Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by sweemzander:
4.88/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 11-03-12 printed on the cap.
(A)- Pours a deep hazy brown/burnt sienna color that produced an awesome eggshell colored fluffy head that has superb retention; the foam is not going anywhere. Its just sticking like glue to the sides of the glass; thin lacing all over the place.
(S)- Earthy, with a heavy biscuit-like grain to it. Yeasty, with some clay. Has the tiniest hint of dark fruits with a twist of banana.
(T)- Just like the smell. The biscuit-like grain goes well with the earthy flavors of clay & yeast. Finishes dry with bits of the fruits and more earth. Almost has a roasted feel to the background.
The best tasting Dubbel in recent memory.
(M)- A high carbonation level that almost fizzes on the tongue. Has a good balance of earth, biscuit, and fruit; I wish more of the fruits came through, but I do love an earthy belgain. Not overly sweet or bitter, but is a happy medium of the two.
(D)- A superb Dubbel. I can definitely see how this has had rave reviews. A perfect example of the style and a joy to consume. I would love to have this on a more regular basis if it was not so hard to acquire. I am glad to have finally tried this!
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2010 18:37:22 | More by sweemzander
More User Reviews:
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)
99 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.