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

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RATINGS: 3073   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Vintage 2002, drank in 2013. Got this in a trade with Ian - thanks, mate! Pours lightly murky brown with a slight, tan foam head that quickly fizzes away into a few filmy bubbles before receding into nothing. The aroma holds all kinds of aged fruits, brown sugar, caramel, dates, figs, raisins, plums, suggestions of oxidation, rich bread, fruit cake. Flavor is big and sweet, lots of syrupy fruits, hints of tang to the dark berries, lots of brown sugar, plums, golden raisins, dates. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots of sticky sugars, overripe fruits, candied sugars, hefty caramel and dates, lots of sweet bread. Immensely complex and nuanced, and quite drinkable given the ABV. Additionally, the beer has aged gracefully. Absolutely world-class. Wonderful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle shared by alexadad06. Poured a cloudy brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark citrus, ginger and caramel aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout complex brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Its a fantastic beer. The best so far. The reason it doesn´t get 5,0 is that the aroma could be a little more powerfull, and the head a bit more lasting . Otherwise this is the perfect beer. You eat it, more than you drink it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
Pours dark brown with small beige head. Very complex aroma with notes of malt, plums, raisins and chocolate. I get toffe, plums, raisins and chokolate in the flavor. Finishes of with warming alkohol. Perfect balance.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle, yellow cap. Cloudy dark brown colour with a long lasting stickylight brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruits, hops and caramel. Flavour of malts, bit of yeast, caramel, bread, bit of alcohol. Smooth very tasty special brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is cellar notes, alcohol, dried fruits, spices. Flavour is cellar notes, alcohol, roasted, dry, spices. Wow , this is a good one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madsberg (10136) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Bottled: This is truely a great brew. I’ve had the pleasure of sampling this many time in Belgium and back home in Denmark. Had it as vintage and had it fresh. My personal favourite is a 2 - 3 year old sample. Just when you look at it, you’re in love. The colour is dark and brown with a huge foamy offwhite head. The aroma is fantastic. Ripe fruits, light liqourice, a bit of brown sugar, spice, a subtle sweetness. Flavour as well i out of this world. Smoth, balanced and pleasant. The ripe fruits (raisins and plums) is mingled with spices and the sugary notes. Has a slight touch of alcohol. The vintage samples is a bit more smooth than the fresh ones. Has a fantastic spicy warming end, that last forever. One of these in front of the fireplace with the one you love! Who could ask for more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10125) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
December 02. 2005 my rating # 1000 - and my expectations are sky high! I carefully take it from my cellar and let it get almost room temperature before opening it. It’s almost black, and the head is moderate. The aroma is wonderfully complex, it has notes of malt, figs, fruit, oak and hops. The flavour is sweetish and very complex, and in my mouth the dominant notes are malt, figs and other dark fruits, caramel, nuts, basement, earth and hops. The hops are very aromatic and gives a very nice bitterness, that is very unlike to other Belgian beers I have tasted. It’s an incredible beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 Bottle. Amber beer with a very nice beige head. Malty aroma, grassy, toffee, fruit, hoppy notes, bready, spicy, some wheat. Malty vinous flavor, some alcohol, fruity, citrus, pears, yeast,grass, toffee notes, sweegtish, some hops. Lovely beer but not the best beer in the world in my book any longer. Old rating, november 11, 2005: Dark amber, nice brownish head. Now, this is a complex beer... Aroma brings alot, but the nutty and malty touches came thorugh the most. Some dark chocolate, vinous, spice and peppery. Some hops, you name it, it was there. Flavor is dry nutty and malty, spicy and peppery hoppy and from dark chocolate, even more nuts and malts. Some syrup and a pleasant finish. Incredibly complex and a very. very good beer. Oj, vad den var god...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2002
What a beer to drink on Christmas day! Best before 07-05. Overwhelming aroma of malt, cinnamon, plums and butter. Sweet and thick. Buttery with roasted malt, plums, licorice, some well-hidden alcohol, apple, raisin, porto, cinnamon and pepper. Amazingly complex and powerful, sweet and overwhelming, delicious beer. Without any doubt one of the best beers in the world.


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