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


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RATINGS: 1991   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a big head. Aroma is sweet, candy, molasses, rasines, prunes and other dark fruits. Taste is fruity, sweet, candy sugar, prunes, dark fruits. Full mouthfeel, and a medium sweet fruity aftertaste. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to blankboy for sharing his www.belgianshop.com order with me!. Wanted to celebrate the long weekend with something special, I think this one qualifies. Enjoyed in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively, deep ruby-brown with a nice, tight, lasting light tan head. Aroma is of spices (cinnamon, cloves, pepper, anise), sweet dark malt, ripe apples, a bit of tart cider, other dark ripe fruits (raisins, plums, prunes, blackberry), even hints of chocolate, caramel and light-bodied red wine. Quite a medley. Taste is all of the above, but ALIVE - roiling around my palate, with yeast, some alcohol sharpness - much more going on than I can encapsulate. Wonderful, but light. Starts fruity-lively sweet, finishes slightly more bitter. Mouthfeel is lively and a bit slick. I havenít rated the Westy 12, but Iíve had it - this is a less complex beer, but Iím dying to pop my one (and only!) ABT 12 to compare. If you like belgians and abbeys, you owe it to yourself to try this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Hey Mr. Flemdawg, This is an 8% REAL Trappist ale, not Bud ! "Born on dates" need not apply- this ale will mature nicely for 2 or 3 years! Try again next time. This is a truly beautiful cloister ale, full of fruity,phenolic malty aromas with a deceiving drinkability in spite of the alcohol. Beautiful !! Belgian Brews Rule

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Could no determine the Best Before date on the cap, but this one had no lable. Dark dark brown, and a fluffy tan head. Raisiny malts, with plums, carmel, dark fruits which I could not really pick out in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits, raisins and plums, carmel, molasses and a bit of earthy/woody/appley notes as the flavors popped with warming. Smooth all the way down. This went very nicely as I was grilling steaks on the honeymoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vanvenlo (1680) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
11 June 2005 - Big ripe stone fruit and hop, with some light spirit aroma. Cloudy medium dark brown colour, with good head and lacing. great stone cherry like fruit flavour, big spice and mainly pepper. Fantastic balance of malt-fruit-hops. How can this be made with such lightness yet fullsome of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle for rating #1300: Muddy brown, large light beige frothy head, settles somewhat quickly, fairly nice lacing. † Strong bready aroma, semi-sweet, malty, fairly assertive with the raisins, very subtle dark pitted fruit. † Moreso dark fruit skin with a touch of alcohol. † Bready on the tongue, fairly sweet, smooth yet slightly spritzy, raisin and prune emerge on the backside. † Very slight alcohol as well. † Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. † Finish is a little hot, remains bready and malty. † Quite good, but perhaps a bit too subtle. † I might be a masochist, but I like stuff thats insanely aggressive. † Many thanks to John (jjpm74) for trading me this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Thanks to whoever secret santa in july was for this beer. a dark color w/ hughes of red and a tall frothy white head that laces well w/ a bunch of tiny bubbled carbonation visible up the glass. Large sweet carmel malt w/ lots of raisens a very light spice and some plum smells very good. Palate is solid and creamy lightly carbonated a bit warm. Flavor is a bit light after the aroma definate spices hints of raisens and weak plums a bit of carmel malt and a tiny tiny hop finish. Very good but could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Hey when I hear there is this crucial shortage and I see a bottle on the shelf for $10 I figure it is time to rate it. malty, rasinyesque aroma. Brown with a pjnky thick head after it compresses down. Spice, fruits, malt caramel and even a touch of cinamon. Yet this just isnít quite big enough flavor wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Sampled during a gathering of the Champaign-Urbana beer club. This review is from my notes written later that night. "Bottle courtesy of Andy. Sampled alongside the 12, which is ranked number one in the world. Its interesting how one can quickly tell the 12 is the big brother of this particular beer. The same combination of fruit (cherry, peach) and dark flavors (toffee, caramel, bourbon) exist in tandem. However, the 12 simply eclipses this one. Perhaps thatís unfair to the 8 -- sampling on its own I may have enjoyed it more. Rating: B"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 BottlePours a beautiful onyx black, with a hefty head that doesnít die easily. Aroma is raisins and a light wine, with a mixture of yeast. Palate if full and coats the tongue like melted cake icing. Flavor is sweet with raisin, cinnamon, and a touch of coriander. Rounds out with a lingering bitterness that is very relaxing. Definitely lives up to the hype; just wish I could get more of this heavenly libation! I like this one much more than the touted 12- this one, in my opinion, has a much more defined and cohesive flavor.

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