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


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RATINGS: 3636   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
I donít give this a perfect rating, because I do believe, that if I find the perfect beer one day, I should stop looking. This is way up there. As everybody writes: A vinous nose, rich mouthwatering dried-fruits spicy flavor. A marvelous beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Bottle (330ml). Big shout-out to blankboy for allowing me to piggyback on his Belgianshop.com order!. MY 500TH RATING. Served at approximately 12 celsius in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively dark amber-brown with a decent off-white foamy head - the last 10% of the pour showed a fair bit of tiny black particles (tasty!). Initial aroma pounded my hindbrain: yeast; sweet dough, strong fruits, hint of wine, roast malt, roast nuts - more emerged as it opened, other fruits, caramel sweetness, earthy tones. And oh, the flavour - all of the above, but with a restrained bitterness - alcohol & hops, perhaps? - keeping it in balance. Each taste had a different mouthfeel as more and more elements vied for my attention - mouthfeel was full-bodied, not flat or carbonated - just complex. Ultimately I have to rate this a 5.0 - itís by far the best thing Iíve ever tasted; while there have been a couple of imperial stouts that are up there, this is definitely the holy grail of beers. My only regret making this my 500th rating is I canít ALSO make it my 1000th! *note - re-rated down to 4.9 because on reflection I canít in good conscience claim anything is perfect - perfection is to be sought after, never attained.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
Intens brown color, hazy, and creamy light brown coloured foam. Overwhelming aromaís of cakes, chesnut purť, caramel, sweet bread, earthy tones and hops. Taste is powerfull and very mouth-filling. Taste is sweet nutty, breaddy, hints of dry figgs, caramel, and fine hops in the finish. Indeed a great beer !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HardTarget (1) - Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005 does not count
Bottle Inspection: Cap has a date, but I can only read the first two numbers: 11/08/? Cap is worn on one side and the bottle has the ďAmericanĒ label. Aroma: Rich malt nose, hints of fruit, mainly fig, and a good dose of spicy alcohol. Appearance: Clear tan amber glass with a good cover of off white head that lasted as a collar (impressive given the abv), but didnít lace. Last pour was murky with a fair amount of blackish sludge (you KNOW I drank it all). Flavor: Belgian yeast and dark fruit are the main flavors with a touch of almond liquor (Frangelica). There is a hint of the ďfresh Christmas presentĒ taste that I get from Rochefort 10 as well. A well put together taste overall and enjoyable. Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected but silky smooth texture Overall Impression: Impossible to be objective with this one. In some ways I was a touch disappointed. I imaged angels dancing on my tongue and some sort of beer epiphany that would allow me some sort of deep beer insight into the nature of things. Itís just a beer. A good beer, heck, a Great Beer! But, beer. That said, it is massively drinkable and if the monks lived next door, Iíd drink this daily! Iím not going to fly all the way to Belgium just to drink this though. If you get the chance, by all means, give it a shot, but if you donít get the chance, donít feel like youíve missed out of what beer is about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2005
Dark brown body with ruby tinges and a light tan head. Aroma took awhile to pick up but after that it was thick and heavy, full of dried fruit, soft pepper and yeast. Smooth and full bodied in the taste there was an array of different flavours starting with dried fruit, spice, licorice, a touch of chocolate, caramel and meat. Many thanks to Kook for this superb beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to Secret Santa (July) for this masterpiece. Pours dark opaque brown, little sediment floaties, and a huge tan head, that fades to film. Rotten banana up front with a little alcohol, lots of dark sweet malt, and dark fruits. Initial flavor is all sweet caramel malt, same rotten banana through the middle with some spicey cocoa in the finish. Flavor not as strong as aroma would indicate. Full bodied, very easy drink considering alcohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2005
Huge aroma of fruits, caramel and malt. Taste is full of fruit, caramel, licorice and malts. Just a wonderfully balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmanthe (12) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
All belgian ale is superb, this is in the top half, though not quite as good as Chimay gran reserve in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
The TRUE king of beers. Nothing Iíve ever tasted comes even close!!! Extremely complex taste containing notes of dried fruits (figs, prunes, raisins), licorice, caramel roasted malt & orange. Nice white, rather stable head. Creamy and delicious mouthfeel. When drinking this beer, Iím overwhealmed by itís qualty. Every time..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Beautiful pour, thin creamy head. Smells like Chardonnay. Dark brown color with bits of yeast floating in it. First sip, fruit, raisins and fig and red grapes, followed by a slight alcohol bite and lots of dark chocolate. This beer has a wonderful balance, I am glad to have the opportunity to experience it, now I know what all of the fuss is about. Warms up to more fruit and a sweeter finish, so complex.

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