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


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RATINGS: 3218   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 19/20
JonMoore (1898) - 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 (8054) - 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 (11971) - 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 (774) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 Astonishing beer. The monks of Westvleteren Abbey really know their craft. The colour is noot too attractive, but its aroma makes you dream of roasted nuts, its taste fills you with joy and stays in your mouth a very long time. This beer must be enjoyed slowly and with love, like an age-olg Cognac. Too bad this jewel of a beer is so rare.: the monks voluntarily limit production. A great loss to beer drinkers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dbx540 (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2004
Bottle. The aroma is astonishing, so many differnet notes and yet so balanced. The flavor is epic, sweet sour bitter sour all in one, but yet again very balanced. Has an incredible mouthfeel, just a little sip and WHAM its all over the place. And the aftertaste is phenomenal, just keeps hanging around. Most complex beer Ive ever tasted, and it sure ranks top!

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