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

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RATINGS: 1986   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 vintage? had this for my 300...pretty good. Pours a very dark and cloudy brown...nice tight egg shell head with tons of lacing. Aroma is a bit like st. berny 12 for awhile...but with some more effort it smells huge with spice, vegetables, and a hint of alcohol. Lots of sweet dried fruit as well. Taste is monstrously subtle...if that makes since. It could be so big, but it isn’t...it is just really well balanced...nothing flashy or complex...just perfectly balanced. Malt, yeast, spice, sugar, raisins, and liquor...good stuff. Mouthfeel is very similar to roch 10...maybe a bit drier. I think that this is a great beer...wonder what the 12 is like.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5436) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottle @ Hopduvel. Aroma hit me as it was being poured. Vinous and spiced aroma, a bit like Glühwein. Velvety feel with a grapey taste, warming without the taste of alcohol. Complex, paired extremely well with cheese. I much prefer this to the 12.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark amber, slighty cloudy body with a small white head. Aroma of steamed puddings, dried fruits, brandy and baking bread. Flavor is outstandingly complex and subtle with notes of raisins, brandy, and so much else. Palate is smooth but not heavy with just the right touch of carbonation. An outstanding beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. Thanks to footbalm for the trade! Pours a very nice blackish, brown color. With a off white head that linger. Smell is of alcohol, yeast, dough and some what of a fruity note as well. Wow what a mouthfull. Taste of bread, malts, raisins, with a little bit of a hop not as well. Warme all the way daown. Has a slight carbination to it in the mouth. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. Nice thick moutfull but not to thick. Finishes very good. Just a small bitter touch in the end. But man what a beer. This is my first Westy brew and I was not disappointed.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2006 does not count
Wow, greet beer, large taste with a little bitterness and nice sweetness...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
Dark brown. Small, frothy, tan head. Nose of roasty malt, dark fruits, and doughy yeast. Same flavors with some caramel and toffee, also. Full, smooth body. Great brew, definitely among the top. Nothing specific stands out in this brew, just the overall quality.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2006
Thanks to Numenor for scoring this bottle from Belgium. Hazy dark brown body with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet spiced malt aroma. Sweet spiced flavor, lots of complex malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle purchased in Brussels. Actually wasn’t that crazy about this. It was OK, but not as good as the 12 or either of the Rocheforts. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I’ve had lot’s better beer than this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Rating #50: 2005 bottle: Pours a dark cherry color with a medium size light brown head that is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The fruity aroma is awesome with hints of cherry, rasberries and almonds. The complex malty flavor is fruity leaving a dry finish. A fantastic brew that is very interesting with each taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Very dark. Big, lasting tan head with excellent lacing in the glass. Some ethanol sweetness resolving into prue and raisin aromas. Like its big brother, vintage matters here. Latest varieties were slightly "green" tasting.


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