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

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RATINGS: 3373   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Dark red-brown color, heavy fruity spicy aroma, light sweet spicy taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Mohagany,dark cherry brew with a creamy top.nose is wonderful,Deep aromas of fruit,cherry,fermented dates and figs.The sweetness here is not overwhelming or sickening but rather smooth and delicious.first sip is to be savored.Every bit as complex as Rochefort 10.the esters here have been taken to a level of exotic fruits.Alcohol is warm and enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Poured reddish brown with a medium off-white head that left a lacing on the glass and film on the beer. The smell is strong and enticing: fruity red wine, with some spiciness. I hypothesize that opening a bottle and leaving it in an unventilated room would have the same effect as putting up an air freshener or burning a scented candle. The taste is extraordinarily complex and well-layered. It starts off sweet with obvious fruit overtones. In the mouth it gives way partially to some spiciness and a mild roasted flavor. After swallowing it leaves a sticky sweet taste in the mouth that repeats on you long after youíve finished it. The alcohol warms the throat, but is exceptionally well-hidden in the taste of the beer. Very smooth, amazingly drinkable, and undeniably enjoyable. I will keep my other two bottles in my cellar a while longer to see what aging does to this fine brew. Overall, I felt this beer lived up to the hype and then some.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Nice dense, light tan head which reduces to a nice thin foam. Reforms quickly upon swirling. Light carbonation. Nice rich aroma. Plums, raisins, alcohol, caramel and a myriad of other smells in this complex aroma. Bit of cheese as the brew warms. Medium brown/mahagony in color. Huge amount of sediment in the bottle. Very woody in flavor. Soft on the palate with a good bit of malts, alcohol and more fruit. Seems slightly off to me but I canít explain why. Seems, dare I say, like a little plastic in there. Still excellent flavor but not quite as complex as the aroma. Alcohol kind of dominates the palate and may be killing some of the flavor. Finish is warming and a little sweet. I have been holding on to this one for a while to be used as my 500th rating. Thanks to AMX1970390 for the brew. I am a little disappointed with this. A very, very good brew but to me there are some better brews out there.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 I brought 6 bottles back from Belgium and decided to open one up to celebrate the anniversary of my birth last night. Mahogany. Heavily aromatic, complex, winey nose of cherries, plums, currants, caramel and toffee. Complex, melded flavor. Up front, the beer is lacking in my opinion but does possess notes of cherries and grapes. Mid-palate leans into a brandy-like sweetness, notes of caramel and pepper and finishes with hints of plums and berries. The alcohol is precisely hidden throughout the brew and it simply just doesnít show its potency. That being said, I truly donít find this beer to be all that flavorful and I never have. Itís a great beer but I donít think its the best beer in the world. I can see why others do though.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 11.06.06 on the cap. Dark brown with a red hue, nice sized dense creamy tan head. Full, almost orgasmic aroma of prune juice, grape skins, tobacco, vinous notes... so much more that I canít describe. Flavor.... just as full. A dry fruity caramel, whisky barrel flavored sweet coffee, vinous prunes, spices, banana. A bit of yeasties in the glass... hard to pick it out in the aroma/flavor though. Maybe its the slight dryness. Sticky mouthfeel... fizzy by the looks, but not so much in the feel (which is good). Warming in the belly... to be enjoyed slowly. Mmm..... I almost feel bad knocking it down slightly... I think I'm just insecure about perfect scores.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 28, 2004
pours a dark brown garnet with a thick tan head. aroma is a little yeasty and dry. wow, the taste is rich notes of chocolate fruits caramel spices finish is dry and leaves a lingering sweet flavor. this is like drinking silk, or something similarly smooth and exotic in liquid form. this gets so much better as it warms, and i let it the temperature come up before i cracked this. dry fruit taste that is very complex and hard to put to words. this beer is the definition of subtlety.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2004
A special thanks to Jim Dorsch of Vienna, Virginia (Whole Foods Market) for supplying me two cases of this remarkable beer. The bottle is dated "11.06.06" - was very carefull not to confuse 6 with 8, as 8 lacks a solid vertical line on the left side like the 6. This beer pours (in Westvleteren glass) a dark, dark brown-red liquid with a generous one inch thick light caramel colored beige head that dissipates slowly, so slowly leaving a nice sized layer on top. Aroma is of port wine, figs, grapes, plum, faint-pleasant alcohol, berries, dates, malt, yeast. My mouth waters, but I canít tell if it is because of the aroma or simply the anticipation. Flavor is of port wine, figs, all those things and more!! I was expecting quite a bit from this beer - and it delivers. As this beer warms - it hits me - this beer is St. Bernardus Abt 12 with a fruitier nose, and less intense taste, very seductive. Definitely one to drink again and again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
The aroma is very wine-like with hints of herbs and madeia, yeast, choco and so on and so on... It has many dimensions! It has a dark body, with a short lasting head. The wildest thing about this beer, is the tast (as it should be) It has a fine and sharp taste of sirup, nuts, caramel, espresso, dark fruits ext. and is sweet, bitter and sour at the same time! A very good beer all taken in consideration!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 I Have Tried all of the Trappists and This one was close to a sexual experience for me!! The Best beer in the world! The complexity in this beer is beyond description and is about a 3 minute taste per sip. I gave this to a friend who is really into wine and said Oh beer is just beer and when he tasted it he said, "this is the first thing that I have tasted that tastes as good as it smells!!Most Profits go to charity. Come on these guys pray for good beer!


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