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


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RATINGS: 1854   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 1999 bottle. Pours a deep amberish brown color, rocky beige head and a freakin ton of sediment came out. Aroma of plum, brown sugar, caramel, and figs, maybe a touch of vanilla. Complex flavor with the above tastes coming through, however the finish is compromised a bit by some astringency. A bit dryer than the 12, it might also be starting to fade a bit due to the age. Still, a pleasure to drink and I’d love to try a fresher bottle to compare. 9/4/7/4/17. 2004 bottle, thanks Jan Primus. Fuller flavored and less oxidized giving way to a more complex ale with a velvey palate. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Badnewsbeers hit this one right on the head, so I’m not going to go into it. I found this beer at a bar called KClingers in Harrisburg, PA, and drank it at home in front of the second round UNC game of this year’s NCAA tournament, while thumbing through the entire 1960 year of Playboy. It was quite possibly the most masculine hour of my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2005
rootbeer brown appearance with medium brown head....aroma is an amazing mixture of sugars, spices, flowers, caramels, and dark fruits (with a dominant emphasis on plums and cherries)...flavor is quite the same, just full of sugfars and fruits (much more raspberry in the taste than in the aroma)...nice and malty and fulfilling THANKS TO SILPHIUM FOR THIS WONDERFUL BEER

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Dark nutbrown color with humongos brown head. You really need to be carefull when pouring it. More bittersweet notes than its bigger brother (i like 8 better as 12 can sometimes be too sweet) else flavors of yeast, rasins, fruits and cane sugar. Bittersweet flavor with more rasins, chocolate and spices. Very very complex, and very very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel, de raisins et une légère touche d’alcool. Apparence: Couleur brune voilée. Petit col beige mousseux. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Malheurement la saveur est trop complexe pour que je puisse bien la définir. Le goût est divin. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps plein et texture enveloppante. Faible carbonisation. Alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #103)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Like it’s big brother but with less alcohol on the palette. What else can I say, this is one of the best beers in the world and if you want a real review drink it and write one yourself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2005
Dark Brown colour. Sweet smooth taste of dates, fig and yeast. Thick head.Long lasting bittersweet aftertaste. An excellent trappist beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Cloudy brown (ruby when held up to light) with suspended particles and a thick light beige head. Aroma of hops, raisins, caramel, yeast, a hint of vanilla and a slight alcohol presence. Flavor has notes of brown sugar/molasses, caramel, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, yeast, dough, toasted malt and some chocolate. Has a slightly warming, alcohol finish. Aftertaste is a little roasty. Medium body with very subtle carbonation. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 very nice aroma. complex and fruity flavor, burgundy colored. it has a slight bitter aftertaste. a very nice bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Poured into a Westy chalice..dark broown wirt a bit of maroon in colour, voluptious, rocky tan head...a sight to behold. Aroma of figs, raisins, prunes and so much more. Taste is too complex for me to describe, taste is heaven. I love this beer.

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