Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Many thanks to very venerable Thijs (Brabander) for this. I've had it for quite some time now and given the recent spate of grey gloomy wet weather I figured there was no better time than the now.
Dynamite smell in the bottle before being poured into a Westvleteren glass. Looks good there too with a dark bown sparkle and orangy highlights but the 8's decent appearance really cloaks the greatness of this beer. There is no big super rocky head to disorient your senses and distract you from any shortcomings like other (supposed) 'world class' beers . Instead you're immediately hit by a near perfect roasty almost nutty smokey slightly medicinal smell.
The taste if of some darkish chocolate earthiness with just the perfect interplay of some sweetness and just a dash of soya. Unbelievably super complex flavour which just evolves, evolves and evolves in the glass. Wicked dryness too and a very well integrated thought provoking firm strong slightly acidic backbone.
Amazed that I I almost like this as much as the 12. The 8, well, its another high octane tasty austere effort from those Westvleteren folks. Just what I would expect. And my expectations are pretty heavenly.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2011 08:20:22 | More by Zimbo
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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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