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


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RATINGS: 1885   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Poured into a Westy chalice..dark broown wirt a bit of maroon in colour, voluptious, rocky tan head...a sight to behold. Aroma of figs, raisins, prunes and so much more. Taste is too complex for me to describe, taste is heaven. I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3211) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
Dark brown hue, pours with a dense foamy head. The nose is one of fruit cake, with prune, date, raisin, sweet brown sugar, candy sugar and chocolate aromas follow through a medium-bodied palate with a sweet chocolate-cream, coffee, mocha, caramel, brandy liquor, vanilla, leading to his fruity character of fig, date, prune with a malty side on a hint of bitterness final. Wow!!!! what a trappist

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Beer of the gods. need I say more. A beer of wonderful depth and coplexity and amazing balance. unfortunately not a good enough reason to give up sex. But a good substitute or maybe a good choice to lick off the object of your desires, wait a second what the hell am I doing on here?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 NIce hazy brown color with caramel lacing. Smooth sweet malts with bananas and raisins and candy and a little bit of spice. Very smooth and silky on the palate with light fizzy carbonation. Dry light hop alcohol notes to finish. Mild astringent finish. The malts in this beer just melt in your mouth. This beer is second to none, just wish it was a little cheaper so I could enjoy more of it....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Well. My first Westvleteren. And for #100…What could be nicer?! 11oz. Bottle, served around 55-60 F. This nectar pours out a sizable off white head that dissipates slowly. The color seems to be somewhere between a mahogany and garnet. The aroma is quick with candy and yeast but also has some dark dried fruit…subtle. The flavor is very well balanced and integrated. There is some initial hard candy like flavors that move into prunes and leather. I also detected some kind of very mild spice (cardamom came to mind). The finish has some hops. The aftertaste lingers long, but what you notice most is the gradual warming in your mouth and stomach and smooth coating body. There is lite and petite carbonation and a creamy smooth flavor and body. Not what I expected and very enjoyable. You could really get used to drinking this if it wasn’t $8/bottle!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2005
Deep burgundy colour, somewhat hazy. Thick, creamy head. I found i difficult to get any aroma out of it! Maybe some marzipan. Mouth-filling, sweet, malty flavour. Warming finish. No doubt that this is a good beer, but I expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
Brown colored beer with a big frothy head. Carbonation is well leveled. A taste of apples, bread, malts and caramel gives this beer the charme it deserves. The aftertaste is somewhat spicy and hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Hazy warm brouwn color with creamy beige foam. Good nose of Lait-Russe, nuts, malts and cazamel. Complex mouthfeel with well balanced dosis of sweet spices and malts. Good hoppy freshnees in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Color is a heavy brown, little added color through light. Thick strong head. Good carbonation. Aroma of bread, apples, orange peel. Taste more of same with caramel, and thick sort of mouthfeel, excellent for the style. Almost prefer this to Westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottle: Thought about saving this for a milestone rating, but couldn’t wait more than a day after buying it to taste it. Very fruity and malty with lots of berries and some citrus in the aroma. Pours a very dark brown with a large off-white head with very good retention. Excellent lacing. Flavor is fruity (berries) with a lot of chocolate in there as well. Lots of malt in the finish and a little citrus. Some caramel makes it’s presence in the finish too. Slight alcohol in the finish is barely noticeable and blends well with the malt. Very soft mouthfeel. Excellent beer, not as good as 12, but close. Just like the 12, each sip seems to get better and better.

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