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


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RATINGS: 2007   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Dark, barely transluscent amber with a strong, lacing, tan head. Aroma of spicy alcohol, almost ethereal, some clay, and a vinous character that is very pleasing. All of the aroma componnets are in the flavor but I am also getting a touch of rubber that I do not care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Rounding out the first twenty of the evening is this little gem. I’m fairly certain that our host did not retrieve this directly from the St. Sixtus Brothers. If they’d just start brewing Schlitz instead, they wouldn’t have a problem with people buying up all their beers and selling them on the black market. Not that I want them to stop brewing; I still haven’t had the opportunity to indulge in a Westy 12. This is what a Belgian Strong Ale should be. Hazy brown, well-carbonated. Lots of dark fruits that pound the tongue with natural sweetness, the excessively cloying sweetness of candi sugar not necessary to round out this one. Wonderfully complex and infinitely satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - big thanks to blankboy for the bottle! Ah, so nice to be able to finally complete the Westy trifecta! Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a sizable tan head that leaves lot of lacing. Aroma is floral and herbal, yeasty and funky, with notes of tea and almond and bread. Flavour is full and complex, with notes of herbal tea (camomile?), rye bread, vanilla, and dry citrus to finish. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be so interesting and unique. Lovely stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Taphouse in Norfolk -- Another great beer, very dark cherry again in color (very similar in that to the Westy 12). The 8 has a medium brown head, slightly darker than the 12. Great fruity aroma, cherry and malts are highly present. The 8 has a stronger detectible aroma than the 12 does though it’s not as silky. Very complex, grapes and fruits come through but many more are unidentifiable. Very cool and clean ending, not warm like the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
Bottle shared with GregClow and Jerc, graciously donated by Blankboy. Dark brown, reddish hints, small tight brownish head, bubbly, looks great! Interesting spice, alcohol, and even herbal aroma - a little muted though. Taste: nice spicy, floral, sweet, alcohol taste. Beautifully creamy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex. Sweet linger, exceptionally balanced. Right on par with Rochefort 8, except this one is more flavourful. Nice citric bitterness in the finish as it warms. Very very nice, better than the 12. Thanks again Paul!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2006
Dark brownish colour with a huge light brown creamy head. Complex aroma and taste of malt, spices and fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 2008-03-02. Very dark brown body with a modest tan head and nice lacing on the glass, faster fading than the Blond. Sweet alcoholic sugary malt aroma, dark fruits. Similar flavour, rich alcoholic dark fruit up front, sweet sugary malt foundation (8+). Smooth medium bodied palate is pleasantly effervescent. (4+) 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1
Bottle at In De Vrede Cafe, Westvleteren <P>February 2006. Bottle from BelgianShop via Blankboy - thanks very much for letting me sample this one. Dark brown body with a nice creamy beige head, decent lacing. Aroma requires much swirling of the glass at first but once it is released it is quite nice. Muted toffee, brown sugar, touch of hot alcohol and very tiny notes of fruit. Malt up front but not that sweet. Fruity flavour with a surprisingly dry alcoholic finish. Medium palate. Very nice beer, but I was looking for something sweeter, and more like the 12. As nice as the Westys are I think I am in the camp that prefers the Rocheforts. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onystrom (1333) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
Dark slightly muddy (mostly clear) red-dark amber color with great head. A fantastic beer with so many flavors that its impossible to mention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16724) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. Not quite as sweet as the westy 12. Flavor is a sweet bread tasted with vanilla. Lots of malt, and a great mouthfeel.

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