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


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RATINGS: 3723   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 18/20
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
bottle. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Aroma: Vinous, dark fruits, plums, raisin, very slight but good alcohol. Taste is around the same, fruity especially dark fruits, toffee, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours cloudy red/brown with a nice beige coloured head that persists for some time. Nose is quite fruit driven, big raisin and prune notes with a good amount of licorice aswell. Palate is full and creamy, with a big rum n raisin character. Supported by some dark caramel/chocolate malt, but no overt sweetness whatsoever. Finishes with a good hit of abv driven licorice with hops and yeast an afterthought. Unbelievable depth and richness. Little doubt why it is so highly regarded!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cr0n0s (3) - , NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2009 does not count
This isnt just a great beer, its unique and I can attest this beer has earned every bit of hype that it receives.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4924) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle thanks for sharing Jon. The look is a darker red color with not a whole lot of head. The smell is toffee, honey, sweet, malts, fruits, raisans, and caramel. The taste is caramel, alcohol, fruits, raisans, sweet, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (7289) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled as a precursor to the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, sugar, yeast and grape (similar to the 8, but not quite so grapey). Sweet malty flavor with yeast, many different fruits, and a somewhat boozy finish. Very good for a belgian, but I actually liked the 8 better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle: Cloudy brown with a small ring head. Mellow aroma of mild fruit followed by a smooth flavor of figs and perhaps some mild cherry. I only got a small sample and i think to get a thorough rating in I would have needed to drink the whole bottle. It hides the alcohol well and is extremely easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Bought July 07 @ the Bier Tempel in Brussels. First time trying this for me too. Pours not quite clear dark mahogany brown, quite lovely foaming medium khaki head, settles to a covering layer. Aroma - dark fruits, dark malts, some earthy viney notes, muscovado and cherry too? Flavor - initial kick of strong alcohol notes. Full-bodied, dark fruits, cookie or cookie dough. Very creamy smooth palate. Final impression of bitter nuts and alcohol, yeast. This beer is not boozy or overly alcoholic, but it adds noticeably to the body.
For my notes, this tastes very very similar to st bernardus 12 maybe minus some of the cola / dr. pepper tones, so i dont see where people get off saying this is way better. This is also so smooth and straight edged that if I remember, the Rocheforts seemed more interesting at the time. But thats impossible to say for sure without a side by side comparison.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4672) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Beer #1000!!! Dark brown in color and cloudy with a small off-white head. Aroma is of flowers, bread, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, nuts, apples, and pear...huge, complex aroma! Taste is also sweet with caramel, honey wood, yeast, toffee, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2009
What do I need to say. Finally!!! This kicked off out Quad night. Big thanks to Sam right off the start. Bottle pours out hazy brown topped with a sand head. The aroma was over the top. Tons of sweetness cherries, apple, malts, yeast, very complex. The tast was just as full of flavor. Every thing from honey to fruit. Very nice. this didnt let me down. May I have another.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2009
Sweetish aroma on this full dark beer. Taste is bittery with a sweet-and-sour touch. A lot of different tastes come by when tasting. Overall an awesome beer.

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