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

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RATINGS: 3311   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Big thanks to jcalabre for this one. A full bodied sweet candy-like barage of flavors, blended with a beautiful complexity that finishes with a cocoa tinge and warmth from the alcohol. No question that you are experiencing something special and world-class. Incredible!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Amazing. It's full of yeast. Dark copper in color with a head you could float a quarter on. Aroma of citrus, spice, alcohol, and yeast. The taste was a complex blend of all of that and more. Those monks sure know their beer. Great stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
"I can see the yeast" was the comment from one of my friends upon the pour. A dark copperish color with a thick heavy foam. It had a complex citrus, yet yeasty flavor. I can understand the draw of this beer, but it's not going to convert me to a belgifile.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 A winey, yeasty aroma is the first thing to meet you upon pouring. The tan head is pretty thick and mounds well over the lip of the glass. The flavor is intensely bready and yeasty, with a woody dryness to it. The aftertaste has smoke along with some fruit. The only thing I disliked about this beer the woody aftertaste. It was approaching unpleasant, but was quickly dissipated by another sip ;-) 8/25/05 notes - Again with the figs (just had the 8), just with darker, roaster dates. Alcohol, maple, wood, and brown sugar. Odd, I think I liked the 8 better!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2003
The holy grail of beer. Thankfully I did not have to embark on a quest to obtain it. Incredible aroma with abundant depth. Black currant, alcohol, raisins. Georgeous appearance. Dark brown/purple ala plums. Head is initially massive but mostly dissipates. There is some moderate lacing. The flavor is extremely complex. I am sure this is what everyone lines up for. Fruit, yeast, spices. The finish is extraordinarily long and rich. Like an incredible ultra-rich chocolate dessert. Massive and perfectly ranked.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Murky reddish brown. Large frothy tan head that leaves huge sheets of itself behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma has definite alcohol and woody notes. Semi-sweet fruity aroma is also present. Quite a nice aroma! Two clear stages of flavor: intially its sweetness, candi sugar and dark fruit. Then as you swallow it turns tails and you get a big wallop of wood and yeasty goodness. The alcohol, all 10.2% of it, goes almost unnoticed until you get the warming in your throat and the tingling in your gums. Truly an extraordinary beer worthy of the tons of praise heaped upon it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Lots of carbonation when opened. Reddish brown and murky. Excellent lacing and smallish off-white head. Aroma is very woody and dark fruit. Taste is amazing. Fruits and bread evident. Detect some cocoa flavors as well. Alcohol bite is almost non-existent, yet slightly warming on the swallow. Truly an excellent beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Dammit. I love this beer. I drank this beer out of my Westie glass. This is my favourite beer. It was my favourite glass. Alas, the glass is no more. I dropped it, and it shattered into a million pieces. Kind of like my heart felt, as it slipped from my fingers. Anyways, very large, bready head. Musty, bready, mature aroma. Very peppery, spicy flavor, with some cherry, and alcohol is definitely present.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Mahogany brown, nice head and lacing. Ripened dark fruits (plums and dark berries) and port in the aroma, incredibly complex flavor that somehow hides the 10% alcohol. Perfect. Thanks to Gerdy555 for this one!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
What I like about Westvleteren brews is the fact that I drink them to celebrate AC Milan's victories. This one was purchased before the derby (Inter Milan vs. AC Milan) and opened after the match, in order to celebrate another glorious 3-1 win. ^__^ It's hard to "rate" a legend without being influenced by its status; anyway, this is indeed one of the best belgian beers I have tried, and its fame is obviously well earned. Huge, mountain-shaped head, almost solid, leaving a fantastic lace over a deep garnet, hazy body. Lively carbonation, with a perlage of tiny bubbles all around the glass. A joy for the eyes. Caramel, ripe fruit, raisinis, brandy and something yeasty in the aroma. The taste is full, rich and balanced; gets dry and nearly bitter (almonds?) in the finish. Very long and hoppy aftertaste. Full, creamy body. More complex and thicker than the Westvleteren 8, a bit less drinkable, due also to the higher ABV percentage.


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