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

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RATINGS: 3617   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle. Light dark fruit aromas. Very dark brown with a tan head that left quickly. Hints of cola and tobacco. Full bodied; sharp but creamy carbonation. A cascade of different flavors. Malt. Possibly chocolate. Fruit is probably present bu not clearly distinguishable - perhaps raisin. To quote Marcus: It just tastes like Vestvleteren.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13258) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 11.2 oz. bottle, sent generously from Glouglouburp (thanks so much for the opportunity to try this, Dany), pours dark amber with a beige head. Intense aroma of raisins, plum, dark currants, some molasses, burnt caramel and yeast. Absolutely exquisite. Complex barely begins to describe this - raisins, dark currant, caramel, with an alcohol burn towards the end, more raisins, without too much sweetness, very warming. Not the #1 beer I’ve had, but pretty stunningly fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (13241) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 (10/13/05, bottled 5/22/02) Given the greater experience and context I have gained since joining RB, it definitely is time to revisit the true king of beers. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly (no doubt due to the age of the beer), giving way to an opaque dark brown-red body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/prune, vinous, cookie dough, some cherry, light oak, orange. The flavors are bursting at the seams -- moderately sweet, cookie, raisin, floral, cherry, some orange, chocolate, molasses, herbal, faint vinous. The alcohol is nearly invisible. Smooth, even creamy, medium-full body. It will be a very sad day should I no longer be able to obtain this masterpiece. (8/4/10/5/19)

(5/27/02) Absolutely wonderful beer. Very malty, rich & complex. Alcohol warmth adds to, rather than detracts from, the wonderful flavor. (9/4/9/5/18)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (12942) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HenrikSoegaard (12915) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (12909) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12760) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Hazy brown color, small head. Smell malts, lightly alcohol and caramel. Taste malts, caramel, lightly bitter. Decent carbo, medium to full body. Nice beer, but I don’t taste 4.48 in this beer. Maybe because it’s relatively easy to get around here?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere (12678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
1999 vintage . Oranged hue brown ale with a beautifuk off-white head, resilient, lacing. Wonderfully maderized malt with raisins, prunes and dates in aroma, and nice spices wifting through. Smoother than the newer beer tasted (2004), with fruityness coming out weel, dates, port wine, and orange peels. Rich and well balanced, all taste blending well. One word superb (9-5-9-5-18). The 2004 differed in that in aroma, the spices were more sharp, coriander and curacao, very present. The hops in mouth were also slightly metallic, so was the alcohol. (9-5-9-5-17). BW tasting at Dumdum’s, Late March 2005. Merci Dum.


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