Zundert 8
Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #91
Ranked #14,331
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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champ103 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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jkblr from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(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
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jettjon from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s a translucent golden-brown color with a towering clumpy brownish-tan head fueled by lots of carbonation. Nose of sweet malt, brown bread, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Tastes of sweet malt with a little booziness, dry hops finish. There’s a complexity I can’t put my finger on, made all the more mysterious by the dryness. Mouth is great, nicely fizzy and quenching yet just enough viscosity. Overall – definitely a different take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, which is one of my favorite styles. It’s dryer and more complex than any other I’ve tried. Not sure I’d seek it out again based on the price, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down another.

Oct 03, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a somewhat murky, golden-amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace. It smelled a little malty with brown sugar, dried fruit and some spice. A fairly sweet fruity taste lead the way with some mild spiciness.

Sep 10, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Zundert Trappist '8' @ 8.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is dark gold from the bottle to a murky dark amber in the glass with a small beige-off/white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the goblet
S-belgian yeast , dried fruits
T-just ok , no wow factor , lacks something
MF-ok/decent carbonation , filling full body
Ov-not that great of a beer , bit disappointing for a Trappist Ale
prost LampertLand

Aug 29, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a bit disappointing for a Trappist beer, seems to lack some flavor.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful clear brown color with with great head and lacing. Fresh apples and pear smell. Some dark raison flavor, a bit toast. Good but not great.

Aug 14, 2020
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sjrider from California

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - murky and turbid dark copper/brown with thick off white head leaving significant foamy lacing. Nose is very mild sweet malt, dark stone fruit with whiffs of yeast. Taste follows more or less with a bit more dark fruit sweetness. Finish is on the dry side with plenty of carbonation and a bit of lingering spice.

Jul 17, 2020
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light brown with white frothy foam that hangs around.

S - faint sweet bread and plum, brown sugar

T - follows nose, not as pronounced as I’d like

F - silky smooth with just right amount of carbonation

O - glad I tried it

Jul 11, 2020
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HalfFull from California

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass. The Zundert 8 pours a bit murky brown with a firm cap of foam. Clears up to a mahogany red after a bit. Aroma of yeast and some subtle malts initially. Nice belgian profile on the aroma.

Taste of spice, yeast and offering a subtle muddled malt profile. Offers a rather dry profile for the style, well attenuated, and surely inconspicuous as for the ABV. Still lacks a bit of nuance. But would I have it again, yes....

Jun 01, 2020
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John_M from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly dark copper amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose.is attractive and intriguing, as I pick up caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla and chocolate, and even grape jelly. Unusual, bit I like it. Given the nose, I thought this beer would be richer and sweeter. The flavor profile generally does replicate the nose pretty closely, but the finish is dry with noticeable hoppy bitterness. There's some light underlying spice as well, which is nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

Interesting beer, with a lot going on.

May 25, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle served in a Westmalle chalice. Date stamp of 10/07/21 10GR 09:05. Slow pour to keep the sediment in.

Appearance: Dark amber with a slight haze to it. Persistent thick off-white head with fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Floral and herbal, with some underlying sweetness.

Taste: Caramel, grape, berry/fruity esters, spices, herbal/old noble hop bitterness at the finish. Complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean with each sip. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting and enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Lots going on with this beer and enjoyable to sip and savor. Went well with Salisbury steaks and mashed potatoes, and I think would pair nicely with some desserts and quite a few other things as well.

May 11, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy dark amber, almost brown, with a nice thick off-white head. In the nose, it is unassuming, lightly and beery scented. In the mouth, it is brown sugar, dark fruit and malt. Nice flavor.

Apr 11, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concept: a Trappist ale with spices. So often the Belgian yeast of abbey Dubbels, in particular, can come across as spicy, but in this case the brewer added actual spices. Let's find out how this works.

Incredible appearance. Lighter in color than I expected, with a dark honey, caramel color. Head production, retention, and lacing are nothing less than spectacular; 80 minutes after the pour, there is still 1/4 inch of firm, light beige foam, which is absolutely unbelievable. Body appears crystal clear, with plenty of lively action.

Pleasant aroma, with dark bread and fruit, light dry spice, caramel, clove, prune, plum, red grape, and mild bubblegum. A bit of rum- or port-like booziness.

Banana up front, yielding to brown sugar and waves of dark fruit, that yielding to dark bread. Prunes are the dominant flavor. A little sweeter than I prefer in a Dubbel, Quad, or BSDA, and lacking some of the depth of body. On the plus side, whatever accent is provided by the spices is perfectly and smoothly integrated; spices don't stand out, and it's an even, tasty sip.

A touch thinner on the palate than I would prefer, too, although it's a very pleasant moderate-to-full body, no fizz, and an even, welcoming warming heat.

Apr 08, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle from Beerhawk online shop (£3.99):
Clear, dark amber to chestnut coloured with a 1cm foamy, off-white head that holds well. The nose is spicy with pepper & floral touches but is fresh & lively too with grassy notes, yeast & lighter malts showing along with some sweetness. The taste is spicy & floral too with more pronounced malts, sugars & some background fruits; plums, cherries & dates all featuring. The body is light-medium with lively carbonation & spices at the end plus the alcohol content is well-hidden too.

Jan 18, 2020
Zundert 8 from Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 235 ratings