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


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RATINGS: 3072   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle 33 cl from the Internets. Coca-cola coloured, one finger beige head. A lot of dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, dried apricots, slight banana. Some bitterness, earthy, some citrus, some slight sourness, quite a bit of alcohol heat. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Interesting, balanced, quite complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franzen (273) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
Dark fruits, some alcohol, brown sugar, almonds some banana and some caramel, coca cola in the aroma. Greyish brown sewage water like colour, not appealing apperance at all. Sweet but not to sweet as many quadruppel. Sweetness is nicely balanced with the bitterness, the hoppiness is somewhat brittish. Grapy raisniny fruity taste. Madium to full body with lively carbonation. Actually I had expected this to be overhyped and not good at all. Even though not among the best beers I’ve tried it is really good. Most of all it is very well balanced with lots of flavour and aromas working in harmony wich is unusual for a beer with so much taste. Most of the time some component is to dominating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHolyLance (8) - - MAY 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle courtesy of beer-shop.it. Dark brown / ruby appearance, opaque, with a not so much lasting beige head but with good lacing. Not the most intense but great quality aroma, showing notes of cherries, chocolate ribs, wood, liquorice, spirit character like sherry, dried sweet fruits like figs and almonds (sicilian Avola variety) some yeast and spices like cinnamon. In mouth, carbonation is lively and body is oily. Rich complex flavors take all of your senses, remaining balanced at the same time. Sweetness and tartness come first with malt, dark sugar, fine dark chocolate, red fruits, marsala wine, some green apple, then leaves a long toasted bitter and sweet finish and a lasting alcohol warmth. But I could say much more, the depth of this beer never seems to end. Leaves you "wow" and sad when you empty your glass, dreaming to have another one right by St. Sixtus abbey. Really great beer, highly enjoyable while being complex and interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
awest (4) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014 does not count
33cl bottle sourced from Kris Wines, London, poured into trappist glass. dark mocha colour, leaves a slow settling beige head. Notes of caramel, chocolate, espresso, and much more-amazingly complex. Taste is similarly coffee and chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit and alcohol. Fantastic beer- one of the very best, well worth the effort sourcing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dunn4040 (124) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to GTAEgeek. Pours a deep maroon with a one finger fizzy tannish head. The head is not as "fluffy" as most Trappist ales that I’ve had. Aroma is very complex. More in a subtle kind of way rather than being in your face. Cherry, wood, green apples, brown sugar, figs. Flavor envelopes your palate with a rush of rich flavors. Apple, dark fruits, figs, raisins, hints of chocolate, molasses. Palate is lively and prickly. Overall an excellent beer. Not sure if it is truly the best in the world, but it’s a great beer and a real experience. Definitely was # 1 on my beer bucket list. It’s really hard rating this beer without any bias whatsoever. I tried my best to be as partial as possible when giving my verdict.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AntoineGRD (34) - - MAY 20, 2014
La meilleure pour moi, arômes, texture et mousse... et sa rareté ajoute ce petit truc en plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seynie (129) - Tienen, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Dark brown with a creamy top. Complex taste with dark chocolate, coffee beans, green apples, Irish coffee, cassonade graeffe. The finish is a bit sweeter with more sugar and some more acidity, very long finish. A lot of layers in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alkolas510 (547) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 Mörkbrun med litet vit skum. Jäst, frukt, russin och lite karamellmalt och alkohol i både doft och smak. Bra balans! God öl men överhyppad! 26.04.09 på kapsylen

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ppils (122) - - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown beer. Aroma is yeast, hoppy and a hint of coffee. Taste is coffee, caramel and sweet. A good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RussianDragon (293) - - MAY 15, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. From notes taken at the St. Sixtus Abdij, June 7, 2007. This was a truly overwhelming experience, to have this beer (as well as the 8 and Blond) at the source. It ranks as one of the more memorable moments of my life, and I would encourage any and all to experience it for themselves. This beer was poured for me at the restaurant In de Vrede, in the shadow of the Abdij itself. The beer is a dark opaque brown with a lasting pillowy off-white head that left ample lacing. The aroma is simple but complex: malt and dark, sweet fruits. The flavor is truly something to behold, and words are difficult to come by to describe the perfection. Notes of caramel, malt, spice, slight chocolate all combine to form the perfect beer. As the beer warms, each sip is a new revelation. As often as I have tried to rate this beer, the right words do not avail themselves. I am reminded of the film "Contact" where the protagonist agonizes over the fact that they did not send a poet through the wormhole. This beer is something that must be experienced firsthand. My highest rating I can possibly offer.

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