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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,584 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 1,175
Gots: 228 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany liquid goes pouring into the goblet and raises a dirty white head that peeks just above the rim, supported by light carbonation. Head gradually dies, filming out across the surface, yet sticks moderately well. The beer is a globe of murk, but caramel-colored highlights show up at the edges. Smells of grape bubblegum come out of the bottle during the pour. In the goblet, the aroma is a bursting forth of purple fruit, especially plums, with a tangy, refreshing nosefeel. The overall suggestion is of elderberry dessert wine... with fresh-cut flower stems and VSOP cognac encrypted deep within. Now to taste. Simpler flavors than I expected, but the balance... I'll have to reconsider everything I've ever meant by "balance," because this is damn near a miracle. Chocolate malted milk, frosted grapes. Wheat bread and honey butter emerge along a separate axis. Wait, did I say this was simple? Maraschino cherries; exhalation brings tastes of amaretto. And then chocolate again: full circle. Slightly mucilaginous mouthfeel like whipped milk would be impressive in itself... but it's the alcoholic element that perfects it: never burning, it adds substance to the body, supporting the framework with its warmth.

Not quite a religious experience of a beer... just profound enough to have me licking the insides of my empty glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 03:48:42 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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