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

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RATINGS: 1782   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - APR 2, 2009
Appearance: dark amber to brown color. Huge head, beige, dense and lasting. Aroma: semi-roasted, a lots of ripe-read fruits like raisins, figs and berries. A woody hit and vanilla. Vinous nose. Flavor: complex-multivariate start flavors, but all of them very balanced and harmonious. Toasted malts in an exact quantity, reminiscences of chocolate, caramel, dark raisins, figs and dried peaches. Nice mature and vinous touches, also, oporto. A bit of wood, tobaco and dried fruits. Lasting and semi-resinous hoppy note. Palate: medium body and velvety texture. Low carbonation. Remark: Great beer, complex, harmonious and wonderfully balanced.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (727) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle to celebrate my first ratebeer anniversary. Pours hazy brown with diminishing fizzy head. Aroma has dried fruit, caramel and leather. Alcohol becomes apparant later. Flavour has more dried fruit and toffee held together by strong but warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is fizzy, quite high carbonation. Finish is boozy and slightly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john-hansen (13) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Aroma is dark fruits, red apples, syrup, cocos. Aroma is very like that of westvleteren 12. Greyish brown sewage lika apperance, white head. It is a bit sweet and alcoholic, without beeing too sweet or too alcoholiv. Medium body, creamy low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
The mouth feel is one of a kind...explosive. It is not 10 or 12 but I will gladly spend the $6 a bottle. Every time. All those fruit and dried fruit combinations that the seniors have, on a session level. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2281) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2014
0,33l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours hazy chestnut with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malts, nuts, alcohol and yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, nuts, yeast, alcohol, dark fruits and some hops. Excellent!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in its own chalice. I’ve kept this beers stored for almost three years before open it. Best before 7th of June, 2011. Consumed at 15th of March, 2012 in perfect condition. Completely alive beer :) A: Pours a nutty brown color and a big light beige head. Fizzy and "alive" carbonation. Good retention, it never disappeared leaving a thin small bubbled head. No lacings and a lot of dark particles floating around S: Very bready. Very yeasty. Fruity, but moderate on these regards. Caramel malts. Hints of roasted malts. Toffee. Hints of alcohol T: Follows the nose: Brown breauud, caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeasts. A bit sweet upfront and a very moderate bitterness. Alcohol sensation M: Medium creamy and bit molasses body. Moderate carbonation O: Honestly: Fantastic beer! Despite of the hype around Westys, there’s no way to deny that, this is a just another perfect beer made by the Sint Sixtus monks [ BA Review @ 10/30/2009 ]

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
I would leave all my other ratings (forgive me Abbey de Scourmont) where they are. This beer maybe even a bit sexier than the Abt 12 Godfather version. Full of so much passion and decadence, this beer blows every other beer to wayside.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalfaro86 (292) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown brew with a huge reddish head with good retention, aroma si moderate to heavy sweet and low better with clove, apple, banana, caramel and dark fruits, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and low better with a fresa and better sweet finish and a long aftertaste, very good

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
2000 vintage, sampled 03/2004 - dark brown colour, nice creamy head and a wonderful lacing, gingerbread and chocolaty aroma, notes of raisins, sweet, very creamy and malty, robust bitterness, very long dry aftertaste of bread, malt, dried fruits and warming alcohol - incredibly complex and deeply balanced

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
dark brown colour, nice creamy head and a wonderful lacing, gingerbread and chocolaty aroma, notes of raisins, sweet, very creamy and malty, robust bitterness, very long dry aftertaste of bread, malt, dried fruits and warming alcohol - incredibly complex and deeply balanced

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pet3rman (320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Pours root beer brown with a light fizzy head. Aroma is intense fruit -cherry, plum and a hint of cough syrup. Flavor is sweet fermented fruit with a slightly astringent finish. Mild alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is very full and silky - outstanding. Complex yet balanced.


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