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


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RATINGS: 1840   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (7018) - Tampere, - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014
33 cl bottle. BBE 30.09.2012.
Lots and lots of ripe fruits burst out as the bottle is opened. Still quite lively and a bit fizzy. Caramel malts and toffee on the nose as well. Sourish malts and ripe fruits still on the flavor front, not as spicy though. Licorice is not really present anymore. Some complexity and flavors lost, somewhat better when a bit more fresh. Very tasty anyway.
Rating: 8-5-8-4-17 = 42
33 cl bottle. BBE 12.05.2013.
Originally rated on 20091227. (9-5-9-4-18)
Pours clear (without the yeast) mahogany red color with a medium-sized head, leaves some lacing. Lots of barnyard elements on the nose, sourish malts, yeast, a bit of toffee, sweet caramel and lots of ripe fruits. Some licorice and spices on the background also.
Flavor of caramel malts, spices, yeast, licorice, ripe and somewhat dried fruits and some subtle grassy notes. Very smooth palate with a sourish finish. Very complex and refined brew which seems to be at almost perfect age. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Manslow (48) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 16, 2015
Kolor złocisty, aromat mocnego piwa, lekko cytrynowe, lekka słodycz, typowy belg z górnej półki. Klarowne, nagazowane prawidłowo.Wytrawne procenty niewyczuwalne.Trochę zawiedziony.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malkyore (263) - - APR 15, 2015
Oh Belgium.... They do what they do. I feel lucky to try this but at the same time I’m a little sad because while this is the best version of this thing in the world I’m kind of still a little sad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Krej (149) - USA - APR 15, 2015
I’m not big into Belgium beers and this beer is alright. Its awesome cause its super rare but it tastes a little too belgiumy for me plus its got this weird apple taste and smell to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vomit (185) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
So.....was this the reason Germany invaded in 1940? Nahhhh. Can’t be. They are the home of Blatz, so there’s no reason to go looking elsewhere. it would be like being shacked up with Kate Upton, and going across the street to have carnal knowledge with Ruth Buzzi. Doesn’t make sense at all. Once you’ve had a Blatz, you’ve had it all. Or not. these monks gave up the funk and that is how they rolled. Or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thellgren (378) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
0.33 l bottle from beer and chocolate shop in Brussels. Looks nice, smells nice and tastes more than nice. Everything is in balance and this is very easy to drink. I liked this more than Westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SkillsFactory (22) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Color mogano con riflessi aranciati. Schiuma beige, persistenza avversata dall'alcol ma negli standard di una dubbel. Toni fruttati come uva e ciliegia; mano mano che si scalda fa capolino l'albicocca, presenza di note speziate ed oleose, sul finale l'amaro del luppolo e dei malti tostati equilibra la bevuta. Ben carbonata, alcol ben percepibile sia al naso che in bocca, ma la bevuta risulta comunque piacevole. Preferisco la XII, ma rimane una birra da manuale nel suo genere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (540) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - APR 7, 2015
dark, with a sweet and roasted malt aroma. damn fine beer with a mix of oak, cherries, roasted malt and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
March 30, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled may 12, 2010. Courtesy of tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Murky brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very vinous with sweet cherries, dark sugars, figs, plum and nuts. Taste is sweet dried fruits, dark sugars, very light bitterness. Smooth medium bodied, soft carbonation, easy drinkable. Quiet different from the fresh one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentKabel (262) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
Beautiful version of a dubbel beer. Dark fruit, roasted malts and smooth finish. Not to sweet, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicocanta (62) - - MAR 25, 2015
Achetée à la Réunion pour une dégustation mauricienne... sacré délire. C’est chouette, épais, goûtu... un poil doux ? Relativement loin de sa grande soeur. A retester dans d’autres situations. Si les finances le permettent. Mais c’était chouettos !

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