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


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RATINGS: 3594   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Caramel and toast aromas w/ a buttery crispness and sweetness. Deep brown w/ gold highlights, okay head and slight lacing. Caramel apple sweetness and spice w/ hints of honey and orange. Light and dry w/ minor effervesence.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenH (1020) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
Absolutely wonderful! The best beer in the world. Well worth the price. Supernatural

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2004
Faint aroma. I couldn’t help it, I was quite disappointed by the smell, but the taste of this is excellent. Very sweet, but the complexity never makes it cloying. So many fruits in this.. Excellent brew, but is this the best in the world? I can imagine this being to sweet for me on some days, I’d rather have a Rochefort 10 then...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1091) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
sat 11/27/04 at Kuhnhenns with flemdawg and clark v v who brought this wonderful bottle to share. redmosquito was and one of the kuhnhenn brothers where at the table to. poured a rich brown with a light tan head.aroma got a nice hit of alcohol, than came the malts, caramels, honey, cherry, and some apple. flavor, didn’t want to swallow this , the creamy smoothness of this beer was great. got malts, caramel alcohol, honey, raisins, chocolate or maybe chocolate covered raisins.this is only the 3rd bottle I have seen I know flemdawg has got one so maybe in the middle of the night under the civer of darkness I’ll see if I can get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Coppery amber in color with an off white head and a little cloudy yeast sediment. Interesting aroma, definite alcohol smell, then a wine like aroma, oakey yet it still has some creamy malt fragrance. Alcohol warms as I taste this, malt sweetness dominates, nutty, caramelly, and creamy vanilla in the finish. The beer sits on the tongue and lingers with a warm malt creaminess. This is a great beer, the only thing keeping this from being a daily beer is the availability. Thanks ClarkVV for letting me try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Raisins, dark fruit, liquorice, chocolate, spice, prune, caramel. Nomatter how many times you smell this beer you can keep picking up new aromas! Black with a tan head. Chocolate sweet raisins, spice, fruitcake, caramel, berries, amazing. Cannot taste alcohol at all. Soft silky mouthfeel. Amazing stuff. I have to try this again! cheers duff!! Re-Rate: Black/dark brown with a tan lasting head. Not much more to add apart from "The worlds best session beer. Cannot detect alcohol. +1 appearance too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Anton (1) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
I really liked this beer. I think. (That’s because I drank five of them and i only weigh sixty kilos.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Bottle: Excellent aroma. Very malty with lots of fruit (apple, cherry, grape), chocolate, and caramel. Alcohol is detectable in the nose but not overpowering. Pours a dark brown with a little red/orange with a decent off-white head that dies rather quickly. Lots of sediment floating around, but not noticeable until you get to the last bit because a full glass is such a dark brown. Very malty. Sweet but not too sweet. Flavors of fruit, caramel, and rasion. Some chocolate in there. Like the aroma, alcohol is detectable in the flavor, but not overpowering. Balances nicely with the other flavors. Has a nice warming effect. Has sort of an sweet apple, caramel and alcohol finish . Very smooth and great texture. Light bitterness with the first few sips, but absolultely none outside those first few. Gets better and better with every sip. Definitely lives up to the reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
A lot of people has already praised this beer for its many qualities. However I find it a bit too sweet. But nonethless still an excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
(on bottle) I should wait ´till I could be no. 500 to rate this, but that´ll tag me as a numberingwhore, for sure. So, best beer on RB? Not a very big nose, but what is has, powermalt and balsamics, could make a dead man walking again. A lot of carbonation, witch actually ruined the first sips. And I DID let it sit in the celler for three weeks before opening. The taste is a piece of heaven, I bet God has one of these everyday, but not for it´s taste as such, more the uniqe balance in the brew. Chestnuts, butterscotch, sherry and wet wood lingers for a looong time in the finish. had the big setup with wife, fireplace, Stilton and grapes and it was worth it all.

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