Haffy & Kjetil from the Die By The Beer blog with another guest review here at BeerNorway. We got another excellent beer from Westvleteren. This time we’re going for their Extra 8, which is their dubbel. This is a nice warmer beer with its 8% ABV, something nice for the monks to drink when it’s party time, or when they sit down and chill out in front of the fireplace.Looks
This is a reddish brown hazy beer with an off white head. It looks like water from a highly toxic and polluted river like many other dubbels. This one like the Blonde is also easy on the carbonation side.
There’s no doubt this is a complex beer when you inhale its awesome aromas. The aroma also changes massively as the beer gets warmer. If you’ve ever been to a brewery or made beer at home you will recognise the awesome smell of mash. It’s vinous with notes of nuts, dark berries, caramel and candy sugar.
The alcohol level comes through in this beer, but it’s not a bad thing. The taste of honey, raisins, figs, caramel, some chocolate, green apples and unripe bananas comes through, this is a very complex beer. This is one malty mother, and I really like the burned taste that reminds me of the crust from grandma’s fresh home made oven-baked breads. Later when the beer gets more temperature the candy sugar taste gets stronger, but this is far from as sweet as many dubbels out there.
This beer also packs a good bitter punch, and in the long almost never ending aftertaste you can feel the earthy, spiced bitterness. You just end up sitting around licking yourself on the inside of your mouth for a long time, cause there’s just so much to discover with this beer. The bread crust, the green apples, they’re all in there, alive in your taste buds long after you’ve taken the last sip.
This is one excellent beer that really requires time, not a beer to drink if you’re in a hurry. But if you take your time you will be rewarded with a great(er) tasting experience. I’d spend a weekend in the monastery for this one, and hopefully do some spying for the recipe and the tricks of the trade.