Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by beergeek279:
4.63/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Served in the 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The color is the dark amber, nearly brown with a fantastic head retention 10 minutes after pouring and leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The smell is a tart plumishness with just a touch of alcohol in there. The taste has quite a bit of plum in it, with a slight tartness to it, along with a good bit of spicing and a touch of candi sugar sweetness to it, with just the smallest bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice and chewy. As for drinkability, this is surprisingly good and I could have quite a few of these, until the wallet ran dry.
As I did Westvleteren 12 as a landmark beer, so am I doing Westy 8 as review #700. I bought this almost a year ago, so it's had a good year to age a bit, and I like the results. As a nice dubbel, this is a fine one, with a good plum-like sweetness in the body that's just barely touched by hops, and a candi sugar sweetness and a tartness that completes the complexity of the beer. Quite nice, a fine beer, and now that the flow of these bottles are slowing down a bit, I'm glad to have had the chance to have this before Westvleteren is cut off to the US.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2005 18:11:55 | More by beergeek279
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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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