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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3750   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Holy thanks to bitbucket for this glorious beer to end our Trappist beer tasting! Pours a very nice dark ruby brown with lasting creamy off white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is gloriously complex, with notes of molasses, caramel, hay, straw, cereal, chocolate, wine, earth, sour dough, raisins, prunes, dates, tobacco, espresso, and jasmine. The flavor is similar, though a bit less complex than the aroma, with many of the same complex flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium thick, but creamy and warming. Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, and is holy and beautiful, but is not my favorite style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2009
Dgust le 3 dcembre 2006 avec french tickler lors de sa 100e bire sur ratebeer. Sur des chants grgoriens de CARL ORFF, ERA et EMMA SHAPPLIN nous profitions dun moment exeptionnel de plnitude. Du vieillissement en cave de plus de 6 ans au service dans un verre trappistte de chimay et la temprature dune cave de 14 degr, tout avait t mis en oeuvre pour exploiter au maximum cette denre rare. Lors du dcapsulage il y tait inscrit meilleur avant le 07/09/04 avec un pourcentage dalcool de 10,6%. Depuis ce moment, lobjet de convoitisent: (le yellow cap) fait parti de mon porte bonheur. Pour dbuter lapparence de cette bire est dans lensemble dj impressionnante avec une sparation bien marqu de deux produits distincts: La bire de couleur brune orang rougetre et dun dpt acqueux brun fonc ambr. Une fois les deux liquides mlangs, je nai pas besoin de vous dire la sensation dj installe, elle nous promettait de lexception! En dbutant avec larme nous en sommes venu un concensus assez rapide; elle dvoillait continuellemment de nouvellent saveurs. En plus de la musique choisis pour ce moment, notre me tait ailleurs, nous ne pouvions plus se permettre dvaluer cette bire. Nous nous sentions imputables dentraver le respect que nous donnais cette fontaine de jouvence. De la biensance tait dsormait obligatoire car nous tions certains ce moment quelle tait la meilleur bire au monde. Un simple regard suffit au moment de joindre nos lvres se divin liquide pour comprendre que le silence tait requis; La seul personne autoris communiqu avec nous tait monsieur westy........Cette boisson est beaucoup plus quune bire elle est lexpression dun symbole pour tous un peuples. Comparativement au vin ou aux spiritueux, il nest pas question de prix mais de passience et mrite. En bref, il faut se prparer recevoir ce liquide divin ii sur terre car apparemment au ciel il ny pas de bire sauf celle-i.....

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle in Bruges from a residents private cellar. Well, it took me quite a bit to get my hands on one of these, luckily I didnt have to go all the way to the monestary. It absolutely lived up to my expectations. Poured a deep rich brown with beautiful light tan lacing. Definately one of the smoothest Belg. Quads Ive ever had. Hardly notice the copious amounts of alcohol. Definately worth the 10 euros/bottle I had to pay the guy for it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
(Bottle, no label, cap is stamped "09.05.10", via trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Daniel!, cellared for 1 yr. after trade) Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recede to a thin lasting layer. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, candy, perhaps chocolate. Mouthfeel initially a bit fizzy, this dissipates in later samples. Fairly soft. Nice weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of sweet dark fruit, perhaps dates, light brown sugar and chocolate. Chocolate becomes a bit more prominent as it warms. Alcohol wamth emerges towards finish and makes it slightly hot. Very similar overall to Rochefort 10. I enjoyed it but like with Rochefort I was expecting a little more.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Blank bottle with gold Westy 12 cap. Pours a cloudy opaque brown with sediment swirling about within. Little head on this one, but that couldve been due to my pouring technique. The foam that does exist smells wonderful, of dark fruit, molasses, brandy and more. Pretty much smells like St. Bernardus. Flavor is sharp; Smoky, woody, boozy, not at all sweet or fruity however. Did I mention boozy?: It seems to have a very agressive hard liquor-like body. Overall, this isnt the best thing Ive ever had. Though very good, I prefer St. Bernardus, and Rochefort for that matter, in this style. Dont get me wrong, this is excellent. I was just expecting more, considering the reputation. My final thought is that I dont think this beer would have nearly as high an average rating if it werent for its exclusivity (and hype).

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerthusiast (5) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009 does not count
I got just over 20 bottles from a little shop in Italy, the best Belgian beer on the planet! Good times in C.F.! Very complex and lives up to the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
luttonm (5434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Thanks to trevor211 for sharing this gem! sweet, deep, light brown that is remarkably in the middle of Roche 10 and Bernardus Abt12. Carmel, anise, sweet-sour nose. Pretty mellow carbonation comparatively. hazy, malty, unfiltered? Incredible flavor, potent, concentrated. Brown sugar, yeasty. A religious experience, incredible. Probably the best beer I’ve ever had, but the effort and hype are just a tad exorbitant. In other words, this would be an incredible beer to have regularly.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vtafro (7125) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 edit, this was my first rating. Bottle, many times. Dark belgian pour with some head. Deep belgian fruit and yeast aromas. Flavor is deep, has complex sugar, fruit and yeast tones. Mouthfeel is nice. This beer can be drank and enjoyed even at room temperature.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trevor211 (1658) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 I was skeptical at first, but this lives up to the hype - I can absolutely see why this is the #1 beer in the world. HUGE thanks to Bobby91w for including this as an extra - I couldnt be happier. Pours a murky deep brown, with a smaller head than its SB brother, but its still really thick. Dark fruits abound - figs and dates - with a lot of brown sugar, caramel - even a bit of fresh (not roasted) hazelnuts. Very sweet, but my God theres a lot to it. The palate is perfect - just enough carbonation to keep it clean, but the flavor lingers forever, and this is so delicious that I think I uttered "wow" after every sip. Aside from the looks (I thought it would be a bit darker), this is absolute perfection. Im truly not sure I could enjoy a beer more.

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
plaidtopia (8) - , Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009 does not count
Smooth, lightly fizzy and shifts from light to dark. Slightly fruity and fizzy at first, then goes buttery, deep and dense. "Meh" aroma -- sweet, but almost not there and too obviously molasses with no masking -- but beautiful to look at: dark brown at the bottom, becomes red and visibly clouded at the top. Small head.


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