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

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RATINGS: 3124   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.


4.6
   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 (3922) - 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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Mission complete: Traveled from Lille, France to Westvleteren today. I still can’t believe that I was there and that i have tasted this beer. It is #1 for good reason. I have never tasted anything like it, so complex, so balanced simply perfect, and I’m not just saying this because it is #1 it complelty went beyond my expectations. This beer is in a league of its own. It came to me from the bar with a big rockyhead that foamed and gained beauty as I waited for it to warm up a bit. Dark brown in color with a tanish head. The aroma is great, but subtle. You can detect all the elements, sliky malts, spicy hops and yeast, with fruits, like raisins. The alcohol is present but is enhancing and not overwhelming. The flavor is even better than the aroma. Dried friuts are present with spicy notes from the hops and alcohol. everything is perfectly in balance in this beer. All of the elements shine though like no other beer that I have ever tasted. Excellents active mouth feel that coats the mouth, tickles the tongue, and just says drink me. simply amazing. Too bad that you can’t even by 6 packs in the shop anymore. Will have to go there again

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Janko (7) - Enskede gård, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006 does not count
An enormous beer, but in fact not that balanced. More (sweet) power than elegance. Ages very well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeertourist (4793) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle with best before date in Nov 08, so aged a year before tasting. Dark brown colour with a big, creamy yellow-khaki head. Rich chocolate aromas with a good fruitiness to support it. Chocolate flavours, dark fruit, some cellar character with well-balanced bitterness. Medium body. Well-deserved top rating.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle in Westvleteren’s beer garden “In de Vrede” just across the street from St-Sixtus abbey .(If you want to use GPS to go there address is Donkerstraat 13, B-8640 Westvleteren. They are closed on Friday (summer) and during the winter Thursday and Friday). While rating this beer I felt like Fin (England). I entered and I saw that on each table there were glasses of Westvleteren – They HAVE IT! Ordered one glass of 12 and impatiently waited to arrive. Finally it was on my table, hazy dark brown almost black, with big creamy beige head. I think they served it a bit too cold so I waited few minutes before I drank it. It was so balanced! There was no taste that stood in front. Such a full and complex flavor. Really top class beer.


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