Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by rsgcwhite:
4.33/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A Tale of Two Beers
Courtesy of BA mduncan, I had the opportunity to try two vintage Westvleteren 8 back-to-back:
First, Beer 1: Purchased two years ago, Best By Date of 4/5/2011.
Second, Beer 2: Purchased recently, Best By Date of 1/15/2013.
The First (Older) Beer:
A: Coloring of the darkest brown, visible floaters.
S: Cellar aged for two years, this beer has the aroma of a Port Wine or Madeira in its raisiny sweetness.
T: The aged version takes the younger beer (see below) and ages it, bringing out raisin and plum flavors, finishing with a tempered smoothness that contrasts with the younger beers' carbonation.
Mouthfeel is yeasty and 'volume' is spectacular - aging this changes the whole character of what is already an excellent beer.
The Second (Younger) Beer:
A: Lighter than the older beer, this beer had amber edges
S: Sort of a musky hoppiness and a caramel sweetness - if you can imagine an apple orchard in October and overripe fruit, this captures some of that essence.
T: Very dry and fruity, quite carbonated. You capture a lot of the alpha acids from their hop mixture here, which gives it an almost citrus freshness. But this is a good, complex, well made Dubbel.
Overall: The newer beer is good, but the aged beer is spectacular. Put this one on your shelf for a year or two and taste the difference - older beers will loose a lot of the hoppy tanginess of the younger beers, but instead develop an enveloping raisiny richness.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2010 19:15:14 | More by rsgcwhite
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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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