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


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RATINGS: 1919   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 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gradie (4) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
Bottle from the monastery, 9 months old. Deepish brown to ruby with a moderate body and a medium, long lasting tan head. Aroma a big surprise, full of dried and dark fruits and fig strongly prominent, more so than I’ve noticed before (due perhaps to its slight age, or the warmer temperatures). Taste is medium to heavy sweet, with medium bitterness and a light sourness helping to balance things out. Warming alcohol lets you know it’s strong but without overpowering, and the initial yeastiness drops away to leave a dark fruity aftertaste and enough bitterness to prevent any cloying stickiness. Palate is creamy with a very long finish. This is one to enjoy slowly, with a good break after before getting another beer. Wasted in a session, this is a perfect bottle for those nights where you’re having ’just the one’. Absolute delight, and if you’re UK based it’s well worth the effort of getting hold of a case or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevd193213 (946) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark cloudy brownish pour with a medium light brown tan head. Aroma of caramel, almonds, faint chocolate, dark fruit and yeast. Medium to full body with a nice even slightly warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Toasted brown body topped by a creamy, poofy brownish khaki head.The nose is of medium to dark fruits with fig touches discernably emerging upon aeration. Toasty and caramel body with some tannins as well as worty, darker amber malt, caramunich, and Special B notes. Needs time to age, attenuate, and dry out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky reddish brown. Big off white head. Thick collar. Pecan nuttiness when it’s cold. Much fruitier as it warms. Yeasty. Kinda phenolic. Flavor is equally yeasty up front. Nutty as the yeast dies down. Some brown caramel malt. Light chocolate. Finish is clove spiciness. Aggressive hop flavor through, kinda grassy and bitter. High carbonation. Medium body. Not a style I love, but it’s really well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1670) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour with off white head. MAlt, caramel, dark fruits and yeast aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, yeast taste. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jyrsa (278) - - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle BBE 1/2018 @ stadin panimobaari. Pours hazy weak coffee brown with small bone white. Nose is yeast. Licorice, herbs, bread, chocolate and some yeast. Strong body with a smooth and frizzly mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sccp1910 (106) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2015
Aroma agradável, aparência escura, encorpada. Bem frutada e nem se percebe os 8% de álcool. Sensacional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (1898) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours a hazy darker brown color, topped with a beige colored head, average size and slowly settling. Malty aroma, herbal with notes of dark fruits and some chocolate. Taste is a bit complex - some earthy yeasty notes, initial sweetness and slight soury feel to it. Mild bitterness and quite yeasty in the finish, with some herbs present here as well. My first experience with Westvleteren beers - not bad, though not something I’d enjoy on a regular basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abemorsten (3378) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015
Delt 0,33 l flaske. Dyp mahognifarget kropp med et lavt lysebrunt skumdekke. Deilig maltrik kompleks nese og munn med masse tørket frukt og kandis-preg. God fylde.Nammenam.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WingmanWillis (41) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared at Scopey’s Croydon pad. Dusty bottle from Fergus’ cellar. Pours a murky brown with a thin head. Smells of dried fruit and orange peel. Nice Christmas cake notes in taste. A good tasty beer

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