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


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RATINGS: 1874   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle, Passage Cafe, Brugge, Belgium. Beautiful. Raspberry Red, lovely white head, soft tiny bubbles. Aroma: Belgian. Slightly hoppy with a floral aroma. Taste is sweet, rich, fruity, creamy malt, no apparent ester. Winey. Full, cloying mouthfeel, yet it clears off quickly, minimal aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (548) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Dark red/brown. Thick, inviting (and mostly lasting) head. Great lacing entire time. Subdued aroma. Smells like bread with hints of fruit and coffee. Smooth chocolate taste. Sweet and acidic, especially on the finish Ė perhaps too much so for my tastes. Didnít quite live up to my expectations in that it didnít seem unique. Also, I found the finish a little not to my liking (with long lasting aftertaste). Couldnít resist the opportunity to try something which I wasnít sure Iíd see again, but donít think Iíd buy one again anytime soon. Drank this to celebrate my last college exam, so on this occasion, I was willing to pay. I like the no-label bottle Ė very mysterious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Dark brown appereance with a large off white head. Aroma of malt, spices, fruit and hops. The flavour is sweet malty with a great deal of yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Noodle (14) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Phenomenal. That one word says it all. Upon opening, I was a bit surprised at the carbonation, but it poured nicely with a nice head that lasted. Aroma was mellow, and not at all as strong as what I expected. But, the taste....malty flavor with just the perfect sweetness (not too much, but definitely there), subtle citrus notes, a bit fruity, a bit spicey, with a hint of hops in the backgroun. The mouthfeel is as good as any silky oatmeal stout. I sensed the subtle warmth of the alcohol, but not too much. Best beer I have ever had? Could be. Certainly the best Belgian, hands down. OK, yes, the best I have ever had...now to find a 12 to try

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle aged for a least 1 year. Nose of bread dough with a earthiness and a vanilla/caramel sweetness were noted. A nice red brown with a frothy head and great lacing. Medium sweetness with vanilla and cookie dough and nice earthy notes. This is very nice beer that is easy on the palate and I could drink a lot more of if it were more available.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 While many seem to find Westvleteren 12 their favorite, Iím finding more and more that their 8 is underrated and my personal favorite. Pours brown with a generous head that lingers throughout the tasting. Smell is fruity with some peach, raspberry and grape aromas present. Taste is nutty and peppery bringing out the fruity tastes in the beer. Excellent oily mouthfeel that leaves you thirsting for more. Finishes up with a slight peppery element coupled with a mix of sweet and tarte fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (7550) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Purchased at In de Vrede at the abbey in Westvleteren. This brown ale pours with a foamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a fruity malt aroma. The initial flavor is sharp and carbonated, with a warm and heavy chocolate finish. I am very happy that I chose to lug a bunch of Westyís back to the U.S. in my carry on bag, as the 8 and 12 are easily the 2 best beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
330mL bottle from Ramsey Liquor in Ramsey, NJ. $5.99. First off, the nose of this beer is peculiar. Aroma of warm apple cider with a slight bit of yeast. Pleasant brown color with some yeast sediment. Slight sharpness to this beer followed by the warming of its 8% alcohol. Flavor of spices and fruits. Flavor seems rather subdued until beer is warmed to 55F where it takes on a nice warming character. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but I liked the Rochefort 8 better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
33cl btl. from whole foods in seattle. i told the guy in the beer dept. that i was looking for westy 12 or 8. they didnít have any on the shelves, but he went and checked the back and returned with a dusty, $8 bottle of westvletern 8. yay! Iíve had the 12 before, in brugge, and i can say that the 8 is VERY close to being as amazing. this beer smells dusty and fruity, plums and alcohol prevail as they do in most belgian strong ales, and there is also a sweet maltiness and sharpness about this beer, but what is amazing about this beer is the mouthfeel. it is relatively smooth, with myriadd tiny, tasty bubbles that make for a fantastic drinking experience. the appearance is formidalbe as well, this brew is dark, with a good deal of yeast chunks. i tried to avoid them in my poor with some success. the head is minimal, tan, and diminishes quickly, leaving a spotty white surface, with carbonation bubbling up in concentrated points. westy 8 has an aftertaste of ripe fruit, plums, prunes, a fair amount of lemonseed bitterness, and is nicely balanced with warming alcohol. this is a fabulous beer and just thinking about itís limited production at a litttle monestary far away in belgium makes it all the better. a special and rare beer that i hope you all will get to experience someday! cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 This is the best beer iíve had! (maybe 12 is better, donít know). Bought a few bottle at the local beerbar for an insane price, but itís worth every euro. Looks very nice with a big biege head. the beer itself is almost black. taste: plums raisins hopbitter tutti frutti and many more!! finish: lingering bitter and a little sweetness. mouthfeel is full, almost no alcohol present. lots of CO2. Maybe aged bottles are less sharp, weíll see in a few years. overall very nice!

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