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

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RATINGS: 1832   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, - AUG 6, 2011
Few bitter malts, little bitter yeast, hints of fruits like plum, a touch of cinnamon and cloves. Acrid and slightly stiff. All in all not a very ouspoken beer, more of a beer with some of anything. Never too much of anything so you would never get bored. For every day ahead this beer, that would be no punishment at all.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentKabel (258) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
Beautiful version of a dubbel beer. Dark fruit, roasted malts and smooth finish. Not to sweet, very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicocanta (60) - - MAR 25, 2015
Achetée à la Réunion pour une dégustation mauricienne... sacré délire. C’est chouette, épais, goûtu... un poil doux ? Relativement loin de sa grande soeur. A retester dans d’autres situations. Si les finances le permettent. Mais c’était chouettos !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1625) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2015
Cervesa amb un aroma fluixet, en boca és on es noten els tocs dolços i acaramelats conjuntament amb unes lleugeres notes a torrefactes. Cerveza con un aroma flojito, en boca es donde se notan los toques dulces y acaramelados conjuntamente con unas ligeras notas a torrefactos.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1085) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 23/2/2015. Pours a murky brown with lots of yeast floaties and an uneven medium head. The nose is relatively distinct with prunes, stewed fruit, caramel and a touch of chocolate. In the mouth and it’s fairly standard Belgian dubbel territory - prunes, plums and raisins, with some light spice and yeast. Very sweet, with just a hint of tart bitterness at the end. The palate is curious - a bit creamy but with a surprisingly light body and soft carbonation. As one of the most acclaimed beers in the world, this leaves me a bit underwhelmed. It’s pleasant enough but at A$64 for a stubbie, I expect to be blown away. Alas this is more of a zephyr. Imo, Achel 8 Bruin shits all over this in terms of enjoyment and complexity, and comes at one sixth of the price. My wonderful wife has bought me a XII for my birthday which I’ll rate in coming weeks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fantti (758) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
Pullo @ BeerNavigator.com. Noin vuoden kaapissa kypsynyt Westyn kasi kaatuu trappistilasiin tummanruskeana ja hieman sameana, noin sormen paksuisella pysyvällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on sokerista makeutta, bockmaista limppuisuutta, marjaisuutta ja kuivattua hedelmää (omena ja päärynä tulevat mieleen). Hyvin makean tuntuinen tuoksultaan. Maku on hyvin vahvan kuivatun hedelmäinen, sokerisen makea pohjakin tuntuu, marjaa ja leipää on myös hieman. Mausteisuus tuntuu lopussa vahvana. Suutuntuma on hyvin vahva ja pitkään säilyvä, hiven alkoholia tuntuu joukossa. Hyvä vahva ja intensiivinen belgi, muttei nouse ihan sellaiseen lentoon, mitä hypestä voisi olettaa. Hiivojen mukaan kaato tuo mukaan rusinaisuutta ja lakritsaa, joka parantaa makua selvästi. Tämän ansiosta hype on perustellumpaa.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stijnvanmb (6) - Oostende, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015 does not count
Geweldig bier gedronken bij de paters in West Vleteren smaakt altijd geen uitleg nodig ??

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Utrecht (3) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
Enjoy this one on a regular basis at home or in Westvleteren. Poors dark with a foamy body. Less rich taste and palate than the XII, but tastes are actually not extremely different. Sweet, caramel/coffee taste, low bitterness and carbonation. Long finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy_Luke (469) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bardzo ciemno brązowe, z pianą, która błyskawicznie zmniejszyła się praktycznie do zera. Rodzynki i słodki likier to pierwsze, co nasunęło mi się na myśl po powąchaniu. Czuć oczywiście, że to Belgia. W smaku różnorodność owoców przekroczyła moje możliwości rozpoznawcze. Są przyprawy, zioła i przyjemne rozgrzewanie. Mocne wysycenie dodatkowo potęguje doznania. Piwa od Trapistów z Westvleteren obrosły legendą. Rad jestem, że dane mi było spróbować kolejnego, po Westvleteren 12 tamtejszego wyrobu. Warto było!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (1179) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Westy Wednesday Tasting! Huge thanks drowland for finding this for me and Leighton and Theydon_Bois for hauling it across the pond. Deep brown color, slightly murky with slight off white head. Lots of fruitiness and sweet malts in the aroma. Dry, earthy, crisp, boozy, sweet. Definitely less rich than 12, more fruity and dry. Another wonderful trappist beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cjldm (42) - - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a large head that gently dissipates into a tight 4mm head. Fits perfectly in the glass once the yeast is left in the bottle. Exactly the sort of murky colour you would expect. Not beautiful, but suitable for the style. Smells of brown sugar, Trappist yeast, a touch of banana peel, dark plums, fig, soda bread and raisins. Taste is more immediately warming; cherry tart with a darker fruit following of the aroma. Brown sugar and caramel appear too. The mouthfeel is tight and lighter than the quads, but delivers more balance in a better blend than similar Dubbels. Overall, a Dubbel will always be a quad/strong dark -lite, but, as this goes, you can't beat this in the style. Less sweet than many of the more accessible versions of the style. More brightness and fruit. Unlike a Leffe Brune, which leaves you needing more, this sits perfectly well by itself and leaves full flavour on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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