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


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RATINGS: 3331   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danniem (1) - BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2006 does not count
This is by far the most divine beer I have ever tasted; you immediately taste its incredible richness and it goes in exceptionally smoothly ("seems to assimilate with the body without effort" is perhaps the best way to describe it); wait for a while after drinking before you give comments because you will be surprised by it’s aftertaste. Don’t drink too many in one evening though because of it’s high % of alcohol!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
I had this beer 7 years ago when my best friend brought back a 6-pack when he went to Belgium as part of his European honeymoon with his new wife. I had always read about how decadent this creation from GOD was, but when I actually tasted it, I knew that the Monks of Westvleteren and their Monastery is divinely blessed! Unfortunately, I have not had it since... "This do, as often as you drink it, do it in remembrance of Me." (1 Corinthians 11:25)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2399) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2004 bottle. Pours a dark sandy unfiltered brown color with a thick beige head that slowly fades away. Aroma is of fresh brown sugar, mollasses, vanilla, raisins,grapes,figs,nuts and a hint of malt. Taste is a very complex combination of brown sugar,figs,grapes,raisins,nuts, vanilla and sweet roasted malt. Alcohol is present pleasantly as it goes down. Slightly carbonated as well. Very unique in both aroma and taste and I can see why this beer is rated very highly. Excellent beer, but not the best according to my tastes. A top 5 nevertheless.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
’05 bottle... Appears a deep mahogany color with a beautiful 1/2" beige head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of candy sugar, raisins, brown sugar, and some black grapes. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, rich malt, vanilla, raisins, nuts, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is lingering with chewy, malty sweetness, lip numbing stickiness, but very much balanced with the malt and hops melding together for a superb finish. The ABV is well hidden. I had this next to a 15 year old bottle of Westy 12 and while the older bottle was more complex(and mildly oxidized), the fresher bottle’s flavors and mouthfeel outdid the elder bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
Til finalen diskede vores vært op med dette fremfagende munkebryg. Nu må jeg tage hatten af, selvom der nok går en rum tid før jeg bliver forfalden til dette. Men nu har jeg givet det en chance. Den kan beskrives ganske kort: Velafbalanceret og topklasse inden for sin art. Jeg er glad for endelig ar smage på denne øl. Nu ved jeg hvad "de ølgale" fabler om.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (8140) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 First rating
Bottle at what was then "The Ardbeg Room" in Stockholm. Too damn sweet, didn’t enjoy it very much and can not agree to this being one of the worlds best beers. I guess I should try it again, but don’t think it’s worth the money...

Tried it again (second rating) from bottle at RBESG 2006, rather fresh bottle, didn’t like it and gave it even less score than above...
Shady dark brown color, tan head. Alcohol scent, some sweetness but mostly alcohol. Sweet taste. Full mouth feel. Medium high bitterness.
I really can not, really not, understand why this beer is rated the best in the world by so many. My only conclusion is that since it’s hard to obtain and others say it’s great, most can’t dissagree. Sort of like films and Fellini, I hate the bastard! Well, I don’t like this sorry, but I’ll leave my older, higher, rating standing...
New rating: 4/2/5/3/8 = 2.2
Sad but true...

Yet one more (third) rating. (Bottle, thanks oh6gdx!)
Shady dark brown color, small tan head.
Sweet vinous scent, also malty and quite grainy, some alcohol.
Taste is sugar and alcohol very sweet.
Medium mouthfeel to the higher side, low bitterness.
The last of the bottle is way better than the first 4/5th, it turns nutty and full and is way better.
I still say that a non matured Westy 12 is way way over rated and hyped, it’s not bad but it’s far from perfection.

Fourth rating
(33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg on February 8, 2008)
BB 2010
Clear dark deep red color, tan to brown head. Vinous and oak, butter and sweet malt scent. Some spices and milk. A tad bit acidic. Malty, sweet, butter, acetone, spicy taste with lots of alcohol. Smooth but a bit moussy mouthfeel, low grainy bitterness.

Bottle on October 30, 2009
Brown color with loads of yeast particles, tan head. Lactic, fruity, honey, apple scent. Alcohol, malty, apple, fruity taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Sampled again first half of 2012, never entered my rerate.
This from Dunbar72 I believe, thanks!
Vintage 1989!
Murky brown color, very small bubbly head. Sweet, sandwich sausage scent. Sweet, sugary, raissin taste. Sweet and "aged" aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle at Ølbaren, DØE membersmeeting 12. juni. And a couple of times at home. Dark red/brown, small white head. A very smooth quadrupel. Malts, raisins, prunes, hop, licorice. A very rich taste, but no dominating strong flavours, very smooth. Nice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 (Bottle, about five yrs) Thanks to Nilkas & Pelle for giving this to me as a wedding gift. It pours red/brown and clear with a light brown head. The beer in the bottom of the bottle is green/brown and impossible to see through because of the yeast. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco and wet soil. Dried fruits and clove. Malt and wood. A slight smell of alcohol. Butter/cream and hints of allmod paste. Also some spices like cinamon, cardemom and mayde safron. Flavour is salty with a bit of liqourice. Very smooth. Over-ripe, sweet pears. Cherries .Raisins and dried fruits. A bit alcohol, like sherry. Leaves a peppery feeling in the mouth along with a sugary coat. A small afterbitterness. Nougat. Sweet malt. Chocolate and tobacco. I´ts very complex, I could go on all night. The force is strong in this one, Obi-Wan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Thanks to bentley78 fot this one. I had great expectations and all were met. This beer is amazing. Complex all around. Pours amber/brown with thick billowy cream colored head that laces nicely as it slowly fades. Aroma is of ripe fruit and malt. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and honey at first, then fading to bitter spices and slightly earthy pine. Excellent mouthfeel. Not chewy and thick, but now watery and dull. Perfect match with the complexity of the flavor. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
creamy head, good lacing, bottle conditioned, lively carbonation, the taste is sweet, little bitterness.

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