Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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2.88/5 rDev -35.9%
Purchased and consumed in Brussels.
Cap date: 08.10.13
A: pours a beautiful hazelnut ale with exceptional clarity. 2 fingers of peanut skin skIn foam falls soo slow and even then leaves a wonderful stack of quilted equivalence of the same. Near sheet lacing.
S: first thought: buttered popcorn and vanilla beans. As it warms some praline, raisin come thru, but nothing to save it.
T: alcohol is very forward here. Solvent. Some graham, dark prunes, but the alcohol is very evident. Not impressed.
M: creamy as fuck. Great resonance and the finish is silken. Really like the feel here. The carbonation is immediate, passive and constant. It's really fine bubbles that create the exceptional feel.
O: not the worst dubbel I've had, where it disappoints is in the wrong places.
06-22-2011 20:09:10 | More by harrymel
2.93/5 rDev -34.7%
Visited in de Vrede at Saint Sixtus last week. The Bruin was served from a bottle into a goblet.
Clumpy creamy biege head. Dark brown body/color with light carbonation from the bottom. Large bands of biege lacing.
Thick rich sweet nut brown taste, some raison some cocoa. Almost no aroma - barely a farmhouse field aroma.
Nothing special but enjoyable in their cafe on a sunny day.
09-08-2010 13:28:40 | More by cpanossian
3.05/5 rDev -32.1%
Overhyped and overrated.
A dark brown beer with a big, frothy and creamy head and lots of yeast flakes floeating around in the beer.
Smell is not very inviting, a slight oxidized smell with strong alcoholic solvent whiffs. The expected caramel is pushed back by the alcohol and is just barely tasted.
Taste is strong spiritus alcohol combined with oxidation. The yeast still leaves it's mark and gives some spicy notes, but the higher alcohols are very aromatic. The beer is leaning towards a sherry. The alcohol and slight caramellic, candisugar and woody taste give a liquor taste like sherry or whiskey. Body is sweet and sticky.
After my 3(!) disappointing tastings of this beer (fresh and from different lots) I really have to say that this beer is not one of the best in the world. OK, 1 or 2 bad beer can happen, but this taste and oxidation is just in the beer and I don't like it.
11-23-2007 17:07:55 | More by Absumaster
3.18/5 rDev -29.2%
Don't get the hype.
Pours a murky brown in color. Nearly flat. Lots of bubbles clinging to the bottom of the goblet but none of them rising to the top. Slight ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Little dark blobs of yeast towards the bottom that sneaked past my careful pour.
All the flavors come across as flat and lifeless. There is a cherry and grape flavor but very subdued. Caramel and molasses too--but like they've been in the cupboard for years. Brown sugar, but as if it was mixed and diluted with water. Medium body with some slight heat from the alcohol. Kind of tangy. Alright for what it is, but not sure I understand how it has scored so high.
07-07-2006 21:51:57 | More by MuddyFeet
3.2/5 rDev -28.7%
Got from Belgium Shoppe earlier this year and have been aging it for special occasion so opened for birthday and 250th review. Poured from a 33cl bottle with 26.08.09 on the cap. It was a dark ruby color with lots of yeast bits. It had a small head that quickly dissipated. The smell was sweet malts and dark fruits. Not very strong. The taste was even weaker - almost watered down. It didn't really have any dominant traits and for a dubbel was surprisingly bland. Really had no bite at all. Maybe something happened to it during shipping but this one is definitely overhyped and not worth the high scores. I got the 12 in the same shipment and it was really good so surprised by how bland this one was. Will try again during my trip to Belgium next year just to be sure but for now won't be ordering any overseas again. (3, NA, Tie, N)
11-30-2007 03:40:50 | More by TexIndy
3.28/5 rDev -26.9%
Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.
Four-year-old bottle--a gift from a friend. Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren chalice, a nearly opaque, dark, rusty brown, with shimmering ruby hues, a tightly-laced creamy beige head atop, and a settled, healthy, ringed lace. Toffee in the nose, along with a suggestion of dates. On the palate, very dry up front, and incredibly complex beneath. Powdery malts, dextriny notes of carob, honey, and a spike of sherry. Similar malted milky sweetness proﬁle found in the Blonde, but with more depth. Soft prune, date sugar, hint of anise, slightly roasty around the edges, carob and a brush of toffee. Light phenols, herbal. Slightly fumy alcohol on the breath. Dry, powdery ﬁnish.
Westvleteren 8 is ﬁne aged, but it's become a bit too dry and muted for our liking. Delicious fresh, and arguably better than Westvleteren 12 in drinkability.
07-24-2008 18:32:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.3/5 rDev -26.5%
Paid $27.99 for an 11.2 oz beer from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. This is the last of the Westy line that I've tasted and my estimates put this beer as being about half a year in age. I pour into a chalice to review.
Watchout this one is a mild gusher. Have your glass ready immediately! Very fizzy and carbonated, it leaves a half inch off light beige head. Dark brown raisin color. Minimal head retention. Some sheets of lacing.
Dark fruits, red grape, belgian spice and mild yeast tones in the nose. Seems to be somewhat of a simple, yet effective formula for an overall pleasant aroma.
The fruitiness from the grapes comes more to the forefront and seems to dominate the taste. Taste is sweeter than the nose suggested.
Mouth is quite fizzy and carbonated. Medium body. The high carbonaiton/fizzy mouthfeel keep this one in the sipper category for me.
Well I picked this one up because they were selling it, but I think I should have just bought another bottle of the Westy 12 which is volumes better than this brew. Either way, for me personally, the price these bottles achieve it too high. The hype and exclusivity keep the ratings high. Don't get me wrong, they are excellent Belgian beers, but a Rochefort 8 or Abt 12 is on the same caliber for 1/3 the price.
11-08-2009 03:25:02 | More by ibbjamin
3.35/5 rDev -25.4%
12 ounce bottle purchased from Ebay for about twenty dollars, not even close to being worth the money in my opinion, I hope Westvleteren 12 is better because this one did not live up to all its hype
Best before date of August 2008, but could have probably gone for much longer if I left it in the cellar
Poured into my Trappist Westvleteren chalice with a deep brown color that had a dark red tint when held up to the light, the head was white and lumpy, and over an inch which was impressive, left chunky lacing, expected this one to be darker and have a fuller body
Smell was fig, roasted malt, some roasted nut and barley, apple, and , definitely seemed oxidized, so maybe I did not have a good bottle of this stuff, pretty weak aroma overall and just seemed generic of a dubbel
Taste was decent but nothing to get all excited about, definitely got better as it warmed, wish I would have drank this at room temperature originally, got much easier to drink as it got warmer as more sweetness came out, surprisingly hoppy and left a dry and bitter aftertaste at the beginning, some nice apple and dark fruit at the end of the glass, reminded me of a nut brown ale when its temperature was cool, could taste small amounts of licorice and sweet cherries, this one could have used some more sweet malt unfortunately, wish it had more complexity which I expected, pretty good taste when it is all said and done but certainly not the best trappist or dubbel out on the market
Not much carbonation and the body was nothing to brag about, average mouthfeel with a taste that did not linger around too long
At eight percent, it is pretty drinkable, but it does get heavy at times and the taste gets old after a while, not bad for a beer of this style though, could drink two or three bottles of this with no problems
This was the first beer I have drank and said to myself that it was way overhyped, I understand the beer's rarity, but there is harder to find beers out there, this is actually quite easy to get now in online auctions, I much rather drink a Rochefort or St. Bernardus, especially for the amount of money you have to fork out to get one of these, it is a good beer but does not deserve to be in the top five in my honest opinion, will try this again in the future to see if I just had a bad batch, and will update my review if anything changes, other than that I recommend it if you are extremely curious like I was, but you will most likely leave disappointed
11-25-2007 07:26:13 | More by Floydster
3.35/5 rDev -25.4%
I am sure this is a great beer just not my style and I also tried it both times pretty young. I bet I would like it a lot more with some age on it. It was fun to chase down but I will probably never do it again. This is one of those beers where I think the hype is bigger and better then the beer itself. Again I think it was made stylistically correct just not my cup of tea.
11-23-2013 04:59:06 | More by vinny21bal
3.38/5 rDev -24.7%
Pours with a light cream-colored head over dark hazy brown liquid with some particulate matter floating about. Nose is of raisins, a little port wine, dark fruit. Taste is quickly sweet with some phenolic character present. Then a bit of fruitiness followed by hop bitterness and an alcoholic note. Finishes more sweet than bitter. Nice, but not worth the $6 I paid for it.
03-29-2003 22:21:35 | More by beerluvr
3.4/5 rDev -24.3%
Big thanks to tprokop7 for helping me knock off another holy grail. Makes a while i've been holding on to this so very happy to try it. Shared this with my wife while in the background the Thirsty Traveler was playing on TV and, you guessed it, he was visiting Belgium so kind of appropriate don't you think?
Best before Sept. 22, 2010.
Poured from their standard blank bottle (11.2 oz maybe?)
Appearance: Dark mahogany brown body with tiny flecks floating in the body. A tiny bit amber in the pour. Thick off-white/beige head, easily 3 fingers.
Smell: Fruity at first with some zest. Cloves, herbs and my wife smells rosemary also.
Taste: Big time herb presence with lots of spice and some dried fruit. The spices are a little overpowering, dry and a little rough. A little harsh, almost like eating a stem or some herbs. As it warms, it calms down a little at least and has some sherry presence but i still find it a little unbalanced for my taste. Not at all what i was expecting. Where's the malt presence & the sweetness?
Mouthfeel: Fair amount of carbonation but bitter on the palate. Again, better as it warms and a small improvement but it is still impeded by the taste.
Drinkabilty: Average, not too high. The harshness & bitterness of the herbs/spices was a little too much. I would give it another chance and it wasn't a chore to drink but wasn't a complete pleasure either.
Overall: A let down for me. A good beer but not an outstanding one from my point of view. It really felt like i was drinking liquid herbs (no other way to explain it) and really over-powered any other flavor that might have been there, not too pleasant. Still, i would like to try it again to give it another chance.
04-11-2009 11:43:44 | More by papat444
3.4/5 rDev -24.3%
Pors a hazy, dark, brown caranberry color. A thick, uniform, dark eggshell heaad sits on top.
Candi sugar and clovelike aromas.
Candi and some spice character. Maybe some hop balance in therer. Fruity with some alcohol... nothing like it's bigger brother. Slightly funny twang in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied and highly carbonated with a super dry finish. Warming for sure.
Rather unimpressed with all the hype, but it's still pretty good. The dryness makes it easy to drink despite the alcohol.
04-28-2007 22:08:48 | More by BeerRun13
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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