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


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RATINGS: 3408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   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
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Mission complete: Traveled from Lille, France to Westvleteren today. I still can’t believe that I was there and that i have tasted this beer. It is #1 for good reason. I have never tasted anything like it, so complex, so balanced simply perfect, and I’m not just saying this because it is #1 it complelty went beyond my expectations. This beer is in a league of its own. It came to me from the bar with a big rockyhead that foamed and gained beauty as I waited for it to warm up a bit. Dark brown in color with a tanish head. The aroma is great, but subtle. You can detect all the elements, sliky malts, spicy hops and yeast, with fruits, like raisins. The alcohol is present but is enhancing and not overwhelming. The flavor is even better than the aroma. Dried friuts are present with spicy notes from the hops and alcohol. everything is perfectly in balance in this beer. All of the elements shine though like no other beer that I have ever tasted. Excellents active mouth feel that coats the mouth, tickles the tongue, and just says drink me. simply amazing. Too bad that you can’t even by 6 packs in the shop anymore. Will have to go there again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Janko (7) - Enskede gård, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006 does not count
An enormous beer, but in fact not that balanced. More (sweet) power than elegance. Ages very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeertourist (5131) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle with best before date in Nov 08, so aged a year before tasting. Dark brown colour with a big, creamy yellow-khaki head. Rich chocolate aromas with a good fruitiness to support it. Chocolate flavours, dark fruit, some cellar character with well-balanced bitterness. Medium body. Well-deserved top rating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle in Westvleteren’s beer garden “In de Vrede” just across the street from St-Sixtus abbey .(If you want to use GPS to go there address is Donkerstraat 13, B-8640 Westvleteren. They are closed on Friday (summer) and during the winter Thursday and Friday). While rating this beer I felt like Fin (England). I entered and I saw that on each table there were glasses of Westvleteren – They HAVE IT! Ordered one glass of 12 and impatiently waited to arrive. Finally it was on my table, hazy dark brown almost black, with big creamy beige head. I think they served it a bit too cold so I waited few minutes before I drank it. It was so balanced! There was no taste that stood in front. Such a full and complex flavor. Really top class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomat (2630) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Very dark, redish brown with thick off-white foam. Lots of malt and fruit with a hint of acidity. Full bodied with a very complex bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Bottle shared with after4ewver. Pours a cloudy brown with a big fluffy off-white head. Creamy medium-full body with light carbonation. The aroma is a collection of spices, with cloves and vanilla in the forefront, followed by by caramel and leather. Taste of pears and apples, almost to the point of being like cider, but with the toffee and caramel malt and all that spice behind it. This is a yummy brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6749) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12-oz.; thanks (eternal gratitude) to BeachBum25--you ROCK, Jim! Gargantuan tan head over a dark, murky brown body. Big dust, cherry, light green apple, and light horse blanket/funk in the nose. Really alluring, though it doesn’t look like a brilliant-smelling beer in words. Plenty of rich thick sweet malt in the palate--fruity (cherry/apple), slight molasses/brown-sugar-like sweetness from the malt but very subdued. All the big flavor ingredients are there--fruit, sugar, malt, very slight hop colors. Beautifully done--amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at the Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 16/09/2006 Some carbonation. Slightly sour fruit aroma. Mid brown amber coloured strong in alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Fruity with a little dryness. Bitter and warming malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle (sip) at RBESG 2006. Hmmmm, what can I say about the top rated beer in the world. The sip I had may not do it justice - sweet, malty, caramel, incredibly tasty. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to re-rate it in the future.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Roberto (3) - Harelbeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2006 does not count
Bottle 33 cl. By friends Perfect ! The greatest belgium beer. Taste caramel/nutty. Balanced perfectly. Like it super !

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