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


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RATINGS: 1918   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.

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4271) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours hazy chestnut with a nice buff head. Aroma presents woody, malty and pretzel tones. Flavor starts with malt and caramel, and earthy and woody notes come right behind. Mouthfeel presents good body and OK fizz. Not quite as Big Sister 12, but worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (525) - MOns, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2015
Une très belle bière brune, mousse crémeuse. Nez sur les épices et le malt sur un fond d’amande. Bouche à l’attaque ample et puissante, une belle concentration et une longue finale fruitée, d’une longueur impressionnante. Une très belle bière puissante et équilibrée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (5043) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle@home (2015 vintage) pours a hazy dark brown colour with an off-white head. Taste and aroma reveals sweet dark malts with a plethora of dark dried fruits, some notes of toffee and caramel, yeast, light nutty, great spices, lovely and smooth on the palate, aroma and taste gets better as it warms up, very nice indeed - even this fresh, but will definitely stash another bottle away and reacquaint myself with this in a few years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpeinador (7) - SPAIN - NOV 13, 2015 does not count
Almost perfect abbey beer. I had a chance to taste some weeks sgo. Waiting next time I could get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wixie (175) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2015
Brown liquid, with red shining. Large head. Fruity aroma of malt. Meidum body, little carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyhallmanti (79) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pours a dark brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, plums, caramel. Taste has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with nice of plums, raisins, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Texture is foamy with lively carbonation. Very similar to the westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (365) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2015
33cl bottle at home (1 XI 2015). Beautiful black brew with a beige to brown collar, though this head is not long lasting or vast. Some flakes drift in the glass, spreading lovely yeast flavours. I could also depict some malts and raisins. A very promising start. Yet the taste reminds me of the truth - this beer being the little brother. The mouth has those raisins again, and some caramel, fondant chocolate hints - strong yet short in flavour - and even dark fruits and blue grapes. The ending is very tasteful, but not that complex and rather short. The palate is strong bodied for sure, but besides the sweetness and warming alcohol, you can notice some water notes too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
likeatrainwreck (258) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2015 Like an easier drinking XII... (although the XII is still pretty quaffable). Impossible not to draw comparisons between the two as the flavour profile is very similar. The 8 is slightly thinner in the mouth and obviously not as boozy, but still has the same amazing flavours of plums, caramel, cherries, bread, ripe bananas... delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabobale (338) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
Al di là della poca disponibilità sul mercato, questa Westvleteren è davvero una goduria. Nel bicchiere è color tonaca di frate, opalescente, con bei riflessi ramati. La schiuma che la accompagna è di color avorio, finissima e di lunghissima persistenza. Al naso grande esplosione di caramello, floreale dato dal lievito, tanta frutta secca rossa (prugna) e note di ciliege sottospirito. Al palato ha una bella carbonazione con bollicine molto fini e un corpo strutturato. Al palato di nuove note di caramello, frutta matura e lieve amaro erbaceo finale. Ottima la facilità di bevuta nonostante gli 8 gradi alcolici.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrankZappa7 (98) - GERMANY - OCT 25, 2015
25.10.2015- Flasche -0.33 in de Vrede, dunkelbrauner Körper mit beige Schaum, Aroma malzig, hopfig, Antrunk malzig, Rosine; dezenter Hopfen im Abgang -- masterclass

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