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

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RATINGS: 2039   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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4.3
mcberko (18081) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, pours murky dark reddish brown with a beige head. Exquisite aroma of various spices, prunes, figs, dates and yeast. Flavour is quite yeasty, with the aforementioned dark dried fruits, candied sugar and a barrage of various spices. Very highly carbonated, though not detracting at all from the complexity of flavours. Most excellent - glad I got the chance to try this.

4.1
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2000
Has a rocky head, a rich aroma of malt, plums, and raisins and a tremendous palate - huge malt, warming alcohol, some burnt fruit. The finish is a little astringent.

3.5
chrisv10 (17793) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. Murky brown body with off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, dark fruit and spices.

3.9
TBone (17699) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2005
Raitng #700 and 1st one in 2005.
Bottled (BB 10/2007)
Dark ruby color, good tanned head, lace. Aroma has malts, licorice, rubber and anise. Medium-bodied with an excellent balance of malts and alcohol. Salty licorice flavors. When warms up comes even saltier and more complex. Some bitter hops in the finish and then alcohol pops up quite rudely. "Easy to drink" -brew, propably needs some aging. In some way is similar to Gouden Carolus Noël.

4.1
yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottled. Dark copper in color, with a nice, off-white head. It is slightly hazy, with some sediments. Surprisingly weak aroma with sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, spices and berries. Sugar, alcohol, berries, prunes, raisins, spices and chocolate notes in flavor. Full body and a bitter finish with a good deal of alcohol. It probably deserves more than a 4, but it will have to convince me on a later occasion to get a higher rating. I was a little bit disappointed with especially the aroma. Rating: 7-5-8-4-16-4.0. 060801

Bottle. A slightly unclear brown beauty, topped by a finger-thick, dense beige head. Dried fruits, some alcohol and cellar, berries, a spiced touch and chocolate in the aroma. The flavor has a little caramel, with lots of dried fruits, a little warming alcohol, hints of cellar, dark berries and plums. Some bitterness brings a kind of balance. Nicely carbonated, warming and full-bodied. The finish has a faint metallic touch, else it’s pretty much like the initial flavor. And it lasts. A really nice beer, tasteful, relaxing and smooth. Dangerously easy to drink as well. 100611

4.5
jtclockwork (16691) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle at Jimmack’s invitational. Reddish brown with white head. Nose and taste of raisin, dates, dried fruits, yeasts, fig, coconut, nuts and all sorts of subtle complexities. Very smooth.

4.1
brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
A: The crack of the cap let loose a gusher all over my lap. Once I managed to get the beer into my goblet, the pour is a dark mahogany color with a fluffy tan head that sticks to the glass. S: The nose is rich and fruity with notes of plums and raisins. There is plenty of malty and sugary sweetness and some Belgian yeast esters and a faints spice. T: The flavor is chocolatey and sweet with hints of molasses and caramel. The raisins, plums, and figs provide fruitiness and along with the alcohol, a rum-like flavor. M: The body is smooth and medium to full bodied with a creamy and smooth carbonation. D: My first Westy didn’t disappoint. I’m not always the biggest fan of dubbels, but this was quite complex and flavorful. I understand why it’s so highly regarded.

3.7
FatPhil (16382) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 27, 2007
330ml bottle. Shared Matty’s - cheers - you’re a saint! Coffee brown, tight thin self-supporting head light beige head. Sweet dark dense malty aroma, apple in this one too (just had the 6/blonde), but differently so. Taste is pleasantly aromatic, a little alcoholic, and therefore winey. Apple and pear flavours, and other esters are carried up the nose by the alcohol and initially fight to dominate. However, a gentle but potent roasted malty body stays in the mouth, some hints of cocoa. The hoppy component is of the sticky dense and almost woody type. Another high-quality brew, which was extremely tasty, but alas I wanted a little more in most directions - it was just a bit too subtle for me.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16178) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
Dark nut brown with white head. Very filling and complex. Dark fruits- a bit sweetness. The finish is long lasting and pleasant. Compared to the 12, this needs the "last punch". Almost as good!

3.8
Benzai (15926) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2011
Well...what shall I say about this beer. It’s not bad that’s for sure. But I guess because it’s relatively easy to get for me, and I can have it pretty much when I want, to me it’s not extremely good. Very nice beer, good taste and body, but one of my best beers ever.


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