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Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-06-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

A little early b-day present I decided to treat myself tonight. For my b-day I decided to drink and rate the three more common Westvleteren beers: blonde, 8, and 12. I will start with the blonde tonight and finish the other two tomorrow (Nov. 6); acquired through a trade with northyorksammy, thanks!

Date of 11.08.0 on the cap.

Pours a straw yellow with a tinge of gold color. A slightly vigorous pour produces about half an inch of foam, great retention. Decided to leave most of the yeast in the bottle to appreciate its clarity.

Aroma is zesty, a little bit of peppery coriander, apricot, sweet malt, some orange, not so ripe bananas and some earthy yeast and or hops in there as well. There’s also a touch of honey. Pretty broad aroma; some more sweet aromas break through as the beer warms up.

The taste is very well balanced and a bit complex I would say. Again some lemony zest with some yeast flavors and slightly peppery. A bit of fruits like pears, dried apricots, and bitter nectarine.

The mouthfeel is very good, with some great carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste, minimal really. Goes down very smooth; it is crisp and refreshes the palate. This beer would be good at the end of a long hot day.

Can’t say I’m impressed but c’mon I knew I was drinking a Belgian Pale Ale, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this one. It’s a very good beer in itself but don’t know if it’s worth the price or hassle to obtain more.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 11/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 15 4 9 2006
Best By Date February 2009, Bottled February of 2006; Sampled November 2008
I didn't even have a slight chance of getting a clear pour. The full bottle looked quite clear when held up to the light, but as soon as I popped the cap the yeast started to get mixed in to the beer, it even foamed up a bit. The beer, as it sits in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip, has a fat two-finger thick, light cream / off-white colored head. The head is fairly dense and takes quite some time to subside, it forms a varied surface as it does and also leaves some fat lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a muddy, murky, really down-right ugly, pale tan / amber color, that shows a deeply hazed (can't see through it), more orangish color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite nice though, vibrant fermentation character, a touch of hops and a solid pale malt / grain character comes through quite nicely in the nose. Aromatic notes of hay, lemon grass, Meyer lemon zest, a light green-herbal note, distinct star-fruit, a hint of ripe melon, pear, spicy clove, white pepper, a hint of ginger, whole wheat dough, sweet wheat, a touch of honey-like malt, soda crackers, . The nose is quite vibrant and has me quite pleased to taste the beer.

The beer has a peppery note to it that is a combination of the suspended yeast, the carbonation and the fermentation character. Soft and doughy feeling up front (can I actually feel the yeast or am I just imagining it), the beer picks up texture from the carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer finishes with a green hop bitterness and a bit of yeasty astringency. As the beer warms a bit fruity notes of honeydew, a touch of pear and perhaps some apple start to become noticeable under the more dominant hop and spicy-fermentation notes. This beer is actually fairly hoppy (despite being two and a half years old) with lots of herbal notes, a substantial bitterness throughout the flavor profile and a touch of soft lemon zest citrus character. Nice and light bodied, makes this quite easy to drink, in fact I wouldn't mind having a couple bottles of this over an afternoon / evening; it is not thin though as it has some texture and body to it. The malt character, while more supporting, contributes nice bread-like notes, a touch of sweet whole grain, as well as a touch of toasty cracker-like flavors.

The aroma of this beer is quite fantastic, but it needs to really be warmed up for the flavor to start to open up (It started out at 50°F / 10°C so wasn't really cold even). This is still quite hoppy, and I would really like to try a fresh bottle to really get the most of the hop character.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 11/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2003
December 2006 cap date, December 2003 bottling; Sampled April 2008
A fairly soft pour summons forth a full three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that recedes with a dense textured surface all the while leaving some nice Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a honey color, but shows a lightly hazed, bright gold color when held up to the light. Aromas of sweet, honey-infused grain with a backdrop of fruit aromatics like pear, apple, ripe-melon and sweet grape greet my nose. Some sharp spice and phenolics provide a bit of structure with aromas of black pepper, ginger, sweet clove and maybe a hint of anise. There is a light grassy note as well as some crushed malt, cracker-like aromas. I really like the mix of sweet malt, with the fermentation driven esters & phenolics; this is an awfully appetizing balanced beer in the nose.

Only lightly sweet & it has a soft hop character that provides a bit of herbal & hay-like notes that provides an easy balance to the sweetness. The sweetness accents fruit-like notes of ripe pears, a touch of lemon zest and some white-wine grape character. The beer finishes with a sharpness that is a combination of hop bitterness and spicy fermentation character; reminds me a bit of white pepper, ginger and tongue-tickling clove. A zippy carbonation provides a tickle to the tongue and makes this quaffable beer seem a touch lighter on the tongue; this has enough body for sweet, grassy grain notes to stick to the palate after the beer has left my mouth, but nothing so much that this beer ever feels heavy. The beer shows a touch of age around the edges with some light sherry notes and some dusty malt flavors. As the beer warms some honey flavors become a bit more evident, though of a herbal varietal.

Nothing bombastic about this brew, but it is quite solid, eminently quaffable and a beer that is quite enjoyable.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 0
Review from 01/24/07

Bottle with no date on the cap that you see with the Westy 12.

A - Pours a hazy yellow body with some bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Pours a one finger bright white head that has decent retention. It's still sitting there after a minute or two. Nice lacing that sort of falls down the side of the glass.

S - Banana clove, light lemon, wheat. A bit fruity with some grassy hops. Belgian yeast.

T - Much like the smell. Starts with banana clove and belgian yeast. Works into some fresh fruity flavors with apples being the most prevelant. Spices hit throughout providing a background for everything else. Lemony twang at the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation tickles the tongue and is a bit prickly.

D - Not a bad offering, but doesn't even compare to the other two Westys.

Served In: Other

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