Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by Med:
4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at around 55 degrees into a Duvel tulip.
A - A dark crimson brown color. Very clean and clear. Two finger off-white creamy head reduces in size but never goes away. Lacing is also very good. I can not think how the presentation could be improved.
S - Molasses, brown sugar, some yeast and plum. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose but not in a bad way. Every time I raise the glass to my nose I get something new: now there is some hints of caramel and cocoa.
T - Initial impression was a little too sweet at the start and a little too yeasty at the finish but after about 10 minutes it has really come together. I'm actually tasting a little oak here which is odd. Incredibly well balanced. Just sweet enough with a caramel finish. Alcohol is not at all forward. Slight tartness that stay with me in the sides of the mouth.
M - Initially had a bit too much fizz, but again after a few minutes settled down to "just right". Enough carbonation to be exciting but not so much as to distract. Tiny bubbles. Surprisingly full-body.
D - The only thing that stops me from having another is the expense and lack of availability.
I was a little skeptical going into this, and the first few tastes had me wondering what the big deal was. Now I get it.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2008 22:32:41 | More by Med
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4.2/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A beautiful, deep brown with creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is intense, complex, huge. Brown sugar, dates, hints of warm spice, faint metallic note.
On the palate, it's just ever so much a disappointment. The body feels a little thin, and the metallic note comes to the fore. What's there is really excellent, a round, nutty sweetness with an herb-tinged bitterness.
One of the best aromas on a dubbel I've ever had, but not one I'd make a particular effort to seek out, and didn't love nearly as much as the quad or the pale.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 23:51:10 | More by errantnight
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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