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


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RATINGS: 3687   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Bottle @ In De Vrede. I dont know what I can say to do this beer justice; its truly the king of all beers. Appearance is a reddish ruby-brown, with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity, with many flavors vying for attention. The beer is incredibly complex, but subtly so, with the flavors almost dancing across your tongue. You get spicy, woody, earthy, and fruity notes, all in such a short period of time. The mouthfeel is the best I have ever experienced, and the aftertaste in and of itself is complex. I could go on and on about this treasure, but so many already have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2007
#800! So this is it? This is the big gun. This sets the standard...Slightly maple amber hue. Tight ring of bone white head. Sweet honey nose. Toffee and vanilla mixed with a slight tuaca burn. Nutty with a mix of sweet spices. Full bodied with citrus acidity full be a great rush of effervesnce. Burn hits then ebbes. Leaves a tingling coating on the teeth. Warming. Toffee and acidic, almost cherry ish. Smokey and woody. Subtle whiskey note. Light crisper palate. Big and tasty. Notes of raisins and a sherry stickiness. What can I say, this has been a wonderful experience. I have entered a unique cateogory. Hooray for beer! Horray for me! Excellently crafted brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Finally, I get to rate the true king of beers! 11.2 oz bottle, pours a hazy ruby red color with tiny light tan head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is full of juicy caramel, hint of cherry, vanilla, oak, ginger, red grape, faintest touch of burbon. Flavor has lots of grape jelly notes, bit of vanilla bean, lightly toasted caramel, touch of oak and anise. Finish is relatively sweet. Definiely a great brew, although I dont think it quite lives up to the greatest beer in the world, but still very good, and definitely a landmark rating. Thanks to MikeF and Faye for getting me this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
My heartfelt thanks to Arun for treating me with this pricey beer. 10 euros for a 30 cl bottle is too steep for stingy me. The taste is almost worth it. We compared the 2006 11% Gouden Carollus Cuvee van de Kaiser and the Rochefort Trappistes 10. This was a night to remember indeed. My preference is still the Cuvee van de Kaiser. Nevertheless, the monks at the Abbey do produce an incredibly superb beer. It is a real pity that it is so expensive and difficult to find. The high level of alcohol is unnoticeable. It is a very subtle and smooth beer with several flavors tightly knit together. Sweet but only mildly bitter. The foretaste is a disappointment. (Hmmm, it isnt that good.) Then the full flavor kicks in. It is delightful. This is surprisingly smooth, not at all what I expected. Each sip is to be savored for several seconds. The aftertaste is likewise very subtle as different flavors melt away. It does not coat the mouth and throat in the way that the Cuvee does. The range or spectrum of flavor is not as wide. Yet it does not disappoint at all -except maybe the wallet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Rerate: 1996 bottle, courtesy Papsoe, shared with folks at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a cloudy murky caramel color. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of delicious aroma and some butterscotch and gorgeous, nostril-filling fruity esters. Divine. Flavor is chock full of gorgeous, mouth-savoring notes, including caramel, dark candy, plum, rich fruits, brown sugar...amazing. Extremely drinkable and as good as a beer as Ive ever had. We had it side by side with an 07 Westy 12, and this one destroyed the latter. Amazing.

Huge thanks to my dear friend peabody for this one. Looks beautiful. The smell doesnt hit me as well as the Westy 8. The taste is amazing and so smooth for a 10% beer. Best in the world? Tough call. I think I like the Westy 8 more. Still, a fantastic brew here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stip (8) - Zolder, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2007 does not count
I can see why this beer was rated the best in the world. Its a pity its so hard to get!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrededBrethren (10) - Palm, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Very exciting tasting 6/2 thanks to Jhop and friends. Aroma- nothing dominating but a nice complex blend of light roast, perfumey alcohol, dark fruit and banana. Appearance- Hazy brown, tan head and hot legs. Flavor- Similar to the aroma but a subtle hint of a noble hop variety into the warm finish. Palate- medium-full body with a delicate presence in the mouth that is only found in a westvleteren. Killer Quad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a small light tan head that fades leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, slightly burnt caramel, figs, alcohol, slight banana, and yeast spice. Taste is the same as aroma with just a slight residual sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with a nice but not hot alcohol warmth and mild bitterness. This beer lived up to all of the hype. I cant wait to get my hands on one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
The taste really flourishes at the end of the sip. Its as if its aromas are released only after imbibing. Great beer. Worth the hype? not sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Furseth (2117) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle:2006: Thx to Patrik( oh6gdx) Deep red hazy colour,flat head. Aroma of alc,citrus,burned sugar,and a balanced hopy end. Flavor is almost the same,Smouth citic,alc,rasin mouth feeling. Full body,long rasin,citrus,alc bitterfinish.So werry well done: Great!

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