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

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RATINGS: 3606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


3.9
   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.

5
   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. Itís a dark beer white a bite. Itís sweet. Itís tast to drink more. The aroma is the best i ever seen before. sixtus brewers i come soon for to buy your beer again.

4.8
   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 wouldnít know that itís 10.2 with the taste it delivers.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HansVC (6) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005 does not count
caramel, cereal, chocolate, toast, resin, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, paper napkin, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fifi (1) - Diest, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005 does not count
Simply the best taste , honey , sweet , dark , this beer is boos and food at once . The best Belgian beer , and this means its really good .

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2005
bottle.. purchased from Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA. What a special beer. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a head that never quite goes away. The aroma is a strong blend of malt, floral boquet, and toffee. The flavor is so complex, it is hard to give it justice.I am definitely planning a trip to Belgium.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavidYoung (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2005
[bottle from Magic_dave6] pours dark brown, medium brown head. smells sweet, of honey. good body sweet dry finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Blackish brown with a long lasting mocha colored head. Very nice lacing and the head never disappeared. Holy hell! I can smell this thing from across the room! Upon closer inspection its smells like a fine red wine. Flowery with some spicy, fruity notes and some alcohol and malt with a hint of caramel. Quite enjoyable. Smooth brandy, ripe fruit, raisin, wine, a little hops with a sweet balance of malt and hops. Alcohol plays a perfect role in the taste. Aftertaste is a lingering somewhat bitter taste. This beerís taste is the basis on which to judge other beers of the style. Absolutely wonderful. Palate: Absolutely perfect. medium body with a moderate-low carbonation. Wonderfully coating. Flawless.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2005) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Rating #300

Well, the waiting is over and I finally allowed myself to drink one. Looked beautiful, with a rusty, caramel-red body under a rocky, large-bubbled, khaki head. A lot of character-adding, chunky particulates as well. Aroma was potent and spicily malted, with dark fruits and apple amongst a myriad of others. Flavor was rich and explosively fruity with cherry and pear coming through after a highly sweet-malted start. Full-bodied with a great deal of alcohol to warm the stomach, throat and nose. Very good, but Iíd rather have a La Trappe Quad or a St. Bernardus 12... mainly due to Westyís high cost and limited availabilty, but also because I feel that St. Bernardus is more flavorful & complex, and La Trappe is more user-friendly. To each their own.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Saw all the talk about Westly 12 lately, so went to a rerate, just different year. 2002 bottle- Many of the same characteristics Yeast, rum, figs, and raisins are there. Palate is incredibly smooth, very different from the 98 bottle, but also on the room temp side. The complexity change alone as it warms is remarkable. Truly sets the bar for all other beers. 1998 bottle - Careful pour, just enough for a small head which recedes slowly. Dark brown with ruby hues. Aromas of nougat, sweet bread dough, rum, and figs. More complex every second, but cant hold off on my first sip. Doughy, yeasty, the layers keep coming through. Midway malt prominent with subtle hints of pastry and overripe prune. Almost a bit cloying, my only complaint. Carbonation is a bit on the low side which might explain the mouthfeel. Finishes long. Lingering toffe/doughy tastes coat your tongue just to tease you that its all gone... As it nears the bottom of my glass, I know that it is a beer like no other. A few beers in the world fit into this category, and most are at the top of the charts. No mistake this being one of them.


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