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


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RATINGS: 3622   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
A gift from the Bockyhorseys! THANKS!! Bottle poured dark brown with a heavy creamy head and lacing. Aroma is light smoke,malt, spice and just a touch of alcohol. The alcohol is well concealed. Flavor is rich and roasty,Caramel, spicy yeast. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2787) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2005
Dark, reddish brown colour. Thick and creamy head. Chocolate and toffee aroma with a touch of dark rhum. Very mouth filling. More chocolate and toffee. Long bitter finish with loads of salty liquorice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Cocolate brown color with huge tan head. Loads of both sweet and bitter aromas with all from rasins, over nuts, fruits, citrus, port, malts. The flavor is complex as well. Its like a bomb going off in the mouth. Its more sweet than its little brother Abt 8, and should i say one negative thing about this beer that would be it: a bit too sweet for me sometimes. But else a very lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Lost on my way through Belgium one clear, crisp, late winter evening, hope almost shattered, I stumbled across an aging man on the side of a dirt road. Cloaked, meditating, he weilded a glowing chalice, and muttered in a language I do not speak, but understood to mean, “take this glowing chalice, and become one with our beer.” I was nearly blinded by a glowing pillow of froth, and holding the glass to my nose, it became enshrouded in rings of trees bearing plums, burgundy grapes, hop bushes sprouting vanilla, strands of pale vienna malt, rum barrels and butterscotch. In a haze, I tipped the chalice to my lips, and a sea of velvet washed away first the tongue, then mouth, throat, stretching through to the soul. Vaguely I recall the monk gazing gleefully through my enraptured eyes, swept away by the 12, the most sacred of numbers, the 12 gods of Westvleteren. When I awoke in their humble monastery, a tinge of sorrow overcame me, for I may never experience joy this deep again. But I soon realized that I was fortunate to have had this experience at all, and was ready to continue the journey... Thanks to Wolf for this rare brew, my 500th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 draft. (just kidding, bottle) have to see what the fuss is all about. the aroma is somewhat subdued,but nice. the flavor, is indeed impressive. my bottle is rather young and i think some aging would probably make it even better. very nice indeed. ps. i might re-rate this after tasting some aged bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 An amazing beer, maybe this whole lack of sex thing is the key to being a brewMASTER. can not think of a beer that is better of any style, well ok maybe a few. Plums and blueberries ,cherries and raisins chocolate and vanilla dance in harmonious perfection. what could make a better evening except maybe a supermodel serving it to you in her bellybutton.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kwik-lime (1647) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Tasting such a highly-rated beer I expected to be a touch dissapointed by it. Au contraire, it really is as good as one is led to believe. Beautiful aroma, malty with hints of brown sugar and a little fruitiness. Pours chocolate brown with a creamy off-white head that lasts quite well through the drink. Flavour is sweet, very smooth and nicely carbonated you can hardly tell that it is 10%. Banana-ey taste at first, gives way to maltiness with sugar, spices and light fruitiness all present with other flavours I missed or can’t remember. This is a simply marvellous beer and is fully deserving of its status.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (8906) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Consumed at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. This dark brown ale poured with a slight tan head, eliciting a strong candy aroma. This is the real "King of Beers." The hearty flavor is perfectly balanced, yet quite complex. I tasted coffee, candy, malt and spices, with only a hint of alcohol. If there is such a thing as a perfect beer, this is it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
Dark brown colored beer with a little creamy colred head. Very fruity,spicy aroma. The alcohol is well balanced. the first nip gave me a fruity, banana and yeasty taste. The aftertaste however is ever lasting combined with spices, yeast & alcohol. Wow, this is a beer to remember

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Great warm brouwn color with fizzy bubbely foam. Complex nose of dark sugars, malts, cakes, spices and burnd bitterness of coffee and hoppy sharpness. Complex taste with very malty caracter, sweet smmothness, great selection of spices and great hops.

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