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

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,584 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 1,175
Gots: 228 | 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)

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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

12-07-2013 06:01:32 | More by Flabbyjandro
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

12-26-2013 21:22:57 | More by Mattias
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JDV

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

07-14-2014 19:39:31 | More by JDV
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

09-12-2013 01:38:10 | More by CityofBals
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-16-2013 21:43:38 | More by jbuddle
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chefbrew211

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

04-30-2013 23:33:22 | More by chefbrew211
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jbird_1973

New York

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

02-17-2014 19:54:54 | More by jbird_1973
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Packlifenc

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-08-2014 01:23:36 | More by Packlifenc
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle procured from the Struise Yeast Shop. Best by 27.01.13 indicated on the label. Pours a muddy plum color with a hazy clarity. Head was a rocky and cream-colored and half an inch in height. A couple large swaths and a few residual spots of lacing adhered to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Head was refreshed with a swirl. Big yeasty nose with a figs, prunes and a bready quality following behind. Taste follows nose; completely style consistent, but a bit dull. There's also a slightly herbal/chemical character present, probably attributable to the yeast strain. The mouthfeel kills this beer for me. Carbonation is very aggressive and the burn lingers between quaffs. Consistency is light-medium (but closer to light) and finish is semi-dry. I have to say that I was expecting a bit more from this beer. Perhaps it could stand some aging, and I will definitely procure another bottle if the opportunity presents; however, the carbonation completed detracted from the experience. It did improve slightly by gently swirling the glass to dissipate the gas, making it an almost pleasant sipper; however, I suspect it might be too young.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 23:37:27 | More by Jwale73
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

blank 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a rochefort goblet.

murky maroonish brown with half an inch of tan head that falls quickly, leaving nice webs of lacing.

tart apples, dry white wine, belgian yeast and a touch of cola sweetness in the nose.

more tart, almost sour apples in the flavor. bready malts and a crisp, dry, champagne-like feel. alcohol and sour in the finish, which is a touch unpleasant. surprisingly straightforward, as i've come to expect a lot more complexity from the trappists. then again, i far prefer the rochefort 10 to the 8 or 6; maybe the westvleteren 12 will also far exceed its lesser brethren.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 03:42:27 | More by Prufrock
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown color and murky with a large tan head that barely budges. Aroma is very light and has traces of ripe fruit, sweet caramel malt, and belgian sugars, a little bubble-gummy. Taste shows some of the sweet candy sugar and fruit flavor up front along with a little rich tobacco like flavor, these are cut mid taste by a small roasty twang and a decent pepperiness. There is some alcohol flavor and some tingly carbonation along with the pepper and then a decently dry finish. This beer improved vastly as it approached room temp. The aroma and taste were very subtle and only when it became fairly warm did the flavors start to come out. Still were subtle, but a nice drinkable beer, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:25:13 | More by hoppymeal
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MiScusi

California

3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

31.10.10 on the cap

A- reddish brown with red highlights, off white foamy head that is very easy to generate. Liquid is clear but fairly dark.

S- grape candy. really one dimensional to me.

T- Dark grape sugar, like a grape otter pop.

M- medium in body and finishes pretty dry as well.

This beer just didn't seem to have a whole lot going on. It was sweet and it tasted like the artificial grape flavoring you get from candy. It wasn't overwhelming to make it bad, but the beer just didn't impress me a whole lot. That doesn't mean I didn't like it but it was just weird.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:24:47 | More by MiScusi
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pepsican

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I figured I should pop open something decent for my birthday, and I figured this would do. Pours dark brown with a thick head. Grape, caramel malt, candi sugar, and tobacco nose. Flavor was very similar, lots of dark fruits come out as well. Finish was thick, lots of stuff going on but not something I really cared for.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:12:25 | More by pepsican
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blue 8 cap dated "19.11.13", if this is the best by date, 3 years from bottling, it's a little over a year old. Fond memories drinking this many years ago at Delilahs. Thanks Denise for this bottle straight from Belgium!

Into a Moinette chalice, it pours a tawny dark amber, crystal clear with rapid carbonation visible at first. Lasting veil of velvety foam, that remains for the duration of the glass.

Vinous aroma, dried fruit sweetness, yeasty doughiness.

Extremely creamy feel, medium bodied, fine carbonation. Some oxidation notes, rather bitter and oddly metallic. Some nutty malt flavors linger, bitter walnut and grassy herbs. Taste seems a bit of a letdown from what I remember years ago. Very dry and attenuated, with an overt alcohol presence. Probably won't seek out again unless it's known to be very fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:25:33 | More by emerge077
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IntriqKen

California

3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper amber...very dark...impressive white head that melts very slowly and leaves a delicious sticky lace as it melts.

Aroma is subdued buttery caramel malts...very smooth...wonderfully toasted and sweet.

Taste is toasted amber malts with a burnt characteristic that mellows into a slight hop finish. Nice double however...not as impressive as the 12 is for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 01:47:42 | More by IntriqKen
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ccrida

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served in it's logo chalice at Cambrinus in Brugge, Westvleteren 8 is a murky brown with a very tight, creamy sand head leaving light lace.

Smell is soft, doughy yeast.

Taste is very smooth and balanced, very light caramel and toffee malt, some clean heat on the otherwise rapid finish. Pretty simple, it's honestly a bit bland, and disappointing. My general impression is a very yeasty beer, which reminds me of how St. Bernardus Abt 12 sometimes, but not always is. Perhaps there is similar inconsistency here, and I will be wowed by the bottles I brought home sometime in the future...

Mouthfeel is by far the best characteristic, supple, creamy and light.

Drinkability is pretty good, as it's easy to drink. On the other hand, it's not that interesting, and, in my humble opinion, unnecessarily rare and expensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 04:42:13 | More by ccrida
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review from bottle at Akkurat summer of 2011

Pours a murky brown, ruby red edges with an off white creamy head. The nose is lightly nutty up front, sweet caramel, lightly toasted, cherries, light sherry and very fruity in the back. The taste is sweet, sugary caramel, roasted nuts, berry fruits in the back with slighlty paper oxidation falling off a bit in the back. Full body, syrupy feel, decent carbonation, thin in the back.

***
4/18/10
A-gushes upon opening. pours a creamy bubbly tan head that fizzles away slowly and leaves a soft creamy coating on the side of the glass. The liquid is a cloudy dark reddish copper color that doesn't really allow light to pass through. There are some lighter orange edges with light shined upon it.

S-the nose is fair in strength, light notes of darker malts, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Soft fruit sets in with notes of rum. Peaches and the nose of a screw driver. Tartness in the back.

T-the taste is similar to the nose but slightly muted. Toffee, slightly toasted malts, and notes of chocolate are up front yet subtle. Sweet soft fruits lie in the middle, again peaches with orange juice and vodka. The booziness is stronger in the taste than the nose. Hints of warming and a fair amount of tartness come in at the back with a touch of cherry. The finish does have notes of an herbal hop presence to provide a nice balance. It opens up a little as it warms with the toffee, chocolate, and cherry in the back.

M-very smooth and creamy with a good medium body. The carbonation is fair in strength and hold up the finish. Slightly crisp but still smooth.

D-this is a very tasty beer with some interesting things going on. Great mouthfeel but a little boozy in the taste compared to what I had expected with such a renowned nectar. Still extremely good!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:45:13 | More by cpetrone84
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dark chocolate colored beer topped by a thick head that looks like spray-foam insulation. Aroma of plums smothered in dark chocolate, with a hint of bready yeast and a slight spiciness. Complex yet clean. Surprisingly, there is a noticeable bitterness in the flavor. A sweet malt and alcohol backdrop support the fruity notes and a decent amount of phenols. Lingering bitterness with a slight sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent, but perhaps a bit on the thin side. Drinkability is good, although I'm not sure I'd want to drink this one very often. This is a decent beer, but there are many, many better in my opinion. This one's pretty to look at, but nothing special to imbibe. So let's see, a bottle of this or a sixer of SNCA? This will stay on the shelf almost every time.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 00:05:57 | More by aaronh
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sheikyerbouti

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a recent travel to Belgium, I smuggled home some Westy 8 and 12. Both of them are wonderful on tap and about 15% different in the bottle.

At In de Vrede, I tried all three Westy beers, the blonde is nothing special, the 8 is exceptional and the 12 is very good. Since most consider the 8 a double, I will rate it as such. Typically, doubles have a fairly alcoholic flavor, which the westy 8 discretely masks. Westy 8 has a fair amount of chocolate/roasty notes, while still being very light and digestible. Its aroma is extremely clean with just a hint of fruity esters. The finish is very pleasant and moderately dry, and although you know you are drinking a hefty beer, it is not overwhelming.

I find Westy 8 to be the finest offering by this Trappist Monestary and one of the best examples of the belgian double style around.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:07:31 | More by sheikyerbouti
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grandq

New York

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ol' thanks to pimpp for the twofer of the 8 and 12. Pours a deep reddish brown, thick, billowy head. Smelling apples, raspberries, and mulberry. On first sip, I find the initial carbonation really jarring. Takes a bit of warming and swirling until it gets down to a less distracting level. Getting alot of raspberry on the tongue, plum, cherry, a faint hint of caramel and toffee in the middle of the very mild malt, some spicy yeast/hop notes follow. The water this is made from may have a bit of mineral bittering, but not as strong as a Burton. Nothing is to pronounced and the light mouthfeel lets one explore all the flavors, but I didn't feel it was all that well balanced - perhaps as a result of the aforementioned carbonation.

On the positive side, the finish isn't overly dry, and despite being so sweet this leaves nothing unwanted or too forceful on the tongue as it evaporates. Liking the earthy, barnyardy notes on the very tail end.

Overall, there's some interesting flavors and its no doubt well crafted, but there's nothing really grabbing me here. I'll give this a re-review if I make my way to Belgium one of these days but don't think I'll go to the trouble of tracking down another bottle state-side. Not my favorite dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 19:36:03 | More by grandq
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Cap has 2.05.13 on the cap, reviewed on 2/2/11. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, deep ruby red brown color with a large fluffy 3 finger light tan head that slowly recedes. Head leaves some nice lace as it settles. The aroma is pretty nice with a subtle dark fruit smell along with some banana. Medium/light mouthfeel with some good carbonation. First taste yields flavors of dark malt, dark fruit, and some alcohol notes. Some lingering bitterness as well. The taste is actually a little more subdued than I thought it would be. The carbonation seems a little high for me as well and detracts from the flavors. Overall, I'm just ok on this beer, it isn't exactly what I thought it would be and isn't as good as I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:50:31 | More by kbutler1
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a BIF - my last of the main Westvleteren lineup to try. 3.12.12 on the cap

A- Body is a cloudy dark brown hue. Pours with a foamy 1-2 finger eggshell head. This retains nicely at 1 finger and leaves behind little lacing in the glass.

S- Nose is moderate to strong in strength. Cola, raisins, and a mild to moderate alcohol strength.

T- Dry raisin and plum flavors upfront with a very mild bready backbone that has a hint of peppery spice. The spiciness slightly intensifies for the finish as the other flavors fade minimally and a bit of alcohol astringency comes through for the finish as well as a hint of cola. Left to linger are hints of plum, raisin, spice, and a big alcohol heat.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight body with a mild breadiness as well as a mild alcohol consistency.

O- 12 and 6 were fantastic, 8 is well done; but its not as good as I was expecting. It reminds me of the Rochefort lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:02:23 | More by PittBeerGirl
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of dense white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very, very mild. A bit of dark fruit and a hint of spice. This is surprisingly mild, though.

T: Still mild, but dark fruit comes out more in the flavor than it did in the aroma. The beer stays fairly dry, but balanced with prune sweetness. Spices add some complexity to the beer.

M: Medium thickness with strong carbonation. A bit prickly.

O: I'm disappointed by this. It's certainly tasty and quite balanced, but it's not mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:32:03 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

My bottle is dated February 2014, one year from now, so I guess it's a couple of years old.

A: A dulled bottle brown body with a creamy light beige head which clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Mildewy dried prunes/figs/dates and Cointreau. Nothing else.

T: Not registering any big flavour up front but it's quite crisp. Initially dry but sweetens up slightly. A tad bitter but pleasantly so and gets better with warmth but really there's not a lot to it. No interesting fruity esters, bubblegum or marzipan. Just a very fine balance of modest, conventional Belgian dark ale flavours, just like in the Westy 12. I can pick out a bit of sherry, a bit of mildew or something like an old wine cork flavour. Alcohol is very well hidden. Virtually no aftertaste. Verging on blandness if not for the crispness.

M: The balance and mouthfeel are the centrepiece. Beautifully creamy and silky and yet crisp at the same time. Also a bit sticky.

O: I thought I'd missed the point with the Westy 12 but now I've been similarly underwhelmed by the 8. If my bottle was a typical example of a two year old bottle then it tastes very ordinary with a bit of age. I'd love to try a fresh one because all these people can't be wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:59:12 | More by Hoppsbabo
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is very dark brown with some garnet highlights when held to light. The head started bit and fizzy, then settled to around a quarter inch of khaki foam. My first impression of the nose is cherries. A touch of chocolaty raisins. Some dusty yeast character. Very subtle flavors here. Light cherries, banana chips, roasted nuts, raisins. Hell, lets just call this liquid trail mix. Medium body. High carbonation. Creamy. Well, this is certainly a good beer, but it aint all that.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 11:23:30 | More by tjthresh
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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