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

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RATINGS: 3636   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Bottle dated 07-2001. Many thanks to Cap’n Cougar for making sure I had the opportunity to sample both this and the Westy 8!. Mild sour malty aroma. Deep cloudy brown color. Long dry malty flavor, pefectly blended. No alcohol evident. I only wish I had sampled this far ealier in the evening. Peace brother!


4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeiznogood (20) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
At home, 2016 bottle (33cl). Direct comparison tasting with Rochefort 10. Pour: dark burgundy, slight orange, nice and clear. High initial carbonation, high foam. Nose: Malt, minerals, dades. Taste: first - molasses, minerals, liquorice; mid - dades, dried fruits; after molasses, dark sirup, slight alcohol, dry bitterness. Mouthfeel: Sirupy and thick. Carbonation is not dominant, which is nice. Really lovely. Verdict: A very good beer! Definitely next level compared to Rochefort 10, just that bit more well rounded and delicious. But not enough to warrant the price tag - I would rather have a few Rochefort in future! :-)

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beertholomeus (1688) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours a burnt amber brown color with a thick khaki head. Caramel, toffee, yeast, funk, molasses and dark fruit aroma. Caramel, toffee, yeast, molasses, funk, fig, raisin, funk, toast and slight booze flavors. Medium full body and very lively carbonation. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit and booze finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jfdelille (1) - la madeleine, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2016 does not count
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markoyli (7) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2016 does not count
Everything what must be said, it’s already said. Dark fruits, maybe some figue. Surprising bit of fizzy and not so thick what I thought. Great beer, but not my nro1.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hauxe (374) - Butzbach, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2016
Aged for about a year till my patience gave out. Pours dark brown from the bottle and leaves a large, fluffy head that gently subsides before gradually disappearing. Lots and lots of sediment in the glass. Aroma is port wine at the outset, and deepens after some time in the glass and exposure to air. Cherry and strong roasted caramel notes are present, and so is something sweeter, maybe fig, and peanut butter too! The taste is both rich and alcoholic with lots of caramel, bread, dark fruit, and a hint of spice. Finishes warm, sweet, and a bit boozy. This is a heavy, full-bodied beer but it goes down easy. I like it. Certainly in my top 10 list of beers as of the time of rating, but not necessarily my favorite. Going to have to do some more drinkng and re-rating. Life’s a bitch.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fisler (383) - Bamberg, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016
Sehr dunkles Braun im Glas. In der Nase Nougat, Haselnuss, Mandel, eine Geruchsexplosion schon wenn man die Flasche öffnet. Perlig auf der Zunge, dann nussig, leichte Säure, etwas ölig. Im Abgang cremig, mollig wärmend, wieder Nuss, Holz, feine Süße. Sehr komplex, überraschend gut trinkbar. Kein bisschen schwer. Ausgezeichnet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ferguimara (12) - - AUG 8, 2016
A classy beer at that. Just an overall great beer that baffles you with every sip.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
satagajr (2) - Virum, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016 does not count
Found at a bottle shop in Denmark, surprised to stumble upon it. I was really excited just to try it, knowing how difficult it is to find and the reputation around it. It was good, very good. Maybe not the ’best in the world’ (it’s impossible to say with so many great beers out there), but really great to find something so interesting. Good appearance, really large head that adds to the flavour of the first few sips. The toasted caramel flavour is really nice. I bought a few more bottles to age as well, that should be fun.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
morri (277) - NORWAY - AUG 6, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 330ml bottle from Beer Tempel in Brussels served in a chalice. Small, creamy tan head which settles into a nice, thin layer. Dark brown body. Aroma is plum, cinnamon and brown sugar. Quite yeasty. Very sweet on the tongue. Extremely complex and well balanced. All in all an excellent trappist beer, but not necessarily better then its competitors. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my tastebuds.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Matt_likesbeer (1) - Solothurn, SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
Habe grad 2 Kisten vor Ort im Kloster abgeholt....und wirklich...es ist immer wieder ein Genuss...diese Ausgewogenheit, stark und doch sanft, schwer und doch so sprizig...ein Genuss zu jeder Jahreszeit!


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