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


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RATINGS: 1904   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
petibear (53) - - MAY 2, 2013
dark brown, hazy, quickly disappearing head. aroma more fruity than the wv 12, citrus. feels sharper on your tongue, sweet taste, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pils70 (11) - - OCT 5, 2015
Color marrone scuro con una densa schiuma beige.Ha corpo medio ed č meravigliosamente beverina per la tipologia. Biscotto, frutta secca, nocciole, prugne. Grande

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bornyensis (118) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2015
Toch al het zwaardere bier van de drie, een goede donkere kleur en een diepe smaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grisza77 (176) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Brunatne, mętne piwo o obfitej pianie , która zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca w postaci warstewki na powierzchni. Aromat wspaniały owocowy, winogrona, śliwki jakby z nutą drzewną, do tego subtelna nuta alkoholowa. W smaku bardzo gładkie, idealnie ułożone, owocowe i przyjemnie, rozgrzewająco alkoholowe. Goryczka średnia, ale bardzo przyjemna, krótka, lekko alkoholowa. Ogólnie tak ułożonego i zbalansowanego piwa jeszcze nie piłem, niby nie rzuca na kolana jakimś niespotykanie intensywny aromatem i smakiem, ale wszystko jest tak idealnie ułożone, że razem tworzy harmonijną całość, dla mnie mistrzostwo świata.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawanna (2739) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
0,33 l bottle from ... caramel, floral, alcohol, very complex, nuts, dried fruits, red-brown color, clear, frothy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, slick feel, lively, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cthulhu (490) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - SEP 26, 2015
In Brussels.Brown colour. Liquorice ,cherry, plum aroma. Dark red fruits taste.Medium body and carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (111) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015
Diep zoetig donker fruitig aroma bessen caramel vanille. Donker wit caramel schuimkraag vrij klein in vergelijking met andere trappisten. Prachtig donker van kleur met een zwarte rode tint. Komt flink vol carbonatie binnen een prikkelende sensatie qua smaak. Met een uitbundige diepe krachtige bittere droge afdronk. Onvoorstelbaar complex in de mond de smaken spatten letterlijk uit elkaar. Chocolade toffee caramel noem het maar op maar ook donker fruit waarneembaar. Dit bier kleeft aan je wangen van binnen. Geweldige smaak sensatie voor het ABV!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (1576) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 23, 2015
dark brown colour with yeast particles, one inch of creamy beige head; aroma of dried fruits like plum and raisin, some herbal notes, toffee and alcohol; taste is the same with some nuts and hints of vanilla; amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackisle (1291) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Clear deep ruby brown, small one-finger frothy beige head, half-way lasting, good lacing; strong sweet malt nose, roasted, dried dark fruit (date, raisin), caramel, cocoa, maple syrup, cinnamon notes, laurel, fortified wine and some wood; taste light heavy sweet and slightly bitter, roasted, toffee, candy, bitter chocolate nutty notes, noble alcohol (Armagnac, Cognac); full-bodied, creamy texture, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, aftertaste bittersweet, chocolate, herbal and spicy notes, ever present roast undertone, towards the finish more (fine) alcohol gets through; a well-balanced, complex and smooth brew, excellent beer, a feast for the taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2347) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with citrus, toffee, nuts, malts, toast and earthy notes. Silky smooth palate. Bitter finish with citrus, malts, nuts, toffee and a bit of yeast. Excellent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (143) - Livorno, ITALY - SEP 18, 2015
Classico “tonaca di frate” per la Westvleteren 8, con splendidi riflessi rosso borgogna; da “manuale” č la schiuma beige chiaro che si forma, fine, cremosissima e compatta, dall’ottima persistenza. Al naso, risulta molto elegante e raffinata: pera e ciliegia sciroppata, frutti rossi, caramello, frutta secca (nocciole, forse arachidi), albicocca disidratata, amaretto ed una suggestione di vino liquoroso; c’č un bel equilibrio tra i diversi elementi che entrano ed escono di scena al variare della temperatura nel bicchiere, senza che ci sia un aroma dominante. Al palato prosegue il percorso iniziato dall’aroma; caratterizzata da un equilibrio e da una pulizia impeccabile. E’ meno dolce del previsto: biscotto, caramello, prugna e uvetta, frutta secca (nocciola) sono sostenuti da una vivace carbonazione e bilanciati da un finale sorprendentemente attenuato e una chiusura amaricante di mandorla con qualche leggera tostatura. L’alcool č forse fin troppo ben nascosto, facendo timidamente capolino solamente nel retrogusto di frutta sotto spirito. Il corpo č medio, sfoderando una facilitŕ di bevuta impressionante.

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