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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white fully lasting head. Clody and brown. Fantastic aroma. very hoppy and yeasty. Touch of apples? Even better taste. Fantastic long finish. Just as good as expected!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear brown with a light tan and fizzy head. The head lasts a good while, but doesn’t lace all that well. Aroma’s are sweet with touches of raisins, plums, and a touch of cherry. Has a strong alcohol presence. Taste is very refined with a great mix. This is not real sweet or bitter or malty, just has a pure beer taste. A very crisp refreshing beer. No real noticable aftertaste but it has a solid duration. Definately as good as advertised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Dark and clouudy brown colour. Light brown head, good retention. Very sweet malty aroma, very fruity in some instances... stewed pear, apple, quite aromatic. Oily sweet palate, very delicious malty flavour, sweet, tingles the sides of my tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 A great beer. Among my favourite 3. The Abt 12 is slightly better (as good as it gets actually). But this is also a fantastic beer to drink. Well crafted in every aspect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2006 Pours chunky into a Westy tulip. Dark golden amber with swirling chunks of yeast. Bottle says 02 12 02 -- so figure the bottle’s over 7 years old. Nice earthy, leather and cellar aroma. Very nice -- another sip...sweet and creamy caramel -- very smooth with a long trappist honey finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a dark brown and leaves a 1/2in tan head. The smell is sweet fruits figs, plums, grape juice and honey. As I tasted this beer all the previous fruit flavors come out this has a great malty taste on the palate and is really smooth. As I let this beer continue to warm up I can really begin to smell and taste more of the fruitiness as well as the honey and cloves and it just compliments each other so well. This is one of the best beers I have ever had, it is well crafted and would pair well with some smoked gouda or any antipasto dish to really contrast against the sweetness of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours deep maple brown with a tall foamy head that develops dimples as it sits, and exhibits great lacing. Yeast (cellar, barn) and oak, fruity (grape, pear) and light malt (meal) aroma with some sour notes. Malty, caramel, flavor with a yeasty body and fizzy sweet grapes that goes dry as it passes. Full bodied, spicy-fizzy and dries out at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Had to go to the Belgianshop for this one. From the bottle, pours a deep brown, beautiful tan head that quickly diminished. Beautiful nose, vinous, smooth, some black cherries, very complex. Flavor has hints of port, a lingering sweetness that follows the nose. So smooth and complex that it makes you sit back and contemplate. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2006
bottle i finally decided to open this. pours a dark brown when held to light. thin lasting head little lacing. aroma is raisens, dates, plum yeast. taste is about the same with a hint of alcohol in the finnish. mouthfeel is bubbly yet smooth drinking kind of dry. very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2006
Very nice warm brown beer with a creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, earthy, nutty, caramelly and has a explosion of malts ans sweet bread. The taste is malty, complex sweet, beaddy and has a fine integrated bitterness of hops. The slight carbonation adds extra crisyness to this icon of beers.

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