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


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RATINGS: 1821   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Rating 26/12/2004. Bottled. Oh dear, as soon as I poured this (into an Orval glass) I knew things may not have been how they should be. The beer just stared at me, a dark brown colour, with the only head being that formed just by the action of pouring. That head just winked at me and sailed away. The aroma had some plum and raisin notes but also a cardboard like mustiness. The taste was just beer with a bit of raisin and alcohol, but there was no depth, no complexity, no excitement. Iím marking this as if it were beer X not Westy 8. No preconceptions. A really disappointing experience for a Belgian Strong. Iím willing to accept I may have served it too cold, but I allowed it to warm up and nothing happened. No complexities came through. Itís probably a bad bottle - I donít know (Can you tell Iím sad?) I really will try this beer again, because it owes me that favour. (5,3,6,3,11) (2.8)

Rating 06/10/2006. My second attempt at this beer after my disasterous experience nearly two years ago. Not served as cold this time. A dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and again no head whatsoever. The aroma is rich with a nice sweet maltiness and good fruits: plums, raisins, and even a hint of strawberry. The taste is again fruity but brown fruits. Peppery notes also and decent alcohol levels. A long finish and tasty, but really not all that. Much better than before but still quite unsatisfying and ordinary. (8,3,7,4,15) (3.7). Score given is an average of the two ratings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours beautiful clear ruby red when held to light. Long lasting creamy tan head. Big malty aroma with some nice plum and raisin notes. Alcohol completely masked in aroma. Wonderful silky smooth medium body. Sweet yet well balanced dark fruits, chocolate and malts. Very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 rating number 200 @ toronado in san fran.the extra 8 had a very nice redish brown body with a lovely creamy white head.the aroma boasted textures of raisins and malts.i was astonished by the complexity of the flavor.a wonderful mixture of malts,cherries,molasses,flowers,bubblegum,and some belgian yeast.this is as good as i expected it would be!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13912) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 Bottle. Wood, liquorice, chocolate, slightly salty flavour. Dark brown colour, small creamy light brown head. Aftertaste of yeast, good bitterness. 5 4 8 3 16

Bottle, 8%. Good boozy, malty and bready aroma. Cloudy brown colour. Good stable tan head. The flavour is bready and boozy. Rather bitter finish, but fades away soon enough. High carbonation. I still do not get what all the fuss is about. 7 3 7 3 15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Dark to medium brown color with a big rootbeer type head. Has a somewhat yeasty nose with hints of pepper and dark fruits. Aroma is not too prevalent but pleasant. Some dark malt flavor, alcohol is well preserved. Lightly spiced with some buttery undertones. Smooth and balanced very well. The aftertaste is long and flavorfull. A nice balance of dry and sweet in the end. A lot of hype for this beer, well deserved just not so enthusuastic as alot of other people. Cant wait to try the 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 While the order of ratings donít reflect it this is being sampled after the Zywiec Porter. Excellent in the glass with the port like body and clean creamy head. The nose is a bit muted however but there is a slight peppery suggestion with a raisin edge. The one enduring note here is the alcoholic burst in the taste. It is quite pronounced and actually has a degree of imbalance that does fade with a bit more time in the glass. One aspect of some Belgians I have noticed is that they can have a tendency to be a little asserive just after being poured. These need to be treated with respect and in turn the favour is reciprocated. This is definitely a great beer that reaches heights, but not as much as its big brother.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2004
12.07.04 330ml bottle dated ?7.12.02 Clouded and dark brown with red highlights and hunks of love. Lovely and scrumptous aromas -- applesauce and mango chutney, eiswine -- deep and soft, layered. Slight peppery and allspice undertones with a solid and sweet brown sugary malt backbone. Finish is long and smooth with just the slightest tingle across the palate. Despite its complexity and ABV, itís quite refreshing, too.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2610) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 Well, it lives up to the hype. I have a bottle of 12 waiting so I canít give this a perfect score yet, but it is pretty close. The aroma is nothing short of amazing, extremely complex with notes of fruits, spice and mild hops. It pours out a dark brown color with a small fizzy head. The taste is also nothing short of amazing. Fruit malts, spice and slight hop all come together to form an all out assault on your taste buds, but in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This is one of the best beers ever. It has a great pour which is dark and similar to red wine in appearance. The aroma is very sweet with grape, plum, wine, and malts all in one. Quite similar to the St. Bernard 12. The taste has added to it apple, grape and caramel. I need to try the twelve before I give this a 5. The aroma in the 12 is much better, but this is still great. This is really good stuff and Iím glad I got to try an aged version. I would personally call this a Dubbel. I am used to strong ales having more of a wine taste in them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Thanks to pivodevo (Randy) for this gem of a brew.
It pours a medium-brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma is caramel with mild hopping, fruity and spicy. The flavor is chocolatey, full of the caramel, spiced up and lightly hoppy. Very soft, friendly mouthfeel. It finishes on a clean malty note with a touch of the hops. This is one decent beer.

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