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

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RATINGS: 3134   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
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2006
#453. Bottle that I picked up on eBay. I just couldn’t wait any long for this king nectar of the beer gods. Solid dark brown color. Off-white foamy head. Aroma of sweet goodness. Candy sugar, honey, maple. Flavors of honey, malt, raisins, toffee, maple syrup, caramel, dried fruit, and plums. Slightly bitter finish in the distance and very dry. No other beer is this Perfectly Balanced. This is definitely the BEST TRAPPIST I HAVE EVER HAD. God bless.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Bottle courtesy of sk8viking. Thanks, Rene!! Pours a beautiful, oily golden-amber appearance; light head formation and lacing. Generous aroma, showing honey, maple syrup, dried fruits, and spice. Perhaps the most nuanced, complex mouthfeel of anything I can recall: plenty of sweetness, sure - honey most predominantly, followed by maple syrup and belgian sugars - but also impeccibly balanced: citrusy hoppiness, plenty of esters and dry yeastiness to compliment the mouthfeel; rich without being overripe, satisfying without being ridiculous. Mildly dry finish: yeast and spice. Simply a fantastic beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GJerre (7) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
Thanks to a work collega L.. Hazy warm brown beer with a beige head. Aroma a is nutty and malty, and has hints of brown candy sugar, malts, yeast, touches of almonds and port wine. The taste is super smooth and very generous. This beer has it all. It is very malty, the sweetness is perfect and the bitterings of the hops are very complex. Aftertaste is very long, alcohol is well integrated and hop bitters super complex. This beer still stay the best !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
azorie (4) - Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
best beer I was lucky to get a case while I was in Belgium for 2 weeks. I love the hoppy taste, lots of malt, strong bite, great pour and head. The big thing is taste its got it all to me, its a trappist ale, the very finest IMHO.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
I have to thank a friend of mine tinydancer for sharing one of these. Nutty sweet smeel. Full well balanced flavor of malty carmel. Nice glazing with little head. Just the best finish I could ever dream of in a beer. Fabulous!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 sweet nose. very smooth. hides the alcohol like no other. So well balanced. Lived up to the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (3107) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 excellent! had to go through alot to get one, but it was worth it no surprises in the appearance, typical trappist, big thick head. aroma of dried fruits, and a tiny bit of caramel. Flavor is beautiful, very complex, lots of fruit, and caramel, with a tad bit of alcohol to remind you its 10.2%. extremely outstading brew!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 22 year old bottle!!!!! brewed in 1984!!!!! nutty sweet nose not any head but guess what its 22 years old i didn’t expect any... fan freakin tastic, sweet caremel nut molloases. some fig. no biteerness just balanced. amazing is all i can say. most incredible beer!!!! drank the other bottle... colouring is progressivly milky brown some slight head in the second bottle, no real alcohol flavour so well balanced and blended, malt flavour everything just perfect!!!! And did i mention 22 years old. Oh and i do need to thank a friend for this one he is not a member but on another beer website he goes by no more euro lagers

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Aroma of apples, pums, rasins and figs, with caramel lurking deep down. Appears a hazy mahogany color, with deep burgundy tones on the edges, and with a small brown head that dissipates. Flavor is complex, with caramel, toffee, fig, rootbeer candy, and some pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium-thick and velvety. A truly phenomenal brew, and one that meets expectations. My thanks to my SecretSanta.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgianBeerGal (3191) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 This is my favorite beer in Belgium. This is my favorite beer in Europe. This is my favorite beer in the world. I have had bottles at home with friends (2002-present) but I swear the flavor is better in the garden at In de Vrede. It would be a 5, but I will always search for the "perfect" beer.


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