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


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RATINGS: 1731   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Voras (61) - - MAY 16, 2014
Brown with effervescent head. Aroma: nuts, caramel. Taste: nuts, almonds, light flavour, very well balanced. Different beer. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (212) - GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
The famous Westy’s little brother. Pours beautiful ruby red with large beige head. Very fruity aroma with dark fruit like plums, raisins and figs, some licorice. Tasting reveals a solid caramel foundation upon which there is plenty of fruitiness, milk chocolate, more licorice, very little bitterness, a bit of spice. Good carbonation, medium-full body. Excellent balance, although personally I would prefer a bit more bitterness. Highly drinkable. It’s great stuff but with easy to get cheaper alternatives like Rochefort and St. Bernardus, the whole Westy-Mania is more of an exercise in beer-hunting. The symbolic austerity of not even having a beer label and not increasing production are admirable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fall_ep78 (45) - DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Denne øl er nemmere at finde i øjeblikket end dens storebror, hvilket gjorde at jeg købte denne, istedet for XII’eren. jeg har dog på ingen måde fortrudt da VIII’eren er næsten lige så god. Det er tydeligt at dette er den mindre pumpede versionen af klostrets øl og det klæder den godt. Utrolig fyldig frugtsmag krydret med en uhyre tilpasset humleprofil. Jeg er glad for at jeg har 2 mere på vej!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (3189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle, thanks Staffan47! Hazy dark golden with beige head. Aroma malty, sweet and clean; belgian yeast, nuts and caramel. Taste is similar; malty, yeast, simple and clean yet with a deep complexity. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saintjulien (86) - - MAY 9, 2014
caramel, toast, raisin, brown, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, lively

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes dunkelbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig fruchtig, blumig, würzig. Geschmack stark malzig, fruchtig, Gewürze, blumig, reife dunkle Früchte.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle to taster (shared by dudeabide). Looks good for the style; a murky hazelnut with foamy head somewhere between off-white and very light beige. Carbonation is fairly lively. Smells of soft Belgian yeast, mild grain, tobacco, and a touch of dark fruit and leather. Tastes like it smells with a flawlessly smooth mouthfeel. A great example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RevBFG (52) - - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle from my Dad who got it from a friend in Belgium. Pours kind of a dirty, dark brown with very little head. Nice body and visible carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt, raisins, dark honey. Taste matches with plums and dried fruit coming through too. Almost port-like in sweetness. Extremely good. Now to find the 12...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2600) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
330ml bottle with a massive thanks to Fergus. Pours dark orange brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet, with red berries, a little banana and alcohol. Taste is caramel to start. Red berries and Ribena on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
911lin (12) - - APR 30, 2014
I had it with other two beers of Westvleteren, 12 & Blond. Let's just say 8 is the original version of 12.

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