Fin (10621) - 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 it’s 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. Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle at Quinn’s 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. 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 gunnfryd (14985) - 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. DocLock (10745) - 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. I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one.
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. 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. 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. 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! chouffe (8) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006 does not count
Actually found this in an LCBO in Ontario. It was supposed to be a case of Rochefort 8, which in itself is a grand find (thank God most Canadians don’t even know what a Rochefort is. My apologies to all my beer geek friends north of the border, eh)? Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found 24 Westy gems inside. The manager apologized profusely; then proceeded to offer me a discount if I was still interested. My God, can you say $2.45 CDN/bottle after the discount? Did I die and go to beer heaven?
Presentation: .33l brown bottle. Appears to be direct from the source, with no label. Main identifier: a blue cap with the number 8. Poured with love and served in a traditional Westvleteren silver rimmed chalice glass.
Appearance: This beer poured to give a lovely amber hue. A slight hint of yeast on the magnificent white, foamy head, looked like a young woman’s nipple. The carbonation was nicely evident visually as it bubbled off the sediment.
Smell: Oh...what an aroma! As complex and fruity as anything you could imagine; hints of toffee, clove, fig and raisin gently wafting from the glass. There is also a slight spicy character present in the nose. Adding the portion at the bottom of the bottle imparts a bready character from the yeast.
Taste: Classic Speyside. The initial taste is almost like a good single malt scotch. It is so sweet, but a sophisticated sweet. Not sure what it is; perhaps a fine rye or barley flavor. The malt is there also, more with a presence like bourbon with a slightly burnt tobacco flavor. Very well executed.
Mouthfeel: Superb. Liquid silk; gently coating the tonque and throat. Truly a treat to be sipped and savored.
Overall: A masterpiece. Perhaps not the complexity of the Westy 12; but it does have a few notable characteristics that the 12 does not. I will be hard pressed to ever find such a treasure in the fashion that I did ever again!