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


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RATINGS: 3467   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (12410) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 ( 33cl bottle, numerous bottles, various vintages) Pours a deep burgundy with a large beige head. Beautiful boutique of aromas; prunes, molasses, nuts, sweet malt. Flavors of sweet malt, roasted nuts, raisins, and gingerbread. Long flavor duration. Creamy palate. Alcohol nicely covered up with the rich flavor. Impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (12285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, sehr fruchtig, reife Früchte, alkoholisch. Geschmack stark fruchtig, dunkle überreife Früchte, leicht röstmalzig, alkoholisch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Cafe in de Vrede, April 2013, fresh comparison of all three Westvleteren. Cloudy dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit and vineous alcohol, along with cinnamon and a hint of banana. Sweet and full bodied flavour with brown sugar and dried fruit, vineous and slightly hot alcohol. Grassy hops, and a quite bitter finish

Original excited 2004 rating for 4.8: A cloudy to muddy dark red/ruby brown beer with very little head. What can I add about the aroma, that wasn’t already said here? I picked up earth and plums at first and then so many other impressions that I couldn’t pick them apart, but just sat and enjoyed. The flavour is quite sweet and malty, but balanced and very long lasting (the beer lasted an hour, the flavour lasted another hour). There is a lot of hops to balance, and a licorice dark malt note too that adds a dry finish. Round, pleasant mouthfeel with just noticable bubbles and an almost oily whisky like mouthfeel. It’s just a wonderful drink and at risk of being Ratebeer conformist, I’ll have to say that it earns the 20 overall score second to only Kaggen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (11962) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle Conditioned at The Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark black with big tan head. After years of looking, caught up with this in this marvellous little boozer. Both have loads of character, are dark and interesting, smokey and fruity with a hint of licorice root. I was totally impressed with both, but even then I didn’t score a 5, which means the search continues.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11833) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 330ml bottle - 2007 bottle, drunk 2008/12 - Birthday gift from Anna - thanks!
Blind tasting (alongside St. Bernardus Abt, Rochefort 8 and 10, and Chimay Blue)
Deep reddy brown, creamy beige head. Grainy aroma, not as sweet as other dark trappists. Maybe it is even dry and a little woody. Soft carbonation, velvetty in the mouth. Some warming alcohol. Almondy bent, and the bitterness appears to come from the almonds. Some graininess and almost huskiness in the body, and liquorice too. Lovely hops in the finish. Adding the yeast, the liquorice builds, and over time the lovely buddy hops come over more.
3.9, but came equal 4th (with St. Bernardus Abt) out of the 5. Yes, this is a fantastic beer, but looking at most peoples comments, their numbers are complete bull inflated purely by the rarity of the brew, and by the fact that they already know in advance what the beer is.
Rerate: 330ml bottle - shared by Kairi, a million thanks! BB 2017-09-17 (8:4:7+:4:15=3.8+)
Woh, super almondy cherry, but also porridgy aroma. Very mellow palate. Looked great obviously. Lovely sweet malty body, tons of almond, Wonderful bitter finish, love those hops. Hooray for old-world hops. Damn, this is good. Love the nuttiness. But this would really benefit from ageing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11796) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Amazing beer. Nose and tastes of raisins, sweet caramel, malts, toffee and other subtle complexities. I haven’t had this beer since, but my palate is a bit more refined now than it was eight years ago, so I’d likely give it a higher rating today. Rated 1/23/02

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle (thanks to Davecooks) poured a clear copper brown with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of pears, apples, figs, dates, carmel, toffee and light maple. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, carmel, toffee, apples and pears with a smooth lingering lightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle, pub Proppen, Denmark , Birkerød. This was a very pleasant drink. I can find nothing to complain about, which is seldom with beers. However, it didn’t stand out as being truly spectacular, mostly because it was sort of totally well balanced, with no dirty tricks or surprises added, just a damn good beer indeed. It was a bit expensive (dkk 129 / usd 25), but i was very happy to be able to taste it at all.[6,4,8,4,17] re-rate, bottle from beerplanet.eu. clear brown smooth head4. complex malty aroma, slighty fruity figs, also faint note of fresher fruits.7. aroma is quite subdued and not very agressive. alc is very hidden.faint spicy sweetness too. flavor is malty, spicy, quite complex, dried fruits, alc. is noticeable but mostly as a warming sensation, also a little boozy. elegant and in fact pretty mild flavored quad. a bit too spicy sweet for my taste. 7. palate is a little thin 3, overall a nice and complex quad but for me - not really in a league of its own. 16. [7,3,7,3,16].

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