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


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RATINGS: 3392   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Interesting stuff. Had this at Delilahs in Chicago Illinois. (interesting experience, read my review of the place in the places section) The beer poured a nice dark amber colour that did not seem to let too much light through. The head was thin and a tan colour. Left a good lacing on the glass that was slightly slimey and stuff. The nose is sweet yeasty and malty, slight hints of fruit, maybe some cherry but I couldnt exactally pull it out. The taste was initially sweet and warm, followed my yeast slightly and some cream. Very smooth and sexy taste. Brown suggar definately present in the aftertaste. Overall, this was a great beer that really shows how a good trappist can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours a deep deep brown with a small off-white/beige head. The aroma is of brown sugar and dough, but not overly yeasty. The flavor is of the same: Brown sugar and bread and almost winey, but with a cookie overtone. It is pretty smooth on the palate. Not as much of a bite as a few other Quadruples have. Too bad I only have 1 bottle. I guess I'll need to trade to get some more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Dark brown, medium head with some lace. Caramel-like sweetness, notes of wine in aroma. Full and smooth body. Flavor is sweet, caramel-like, spicy, wine-like and has notes of alcohol. Excelent brew, although not as good as 8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 It’s a close call what my favourite beer is, but this beauty comes very close and may indeed be it dependant on my mood. One recommendation, make sure you add some of the yeast, it gives the flavour an added dimension. A deep chestnut brown brew with a very enticing aroma of liquorice, hops, rich maltiness and a very complex fruitiness that’s hard to describe (for me!). The flavour, for me at least, is the perfect mix of strength, poise, and elegance. Full and malty yet not cloying. Hoppy and bitter yet not astringent. Fruity and complex yet not overpowering. I could go on. The alcohol is just about noticeable, but it hides it well like most Belgian beers, and the strong bitterness in the long finish balances the malty palate perfectly. A beer for the desert island and for life. So, religion does have it’s uses! (bottle at Botteltje, Oostende)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Dark brown. Murky hazy color, like "home beer". Very small brown head. Aroma is smooth and pleasant: prunes and yeast. Taste is very complex: prunes, raisins and yeast. Aftertaste has bitterness and alcoholic flavor. Warming, great beer and goes to my ranking #1 (9/4/8/5/18 4.4).
Re-rated, bottled
Dark ruby red, almost opaque. Huge steady tanned head, lace. This bottled had quite light aroma of yeast, plum and licorice. Palate is outstanding: balanced marriage of malts and hops. Wineous with fruits and licorice in the medium to full body. Bitter long aftertaste of hops, alcohol and licorice. I really would like to try a matured one! (7/5/10/5/19 4.6)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6219) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Nice, dark orange to brown pour with an everlasting mocha colored head, thick lacing, specks of sediment floating about. Aroma is sometime sweet with cherries, toffee and maple syrup but the next whiff brings an essence of olive oil. Flavor has elements of toffee, maple syrup, raisins and a wee bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is luxuriant, just feels right - stays strong to the finish. All around a most enjoyable little ale. Wonder if anyone has heard of this one yet? Thanks out to Aurelius for bringing this one back from Miami.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
Thanks to Joey Capps for hooking me up with this baby! Pours a dark body. Very cloudy, and murky. Aroma is malty, and sugary. Taste is woody and also malty. I really like this beer. There also are som floaters in this brew, which are not noticable when drinking it. Amazing beer! This would be really nice sitting by the fireplace after shoveling the driveway in a snowstorm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
bark brown, murky and opaque with a few small floaters. aroma is very pungent, leathery malts and burnt sugar. Wood and vanilla, no hop aroma. Taste is very powerful alcohol, figs and toffee. bitterness tempered with some ftuity sweetness. Prefered the 8 but an awesome beer non the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2004
The Westy 12 pours a tawny brown and has some dirty brown sediment drippings towards the end of the pour. Settles super opaque as a rosey dark brown color with a finger high crown of dark ivory creamyness, fading evenly and slow to a hazey broken skim and a firm collar hugs the edge of the glass a good portion through the session. Lace quickly slips back in with minimal spots sticking. Aroma is soft and yeilding, complexing and layered; at it sits a welcoming orangey fruit yeast tone releases over some really nice cookie sugars and waffer light chocolate. Deeper wiffs bring out some darker fruits within of raisin and fig with and soft dry woodish earthyness. Slight phenolic notes emerge here and there as it warms giving it a bit of spice and burn. There's more here then I can really put my nose too. Cocoa filled fruits and light spices is what I can figure. It's very appealing however way you smell it. Taste has a refined roundness with an encompassing natural tasting softness of fruits, earth, yeast, spice, cocoa, and some slight roastyness. Its quite soft for what seems to be such a big beer. The flavors carry alot of the effects over from the aroma, lending a bit more dark fruits then the smell would lead you to believe is there and they're there in good stature. There's some artfully placed sweet malts throughout that bring out the darker fruits and sweetness bringing in raisin, fig, apple, and touches of banana, oh but there's a bit more that continues to ensue. There's delicately hidden melding of chocolate cookie sugars, bits of yeasty spices, and mild caramel. There's a milding woody earthyness that keeps a small drying presense throughout as well. Again, there's more here then a can put my mouth too and intermingles with the body and feel of the beer. Quite complex and full of softly spoken actions. Very enthusiatic and engrossing to say the least. Feel is beyond words here. Wow! Amazingly full, yet calmingly smooth and fluffy with a heavenly fine carbonation that continues to give way to the flavors, never too sharp and never too distant. Well rounded, superbly soft, and exceptionally drinkable. Its nearly a meal! It doesn't seem to have 10.8% ABV, its masked very well. One isn't enough, not nearly enough. It's Loftly, noble, sublime, and wonderfully put together.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 First Rating (March 2004). Limited rating of this so far; I didn’t take notes at the time, but I have several more bottles of it left. Alcohol wasn’t overbearing, my mouth warmed up to it straight away. Malty with a raisin or grape quality. Sweet, yeasty finish. Brilliant. A better review will follow. Absolute brilliant and gets a perfect five from me. [5.0/5.0]

Rerate, August 2004. Wonderful dark sweet and malty beer with lots of fruit and high complexity 5/5

Rerate, September 2004. At the brewery cafe alongside the 8 cap. They may serve it too cold, but it quickly warms up. Sitting here in the warm sun and in the middle of the Belgian countryside, can beer get any better than this? A perfect combination of a 5/5 beer and a 5/5 location

Rerate mid September 2004. These bottles I have were only bottled a couple of weeks ago - and are so wonderful when this fresh, certainly better IMO than any older example I have had.

Rerate, January 2005. Still wonderfully sweet and malty - but these bottles are almost 6 months old now and were better fresh.

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