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

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world-class

1,596 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 1,185
Gots: 235 | 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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yamar68

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to randjuke for sending this one! Poured from generic Trappist bottle to brandy snifter - best by date of 18.08.13:

Pours a murky ruby brown stuffed with slow, steady beading. A few fingers of khaki head swell to create some fantastic lacing. A perfect looking beer in every way.

Mmm... overripe figs, red wine bits, some Belgian yeast far and away, a mellow blanket of tartness sort of ties everything together. Certainly not as in-your-face as its bigger brother, but it achieves a better sense of balance I think.

Leathery wood notes, dates and figs, super smooth. It's got that tobacco presence thing that bothers me in the Westy 12 but here it is more in balance with the rest of the beer. Subtle lingonberry as well.

The mouthfeel and appearance are the real highlights of this one. Super creamy with a relatively thick body.

A fantastic dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:32:17 | More by yamar68
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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)
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