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


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RATINGS: 3787   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Poured a murky brown color with a large frothy light brown head. Large particles in the body and even some particles in the head. Very complex beer with a wonderful mouth feel. Soft carbonation. Flavors of cinnamon, plum and brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2009
Dark red colour with thin white head. Chocolate-blackcurrent aroma. Smooth well balanced mouth feel,tingly tounge,very warm. Well deserved for being great beer. A great wedding gift,sadly you only married once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a decent head. Dark fruit aroma and taste with a hint of chocolate/butterscotch. Very smooth and quite sweet. A nice one to end the day. Certainly an elegant beer but not the best beer in the world in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 Bottle. Pours a deep brown, thin head with spotty lacing. Some serious solids going on here. Aromas of apple, cinnamon, raisin (Tim Hortons?), brandy and malt. Something sulphurous and vaguely unpleasant. Sour cherries, rooty-sasparilla character, hops, biscuit, seems unbalanced. Palate is sickly sweet, yeasty, apparent complexity marred by inappropriate sweetness. Dark caramel, spice, fig, pickels. Sweet sandwich pickles, the kind you get at funerals with the cheese and meat trays. Carbonation was lacking, hoped for more, Disappointing. 3.5 Re-rate with a fresher bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium off-white head, spotty lacing, skim is fairly persistent though carbonation is soft. Nose is soft and fruity, notes of rootbeer, anise, rye bread, very rich despite being simpler than I would have thought, considering the score. Flavors of burnt sugar, flat rootbeer, toffee, smoke, caramel covered raisins, soft special B, tasty and soft, but not in any way the best beer in the world. 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3873) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 Bottle best by 2014. Plenty of fruity notes in this batch as well but more emphasis on the dark malt and yeast character. Palate is smooth, slightly chewy, quite robust but not overpowering. Well balanced between the sweet and bitter. I bumped up my palate and overall score. 8/4/9/5/17 [4.3/5]

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a dark murky brown with a thick white head. Aroma is very fruity--lots of dark fruits (plum, apple, and fig) plus some honey. Flavor is nice and fruity, with yeast notes and a rich malt base. The palate sort of had a pulp-like quality to me. Very nice and delicious! I cant wait to try this again. 8/4/9/4/16 (4.1/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
Tasted blind with savvy1982 vs Rochefort 10, Dieu du Ciel! Rigor mortis, and Chimay Blue. Big props to Savvy1982 for sharing!!! Pours dark brown almost orange. Small head that forms a ring around my trois pistols Trappist glass and then dissipates. Aroma is of sour cherries, green apple, brandy, cinnamon, and bready yeast. Tastes a little sour and very sweet. I get wood, tobacco, plums, brandy, sour cherries, yeast, white sugar and raisins. Palate leaves something to be desired, almost flat. Complex and enjoyable... But not fantastic or worthy of the high praise. When the reveal happened, I was a little sad that it was mt 3rd favorite of the tasting. Totally wanted more out of this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Most complex beer I have had to date. Flavors vary depending on temperature. Plum, prune, brown sugar and cinnamon intermixed in the aroma and flavor. Mild tinges of chocolate that balance the ripe fruit flavor nicely. Lightly astringent on the flavor and a little heavy on the alcohol. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
pristine condition, cap said oct 08 as the brew or bottle date. stunner of a nose. best ive ever had. warm it was very silky, satin, smooth ect ect. great balance, acidity, woodsy. super finish. cooled down a bit more chocolate came out but the best milk chocolate you could ever imagine, with muddled fruits. super finish. could drink this all day every day. lives up to the hype and the best beer ive ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
calprop (2) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009 does not count
Truly awesome. I picked up some at the abbey about 3 years ago and still break out a bottle for special occasions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a huge tan head. The aroma is of fresh buttered bread, overripe fruits, and spices. The flavor is as complex as they come with roasted malt, brown sugar, overripe sweet fruit, spices and alchohol. Its truly amazing how cohesive this beer is considering its size and flavor profile. Its truly a masterpiece. So smooth and refined. It actually is pretty close to the 8, with a more intense flavor and a more noticeable alcohol content. I think this is why many people prefer the 8, but I dont mind the alcohol. To be honest, I probably would have rated this a tad lower, but I already rated Rochefort 10 at 4.8, and I liked this better. Best beer Ive ever had and truly worth the #1 spot.

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