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

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RATINGS: 2073   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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elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2007
bottle. very dark brown color. malty sweet caramelly aroma. very roasty yeast. some dark fruits and spices. nice qual.

4.1
LinusStick (3530) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Acquired through trade through the generous Maria. Delicious as expected. Not on an entirely different level for a Belgian Strong...but close. Nice brown pour with a thick off white puffy head with little lacing. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Taste is clean and crisp with no alcohol present. Dates, plums, and raisins with just the right carbonation. Ending is creamy and light. Great!

4.5
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle from the Belgianshoppe.com. Pours a rich dark reddish brown color with a huge frothy head. Plenty of malt in the flavor with plums, dates, raisn and figs making their presence known as well. The alcohol is almost completely hidden is this jewel. Has a bit of a hop taste in the finish with a lingering of flavor of caramel on the tongue. Nicely balanced, complex beer.

4.3
holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Rating #350. "Better Know a Style: Blind Belgian Strong Ale" Tasting 07. 330 ml thanks to xnoxhatex for lending this beauty. And what a beauty it is. This was a bit overcarbonated when we popped it, but when we got to it, a luscious nose rose from the surface. Cookie, molasses, dough, grape, cherry, carmel, alspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Brown in color, beige head that lasted all the way through the tasting. Creamy texure with soft carbonation. Initially sweet and malty flavors: rasin, brown sugar, all spice, molasses, with a light acidicity and alcohol in the finish. Balanced so well. There was no disagreement in this blind test, this rose to the top as the definite winner for the night. Big thanks again to devon for bringing this.

4.1
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Rerate November 20th 2008. Having a 4 year bottle as I type this. Far superior to the bottle I had the cafe in 2005. A very dry subdued fruitiness 4.1 Had the cafe at the Abbey fruity with a tangy finish and I like the blonde best. 495 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. 3.1

3.6
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 Pour an almost black color with a medium sized head. Very weak fruity sweetness aroma with a light fruity, a little tangy finish. Not impressed, might have to try another. Had a 1979 Westy 8 at the Kulminator and really, really enjoyed this.

3.3
SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured a black/brown with off white colored head. The aroma was very light fruit, not as strong as most of teh other trappist beers I have had. The taste was light tangy fruit. I love the 12 but this just seemed to fall short to me.

4.4
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 2004 Bottle from Shrubber85. Big Thanks to Roger! Nose: raisins, figs, plums, roasted malts, tart cranberries, a little bit of cocoa and vanilla. This is just a beautiful fucking beer. Cloudy, hazy,definitely unfiltered. Big, yet balanced frothy off white head. A head more reminiscent of a guiness or youngs double chocolate. Beautiful sticky lacing throughout. Flavor begins very nutty and then becomes very rich, smooth and creamy with vanilla, cocoa, and fruity notes prominent. Warming alcohol on the palate. Overall, very pleasant carbonation and mouthfeel. I was expecting to be let-down after all of the hype, but I liked this much more than I thought I would. Tasty. Saving the 12 for another month or two, no longer.

4.1
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. big thanks to xnoxhatex for bring this. pours average tan head, hazy brown with red highlights. nose was very impressive, yeasty, raisins, plums, toasted biscuit, and molasses. flavor was nicely balanced with caramel, molasses, raisins, plums, with slight alcohol finish. mouthfeel is creamy. this was the runaway favorite at the tasting, but i still like pannepot (which wasn’t apart of the tasting) a lot more. nonetheless, another big thanks to devon for sharing a westy!

4.3
rane (1107) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
Redbrown colour with huge brown head that last a long time. Aroma of dried fruits, prunes, dates, plums. Flavor dominated of the dried fuits and malts, very nice. A very complex and tasty beer that goes on and on in the mouth Reminding a lot of the Abt. 12 maybe a little more alcoholic, but a nice and warming alcohol.


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