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

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RATINGS: 2993   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.45   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2005
Drunk in honor of mygood friend Dortmunder, We will miss you very much. Thanks to Duane for this brew. Was going to be my 500th, but moved up for you Robert. Poured with a small tan head. Flavors that jumped out were Chocolate first, Anis, plums. Truly a great beer. Sweet, but not sticky. this bottle is fresh, and well taken care of, thanks Duane. alcohol is not noticable at all, very nice beer, perfect care of this bottle keeped everything right. the best beer Iíve had. RIP Robert.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2005
HORIZONTAL WITH A ROCHEFORT 10-- deep dark brown almost transparent.the head was huge and frothy to start and laid down to cover the top of the beer and coated the glass all the way down. aroma had some chocolate, some licorice, raisins, and port wine in the nose. flavor is a solid reflection of the aroma, very sweet, very well balanced, no hint of the abv, an almost syrupy texture. imo (and my dads), this buries the rochefort, but i dont know about it being the best beer i have ever had. many thanks to Walt for sending this to me last year (its been sitting in the basement since december)

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Cap date 25JAN03 Rated on 18JUN05. The real king of beers! This really lived up to the hype, which I wasnít expecting. Awesome light dried fruit aroma Ė dates, raisins, you name it, along with slight vinegar notes. Taste is a complex array of dried fruits, rock candy and breadiness that changes on each slow sip, with a very slight alcohol warmth. Awesome mouthfeel. Very viscous and it almost seems to foam and grow in your mouth. The nectar of the Gods!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle dated August 2005. Made a pilgrimage all the way to Westvleteren to pick this up. Pours into my Westy goblet black with dark tan hints when held up to the light. Decent compact light tan head which recedes fairly quickly to a thin covering. Aroma is complex and amazing dark fruit, toffee, oak (almost wine barrel), subtle spice from the alcohol. Taste is full on - all of the components identified in the aroma, but so intense. Very sweet start is balanced we superbly by the bitterness of finish and the peppery spice from the otherwise well hidden alcohol. Mouth feel is full and velvety smooth, just about perfect. I canít imagine having too many of these in a session - it would have to be the night cap, however it is almost sad to get to the bottom of the glass, so I have rated it high on that basis. Damn, only one left now :-(.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 11.7oz bottle from OhioDad....Thanks Scott! A very slight gush as the bottle opens and a small amount of light tan foam begins to rise. Pours a dirty brownish green color with a dirty frothy head. Nose is bananas, bread, whiskey. First sip, banana bread soaked in whiskey. second -5th sip, more whiskey less banana. Then towards the bottom, more bananas, malted milk balls, slightly less of the alcohol and a bit more bready, doughiness. Overall a very good brew that lived up to the hype of being one of the best. Thanks Scott for the opportunity!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2005
33 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Very dark reddish brown colour with a nice white head. Very pleasant aroma of dried fruit. A very powerfull tasting beer. Great flavour that becomes winery, complex and hints of cherry. Very pleasant endeed.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Habanero (2168) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 Nice white stabile head. Dark brown colour. Lower carbonation. Aromas of fruits (cherry), buttery malts. Very sweet smelling overall. Flavours of sweet bread, smooth malts, dried fruits (raisins) and roasted elements all perfectly balanced. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finished crisp, with some bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste. Highly recommended and exceptionally enjoyable.★★★★★

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
I donít give this a perfect rating, because I do believe, that if I find the perfect beer one day, I should stop looking. This is way up there. As everybody writes: A vinous nose, rich mouthwatering dried-fruits spicy flavor. A marvelous beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Bottle (330ml). Big shout-out to blankboy for allowing me to piggyback on his Belgianshop.com order!. MY 500TH RATING. Served at approximately 12 celsius in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively dark amber-brown with a decent off-white foamy head - the last 10% of the pour showed a fair bit of tiny black particles (tasty!). Initial aroma pounded my hindbrain: yeast; sweet dough, strong fruits, hint of wine, roast malt, roast nuts - more emerged as it opened, other fruits, caramel sweetness, earthy tones. And oh, the flavour - all of the above, but with a restrained bitterness - alcohol & hops, perhaps? - keeping it in balance. Each taste had a different mouthfeel as more and more elements vied for my attention - mouthfeel was full-bodied, not flat or carbonated - just complex. Ultimately I have to rate this a 5.0 - itís by far the best thing Iíve ever tasted; while there have been a couple of imperial stouts that are up there, this is definitely the holy grail of beers. My only regret making this my 500th rating is I canít ALSO make it my 1000th! *note - re-rated down to 4.9 because on reflection I canít in good conscience claim anything is perfect - perfection is to be sought after, never attained.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
Intens brown color, hazy, and creamy light brown coloured foam. Overwhelming aromaís of cakes, chesnut purť, caramel, sweet bread, earthy tones and hops. Taste is powerfull and very mouth-filling. Taste is sweet nutty, breaddy, hints of dry figgs, caramel, and fine hops in the finish. Indeed a great beer !


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