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


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RATINGS: 1764   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2004
Very lively deep-brown ale with a red glow and a small head. Complex aroma’s of malts, honey,dried fruits,banana and asian spices.Very smooth taste with hints burned malts,candy sugar;cinnamon and black chocolate.It ends with a rich taste and a fine noble bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dark brown color with small head. Sweet fruity aroma with raisins and chocolate are noticed . Smooth malt taste on your palate with a warming feel going down. A nice belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Dark brown with a small tan head. A yeasty, sweet fruit aroma. Tastes of dried fruit and bread. Drier and smoother than the Westy 12, although not as complex and compelling. Excellent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Pours a hazy mahogany with a full, frothy tan head. Nose shows the alcohol with raisins, brown sugar, malt. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy. Flavor was of dried fruit, alcohol, brandy. Waited a long time to try this and was not disappointed. Looking forward to trying the 12 if I can ever find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Good belgian strong ale, not quite up to my berny 12 i had recently, but i did enjoy this one alot. poured out a dark brown with creamy white head. small chunks floating around should cause for some good flavors a little later on. smells of dark fruits, slight chocolate, and malt. definitly notice the flavor expanding as it warms, bringing out the 8% in it. this was good, got me real excited for the highly hyped up 12 which should be at my door within the week!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2004
Beer number 500!! Served in a chalice. I love these label-less bottles! Pours almost black, with a red/orange tinge up to the light, thin, fluffy white head that stays the same thickness all the way down. Alcohol/malt/dried fruit in the aroma, with some yeast and a little bread when you get your nose closer. Starts off slightly dry, with fruit and malt, subdued bitterness and a sour tinge on the back of the tongue. Further down the glass and it becomes sweeter, but it’s never too sweet, some bready and roasty flavours even pop up. Brilliant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Dated on cap: 31.01.06 Dark w/ good head, lace. Lotsa dark fruit aroma, fig newton, raison, malt, chocolate, slightly woody, earth, elegant & complex. Smooth, medium bodied beer. A really malty brew, layer upon layer of malt & mild dark fruits w/ good bitterness at the finish. Overall, it proves wonderful. I followed this with a St. Bernardus Prior 8 via 75cl corked bottle, and the Bernie was a let down!!! Maybe only the Westy 12 can top this one. I was going to rate the Bernie, but I’ll wait until I have a clean slate, just unfair otherwise. Wonderful Westy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2004
What a magnificent brew. The aroma is rich and enticing, layers of fruits and spice. The head is a nice thick lasting foam. Pours a deep ruby/brown. The taste starts with dark fruits, hints of yeast, but ultimately a perfect balance. A nice rich velvety feel, it fills the mouth. The beer releases more flavor as it warms, becoming wonderfully complex and enjoyable. A pleasure to drink, I can’t wait to try the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Generous and lasting creamy tan head, with a dark red/amber body. Sugary fruit aroma... orange, plum, and spices. But it seems a little lacking in strength, and covered by sugars. Taste is really pleasant. A spiced fruit concoction, featuring cinnamon, apples, plum, stuff. Good body, and great overall!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Much smoother then the 12. Smooth and goes down easy. Once again, there are a lot cheaper beers that are much better, but this one is not bad.

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