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


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RATINGS: 2090   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (10259) - Tampere, - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014
33 cl bottle. BBE 30.09.2012.
Lots and lots of ripe fruits burst out as the bottle is opened. Still quite lively and a bit fizzy. Caramel malts and toffee on the nose as well. Sourish malts and ripe fruits still on the flavor front, not as spicy though. Licorice is not really present anymore. Some complexity and flavors lost, somewhat better when a bit more fresh. Very tasty anyway.
Rating: 8-5-8-4-17 = 42
33 cl bottle. BBE 12.05.2013.
Originally rated on 20091227. (9-5-9-4-18)
Pours clear (without the yeast) mahogany red color with a medium-sized head, leaves some lacing. Lots of barnyard elements on the nose, sourish malts, yeast, a bit of toffee, sweet caramel and lots of ripe fruits. Some licorice and spices on the background also.
Flavor of caramel malts, spices, yeast, licorice, ripe and somewhat dried fruits and some subtle grassy notes. Very smooth palate with a sourish finish. Very complex and refined brew which seems to be at almost perfect age. Top notch.

thejackpacker (446) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle from brewery. Wow. This beer is a big hug in a glass. At first, you think mmm nothing special here, bland. But in time, it develops into a warming beer. The alcohol is well balanced, taste of chocolate and wine. I might prefer it to the 12. Supremely delicious and not for the taste, but the feeling. The feeling is everything.

surething_ii (365) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 15, 2017
At In De Verde. Nice beer, complex, without a flaw. Worth the way here to try it.

OminouSC2 (665) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2017
Brown color, large beige head. Aromas of yeast, toffee, raisins, candy sugar, spices and bananas. Surprisingly bitter taste of alcohol, yeast, leather, dried fruits and spices. Feels a bit off during the finish.

GeorgePratt (76) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Aromas of mud and earth. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Taste of spice with a lingering bitter dark chocolate palate. Exceptional.

mansquito (6425) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2017
From Mikkeller And Friends Bottle Shop in Copenhagen: pours mahagony with pretty beige head. Aroma is yeast, complex fruitiness, some earthiness. Nice dry hoppy bite. Low sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel. I get scared of BSAs these days because of sugar or imbalance risks, but this pulls it off without flaw. Reminds you why these beers inspired a generation.

BigMomma (242) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2017
Finally able to rate this one, not that I haven’t tasted it enough already but In finally reminded this one was still left unrated.. . Sweet rounded creamy aroma with hints of malt and a slight touch of grapefruit. Smooth mouthfeel, initialy sweet, fruity, evolving into a roasted dry malt finish, which lingers for quite some time. Complex, powerfull but perfectly balanced beer. Superior to the Twelve in my opinion and the best dark Trappist.

Kampfar (261) - Osnabrück, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2017
From bottle at the abbey; pours cloudy, nearly muddy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is malty, grainy and slightly yeasty. Taste is light to medium bitter, slightly sweet, caramel, yeasty, bread and some dark fruits, slightly herbal. Medium bitter, light yeasty finish. Fizzy carbonation, medium to full body. I really like it!

Oddskulle (32) - - JUN 4, 2017
Det skal siges at det er en fantastisk øl, det er slet ikke det. Det er ikke den samme øl, du skal ikke lede efter noget som smager i denne stil. Hvis du leder efter en 8er som er ren, så er det ikke her, men hvis du leder efter en 8er som skubber til dig, led ikke efter andet. Den er klasse.

indrekr (533) - ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2017
Appearance: red, brown, hazy, white-tan foam, rocky head, lasts long. Aroma: wheat, bread, alcohol,caramel, toffee? Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, well balanced. Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, astringent, medium bitter rather long finish.

MrW (667) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2017
33cl not sure if it was on tap or from bottle at the Abbey of Westvleteren. Aromas of dried fruits, prune, figs, dates, a bit dark chocolate and coffee. Poured dark reddish brown with a beige creamy small head, which faded. Taste had the dried fruits again, maybe some cherry as well, a bit of boozy warmth.

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