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


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RATINGS: 1802   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2004
A huge head that seems to linger forever. Well balanced with no strong overtones yet very complex. A world class beer that has to be savored

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2004
Has a very dark clouded brown color with no visible carbonation and a medium tan head. Smell is typical Belgium, but not as strong as other brewers. Taste yeasty/light alcohol/smooth and finishes slightly bitter. Overall this has to be the best Belgian beer I have ever had. Very easy to drink and appreciate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2004
Bottled 31 Jan. 2003. Pours at room temperature with a huge light tan head and deep red-brown body with a strong plum, fig, concord grape aroma that opens up with caramel and sweet bread emanating from the glass. The aroma is carried over into the flavor, with plum, fig, alcohol, sweet breads, yeast, and caramel blending with whiskey/bourbon notes and perhaps a touch of soy and wet hay. Outstanding. I can't wait to try the 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004. 2003 version.
Brown, thick head. Caramel-like sweetness, complex and very smooth nose with notes of yeast. Pretty full body and extremely smooth. Complex, a bit dry and sweet flavor with notes of yeast and plum. Sweeter and long finish. Extremely good and smooth beer, you wouldn't believe that beer is 8% - alcohol is hidden very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Super complex nose; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, belgian yeast. Cloudy, medium amber body with a siper smooth, pillow-like head. Lots of different flavors; cinnamon, apples, raisins, vanilla. Fizzy on top of my tongue with a tarts bite on the back/sides. Friggin tasty beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark ruby colour with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, alcohol and spices. Flavour is malty and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
dark brown almost opaque large frothy head. Nose is leather, wood very little hop aroma. First taste is bitter, not hop bitter but astringent and dry, malts and coffee and a woodsy vanilla taste. Halfway through the glass sweetness breaks through like a streak of sunlight on a cloudy day. Floral taste emerges like parma violets, sherbet. Beautiful lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Very complex and fun to drink. However the dryness and bitterness just doesnt do it for me. It is dark with big frothy long lasting frothy head tan in colour. There be lots of sediment too. The nose is faint and weak with yeast and phosphorus. THe taste again is faint yeast, more salty and bitter as it warms. The body is dry and bull bitterness. Overall, pretty darn good because of its complexity. However, just not drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 Re-rate. Wanted to compare to previous experience. I was distracted byt the power of the alcohol. Otherwise, a very good beer. Very dark, muddy color. Had a huge off-white head. Aroma was strong with peach, vanilla and caramel. The flavor had a hops bite that was tempered by vanilla and orange peel with a caramel finish. It gets sweeter as you go through the glass. I was very impressed. Now bring on the Abt 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2004
2003 vintage sampled in 2004: Reddish brown ale, beige lasting head with some laces. Rich, complex flavour with sweetness (malts), dried fruit (and a bit banana?). Warming alcohol. A bit watery palate considering the ABV. Overall an extremely well balanced trappist.

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