Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by barleyman:
4.68/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is my first ever Westy. I've had all of the other Trappist products. As you may know, the Westvleteren products are unavailable in the US. Provided by the son, in the Air Force, in Germany, by mail to the US. I have to admit, I've previously been pre-occupied by the tripels and quadrupels. This dubbel is wonderful. Poured from the brown glass 33cl. bottle, into my straight sided glass tumbler. The very dark white head quickly subsides. A fruity, raisiny aroma predominates. The citrusy, malty taste predominates. The complexity of this beer is absolutely amazing. Almost no hop taste or aroma is present. Mouthfeel is appropriate for this style. As one might imagine, I had a lot of trepidation upon opening this wonderful product. Do what you can to obtain a Westvleteren beer. I have been enjoying Belgian beers for over 25 years. Not once in that time have I been disappointed.
Just a thought,
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2008 01:20:35 | More by barleyman
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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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