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


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RATINGS: 3339   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 20/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Complex in flavor starting with sweet fruits - plums, raisins - but ending with a peppery alcohol and a slight bitterness. There are also notes of toffee, licorice, raspberries. The flavor seemed to shift as the beer warms. The pour was brown with a thin head that gave way to floating bubbles and nice lacing. Nose filled with fruits - strawberry, plum, raisin. The palate was sticky and the finish long leaving a slight musty, yeasty aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Iíve had the pleasure of having this beer at the Westvleteren Cafe and a BIG thanks to SDBruBoy for sharing a bottle with us a couple weeks ago from his trip to Belgium!! Pours a medium clear brown color with a very tiny head and the slighest amount of lacing. Aroma is fantastic with cherries, sweetness and malt. Flavor is unbelievable with nut hints and a kind of sweet maltiness that finishes with lots of fruit hints and a definitely noticeable vinous note. Slight hint of hazelnut at the end that only serves to finish the beer off nicely. So smooth and easy to drink with a very slight warmness to the beer that only serves to compliment the overall deliciousness! Very, very tastiferous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5192) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
Had this a few hours after the 8, bottled in Ghent. Call me crazy, but I definitely prefer the former - the 12 is extremely alcoholic tasting. Opaque dark brown pour, and a little brown sediment from the bottom of the bottle sat on the top of the beige head. Noticeably stronger, also more complex. Has a flavor of its own. Velvety, silk, dates, maltiness. Clearly world-class, but the worldís best? Eh....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
12 oz bottle, purchased 2005, via BelgianShop.com. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small creamy light brown head that settled to a thin film quickly. Lots of sediment in bottle. Very deep wonderfully complex nose, dark candied fruits, yeast, alcohol, raisins, over-ripe cherries, and a ton of sweet malt. Flavor matches the depth of the aroma very well. First impression, huge sweet malts, tons of fruitiness, and a warming alcoholic and yeasty finish. A very good beer. It gained some further depth of flavor aspects as it neared room temperature. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied with moderate carbonation. My only negative critique is that there was a little too much alcohol flavor in the finish. Not the best beer Iíve ever had though. I actually rated the 8 equal, and the Blonde just a tenth lower. Pretty impressive for a brewery when you consider I rated all three of their beers at 4.1 plus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Best beer I evere had. Complex and refined. Iím happy that iím living in Belgium and so I could get this for about 1,5Ä / bottle. The 12 is for the weekend the 8 is for weekly consumption ... For the guys who dont have the chance to drink this often: DONT drink this after its at least 1 year old= stamp date minus 2 years !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle purchased at Le Bier Temple in Brugge. The woman that owned the place was very friendly and helped me safely box up 7 of these to take back to the states. What a beer. Dark, redish in color, sweetish flavor and a slight hint of the alcohol. Find this and try it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 11, 2006
2002 bottle at Het Bier Circus in Belgium. Superb complex beer. Definitely tastes a bit of dates to me. Maybe not the best beer in the world, but itís up there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6517) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Smallish light beige head over cloudy dark red body. Strong, alcoholic, bready aroma with notes of licorice and soft port wine, with maybe a little chocolate. Soft, deep, licorice and bread taste with plenty of alcohol warmth. Chocolatey, yeasty notes hover. Impressively harmonic and soft, yet somehow powerful. Aftertaste just fades out. A spicy licorice taste lingers. Very little bitterness is detectable. Clearly a great beer. Think this was a new bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, couple different tastings. Dark brown pour and clear (due to decanting). Wonderfully balanced aroma of fruity esters, bready yeast, and some caramel malts. Alcohol seems well hidden. Flavors are similar - lots of estery fruits - plums and prunes and raisins. Some risidual sugars provide a molasses flavor. Hints of earthy noble hops too. Smooth palate and a clean finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Well who am I to blow against the wind? This beer is flat out amazing, and a big thanks to mighty Jetsbeer for hooking me up! This beer pours a delicate brown witha slight white head. The only thing that holds this beer down is itís lack of solid lacing. That is it though. The smell is extremely complex and layered. It starts off like sweet bread, with yeast tones, gives a bit of raison, English toffee, plums, honey and molassis. Itís like wine, more than anything. On taste, words kind of defy you. Incredible malt use, there isnít a hint of the alcohol wallop at all. Itís sweet and bubbly like candy, but far from obnoxious. The toffee taste is delicious. all in all, this is the king. THE KING! No chinks in this armor.

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