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

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RATINGS: 3752   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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4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerLS (20) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2 year old bottle from Capones in Norristown Pa. No label, no head. Large particles sunk to the bottom of the glass, smelled sweet and of alcohol, like a wine. The taste was noting like it, plums, raisins, bubblegum, prunes, dates, figs, it made love to my mouth. Not sweet or achoholic at all like the smell, this couldnt sit in my mouth long enough. mind altering. great. the heavyweight champion of all beer ive had. The monks in their quest for enlightenment of betterment must have acquired this recipie for the perfect beer by god himself and have almost made it realized. liquid gold. ive been laid by this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This beer has a sterling reputation, which I assumed was unearned. Its not. Granted much of its cache is due to its scarcity, but that doesnt change the fact that it is world-class. Body was a dark red-brown with creamy white head with great staying power. Aroma was earthy, raisin-y, and distinctly cereal-y, but in a good way. The cereal-y of this and the other Westvleteren beers I tried had this underlying aroma that reminded me of the boiling mash smell that permeates the brewery when a boil is going on. Flavor is a bit like baking bread (that same malt-mash flavor) with raisins and a touch of sweetness and a noticeable alcohol tinge. Very balanced. At the top of the page, my notes say ’Honestly, this is perfect.’ I cant recommend this beer enough. I had it at the Cafe In De Vrede, across the street from the St. Sixtus abbey that brews the beer in Westvleteren. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Rating #500 for me. Big thanks to Matt Capone for hooking me up with this one! I cant say anything that hasnt already been said about this beer. More than lives up to the hype. Perhaps the perfect mouthfeel meets an amazing taste. Smooth, robust, fulfilling. Amazingly long lasting head for a beer of this strength that leaves beautiful, delicate wispy lace. Why does it have to be so damn hard to get this stuff?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Poured from a bottle brought back from Belgium. Second tasting after sampling in Brugge. Dark murky brown with a thin tan head. Deep aromas of sweet dried fruit. Smooth on the palate and rich. Complex plum, raisin, and malt. Mild hops and trace alcohol warmth. Best Belgian quad I have had. Yum!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Derek881 (1265) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2008
With great anticipation I poured the beer from the bottle into a trappist glass. The aroma was a highly complex blend of deep and dark fruit scents. The most noticeable notes were those of raisin, plums, prunes, and some other figs. There was also a hoppy component, with some citrus tones, including a touch of grapefruit, and a grainy-earthy hop part; maybe a bit of wheat, and late-emerging toffee notes. The beer had a rich, dark brown color, with the slightest tint of dark copper. The head was a bubbly-foamy off-white/light tan color with a very big size initially. It lost its big head in the beginning, but leveled off to maintain a thin layer on top of the beer, with creamy edges., which remained until the end of the beer and left a lot of clingy foam on the glass. I was worried I might be disappointed going in for the first sip, but far from it... the flavor explodes in the mouth almost immediately. The first flavor to hit the mouth is probably the raisin-plum taste, with some sweetness, folllowed by a good bit of sour-bitterness. As it warmed a bit, some of the grainy-earthy flavors came forward; there was also a toffee malt effect in the taste. The beer has a hugely lively fizz feel along with the flavors, and leaves the mouth feeling full from even the smallest sip. It has a thick, lasting effect, and the alcohol content pokes through from time to time. The body was smooth and wet, yet still left the mouth feeling slightly dry. Before having this beer, and even in the first moments, I was worried that it would not live up to the hype... but it did. While the aroma and appearance were great (especially the retention of the cling and head), it was the flavor and palate feel that truly separate this beer from the pack. I have never experienced such a burst of flavor coupled with a majestic palate feel before. To date, this beer is the best that I have ever had, and in my opinion, deserves its status.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle, thanks ekstedt. Dark brown with a light brown head. Complex aroma of caramel, port and fruit. Sweetish and salty. Soft and vinous mouthfeel.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pour is muddy brown with small brown head. Aroma burns your nostrils with alcohol and funk. The flavor is terrible. Alcohol and bad sour was all I tasted. This beer did not live up to the hype at all. I’d take a Rochefort 10 any day over this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle 33cl. I managed to get a hold of one of these in Antwerp Belgium. I was very surprised to see it in the first beer shop I walked into so I was very pleased. Pours a clear red/brown colour. Has a great size head and good carbonation. Smell is chocolaty and can also make out raisen and fruits, excellent balance. Smell is very enrichning and satisfying on it’s own, just smelling this is a treat. Taste is very complex, but perfectly balanced, the many fruits can be found again, as also some nuts and the yeast with a lovely alcohol finish. Lies great in the mouth. Must say this rates up there with the Rochefort 10 and I have to say that it is slightly better even so!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finol (3242) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2008
This is a great beer but I enjoyed the wv 8 more. I found this a bit to light to its reputation and 10.2%. It contains a lot of flavour eg. raisins, bread.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (3033) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle. Hazy brown. No head. Sweet aroma of bread and yeast (not the typical belgian yeast aroma though). Sweet and fruity beer with a complex flavor. Bread. Raisins. Licorice. Etc. Very smooth.


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