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


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RATINGS: 1737   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark drown color with a thick tan head. Has a rich creamy malt flavor with hints of fruit and other spices. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Right-o. Nothing like the 12. Calmer tastes, a better palate, bla bla bla. Yeasty aroma with some dark fruits. Think of this as a dark fruits champagne. I can taste huge amounts of fruit in the taste and finish. Very dry, like a champagne. is wear they used champagne yeast. finishes with bitterness as well. Top class belgian strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Dark brown, minimal tan head, and medium spicy malt finish. Bottom line, if you enjoy Belgian ales, this is a must try (if you can find one, I had to go to Belgium). Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Murky, rusty-brown body and a large, relentless, soft ripply beige head. Very rich, malty aroma - almost wortlike. Specific aroma notes include buttery roasted nuts, burnt caramel, barnyard and earth. Rich malty flavor followed by some very nice late bitterness. Also has a woody flavor and texture even. Mouthfeel struck me as a little chalky at first but that sensation subsided and gave way to a nice, big, smooth palate. Great stuff indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Overall I was a little let down when I tried this one. This wasn't as great as I had expected it to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2004
Deep brown color with a slight thin but very nice beige head. The taste is a complex mix of fruits and spices. Slight notes of alcohol and yeast. Very nice beer, wish I had more of them

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep dark cloudy pour. Very thin head. Caramel, raison, chocolaty head. Some vanilla as well. Lots of different flavors. Figs, yeast, chocolate, raisons...very complex. A little better than the 12...but I do need to try these side by side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Slightly cloudy, copper colored, good head and lace, steady carbonation. Insane aroma of fat bready malt, raisins, berries, spices, toffee, vanilla and brown sugar. Medium-full bodied, bit fluffy and creamy. A multitude of flavors including grain, huge malts, figs, toffee, blackberry, raisons, musty yeast a hint of chocolate and what I think may be some goldings to finish it up. Its like a liquid nutrigrain bar. Alcohol is barely noticeable, hard to believe this is beer. Incredible aroma and flavor. I need to try the 12 again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours copper with floaties and a perfect head. Nice earth aroma of fruit and carmel malt mixed with fresh air. Malty fruity enjoyable palate that lingers on the tongue. Perfectly made and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Pours with a medium head that deflates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruit, cider, and tea. The aroma is very nice and perhaps my favorite part of the beer. The flavor is milder then the aroma suggests. However there is still a good deal of complexity and it is interesting to see this in a beer that is this mild. The flavor is very coheasive and it is hard to break apart the element but some of them are a very nice dark fruit with a cider/tea mix coming in behind. A very slight burnt caramel and chocolate mix with the dark fruit flavors in the aftertaste. It is medium to full bodied and the palate is fairly smooth and creamy.

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