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

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world-class

1,571 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,571
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 1,167
Gots: 225 | FT: 13
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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rsgcwhite

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A Tale of Two Beers

Courtesy of BA mduncan, I had the opportunity to try two vintage Westvleteren 8 back-to-back:

First, Beer 1: Purchased two years ago, Best By Date of 4/5/2011.
Second, Beer 2: Purchased recently, Best By Date of 1/15/2013.

The First (Older) Beer:

A: Coloring of the darkest brown, visible floaters.

S: Cellar aged for two years, this beer has the aroma of a Port Wine or Madeira in its raisiny sweetness.

T: The aged version takes the younger beer (see below) and ages it, bringing out raisin and plum flavors, finishing with a tempered smoothness that contrasts with the younger beers' carbonation.

Mouthfeel is yeasty and 'volume' is spectacular - aging this changes the whole character of what is already an excellent beer.

The Second (Younger) Beer:

A: Lighter than the older beer, this beer had amber edges

S: Sort of a musky hoppiness and a caramel sweetness - if you can imagine an apple orchard in October and overripe fruit, this captures some of that essence.

T: Very dry and fruity, quite carbonated. You capture a lot of the alpha acids from their hop mixture here, which gives it an almost citrus freshness. But this is a good, complex, well made Dubbel.

Overall: The newer beer is good, but the aged beer is spectacular. Put this one on your shelf for a year or two and taste the difference - older beers will loose a lot of the hoppy tanginess of the younger beers, but instead develop an enveloping raisiny richness.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 19:15:14 | More by rsgcwhite
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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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