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


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RATINGS: 3374   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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12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle thanks to Belgianbeergal. The only thing I’ll complain about is that my glass is empty, and I want to become a monk so I can be around this beer all the time. Aroma is amazing. Raisins, rich caramel, figs, with a little yeast. Very sweet fruit, caramel, bread flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and the carbonation is very enjoyable. Great smooth feel. Not too heavy or light. If I make it into heaven this beer will be there.

paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
This one is an absolute classic! The aroma is wonderful! sweet, caramel, toffee, raisin and fruits. The flavor rich and very complex again sweet yet some what bitter, alcohol, caramel, raisin, spicy. Overall this is one of the best beers in the world, perfect! YMMV

RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 24, 2008
Bottled. Stunning one to have for #1000 - thanks to both ygtbsm94 and Ungstrup for providing me with a bottle of this. Pours a deep reddy-brown with a thin beige head. After a careful pour, I had a sniff. Nose is strong, wow, alcohol, dark fruit, malt, almost sour plum, toffee, very complex. Mouth is very very punch-in-the-face strong, malty, slightly bitter, alcohol, spirit, grassy, almost a gin floralness, then becoming sweeter and more rounded, with some spiciness. Lots of complex dark fruit, even some espresso and chocolate in tiny quantities. Finishes quite malty and some biscuit, with some warming fruit. Saved this for my 1000th, sat at the window, looking out across a rainy Luxembourg, in perfect silence. Then a Boeing 747 soared overhead at about 700ft, and I realised why I was here, why I was drinking this beer, and why I love the Benelux. Setting: Perfect. Beer: Pretty good, too!

yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2008
Tasted 26/07/2008. 330ml bottle carried all the way from the UK by hand, through the Green-Watt connections, to Wellington. Then on to Invercargill, via Queenstown on the most amazing flight I’ve ever experienced, to finally share with Sam and Steve the night before we kicked off Yeastie Boys. Thank you Richard - you’re a legend. Firstly: has anyone else had bottles with sediment that is almost 1/3 of the bottle? The beer: Ho hum, to be perfectly frank. Pleasant. There’s another bottle in the cellar, so it’ll be interesting to see if another look is any more impressive.

stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a reddish-brown beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with caramel, raisin and fruits. The flavor follows the nose and leaves a rich and complex mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the best beers to style.

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Poured a hazy brown color with a tiny off white head. Aroma was of a lot of dark fruits, caramel, nuts and some alcohol. Flavor was lots of caramel, and some fig and dates, and some grass with a nice alcohol warmth and thickness in the swallow. Pretty good, but I would prefer a Rochefort 10

uhre (384) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2008
The beer is dark brown with a tone of red, and a huge head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, prunes and cherries perhaps - sweet. The flavor is of dark fruit, cherries, caramel and a bit of burn from the alcohol to balance the sweetness.

nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Rating #100. Sincere thanks to ajm for leaving this in my fridge. It would have been better shared, but there’s no way I could keep staring at this one. Poured a robust/murky brown from the bottle with a thick tan head of foam. Notes of lemon zest, almost like a pilsner, in the nose as well as some hazlenut. Very unsuspecting until the molasess, caramel, apple, hazenut, and smoke slam your palette. Aggressive, yet sweet, with mild carbonation. Plenty of sediment. Certainly a treat, but not quite the Holy Grail of Beers, although I have to say from subsequent ratings that this only grows in cpomplexity with age.

nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Thanks cmubeerman, side-by-side with Westy 8. 2+ years old. Creamy head with a mahogany-chestnut body. Almost minty aroma, cherries, dark fruit, anise, cloves, coriander, cardamom. Much more complex, fruity, and boozy than the 8. Flavor is malty, smooth, and complex. Round, bitter, and boozy finish.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle from ebay. Dark brown with a garnet tint and no head. Raisin, fig, and brown sugar and grain aroma. Initial taste has some wine like character with raisin and dark fruit flavors, mild spice, brown sugar, and subtle vanilla followed by a sweet oat and cereal grain taste with some perceptible alcohol in the finish. Quite complex, subtle and delicately balanced flavors. It’s quite good, but it’s not an over the top aggressive beer, which is what I prefer. Nevertheless, it probably deserves it place at the top.

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