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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 3110   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Share this beer with friends!
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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Sampled from bottle chilled to around 55 degrees. Pours darkreddish-brown, thick fluffy white head with lots of lacing. Wonderful mouthfeel... extremely smooth and it seems to just dissolve in the mouth. Great mix of tastes, with pepper, spice, malt, coffee, toffee, plum, a touch of hops and brown sugar. Very intense experience, worthy of being called one of the world’s best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2004
aLl I can say is wow. Dark, almost no head. Smels of malt with a fruity hint. It tastes kind of sweet. The finish of this reminds you of how strong it is. Easily the best of the Trapists. There is no way to describe the taste in words. It is something that is an experience and must be had. The flavor just makes you want more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (02.06.07). Poured a murkey dark brown colour, with an initially huge beige head, which is slowly reducing, down to a nice constant layer. Aroma is great and complex; dark fruit, caramel, malt spices and more. Taste is....very complex and very nice. Sweet malt, raisins, plums, port and more. The more you drink the better it gets. Creamy, smooth, full bodied, slightly carbonated. Great lingering aftertaste, noticable but by no means overpowering alcohol. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
A gigantic thanks to Degarth for this (and he sent me 2 more!!). Pours turbid dark brown/ruby, with a big, creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, some hops. Tastes malty, with layered dark and light fruit, including prunes, cherries, apples, pears, dates, and brown sugar. Medium palate, with a very complex, smooth finish. The finish was also crisp, slightly dry, very fruity, extremely velvety smooth. This is a very good beer, with extremely well hidden alcohol, and an exquisite finish. As it warmed, more pronounced fruit emerged like the swollen labes of a Geisha girl. A marvelous beer......not in my upper echelon, but marvelous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Presentation: euro size brown bottle. No label. Yellow cap with freshness date: 24/02/07 This has been my holy grail of beers for over a year now. High expectations abound. Pours a deep red/brown color with no signs of co2 other than a nice large tan head. The head diminishes relatively quickly and leaves a nice creamy layer. Lace clings to the glass. The aroma is rich and earthy; malt and dried fruits, plums and spices. Hints of bubblegum and candy sugar. Flavor has a sweet start with quick effervescent spreading (rolling) of a dry metallic hop bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and surprisingly effervescent. Flavor appears one-dimensional at first, but becomes obviously more complex and mellows as it warms. More dry than I had expected. A great warming sensation and a nice buzz that seems to come only from the Trappist brews.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Bottle from 2002. I’m hard-pressed to actually come up with descriptions that will do this incredible beer justice. Chestnut brown, tan head, lots of suspended particles. Big aroma, dark fruits, ginger, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, nuts, and some banana. Full rich flavor carried across by a wonderfully velvety palate. Just the slightest bit of warming, creamy, long finish. Thoroughly impressive in every sense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 ( 33cl bottle, numerous bottles, various vintages) Pours a deep burgundy with a large beige head. Beautiful boutique of aromas; prunes, molasses, nuts, sweet malt. Flavors of sweet malt, roasted nuts, raisins, and gingerbread. Long flavor duration. Creamy palate. Alcohol nicely covered up with the rich flavor. Impressive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
this was too sweet for me, aroma & taste was fruity & sweet w/hints of chocolate & coffee, was only able to sip this, which the tasted stood w/you for a while i still thought it was good, just couldn’t drink to much of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Thanks to Jcalabre for this one! Even though this beer was too sweet for my liking, it was still an exceptional brew, and I can see why this beer got such a high rating. From the first sip, the flavor was instant, very sweet and fruity, with a smooth finish. These monks know what they’re doing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 I traded a Dreadnaught for TWO of these beauties. What a bargain for me. The aroma out of the bottle is a sweet vapory essence of chocolate & vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, coffee & cream. Port wine, raisins & plums. Addictive. Ruby brown clear (until last pour) with small lacing off-white head. One of the best mouthfeels of any beer I’ve had. Liquid velvet. Sweet & complex to start. Can taste most of the smells described above. Alcohol, too. Finish stays sweet but some mild hops introduce themselves for delicate bitterness that persists to the aftertaste. Leaves with nutty dry sweet-bitter. This beer is terrific.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 264 265 266  267  268 269 270 » 311

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50