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


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RATINGS: 2029   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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.

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   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banzale (59) - FRANCE - OCT 20, 2016
Offert par Nutjes. Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur Marron type café, châtaigne. mousse inexistante. Au nez c’est intéressant : note de raisin secs , malte torréfié , une pointe de sucre. En bouche les fruits secs sont bien present je trouve , raisin sec , noix de cajou , un peu de châtaigne? et un pouvoir sucrant Type sucre candy ? excellent et juste .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobarts (99) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle. Shared with Lena. Brown with medium tan head. Good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and some banana, yeast and some sugar. Taste is very good. Booze is hidden, dark fruits and some brown sugar. Nothing bad to say about this taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (1499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle @home. Pours brown, red tinge, ever so slightly murky, a good sized tan head and great lacing. Nose is fruity, red wine, raisin, slight esters some banana. Taste is fruit cake, raisin, dates, slight clove, cinnamon as it warms big prune taste comes through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3278) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle in Mort Subite in Altrincham. Pours ruby with a foamy beige head. Sweet fruity aroma. The taste is rich and complex. Ripe red fruits, toffee, leather, liquorice, plum, dry spice. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nutjes (301) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2016
33cl-fles samen met Banzale. U: Wazig donkerbruin met beige schuimkraag. G: Chocolade, rozijnen, toffee en kandijsuiker. S: Karamelzoet, chocolade, gedroogd fruit, kandijsuiker en een moutbittere afdronk. M: Volmondig en medium carbonatie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4107) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2016 Pours a hazy deep brown from the bottle at the cafe with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of dark fruits from the yeast playing with the malts, hint of burnt sugar, and a bit of booze. Taste follows, booze is hidden, but nice Belgian dark fruity esters and dark sugars. Really nice and clean for the abv, better than the 12 in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1617) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, shared by/with M, thanks! BB 02.12.2018. Pours cloudy rusty chestnut with great beige head. Strong lace. Excellent plummy aroma, strong brown liquor without the alcohol. Toffeey, plus grassy hints. Tastes toasty malty sweet with plummy liquor and a bit of stimulating bitterness. Soft on the palate. Fine carbonation. Lovely stuff... but not quite on a 4/5 level. Should probably give it more time.

I hope I can keep a bottle of the same batch for many years, 2 at least...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle at The Sovereign. Murky medium brown with small ecru head. Dark fruit, sweet malt, dates, raisins, yeast, lite candy. Complex and deep. More approachable than its big brother, and more drinkable. Still a huge beer, though. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inoven (335) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
Flesje gekregen met verjaardag. Donkerbruin, troebel bier met gistvlokken. Aroma van donker fruit en kruiden. Smaak is zoetig, hoppig en heerlijk fruitig. Jammer dat de smaak snel wegebt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlorox (16) - siena, ITALY - SEP 29, 2016
Bevuta dopo pochi giorni rispetto alla più blasonata XII mi ha riservato una piacevole sorpresa. Ha un sapore intrigante forse leggermente meno equilibrato ma piuttosto complesso e pieno di fascino. Notevole.

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