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


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RATINGS: 3616   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 bottle; cap marked 29.03.09. Poured into Westvleteren chalice. Deep brown with a creamy, light tan head that fills the glass. Sweet aroma with notes of alcohol, fruit (apples/raisins) and caramel. Full bodied. Big malty beginning, with chocolate, grapes orange, and alcohol coming through. Alcohol and oak finish. Deserves its place among the best beers in the world, but personally I’m a bigger fan of the Westy 8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2007
Drank at In de Vrede, across from the abbey. I did not expect this beer to live up to the hype. What beer could? Looks like a black-brown stew with a bubbly hat of creamy froth. Nose of apples and brown sugar and garden greens. Creamy, stout-like mouthfeel. A hoppy version of chocolate milk with cider notes, but there are other mysteries. Like the faint lemon zest near the end, what was that about? Spicy-hoppy finish. Yeah, so, in the end I was wrong. Hype fulfilled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
<Proppen> Stunning hazy tan/orange appearance, with a very complex sweet fruity aroma. Definetly the most plesant palate ive ever felt. Flavor is like eating a desert, like honey cake, and yet the alchohol balance the sweetness perfectly. Props for no label, just like the rich dont need pricetags!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle, yellow cap. Cloudy dark brown colour with a long lasting stickylight brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruits, hops and caramel. Flavour of malts, bit of yeast, caramel, bread, bit of alcohol. Smooth very tasty special brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Finishing off the last of a Westy 10 pack Christmas gift to myself and a few friends. Didn’t want to share this or drink it socially. Wanted quiet attention to rate this properly. Delicious, creamy perfection that defies categories. I always find myself comparing this IPA to that, this Imperial Stout to that, this Barleywine to that. This beer is a category of its own and it’s time to get some more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
A lovely golden caramel color with a sweet malt nose. A heavenly balance of malt , sweetness with a medium alcohol kick. Obviously for those who have had it , one of the top beers in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ScoWRee (411) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Pours deep dark brown with a nice thick foamy tan head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Wow what a taste. Sweet, carmel, .....so many different flavors. This is a very nice brew. I think I want to become a monk!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5352) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 #300, so much expectation. Aged 1 year, poured into a westvleteren trappist glass. Pour is very dark brown/red with floating yeast and a very nice head. Aroma is heavy and dark. Plum, raisin, vanilla, caramel, hints of roasted malt and smoke, and bread nose. Flavor is very complex. All sorts of dark fruits, oak, caramel, spices, and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and heavy. Wow amazingly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Thanks a bunch to moejuck and spector for sharing this with me and bruno. Had this blind with a st. bernardus special edition. I picked it out pretty easily after the first sniff at the aroma. Pours a dark brown with reddish hints with a light brown head. A little smokiness and some barrel flavor coming through. Very dark fruity and raisiny. Sweet and very creamy and smooth. The smoothness of this was one of its best characteristics. I also noticed some tobacco and some sort of black cherry candy coming through, delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 This is the absolute best Trappist beer I’ve tried out of the six brewed here in Belgium. Freshness code has 13/08/08 on the yellow bottle cap, 10.2% ABV. Appearance was smooth creamy off-white head with outstanding lacy bubbles which settles to a thin layer after warming. Color is Dark brown. The smell is a fantastic malt aroma, along with different kinds of sweet fruit. The flavor hits as soon as it enters the mouth. The velvety caramel complex flavor with little to medium carbonation is something to savor. All these flavors throughout tasting are just incredible. Complex flavor that stays balanced all the way through, but keeps changing as the beer warms. Its amazing how this beer keeps its complexity and taste throughout the duration of tasting. I must say of all the beers I have tried so far, nothing has compared. Since my first review, I have tasted many more of these incredible brews. My opinion still holds that this is one of finest beers produced in the world.

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