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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

1,589 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 1,179
Gots: 231 | 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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 11-03-12 printed on the cap.

(A)- Pours a deep hazy brown/burnt sienna color that produced an awesome eggshell colored fluffy head that has superb retention; the foam is not going anywhere. Its just sticking like glue to the sides of the glass; thin lacing all over the place.

(S)- Earthy, with a heavy biscuit-like grain to it. Yeasty, with some clay. Has the tiniest hint of dark fruits with a twist of banana.

(T)- Just like the smell. The biscuit-like grain goes well with the earthy flavors of clay & yeast. Finishes dry with bits of the fruits and more earth. Almost has a roasted feel to the background.
The best tasting Dubbel in recent memory.

(M)- A high carbonation level that almost fizzes on the tongue. Has a good balance of earth, biscuit, and fruit; I wish more of the fruits came through, but I do love an earthy belgain. Not overly sweet or bitter, but is a happy medium of the two.

(D)- A superb Dubbel. I can definitely see how this has had rave reviews. A perfect example of the style and a joy to consume. I would love to have this on a more regular basis if it was not so hard to acquire. I am glad to have finally tried this!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 18:37:22 | More by sweemzander
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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I initially tried this along with a Westvleteren 12 and a Rochefort 10.

Poured into a new belgium tulip to reveal a thick, foamy head. The aroma reveals some citrus notes. It is decent dubbel that is easy to drink, but doesn't exactly stand out.

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.

Edit: Tried it again at Abbey St. Sixtus along with the 12 and the Blonde and this was my favorite of the three. Definitely better this time around. Loved it.

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