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


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RATINGS: 2021   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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.

PalCabral's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PalCabral (159) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inoven (309) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
Flesje gekregen met verjaardag. Donkerbruin, troebel bier met gistvlokken. Aroma van donker fruit en kruiden. Smaak is zoetig, hoppig en heerlijk fruitig. Jammer dat de smaak snel wegebt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlorox (16) - siena, ITALY - SEP 29, 2016
Bevuta dopo pochi giorni rispetto alla più blasonata XII mi ha riservato una piacevole sorpresa. Ha un sapore intrigante forse leggermente meno equilibrato ma piuttosto complesso e pieno di fascino. Notevole.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
This is my 300th entry on RateBeer. I am celebrating and tasting a glass of Westy 8 for this special moment:) Bottle from BelgianShop.com. Pours a hazy deep brown colour with one finger of lasting head. Complex aroma with notes of raisin, plums, dark cherries, toffee and a hint of oak barrel. The taste starts off dry and hoppy then leads to a robust malty finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and high carbonation. Excellent dubbel!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (5003) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks to Lukka19! Interesting mix of dark fruity esters and slightly cloveish phenolics. Intense in both aroma and flavour. Very high carbonation yet foam kept in check. Easy drinking. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukka19 (746) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color. Medium white head. Aroma of berries, dried fruits, nuts, caramel, light spicy, notes of herbs and honey. Taste is solid malty, sweet, caramel, spices, berries, dried fruits. Good balanced

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (3202) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle shared by lukka19, thanks. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is Sweet, bit yeasty, caramel, some candies. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, caramel, bit yeasty, candies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (525) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Aroma: dry and spicy but not particularly complex; Appearance: very dark amber/cola pour with thin white head that dissipates slowly; Taste: rich, malty, spicy, dry; yummy; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: quite good but I think I still prefer Rochfort 8. Would definitely get again when available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lacho (72) - USA - SEP 12, 2016
Had this a couple of months ago at In-der-Vrede café just across the street from the monastery. so I will be reviewing the other 2 options. Came already served in a chalice, brownish / red with very thin foam on top. Aromas of candies and burnt sugar; first taste is of candied fruits and caramel, licorice and many more that I cannot recall from memory. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (838) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle, I believe it was April 2013 if I remember correctly. Pours a dark and cloudy brown/amber color, bit of red, medium foamy tan head, some yeast floaties from cellaring, though I tried to pour slowly. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, black licorice, banana, clove, alcohol. Full body, thicker texture, heavy carbonation, finish of alcohol and almost a spiciness with the heavy carbonation. Maybe I waited a bit too long on this bottle? I thought between 2 and 5 years was ok, even tho the cap date says within 3 years I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Deep clear red pour with a single finger head. Aroma of figs and coca-cola with a hint of cherry. Finish has some caramel and toffee. A little alcohol heat in the throat. Light bodied. Taste has cherries, caramel, toffee, figs and other stone fruits. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer this complex. Just a lot going on here. Sweet, but finishes dry. I’m pretty sure I like this better than the XII, which everyone goes wild for.

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