Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by RoyalT:
4.85/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance Gorgeous, deep brown color with a gigantic whitish tan head that laced every square exposed inch of the inside glass.
Smell Strong aroma of molasses and fine brown sugar. Some malt as well, and a few other things that I couldn't pinpoint. The smell says its serious.
Taste This is a hearty brew. The initial taste is almost like a good single malt scotch. It is so sweet, but a sophisticated sweet. I dont know what it is, almost like a good rye or barley flavor. The malt is there, too, along with a presence of alcohol and even a bitter, slightly burnt, dark flavor. This beer has it all, and it's all well executed.
The finish just keeps going. Its almost like syrup it lingers in your mouth forever. I cant say enough about the flavor of this beer. Im a big fan of the (properly done) darker European ales (weitzens, abbeys, etc) and this one just blows me away.
Mouthfeel I thought the beer was undercarbonated ever so slightly (for my taste), but typical of the style. The smoothness though was beyond reproach.
Drinkability This is its strong suit. The 5.0 that Im giving it here under represents my enjoyment in drinking this bottle.
Comments I had never heard of this beer until I went into a store and, for no real reason, tossed it in my cart. When I logged on I realized that I may have grabbed a diamond in the sand, and I was right.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2003 01:06:45 | More by RoyalT
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 1,565 ratings.