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


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RATINGS: 1920   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
Thin head, dark rusty looking body, very murky and cloudy. Malty, earthy aroma, very rich. Taste is quite refined- dark plums, molassis and brown sugar. Just a touch of sourness on the back of the tongue. Finish is nice and spicy, long. Alcohol also creeps in late with some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
Dark brown body with a dense light brown head. Malty and sweet aroma with dark fruit and a touch of bitterness. Malty flavor with hints of yeast, dark fruit and alcohol. Fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
A perfect beer for the long Sunday afternoon. Fruity sweet aroma . Flavor reminds me almost of cane sugar and raisins. Made the rain outside go away. Great stuff and I’m looking for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1144) - USA - MAR 25, 2005
This is one fine looking beer. Nice dark brownish with a tinge of ruby appearance with an excellent lingering head. Aroma is nice, and taste is rather complex. I’d like to try more of this to really understand it. Didn’t knock me off my seat at first taste, but about halfway through the I noticed some of the subtle complexity. Wish I knew how old the bottle is though, there aren’t many markings on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 This is one complex beer. The body looks black with a foamy tan head on the pour. Held it up to the light and it had a shade of ruby to it. Talk about complex. Aroma was sweet and tasted a little bitter at first. But at the end of the glass there was a stronger sweet aroma that disipated the bitterness. Great beer hard to exactly explain it but it was good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
This is without a doubt one of the best beers I’ve ever had! I’m really starting to get into the Belgiums, Thanks Wendy!! Poured dark caramel with a huge head and thick lacing. Aroma is clean and creamy, sweet vanilla? Flavor is malty,caramel, almost candy like and the alcohol is well hidden. This is really a good beer..I want more!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 1999 bottle. Pours a deep amberish brown color, rocky beige head and a freakin ton of sediment came out. Aroma of plum, brown sugar, caramel, and figs, maybe a touch of vanilla. Complex flavor with the above tastes coming through, however the finish is compromised a bit by some astringency. A bit dryer than the 12, it might also be starting to fade a bit due to the age. Still, a pleasure to drink and I’d love to try a fresher bottle to compare. 9/4/7/4/17. 2004 bottle, thanks Jan Primus. Fuller flavored and less oxidized giving way to a more complex ale with a velvey palate. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Badnewsbeers hit this one right on the head, so I’m not going to go into it. I found this beer at a bar called KClingers in Harrisburg, PA, and drank it at home in front of the second round UNC game of this year’s NCAA tournament, while thumbing through the entire 1960 year of Playboy. It was quite possibly the most masculine hour of my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2005
rootbeer brown appearance with medium brown head....aroma is an amazing mixture of sugars, spices, flowers, caramels, and dark fruits (with a dominant emphasis on plums and cherries)...flavor is quite the same, just full of sugfars and fruits (much more raspberry in the taste than in the aroma)...nice and malty and fulfilling THANKS TO SILPHIUM FOR THIS WONDERFUL BEER

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Dark nutbrown color with humongos brown head. You really need to be carefull when pouring it. More bittersweet notes than its bigger brother (i like 8 better as 12 can sometimes be too sweet) else flavors of yeast, rasins, fruits and cane sugar. Bittersweet flavor with more rasins, chocolate and spices. Very very complex, and very very tasty!

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