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


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RATINGS: 3722   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 19/20
psychofab (2) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
This Beer is simply fantastic.. I dont know how that monks can create this fantastic beer with only simple ingredients..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 A very dark brown hints of red and a nice thick looking white head that laces extremly well and the same small visable carbonation as the 8 with even some small chunks. Smells of brown sugar and carmel some yeast lots of raisens hints of alcohol hints of plums some spices and even a tiny touch of bannannas. Palate is full and creamy. Flavor is very sweet big carmalized plum flavor in the front a hint of nutmeg and soem other spice a tniy touch of alcohol. I think the flavor wasnt as well done as the 8 or maybe I just expected more. Dont get me wrong this is an incredible beer but ive liked others better. Thanks to Dave for sharing an amazing beer. Sampled the 01, 04, & 97 vintages... surprises are the 97 vintage stilled had great head and great lacing. Another surprise here is that once you hit the 3ish year mark westy improves DRAMATICALLy... hit 5~6 years and more chocolates, and toffees start comign out.. this was a great surprise and makes this even better. Id say the 2001 westy was NEAR 5.0!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tejas (994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Aroma wasnt very noticeable until it warmed up a bit then it really shines. Surprisingly the head didnt last too long. Flavor more than makes up for that though. Absolutely delicious fruity flavors. Some banana, cherry, bread, little alcohol. Palate is slightly dry. Flavor is such that I just want to take another sip and then another. I dont want to drink it so fast but I cant help it. Magnificent! As good as advertised. Thank you, Lodewijk! Send more! Hahaha.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Taz (2) - rhus N, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
Fantastic! It is amazing how much you can hide 10,2%. Full of flavour and indescribable impressions without the unpleasant strongness most beers have at this volume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
A dark redish brown, smooth looking beer that had an abundance of flavor, mainly malty and fruity. A very well balanced beer, although not my fav. style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
my best friend brought 2 bottles of this back from the brewery recently and I shared this with my two sons this afternoon. buttery smooth with aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and some butter toffee. looks are deceiving with this beer as it looks thin but has an oily, medium-full quality to it. a complexity of flavors greet you as you work your way down the glass, all are good! one of the things I do not care for about Belgian beer is an overabundance of candi sugar. and while it is present here it is not so strong as to detract from the overall enjoyment for me. while Im not sure, IMO, that this is the best of the best, it certainly deserves lofty praise. a true gem of a beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
carmel, honey, and chocolate in the aroma. dark brown color with perfect white head. tastes like carmel, chocolate, malts, those reisin chocolate square things. chewy flavors. oh so good. too hard to pick out everything i liked about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
Aroma:plum,dark fruit,caramel..... Appearance:redish brown,good head... Flavor:plum,caramel,raisin.Very complexe but a prefer the rochefort 10.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
U never drank a good beer if u didnt drink this one. Very komplex aroma. It has a red-brown colour with a medium light brown head. The flavour was as komplex as the aroma. Impossible to taste the actual strength of this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3331) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Bottle, from Colonial Spirits. Good nose, sweet. Dried fruits, raisin,cherry, plum, initially thought of red wine, brown sugar. Great looking beer, tad hazy brownish red color, big head that slowly faded to a ring with skim cover. Sweet tart flavors, Chocolate, cherry, maple, brown sugar, little cinnamon. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, dry sweet finish, has some heat. Nice brew, great to roll on tounge. Cap has date of 24/02/07. Good to get around to this one. Another in a line of Belgian beers that has been gaining in my personal preferences. Thanks to alemagnus for the tip this was in. Also finally got me to Colonial spirits, so thanks Tim, the beer guy.

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