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Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Westvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1784   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.


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4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - - OCT 8, 2012
Partiamo col dire che è una branda di birra. Se la vedete, dovete comprarla. Trovarla al supermercato mi stupi non poco e rimasi in trance per circa un quarto d’ora a fissarla finchè non la comprai, tornando tutto baldanzoso e contento a casa. Aprendo la bottiglia fuoriesce un aroma potentissimo in grado di far riscrescere i capelli a un calvo o di far passare un raffreddore a un influenzato. Al naso comunque si presentano noti alcoliche, di lieviti con effluvi tannici e con una nota finale di frutti di bosco (soprattutto more e lamponi). Presenta un colore mogano con riflessi rubino.L’ingresso in bocca è meraviglioso complessissimo e carbonato. Il gusto è fruttato: di nuovo frutti di bosco e prugne con un leggero sentore di brandy. Vira verso una note speziate nel finale con una leggera luppolatura che pulisce il tutto. Complessissima e indescrivibile: fate prima ad assaggiarla voi stessi. Grazie monaci trappisti, siete bellissimi.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (743) - Riga, LATVIA - NOV 18, 2014
Not so intense as big brother, but very well balanced and complex as well. Quite intense fruitiness, dark fruits, berries, nuts. intense malty background, caramel, candy sugar, vanilla. Moderate sweet with light bitterness. Awesome highly enjoyable brew, but not as close to perfection as 12

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tricksta_p (1258) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Aroma of dark malt, caramel, toffee, dried dark fruits, raisins, fig, spicy yeast. Flavour is medium sweet with a bittersweet finish. Great balance, good full body. An excellent Trappist.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (140) - Padova, ITALY - NOV 9, 2014
"Sorella minore" della 12, la 8 è comunque una birra di gran classe, che si distingue nel panorama brassicolo mondiale. ASPETTO: mogano scuso, torbido per la presenza di abbondante lievito sul fondo della bottiglia (quasi un centimetro!). Schiuma marroncina con riflessi dorati, abbastanza fine e abbastanza persistente (anche se rimane sempre un filo nel bicchiere). AROMA: intenso, dove si avvertono soprattuto note liquorose. GUSTO: è in bocca che esplode veramente per quello che è. Chiari sentori liquorosi (soprattutto Marsala e Porto), prugne secche e un po’ di frutta secca. Un tocco di amarognolo accompagna tutta la bevuta. Tutti i sapori sono perfettamente abbinati tra loro, per una birra che non stanca mai mentre la si bene. Carbonizzazione che si sente, ma non eccessiva. Retrogusto intenso e persistente. L’alcool importante è ben nascosto. Birra di gran classe, all’insegna del piacere e dell’equilibrio.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (239) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours a brown/copper color. Minimal tan head that quickly fades into a ring, but leaving some fizzy bubbles that do not end. Aromas are vinous, bready, tart with dark fruits and somewhat sweet with light yeast esters. Taste is incredibly balanced. Moving from notes of tart apple, plum, fig, raisin to breads, nuttiness and spice. Alcohol is completely hidden in the finish. Nice and dry, with more hints of under-ripe fruits and spice. Excellent beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (872) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2014
Fles gedeeld met pake, donkerbruin gist iets te entausiast mee uitgeschonken. Geur is geroosterde noten, gist alcohol. Smaak is basterd suiker, spijs, gist en hout. Doet ook erg denken aan Duits alt bier. Mondgevoel is ietwat dun met een mooie bitterzoete afdronk. Bijzonder maar toch wel een tikkeltje overrated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pallem (9) - Risskov, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
33 cl bottle. Dark brown with a small white head. Aroma: caramel, plums, earthy, alcohol. Medium sweetness. medium body, lively, long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (394) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle, cellared for about 1 year.
Brown, hazy body, with a medium, creamy, beige head, that quickly diminishes to a small, stable ring.
Aroma of dried fruits, dark berries, sweet and sour apples, nuts, burnt sugar, some bread, some alcohol.
Taste is even better for me, boozy, with about the same aromas, also some musty fruits.
Full, creamy, fizzy mouthfeel and it finishes alcoholic, astringent, quite dry, fruity-sour, yeasty and a bit sweet malty.

Delicious! Greatly balanced, very complex, with loads of really interesting fruit notes and not too difficult to drink at the same time. Indeed a pretty perfect Belgian Strong Ale, that deserves the hype, independend of its rarity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (816) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle to celebrate my first ratebeer anniversary. Pours hazy brown with diminishing fizzy head. Aroma has dried fruit, caramel and leather. Alcohol becomes apparant later. Flavour has more dried fruit and toffee held together by strong but warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is fizzy, quite high carbonation. Finish is boozy and slightly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john-hansen (20) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Aroma is dark fruits, red apples, syrup, cocos. Aroma is very like that of westvleteren 12. Greyish brown sewage lika apperance, white head. It is a bit sweet and alcoholic, without beeing too sweet or too alcoholiv. Medium body, creamy low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2344) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2014
0,33l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours hazy chestnut with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malts, nuts, alcohol and yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, nuts, yeast, alcohol, dark fruits and some hops. Excellent!


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