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


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RATINGS: 1687   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Muggus69 (1108) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
The mysterious, mystical unlabelled bottled with a blue cap. Decided to get a bit ceremonious with this and do a 2-Part pour to decant the yeast - the body is bronze, quite murky with floating bits of yeasty goodness swirling around, carefree, oblivious of their enviable consumption in the near future. A beige head holds as a dense inch of foam for the duration. Spicy sums up the aroma nicely. A distinct peppery, clovey, phenolic sort of spice; somehow so familiar, as if I were transported back all those years to my first experience with this beers Big Brother. There’s more there though, of course - fruits, almost stewed-like, red fruits even; plums, rhubarb, wild blackberry, very vinous. There’s malt too (surprise, surprise!) - cakey, pudding, caramel, perhaps a hint of chocolate. Sits full on the palate, not as much weight as expected by the abv, but indeed, a touch of booze tends to dry & draw it out longer. Carbonation is restrained, lightly creamy. It offers alot of the palate - once again, parallels to the 12 are made, and memory lapses seemingly cured - the more you look the more you find, afterall ; fig, date, walnut, red plum skin & pip, clove, black cardamon, white pepper, milk chocolate, toffee, sultana, another different sultana, wood of some description. Actually a fair hit of bitterness, even a touch of tartness and boozy warmth on a drawn out finish - a slightly wild finish at that, but no complaints! A multidimensional marvel. I daresay it could easily be dismissed as mediocre when put next to other high quality Belgians of the same style, but there’s a real raw, untamed unique complexity in this (as with the 12) that others don’t obtain, and is really a joy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle split with Ray Ray. Pours a deep brown with thin beige head. Nose of candi sugar, plum, raisin, cherry, spice, prunes. Full body. Pretty dry finish with moderate bitterness. Taste follows suite – dark and dried fruits, spice, Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foxo82 (647) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from De Bier Tempel, Brussels, close to 2 years ago now. Very dark muddy brown with a huge head. Smells delicious - rich vanilla, caramel and banana. That made me think the taste would be all sweetness - but there’s some bitterness there. Restrained flavour - a little disappointingly so - but a nice lively feel. The second best Westy behind the 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DjoeN (1) - BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
I like The 8 way better then the 12, The taste, the smell, yes, all great, but like soms say, it’s a bit overhyped, it really is a matter of personal taste!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (553) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Mikkeller Bottle Shop, Köpenhamn (100 DKK). Fruktig med ganska hög sötma, karamell, knäck/toffee?, vaniljtoner, alkohol, maltig, jästtoner, perfekt beska, fyllig och len. Avslutningen är fruktig, torr och hyfsat lång

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast and red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate sweet moderate bitter with a smooth fruit yeast light hop bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. It’s nice enough, but not that much better that Westmalle Dubbel and to be honest, there would probably be times when I preferred the Westmalle. I don’t get the Westy hype i’m afraid. This isn’t anything to write home about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sebthoack (3) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
It doesnt yet any better than this. Drinking with my mate in Scheveningen at the moment. Love the taste, the look, the feel. Gotta drink when you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (196) - - FEB 23, 2014
Drank from tap with Thijs and John at the pub near the abbey 22-2-2014. Less ’deep’ than the 12. Salmanak taste is a bit more pronounced. Less sweet and fewer carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koning_Daan (56) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
Bought at de Bierkoning in Amsterdam. The beer does live up to it’s reputation. Nice balanced flavours and aftertaste. Now on to the XII.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (317) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
330ml bottle 2013 years vintage, poured into a Westvleteren Trappist glass. Appearance is cloudy dark mahogany with a small thick tan head with good retention, that left a little lacing when reduced. Aroma of black currants, dates, figs and spices. Flavours of black currant, figs, plums, caramel, muscovado and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. An excellent Belgian strong ale, quite similar flavour profile as Westvleretens XII, but the Extra 8 is mellower and less complicated.

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