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


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RATINGS: 1684   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Beautifully rich, dark beer with a strong woody flavor. Just made ya feel good all over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Dark, brownish black with a large creamy head. Average aroma, just strong maltiness. Low hop presence but it has a nice roasty flavor with hints of caramel and raisins. Friendly and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Dark red color with a thick, lush head. Many flavors abound, including strange fruits I may have never heard of before. This is extremely complex, and a highly enjoyable BSA. My only reservation is that the carbonation is a little much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2003
This is one hell of a unique beer. The aroma is like a sweet wine or a mead, very fruity and sweet. The body is a lovely burnt orange. There are considerable amounts of floaties, but that's my fault from pouring it. This has a very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is mildly sweet, yeasty, with notes of grapes, cherries, spices, bread.....and pez? The finish is creamy and dry at the same time, if that's possible, with a lingering, candy-like flavor. This is wonderfully different, but I'm not sure if it's quite worth the 10 bucks for the 11.2 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 (Rating Adjustment) Holy CRAP man. The aroma on this brew has to be the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Goes right to a 10. Fruity (pear, prune, raisin) , malty and sweet, little alcohol, some caramel, absolutely fantastic. Much less sedimant in this one as compared to my first go. Molasses, sweet malts and grapes in the flavor. Yummy. A world class brew.

Wow, now I know why this brew is one of the best. Awesome color of rich, dark orange/brown with great clarity. Wonderful lingering head with excellent carbonation. This is how a beer is supposed to look. Everything was going great until I got to the bottom of the bottle and unsettled the 3/8 inch of sediment in the bottom. Much more than my fancy. Not small particles either but rather large chunks which do not look appealing floating in the paper cup (just kidding). This does not detract from the flavor, though, which is complex with plenty of malt and slight wine overtones and a tad of alcohol. Aroma of roasted grain and yeast. Creamy, smooth finish with a touch of alcohol. Very smooth drinking and enjoyable. A beer that ever person should be required to try at least once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2003
This one pours a dark cloudy brown color with a big, off-white, lingering head. It has a nice sweet aroma of spices, malts, and yeast, and just a tad bit of alcohol. Full bodied and rich, the flavor is spicy and malty sweet, bready and yeasty, with a mild alcohol warmth. Carbonation levels are perfect, I could drink this all the time. What a great beer, fantastic flavor and a high drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1744) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Date on cap: 12 06 05. Frothy, tan head. Murky brown in color with tiny bubbles continuously streaming up the side of the glass. Aroma is strong with malt, some green grape, ripe fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, and earth. Very rich flavor, somewhat burnt, doughy, and malty. Finish is somewhat green-tasting (like wet moss?), moderately carbonated and lightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Copper colored brew. Well carbonated with a lacing hanging on till the final farewell.Winey, honey, grapey nose.Medium/light body.Honey,mead like flavors stand out.Probably a bit over carbonated, for me anyway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 Excellent brew! Yeasty aroma and flavor. Dark brown in color. Average head. Delicious blend of yeast and sweets. No alcohol taste at all. One of my favorite Belgium so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Complex fruit flavors makes this very drinkable and very addictive. Now I need to find the 12.

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