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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (blue cap)

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Westvleteren 8

The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren
Donkerstraat 12
8640 Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium 
Est. 1838

Brain Damage Quotient = 8.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 3.0 (sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark brown, near black color.
Plum/grape/prune notes. Also shows a bit of oak.
Not much alcohol in smell.
Large bubbles; caramel colored, one-finger head.
Caramel bodied and deep smell of plum.
Fizzy carbonation.
Very tasty and complex on tongue.
Slight sweet aftertaste with slight alcohol presence. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
Ohuhmmmm! Ohuhmmmm! No, that's not what the Trappist monks are saying, but you will.  Mere mortals are not worthy to drink Westvleteren's ultimate brews.

My good friend Dean has done it again, procuring some of the rarest ale in the world.  This beer is only intended to be purchased at the monastery for personal consumption.  The monks do not ship this beer and it has been a time honored tradition not to do so.  In fact, here's what they say about it, "Westvleteren Trappist is sold only to individual customers. Every customer agrees not to re-sell the beer to any third party." 

Formerly known as 'Extra', here we have the "blue cap" ringing in at 8% ABV. While delicious and complex in flavors, I found just a little bit something missing from the experience.  Don't get me wrong, it is exceptionally smooth and full bodied, but something was amiss for my liking.  But don't worry, I found out what I wanted when we opened the 12 ABV (yellow cap).

This is so easy to drink, you need to keep in mind that it is at 8%.  A bit dangerous I'd say.  It is bottle conditioned and will keep a long time if stored properly.  With its nondescript brown bottle, store it carefully, lest someone mistake it for a bottle of floor polish and toss it out!

Lucky to have sampled this ale.  Mind you mortals, it's very rare!

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