Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
Big thanks to randjuke for sending this one! Poured from generic Trappist bottle to brandy snifter - best by date of 18.08.13:
Pours a murky ruby brown stuffed with slow, steady beading. A few fingers of khaki head swell to create some fantastic lacing. A perfect looking beer in every way.
Mmm... overripe figs, red wine bits, some Belgian yeast far and away, a mellow blanket of tartness sort of ties everything together. Certainly not as in-your-face as its bigger brother, but it achieves a better sense of balance I think.
Leathery wood notes, dates and figs, super smooth. It's got that tobacco presence thing that bothers me in the Westy 12 but here it is more in balance with the rest of the beer. Subtle lingonberry as well.
The mouthfeel and appearance are the real highlights of this one. Super creamy with a relatively thick body.
A fantastic dubbel.
07-14-2012 01:32:17 | More by yamar68
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Dark brown color with a two finger, thick foamy head, off-white in color. Nice retention reducing to a nice cap on top. Rings of lacing form all around.
S: Very nice aroma, plenty of dark fruits that are mixed with brown sugar and a bit of molasses, some plums, raisins, and fig. The Belgian yeast comes through as well. Slightly sweet.
T: Plenty of grapes, raisins, and plum up front mixed with a little bit of chocolate and sweetness in the middle. There is a bit of spice on the back end, some pepper mostly.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation.
O: The best dubbel I have had to date, and I don't imagine I will find one I like more. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.
07-07-2012 01:46:34 | More by mdaschaf
4.45/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance - Deep, dark, rich brown with a beige foamy head and plenty of lacing
Smell - Belgian spices/yeast, earthy, with a hint of funk
Taste - Complex flavor profile with a robust malty backbone, rich belgian spices, and a hint of orange peel; flavors linger
Mouthfeel - Rich and silky with a powerful kick up front but tapers to smooth
Overall - Not usually a Belgian beer fan but this is a unique beer that is powerful without the malty sweetness one would expect from a higher ABV. Full flavored and good for sipping!
07-06-2012 17:56:08 | More by Norfawkers
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
(Aged for 1 year)
Dark, hazed brown, with dark ruby and crimson edges and a thin khaki colored color that hangs around throughout the duration. This leaves thick sheets of lace down the glass. Gorgeous beer.
Complex aroma, though I wish things were even bolder and more expressive (perhaps things have faded a bit over the year). There's still good amounts of dark fruits (plums and plump red grapes), distinct Belgian yeast, some bread crusts, and a bit of molasses sweetness.
Fantastic, drinkable complexity wrapped up in a delicious, deceptively simple package. The dark fruits notes, bread, molasses, and bright Belgian yeast combine for a marvelously drinkable dubbel that has a distinct, earthy tobacco finish.
Medium bodied with moderate, creamy carbonation. A joy to drink. Smooth as silk. Perfect. Only the Belgian masters can seem to pull this off.
07-06-2012 03:49:55 | More by ehammond1
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
99 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.