Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.75/5 rDev +5.8%
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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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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