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

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RATINGS: 3218   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavyTheys (1) - Oud-Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2007 does not count
Unbelievable beer!!!! Grain, Hay, Straw, Cereal Unbelievable character, great taste, a good poor. I love this beer!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle, wedding gift from CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy red brown with floaters, off white head. Aroma is funky, musty, fruity, meaty, spicy. Flavor is caramel, meaty, spices, wheat, fruit. This beer is more complex than I expected. I figured that this beer was over rated, but I actually think it deserves the hype; itís well balanced, unique and delicious. The alcohol content is well hidden.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottled on 22/11/06. Pours dark brown with tan head. Fruity aroma, wonderful complex taste that has been described already nearly 1,000 times. Finally something that lives up to all its hype. Definitely one to bring out for special occassions.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 This one is near perfect. I canít pick out any flaws in this one. Perfect pour great color and head. The first taste is almost silky. Malt, chocolate, brown sugar,and molasses. I enjoyed this sublime masterpiece wondering how it was knocked off its rightful place as #1.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2007
Holy Moly! Only had the # 8 before which was divinely balanced. This however, is evidence of divinity wrought by the hand of man. Poured a 4 oz sample in a belgian glass. Nice light tan head with some lace. Very aromatic with lots of dark ripe fruits, berries, chocolate, malty, some spice, molasses, damp forest, earth. Even sex. Bless this beer. I drank it and feel blessed myself. Plush velvet texture. Reminds me of certain beautiful women whom I canít recall unless Iím dreaming. . I want to regurgitate this beer for another go íround. Cheers!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Sampled at Woodshop Tasting. #300. Poured a dark brown color with a nice light brown head. Aroma was caramel with hints of dates, raisins, chocolate and a classic trappist yeast. The flavor was sweet caramel with a mix of raisin, toffee, plum, dates and the list goes on. The one beer that really lives up to itís name.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - APR 28, 2007
Bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp. And Iím not the one who is able to describe it properly, so at the moment I leave it to the other. I just can say that was probably the best beer Iíve ever tried.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Rating #1000 I did a side by side between an approx. 5 year old bottle (labeled at 10.6%) and a 6 month old bottle (labeled at 10.2%). I will give the beginning stats on the five year old and then the traits / differences of the 6 month old.

The five year old bottle had a minor "pfft" when the cap came off. Poured with the color of brown sugar with a nice beige head that was very respectable for the age. The aroma is full and open with plums, raspberries, brown sugar, thick caramel, earthy malt, red wine notes, buttered toffee, raisins and more - there is something new with each wiff. Full body thatís thick and velvety smooth with some incredibly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with brown sugar, Belgium earthiness, plums, raisins & smooth rich toffee-like earthiness. The finish adds some spice and a surprising sharpness and some astringency. As it warms the raspberry aspect comes out more and the finish loses some of the sharpness and becomes more lush and adds dark cherry, brown sugar and caramel. (9/4/9/4/18/4.4)

The six month version pour deep mahogany with a dense tan head - everything darker than the older version. The aroma has cola, brown sugar and other flavors of the aged version, but all of the favors are more subdued and sharper. There is less earthiness, but more fruit. More brown sugar and caramel earthiness as it warms, but nothing like the aged bottle. The flavors are much tighter and hidden, the five yar was significantly more lush and opened up. Medium / full body with fairly sharp carbonation. The taste is more sharp with earthiness, very dark caramel, coriander and pepper. The finish gets quite sharp with anise and pepper. As it warms it opens up more, but nowhere near where the aged version was from the beginning. (8/5/8/4/17/4.2)

Overall, it is well worth aging the beer. Iíve held onto the aged beer for years and it was worth it. Big thumbs up for this exceptional beer, but if you have the patience with a fresh bottle it is advised to give this a bit of time to age. The rating numbers are for the older version as it was quite a bit better. I forgot to add on the original rating a big thanks to mkofron and mad_scotsman for the hook-up on the fresh bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Bottle at ít Waagstuk, Antwerp. Pours a deep, deep brown bordering on black with a dense and foamy one-finger off-white, bordering on tan head. Nose is complex and distinctive. Dusty and earthy notes are heavy, as well as dark pit fruits that round into a nice fruity sweetness. Also significant yeast presence here, in the form of some interesting esters. Well balanced between an overarching sweetness and a subdued, massively complex and inviting stable of other elements. Taste does not disappoint: the epitome of the sweet/savory interplay that I find in a lot of really well crafted brews. Dark pit fruits in prunes and plums, caramel, hints of milk chocolate. Slight, complexity-adding yeast funk. Finish is short and sweet, after just a dash of mild alcohol. The lack of alcohol presence in this beer is really to be marveled at. Palate is so incredibly sexy: stunningly smooth and velvety on the tongue, this is the ultimate in sipper beers. Searched far and wide for this and it definitely did not disappoint. Easily the best Iíve ever had - 4.7 may as well be a 5 for me, considering how conservative I am in my ratings. Update: had the opportunity to try a 25 year old (1983) vintage bottle of this at Ebenezerís in Lovell, Maine. It held up - mouthfeel a little lighter, taste definitely sweeter and noticeably complex. Estery, spicy notes faded and more caramel and chocolate came up front. Aged quite well. Rating still based on fresh bottle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2007
One of my top beers, only problem is the price is getting out of hand. I try to drink it about 5 times a year. Really top of the beers


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