Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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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