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


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RATINGS: 2086   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Bucolic barley n spices rich coriander alc chicory ... brown black in mass, with beige shorthair fine lace... a true belgian monks beer... apple spice rich, warming crust. big, warm, alcy, meal-spicy, not heavyhanded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Brown - off-white head. Licorice, malty, raisin, fullbodied, choklate, fruits, spices, a lot of hop hidden in the complex tastes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2006
Sampled at In de Vrede. Deep, deep dark colour. Long lasting head. Malty aromas, fruits, spice, dark berries. Carbonation is perfect, tingling. Mouthfeel is velvety, robust and the flavours are soo complex. This is beer to die for.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Dark brown murky appearance- grear tan head-port, anise, brown sugar, peas?, alcohol nose- taste of malt, dried prunes creamy body, with wonderful mouth feel - aftertaste coco, honey cane sugar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Thanks to Belgianshop.com for this brew. Pours brown with a lasting thick light tan head. Aroma of belgian spices, yeast, citrus, slight fruit, and sweetness. The flavor is very smooth, fruit, yeasty breadiness, citrus, spices. Great brew, great body, the smoothest beer i ever had, damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle: Yay! Finally. Dark brown pour with a big light tan head. Aroma had some floral hops, spiciness, and was a little bready. Flavor was yeasty with some spice. A nice fruity sweetness that wasnt overpowering, nice carbonation. I liked it, but it doesnt even hold a candle to the 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Again thanks to kp and Matt. kp for cracking the cap and Matt for saying "Dude these are great beers you gotta try these!" An amber brown pour that again said fruit and yeast. Ill steak a phrase from Matt "complex". That sums up the flavor and aroma. Yeasty flavor with fruit and spice. Clove struck me and just a breath of alcohol. A better mouthfeel than I expected. Another beer I never thought I would try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark, almost black with a medium tan head. A slight fruity note in the aroma. The body is lighter than expected, with a strong prune/plum flavor that overshadows and malt, yeast, or hops. The overall flavor is smooth, without as much character as I had expected

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
The Westy 8 has been long awaited for me--so long that I was hoping not to be dissapointed. I wasnt. The pour is a dark brown color with a nice off-white head. The aroma on this one was great in my opinion. Full of complexity, the nose had oak, dark fruit, and vinuous scents. I really enjoyed the aroma. The mouthfeel was nice too--just right if you ask me. The flavor suprised me quite a bit. It was much more oak ladened than I had expected. The initial taste was definitely of bitter cocoa and oak chips. The taste was definitely complex. After I adjusted to the flavor, I really enjoyed how warm and filling this belgian was. I would put it right beneath St B. 12 and the top two Rocheforts in my book. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured ever so gently into my Westy glass. A very deep, amber color, with hints of mahogany. Very thin head. Aroma is somewhat doughy and a bit malty. Aroma is nice, but not totally apparent. Some good raosted malt flavor, with some toffee & caramel sweetness. Wonderful mouthfeel. Delicious.

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