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

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RATINGS: 1854   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shark_Pants (399) - - FEB 15, 2014
Pours murky cola brown with nice large tan frothy head. Smell is amazing - sweet caramel, marzipan, dark fruits, cream, bread & alcohol. The taste is quite complex - sweet first up with toffee, dates, alcohol, then a strong malty/bready backbone, drying out in the finish with pistachio notes. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected but surprisingly still very nice & creamy. A very good beer worthy of most of the hype, possibly unfairly compared to its sublime big brother. The aroma was the biggest highlight of this excellent ale for me.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moolesen (312) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Evening where we drink the 3 Westvletsren after each other. 2/3. Bottle 33cl. Cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Now the rye is getting more obvious in the aroma and also in the taste by the way. Lots of malt and some sweetness as well. Medium length.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Refsgaard (4) - - MAY 15, 2015 does not count
Dejlig řl. Kun i sammenligning med Westvleteren 12’s dejlige aroma, at den ikke fĺr topkarakter.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1097) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2015
330ml bottle in Café De Spuyt, Amsterdam (€13.50):
Another absolutely amazing beer from Westvleteren, they’re two for two now & I’ll hopefully get to try the third beer in the roster sometime in the near future to find out if they can manage the clean sweep. This one was quite a sweet beer with a lot of dark fruits & caramel but the balance remained great & it was a pleasure to drink with a nice alcohol kick giving the beer a warming feel towards the end; excellent stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2481) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Aroma: Raisins, Mild Fig, Mildly Bready Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Decent Lacing Taste: Raisins, Bready, Mild Fig Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roald76 (20) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
Donker bier heerlijke smaak, bitter. Alcohol proef je. Mooie schuimkraag. Korte afdronk.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (244) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
0,33 l bottle as a souvenir from my colleagues trip to Antwerp over New Years’ Eve, best before 30/10/2017. Looks great: Clear, very dark ruby with a big, frothy, almost stable, tan head. Pleasant, fruity-spicy but not that strong aroma of plums, raisins, dark cherries, port and some citrus. Lovely, sweetish taste of plums, raisins, dark cherries, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts and port, followed by a slowly developing, long, medium bitter and slightly alcoholic and warming finish with a bit of coconut and vanilla. Full body, very creamy mouthfeel, lively carbonation. The aroma is a bit shy but the taste makes up for a good beer although it is not the revelation I expected. A beauty with a fantastic mouthfeel, very round and harmonic even at younger ages. Enjoyed it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
I mat be in the minority on this one but I think this is better than westvleteren 12.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 5, 2015
Not sure whether I can add much to these almost two thousand ratings...it’s a lovely cocktail of autumn fruits drying/"decaying" in a barn, sweet, yeasty and oily.... No, I can’t.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (831) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 3, 2015
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, vinegar, bread, muscavado sugar, cherries. Taste is light to medium sweet, slightly tart. Medium body, oily texture, average to fizzy carbonation. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (506) - HUNGARY - MAY 2, 2015
A ’belgian strong ale’ kategória királya valószínűleg van olyan jó, hogy rögtön az 500. tesztelt sört követően kerüljön sorra. Bézs színű habmassza krémes ékítményként terül szét a főzeten, melynek átlátszatlan, mélybarna színe titokzatos aromákat rejt magában. Ezeréves aszalványok, diófélék, pörkölt magvak, szilva és vaníliacukros élesztő illatnyalábjai fonódnak össze, sejtelmes kombinációját alkotva az antik jegyek sötét színezetű karakterének. A szinte borítékolható bársonyosság, az olvadékony, krémesen sima kortyok menetrendszerűen érkeznek, egy Westvleteren esetén efféle izgalmakra készülhet az ember minőség terén. Az már az első kortyok során világossá válik, hogy kikezdhetetlenül harmonikus, szinte utánozhatatlan módon letisztult a kompozíció, a lehengerlő benyomásokat talán pár évnyi érlelés tenné még fantasztikusabbá, amennyiben ez lehetséges. A türelmetlen birtokosok így be kell, hogy érjék a puha, vaníliás-fűszeres élesztős lepelbe fogott, mazsolaborban áztatott szárított gyümölcsök édes malátafolyamának egyszerre könnyed és fajsúlyos szerkezetével, melynek partjait almahéjas fanyarság szegélyezi, s amely ódon kesernyés nyomokat hagy hátra maga után. Igazi karakter, a trappista szerzetesek tiszteletre méltó alkotása, s érdemei bár megkérdőjelezhetetlenek, a nagy testvér árnya óriásként vetül rá.


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