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


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RATINGS: 1820   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
Two bottles (2011 and 2008) at the East Croydon Beer Tasting, thanks to Paul and Thomas, respectively. 2011: Pours hazy brown with a foamy, off-white head. Aroma has some dark malts and dry fruits. Sweet flavor, more dried fruits, some bread and yeast, bit of brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation and a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes warm with further notes of dry, dark fruits, yeast and esters, fairly sweet. Super drinkable and delicious. Great stuff. 2008: Very similar to the fresh bottle but with a more pronouced sweetness overall. More dark fruit, like raisins, plums, prunes and figs, and just straight sugar. I would say better than the 2011. Sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (12332) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2011
Hazy dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, dark malts, dried fruit, yeast and spices. Rather sweet flavor and full bodied. Soft finish. This is a very well balanced and complex beer. 190111

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark drown color with a thick tan head. Has a rich creamy malt flavor with hints of fruit and other spices. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
A: The crack of the cap let loose a gusher all over my lap. Once I managed to get the beer into my goblet, the pour is a dark mahogany color with a fluffy tan head that sticks to the glass. S: The nose is rich and fruity with notes of plums and raisins. There is plenty of malty and sugary sweetness and some Belgian yeast esters and a faints spice. T: The flavor is chocolatey and sweet with hints of molasses and caramel. The raisins, plums, and figs provide fruitiness and along with the alcohol, a rum-like flavor. M: The body is smooth and medium to full bodied with a creamy and smooth carbonation. D: My first Westy didnít disappoint. Iím not always the biggest fan of dubbels, but this was quite complex and flavorful. I understand why itís so highly regarded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11818) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Rerate, I had this one early in my rating days, and its needs to be refreshed. Dark amber, creamy brownish head. Aroma from malts, banana, toffee, vanilla and some soursih notes. Flavor is malty with spicy touches and some vanilla and yeast. A great beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11814) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2002
NOTE: Aroma and flavor are markedly improved when served at room temperature (rating based on room temperature). The first part of the beer was consumed at ~60F, and it was nearly unpleasant. There was a malty raisiny aroma. The flavor was rich, but not very pleasant. Sweetness was missing and astringency was present. When it ultimately warmed up, I was drinking a much better beer. Raisin aroma with rich brandy overtones. The sweetness finally showed up, although I still might have preferred just a bit more. Malty and rich, with raisin and caramel most noticeable. Mild alcohol burn in the aftertaste, and the slightest astringency as well (a shadow of the previous amount). Itís a good beer, but I think Iíll need to try it again now that I know how to serve it. Might want an older beer as well (this was a brand new bottle).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11800) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. Murky brown body with off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, dark fruit and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11788) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Purchased in Brussels 2008. Bottle shared with Marcus. Nice malty aroma. Brown color with a tan head. There is a lot in this one for taste. Malt. Not all that sweet. Something herbal. Very pleasant indeed. Finish is smooth and tasty. Quite mysterious. Wish I could say more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (11581) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head.Aroma is candis sugar, cellar notes. Flavour is alcohol, cellar notes, dried fruits, spices. Thanx to yngwie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11380) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2013
Cafe in de Vrede, April 2013, fresh comparison of all three Westvleteren. Hazy brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark sugar, chocolate and dried fruit, plum and prunes, and a touch of spice. Sweet malty flavour with caramel, toffee and nuts, along with a spicy touch. Well balanced flavour

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