Zundert 8
Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

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Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #93
Ranked #14,376
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Sunday at 04:38 AM
Dec 06, 2013
Very Good
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 4/8/24"; drank 5/14/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Banana, clove, mild plum & faint candle wax notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Clove, banana, mild plum & faint booze heat flavors.

A nice dark Belgian beer!

Sunday at 04:38 AM
4.11 by Rhetion from Florida on May 05, 2022
Photo of Dinglehacker
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured bottle into a snifter. Nice cream colored head that holds on. Murky deep brown.

Nose: sweet malt, cream, plum

Taste follows, with chocolate cookies and a little banana, cinnamon.

Sugary feel, medium carb but the foamy head adds a slight bite.

Dutch ale in a Belgian style. Hits all the right notes for me.

Apr 10, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 08/04/24 (Label says Day/Month/Year). Served in a Teku, the beer pours a hazy amber/copper color with about an inch or so off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like clove, dark fruit, caramel and some bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some banana, apple and peppery spice flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and easy to drink with a good amount of soft carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, certainly worth picking up if you come across some!

Mar 18, 2022
3.92 by shelby415 from Oregon on Feb 25, 2022
Photo of Radome
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Radome from Florida

Poured from a 330 ml bottle.

L - Copper color with moderate haze. Fluffy, tall, long-lasting head is off-white.

S - Aromas are of warm, bready malt and subtly spicy Belgian yeast. There is a sweet alcohol note as well. Because of a slight oxidized note, I get the impression the beer is well-aged. It may have been past its prime when I bought it, or the bottle may have been stored poorly.

T - Flavors of bready malt along with low prune and raisin. Fermentation character from the yeast contributes low black pepper and spice. Just as in the aroma, there is a low card-board-like oxidized note.

F - Medium to heavy body. Silky mouthfeel with low but creamy carbonation. Low hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence, but not boozy.

O - This is a good Belgian dark strong ale, but my sample seems to be past its prime. It is not a great example of the style in this state. I would like to try a fresher bottle some time.

Feb 19, 2022
4.28 by beerrat from Virginia on Jan 31, 2022
3.93 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jan 30, 2022
4.19 by misteil from Ireland on Jan 26, 2022
3.79 by irishevans from California on Dec 15, 2021
3.81 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
Photo of Vixie
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Vixie from Florida

Pours and orange-red color with a decent sized off white head.

Smell is of malt and yeast, a bit like fresh bread, with a hint of spice.

Kind of a sweet malty taste, maybe a hint of caramel. Seems a bit watered down for the style.

Fairly smooth going down, with a hit on carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but not up to the standards I associate with Trappist beers. I expect them to be big bold beers, this has some of the qualities I associate with them, but just seems watered down or too tame. I'd like to see a bolder flavor, this is a bit too restrained for the style.

Dec 03, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit "Zundert 8"
330 ml brown glass bottle "BEST BEFORE END 08/04/24 08DU 15:48". Sampled on 11/25/24.
$5.59 @ State line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Look: Very hazy deep amber/chestnut brown colored body beneath a full head of off-white foam. Good head retention and lacing but it should be better.
Smell: Malty with soft bread and light caramel, some herbal character, and light spice.
Taste: Spicier than the aroma suggests, but still malty. Medium and dark caramel notes work well with the woody and clove-like spiciness (do I detect a hint of cinnamon?). Nicely balanced. Soft notes of dark fruit (dark raisins, dried figs, dried dates, cherry) buoy it and tie it all together at the same time. Remarkably well balanced with a moderate bitterness working hand in hand with the alcohol and spice to dry it in the finish despite the malt component. Dark fruit and spice linger.
Feel: Medium bodied with a gently effervescent crispness that's zesty upfront but smoother once warmed in the mouth. Seemingly natural carbonation.
Overall: An interesting beer that's slightly different than most of the other beers in the same category.
Review #7,575

Nov 26, 2021
4 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Nov 13, 2021
Photo of TerryMills
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TerryMills from Tennessee

Big huge overflowing head and when I sipped some of the foam it was pure intense banana/clove ,As the head died down so did the beer ,dramatically, sorta bland for the style..

Absolutely a good beer, just not what I expected .

Nov 06, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

BB date 10/17/21. Past BB, but *shrug* , that's what's out there , & I suspect something of this sort will be fine.
Let sit out for 10 minutes before opening.

Pours a hazy yellowish-brown, that clears somewhat , to translucent, after a couple of minutes. Two fingers of tan head, that leaves a 1/8" ring, a complete, thin surface sheet, and a 1.5" ring of spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet toffee, molasses, a hint of new leather, and a bit of dried fruit (raisin + date). A bit sweet. Hoping for less in the flavor.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but a tad less sweet, with maybe just a little more leather, and a little less fruit. Slight lingering bitterness near fiinsh and beyond, plus a brief flash of.....hmm....cardomom! That's it - cardamom.

Feel is smooth, and slightly sticky, initially, finishing with light, soft, very,very fine carbonation tingle. Some dryness on the finish, that lingers awhile.

Overall, enjoyable, though I wouldn't want it ferequently. Reminds me of Orval,in general, but sweeter and fruitier.

Nov 01, 2021
3.98 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 07, 2021
4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2021
3.92 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.Best before 9/7/21.

L---Opaque chestnut brown color. Giant off white head had great retention and left spectacular lacing.

S---Sweet & malty. Light spiciness. Caramel, yeasty bread.

T---Stronger than the nose. Dark, dried fruits, caramel, yeast & bread. Still some light spiciness.

F---Medium bodied, which is lighter than I was expecting. Good carbonation.

O---A nice Trappist beer. Those monks really know what they are doing.

Jun 19, 2021
Photo of BPVandenbroek
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Zundert 8 pours a hazy, leathery brown color with nutty highlights. The head is dense, cream colored, and shows good retention.

On the nose, Zundert 8 is inense, malty, and sweet in a rum and raisins sort of a way. Rum and raisins are supported by what smells like ripe dates dipped in honey. Add in some plum and wrap it with clove and other spices and you've got a fair grasp on this beer's nose. Zundert's 8% alcohol weaves its way through the nose with a surprisingly gentle alcoholic spiciness.

Zundert's flavo profile starts out more assertively spicy in nature. The mouthfeel is smooth, bordering on slick in nature bringing out the beer's flavors of fig, honey, and rum-raisin notes. Clove dominated spices dominate the center with just the right assertive attitude. As with the aroma, Zunddert 8 has a gentle spiciness derived from the beer's 8% abv. All these flavors merge together nicely befoe fading into a pleasantly soft honeyish finish.

This is a Trappist ale that is assertive, full of character, and very large in its alcoholic and Belgian spiciness. And yet, flavors of fruit and honey give balance to those spices, making the beer more drinkable and enjoyable than it has a right to be.

May 30, 2021
3.79 by arzt from Russian Federation on May 10, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Slightly cloudy dark amber. One finger of bubbly off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet, lightly citrusy. Bananas.

Taste: Mild toasty malt with a balancing earthy hop bitterness. Slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, very highly carbonated.

Overall: A good but rather forgettable beer.

Apr 10, 2021
Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours an almost opaque cloudy amber/brown color. A dense beige head forms and sticks around with plenty of spiderweb looking lace left behind.
S: Oh man, spicy, peppery, estery, Lots of malts. Banana bread for sure. A little caramel covered apples comes out. This is great.
T: Love that estery banana, spice apples, and clove spice. Baked bread, apple cinnamon spice. Toasted malts. Plenty of sweetness, but the never overly cloying at all.
M/O: A full body, with moderately crisp carbonation. Though becomes ultra smooth as this breaths. and just a bit chewy from the malts. This is a wonderful Belgian Strong Dark Ale to sip on and enjoy for an afternoon.

Yeah, this is a spot on Trappist Belgian Strong Dark as far as I'm concerned. Love the almost banana bread like mixture that comes from the esters and malts. Well done for me, and will be looking forward to getting their other Belgian Dark/Quad if I can find it on the shelf.

Apr 04, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

11.2oz bottle (best before date of 8/8/21) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dense and lightly cloudy reddish-brown color with over 2 inches of off-white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma had all the highlights one expects from the style: sweet & earthy malts/grains, bright yeast spiciness, and some actual spice notes.

Nearly identical on the tongue; the grain became more apparent than malty sweet, the yeast popped nicely, and the spices were just on the edges enough to be aware of.

The body was a fair bit lighter than I was expected, smooth, carried good carb throughout the glass, and had a finish that was a touch sweet, then dried out nicely after a few moments.

Drinkability was very good, I could downing a few more of these.

Overall, not an elite of the style, but certainly a fine and enjoyable brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Mar 29, 2021
Photo of SimplySinister
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SimplySinister from Florida

A - Normal pour into chalice producing a light brown/ ruby colored brew sporting a 1” parchment head with great head retention. Moderate carbonation with fantastic lacing.

S - Yeast, bread, malt, burnt caramel, raisin, currant.

T - Apple, raisin, light smoky/ burnt caramel. Light floral note with honey. Somewhat acrid.

M - This is one thin beer; unbelievably thin, in fact. Super delicate. This is an 8% beer. How it is, I have no idea. It’s almost a magic trick.

D - Easy drinker. I must say, this is not a traditional Trappist by any stretch of the imagination. It has Trappist elements. Though, this is not the definitive take some might expect. Either way, it is a great brew. It is a must try.

Mar 09, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 8%. Copper colour, more like a Dubbel than a Tripel. Large white head. Pleasant aroma of Belgian ale yeast, mild spices, ripe yellow fruits and dark dried fruits. Medium sweet flavour with some caramel and brown kandij sugar, hints of mild spices and dark dried fruits, moderate hops.

Mar 09, 2021
Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours cooper with a slight bit of haze. It has an off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There are medium amounts of spice in the aroma with some pepper. There are some orange notes with a low perfumy character. There are some grainy sweet elements with a bit of honey in the background.

Taste: It has a strong spicy flavor with strong pepper. There is a flowery element in the flavor with orange and noticeable alcohol.

Feel: It has a bitter finish that is quite dry. It has a medium body. The alcohol warming is pleasant.

Overall, a solid tripel with plenty of spiciness and citrus character.

Feb 21, 2021
4.24 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2021
3.54 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2021
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jbertsch from Massachusetts

Solid for the style though bot quite as good as the more known trappist dubbels. Smelled good and had a beautiful rocky head. Flavor is on the right track just lacks a touch more depth that were accustomed to having in the same style from chimay, rochefort etc. Mouthfeel didnt have the super lively fluffy mouthfeel also normally found in the style, but it wasnt flat or thin by any means. Good and worthy of trying. But I probably wouldn't buy again as there are better options.

Dec 29, 2020
Photo of Robinshutedrums
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Robinshutedrums from England

Dark blond in colour, smells wheat and barely like. Taste is sweet, wheat, strong and typical Belgium like. Nice Belgium beer

Dec 26, 2020
Photo of LukeGude
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LukeGude from Iowa

Bottle from John’s poured into Rochefort glass on Christmas Eve. Big head and it lingers. Slight funk, but overall nice dubbel flavor. Easy 8%.

Dec 25, 2020
3.76 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Dec 23, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Zundert Trappist 8 has a medium, ivory head, and an opaque, tan appearance, with heavy lacing. The aroma is of figs, dates, and golden raisins, along with spiced white bread crust. There is a similar flavor. Bitterness is tame. Carbonation is fierce. The body is medium. Zundert Trappist 8 has a dry finish.


Dec 16, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

330mL bottle BBE 08/08/21 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp and allowed to warm 8% ABV. The beer pours cloudy dark amber in color with abundant khaki colored head. The head slowly settles to a rocky cap and coats the glass in Belgian lace. The aroma is mild with toffee and spice. The taste begins malty, slightly sweet then the added spice (anise?, orange peel?) and hops pop through for a complex moderately bitter mid palate and finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The spices really dry out the finish and offset the malt well. No alcohol presence in the aroma or flavor. Overall, very good. This is a nice and unusual take on the BSDA.

Nov 23, 2020
4 by avisong from Virginia on Nov 21, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the shorty bottle in a snifter. This nice little BSDA
pours a chill hazed, brown tinged amber with a nice head of
white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick clumping layer,
and displays some nice lacing. Nose of dark candy sugars,
plum, yeasty bread, and subtle phenol notes with alcohol.
Flavors follow with light exception of plum, dark grapes, apple,
dark candy sugars, fresh bread, subtle funk, light coriander,
and faint herbal hops. Very nice mouth feel; medium body,
light yet soft carbonation, and a lightly dry and sweet / slightly
tart finish.

Overall, excellence from the Netherlands.


Nov 14, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(11.2 oz bottle, best before end 08/08/21; purchased single off shelf at WineWorks... decanted into a fat tulip, the most similar glass to their design which I currently have available)

L: egregious expanse of aged-white foam atop a polished-clear, tawny-garnet colored liquid; crystalline foam ceases sizzle, sticking to the glass with a chunky, webby lace, and a rocky plateau remaining in center

S: dried fruit (apple, grape) essence highlights a rather familiar, classic doughy, yeasty yeast character; bit of a cookie dough malt note; esters/malt blend remind a bit of St. Bernardus (Abt 12-ish?)... bit of a sherry-like vinous alcohol... moderate intensity overall

T: first sip: dry, mellow (candi sugar) syurp-like sweetness, lightly nutty up front and in the aftertaste, along with a soft, earthy-musty, vaguely-cidery spice lingering in the latter; supremely dry... long after sip, esters linger with subtle apricot, apple, and dark grape notes... second sip: nothing quite unique about this, seems to be in its drier, latter-day phase; mellow (cinnamon? clove?) spicy booze and bitterness begins to build/linger; marginal note of golden, bread-crusty melanoidin, a fair bit short of caramel (thankfully)

F: dry front-to-back, taut, sleek, light-medium body; ample, fleecy carbonation; lovely warmth and hum... would prefer a touch more viscosity, but in its current state, this would go great with oily, fatty foods, cleaving through

O: first time trying this - glad to have finally found a before best-before bottle... good luck to them with this, I bought it strictly for the tick (now two left - Mount St Bernard and Cardena), and likely won't be buying it again unless it's fresh and I'm in their locale (1709)

Nov 09, 2020
Zundert 8 from Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 252 ratings