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


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RATINGS: 1730   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Nice deep dark red color,small head that faded fast and left little behind to show that it was even there at all.Sweet malty aroma with a bread like appearance and mild dried fruit,and spicey.the flavor is malty and spicey with a nice fruity presence,mild alcohol at first,that changes in the after taste to a fruity and malty taste with a bigger alcohol bite.This is a pretty good brew and one that i have been saving for some time until i could find a second,but what the hell i figured i might as well start rating some of these brews i've been sitting on because getting a second just isn't happening for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Aroma is of pears, bread & malt. Flavor is dry, toasty, and peppery. As soon as I swallow, I get a split second sweet alcohol flavor - very pleasing. I only wish I had more of this beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7923) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2003
The darkest of reds, almost purple in colour. The aroma is malty and yeasty with some spices. The flavour is complex yet subtle, sweet malty and fruity with a dried fruit mouthfeel that stays on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Bottle pours a deep garnet color as seen with back light with a small head and some lace. The aroma is of fresh bread and spices. The flavor is malty sweet with a spicy finish that lingers. The palate is a bit spritsy and rich. Overall, no problems with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours a dark red when held to the light. Aroma is bready, malty, with hints of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is complex and sweet while being so well balanced. Palate is perfect - very soft. Simply outstanding and IMO, better than the 12. This beer strikes me as being perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Sampled March 2004
A bready, yeasty aroma emanates from my glass as I pour this murky dark brown beer. It is topped by a thin light brown head. The aroma has a typically Belgian spicy (pepper), aroma with a hint of alcohol, and dark fruit (raisin being dominant). There is a hint of rum in the nose as well. The taste is dry, dusty and spicy. The fruit character is almost non-existant. As the beer warms up, a bit of sweetness becomes apparent. This beer seems very musty and dusty, for some reason. Quite complex, with some interesting spiciness that is all over the place; notes of pepper, clove, cummin, cardamom, and all spice. I actually like this quite a bit, though it really needs to be served on the warm side of cool to really shined.

Sampled Spring 2001
The offering smelled of dark candied malt accompanied by an appropriately dark brown color. It tasted quite good, sweetish with complex notes of malt and caramel. There was an intricate aftertaste that was complemented by a bitterness that was not from hops, but coated all 360° of the back of my mouth. The bottle, in a tasteful way that ran counter to modern commercial methods, was completely bare except for the bottle cap, which designated the brewery and the title 8°.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 2, 2003
11.2 oz brown bottle, with label. Poured out a hazy dark brown, with a tan colored head on it. A humongus head, at that. It slowly settled down to a lacy island of yeast floating on the top. Aromas are of dried fruits, like cherries, papaya, mango, and some banana. Yeasty, bready, and much more like a meal than any beer I know of. Aromas change as it warms up also. The monks got this beer right, as are all of their other offerings. A truly great beer in my book. Wish I could afford a case of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Medium brown color. Medium white head. Aroma is malty, bananas and bready yeasts. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and complex; oranges, plums and banana flavors compete with bready yeasts. Rich complex flavor. Very smooth. The flavors improve and the beers mellow as it warms. It much better at 68 degrees that 58. This is a nice beer, very drinkable. But the 12 is much better. Very drinkable and worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Aroma is wonderful. Aromas of wood, fruit, and alcohol. Appearance is dark brown with huge off white head that has an interesing cosistency. Tons of lacing. Flavor is comlex and multi-layered. Hard to exract all of the flavors. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Great appearance, the pillowy head looks like it could support me if the glass was big enough. Aroma of alcohol, dark dried fruit with slight bannana. A woody, fruit, bitter taste, with the retaining head it gives this a soft feel but turns watery at the end.

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