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


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RATINGS: 1868   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
Aroma:apple,caramel,grape Appearance:dark brown red,Beautiful head Flavor:caramel,grape and apple ,soft spices good palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
Warm brown color, hazy and with small head. Malty aroma, some soft spices and hint of caramel. Full taste with elegance. Malty caramely and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
bottle-shared with my buddy Arnold at the hop leaf-Dec 28, 2004. Pours a couldy brown hue with a small tan head. sweet, apple, corriander, ginger, yeast estery aroma. Deep cinnamon flavors that are very complex. I must get more of this! LONG finish consisting of many spices and belgian yeast. Woody/cedary finish as it warmed. AWESOME!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Poured a depredish-black with sizable off-white head. Aroma of licorice, malts chocolate, spices, and raisins, maybe plums? The flavor was yeast at first, followed bitter hops. I was expecting to get kicked but thiswas complex, with swett and flowwing flavors and was very good. I would say great. GET THIS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours a deep black color with a thin, creamy light brown color. Amazing and complex aroma of malt, alcohol, chocolate, spices and fruits, maybe raisins or plums. Great, complex flavor of malt, alcohol, chocolate, spices, raisin and/or plums with a sweet finish. Light to medium body, creamy, heavenly smooth texture, soft carbonation. Whoa, that was a hell of a ride, this beer is not exactly what I expected but it is amazingly delicate and gentle, and yet it expresses itself strongly through my nose, mouth, heart and soul, a true work of art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13846) - 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 NoŽl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Re-Rate 2005/12/23. (Prev. 9/4/9/4/17). Dark brown with hints of red, opaque color. Lasting big yellow head, nice lace in glass. Yeasty, spicy aroma with mild alcohol, rich one. Some fruit comes up too with strong licorice. Almost full bodied. Flavor starts with mild yeast, ends with dry palate and medium alcohol flavor, alcohol fits here well. Flavor has strong spices and licorice with medium sweet chocolate tones. Aftertaste has spices with alcohol and fine licorice. Excellently balanced brew with many dimensions.

   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 (1796) - 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!!!!!

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