The Westvleteren 8
is another Trappist beer, brewed by the monks at the Sint Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, in rural Belgium. Although it's the little brother of the Westvleteren 12
, it's almost matched in cult status and also receives many rave reviews from novices and connoisseurs alike. Contrary to what a lot of people may think, it can often be more difficult to obtain Westvleteren 8 than it is its bigger brother, due to the hype and attention it gets. Everyone wants the 12
while the 8 tends to be forgotten. Some say it's even better than the twelve, although of course this is always a matter of personal taste.
The Westvleteren 8 is a strong Belgian Ale brewed with hops that are sourced locally, from the region of Poperinge. The yeast used in this beer, like with all Westvleteren beers, comes from the nearby Abbey of Westmalle. Westvleteren 8 has an 8% BV and is produced via top fermentation, then re-fermented in the bottle and is neither centrifuged, filtered nor pasteurised.
Like its siblings, Westvleteren 8
comes in a bottle without label and is distinguished from them by its blue cap. The best serving temperature is around 10 -12°C and of course tastes best in its own glass.
The Westvleteren 8 pours dark brown and cloudy. It has somewhat of a sweet after tastes with many complex fruit flavours including raisins, malt, caramel and apples. It has a very full "body" but is not as elaborate as the quadrupel. Medium to low carbonisation, and the alcohol is quite hidden.