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


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RATINGS: 3728   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
11.2oz bottle, bottled 20.04.07--thanks to henrikb for this! My first rating in my new podunk town! Clear ruby brown with some chunky sediment and a one finger fading beige head down to a thin ring. Why doesnt this look more impressive? Figs, raisins, and sweet slightly scorched caramel lead the aroma. Vanilla, Belgian yeast, and chocolate covered cherries come next. Flavor has the chocolate covered cherries (with the syrup and white sugary filling) coming stronger, and the alcohol blends well with this clear into the semi-dry slightly chalky finish, with bitterness peaking around a 2 to 3. Backing up a bit, the addition of a hint of leather makes its way into the flavor. Fairly vinous and figgy again as well. Full body with prickly low carbonation. For the top rated beer, I would have expected this to excel in all aspects, but it didnt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
draught at in de vrede near the abbey. Simply put, fantastic. Caramel sweet smell. Taste is complex, every sip is different. Flavors of dark fruit, caramel, alcohol, very balanced and drinkable. Very smooth. Best Ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgiskOlklub (1066) - Viby J, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle from 2005. Average size lovely creamy off-white diminishing head, hazy dark brown body. Aroma of raisin, plum port and heavy alcohol. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation and a distinct bitter finish. The flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. A nice beer - but better when it is young

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Winchestercer (3) - , SPAIN - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
Una muy buena cerveza trapista. No creo que llegue a ser la mejor del mundo, aunque s de las mejores. Seguramente gane puntos por la forma de venta y la historia que esconde tras de s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZanomiX (4) - , BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2008 does not count
Finally I could taste the best beer in the world. I don’t have much experiance but this is defenatly the best beer I’ve ever tasted. It has a very rich flavour but I expected it would be sweeter. I liked it more this way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 12 oz. bottle - generously traded to me by jim74; cloudy, dark reddish brown; lots of flakes and still left about 1/2" in the bottom of the bottle; frothy tan head bubbles up and quickly fades to a thin, soapy film; lots of sweetness, dank fruit, brown sugar and fresh cut prunes (or something like that); velvety soft on the lips and very rich; wow, nose is top dog here; as is the creamy texture; flavor the only letdown, but just a slight one; a very big beer in richness and sweetness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
33cl, exclusive brewery, from the brewery, very complex, but heavy (and sweet), cloudy, good head, very good brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Big thanks to Jason for this one. Pours brown with a little slightly off-white head. Nothing too special to look at. Flavor and aroma are lots of dark fruits, with brown sugar and a lot of sweetness. Obviously this beer is well-regarded, as it should be, but to me its just not the best beer Ive had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimavirsla (5) - sombor, SERBIA - JUL 27, 2008 does not count
Faint aroma. I couldnt help it, I was quite disappointed by the smell, but the taste of this is excellent. Very sweet, but the complexity never makes it cloying. So many fruits in this.. Excellent brew, but is this the best in the world? I can imagine this being to sweet for me on some days, Id rather have a Rochefort 10 then...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Mad props to Tony at Oldsmar Tap House for the Westy 8, 12, and Blonde side-by-side. Judging by appearance alone, one would have no idea that this is the highly-regarded nectar of God Himself, as it is quite an unattractive brown liquid just sitting in a snifter. Aroma and corresponding flavors are as complex as a Thanksgiving feast -- spicy figs, dates, brown sugar, touches of honey and molasses, rich malts, nutmeg all over top subtle warm alcohol. Definitely a complexity of flavor that is unrivaled to date for me personally. Its an absolutely stunning beer that lives up to its reputation.

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