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


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RATINGS: 3463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   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 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 (6893) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
Bottled 2003 - Dark golden with red shine, huge head that lasts long and leaves beautiful laces; Deeeeeeep and perfectly balanced nose, lots of freshness, almost like the fizz blows in your face (like in a great champagne). It has a malty softness like butter and a sweetness of dried fruit and a spicy freshness of hop; The body is perfectly balanced too, it touches all elements in your mouth from tip of tongue till way, way back. This with a perfect amount of carbonation; It finishes of incredibly long, not bitter or sweet, but everything combined again in a perfect balance. Nothing really stand out in this beer, it is its harmony, that makes it so perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11643) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Wonderful dark brown colour with high carbonation and a very impressive white head that diminishes slowly. The taste is very complex with a general sweetness from malts but spiked up with a strong array of spices and fruitiness. I find the beer a tad too alcoholic though - almost barley wine. Exceptional body.

RERATE: [vintage 2004]
Well, this is still not as good as Rochefort. The body is still fantastic, aroma is stunning, but has that Westvleteren rye breadiness - which isnít that much me. Still a bit too vinious for me, but really still a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Botlle date 15 10 05 thanks to Ohiodad for this one . Bottle opened with a stong hiss of carbonation foured almost perfect with a nice off whit bubily head appeared dark to ruby brown with some murkeyness. aromas were slightly spicy to grassy backed by grapes cherries darkfruit. Flavor was very well balanced with flavors of fruit plum sherries with a mild alcohol burn that turns to brown surgar in there. So much flavors and complexity at first I was not to much in favor of giving this beer a 4.4 but half way through I have decided it is worth a 4.6 not the best beer I have ever had but close... Second Bottle Thanks for sharing pailhead 3-31-06 No date on cap To add to the previous rating color and appearance were identical. I would say the consistency with previous bottle with an addition of dark fruit and fig to aroma as wellas chocolate. The flavors were pretty much the same with a littlmoreof a surgary finish. Ill bump my rating up from a 46 to a 4.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Pours a dark brown with a nice thick head. Spicy, malty aroma with hints of sweetness. Slight sweet and malty flavor also. I thought this would be better. Must try again to see if things are different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Pours a murky brown with little head. Intriguing aroma...vinous with hints of grape, cocoa, alcohol, cola, some herbalness. Mildly tart and puckering with some immediate alcohol bite on the tongue. Relatively dry and thin bodied with a surprising amount of bitterness. Does not have the explosion of flavor I was expecting. It does have a muted/mild plummy fig character that opens up as it warms. Best beer in the world? Thanks Blankboy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marinerfan1981 (2) - GERMANY - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
This happens to beer the best beer I have ever tasted! Iím lucky enough to have bought two cases a month ago! I will be making more trips in the near future! If you get the chance try it!

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