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

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RATINGS: 2091   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
Spicy, herbal, sweet aroma. Great taste. Fruity, spicy, sweet taste with plums raisins, malt and hops.

4.4
Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2007
(Bottle, Man in the Moon, Stockholm) Dark brownish ruby colour with thick, but brief, beige head. Malty, spicy, slightly vinous nose with notes of marzipan, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit (raspberries, blackberries). Malty, spicy taste with notes of brown sugar, cold bitter coffee, dried figs and dates, dark chocolate fudge and a long, bold, bitter-sweet finish. Slightly vinous mouthfeel, giving it a warming touch. Slightly drier and less powerful then the Abt, but still an awesome brew that stands out with pride. Majestic!

4.2
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 8 of O’brien’s Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. I’m not sure if it is a conicedence that the bottle was the 8th beer of the night. Tom brought out a few bottles one had a label on it from the brief time it was imported, and quickly took it away for himself, but who could blame him. This was an 2002 bottle, poured brown with lots and lots of sediment and no head, just a thin outer ring that took the place of real head. The taste was sweet and strong and airy. Also it feels quite potent and has a really nice big flavor. Really really nice.

4.5
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
10.8.06 on the cap. Pour is great, dark amber with a good sized light tan head. Smell is a touch lighter then expected, but that might be the only semi-negative of this brew. Taste is great, full bodied and smooth to drink with only a hint of alcohol coming inat the end.

4.2
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): At last!! Long have I dreamed of the time when I would sip form the cup of Westvleteren, and verily it was filled with goodness and grace. Hazy mahogany with a thick off-white head. An assertive, homely, and inviting nose of Christmas spices and sweet doughy, bready notes. In the mouth delicate spices and sweet breads dance patterns of extreme complexity. Thick and delciously drinkable (it really is liquid bread). Just lovely.

4.3
faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle brought back from Belgium and stored for some years. Deep dark brown colour with a nice big creamish off-white fully lasting head. Aroma of lots of dark fruits, dark malts, yeast with good sweetness. Great mouthfeel! Smooth sweet very fruity flavour with raisins and plums, malty breadiness and yeast, toffee, good spices, some alcohol. Nice dry finish. Amazing tasty brew!

4.3
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
Black/brown with a nice and lasting head, that leaves a solid lace. The aroma has a lot of dark fruits, roasted malt and alcohol. The flavour is sweetish and very complex with notes of dark fruits, spice, citrus, caramel, hoppy bitterness and alcohol. It’s full-bodied, nice and complex, and this one is 7 months old. I re-tasted one from the same batch at the age of 17 months, yeah right: the beer - not me!!! The flavour hasn’t changed, but the alcohol notes has disappeared from the aroma, not from the flavour though. A nice beer, but I think it can become even nicer, if it gets even older. I have one more left to try!

4.4
Beer5000 (6489) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark red, brown body with a nice creamy head. Both aroma an flavor is complex. Sweet malty, slightly roasted warming alcoholic, dry fruit, spicy and a nice amount of hops. It’s a world class beer and difficult to come up with something new to say. I believe true beer lovers have Westvleteren very high up on their top list. I have had the pleasure of sampling this beer and the 12 a few times during the years. Sometimes I have rated the 8 above the 12 and vice versa. Finally I had the chance to compare them at the same time, and I must admit that the 12 are just a bit better.

4.3
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Poured a deep reddish brown. amazing carbonation very nice head Lots of raisins and leather in the nose some fruitiness and earthiness. Some alc at first but was not noticeable at the second whiff. Very rich mouthfeel like others have said "similar to the 12 but not as refiened ".

4.4
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium-reddish brown with a caramel-colored one finger head. The aroma is of yeast, prunes and malt. You can taste the malt and yeast. Isn’t as refined as the 12. Excellent beer!


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