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

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,630 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 1,194
Gots: 244 | FT: 15
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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OStrungT

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

This beer pours a murky dark brown color, with a very thick and fluffy tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a huge amount of lacing.

This beer has a sweet aroma. I detect some molasses and some caramel. It also smells a bit spicy. Some coriander and orange peal. Maybe just a touch of cloves. It smells of figs also. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well.

This beer tastes great. Every flavor is sublte, and it balances very well. Spices up front. Some fig flavor also. It tastes sweet with some caramel flavors. Plumbs and raisins also make an appearence.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste. It is carbonated perfectly. It is crisp and refreshing.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and it is only a little high in alcohol.

Overall: Thank you so much HimerMan for this unexpected but definately apreciated beer. It was everything I expected and more.

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harrmatees

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

I am not a beer expert yet, I am just getting into this, but this beer is by far the best I have ever had. It is so smooth you dont even notice the high alcohol content. I have a bottle of the 12 also, I will be drinking that soon and will let you know about it.

I wish I had another, it was well worth the money.

05-26-2010 01:34:36 | More by harrmatees
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RickS95

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Unfortunately, I couldn't read the date on the cap. The first number was 23 and after that, I have no idea.

It pours a brilliant shade of chocolatey brown. It's a rich shade of dark brown, with some lighter hues around the edges. The head is offbrown and initially a work of art. It dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a thin film of creamy bubbles on top, particularly around the perimeter of the glass.

You can almost smell sweetness. It actually smells like a caramel covered apple from the fair, with green Granny Smith apples and some caramel filling the olfactories. Aside from that, nothing else stands out.

Taste is almost perfect. It's malty with the caramel that filled the nose. You can pick up some dark, rich fruits like raisins and dates. Even the apple makes a cameo. There is a slight bitter note, as well as a hoppy bite, in the finish to balance out the sweetness.

It's a tremendous symphony of sensations on the palate. Sweet initially with a creamy mouthfeel. Near the end, there is a tartness which leads to a semi-dry finish with a slight hoppy bite and just a touch of heat from the alcohol. Medium-bodied and rich throughout.

This beer is better than the sum of its parts. It's simply extraordinary. It's extremely complex, but nothing is offensive and everything complements something else. It's simply a wonderful beer.

Edit...enjoying my second bottle almost a year later. The smell has intensified. Still the same scents, only they're stronger and work together better. The taste is the same only everything has meshed, along with a bit of alcohol making more of an appearance. It's without question my favorite beer in the world.

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