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

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RATINGS: 1811   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PalCabral (125) - - JAN 25, 2013
Beer bought at In de Vrede café by the brewery. Pours dark mahogany with sone red tints. The beer gives a good frothy head that settles into a noce layer throughout the session. The aroma is slightly discrete, as the 12, but provides more content. Roasted notes, some dried fruit and chocolate? The taste is malty and roasted, bitterness is combining with some dried fruit to balance it. In this sense it reminds a lot of the 12, which also balances sweetness and bitterness superbly. The bitterness turns into licorice in the aftertaste. The palate is soft, not overly effevescent, medium bodied. The 8 was tasted side-by-side with a 12, and it shares so many things I think it is brewed more or less by the same recipe, but just 2% lower in alcohol. It’s a great beer, underrated next to the 12, but defintely not far from it. It is a little more bitter, a little less tastier, and doesn’t reach as far as the 12. But it is a great beer, rustic but better than the Rochefort 8 and the Westmalle Dubbel.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
norbertvangeyt (2) - Erpe-Mere, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt tot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om er meerdere te drinken.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
An outstanding beer, IMHO the best in the world. We sampled at the Abbey’s restaurant in June 2014, at a bar in Brugges the next night, at home that fall; 2 more cases from the Abbey in January 2015 sampled in Brussels and home in the States. Warm, attractive nose with caramel, chocolate, fudge, malt,herbs. Perfect head. All this in the taste with some nuttiness. A very smooth presentation, goes down too smoothly. Lasts and lasts. I have used this as a course in a dinner and no one complained. We did have one bottle obtained not from the Abbey which was spoiled, beware, get it directly. If you are anywhere between Paris and Amsterdam it’s an easy drive, you just have to be persistent with your redial in ordering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatthijsE (897) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is a strong raisin, wood, fruit. Medium mouthfeel with strong raisin, bready malt. Very impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gramoit (374) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2015
Not as good as the 12 but still an incredible beer. Very warming, best to be had during winter (not a 30 degree day in Sydney). Worth every penny!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (510) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Surprisingly thin body, but with a ton of flavor. Rather dry, with notes of caramel, slight grape, bubblegum, and slight bready yeast flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2011 bottle given to me by Mathieu. Thanks! A: Cloudy mahogany color with a thin creme colored head. Lacing. N: Prune, clove, toffee, dense bread, raisin, leather, some tobacco, cola, hint of banana. T: Big sweetness. A little bitterness. M: Medium body, tingling carbonation, alcohol is restrained. O: Very good 8. Has a lot in common with XI though it’s not quite as much of a meal in a glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2211) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Pour is dark brown with a small off white head. Nose is full of raisins and a touch of oxidation (again, my fault for hanging onto this beer). Taste is fruity with mostly raisin flavors. Remarkably simple and lacking in complexity that I was expecting. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Dry, almost thin, moderate carbonation. Overall, good, but doesn’t blow me away. I’ve had better dubbels.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cerbier (310) - - DEC 30, 2014
0,33l Flasche. Dunkles Bier mit schöner, cremiger Schaumkrone. Riecht malzig. Wahnsinnig gut abgestimmtes Bier! Lecker!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutz (662) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
@ in de vrede, westvleteren. Donkerbruine kleur, mooie fijne kraag. Ruikt en smaakt zoetig, zachte caramel, beetje likeur. Goed, subtiel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (2135) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off white head. Aroma Is dark fruits, raisins, dates, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruits, Belgian yeast, belgian candy sugar, raisins and dates with a touch of molasses. Very tasty, like a dessert and a meal in one beer.


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