Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by roblowther:
4.97/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle hand-carried back from the abbey & aged 1 1/2 years. It is a very cloudy orange-tined dark brown with a thin head comprised of microscopic bubbles that create a light tan head & leave beautiful lacing. Smells of oranges, plums, and spices (nutmeg & cloves?). It also has a hint of dark maple syrup lurking in the background. The taste goes through more changes than I can count. Dry cocoa gives way to dark fruits (rum soaked oranges and plums), then a nuttiness that melds into an oak aftertaste, and then a finish like brown sugar. The mouthfeel is chewy and smooth, substantial and lovely. A bit drier at then end than I'd like, if I'm splitting hairs from split hairs. The drinkability is phenomenal, with a warmth that blooms from the alcohol but not a hint of any harshness. In fact, the smooth, melded flavors are the only thing that linger. And they beg to be repeated. Seriously, this one's drinkability is only limited by the lengths to which you have to go to get it. If you can? GET IT!
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2007 03:00:11 | More by roblowther
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4.2/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A beautiful, deep brown with creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is intense, complex, huge. Brown sugar, dates, hints of warm spice, faint metallic note.
On the palate, it's just ever so much a disappointment. The body feels a little thin, and the metallic note comes to the fore. What's there is really excellent, a round, nutty sweetness with an herb-tinged bitterness.
One of the best aromas on a dubbel I've ever had, but not one I'd make a particular effort to seek out, and didn't love nearly as much as the quad or the pale.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 23:51:10 | More by errantnight
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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