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


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RATINGS: 1840   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 I poured a BIG head this so I could sit here and admire this babyThe foam slowly dissipates in a tan pillowy froth.Leaves a beautiful lacing almost as if your Auntie had tatted it by hand.Dark mohagany,cloudy with a bit of carbonation but not enough to keep the beer from flowing outta’ the glass,nice.I poured the whole thing,yeasties and all so it looks like I have crushed up Raisin Bran in the bottom.Can you sit here and just sniff this or what? Sun Maid Raisins, dates hops,and all the wonderfulness of Belgian beer.Can’t sense the alcohol much but the blend of flavors here is incredible.Really a "delicious "brew.Really a very smooth brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Very nice aroma and very powerful, some raisin, yeast, spices, milk chocolate, good sweetness, hints of red wine grapes, alcohol, apple and some slight hints of tobacco. Pours dark brown, almost muddy, with a nice small creamy tan head. I have some difficulties sepratring the flavors, but its not so powerful, some sweet maltiness it has a sharp hop and alcohol finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. Could IMO do some aging the flavor is a bit too harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Thank you to Kinz for this one! Mohagany brown w/ copperish highlights and a lasting light beige head. Immediate aroma seems to be dependent on temperature. Not that it’s not that way with all beers, but when chilled there was a sligth toffeeish aroma w/ tendencies toward diacetyl. Second whiff is herbal hop and bready and toasty malt. Very yeasty, then some vinous raisiny and purple grape notes come in as it warms. Flavor is well balanced, but malty with raisin in the beginning, then hop flavors and lightly bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Doughy yeast flavor with a little spiciness. Grape flavor comes in at the finish as well. Hints of alcohol flavor. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and smooth. Alcohol is barely warming. Overall, not as complex as big brother 12, but still a very worthy of high praise. Not quite sure what year this bottle is, but it could stand another year or so to gain complexity and lose the bitterness, but IMHO, an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Beutiful woody, leathery, and doughy aroma; date/raison and toffee flavor, tremendous complexity; very nice. Thanks Bück Dich!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
First off it looks appetizing with a dark brown body and good constant cream head. Then the aroma reminds me of….pasta? maybe I’m delusional. So after letting it get a bit more warmth to it, a more malty smell comes out of it and somewhat nutt-ish yeast smell. The flavor is rather smooth, with only a moderate bite to the finish. I was expecting something a bit more complex, but its still mighty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3/13/04. Poured out of 33 cL bottle, tried at Pizza Port 12-Hour Belgian Festival ’04 in Carlsbad, CA 3/13/04. Pours a dark ruddy red-brown. Off-white, lingering head with excellent, quick, low, ashen lacing. Terrific aroma of cake, bread, rich malt and hints of subtle smoke. Flavor is rich, supple, dark malt with bold peppery yeastiness, some sweetness and breadiness, but dry. Handmade rye bread, almost. Also estery notes of banana, raisin, cinnamon, and plum. Still smoky. Medium-full body, more drinkable and almost as complex as the Westy 12. It's less overwhelming and maybe less impressive, but the drinkability this one offers certainly has its place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2004
Very lively deep-brown ale with a red glow and a small head. Complex aroma’s of malts, honey,dried fruits,banana and asian spices.Very smooth taste with hints burned malts,candy sugar;cinnamon and black chocolate.It ends with a rich taste and a fine noble bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dark brown color with small head. Sweet fruity aroma with raisins and chocolate are noticed . Smooth malt taste on your palate with a warming feel going down. A nice belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Dark brown with a small tan head. A yeasty, sweet fruit aroma. Tastes of dried fruit and bread. Drier and smoother than the Westy 12, although not as complex and compelling. Excellent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Pours a hazy mahogany with a full, frothy tan head. Nose shows the alcohol with raisins, brown sugar, malt. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy. Flavor was of dried fruit, alcohol, brandy. Waited a long time to try this and was not disappointed. Looking forward to trying the 12 if I can ever find it.

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