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


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RATINGS: 2031   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nrdoughty (3) - London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2006 does not count
Umarked bottle - no label. Very dark colour - root beer hues - very little head but traced all around the surface of the beer with small bubbles. The aroma is not of fruit so much as hops and a bit of caramel with a vanilla overtone. Smooth to drink with a definite hint of toffee. The beer goes best swallowed straight down. The swallow is smooth but leaves a rich aromatic feel in the top of the mouth that seems to mix the taste and smell of the beer into one. This for me is the key to this beer - the flavour and aroma linger as one to my perhaps uneducted palate making it one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It is a beer that at the end of the bottle you appreciate the alcoholic effects - which at 9.2% are certainly there - but rather than feeling stupoured by it the feeling is exhilirating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2006
From Bottle, expiration date October 2005. Nut brown, cloudy pour with a wonderful cherry oak tinge and a velvety layer of off-white head. Swirling the beer in my snifter glass produces showers of miniature bubbles floating down the sides of my glass. The aroma is absolutely intense - brandied dates, cinnimon raisin, and brown sugar coated walnuts overwhelm my senses. Returning back for a second helping brings a dessert course of a caramelly southern pecan pie. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light relative to the intense bouquet, but still pleasant. My brain is forced to shift gears upon tasting, as my tongue is flooded with a dry, oaky, vinous texture. The woody palate is a bit of a contrast to the sugary fruit and nut aromas, but creates a pleasant extra dimension rather than an unusual contradiction. The finish is of stringy cedar bark with a final smack of brasil nut and a mild corona cigar. Thanks, Matt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Was able to get a bottle of this, around $15..wow but worth it. Fruity, sweet and just complex and smooth. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Thick, big bubbly head, brown with red highlights in the body. The aroma and flavor is filled with fruit, yeast and malts — ripe plums, raisins. The flavor is moderately robust and has ripe fruits. Slightly sweet with a bit of astringency. Not near as flavorful as 12 and thinner in body, too. Short, but impressionable finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8924) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2006
Bottle. Off-white high creamy and lasting head. Very dark brown body. Cocoa coffee aroma. Sweet berries flavor and some bitterness at the end.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5633) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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...

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