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


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RATINGS: 2052   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2006 does not count
Wow, greet beer, large taste with a little bitterness and nice sweetness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
Dark brown. Small, frothy, tan head. Nose of roasty malt, dark fruits, and doughy yeast. Same flavors with some caramel and toffee, also. Full, smooth body. Great brew, definitely among the top. Nothing specific stands out in this brew, just the overall quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2006
Thanks to Numenor for scoring this bottle from Belgium. Hazy dark brown body with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet spiced malt aroma. Sweet spiced flavor, lots of complex malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle purchased in Brussels. Actually wasnt that crazy about this. It was OK, but not as good as the 12 or either of the Rocheforts. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but Ive had lots better beer than this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Rating #50: 2005 bottle: Pours a dark cherry color with a medium size light brown head that is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The fruity aroma is awesome with hints of cherry, rasberries and almonds. The complex malty flavor is fruity leaving a dry finish. A fantastic brew that is very interesting with each taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Very dark. Big, lasting tan head with excellent lacing in the glass. Some ethanol sweetness resolving into prue and raisin aromas. Like its big brother, vintage matters here. Latest varieties were slightly "green" tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Dark, barely transluscent amber with a strong, lacing, tan head. Aroma of spicy alcohol, almost ethereal, some clay, and a vinous character that is very pleasing. All of the aroma componnets are in the flavor but I am also getting a touch of rubber that I do not care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Rounding out the first twenty of the evening is this little gem. Im fairly certain that our host did not retrieve this directly from the St. Sixtus Brothers. If theyd just start brewing Schlitz instead, they wouldnt have a problem with people buying up all their beers and selling them on the black market. Not that I want them to stop brewing; I still havent had the opportunity to indulge in a Westy 12. This is what a Belgian Strong Ale should be. Hazy brown, well-carbonated. Lots of dark fruits that pound the tongue with natural sweetness, the excessively cloying sweetness of candi sugar not necessary to round out this one. Wonderfully complex and infinitely satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (3292) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - big thanks to blankboy for the bottle! Ah, so nice to be able to finally complete the Westy trifecta! Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a sizable tan head that leaves lot of lacing. Aroma is floral and herbal, yeasty and funky, with notes of tea and almond and bread. Flavour is full and complex, with notes of herbal tea (camomile?), rye bread, vanilla, and dry citrus to finish. I knew it was going to be good, but I didnt expect it to be so interesting and unique. Lovely stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Taphouse in Norfolk -- Another great beer, very dark cherry again in color (very similar in that to the Westy 12). The 8 has a medium brown head, slightly darker than the 12. Great fruity aroma, cherry and malts are highly present. The 8 has a stronger detectible aroma than the 12 does though its not as silky. Very complex, grapes and fruits come through but many more are unidentifiable. Very cool and clean ending, not warm like the 12.

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