Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.78/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: This is a beautiful beer. It is an incredibly dark tawny brown color that lets a little light rough to show off the carbonation. The head is creamy beige and big. The fingers of foams that has excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is magnificent. It is loaded with currants, caramel and a hint of wet sweet bread and sour apple. Raisins brown sugar and caramelized malts along with a light sprinkling of spices tickle the senses next. This is a beer I would like to smell all the time. Give me the friken candles that smell like Trappist Westvleteren 8 (Blue Cap) over those damn vanilla one my wife burns all day =).
Taste: A spectacular web of yeast driven flavors showcases honey candied malts, hints of coco, whole grain bread and fruits, prune juice toffee and cherries. A hint of alcohol shows throw a brandy attribute but the alcohol is mostly masked until the dry finish. The aftertaste set me back a bit at first but I quickly warmed up to the lip smacking flavor that lingered and lingered seemingly indefinitely on the palate.
Mouthfeel: This beer is as smooth as I could imagine (except for the 12 which well, came from the Gods). This beer is lightly carbonated but lightly spiced to give a a remarkably gentle overall feel.
Drinkability: If monks in the abbey get to drink all they want I am going to convert to monk immediately. Mmm. I could live on this stuff.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2006 04:36:27 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
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)
99 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.