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


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RATINGS: 2021   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
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 (2586) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barrabass (31) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Dark brown colour, thick beige head, fruity slight roasted nose with some hints of dates and fig. Flavour is malty, dark fruits with some notes of caramel, smoke and yeast. I´m loving it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Keeper (253) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 17, 2005
Is like the 12. Beer much rare one to find in Italy, strongly, intense... and alcoholic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Deep red brown ale with a lacing moka head. Light caramel in aroma with torrefied coffee notes. Sweet malt in mouth with nutty notes and good hops, lingering bitterness, well balanced with the malt. Not as rich bodied as expected. As beer warms up, light coriander and faint prunes arise. Bottle at Bier Circus, Brussels, April 2005. My first beer in Belgium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
As with the 12, this beer has a wonderful complexity which blends malty, toffee, and caramel flavors with charcoal and smoke, although less of everything than the 12. Deep brown in color, with a good ruby-ish tinge. Warms up well. OUtstanding. Has me wanting to drink the 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2005
Bottled. Hazy, dark brown colour with huge beige foamy head, lacing. Just lovely aroma of caramel and chocolate with a sting of alcohol. Also herbs and fruit noteable in the soft, but strong aroma. Palate is about excellent (it can’t get much better than this, full, but smooth, still carbonated). Flavour is of alcohol, plum, chocolate in the beginning, then smoothening up to kind of caramellish, fruity and some roast too. Finish is roasted, as is the aftertaste. Aftertaste also has some plummy and fruity hints. Kind of toffeeish all the wat through. Very pleasant, and in fact even better than Westy 12 in my opinion... Totally kickass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2005
Well I waited some 400 beers since I purchased this to rate it. Lucky to have received a bottle from a carton that I’m sure is the first to reach Oz,... and possibly the last! So, a personal thanks to the boys at the International Beer Shop, W. Leederville. Poured into a Rochefort chalice at around cellar temp. (13ºC). Deepest ruby-chestnut brown, quite clear, with a towering, dense tannish head forming straight from the pour. The head remained steadfast in its place and left tracing clumps of congealed foam down the glass as I sipped. Disappointingly soft in aroma, it took a good few minutes for me to pick up notes of dusty cocoa, sherry, soaked bay and basil leaves and other garden herbs; an even softer touch of spicy ginger, and lastly a medicinal tang of fruity-cough medicine. Made up for the lack of aroma in the mouth. Strong and malty, vinous fruit mix on the tongue. Very light in carbonation, medium bodied and smooth like port. It started off with rich chocolate notes adding the only noticeable sweetness, which waned after a few sips to favour dry, dark fruits and herbs. Slightly tart towards the back, with soft fig and prune notes, a little ’Cab-Sav’ red wine and drying alcohol which slipped down into the long, fruity and similarly wine-like swallow. Not as complex as I hoped, and true integration of flavours was much needed, but this was still a lovely drop that gave you goosebumps at the thought of its limited brewing numbers and the abbey from which it originates. One I will have to try again on my not-to-distant trip to Europe, in its homeland. An experience beyond the beer!. (33cL, 18/10/07)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark brown/red and clear. Thin white head. Smells like tootsie rolls. Tastes like tootsie rools with a coffee-like roastiness. Roasty finish. Fizzy mouth feel. More like an odd wine that a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2005
Dark brown colour; average head. Fruity aroma full body, little malty with a light bitter finish. A very good beer, nothing less.

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