The Westvleteren 8 is a sweetish beer with a rich, malty complexity and a medium to good carbonation. It boasts a variety of fruity aromas as cherry, raisins, fig and even melon.
A bit of spice and just a hint of bitterness are noticeable at the end. A very balanced, medium to full-bodied trappist that guarantees some smooth drinking... A very nice beer indeed.
Westvleteren 8 is 12’s little and lesser known brother. It’s sadly also sometimes less appreciated, and is said by some to be the least popular (recognised by its blue bottle cap) of the active varieties made by the Sint-Sixtus monks.
But these are just opinions and malicious gossip and could be considered normal when your big brother is an international rock star and your little sister happens to be a fresh, crisp blonde.
The truth is that they are three different and very individual beers, this makes them almost impossible to compare to one another.
Westvleteren 8 has his fair share of worldwide followers as well - and do not be mistaken, this beer is as elusive as any other Westy. It also pops up in the same listings and rankings of top beers . Proving along the way, that it’s all just a matter of public relations and personal taste…
It must be, as this is a great, grade A, top beer in its own right. Westvleteren 8 deserves its presence among the greater beers of the world.
As with any of the beers the Sint-Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren has produced since 1831, the recipe is kept as secret as that of Coca-Cola.
As the brewery is located in the heart of a region in West Flanders called “hops country” we know that most of the hops used, if not all, are produced locally in and around Poperinge. The yeast used in the process comes from the Abbey of Westmalle.