromatic and gives a very nice bitterness, that is very unlike to other Belgian beers I have tasted. Itís an incredible beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beer5000 (5327) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark red, brown body with a nice creamy head. Both aroma an flavor is complex. Sweet malty, slightly roasted warming alcoholic, dry fruit, spicy and a nice amount of hops. Itís a world-class beer and difficult to come up with something new to say. I believe true beer lovers have Westvleteren very high up on their top list. I have had the pleasure of sampling this beer and the 12 a few times during the years. Sometimes I have rated the 8 above the 12 and vice versa. Finally I had the chance to compare them at the same time, and I must admit that the 12 are just a bit better. Itís easy to notice the family likeness of these and natural to compare them. The 12 is the big brother, has a little bit extra of everything, and still so delicate balanced. Nothing is dominating in any direction. This beer is close to perfect and still have the quality of offering the drinker a different experience depending on the situation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Svesse (7262) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2007
(Bottle, Man in the Moon, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, foamy off-white head leaving very little lacing. Fruity and spicy nose with dried fruit (raisins, figs), spices (cinnamon?), marzipan and hints of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries) coming through after a while. Malty, fruity taste, slightly roasted with dried fruit (figs, raisins), spices and bittersweet notes of cold coffee and liquorice coming through in the long and spicy finish. Alcohol giving it some sweetness, but still very well balanced, and a chewy, fiery mouthfeel. What can be said about this beer has probably already been said, so I can just certify that this is quite a lovely brew, or rather a masterpiece. (Just a pity itís so darn hard to come by at a reasonable price).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle I received from my wife as a Christmas gift and my 500th rating. Pours a warm, deep brown with a moderate, creamy tan head. Complex aroma of plums, prunes, dates, malt, caramel, and molasses, with no single element dominating any of the others. These same qualities were in the flavor as well. Again, no single element was overwhelming. Each piece was well balanced against the others, like an orchestra - harmonious. Smooth, silky palate. A bit of warmth from the alcohol at the finish. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle aquired about 12 months ago and keep in the refrigerator. Poured into a Westy chalice. After opening the bottle the foam began to bubble up. Bottle poured with a nice 1 finger biege head. The head thinned out but lingered with noticeable lacing as the glass was consumed. The color was a reddish brown with some sediment evident even though I tried to leave most of the year in the bottle. The nose offers a sweet character that reminds me of caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is dark dried fruit with raisins and dates dominating. The alcohol is well masked and the overall balance of this beer is exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark-reddish brown with a caramel-colored one finger head. The aroma is dominated by yeast (smells like freshly-baked bread), followed by malt. You can taste the malt and yeast. Finishes a little hoppy. Great beer!

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