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


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RATINGS: 3393   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geiserich (3699) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottled: Aroma of brown sugar, candies, fruits (plums, cherries). Dark amber to chestnut brown color, off-white creamy head. Flavor is full, malty, sweet, intensive notes of plum jam, plums, poppy, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. 25 06 07. Rating #1000 (in theory) Aroma is very fruity and vinous with lots of raisins and plums. Some roasted chocolate malts also break through. This is rather aromatic, but slightly subdued. A tad fruitier than St. Bernardus 12. Hazy cola-color with a long lasting creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Starts vinous and sweet--almost like raisins and plums dipped in honey. This gradually turns into a warm roasted flavor with hints of chocolate. More traces of the sweet honey play peek-a-boo later on in the finish. Delightfully seductive, smooth, and amazingly drinkable. Lives up to the acclaim it receives!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
Pours a dark brown, with a light tan head. Aroma is yeasty, chocolate, malty, and caramel. Taste is full bodied, with notes of caramel, malts, yeasty fruityness. Long Spicy/malty aftertaste. a truely great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Shared a bottle at Bar Volo. Thanks to Ralph! Pours a beautiful murky reddish brown with a creamy head. Great aroma of fruit, malt, chocolate and a variety of other great scents. The taste: WOW! Pepper and other spices, malt, chocolate, plum, hops and so much more. Every sip is different. Just fantastic. One of the top 5 beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Pours a murky and muddy brown color with a thin creamy white head. Amazing aroma of raisins, sugar plums, caramel, malt and yeast, maybe spices too. Excellent, mind blowing flavor of raisins, sugar plums, carame, malt and yeast, again I feel that there might be spices in there. Medium body, creamy, confortable mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. This is a world class, mind blowing beer, every bit as good as its reputation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle straight from the Abbey. Dark brown colour with a creamy strong beige head. Full body. Fruity, some spiciness, nutty, coffee. Some warmth from the acohol. creamy. A very good beer!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Very dark brown color, with a big creamy tan-colored head, leaving good lacing, chocolatey, fruity of raisins, prunes,dates, dry figs, roasted malt and malty caramel, hint of sweet spiciness and toffeish, developping a porto accent, follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a chocolatey pralines, mocha, leaving his fruity note of raisins, prunes, dates going along with his roasted malt accent and molasses towards a warmth alcoholic note in the richeness of his sweet maltiness finish. An exceptional beer!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best by date: July 6, 2007. A murky brown pour with tons of little floaties and a thin and creamy light-tan head. Plums, nuts, vanilla extract, alcohol and a little caramel in the aroma. Sweet, overly ripe plums are the first thing I taste, followed by some pears and then hints of chocolate, nuts and even some spiciness. A caramelized brown sugariness dominates the flavoring. Just a touch of a bitter finish keeps this from being too sweet though. The aftertaste is of raisins and nuts. There is a strong warming alcohol presence throughout that only adds to the velvety smoothness. This beer seems so complex that it just has to be different with every bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 Bottle at In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Dark ruby in colour. Thin lasting beige head. Intense aromas with lots of different fruits including interestingly raisins and bananas. Almost syrupy with touch of vanilla to go with the dark fruits. Some alcohol heat in mouth with coffee and sweetness. Still hoppy to balance with sweetness. Warming finish. Excellent beer that will age and release even further flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Thanks to wilblake for my first ever Westy 12! Dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Thin, lasting head. Aroma-wow! Vinous, alcoholic, thick and malty with undertones of the darkest chocolate and musty cellars. Taste is so complex. Raisins and plumbs, vinous oaked character. Hints of nuttiness. Cherries and alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter with just a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel on this beer is great, very soft and velvety, delicately agressive. What can I say, this is an amazing beer!

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