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


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RATINGS: 1764   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Merry Christmas Hotstuff! I got his for her for her 600th rating. She had been wanting this for a long time. Well hun, your time has come! Enjoy! It came in a plain brown bottle with no label and only a blue Westvleteren 8 cap. As for me, this brew poured a very large head of finely sized foamy off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a clining vine lacing and a hazy dark brown colored semi-opaque body with a fine sediment and soft carbonation. The aroma could be smelled as soon as it was uncapped from about 2 feet away. It has notes of mild caramel malt and dark malts. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes with an alcohol tingle. The flavor is very nice, stong from the ABV and full of note of caramel, malt, mollases and mild port. This is just the way I like my brews. It is dark, has a high abv, is smooth and contains no bite. A wonderful treat indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2003
Very dark beer with a very frothy and long lasting head. Strong aroma, hints of chocolate and fruit. The flavour has liquorice and aniseed elements mixed in with the strong alcohol flavour. Overall a good beer especially in the winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rette (6) - BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2003 does not count
grate taste and looks I duno why I would heva to elaborate on this more souplesse than it's big brother, but less lasting taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Deep dark ruby body topped by a beautiful huge tan head. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is very fruity, raisins, plums and pears. The flavor is remarkable. Very complex flavor profile is similar to its big brother the abt 12, but it still stands alone. Very strong pleasing finish. The alcohol is much more subdued then in the 12. The body is full and there is a slightly woody/raisiny aftertaste. Overal quite an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Nice deep dark red color,small head that faded fast and left little behind to show that it was even there at all.Sweet malty aroma with a bread like appearance and mild dried fruit,and spicey.the flavor is malty and spicey with a nice fruity presence,mild alcohol at first,that changes in the after taste to a fruity and malty taste with a bigger alcohol bite.This is a pretty good brew and one that i have been saving for some time until i could find a second,but what the hell i figured i might as well start rating some of these brews i've been sitting on because getting a second just isn't happening for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Aroma is of pears, bread & malt. Flavor is dry, toasty, and peppery. As soon as I swallow, I get a split second sweet alcohol flavor - very pleasing. I only wish I had more of this beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8092) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2003
The darkest of reds, almost purple in colour. The aroma is malty and yeasty with some spices. The flavour is complex yet subtle, sweet malty and fruity with a dried fruit mouthfeel that stays on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Bottle pours a deep garnet color as seen with back light with a small head and some lace. The aroma is of fresh bread and spices. The flavor is malty sweet with a spicy finish that lingers. The palate is a bit spritsy and rich. Overall, no problems with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours a dark red when held to the light. Aroma is bready, malty, with hints of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is complex and sweet while being so well balanced. Palate is perfect - very soft. Simply outstanding and IMO, better than the 12. This beer strikes me as being perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Sampled March 2004
A bready, yeasty aroma emanates from my glass as I pour this murky dark brown beer. It is topped by a thin light brown head. The aroma has a typically Belgian spicy (pepper), aroma with a hint of alcohol, and dark fruit (raisin being dominant). There is a hint of rum in the nose as well. The taste is dry, dusty and spicy. The fruit character is almost non-existant. As the beer warms up, a bit of sweetness becomes apparent. This beer seems very musty and dusty, for some reason. Quite complex, with some interesting spiciness that is all over the place; notes of pepper, clove, cummin, cardamom, and all spice. I actually like this quite a bit, though it really needs to be served on the warm side of cool to really shined.

Sampled Spring 2001
The offering smelled of dark candied malt accompanied by an appropriately dark brown color. It tasted quite good, sweetish with complex notes of malt and caramel. There was an intricate aftertaste that was complemented by a bitterness that was not from hops, but coated all 360° of the back of my mouth. The bottle, in a tasteful way that ran counter to modern commercial methods, was completely bare except for the bottle cap, which designated the brewery and the title 8°.

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