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


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RATINGS: 3530   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3598) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
01jimmen (9) - umea, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
An excellent beer!A little hard to get your hands on though...As all belgians fruity.Also very sweet and creamy!I could drink it all the time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rane (987) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Bottle. I had just realised that this beer could be found outside Belgium when I found it at my local beershop. Thank you to Ølkonsortiet. What a beer, the best I´ve ever had. A redbrown beer with a huge and long lasting palebrown head. Aromas dominated by dried fruits especially prunes and plums. Very nice, but mayby there could be a little more to the aroma (when speaking of the perfect beer) Taste Is fantastic, thick flowing and fills the mouth with sweetness agian taste of prunes and plums. Very long and warming finish. You don´t feel the alcohol at all. A very complex beer, where everything is very well balanced. Rerated 160607 to exactly the same score. Still the best I´ve tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of ford9719, Thanks!!! Pours a dark brown, with a very thin beige head. Smells of yeast, vinegar, brown sugar, and malt. Smooth, about as balanced i think as a beer could be, wow. Very good beer, and hopefully this won’t be the last time that i get to enjoy it. Very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to shrubber85. Poured a dark reddish color with very little to no head. Aroma of vinager and malt. Taste is just so smoth and I can’t even explain what it taste like but it is so good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrick767 (3824) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Rating #600 - It took me awhile to get a hold of this one, but I’ve had it twice now so I can try to do the rating justice. It pours dark reddish-brown with a medium, enduring head that laces nicely. The aroma is yeast, spices, and rather tart dark fruits. The flavor has yeast and malts accented by slightly sour dark fruit flavors and some pleasant spiciness (coriander?). Full bodied and lively on the palate, this brew finishes dry and mildly hoppy with some alcohol noticeable. This is a really great beer. I have to say though that I think I like the Rochefort 10 a little bit more. (Lastest bottle, 9/21/07, I couldn’t stop smelling this beer, so I’m bumping the aroma to 10. It’s really amazingly fruity with berries joining the malt and yeast.) Additional notes from 12/7/09 alongside a Rochefort 10 - Dark fruits in the aroma include cherries and figs, especially the cherries. The myriad flavors including the aforementioned dark fruits, the malt, the spice, and more in this beer are just perfectly balanced. What an enjoyable drinking experience. Bumping overall to 19. In the side by side I give it the edge over the Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 11.2oz, part of our blind "Better Know a Style: Abt/Quadrupel" tasting, big thanks to xnoxhatex for bringing this to the tasting. pours murky mahogony with good white head. nose is toasted malts, molasses, raisin, plum, and maple syrup. taste is big malty with raisins and plums. mouthfeel is full, soft, and alcohol in finish. finished #2 out of 9 quads (right behind Rochefort 10).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5048) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2007
Dark brown with with beige cremy head aroma of fruit,rosted malt dates raisons.A Really heavy beer who tast very well but we have some better beers in Denmark.

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