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

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RATINGS: 1734   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
petibear (51) - - MAY 2, 2013
dark brown, hazy, quickly disappearing head. aroma more fruity than the wv 12, citrus. feels sharper on your tongue, sweet taste, bittersweet finish.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (226) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Appearance- murky, ruby, opaque, half a finger beige head. Aroma- cherries, port, red wine, raisin, brandy, fruitcake, sugary sweetness. Taste- plenty of dark fruits here- cherries, plums, raisin and sultana, cinnamon hints, brown sugar, molasses, marzipan sweetness, almonds, rich fruitcake, brandy, clinging bitterness comes through at the end. Lots of different flavours, really well-balanced. Medium to full mouthfeel, and a soft carbonation. This is something special.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (689) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2014
Dark brown body with a dense light brown head. Malty and sweet aroma with dark fruit, coke candisugar and a touch of bitterness. Malty flavor with hints of yeast, dark fruit and alcohol. Bitter finish

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mackeon (48) - - JUL 18, 2014
Very hard to get and very expensive, but worth every penny and every effort. This is probably the beer with the most complex palate, taste and aroma in the world. Unforgettable. So good it can actually dispense with a label...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonBeer (96) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
(Drinking date: 13 July 2014) A bit murky beer, dark brown colour. Small layer of beige frothy foam. Aroma of ripe dark fruits. Not really intense aroma. The taste is sweetbitter at first, and it ends with a bitterness. The mouthfeel is not really good. The body is a bit too watery, and the carbonation is medium to heavy, which is too much. Overall this is still a really good beer, but the westvleteren 12 is better, of course. This beer is a bit too normal. There is not an outstanding aroma or flavour. And thatís why I give this beer a 3.7

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3458) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle: Trade with Shrubber85 for BBQ ribs, potato salad and a safe place to shoot fireworks. Cola-brown with a thin tan head. Bready, prune and cola scent. Slightly creamy, dark fruit, raisin/apple taste. Still pretty good despite some age and oxidation. Even a little bruised you can tell this is a world-class beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StueyD (1122) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
A cloudy cola brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A heady aroma of ripened fruits, raisins, cherries, plums, plus a malt aroma in the background. Complex doesnít even start to describe this! Tart yeasty and possibly hoppy sourness, vinous and citrus fruit. Then a sweet dark fruit flavour and malt, like a Soreen malt loaf, only on another level! The finish just lengthens all the elements into a wonderous aftertaste. Tasted at "In de Vrede", Westvleteren.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
knightstalker (9) - Florianopolis, BRAZIL - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
It is beautiful dark caramel in color with residual yeast floating around, topped off by a light beige very soft head. Aroma is, like the XII, very complex, though the alcohol overrides the subtle roast and caramel. Though the consistency is not as viscous as one would expect for a beer like this, the taste brings up an earthy touch, but again the alcohol gets hard to ignore. It leaves a nice coffee aftertaste. Lovely beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sbeck (1) - - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
An amazing beer that is well worth the price tag and the effort in finding. I brought several bottles back from Brussels to share with Family. It is unlike any other abbey Iíve ever had with an amazing presentation, taste, and finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joram (2) - - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
Ruby Brown coloured beer with small head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins and malts. Taste is bittersweet and yeasty. After taste is long with subtle sweetbitterness. Donít drink this beer too cold. (12-16 C)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
niklasdietz (73) - DENMARK - JUN 24, 2014
330 ml bottle @ home. Aroma fig, toffee and toasted bread, maybe some coriander. Pours brown notes with small but creamy head. Flavor is sweet with some spiciness to it. Light dark fruits and brown sugar. It's just soooo smooth. Excellent trappist! - with thirst, Niklas


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