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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Bottle. Dark amber, somewhat cloudy. Nice off-white head. Smoky, yeasty aroma. Full bodied. Very smooth and complex flavors included malty sweet, roasted caramel, raisins. Creamy and nutty. slight bitter finish. Little to no alcohol taste. Excellent brew and worthy of itís accolades.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bugrat (61) - Cph. V, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2005
Not shure Iíve tasted the greatest beer yet, but this is my favourit so far. Even though you have to be in the mood for it , as it is so complex and ful of taste.......

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Monos (1) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2005 does not count
Devotedly divine ... Securely hidden in the deepest depths of my cellar until íthat special momentí. ;) Proost broederkes !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keeper (253) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 One smallest abbey of Belgium produces this fantastic beer, much valuable, much alcoholic and much expensive... It is very rare to find it in Italy! Intense determined, strongly...diabolic and divine!!! Una piccolissima abbazia del belgio produce questa fantastica birra, molto pregiata, molto alcolica e molto costosa. Difficile da trovare in Italia. Forte intensa decisa, diabolica e divina!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
psychofab (2) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
This Beer is simply fantastic.. I donít know how that monks can create this fantastic beer with only simple ingredients..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 A very dark brown hints of red and a nice thick looking white head that laces extremly well and the same small visable carbonation as the 8 with even some small chunks. Smells of brown sugar and carmel some yeast lots of raisens hints of alcohol hints of plums some spices and even a tiny touch of bannannas. Palate is full and creamy. Flavor is very sweet big carmalized plum flavor in the front a hint of nutmeg and soem other spice a tniy touch of alcohol. I think the flavor wasnít as well done as the 8 or maybe I just expected more. Donít get me wrong this is an incredible beer but iíve liked others better. Thanks to Dave for sharing an amazing beer. Sampled the 01, 04, & 97 vintages... surprises are the 97 vintage stilled had great head and great lacing. Another surprise here is that once you hit the 3ish year mark westy improves DRAMATICALLy... hit 5~6 years and more chocolates, and toffees start comign out.. this was a great surprise and makes this even better. Iíd say the 2001 westy was NEAR 5.0!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Aroma wasnít very noticeable until it warmed up a bit then it really shines. Surprisingly the head didnít last too long. Flavor more than makes up for that though. Absolutely delicious fruity flavors. Some banana, cherry, bread, little alcohol. Palate is slightly dry. Flavor is such that I just want to take another sip and then another. I donít want to drink it so fast but I canít help it. Magnificent! As good as advertised. Thank you, Lodewijk! Send more! Hahaha.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Taz (2) - Ňrhus N, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
Fantastic! It is amazing how much you can hide 10,2%. Full of flavour and indescribable impressions without the unpleasant strongness most beers have at this volume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
A dark redish brown, smooth looking beer that had an abundance of flavor, mainly malty and fruity. A very well balanced beer, although not my fav. style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
my best friend brought 2 bottles of this back from the brewery recently and I shared this with my two sons this afternoon. buttery smooth with aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and some butter toffee. looks are deceiving with this beer as it looks thin but has an oily, medium-full quality to it. a complexity of flavors greet you as you work your way down the glass, all are good! one of the things I do not care for about Belgian beer is an overabundance of candi sugar. and while it is present here it is not so strong as to detract from the overall enjoyment for me. while Iím not sure, IMO, that this is the best of the best, it certainly deserves lofty praise. a true gem of a beer!

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