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

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RATINGS: 1787   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niko100 (2041) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Dark amber/brown color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit, caramel, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (notably plums), rich caramel, raisons, spice, and some chocolate, Slight alcohol at the finish; Nicely balanced and complex; Awesome brew - I enjoyed it.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (48) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
A: Dadels, apricot, orange, banana, pear T: banana, dadels, some zest O: extremly nice trappiste! Lots of taste that stays in mouth for a loooong time! Nice!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WingdSoldier (56) - BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
Dark red-brown Trappist, sweet aroma with hints of dried fruit, nuts and caramel. Personally, I find this one superior to it’s big brother.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (439) - LATVIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from Beer Mania. Dark brown, almost black with medium creamy light brown head. MIld sweet aroma. Well balanced caraml and sourness taste with some touch of sweet, some kind of moderate "dry" sweetness. MIld bitter aftertaste on the tongue middle part. "Dimmed" fruity/floverly notes.

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 (1279) - 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 (143) - 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 (251) - 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 (877) - 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 (408) - 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.


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