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


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RATINGS: 1832   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
A bit sour aroma. Nice foam, that collapses into a thin layer. Taste is interesting, and unlike any other beer I’ve tasted: lots of almonds and some chocolate togehter with some fruit I cannot put words on - figs, perhaps?. However it lacks some the spicyness of many other trappists. Nice carbonation, but a bit thin in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Brown colour with a fine beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malts and hops. Flavor of dried fruit, hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste. An OK beer, but Westvleteren 12 is much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
Very long-lasting cream-coloured head, a very dark full body, an aroma to make you dream, and the taste is like sampling a huge variety of nuts, fruits and other mysterious substance. Really a dream, not quite up to its "12" cousin heights, though, but definitely one of my favourite choices for a strong, full-bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 bottle from Lower East side beer sto’ whoa i poured this beer into a Chmay glass and it fizzed up like soda, weird. Brown /purple colo,r Candied fruit aroma Medium body,lotta flavors goin on fruits like plums come to mind, rock candy?complex beer First belgian I Like

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2004
bottle, brown in color, very big off-white head, great sweet taste with a hint of fruit, alcohol, and malt. very smooth. definitely one of the best beers i’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2004
Brown color, heavy sweet yeasty fruity aroma, sweet fruity spicy taste, full body, light sweet alcoholic warm finish. a GREAT beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Brown in color with a nice head. Delightful heavy aroma. Tastes of sweet coffe and fruits. An excellent beer. Now I really want to try the 12!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Pours a dull brown with some mahogany tones, with a large fizzy off-white head that lasts a decent length and leaves a thin lacing on the glass, as well as a film on top of the beer. Aroma is similar to red wine, with a definite fruity character. Taste is dry with a very subtle sweetness, with tastes primarily of fruits and spice. The dryness reminds me most of wines or champagnes... very interesting in a beer. Overall the taste is exceptionally sophisticated yet deceptively drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Blue cap dated December 12, 2002 (bottled December 1999) - nearly 5 years old when sampled<P> This beauty pours with some thin tight bubbles sitting atop a dark chocolate brown body. The head is so tightly composed and so active, the bubbles shimmer like crystal. The aroma is yeasty and sweet, with equal parts of pineapple, tobacco, ginger and red grapes. The flavor is a pure "10", with dates dominating, some dried cherry, allspice and brown sugar also simmering in this pot o’ gold. The finish sits evenly between sweet anfd dry, with no acidity or alcohol carrying thru the end. The most drinkable beer imaginable for 8%ABV - likely aided by its age. This is a masterpiece of moderation - preferable to the "12".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours deep garnet and settles to a dark-dark brown with purplish hues and a large cratered tan head. The aroma is full with raisin, plum, clove, rising bread dough, and sweet wine. Such an inviting and complex aroma really invites you into the first taste. It’s initially quite complex, and then for a sip or to nearly dissapears, then a venious full flavor with dark fruits and malts returns in full force. Plum, figs, wheaty bread all make if very level and ballanced. As it warms earthy tones and some sweet chocolate malt make appearances in this exceptional beer. I found it at Kahn’s in Indianapolis, and got the last two. One will sit for awhile and then come out on a special occasion.

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