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


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RATINGS: 3376   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 A few bottles home and In De Vrede... Ive held off rating this as its always just been small amount... but here my inital thoughs... Deep deep brown ... rich coffee malt nose ... malty lots of ovaltine malts ... smooth and rounded ... tasted just after Dark Horizon and its for me a pip under that, though obviously completely different style... 2 bottles at home ... One thats 1 year old and 1 thats a bit older Thanks Joris ... Both a lovely deep brown red ... very simelar bready malty nose... The older has a softer and more rounded mouthfeel... very deep rich malty bready tones ... Again the older is better with a touch more caramel and just seems more rounded. uping this from 4.2 -> 4.4 OMG ... i cant believe ive never let my mate try this ... so had to open one for him ... August 2009 batch ... drunk August 2010... dark brown ... rich ovaltine malt nose ... soft blackcurrant bready malts ... again touch of ovaltine ... probably still a little young ... 3.8 bottle at home 290511 ... copper brown ... bubbly white head ... huge ovaltime malty nose ... sweet frutis ... over fizzy ... blackcurrant and ovaltine ... juice rich ... nice .4.2 Bottle at home 15.06.11 bbf 30.06.12... dark brown .... thin tan head ... soft sweet blackcurrant fruity malt nose ... deep dark fruits ... rich ovaltinre ... big blackcurrant ... dark roast ... light toffeee ... wonderfully complex 4.4 Bottles at home 05/07 and 07/12 batches drunk 09/12 ... Both deep brown ... slightly more head on 07 but i poured the 12 more carefully as 07 gushed a little ... 07 rich sweet olvatine blackcurrant nose ... 12 thin toffee malt ... little metalic ... 07 rich soft smooth blackcurrant ... big ovaltine 4.3... 12 little more fizz ... soft fruits ... some blackcurrant ... little metalic ... ok but not as good 3.8 Bottle at home ... drunk 290613 .. bbf 040715 ... So just short of a year old ... Deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft deep fruits ... ovaltine ... blackcurrant and treacle toffee ...little over fizzy ... sweet fruits ... soft toffee malts ... juicy roast ... big big black currant ovaltine .. and again that odd but not unpleasent treacle ... hint of licorice toffee .. that i dont ever remember getting before 4 . 1 Bottle at bens oct 14, 040715 bottle ... Deep brown... Sweet toffee malts... Big blackcurrant yeast... Soft toffee malt... Dark fruits... Dark candi sugers... Big very bready yeast 4.0

4 bottles at homr 28/5/15
07 : dark copper ... thin tan lacing ...soft big blackcurrant .. light yeast fruit ... soft cardboard nose ... soft fruits ... soft otffee .. ligth sweet blackcurrent .. ligth sherry fruit malts .. tiny ovaltine malt...3.9
09: light copper ... thinest tan lacing ...soft dry fruit ... soft ovaltine ... soft dry fruit nose...ligth body .. juict malts .. soft toffee .. even a tiny hint of lemon ... bready fruits ... 4.2
13: ... murky brown ... soft fruits ... soft sweet malts ..caramel malts nose ...soft toffee fruits ... soft toffee malts .. light roast suger 3.9... 09(differnt batch) ...dark copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft bready ovaltine nose ... soft sweet bread fruit ... juicy toffee malts .. soft roast ... dark roast ... rick malts ... 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3890) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2007
Dark rich colour. Aroma is very complex but sweet fruitiness tends to stand out. Carbonation is tight on the tongue and dissipates quickly spreading the rich, slightly smokey flavour around the mouth. There is a massive mixture of flavours. Sweet fruitiness, rich malts and a warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndyMagnum (8) - USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
[Thank you oslo2116] I have been trying many beers for the past few years but only started rating them then past few months after some urging by a couple of friends. I thought it would be fitting to make this the first beer I’ve rated on Ratebeer because it’s the best one I have ever had. I am seriously thinking about going to Belgium and getting a case.....or two. Pours a chestnut brown with tan head. Aroma fruity and nutty and spices. Flavor is unparalled. Tremendously complex. I would love to spend more time detecting all the flavors/aromas of this wonderful brew. Very smooth and absolutely no alcohol burn which is very impressive for being 10.8%.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2007
An honor to drink such a delicious brew. Thanks to Carlos for getting 6 bottles of this heavenly beverage for me. Pours a gorgeous light brown with an off-white head. Strong lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass for longer than you see in your standard beers. Aroma of mixed fruits and spices. Smells like a loaf of freshly baked bread at Christmas time. The flavor is out of this world - a phenomenally rich malt body and flavor. Incredibly smooth finish. The finish is akin to that of fine aged scotch - where there is no alcohol burn, just a smooth experience from the time it hits your lips until you finish your last sip. I’ve got 5 more bottles of this and will save them for the most special occasions that arise. Fabulous.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choos (662) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma: prune, dates initially gives way to mixed fruit spices with Christmas cake spiritous overtones. Appearance: dark port brown with a tan head and patchy to sheet lacing. Flavour: malty sweet spiritous with fig, plum and date balanced with carbon and bitterness. Palait: very thick and finishes malty and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: 12 - yellow cap
Date: 02/20/2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: www.belgianshop.com

dark brown, whispy head, rich sweet chocolate and licorice aroma, rich complex malt flavor, big body, hints of chocolate, low bitterness in the finish, very smooth and drinkable, no hint of alcohol, surprising for a 10.8% beer.

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: ***4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Very excited to try this one out. Perhaps I was a bit too excited as I may have poured too hurriedly into my chimay goblet and this resulted in a dissapointing, smaller head than expected. However, (very) fortunately I have a few more of these to pour with a good deal of prudence. Despite this minor pouring setback the brew had a beautiful chestnut brown color, and still a fair head with nice lacing. The aromas sweeping off of the glass were fantastic and complex. Mocha, nutty currant, figs yeast, wheat, cherry, berry aromas emerged and evolved throughout the session. The body of this brew is simply perfect, with a velvety smooth texture and light warming sensation down the throat. The flavors evolved tremendously while drinking and each sip seemed different than the previous. Coffee/toffee charateristics emerged first quickly devloping soft and subtle spice flavors, yeilding hints of clove. The fruit flavors were always present but evolved from berry, plum to earthy to some surprisingly acidic sour apple tastes, and again back to chocolate covered raspberries and a distant woody smokiness. Over the hour and a half or so I spent enjoying this the flavors and aromas took me to such different levels that I had to respect this beers fine character. While its reputation had filled me with certain expectations, this beer certainly deserves its reputation and delivered becuase of its layered complexity and incredible structure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rune (9239) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2007
I suppose this crown jewel of beers should be the the right one to drink for my rating number 1000. A 330ml bottle was bought at Plan B in Copenhagen in early August 07 and enjoyed at home in Tromsø some weeks later. Thanks to the guy at Plan B who in fact made some efforts to trace down a bottle on my request - great service. The elegant cap of the bottle is dated 01.11.2008. Served at cellar temperature.
The first pour gives a brilliant clear mahogany coloured body topped by a creamy, beige head leaving fragile lacing on the glass. The second pour, with the sediments, reveals an opague chestnut body. Aromatic nuances of dark bread, malts and raisin - however, the smell gives an impression of being a bit closed. Delicious in taste with delightful and robust malty depths followed by flourish prunes, then both dates and plums come to support added by dark candy sugar. The best part is maybe the lingering, lovely finish of bitter dark malts, herbs and spices. Developing and changing mouthfeel. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Full bodied, but not cloying, and therefore very, very moreish. I will be hunting high and low for another bottle of this great stuff (25.08.2007).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Amazingly good. Pours a deep brown with a tiny, creamy beige head. Notes of apricots, raisins, plums and a malty earthiness in the nose. Flavor is sweet: candy sugar and dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel is interesting and as complex as the flavor and aroma ... it’s thinner than I expected, but it has a sticky-smooth feel like a thin syrup. Very pleasant. Overall, a wonderful and complicated beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
I had my guard up,after hearing this was the "Number 0ne" beer in the world.The aroma...wonderful..cherries,plums, sweetness, touch of spices.Flavor profile was dynamic. First sip was outstanding, probably due to the anticipation of tasting one of the world’s best.Mouthfeel was rich and full, despite low carbonation.Listen...this is crazy..I am a believer now these monks brew outstanding beer...outa body experince...just not nearly enough of it

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