Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.75/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This bottle, of indeterminate age, had an attractive white label and the distinctive blue Westy 8 cap. I shared this with some fine friends at a cool spring evening's tasting and all proclaimed it excellent. From notes:
Westvleteren 8 is a hazy copper, dark in the center of the glass, and sports a small lingering spotty head of foam. Good retention throughout the duration. Some sediment. Nothing unusual. But then!
The smell is, honestly and easily, the finest I've ever had from a Dubbel. The best beers of a style often make your senses stand up and take notice and say "I'd have not expected this!" Westvleteren 8 is such a Dubbel.
The initial nose is sweet and complex fruity malts. Then you get figs, faint old hops, a slight sour fruit and musty, floral smell and just a hint of alcohol. Spice and fruit, grain and booze - simply sublime! Soothing and reassuring - and tempting.
After a few sips, a classic Dubbel emerges. Musty and fruity, light toffee blended with clove and flowery esters, a hint of perhaps cinnamon and nuts. Complicated yet mild, and finishes with a fantastic sweet-dry caramel finish that leaves a calling card. The mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and smooth and relaxing.
Westvleteren gets a lot of buzz, but there's a reason. They really are THAT good. I'm happy to report that this beer nearly lives up to the hype - and given the amount of hysteria that surrounds the beer, that's astounding.
Exceptional. Highest recommendation for the Belgian beer lover.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2008 16:59:09 | More by kkipple
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