Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by abfraser:
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A: Very, very dark brown, almost black. Poured with a massively carbonated tannish head that receded fairly quickly into a thin cap.
S: Belgian yeast is very prominent giving this one a pretty unique aroma. Spicy. Dark fruits and raisins. Good caramel malt component.
T/M: Everything on the smell. Yeasty, with lots of spicy notes. Big malt backbone with dark fruit and candi sugar. The mouthfeel is awesome. Lots of carbonation and a crisp relatively dry finish. Very mild lingering bitterness reminds you there are hops here too.
D: Very drinkable.
This is a very good beer that I was glad to be able to try. A benchmark as a well-crafted dubbel. But is it worthy of a top 10 rating on my list? Probably not.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2009 02:15:16 | More by abfraser
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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 1,591 ratings.