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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy purplish-brown color with a thick, almond head. Strong lacing. Aroma is fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a nice bit of the Belgian yeast to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Flavor is very complex. Its hard to put a finger on it. Theres some caramel, apricot, alcohol, and some toffee to it. Maybe not the best beer Ive ever had, but its right up there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4510) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2008
Dark brown colour, virtually no head. No carbonation at all, so I suspect the bottle didnt survive the years. Anyway, did not live up to my expectations. Nice aroma and flavours of dark fruits, but too sweet, and I miss the carbonation bite. Definitely worth a rerate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle, pub Proppen, Denmark , Birkerd. This was a very pleasant drink. I can find nothing to complain about, which is seldom with beers. However, it didnt stand out as being truly spectacular, mostly because it was sort of totally well balanced, with no dirty tricks or surprises added, just a damn good beer indeed. It was a bit expensive (dkk 129 / usd 25), but i was very happy to be able to taste it at all.[6,4,8,4,17] re-rate, bottle from beerplanet.eu. clear brown smooth head4. complex malty aroma, slighty fruity figs, also faint note of fresher fruits.7. aroma is quite subdued and not very agressive. alc is very hidden.faint spicy sweetness too. flavor is malty, spicy, quite complex, dried fruits, alc. is noticeable but mostly as a warming sensation, also a little boozy. elegant and in fact pretty mild flavored quad. a bit too spicy sweet for my taste. 7. palate is a little thin 3, overall a nice and complex quad but for me - not really in a league of its own. 16. [7,3,7,3,16].

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
borisz (407) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
Best beer of the world ? I dont think so, it was nice bud i dont get the hype of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
(2007-version) Dark brown. Very complex aroma og flavour - and extremely well-balanced. Plum, raisin, dry chocolate / figs, diff. berries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Wow!!!! Rarely does a beer live up to its hype like this one. Poured a dark amber with a small brownish head that lingered. The nose has some malt, yeast and vanilla. The palate was mild, sugary and carbonated. The finish was amazingly complex with a tatse of plums, figs, caramel, raisins and plums with a warming alcohol finish. Best beer in the world? Who knows, but this sure lived up to the hype. I have another 5 I cant wait to enjoy!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bchlala (42) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I cant really remember all the flavors, but I remember this beer as the best one I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 I have been holding on to this for awhile and was in a mood to try,this is not my favorite type of beer but with all the hype i finally crack it open at room temp. and it was quite good with a dark rich and malty flavor with hints of plums and vey smooth with a heavy sugar taste and complex CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Thanks tytoanderso. The color was dark brown. The head was thin, fizzy, and white. The aroma was complex, spicey, sweet, rum, raisin, and alcohol. The flavor was the same. The palate was well carbonated and thick-bodied. The finish was warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 Recently retried this blind, courtesy of turdferguson and was underimpressed, lowered rating as a result. Thanks tytoanderso. Pours a thick dark hazy brown with little to no head. The nose is very reminiscent of a nice port, dark sugars, rum, raisins, plums, alcohol, earthy and mellow, slight Belgian tones. Dark sugars abound in the flavor, raisins, dark fruit, plum, rum, Belgian hints, caramel, a mild alcohol warmth, . The palate was full and sharply carbontated, warming and sweet. Long musty fruity finish. Delicious Belgian, best beer in the world...no. But still delicious.

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