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

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RATINGS: 2019   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - JUL 31, 2014
Had it across from the abbey at In de Vrede. Pours a dark brown colour, very cloudy with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle with dates and other dark fruits, a slight malt character and yeast scents. Taste is mild, not too bitter or sweet and really balanced. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate and lively carbonation. Awesome beer, almost as good as the 12.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (302) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (4986) - 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.

3.6
   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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (3199) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (514) - 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.

4.1
   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 cafť 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.

3.8
   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.

4
   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 donít think Iíve ever had a beer this complex. Just a lot going on here. Sweet, but finishes dry. Iím pretty sure I like this better than the XII, which everyone goes wild for.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rubin77 (1029) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2016
F: big, off-white, good retention. C: dark brown, opaque, hazy. A: dark malt, sweet, candy, syrupy, molasses, brown sugar, chestnut, dark fruits, caramel, cardamom, yeast. T: malt, molasses, candy, spearmint, brown sugar, light woody, dark fruits, liquorice, cardamom, yeasty, grassy bitterness, toffee, caramel, light chocolate, medium full body, good carbonation, very similar to St. Bernardus 12 vintage 2006, but yes a great beer, 0,33l on tap @ In de Vrede 8. June 2016

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2242) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2016
Bottle at Home. Pours dark hazy Brown with a off White head. Aroma of yeast, dried plums, light licorice,light marzipan. Taste is rather sweet with loads of dried fruits and yeast. Good


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