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


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RATINGS: 1952   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
puren (448) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
ciemnomiedziane, rubinowe, sklarowane, piana bardzo obfita, drobna, bardzo długo się utrzymuje, pięknie oblepia szkło;
śliwki, morele, likier pomarańczowy, rum, rodzynki, drzewo sandałowe;
ciało średnie ku niskiemu, wysoko nasycone, mocno się po nim odbija, musujące, lekko zalepiające na podniebieniu, finisz karmelowej goryczki;
na początku kwaskowo-cytrynowe, potem na chwilę przychodzi delikatna słodycz rodzynek, po czym do głosu dochodzi goryczka karmelowo-rumowa;
fantastyczne, jest kwaśno, słodko, goryczkowo, bogate i zbalansowane piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fonkelbroon (5) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2015 Kapsyl med 17.05.19. Jästig behaglig lukt av kaffe och choklad, trevlig mörkbrun färg med ljusbrunt skum. Smak av kaffe, torkad frukt, karamell, lite vanilj. Diskret humlesmak som ger lite syrlighet. Ganska dold alkoholsmak. Lång eftersmak av malt, känns ganska sträv på tungan. Len och inte för tjock på tungan.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (1299) - HONG KONG - DEC 25, 2015

330 ml bottle (best before on cap: 19/06/17).

Preparation: Fridged bottle, then cooled at room temperature and popped at 12°C (within recommended temperature range) onto Westmalle chalice.

Looks: Cloudy hazy dark brown with a layer of chunky yeast particels; Half finger head and light beige foam which lasts for one minute; Very good sticky lacing with bubbly slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet full dark malt, with strong plums, dried figs, liquor alcohol, candied sugar, caramel, strong toffee, vanilla, spices, rye bread, strong Bel yeast, thin lemon and light grass. Not that strong to the nose but multi-layered and very pleasant!

Taste: Strong sweet full dark malt, with strong alcohol, liquorices, candied sugar, plums, figs, dark bread, caramel, toffee, toast, strong spices, strong Bel yeast, lemon and moderate bitter herbal hops.

Body: Medium body. Very slick and quite creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Much like the aroma, it’s a layered and well-combined bliss of good dark maltyness with strong influence of kick-ass Bel yeast. The dark fruits, caramel, toffee and toast are omnipresent with every sips, closely followed by chewy bread and spices. Pretty strong lemon and herbs to round. Excellent!

Booze and Sweetness: the 8% alcohol is very liquor-like, pronounced and sweet, but not too overbearing and compliment the beer pretty well. Nice!

Hoppiness: Thin lemon and light grass in nose, and much strong plus spicesand herbs in taste. Bitterness, compounded with liquorices, is strong for a lasting, sweet herbal malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly Dry. Sweet, boozy and smooth to mouth.

Comments: As a strong Belgian Dark, this one got a very soulful yeast to sparkle from start to finish. Not as Darwinian as Westvleteren XII, but within BSA this is top stuff, with strong and creamy and layered tastes match toe to toe with the aroma, nice booze and expressive herbal hoppiness. Bold and full of subtle characters, I just can’t get enough for Christmas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1424) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle Aroma-floral, fruits Appearance-amber, hazy, tan foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-full body, creamy, lively, long finish, Overall-perfect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. Not a double, not a triple, but it would fit well. Very sweet and boozy, all well done. Very very nice, but clearly not Top 30 as its listed here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (1601) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2015
Brown color with tan head. Aroma is candied sugar, caramel malt, spicy yeasts, but not too sweet. Something dusty lying below. Taste is caramel, bananas and apricots (very Belgian), with that spicy fruity finish. Some rhum elements in there. Very good for what it is, and it doesn?t even have too much carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kkleu357 (632) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Drinking this while at In De Vrede on 9/12/15. Well, i actually might like this more than Westy 12. Body is a much lighter color than 12, but still a nice dark caramel color. What I really like about it though is the mig malted barley aroma I’m getting. Also nice fresh hop smell. Taste, this beer is very balanced. Caramel malts meld perfectly with the slightly bitter hops. Not my favorite beer of all time, but probably what I would call the perfect beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (945) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Pours deep violet brown with a large off-white head which recedes to a layer of foam about a finger deep. Aroma is raisins, toffee, slight apple, slight rum and dates. Taste is raisins, dark berries, slight dark berry tartness, dusty, slight caramel sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2209) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle at home whilst watching Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones. Pours darkest Brown with a shade of Red. Beige head to boot. Aroma is a knockout. Full of Belgian promise. Dark fruit, candi sugar and doughy caramel. It’s well rounded and delicious. Not to the point that it ought to be priced out of the market though. The film is way better than I remember..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (760) - ITALY - DEC 2, 2015
Scuro color mogano con velo pannoso di schiuma color beige chiaro. Fantastico bouquet di frutta matura, nocciole, malto, lievito, caramello e cereali, al palato è equilibratissima, rotonda, riprende gli aromi e scorre giù che è un piacere! Corpo medio, effervescenza morbida, persistente e strutturata. Difficilissima da reperire, merita le stesse attenzioni della troppo osannata "XII". Capolavoro belga.

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