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Zundert 8 | Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

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Brewed by:
Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: a reddish brown color, hazy, with a massive tan head.

S: earthy, with spice notes, and classic Belgian yeast with clove.

T: earthy with clove, and spice. Classic Belgian character, but with a bit of a bite.

M: medium light with very active carbonation and a dry finish.

O: overall tasty, but lacking the refinement of some of the other trapping brews.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With the expansive world of beer reaching every corner of the globe, there's a lot of brewing prowess in the Trappist abbeys. Abbeys like that of de Kievit put their regional terroir to work to produce a unique darker, stronger ale that highlights their yeast character extremely well.

Pouring a deep honey amber, their Zundert 8 pours with an expansive honeycomb froth and with firm staying power. A kaleidoscope of fruit, spice and wine-like characters present to the nose along with a sharp peppery twinge. Steely caramel flavors portray a dubbel-like sweetness with hints of brown sugar and spice cake.

Sweetness trails off quickly to allow the fruit and spice flavors to intertwine on the middle palate. Dates, grapes, plums, currant and apple swirl like mulled wine just ahead of a spicy rebuttal of peppercorn, cinnamon and clove. Trending firmly bitter, the beer's rustic grain character trends more tripel-like with a hop bitterness of tea, lemon pepper and hay.

Medium full in body, the beer's complex taste and rich, sherry-like maltiness suggest a full bodied texture, but the spicy hops, vinous spice and expressive carbonation all team up to lighten the body and keep it highly palatable. A medium long linger of caramelized pepper and white wine extends long and lean on the after palate.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

This is a real nice looker of a brew. Classic eggshell soft foamy head, khaki colored with a tinge of vanilla yellow. Lumpy retention, and good amounts of side forming carbonation. Nice little pearl streams along the edges, in a rather lighter dark ale, a glowing copper amber quality acutally, making for a real nice presentation. Absolute classic middle column of roaring volcano stream in the body, like lava bursting forth. Just a great looking Belgian brew.

The aroma is just impressive. There's a lot going on here. Wine like tartness slightly mixing with more bolder flavors of toasted brown sugar and plum. Big purple grape like explosion with a mild sweetness, touches clove but without the heat spice or blast. Complex. Just a great smelling brew.

Palate does not dissapoint. The only thing that takes a seat back, is the explosive mouthfeel. Heavily carbonated to the point of dominating the flavor palate with rocky minerals and gas. Still a solid body, but with much of the complex character still intact. Plum and juiced up grape flavors rustling through the palate, with ease. With warmth and time the beer delivers a lot more complexity, caramel, taffy, red berried fruits, quinine, red table wine, and many others.

I've never heard of this trappist brewery before, but this is a beer that could easily stand shoulders with the greats. If the carbonation levels and gaseous quality could be reeled in a bit, this brew could easily surpass some of the great Trappist classics as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml brown bottle into glass. Best by date on label is '10/07/21'.
Cloudy, pale amber colored body. Long lasting off white head, which is constantly fed by rising bubbles. Leaves behind some sheets of lacing.
Quite aromatic with darker bread, spices, plum, and yeast.
Taste has raisin bread, caramel, toffee, spices, and yeast, but at the end some floral hops come forth. Also has a little plum
Mouth feel is medium plus, and the texture is full and thick. Leaves some spiciness on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
Tasty sipper with dark bread, dark fruit, spices, and a different yeast. Drinks like a meal.

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Photo of RayCannata
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper colored. Thick head.

Tastes more like a dub. than a trip. Definitely on the drier, less sweet side. On the lower end of the Trappist for me.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dates, toasted malt, pear, and apple. Medium bodied, high carbonation, very sweet. Makes for a really good malty sipper. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a neat brew, rather rich and malty, but not overly sweet, one of the trappist brews i had not seen around before, very excited to drink on this. it tastes a little dated to me, although i didnt see a date on the bottle, it smells of slight oxidation and has a mustiness to it in the flavor that makes it seem kind of old, but also gives it a rustic charm, like a timeless and ancient thing, a liquid bread, almost a nutritional supplement as much as a drink, if that makes sense. it has a light sugar spike thing to it, not heavy or anything, but like there is more fermentable sugar in here than from grain alone. i get strong raisin character, a prune and port wine fruitiness behind it, and a dense wet breadiness. the yeast is cool, decidedly belgian but also rather unique, somewhat understated, and bringing up fig and date notes here. long boiled tasting, somewhat dense, very effervescent though too. sort of caught between styles, but i like a loosely defined old worldy belgian beer with lots going on, a traditional bent, and an unfamiliar yeast strain, and thats exactly what we have here. i hope to see more of this around, id love to try it on tap if that exists, and to check out other flavors they brew. exciting find!

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Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a cloudy dark orange, with a two finger beige head. Aromas consist of spices, baked bread, candied orange, pear, apple, raisin, and a hint of honey. The flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Although it's from the Netherlands, the beer seems Belgian in origin.

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Photo of DBosco
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange + golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of caramel + toasted + toffee malts with a moderate amount of caramel + toffee sweetness. Moderate aromas of candi sugar and spicy Belgian yeast. Light aromas of herbal hops. Hints of dark fruit (cherry + plum).

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel + toasted + toffee malts with a moderate amount of caramel + toffee sweetness. There is also a moderate amount of candi sugar and hints of dark fruit (cherry + plum). That if followed by light flavors of herbal hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not the easiest drinking beer, bit more of a slow sipper. Enjoyable with a bit of aspects of a Tripel and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale - quite an interesting beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige colored head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of candi sugars and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts out with a little sweetness from the candi sugars, but these are vastly outweighed by spicy flavors from the yeast that linger into the finish. There are also slight hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hardly has any aromas or flavors of dark fruits when compared to other beers in the style and in some aspects tastes a little like a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Belgian Triple.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Epiktetos
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyLema1
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: orangish/brown color, big head, minimal lacing
S: sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity
T: malty, some sweetness, hint of dark fruits
F: light bodied, good mouthfeel
O: very nice drinking Belgian

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330 ml bottle into an Oleg Cassini goblet. Appearance is as good as it gets. Deep burnt-orange colored body, with a thick off-white head that lingers before settling to a thick cap. Tons of very pretty lacing as well. This hits its stride at slightly above cellar temperature. Aromas and flavors of banana and clove, with floral notes, moderate sweetness, pleasant hop bitterness, and a dry finish. At 8% ABV, this has a nice warming quality. Awesome beer, highly recommended.

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Zundert 8 from Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 153 ratings