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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3593   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2005
definitely worth the wait...Dark brown color with a fizzy off white head...Aroma of sweet malt..Flavor of dark fruit, esters, sweet malts...Exceptionally balanced... Alcohol became slightly more evident toward the finish as the beer neared room temp...I could find no flaw in this beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2005
Bottled. The head forms and falls quickly with an earthy brown body with some small sedimentation and belgian lace. The smell is indescribable; it starts off leathery, almost like a tack shop, with evident alcohol notes and chocolate and caramel to top it off. As the beer warms up, I also notice some hints of fresh grains as well. This beer offers a near perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness with only a hint of alcohol - the tastes are just overwhelming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
I traveled to Belgium for this particular beer; to see if it lived up to the hype. My God, way to make the train ticket worth it. Complex, yet simple. Dark, yet light. Heavy, yet smooth. Enjoyed this amazing experience at the Dellirium cafe in Brussels. A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
Bottled. Hazy dark brown, with small light beige head. Very complex, sweet aroma of burnt sugar, alcohol and licorice. Complex, fruity full flavor ending in hoppy alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
Bottled. Dark nut brown, hazy colour with small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, alcohol, fruit, flowers a bit licorace and banana, very complex. Extremely wellbalanced complex flavour, being soft and sweet into a bit biting alcohol. Flavour consists of bananas, citrus, hops, alcohol and caramel and lots more. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Thanks JJPM74 for this one! Bottle pours with very small head that does not retain. Beautiful deep redish brown color. This beer is very balanced, changing from sweet, to spicy after every sip. It seems to linger sharply on your tongue for days and days. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1733) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2005
Sweet aroma with a basket gof goodies, malt, fruit hop and flowers. Dark brown colour with excellent head and lacing. Full malt fruit flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Murky auburn brown. Film of white head. Vineous notes, toffee, caramel, and alcohol in the aroma. Doughy sweetness is sliced into by turned fruit and alcohol flavors. Finish is sticky sweet with a distinct alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is hot and sticky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
preuverij (2) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
The best beer i ever drink. It’s a dark beer white a bite. It’s sweet. It’s tast to drink more. The aroma is the best i ever seen before. sixtus brewers i come soon for to buy your beer again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 This is the best beer I have ever had as far as Brown Ales. Perfumy nose. Lots of floral notes. Large head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, but tempered caramel taste with darkish brown murky color. Extremely complex in flavor, nose and palate. It has a smatter of four or five styles of beer (as far as alcohol, taste and bitterness and balance): smooth then spicey and sweet then bitter on the tail; well balanced with hidden alcohol. I guess hundreds of years of perfected brewing and high standards will do that for a beer. Hard to get a hold of and very expensive, but well worth the investment. If you get a chance to go to Belgium I highly recommend you make the trek and by a few cases to bring home. Heaven in a bottle. The best balanced as far as alcohol and taste. You wouldn’t know that it’s 10.2 with the taste it delivers.

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