Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from that distinctive Westy bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.
Westvleteren 8 pours a dense walnut brown color with a slight cranberry tint. A creamy tan head forms gently on top with the initial pour. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, to the point where it was difficult not to pour it in.
Caramel malt, figs, dates, overripe red apples, brandy, and cinnamon gust up my nose.
The flavor is more of the same. The flavor is not as sweet as I would expect, though. There is a bit of caramel up front providing a slightly sweet base, but the fig, date, red apple, cinnamon, and all spice do not provide enough sweetness to overcome the boozy brandy that comes through. There is great integration of the flavors - a sign of long-perfected brewing processes.
The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, for the style or otherwise. The body is on the full side of medium, representing the 8% ABV quite accurately. Each sip has a foamy, creamy carbonation with just a bit of a crisp, tingly bite to it to help ease the flavors down the tongue to reset after each sip. Very smooth.
This is a wonderfully balanced and drinkable beer. I am glad I finally cracked my bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 08:01:21 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
I initially tried this along with a Westvleteren 12 and a Rochefort 10.
Poured into a new belgium tulip to reveal a thick, foamy head. The aroma reveals some citrus notes. It is decent dubbel that is easy to drink, but doesn't exactly stand out.
I would struggle to identify this in a blind taste test against other belgian-style beers. I can't see any characteristics that explain what makes it unique. I have a feeling that I should not have tried it alongside the other two quads as they seemed to over power it a little.
Edit: Tried it again at Abbey St. Sixtus along with the 12 and the Blonde and this was my favorite of the three. Definitely better this time around. Loved it.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 03:03:39 | More by PrinceDarren
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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