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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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3272) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Bottle, 33 cl. Yesterday evening taste again after years. Dark brown almost black color, with creamy beige head. Rich and complex..alcohol give a warm mouthfeeling. This is the best ! But personally for me is the blond version 5,8 more my taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
I found this beer for sale at OBriens, with a hefty price tag for a 12 oz. Still, it was cheaper than a ticket to Belgium and I wasnt about to pass up the top rated beer in the world. Pours murky brown with a big tan head that stays around for a while. Pleasantly sweet aroma of cherries, prunes, brown sugar, licorice, bread dough, oak, and yeast. Unbeleivably light mouthfeel. Its like the beer hovers on your tongue. Amazing taste. It mimics the aroma quite well, with an intriguing combination of tastes. I had the same problem as others: it was very, very difficult to pin down specific flavors. It was almost as if the beer was blending and mixing while in your mouth. Sweet, sour, spice, and fruit were in constant motion and made up a beer that is almost undescribably good. It was well worth its price.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Tried the Westy 8 first and was slightly dissapointed. So I didnt know what to expect with the 12. Poured a dark murky brown into my St. Bernardus glass. On first sip the beer is way to cold. Still I pick up big dark fruit flavors, lots of prune juice soaked bread, with a finish that is lasting and perfect. Upon warming it really opens up. The flavors up front get bigger without losing the perfect balance and the finish lasts longer. The balance is near perfect, with a complexity I have rarely seen in such a smooth and soft beer. Re-rate: Had another bottle of this last night. I thought I might be able to rate this better without so much initial hype as the first time. Still an awesome beer, lot to be said for the subtleties. Also, one of the best beers I have had at room temperature. Still, not quite as impressed on this second go. It has great balance, and a really stellar quality about it, but the titile of best beer in the world is hard to live up to.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yves (2947) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2008
Dark brown coloured beer with small head, a sweet malty aroma. Im not really a fan of brown beers, but when you taste this one, you are in heaven.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 The aroma smells like red wine. It looks like heaven in a glass - a dark brown with very little head. The flavor is truely amazing. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and nuts. Goes down very smooth. When you taste this, you know why it is currently rated #1. If I ever have the chance to drink this beer again, I will certainly take advantage

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2008
I live about 30km from the abbey :) i think the beer is so popular because its not on the market. It is a very good beer ut belgium has many other beers with the same score for me. if you buy this beer, just keep it 1 year closed, they taste so much softer/better. (but i know, its hard)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 RERATE- bottle at In De Vrede. Has a hot, praline-nutty, cherry liqueur chocolate character, with less body, less complexity and more alcohol than I remember. Dumbed-down a notch?. Not my favourite beer in the world anymore- 848417. Fresh bottle bought at St. Sixtus, 29/12/07. Tasted of nothing but vague roasty/hoppy bitterness at In De Vrede owing to the flu, but back home its easy to see why this is currently revered as planet Earths no.#1 rated. Pours stouty mahogany with reddish edges against the light, and an irregular beige head. Aroma sharp, bready, yeasty and smothered with prunes, hazelnut, chocolate, dark spicy fruit and a touch of liquorice. Again, a slightly sulphurous note leaning towards living English bitter (Badger, Marstons, Wadworths?). Smells alive, beery and like its just been drawn from a cask. Impossible to sniff without salivating. Flavour easily the sweetest of the Holy Trinity, thick with toffee, milk chocolate and burnt sugar, but also intense charred malt (or at least the impression of it), 70% cocoa bitterness and a closing sting of bitter, bitter hops. Theres also sweet nutty malt like the 8, prunes and even suggestions of glace cherry or strawberry. The deliciousness of this beer lies in an intense bittersweetness thats uncomplicated, but difficult to pin down. Light but persuasive on the palate, with gentle coaxing alcohol and above everything, a nutty chocolate malt smoothness I dont want to end. Im not saying its the Greatest Beer in the World (Ive sampled to date), but its in the top one. 949419.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2008
300ml - Thanks Jeffin7 from my first trade - bottled 04/23/05 with 06/06/07 on the cap - #900 - Aroma of raisin, prune and other dark fruits, alcohol, bready yeast and some spice I cant put my finger on. Pours very dark burgundy with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is dark fruits quickly followed by spicy yeast. Damn thats so flavorful and so smooth. A nice malty finish that lingers forever. Sip and sit as to not waste any of it. Palate is sticky, yet very smooth especially for 10.2%. A very complex and tasty brew that I will need to try again and again to fully appreciate. Worth the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Very complex...mostly comprised of dark fruit (raisins, prunes, and fig)...and then the burn begins. Aroma was sweet with a hint of alcohol. Visually, this one is like a dingy, murky river...with just a minimal head. The term "foam" would be overly aggressive. Good beer...but doesnt live up to its #1 status and its hefty price tag. Buy Rochefort 10 to get your trappist fix and save some cash!!!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Ive been waiting to try this for a bit of time. Pours dark brown with an off white head. A bit of dark fruit and toast and sourdough on the nose. Deep sweet brown sugar taste, some raisins, and a really impressive yeasty finish. Thick but drinkable mouthfeel. This beer offered a bit of everything but like most beers at this time of the night, suffered from being offered near the end of the night. I must revisit.


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