Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by MrNuggets:
4.25/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Kind of funny that this beer has traveled more than the majority of my friends and family. She started off in Belgium, acquired directly from the source. A nice bed of foam and bubble wrap was made for her and her big sister in my backpack. I was determined to get them home safely, but with an entire month of wayfaring ahead of me I was uncertain if they would make it.
She road comfortably north into the Netherlands, where we lounged in world famous cafes and picnicked in Vondelpark. South to Paris for a night on the town before jumping on a train bound for the Cote dAzur. The beaches of Nice were a wonderful change of place for that dreary old monastery. A rickety old plane took her to visit some friends in Germany. Boring, flavorless friends in comparison to her. She was soon ready to go home. She grabbed at the chance to return to the French Riviera for one last glimpse at the those beautiful beaches and a final day in the sun.
Her return to Belgium was a sad one, she knew she would never return again.
The US customs agent was amazed by my tales of beer made by monks, "Holy smokes", he said "it's blessed beer!"
How right he was, for the top to this fine brew was just popped using a papal bottle opener blessed by non other than JPII himself.
My efforts paid off, my favorite chalice now holds a dark brown liquid topped with a creamy tan head. Held high to the midnight sun shining through my windows she shows deep ruby. A lasting head releases odors of all things dark and delicious. The smells are remembered as subtle once I begin sipping. Dense flavors dig deep into all corners of my mouth. Leaving unmatched richness lingering above, beneath, along and probably inside every last one of my taste buds. Although hefty, my chalice drains quickly.
How wonderful that such a little piece of Belgian culture can find its way all the back to Alaska and be enjoyed with almost as much splendor as when it was had at De Vrede.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2005 05:22:58 | More by MrNuggets
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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)
99 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.