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


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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2005
ah for number 600 i had to bring out a beer that i had had for a while, that was expensive, and that is really hard for me to get. so here it is. pours out a dark brown color (darker than i am used to for the style) with an offwhite head. smells sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, everything you come to expect from belgians. taste is incredible, rich, malty and very easy to drink. i found that this beer ran out rather quickly, which left me saddened. now if i can only find one of the 12s to try. this was an amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Thank you Footbalm. Pours a dark muddy brown/amber color. Small tan head. Aroma of grapes, belgian yeast, bananas. Flavor is yeasty with lots of fruit overtones, malts balance ou nicely with the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2005
-200108-Pours a lovely mahogany coloured beer with a large tan head. Sweet, soft aroma, both dark and red fruits, raisins, prunes, apple, and some dark malts. Doesn’t fill the room like Rochefort beers tend to. Dark fruits again in the taste, starts sweet but ends quite bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Sampled from a 33cl bottle per Matt. The beer pours to a thin white head with good lacing. The body is a dark mahogany brown color. The aroma has a huge grape and earthy malt compound to it. Kind of a grape bubbleyum gum aroma to it. The flavor is port winey. Lots of wine characteristics atop a deep malt. The palate is nice and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
33 cl bottle pours deep brown with orange highlights and a thick creamy milkshake like tan head that laces beautifully. Aroma is malty chocolate, molasses, raisins, plums and nuts. Smells absolutely delicious. Flavor is sweet. Molasses, maple, cloves, caramel and a nice nutty finish. On the palate this is perfect. Carbonated beautifully to feel oh so smooth in the mouth. Creamy almost mouthcoating but a beautiful dry finish. One of the best feeling beers I’ve drank. This is just plain heavenly!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Large lasting off-white head. Beautiful brown colour, opaque. Very complex and malty, with raisins, oak, chocolat. Not bitter. and a very different - but good - finish. It’s like old blue chimay, but better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2005
33 cl bottle, purchased from the Abbey St Sixtus itself! Nice brown color, almost opaque with reddish-orange highlights and a creamy beige head that leaves good lacing. Spicy, yeasty aroma, clove and ginger, dark rye bread, and a melange of dark dried fruits. Sweet flavor, maple, more clove, allspice and molasses with a spicy finish that fades to citrus notes. Thick, smooth body and creamy carbonation. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2005
[bottle from magic_dave6] pours dark brown with a tan head. nose is complex with grapes, raisins, chocolate, sugary sweet. excellent body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy amber colour. Not that big a head. Lots of sediment floating in it. Aroma consists of pineneedle, oaky (brandy) and cardboard aromas, but also nutty and fruity notes, mostly plums and raisins. Malty, nutty taste. Medium sweet. Walnuts, plums. The taste is rather dominated by nuttiness. Ends quite dry and nut-bitter and with a little bit of alcohol shining through. Definitely a top brew, but nowhere near Rochefort 8. Many thanks go out to bierkoning for finally enabling me get a try at this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
(on bottle!)Never has been a great belgian fan, so I guess I had this one out of respect of the monke; solid brew here. dark brown colour, beige head. light caramel and tons of malt in the nose; no real alcohol fell. Quite sour, at least to what i expected, within all the dried fruits and cranberries, hint of rum too. Actually a fresh teat to drink.

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