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

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RATINGS: 1764   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper in color, with a nice, off-white head. Aroma off sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, spices and berries. Sugar, alcohol, berries, prunes, raisins, spices and chocolate notes in flavor. Full body and a bitter finish good and complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours with a huge white head and a nice dark brown colour. Aroma is sweet, notes of alcohol but dominated by dark notes like roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste has it all in a fantastic blend. Starts caramel sweet and the notes start ti kick in. Flavour of the classic belgian yeast is added to the complex flavor. Finish is soft and lingering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29283) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
A dark orange cloudy beer with a beutiful head. It has a fresh fruit aroma and tastest slightly acidic and sweet with notes of fruits. Definatly a great beer - but in my world not one of the best two beers - though still high on my list.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Typical trappist: dark, full-bodied with loads of sediment. Lots of malt, lots of spices and a solid dose of hops in the finish. All the good stuff is here. 110194

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Brown colour with a fine beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malts and hops. Flavor of dried fruit, hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste. An OK beer, but Westvleteren 12 is much better.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oh6gdx (20308) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2005
Bottled. Hazy, dark brown colour with huge beige foamy head, lacing. Just lovely aroma of caramel and chocolate with a sting of alcohol. Also herbs and fruit noteable in the soft, but strong aroma. Palate is about excellent (it can’t get much better than this, full, but smooth, still carbonated). Flavour is of alcohol, plum, chocolate in the beginning, then smoothening up to kind of caramellish, fruity and some roast too. Finish is roasted, as is the aftertaste. Aftertaste also has some plummy and fruity hints. Kind of toffeeish all the wat through. Very pleasant, and in fact even better than Westy 12 in my opinion... Totally kickass.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19365) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2002
Sampled the 1994 version in 2002: Burgundy coloured. Coffee, berries and dark chocolate in the nose. Malty, complex and mature with toffee flavours. Rich sweet finish. Wonderful!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle @ In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs flavor with some hints of caramel and some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with a slightly bitter hints in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
8th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! The very nice people at Beers Of Europe gave me this complimentary when I purchased a shed load of beer at the store - Cheers Guys! Caramel, toffee, HP sauce! Balanced flavours - very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-08, vintage 2001, 12 years old, 7-4-8-3-16=38
bb 03.04.04, purchased at the abbey in 2001

The bottle is slowly gushing; it pours a cloudy brown color with big lumps; small and persistent creamy head. Nice aroma of caramel, with a hint of oxidization. It has a good flavor of malt and caramel with a touch of honey; light residual sweetness; the bitterness level is low; the oxidization is minimal.
Although lacking a bit in the bitterness, it’s still a quintessential Belgian ale, with a good harmony.

2011-01-28, vintage 2001, 10 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
bb 2004

The color is dark chestnut, almost black; it has a thin creamy cap. The aroma is mild, with malt, caramel and light signs of oxidisation; later, some honey too. In the beginning it reminds me of a Chimay Blue, but luckily the fears have no foundation, it has instead a good body, still some respectable sweetness, caramel and malt flavor, with clear notes of chestnut honey; maybe a tad too much of sweet liquorice in the end; the signs of age are very well hidden; the alcohol warmth is a pleasant complement, and the bitterness is very low. Excellent..

2010-04-15, vintage 2001, 9 years old 7-4-7-3-14=35
bb 2004

Gushing bottle, it pours a dark brown color with big fizzy and frothy head, that reduces to a small layer, persistent. Caramel and chocolate aroma, chestnut honey; partially oxidized. Medium bodied (thinner than other Belgian Ales with similar strength), caramel, dark caramel and chocolate flavor, with a slice of oxidation, some roasted malts and nuts in the end, and light liquorice too. The bitterness from the hop is gone, there is just some from the roasted malts; the final is a mix of caramel and liquorice. Beyond its prime, it’s just an exercise for passionates. Suboptimal.

2002-05-14, vintage 2001, 1 year old, 7-5-9-5-18=44
Ruby amber ale, thick head. Nice malt and hop aroma.Smooth, well balanced; strong malt taste, caramel, hop, candi sugar.


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