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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3805   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Wow... Some people think there really is no such thing as the "perfect beer". I disagree. While it is basically non-existent, this beer does achieve that status. The holy grail of beers! Thanks to my good friend for getting me a couple of these on his trip to Belgium! Pours a cloudy dark amber/brown with a medium tan head that dissipates very quickly. This thing is like drinking pure nectar! Figs, licorice, chocolate, raisins, and maybe a slight bit of coffee and thats just the beginning. There are so much more complex flavors to this thing! It is ever so slightly sweet and it lingers forever... I now understand why they call this the holy grail of beers! The abv in this beer is very well hidden. You could drink a few of these things without realizing how much youve had! What else can I say, Everyone needs to get one at least once in their life! Only wish I had more... Maybe when I win the lottery Ill head over and grab a case for myself! Cheers!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
YES FINALLY AFTER ALL THIS TIME! PERFECTLY YUMMYYYYY!!!!! Bottle from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam for 9 Euros!!! AMAZING!1!1!!!1

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2008
Almost a perfect beer. The color is nicely dark with a not too thick foam. The nose is full of dark fruit, raisins, chocolate, hop, coffee. The taste builds on it with creaminess and a good bitterness. Very long aftertaste and nice palate. A bit of bottle age (since this is the latest bottling I took at the Abbey) will only improve on its perfection.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 This is absolutely one of the best beers in the world. An almost hazy black colored beer, with a beautiful beige foamed head. It disappears slowly and leaves a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is incredibly complex. It has dark fruits, like prum, berries, raisins. very dark chocolate malt and notes of coffee. The taste is complex as well. its gentle, several dark fruits, some spices and the taste of pure chocolate. The after taste has a very nice bitter, which stays for a while. It gives a very warm feeling in your mouth. As I already sad one of the best. But I leave 0.1 point free, for the perfect beer, if that is possible.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
bottle courtesy of carlus12. Aroma of dried fruit, cream and malt. Pours an opaque brown beer with a beige head. Taste is malty with a fruit notes and hops. Very weekl balanced and a lovely palate with many flourishes. A great beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeertGouwy (1) - Westvleteren, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 The best!!!! Strange you display bottle with label since the original are sold without label.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Bottle. 1998 vintage drank in 08. Hold up well even to the test of time. Pours dark brown with a kacki beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, that Trappist flavor, caramel. Mouthfeel is a tingling sensation as the somehow remaining spicy carbonation still persists. Flavors become more pronounced as this beer warms as with the 8. Finishes with hardly any etoh. Awesome. 4.3 Had this again just recently 2007 vintage consumed in 2010, and wow this beer is just awesome. No further notes but bump this up. 4.5

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14964) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SweetH20 (1) - USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
The Holy Grail of Beer!!! The first seconds are sweet but the carbonation quickly takes it away and brings in the aroma. Though it is 10.2% it doesnt taste like it, though it does warm your throat long after you swallow.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (7098) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 (Bottle, BBE 27.04.11, 20110514) The beer poured dark brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized, white and quite sizzling. Aroma was very strong and it had raisin, aniseed, malts and chocolate. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were raisin, dried plum, chocolate, malts, aniseed and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. Aroma was very good but the flavour was too much on the sweet side.


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