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


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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwik-lime (1575) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
Brown with a large, foamy, off-white/slightly brown head. Very pleasant fruity aromas and these fruity notes are evident in the taste as well. Little bitterness, the alcohol content does not really show through - another excellent Westvleteren beer with a number of flavours beautifully blended together. Not quite as good as #12 but still well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Bottle at In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Dark ruby colour, black hedgerow fruits with chocolate and coffee notes which are balanced by the sweetish fruit and some toffee. Some dryness on end. A really good brown beer that cries out for a winter night in front of an open fire. Had to re-rate thisand give it a 5. Blackberries and blackcurrants on nose are enhanced with black cherries on the finish. The flavours are truly exquisite. Re-rate Bottle BBF July 2016 so it’s 17 months old. And it’s perfect. Delicious plum aroma and flavour with just a hint of hop dryness on the finish. Perfect carbonation. It’s delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. Not quite as sweet as the westy 12. Flavor is a sweet bread tasted with vanilla. Lots of malt, and a great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 [from bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2005]
Pours a cloudy brown with a brown head. Dough aroma, malty yeasty body. Full-bodied but not very impressive - perhaps served a bit too warm.

Funny how the supposedly rarest beers have the most ratings .... I found this disappointing. RE-RATE: Okay, quite a bit better this time around. Full body, raisins and caramel, very tasty. I begin to see the attraction here ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Bottle (bought at the Pivni Galerie in Prague (!)): Deep brown colour, huge off-white rocky head, long lasting; yeasty and mainly fruity nose (melon, peaches, pears(?) with some phenolic notes; initial fruitiness with some traces of malts; sweetish malty-midtaste turning into a drier hoppy, short-lasting, aftertaste; warming; well done, but in my opinion not the best trappist-ale.........................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Typical trappist: dark, full-bodied with loads of sediment. Lots of malt, lots of spices and a solid dose of hops in the finish. All the good stuff is here. 110194

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
#250. 33cl bottle. Served at 50° (10°C) in my NB worthy glass. Pours light brown with a 1" tall off-white head. The beer thoroughly coats the glass when swirled and there are plenty of foam dots strewn about the glass. A fair amount of sediment left at the end of the glass. Aroma is caramel apple, citrus, wildflowers, yeast, bakers chocolate, and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is huge. The initial flavor is sweet malt and yeasty, with some mild fruit flavors. The mid-taste on the beer is amazingly complex, vanilla, rum, and very fruity, maybe plums and raisins with a spicy finish that also has some mole? notes. The finish is alcohol and some sweetness. The two elements help cancel each other out. This is tasty beer. When it warms up more, you get a more raisin flavor in the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle, Passage Cafe, Brugge, Belgium. Beautiful. Raspberry Red, lovely white head, soft tiny bubbles. Aroma: Belgian. Slightly hoppy with a floral aroma. Taste is sweet, rich, fruity, creamy malt, no apparent ester. Winey. Full, cloying mouthfeel, yet it clears off quickly, minimal aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (576) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Dark red/brown. Thick, inviting (and mostly lasting) head. Great lacing entire time. Subdued aroma. Smells like bread with hints of fruit and coffee. Smooth chocolate taste. Sweet and acidic, especially on the finish – perhaps too much so for my tastes. Didn’t quite live up to my expectations in that it didn’t seem unique. Also, I found the finish a little not to my liking (with long lasting aftertaste). Couldn’t resist the opportunity to try something which I wasn’t sure I’d see again, but don’t think I’d buy one again anytime soon. Drank this to celebrate my last college exam, so on this occasion, I was willing to pay. I like the no-label bottle – very mysterious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Dark brown appereance with a large off white head. Aroma of malt, spices, fruit and hops. The flavour is sweet malty with a great deal of yeast.

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