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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Dark, brownish black with a large creamy head. Average aroma, just strong maltiness. Low hop presence but it has a nice roasty flavor with hints of caramel and raisins. Friendly and complex.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidBe (26) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
When opening some bottles of them, I didn’t really discover a sweeping smell, but for the rest everything perfect. Bought two crates of them a few months a go. They stayed in my basement for three months on a permanent temperature of 10-14 °C. I know this beer will further evoluete to a gorgeous and fascinating beer. Probably not that monument that it’s big brother, the Westvleteren XII, has reached in the world, but still expecting a lot from this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goodleuven (7) - - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
This beer is just good. It's like the dove chocolate of beer. Delicious and the kind of flavor that you could enjoy every day. 33cl bottle in Trappist chalice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared with Holmen1 on board Fridtjofen 08.09.14. Unclear brown. Dense and persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of nuts, dried berries, figs, leather and freshly baked brown bread. Similar taste, also with almonds, dark caramel and prunes. Very complex and superbly well-balanced. High carbonation. Bitterness and dried berries coming through in aftertaste. A beer with personality!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Flaske kjøpt i 2012, delt med skibsrederen ombord på Fridtjofen: lyst beige skum med liv. Lett uklar brunfarge. Uhyre kompleks aroma av tørkede bær, fiken, sviskeplommer, litt lær og krydder. Smaken er en ren intensivering av alt dette, og varmen stiger umiddelbart til topplokket. Et eksepsjonelt øl med avrundet eleganse og stor personlighet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
The blue cap in the holy trinity of Westvleteren, equally hard to get as the legendary 12 or the Blond. Medium thick, creamy, light beige head, opening after a while leaving ’islands’ of foam throughout the surface of the Westvleteren chalice as well as a steady rim. Colour a beautiful dark mahogany, slightly hazy and perfectly fit for the autumn days that are coming. Aroma clearly less powerful than in the 12, but almost as elegant and refined, revealing hints of cocoa powder, candied dates, raisins, banana, cloves, liquorice, gingerbread, cinnamon, grapefruit peel, medium dry sherry, pear... But everything in a subtle and noble way, delightfully blended into each other. Taste kicks off with candied fruits and old-fashioned Flemish caramel candy, clearly less sweet than the 12 with less presence of candi sugar, dryish with medium carbo tingling on the tongue and a supple, smooth mouthfeel, all built on a relatively light nutty maltiness, spicy yeastiness and a rather powerful, peppery, leafy and aromatic hop bitterness setting in already before the finish and assuring a long, dry, satisfying finish, yet becoming sweeter as it warms up. More lean, significantly dryer and lighter on the tongue than the opulent 12, but equal in elegance and finesse. Had the monks at Sint-Sixtus not added more hoppiness to the 12 and left it as cloyingly sweet as it was back in the eighties, this lesser God of Belgian top fermentation would have stood a big chance of having been rated higher, since it was more balanced in those days. Compare with Rochefort 8 versus Rochefort 10... Anyway, it’s been some years since I had this, thanks to Jan for bringing me a sixpack back from De Vrede. I’ll keep a few in the cellar for a couple of years to see how they mature.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1016) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Moderate dark fruit and moderate high bread dough aroma. Hazy copper-brown with a light tan head that dissipated early, but lingered as it warmed. Taste is rich malt, chocolate and restrained noble hops. Finishes bone dry.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
From a bottle. The 8 is just about everything the 12 is without the extra boost of alcohol. Pours a dark brown/red and makes a creamy beige head. Aroma is of plums, raisins and malt. Tastes of malt and dark fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guiroul33 (40) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 29, 2014
Brown color, minimal head. Complex aroma of caramel, banana, vanilla, a bit woody. Taste is as complex and very well balanced between sweetness and bitterness, with a long finish. A great brew, thank you the monks!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franksv6 (159) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2014
Dark brown beer with a medium beige head. Smell is fruity. Taste is sweet, fruity, malts. Afthertaste has a nice sour fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (137) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Beergium web shop. Strong smell. Sweet caramel, dates and raisins. Pours brown with a rich beige head. Taste is sweet, bready some malts and some yeasts. Palate has a thin body and a pleasant, easy feeling in the mouth. Overall you have a high expectation of this brand and even if this beer isn’t as good as XII, it delivers.


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