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


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RATINGS: 1730   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
I'm not going to rule out ever trying a Trappist again, but if this is any indication of what I have to look forward to, I'm at least going to be very reluctant. The smell is sorta yeasty and malty. Malty I like, but I'm coming to realize that yeasty turns me off; not so much the aromas but the flavors it imparts. Every time I would take a sip of this I would wince and shake my head. I just could not enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Call me a deviant. It's OK. I can understand why everybody loves this beer but it just didn't do it for me. I'm sure there are wonderful flavors and secondary flavors and hinted at complexities that I'll never get because I'll never drink it again. My Husband brews from time to time, beer and mead and his first attempt at a blackberry mead went south. He steeped the berries, skins, seeds and all in the the hot water and honey and left them in during fermantation. When we tried it a year later it was like someone had coated the inside fo my mouth with parafin wax. It was beyond nasty, and when i tasted this beer i tasted that all over again. It's got to be the tannins. Yargh and Yuck. Sorry guys, but enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbier (3587) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Young sample. Deep chestnut red, Excellent thick creamy off white rocky head and good condition. Bitter yeasty and mouldy aromas laced with alcohol. Soft, smooth and malty sweet with berries and yeast in the mouth. Finish is long and slightly bittersweet, tinged with yeast. Not as good as the Abt or an aged Extra but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
a yeasty dark chocolate scent, nice and dark with a tight fine head, nice mellow dark chocolate flavor, nice amounts of malt and cream, kind of watery and slight bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
At In de Vrede. Dense creamy head. Spicy hops in aroma, as well as some candy and dark malt. Full body with some caramel and spicy hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Aroma smells like children's vitamins, citrus, grain and cod liver oil. Label is straightforward -- logo looks like Afrika corps emblem. Dark, hazy beer with light sediment. Flavor is well-balanced and mellow. Cakey, nutty, somewhat tannic, lightly sweet and a little smokey. Mild hops that build. Quick toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Initial aroma of kid's multivitamins (sweet) mellowed as it warms to a nice ripe fruit aroma. Head is quite thick with a fair bit of lacing. Flavor - improves as it warms - very balanced. Note a hint of cloves and mint. Sweet maltiness pervades throughout and provides a pleasant drinking experience. Finishes strong - very good representation of the style - not experienced to note all of the subleties that this provides - but it is damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Found this at The Biertiempel in Bruges-no label, just marked by a blue cap. Rich brown color with a grayish head that lasts. Aroma is lightly fruity, with lemon, melon, and possibly grapefruit notes. Very smooth, with fruity, smokey malt flavors giving it lots of body. A hint of chocolate is also present. Peppery notes become apparent towards the finish, which is long and lightly malty. It is seemingly impossible to accurately describe a beer this complex; every little change in temperature, chemistry, and maybe even lighting would affect how you perceive this brew. I thought it was a very complex, very enjoyable beer that lived up to my expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 This beer poured a dark reddish tan color with a light tan head that stayed around for a while and left beautiful lacing. Aroma of booze, dark fruits, caramel and dough. Taste was very winish, raisins, slight nutty, some cinnamon, and malty flavor to it with light alcohol in the finish. A very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Bottled at Monks Cafe in Philly. They were out of the #12, which I'm dieing to try. never has this on either. Very good beer. It's a little better the Rochefort #8 Had a little more malt flavor to it.

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