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

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RATINGS: 3108   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Aroma is of dark fruits and belgian yeast.Pours brown with a big tan head.Flavors are complex with belgian candy sugar and dark fruits standing out.Body is very full with a nice alcohol finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 The nose is definitely the winner on this for me. It is literally, never ending - chocolates, wood, tobaccos, creamy caramel, sweet cherries, it goes on and one. Very slight trace of alcohol. Fantastic. Great lacing and creamy mouthfeel taboot. The cherry note seems to take the forefront in the body - followed by smooth plum and banana notes. The fruitiness lingers long into the finish, which is a bit hot. I can definitely see the love for this beer, but isn’t the best I’ve had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stew41 (1735) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 August 2006 Bottling (Tasted March 2009, 4.1)
Ageing gracefully. Showed lots of powerful toffee, rum and raisen, not at all expected for a bottle with some age. Dried out a touch as the beer warmed up to reveal harder bitter chocolate notes. Even finishes a touch salty Structure is very much in tact although I think the fruit has dropped out a touch due to aging. (score is as per original tasting.

August 2006 Bottling (tasted October 2006)
Ok – the big daddy! Thin creamy head breaks up after 15 minutes. Quite garnet / brown in colour, a little lighter than expected. Sweet malts on the nose show some toffee. The obvious flavour concentration never goes over the top. Big mouthfeel. Whereas the ‘6’ and ‘8’ may have felt a little constrained the beer definitely drops all the shackles. Sweet malts, toffee, cooked sugar, aniseed – plenty happening. Palate structure is less impressive (all things relative), as it delivers the all flavours in a more ‘what you see is what you get’ style (ie perhaps a little forced). Doesn’t really have the obviously layers that a JW Lees Harvest Ale, or, dare I say, Redoak Baltic Porter, delivers. Notwithstanding, this is a great beer. e5.0 @ Afspanning ’t Waagstuk. (Oct 2006, 4.3)

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. Beer #150! I am so excited to finally try this beer. Pours a dark brown color with an nice sized off-white head on top. Looks amazing! Aroma is full of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, licorice, plums, belgian candied sugar, and toffee. Flavor is very complex, all sorts of flavors touch the palate. Raisin, caramel, chocolate, plums, cherries, grapes, yeast, and Belgian candied sugar. A hoppy spicy bitterness at the end keeps the beer from being overly sweet. Wow! This is truly a wonderful beer!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006
bottle. very dark brown color. medium head. bit carpy. malty caramelly dark fruits aroma. yeasty chokolaty and extremely complex. very thick and rich.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marko (3904) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Ludo from the BC Group (thanks a LOT !)
It looked great. A big, "solid" tan head that dissipated slowly on top of a nice dark brown body. Nose... hmm... honey, malt, chocolate, a weak hint of alcohol, honey, some raisins and coffee. The taste... a lovely malty/sugary sweetness tops it all, but underneath one can find a lot, some hoppiness, caramel, honey, lovely fruitiness coming up from below... like plums with that acidity, only sweeter, just a hint of earthiness, alcohol, sone herbs/spices. Oooh. A chewy hoppiness in the aftertaste. Damn smooth, yeah, velvety is a great word. Yup... pretty much the best beer I’ve had. Not a 5.0... no... the aroma isn’t a 10. But damn close.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
# 1000, and what a beer it is. HUGE thanks to Mike from Cole’s for allowing me to sample this. Nose is rich malt, toffee, caramel, light english tea, chocolate, yeast, raisin. Flavor is sweet malt, raisin, caramel, chocolate, slightly herbal. Sweet finish with yeast, some alcohol, spice. Amazing. Body is creamy & smooth. No feel of carbonation on the tongue but its there. Rich and wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a distinctive no label 33 cl. brown bottle with a freshness date on the cap, hard to read the year, 09.08.08(?), sampled at cellar temperature, served in a Westvleteren silver rimmed chalice. Poured a ruby hued brown with a frothy, fluffy, bubbly topped off-white head that slowly settled into a thin bubbly lacing, small amount of laced sticking. Tasty aromas of plums and ripe raisin with a light caramel, anise medicinal, herbal, spicy rum-like alcohol, and just a great sweet maltiness. Good, even, steady carbonation and a crisp, dry, sipping velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, pretty close to perfect. Delicious quadrupel taste, caramel maltiness that is followed by a plum fruitiness and Belgian candied sugar, clove and a good light spiciness, softly herbal, a dirty yeastiness, the alcohol is warming in the palate, a bit sweet and spicy as well, and a dry yeasty, malty finish with a lingering spicy alcohol presence. A great quadrupel, a sipper for sure, something I wish I could spend many a night with, very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
Nutty, malty, some wood, alcoholic, sweet, fudge, a lot of carbonation, mild taste, not the classic belgium taste

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
My 100th! What a beautiful beer. A deep dark brown with a thick white head. The aroma was not overwhelming. It was sweet malts and glorious dried fruits, so many I could not pick out each one. The flavor just would not stop it was sweet malts up front then kept on blending and changing from different dried fruits, some raisins, apricots, cherry. The finish was the best part. You could take a sip and the flavors would keep chaning in your mouth minute after minute. As it warms up some alcohol burn in the back of your mouth but not that much. Great complex beer!


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