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Westvleteren 6

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Formerly brewed at Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Belgian Ale
Westvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Note: If you had a golden-colored Westvleteren, it was not this beer. It was the Westvleteren Blonde. This beer has been retired for more than a decade, though bottles still exist.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (622) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 17, 2015
I am very honored having drunken this retired beer at Kulminator pub in Antwerp-Belgium on 11/03/2015, shared with my brother markoijelena. Perpetual thanks to Vincent (BelgBeerGeek) but above all thank you Leen and Dirk. It was the second last bottle left in the cellar, as a sticker said on the neck. Reportedly 1/2 days after the very last bottle was open in Kulminator, no more! Still in great shape (1998) it pours a vivid reddish amber/dark color with a tick and perfectly in shape ivory foam. Incredible. Nose of malts, caramel, dry fruit. Mouth: a bit of flat but not totally, no evident signs of oxidation, again dry fruit, some hint of caramel and that is it. I was so happy that night with Marko and the crew :-)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (983) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle 0.33l from 1998.at Kulminator Antwerpen Belgium with my bro ippopotamo36.Ajde Alberto! Special thanks to Dirk & Leen for giving us this pleasure to try one before last bottle! Also thanks to Italia Mafia, Old local professor guy 92yold.Anyway pour it dark brown color with small white head.Taste amd aroma of caramel, burned brown sugar, dark fruits, no carboanation and little bit flat.Ok not so good but sincerely nice to try one of the last bottles on the world.Once again thank you Alberto for a great day!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcgregor (4) - - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Buonissima... Che dire, profumata, intensa, dolce di media corposità con un leggero amaro in finale... Piacevolissimo!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (3901) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2015
Backlog from Brussels vacation. Hazy golden with white head. Aroma has pale malt, grain, grain dust, wheat and light yeast esters. Taste is clean, grainy, wheat, pale malt, light esters, grain dust with a relatively bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (67) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
A: Dadels, apricot T: Dadels as well. Dried fruits all the way. O: Very nice beer! I've had the other Westvleteren so this is very different. Much more like a lager.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2937) - BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2014
The original Westvleteren 6, nicknamed ’Special’, bottled with red cap. It was the counterpart of Sint-Bernardus Pater 6°, like the heavier versions still have their Sint-Bernardus counterparts too, but was replaced by Westvleteren Blond in 1998. Tasted at some eight years of age at Kulminator, this had the same basic character as Westvleteren 8, with flavours of raisins, dried plums, caramel, orange peel, some spiciness, but oxidation was evident and the mouthfeel on the thin side; hop bitterness had faded as well. Not a beer to be aged for a long time I assume, and it probably wasn’t intended as such in the first place. Nevertheless, it had held its own quite well and I was happy to take home a red Westvleteren cap to keep alongside the yellow, blue and green ones. I have no choice but to rate this as an old beer - and regrettably, I’ll never have the chance to taste it young.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xXbaptisteXx (109) - - OCT 4, 2014
Une belle couleur avec un ptit dépôt Elle a une odeur de fruit (raison rouge) En bouche et est asser sèche tres désaltérante Vraiment très sympa !!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
[08092007] bottle (1998) @ Kulminator. Way past it’s BB date, but you have to try it when you find one .... Hazy brown beer, small beige head. Dusty, sweet malted aroma with some spices/mint that indicates oxidation. Taste is the same actually. Thin mouthfeel. Not so good, but still drinkable and some extra points for the excitement of finding one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 This is the beer brewed internally by the monks for eachother, low on alcohol but still very very tasty. The red capsule ones ripe in an amazing manor. Pours brown with a tiny head. Aroma is malt, sugar cane, raisin. Still some CO2 which makes it a low EBC beer that withstands time. One would love to taste a fresh onee, when staying in the abbey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1847) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma: honey, molasses, malts. Appearance: hazy pale gold, medium creamy white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters turning very sour, slightly watery, average-long finish, dry. Overall: nice Belgian Ale, great aroma. Bottle at Cambrinus, Bruges.


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