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


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RATINGS: 2046   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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fonefan (49999) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper in color, with a nice, off-white head. Aroma off sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, spices and berries. Sugar, alcohol, berries, prunes, raisins, spices and chocolate notes in flavor. Full body and a bitter finish good and complex.

yespr (46530) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours with a huge white head and a nice dark brown colour. Aroma is sweet, notes of alcohol but dominated by dark notes like roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste has it all in a fantastic blend. Starts caramel sweet and the notes start ti kick in. Flavour of the classic belgian yeast is added to the complex flavor. Finish is soft and lingering.

Ungstrup (38139) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
A dark orange cloudy beer with a beutiful head. It has a fresh fruit aroma and tastest slightly acidic and sweet with notes of fruits. Definatly a great beer - but in my world not one of the best two beers - though still high on my list.

joergen (28751) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Brown colour with a fine beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malts and hops. Flavor of dried fruit, hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste. An OK beer, but Westvleteren 12 is much better.

anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle @ In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs flavor with some hints of caramel and some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with a slightly bitter hints in the aftertaste.

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2005
Bottled. Hazy, dark brown colour with huge beige foamy head, lacing. Just lovely aroma of caramel and chocolate with a sting of alcohol. Also herbs and fruit noteable in the soft, but strong aroma. Palate is about excellent (it can’t get much better than this, full, but smooth, still carbonated). Flavour is of alcohol, plum, chocolate in the beginning, then smoothening up to kind of caramellish, fruity and some roast too. Finish is roasted, as is the aftertaste. Aftertaste also has some plummy and fruity hints. Kind of toffeeish all the wat through. Very pleasant, and in fact even better than Westy 12 in my opinion... Totally kickass.

Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2008
A younger brother of the 12, it’s every bit as complex and wonderful. Plus, you don’t have to sit quite as close to the floor.

omhper (25361) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2002
Sampled the 1994 version in 2002: Burgundy coloured. Coffee, berries and dark chocolate in the nose. Malty, complex and mature with toffee flavours. Rich sweet finish. Wonderful!

cgarvieuk (25319) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2017 Two bottles one dated bbf12/09 with 15mm sediment and 2nd bbf 05/10 3mm sediment(so not farapart but vast difference in sediment levels) The bottles were 99% same with the only real difference being the first bottle was more lively ... Deep brown ... deep fruit malt nose ... rich ... little sweet ... small amount of hop up front ... lots of malts and fruit ... little nutty ... bit drying ... bit bitter in linger. Bottle at home 15.06.11 bbf 170612 ... ruby brown ... thin tan head ... soft big ovaltine yeast nose ... dark malts ... toffee blackcurrant ... nutty ovaltie ... dark frutis ... plums and figs ... 4.2 bottle at home drunk sep 2012 bbf 170612 ... deep brown .. thin tan head ... soft sweet ovaltine nose ... dark malts ... light ovaltine ... dark malts ... soft fruit ... 4.0Bottle at home.. Deep brown.. Thick tan head... Massive sweet ovaltine nose... Ligth t fizz... Dark roast.. Massive blackcurrant fruits and ovaltine no... Soft sweet roast.. Very sweet malts.. Juicy toffee roast.. Very fruity 4.0 Bottle at bat... Feb 17. 2009 bbf 12... Soft sweet toffee.. Juicy ovaltine... Rich sweet malts nose... Dark blackcurrant fruits.. Soft ovaltine fruit.. Rich sweet. Bready 3.9

madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
8th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! The very nice people at Beers Of Europe gave me this complimentary when I purchased a shed load of beer at the store - Cheers Guys! Caramel, toffee, HP sauce! Balanced flavours - very nice!

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