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


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RATINGS: 3534   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Iíll keep quiet as to where I actually got to sample this beer, as I donít want to get anyone in trouble, but it was very kind of the person to do so and I thank them for it. Poured a lovely dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of plum and spice - almost like a very nice warmed piece of plum cake - very unique and inviting. The taste again was dominated by plum and spice - Iím having a hard time describing it - it was very rich a dessert like, almost like a fine after dinner port. The alcohol is very present but only adds to the overall taste. This was truly a lovely beer, but only one I could have a sample of after dinner once in a while. Contrast that to the Rochefort 10 I tried earlier this week, which I could drink very easily a couple of bottles. Still, an incredible drinking experience, one of the main reasons I got into the ratebeer community.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 25 cl. bottle. Everything about this beer is as close to perfection as Iíve seen so far. Probably the best beer in the world!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 I sought it out because of its high ratings on this website. While it is a very good beer but it wouldn’t put it in at 100%. It definitely has a small batch, hand/craft-brewed taste. Rich caramely alcohol on the nose which is repeated in the flavor along with dark, sweet fruits (figs, dates, and prunes). Has a well-rounded and smooth mouth feel across its wide ranging flavor profile. Very complex all around. A very nice trappist ale with a homemade feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2005
A friend of mine said that this beer is everything that is right about beer and he was correct. It is simply the best beer I have ever had. It is warm and creamy and nutty with a touch of fruit and no bitter taste afterward. Lkke a previous rater, I will let my supply age and see how it is in 6 months or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 If this beer was any more rare Iíd probably be rater #5507 rather than #557... or, am I understanding these numbers backwards? Whatever the story of this ubiquitiously rare beer, itís not pleasant to look at, a residue-filled, muddy brown with a white film for a head. The aroma is darkly sweet, malt mashed with dark dry fruits, raisins and prunes and dates... and a lurking alcohol presence. The taste is excellent - yeasty and fruity and toasty and laced with alcohol - sweet but well-balanced. The finish is a long, dry alcoholic one. I see that tradition seems to dictate that I rate this higher than I am today, but this is the best I can do despite the fame of this ale. I will try some of my cellared stock of this rare brew next year and rerate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2005
tricky to rate, this Westveltwelve. most seem tempted to rate it tops in all categories, due, i suppose, to its price and rarity and renown. itís aroma is typical belgian (a nose i usually donít particularly care for, in most cases), its appearance a murky brown with short-lived head. thereís my lowest ratings. but the flavor is out-of-this world. balance. as with the rest of life, great beer is all about balance. sweet, with a backup dryness and spiciness, smooth mouthfeel, great finish. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tofubeth (10) - Vermont, USA - APR 15, 2005
A fine Belgian beer, one of the best you can get if you arenít in Belgium or in Queens, NY.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Small head for a Belgian. #1 on the site, my first time trying this beer, Iím a little excited. Dark fruits, sugar, malt in the aroma. Flavor to match with a distinct dryness neutralizing the sweetness. Very well balanced. More carbonation than expected by the appearance. Full body, clean finish. Pleasant aftertaste of the same flavors. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 13, 2005
Beer 500. Pours a very cloudy, very yeasty dark brown, similar to the color of the bottle its been housed in. When held to light some orange and red show. Oodles of yeast. Head is everlasting off-white froth that has dozens of bubbly strings rising from the sides of the glass. Leaves an excellent lacing. When viewed from the side, the beer is like a starry night with particles floating and shooting all over the place. Quite unlike anything Iíve ever seen. Smell is strong and wafts across the room all by itself. Powerfully fragrant, exhibiting caramel, roasted malt, fresh prunes, dark grapes, slight chocolate and raisins all in perfect proportion. Taste is well crafted and of perfect thickness and viscosity. Coats tongue long enough to leave behind flavors of roasted malt balanced with pit fruits. No misused or maligned flavors. Alcohol is recessed in taste for nearly 11% and does not bother the palate in any way. This beer certainly has an excellent reputation that precedes it and admittedly that worried me about rating it. How do you rank something that is supposedly one of, if not THE greatest beers in the world. Well, after drinking it I have to say it is great and Iíve never had a Belgian of better overall quality, taste, appearance and aroma. I canít say that it was spectacularly ground-breaking or that it reformed my impression of beer, but it did perform what it was supposed to for its style, and it did so magnificently. For now, this beer is king.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brkc (11) - USA - APR 11, 2005
Thanks to beerhandy I was finally able to try this one. I was not disappointed. It is neck and neck with the Rochefort 10. Thanks alot. I couldnít believe how fast that I got this.

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