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

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,594 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 234 | 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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gr0g

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly opaque, dark mahogany color. Nice head formation with good retention. Lacing is there, but it's only spotty. Smells rich and malty but not very sweet. Dark toffee and toasted grain at first, then notes of plum and raisin.

Richly malty and only a touch sweet. Raisin and pear, maybe some ripened red grapes in there, too. Well carbonated but soft, even silky. Candi sugar is there but it's very minimal. Yeast character is present through some clove flavor.

Excellent, but not head and shoulders above others in the style as the scores would suggest. With the robust maltiness and restrained sweetness, I find that Westy 8 is quite similar to Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 20:04:23 | More by gr0g
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I initially tried this along with a Westvleteren 12 and a Rochefort 10.

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I would struggle to identify this in a blind taste test against other belgian-style beers. I can't see any characteristics that explain what makes it unique. I have a feeling that I should not have tried it alongside the other two quads as they seemed to over power it a little.

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
99 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.