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

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RATINGS: 3109   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Deep amber with a billowing creamy head. Sweet malty aroma, with loads of dark fruits. Luxuriously sweet maltiness with light sherry notes. Deep profound bitterness is quite beautiful. Not overly complex in my opinion, but a work of art nonetheless.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2003
pours a redish brown with a tan head that is initially thick but dissipates, but still leaves some lacing. flavor is very complex and it is difficult for me to tease out flavors. i am definatly too much of a novice to fully appreciate this beer, yet I still enjoy it even though I can't describe it well. an excellent beer

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Pours with a deep red-brown/mohagony body topped by a medium thick off-white head with lots of lace left on the glass. Spicy malt aroma with a slightly sweet, fruity character and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet and fruity malt flavor with notes of licorice and pepper with a slight alcohol bite. The finish is bitter and spicey. Full bodied and very tingly on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Cloudy brown with lots of sediment. Small creamy beige head. Smells sweet caramel and smells like paint. Taste very sweet with alcohol. Medium body with a velvet palate.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Dark brown with red edges. Big brownish bubbl;es dissolve quickly. Spice, fruit - raisins and dates, in the nose. Thick body, with intense malty sweetness and spicy hoppiness. Coats the tongue and gives a long lasting finish. May be the best beer in the world

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Murky dark red amber with a creamy head and sweet aromas. Full-bodied with moderate bitterness. Fruits, sweet malts, flowers, dried herbs are all present with some bitter hops in the end. Alcohol content detracted somewhat making this slightly less appealing than the Extra 8. Very potent with a strong aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
ok... this is my second time having this... its very dark with a creamy thin head that stays the whole way, the aroma is sweet - malty - nutty, the flavor is has lots of alcohol to it - which is a major diss to the old tongue, it has a rather nutty flavor - that was rather bitter - malty - but leaves a nasty film on my teeth that ive never experienced before... i dont know... this isnt #1

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Great! Similar to the westy 8, but I actually liked the 8 better because the head was fuller and creamier and the taste was even more spot on. With that said, this is a perfectly, and i mean PERFECTLY balanced beer. One of the best belgian strong ale I have tasted. Period.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
O.k. so I finally spent the money to grab this beer. 12oz for $10. The expectations are high. The body was brown with a very small white head. A ton of yeast in suspension....I have to wait a while to pour the whole thing. The aroma is of alcohol and paint. Some nice brets and caramel. Is this the beer everyone has been raving about?? The palate is slightly oily and very smooth. The flavor is quite alcoholic with some caramel hinting at chocolate. Well rounded with some malts and some nuttiness. I am not really finding anything too wonderful about this beer to necessitate such a rating. It is a fine beer but, I have had much better.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 My lord...this is perfection in a bottle. this is so beyond complex in the flavors and aromas... simply stated... wow.


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