ellman (3) - Alburtis, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer gave all my sences a full workout. Cant wait to try the 12 but i hear it a bit hard to find.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burned sugar and raisins, like dark chocolate icecream with rum-raisins.
Murky red, creamy head, some yeastclumps.
Aroma is again found in the tastenotes together with a lingering fruitynes (dates). Body is expectadly lighter than the 12 counterpart.
Eirikur (362) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very, very nice beer.
complex, fruity, sweet, and hints of chocolate.
Nice melow but a bity alcaholic aftertaste.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown colour, thin, but creamy head, with visible yeast traces. The flavour is complex, very delicate, initially sour, then fruity (Apricot and cherry), quite yeasty and sweet (light chocolate traces). The finish has some good strawberry traces, it's a bit alcoholic and has a well balanced bitterness with coffee hints. Delicious, even if not so perfect as the "abt 12".
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a thick off-white head...nice lace. The aroma was of bubblegum, alcohol, malty sweetness, and yeast. The flavor was more malty with just a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Very well crafted beer.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mild yeasty dark bread aroma.Very dark brown appearance with a nearly overflowing head.Dry yeasty herbal country bread flavor with a hint of mild apple and chocolate.The driest of the dark brown Trappist.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Interesting beer...much more subtle that I expected. The flavors slowly develop with continued sipping. RERATE, 12/12/04 - Pours a cloudy brown, with aromas of raisins, dark fruit, and spice. Flavors are raisins, malt, some spice and yeast.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Best by 24/May/05) The beer was poured slowly and with caution, resulting in a pillowing head. The nose is dreadfully faint, with just a touch of spicy hops. The palate is smooth dry and straight forward. I do not find this beer to be over the top in flavor or complexity. The finish is relatively quick and spicy, but not outstanding. I do find the Westy 8 to be much better than the Westy 12; I feel the Westy beers are the Marzens of the Trapist beers, just middle of the road.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost neutral aroma, later on I get some fruit. Disappointing comparing to the rochefort 8 I had right before. Some fruitiness after a while. Flavor -- I get straightforward belgian double flavor, maybe less sweet, and clean. To me this is not a complex beer. That doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable, just not quite as much as I wanted.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on March 6, 2003
Wow. My first shot at a Westy, and color me impressed. Of course, I had high expectations coming in (the #1 and #3 beers on the site), and this one met them all. Pours a very dark red/brown with a large head and tons of bubbles quickly inflating the head. Also has a lot of sediment which adds to the mystique of this rare beer. Aroma is extremely appealing with some fruits, almost wine-like and a hint of bread/dough. The initial taste is extremely complex. It started a bit too cold to fully enjoy the flavors, but after it warmed a bit, it was much more enjoyable. There's so many different flavors, it's hard to isolate them for the rating. There are, similar to the aroma, hints of fruit, toffee, nuts?, and many others. Whereas I had a bit of trouble polishing off the Rochefort 10, the Westy 8 masks the alcohol perfectly and is just a gem to drink. If you have not had this one, it is a must find!