Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.23/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Found at Belgobaren in Stockholm, SE on July 27, 2012. The very plain brown 0.33 L bottle with the blue cap identifying the beer with the date "10.11.08" -- this is an old one! This is my first experience with W8 so I can't comment on whether the age has done it well.
Poured into a Trappist Westvleteren chalice glass, beer is brown, with orange hues, but so dark it barely transmits light. Topped with a thin tan head. Small amounts of gritty sediment sinks in the glass. TONS of brown sludge left in the bottle. Intense aroma of raisins and figs -- rich and fruity. Aroma reminds me more of a barleywine or even an old ale more than any Belgian ale.
The flavor is similarly rich and "brown" with prune and raisin fruit on the palate. These fruit flavors present immediately upon sipping. The carbonation is moderate, but actually comes across as a little heavy for this style. The second wave of flavors comes across with a minor tinge of sourness and lighter fruit, apples, and so on. As with Westvleteren Blonde, there's no detectable residual sweetness, but this beer has less funkiness. The lighter fruits are followed by a heady bit of alcohol, though no burning or otherwise unpleasant artifact of the 8% ABV.
Perhaps this beer is not quite as drinkable as the Blonde, but considering the increased alcohol content, it is still fantastically drinkable. The flavor profile really is so totally different it's a toss up which is better, but the deep color and, unquestionably, the fantastic aroma, set this beer apart.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2012 21:43:05 | More by hreb
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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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