Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
4.4/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Westvleteren glass. 09/24/08. Looks like a printed date on the cap but I can't make out the numbers.
Pours a deep dark brown color with about a finger on bubbly tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer, which then turned into almost nothing. Aroma has Belgian yeast, candied sugar, all kinds of dark fruits (raisin, fig, date, plum), molasses, and brown sugar. Smells very nice.
Taste is sweet Belgian yeast and malt. Lots of dark fruit (raisin, fig) and apple. Some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar as well. Very slight warming alcohol but barely noticeable.
Feel is medium-full body and plenty of carbonation yet very smooth. Very dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a pretty good dubbel. It's pretty tasty. Try it if you get a chance.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2008 03:02:09 | More by bkilpatr
More User Reviews:
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 1,596 ratings.