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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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1,594 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 234 | FT: 14
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001)
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HalfFull

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remove the blue capped one from the back of the fridge and let it warm for 15 minutes or so prior to opening. Maybe a year old I know it knows its competition better than I. The Prior and the Pater, from just across the way at St. Bernardus. The history may be storied but I wasn't there for it, so I seek the state of the present, and as for Dubbels that is where my allegiance lies.

I pour the #8 into a large wine glass from its 330 ml. Trappistenbier bottle. Pours with a rambunctious cap of foam and shows a medium brown with a fairly clear ruby in the light. Shows strong retention and some sticky lacing.

Aroma of yeast along with light fruit and caramel. Light yet complex and never overwhelming. Such a contrast to many American Dubbels that simply try to overwhelm. Quite similar to St. Bernardus and well attenuated. Warms to offer more complex notes.

Nice flavor, unobtrusive and yet delivering a multitude as for nuance on the finish. Feel is lingering but never sweet. Lightly coarse yet dry and showing just a hint of alcohol throughout. Touch creamy with warming, quite nice, and gladly the word cloying is not even in my vocabulary tonight.

I'll have to call it a tie for now with Prior 8.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:46:57 | More by HalfFull
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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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