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


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RATINGS: 1874   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 Well, it lives up to the hype. I have a bottle of 12 waiting so I canít give this a perfect score yet, but it is pretty close. The aroma is nothing short of amazing, extremely complex with notes of fruits, spice and mild hops. It pours out a dark brown color with a small fizzy head. The taste is also nothing short of amazing. Fruit malts, spice and slight hop all come together to form an all out assault on your taste buds, but in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This is one of the best beers ever. It has a great pour which is dark and similar to red wine in appearance. The aroma is very sweet with grape, plum, wine, and malts all in one. Quite similar to the St. Bernard 12. The taste has added to it apple, grape and caramel. I need to try the twelve before I give this a 5. The aroma in the 12 is much better, but this is still great. This is really good stuff and Iím glad I got to try an aged version. I would personally call this a Dubbel. I am used to strong ales having more of a wine taste in them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Thanks to pivodevo (Randy) for this gem of a brew.
It pours a medium-brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma is caramel with mild hopping, fruity and spicy. The flavor is chocolatey, full of the caramel, spiced up and lightly hoppy. Very soft, friendly mouthfeel. It finishes on a clean malty note with a touch of the hops. This is one decent beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
BottlePoured a a deep amber brown with a lively fizzy head that only lasted a minute. no real lacing at all. Aroma is the classic Belgian but with some dark fruit and sour/tart slant. A bit like a flemish sour ale. Flavors are not so sweet. Malty, with some of that belgian spice Musty, woody and fairly dry. Lively carbonation. Clean malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
definately malty, poured with a small head.. sweet malty aroma. Very smooth and mellow. Well balanced, not terribly hoppy. It was very good and drinkable.. but didnt have any amazingly outstanding characteristics. I expected more. I will have to taste again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottled 330 ml. Beer bottle brown. Large tan rocky head. Cherry aroma with light floral background Full mouth feel with good carbonation. A yeasty taste in the middle. Nice bitter ending with some alcohol bite. Multiple tastings. Better balanced than Rochefort 10. I like this better each time I have it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
very dark brown with a big sticky lasting head, light tan. light notes of malt, yeast, some darkish-smelling esters. alcohol is present in the aroma and flavor. very sweet molasses-like finish, leaves some alcoholic tingle on the tongue. very good, but i think perhaps overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours dark brown with a huge long lasting head. Fruity, yeasty and malt aromas. Alcohol is apparent in nose. Taste is malt, yeast and fruit cake. I was really anxious to pop this thing open but was disappointed overall. Good but Iíve certainly had better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 21, 2004
This stuff pours dark brown with an average head. Nutty aroma. Taste is fruity (plums/raisons) and very nutty. Hints of spices throughout. Sweet malty goodness. Damn good. I need the 12 now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2004
dark red/brown color. Thin whisp of head that never really went away. Intresting aromas of fruit, yeast, and candy. Classic trappist mouthfeel of very tight carbonation and slightly thin body. Awesome flavors of sweet crystal malt, dark fruit, cookie dough, and yeast. Excellent balance. The finish just goes on and on. Lived up to the hype, even at the price of $16 a bottle at local hip beer spot La Cave du Vin.

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