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


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RATINGS: 1875   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   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.

ktingleff's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ktingleff (161) - - NOV 23, 2012
Classic belgian ale. I must-drink for any beer enthusiast. Full bodied and brown aromas with dried fruits and leather notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (379) - - AUG 1, 2015
Pours a dark body with a thick head. Nice but flat aroma. Very nice and malty taste. I had this chilled, would have been better tempered. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark hazy reddish brown with a big offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruits, malts, chocolate, grainy, "ÝllebrÝd", raisins, alcohol, caramel. Taste is chocolate, malts, raisins, bread, caramel, belgian yeasty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (9720) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2015
Many thanks for this beer to Erzengel. Pours a brown color. Lots of caramel, light berry a a spice. Light dark sugars, sweet caramel and nice spices

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (224) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2015
330cc bottle. Pours dark brown with white off head. Dried fruits, caramel, molasses, raisins. Sweet but with a nice balance. Malty and bready also. Really great. A lot like the XII but watered. Like the second runnings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1131) - GREECE - JUL 16, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Dark brown color with off white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet taste like aroma. MEdium oily body with soft carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2348) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 15, 2015
These monks are a truly blessed bunch. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown. Mountains of off white head. Aromas of dark dried fruit, dried apple, smoke, a touch of umami. Flavours are toasted malts. Dark fruits. Some coffee. A bit of hoppiness at the end. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gradie (2) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
Bottle from the monastery, 9 months old. Deepish brown to ruby with a moderate body and a medium, long lasting tan head. Aroma a big surprise, full of dried and dark fruits and fig strongly prominent, more so than Iíve noticed before (due perhaps to its slight age, or the warmer temperatures). Taste is medium to heavy sweet, with medium bitterness and a light sourness helping to balance things out. Warming alcohol lets you know itís strong but without overpowering, and the initial yeastiness drops away to leave a dark fruity aftertaste and enough bitterness to prevent any cloying stickiness. Palate is creamy with a very long finish. This is one to enjoy slowly, with a good break after before getting another beer. Wasted in a session, this is a perfect bottle for those nights where youíre having íjust the oneí. Absolute delight, and if youíre UK based itís well worth the effort of getting hold of a case or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevd193213 (928) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark cloudy brownish pour with a medium light brown tan head. Aroma of caramel, almonds, faint chocolate, dark fruit and yeast. Medium to full body with a nice even slightly warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Toasted brown body topped by a creamy, poofy brownish khaki head.The nose is of medium to dark fruits with fig touches discernably emerging upon aeration. Toasty and caramel body with some tannins as well as worty, darker amber malt, caramunich, and Special B notes. Needs time to age, attenuate, and dry out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (216) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky reddish brown. Big off white head. Thick collar. Pecan nuttiness when itís cold. Much fruitier as it warms. Yeasty. Kinda phenolic. Flavor is equally yeasty up front. Nutty as the yeast dies down. Some brown caramel malt. Light chocolate. Finish is clove spiciness. Aggressive hop flavor through, kinda grassy and bitter. High carbonation. Medium body. Not a style I love, but itís really well made.

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