Friday, November 11, 2011

Westvleteren Extra 8 ~ Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus

Appearance: murky browns under a soft bready khaki head. Swirls creamy.

Nose: essence of age – old wood, old leather. Fig and date cake (think ala Fig Newton). Brown sugar pumpernickel underneath – dense. Wet wood. Twigs, dried brush.

Palate: rich and datey, cakey, and figgy. Sweetness than spice – chewy dark fruits than brown wintry spices. Chewy pumpernickel and whole grain breads. Leather and old earth. Nutmeg. Decidedly rich and humble at the same time.

Final Thoughts: Westvleteren is truly the white whale of the beer geek world; though I think it’s disservice to limit this fine Trappestry and their beer strictly to the beer geek world. It’s a fine beverage, possible one of the finest in the world. I believe that of all the Westy beers and if you’re truly ever lucky enough to find a bottle or glass in your hand, pour slowly and savor. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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