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


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RATINGS: 2052   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle bought at BeerMania, tasted with a Westvleteren glass together the other two :-) Tasting this shortly after the Westvleteren Blond it is an improvement. The foam is lightbrown with some yellow in it. A cloudy dark brown liquid. Very complex and notes of caramel and honey? Round taste and long finish. A very good beer from this brewey but there is at least one that is better...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fin (9914) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle at Waagstuck, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-10-06 Poured a very dark brown with an off white creamy head. I felt that the aroma was quite subtle and its weak point, but there were some rich fruits there, some burnt sugar and a little yeast. Taste was glorious silky smooth but rich, not too disimilar to the Westvleteren 12 but not quite as complex, it was rich, fruity and with some underlying spicey notes, mmhhhh very moreish, had to keep taking this back off of Loz. A superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finn (6824) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle at Quinns Camden London NW1 19 Sep 06. Black coloured. Creamy white head. Patterns on the glass. Rich fruity aroma. Complex flavour of spice and fruit. Well balanced. A top beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Fine, lovely brew. My favourite afternoon tiple. Can t beat this stuff on an autumn evening over in the west Flanders. Copper and auburn leaves sticking to the damp ground, that cool breeze, the dampening air. Odd floater, not to worry. Less intense, than the bigger vers, not so much alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14373) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head.Aroma is candis sugar, cellar notes. Flavour is alcohol, cellar notes, dried fruits, spices. Thanx to yngwie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Big thanks to Flaco Alto for this one. Pours hazy dark brown with floaties, looking ruby through my desk lamp, with a noisy, khaki head. Tha aroma is exquisite, with a brown sugary, peaty, slightly funky and figgy and vinous fruity profile with some yeast hints. The taste is on the dry side, with a peaty brown sugary malt presence, plus some figgy and vinous fruit notes, and a definite cognac and single malt bourbon flavor element as it warmed up. Im glad to have had the chance to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Tasted side-by-side with the 12 and the St. Bernardus 12. Also an excellent beer, and remarkably similar to the Westy 12, yet a bit more brash and forward with its tastes. A bit more structure, though not quite as refined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Thanks to Bentley78 for the bottle of this! I am going from notes, as had this great beer earlier along in the weekend. The aroma was a lot of subtle choclates (no where near a chcoclate stout or other stouts, but noticeable in a good way). Other smells tha I picked up on where that of brown sugars, malts, and maybe even a little moalasses sweetness coming through. A lot of thosesame smells came through int he flavor as well. the flavor also had a great subtle yeast contribution to it that was very welcome. Overall this was a VERY good beer, and while my ratings at the moment might not reflect this...I may have actually enjoyed the westy 8 more than the westy 12. If I am lucky enough maybe one day I can try them side by side instead of months apart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Thanks to chilehead for sharing this, thanks to his SWMBO for stuffing her luggage with great brews before leaving Belgium. Aroma hits with alcohol, sweet candi, brown sugar malty. Deep brownish red-tinged color, big beige foam on top. Somewhat edgier than the 12, but still soft compared to others of similar style. Malt complexity enhances, yeast flavor contribution is well controlled, adding to complexity and balance. Balance is foremost, hard to find any hop flavors but bitterness holds up, alcohol warming finishes as well. A real treat, we all enjoyed this one along with the 12 and a few select others and it held up quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
Clear ruby red with brownish notes and long lasting thick offwhite head. Big malty aroma, nice plum and raisin notes. Smooth medium body and very good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Very good beer!

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