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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2031   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper in color, with a nice, off-white head. Aroma off sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, spices and berries. Sugar, alcohol, berries, prunes, raisins, spices and chocolate notes in flavor. Full body and a bitter finish good and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Its wonderful when a good friend comes back from Europe with a bottle that you cant get in your part of the world. Its even better when that beer is this one. Its very robust, nice and plesent aroma with syrupy sweet malts. It isnt as complex as I thought it might be, but it is very well rounded and delightful to drink. I think I had elevated this brewery to unobtainable heights... while Im happy to find that they make incredible beer, I cant help feeling like this isnt quite as exceptional as I would have hoped. I guess whats next is shooting for the 12, maybe it can meet my lofty expectations. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 This one was long-awaited, and did not disappoint. Deep, hazy amber/brown color with a thick foamy tan head initially, which settles into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. The carbonation allows the cappuccino-like head to perpetually regenerate itself when left to rest for a moment. Rich fruity and malty aroma with some floral hints, some sweetness, and a slight nuttiness. Flavors of dried fruits (raisin, plum, cherry), sweet malts, dark candy sugar, molasses, a slight hint of cocoa, some warming alcohol. Smooth, silky, almost creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation creates a slight prickliness on the tongue to intensify the experience and deliver the flavors. The tiny bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish just makes this about as perfect as it could get. An amazing, more or less "religious" experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2006
[2003 vintage shared with DarkMagus] Pours a rich, cloudy dark brown color; fruity aroma is intriguing and powerful, but not too assertive. Flavors are very complex- dark musty fruits, winey grape sweetness, a bit of subtle spices and some big time yeast. Finishes dry and slightly warm from the alcohol. Excellent balance of flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Ooh. This is exciting and different. A very tasty strong ale, that seems to have some of the characteristics of a dubbel. Sweet and a little thick, with some chocolate at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 22, 2006
Pours dark brown, hair lighter than the 12 with a big browinsh head. Aroma is floral, some toffee, dark fruits, bit of yeastiness. Flavor is a lot of coffee and floral, with some yeastiness in the finish and a bit of floral notes. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, low bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
howazzo (6) - ITALY - AUG 21, 2006 does not count
coffee, nuts, floral, brown, hazy, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2006
And finally the Extra 8! Had it at the Hertog Jan Proeverij.<!-- BR --> Brown coloured brew. Malty, sweet aroma. A bit dark chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Very nice flavor too, the same ingredients come into the taste. Smooth and nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus through Belgianshop.com. Pours brown with an awesome tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, citrus, and yeast. The flavor is fruit, yeast, spices, and exceptionally smooth. Greatness here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Thanks to Brewblackhole for this one!Pours a cloudy brownish color.Has a malty/fruity aroma with some hints of alcohol.this is one of the most balanced brews I have ever tried! Nothing too overpowering,but just the perfect blend of flavors.

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