Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Westy 8 pours out a dark ruby color, clear initially but it grows hazier toward the bottom due to the yeast present at the bottom of the bottle. About 2.5" of very light tan head forms, that (not unexpectedly) has great retention and lacing. Very well crafted beer.
Smell: Lots of dark fruits are apparent immediately. A bit of candied sugar as well, and some yeastiness. A lot of great esters show as well....it's been a while since I've had a quality Belgian. The esters are always one of my favorite parts.
Taste: Dark fruits and candied sugar come to mind immediately when I take a sip. A bit of yeastiness as well, and a nice estery kick at the end. Extremely tasty....this is without doubt the best dubbel I have had.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Light mouthfeel....but the carbonation is so fine and so abundant that it results in a pillowy mouthfeel. Very nice. Overall, like I said, the far and away the best dubbel I have ever had. Many dubbels come across as yeast and wet cardboard to me, but this beer does much more than that. Extremely impressive.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2011 02:08:03 | More by zhanson88
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 1,591 ratings.