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


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RATINGS: 2019   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2006
bottle i finally decided to open this. pours a dark brown when held to light. thin lasting head little lacing. aroma is raisens, dates, plum yeast. taste is about the same with a hint of alcohol in the finnish. mouthfeel is bubbly yet smooth drinking kind of dry. very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2006
Very nice warm brown beer with a creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, earthy, nutty, caramelly and has a explosion of malts ans sweet bread. The taste is malty, complex sweet, beaddy and has a fine integrated bitterness of hops. The slight carbonation adds extra crisyness to this icon of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
(01.01.06) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from Mike Miller of Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. Bottle cap dated 10.08.02. Clear brown Belgium ale having a small diminishing white head. Soft carbonation. Toffee and dried fruit aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts dry with light sweet maltiness and toffee, dried fruit (raisins? Prunes?), and earthy flavors. Finishes dry with lightmalt aftertaste. A good dry Belgium Trappist ale. A good dry Belgium Trappist ale that tastes better than the Westy 12 in a side-by-side comparison but not as good compared to the St. Bernadus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours a brilliant reddish brown. Small off-white head. Lots of carbonation, some yeast floaties. Very complex aroma. Fruity, bready... you know what I’m not going to try and describe it for you. You simply must smell it yourself. This is outstanding and I haven’t even tasted it yet. Rich, yet subtle and quite complex flavor. I do think that the aroma gets an edge over the flavor. The finish is actually just a bit astringent, but nothing too distracting. This is really magnificent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2006
Poured muddy brown, tasted of dust, dark fruit, raw sugar. much milder than expected, but great! A good choice for 500! Thanks to Duane for this Gem!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Big thanks to gputty for sharing this with me! Cloudy brown with a light tan head. Nose is complex - lots of cherry, with notes of date, fig and light molasses. The flavor is just as complex, with a vinous initial kick, followed by a sweet, breadlike flavor that encompasses the mouth. Caramel and raisins make a brief appearance. LOTS going on here! Alcohol is noticable, but softens and blends well as it warms. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Sweet and a bit dry. Aromas of prunes and plums with a hint of bread. Soft carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Powerful finish, slightly chalky, with a hint of English liquirish and a bit of alcohol. Made it tickle all the way down into my toes... Maybe also a bit because of the excitement of having a Westy. Bought the beer (in a bottle) at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2005
Dark brown beer with a touch of red. Massive beige head kept on growing. Sweet chocolate aroma with dark fruits. The taste has caramel, malt, cocoa... and just about every other taste you’ve experienced drinking beer. Wonderful, complex melange of sweetness, sourness and bitterness. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige persistente. Arômes de raisins, d’épices et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de raisins, de caramel et d’épices. Très douce et bien balancée.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Near black pour with a lasting beige head. Aroma is fine candy, darker fruits, caramel, chocolate, yeast, more. Very complex yet delicate aroma, similar to the 12. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Still awesome.

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