Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.45/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with an inch-thick creamy head that barely moves. Aroma is caramel malt and that traditional Belgian yeastiness. Lacing has already started, like it's trying to climb out up the sides of the tulip.
Taste is a subdued bready malt. Some sweetness, some bitterness, nothing really grabs you at first, like the beer is circling and trying to get a feel for you. Caramel, dry toasty malt, bare traces of candy sugar. Hints of tea or tobacco, some dried leaf like a cigar wrapper. Still more bread, like a fresh whole grain loaf, not too sweet at all. More of a raisiny, dark fruit nature arises with some warmth, but the alcohol stays well-hidden at all times.
Mouthfeel is gentle, not heavy at all, a touch of biting acidity. Carbonation keeps it lively, lifts off the palate easily and cleanly. The finish is sweetish and caramelly, very gentile. I'm not getting the rich and fruity aromas that others have mentioned, so this may be a young bottle that should have sat for a couple of years. Overall, fantastically smooth and balanced. The nose could be a little more bold but otherwise flawless.
Cap dated "16:09:08," no label. Can't tell exactly how old it is.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2006 02:18:10 | More by assurbanipaul
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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)
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