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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,743 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,743
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 1,243
Gots: 273 | FT: 16
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared before our most recently group tasting thanks to hoppymcgee. Huge thanks for this one.

Pours a light hazy brown color with light brown hues along the edge. A nice light khaki bubbly head that recedes leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas begin with a nice lightly toasted breadiness. I alos get some nice light Belgian yeast clove and spice, very light however. As it warms I get some dried fruits and some more various spice. Mellow yet very complex.

The tastes follow the nose with rich, sweet maltiness tasting of chocolate, caramel and toasted breadiness. Maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar and dark candy sugar. Flavors of figs and golden raisins and Red Delicious apples emerge as it warms. There is a slight Belgian yeastiness (spice and clove) to balance the sweeter malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with perfectly balanced medium carbonation. Finishes sweet and resoundingly fruity with a lingering vinous dryness.

Overall this is a perfect example of what a Belgian Dubbel should be. It took all of my effort to not devour my half-a-glass because I really wanted to enjoy this. Is it worth the price tag, probably not. It is amazing, definitely. I have been trying to track one down for a while and when it if offered to you for free, you say F-Yes! Recommended and definitely worth tracking down as long as you don't break the bank or trade the cellar for it.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. date on cap of 18.05.14

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Murky dark brown colour with a generous amount (3 fingers) of off-white head that slowly receded to a half finger.

S - Sweet caramel, raisins, toffee, dark fruit, Belgian yeast.

T - Dark caramel, raisins, plums, figs, toffee and light orchard fruit notes. The alcohol is warming. Very complex.

M - Medium boy with a good chew. Light carbonation.

Photo of shuajw
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jayhawk73
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Major props to a BA of the highest order for sharing this bottle-Huhzubendah. Thanks Matt!

Review from notes:

Pours a dark amber/brown color w/ a beautiful two finger cocoa head. Fantastic lacing on my tulip glass, and it sticks around until I wash the glass. Fantastic for the style. Nose consists of caramel, raisin, figs, cinnamon, spice, other fruits, and yeast. Super complex nose, and constantly improving and changing. By the time this beer is fully warmed, the nose gets bumped from a 4.5 to a 5. The taste... Words can't describe the taste. It's constantly changing, swirling in a cauldron of awesomeness. The profile is similar to the nose, w/ some fresh baked bread in there for good measure. I can't think of a single thing to improve here- thus the perfect score. Feel is super silky and smooth, with different amazing things happening to your mouth as you experience this brew. Full bodied, and perfect. Overall, I was blown away by this beer. Major props to BA Huhzubendah for sharing it w/ me. Cheers!

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this at a bar in Brugges. I was excited to try it. It poured very nicely into a chalice. There was not much head, but the color was a beautiful brown, cloudy, with particles in it. It smelled sweet; plum, sugar and faint alcohol. The taste is excellent, very sweet but complex, fruit and sugar with slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was surprisingly crisp. That said it was not thin. I actually preferred this to the 12. One of the best beers I have ever had. Try it if you get a chance.

Photo of Rutager
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep brown with a little amber coming through. Two fingers of thick, creamy off-white head that painst the sides of the glass.

Smell. Caramel, rum, vanilla, and dark, dried fruits. All big and bold. A little almond and spices like nutmeg, ginger.

Taste. Raisins, rum, caramel. Just a little apple, nutmeg and ginger along with belgian yeast. Finishes quite clean and alcohol is well hidden. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability. Very nice and the best I've tried of the style. Lots going on in here and it all works well together. Glad to have tried this.

Photo of Fux
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One year old bottle poured into my Westvleteren glass (opened to celebrate the acquisition of the "Pierre d'abbaye" box!). Time for me to review this beer!

A: Dark brown in color with mahogany glints. Retains longly at 1 finger. Very appealing!

S: Very impressive for a dubbel. Lots of dark fruits in there : plums, grapes, figs. A bit phenolic also.

T: A bit of acidity on the palate. Then it is a nice blend of sweet malts, dark fruits. It is also bready and yeasty as expected from a Trappist ale. Light bitterness of the finish. The taste is very complex for a dubbel (I would rather have listed it as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale).

M: Good attack on the palate. A bit too watery. Nice carbonation.

O: A very good beer. Marked with its Trappist seal. Something between a blue Chimay and a Rochefort 10. Love it !

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4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks really nice. A tight cream head forms which really clings to the glass. Similar colour to Chimay Blue, deep brown with some golden highlights.

This actually smells pretty fresh, which I think it is. I get a remarkable amount of european spicy/herbal hop presence. Heaps of complexity, the phenolic, ester and malt profiles are all intermingled superbly. This is a very impressive smelling beer.

Balance. These guys know how to put a beer together. I can't really be bothered putting it all in to text, but the elements present here are obvious, and all come together wonderfully. It's drier than I expected, in the most wonderful way. If this is a Dubbel, this is what all other Dubbels should aim to be.

Pretty spritzy carbonation supports a lovely rich malt body. Again, just so well balanced.

Honoured to be able to try this beer. Great.

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3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color with a thin, beige head. Aroma of sugar and spice.

First taste is, well, very much like a Dr. Pepper, if Dr. Pepper was delicate, complex and even more delicious. Velvety smooth in the mouth, with hints of black cherry, green apple, toffee, some subtle spices, and biscuit. Finishes dry and crisp, and ever so slightly sweet.

Unique, complex and deeelicious.

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4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a strong light tan head. Relatively clear body with some sediment at the bottom.

S: Figs , caramel, dark plum and brandy aromas coming off the top with no problems at all. This has a lot more aroma than I had expected and for a dubbel is outstanding.

T: Strong caramel pouring off my tongue, with figs and toffee, sweet caramelized sugars and dark fruit. The aftertaste is even amazing with bold flavors that I have never tasted this strong in a dubbel. Really this impressed me above and beyond what I had expected. I really enjoyed the 12, but the 8 takes the cake for me. Much more flavorful and interesting in my opinion. The aftertaste flavors are bready, yeasty and full of caramel that is dry and candied , almost a baked cookie flavor of butter and caramel.

M: Near perfect mouthfeel. For a dubbel, it could be a little thicker, but it is hard to argue with how drinkable it is in its current state. Easily drinkable and a medium to light carbonation.

O: Hands down best dubbel out there that I have had. Glad I hauled this back with me as a single bottle from Amsterdam.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque ruby color with a creamy three-finger head. Great lacing as well.

S: A complex mix of dark fruits, spices and sweet caramel. All of the aromas complement each other brilliantly. A slight bit of alcohol comes through as it warms.

T: Incredibly complex but seamlessly constructed. Dark fruit notes up front give way to spices and malty caramel. There's a slight bit of bitterness afterwards that fades away completely on the finish. So many flavors I can't even begin to describe, but they all come together as one delicious whole.

M: Probably my favorite aspect of all of the Westvleterens I've had the privilege of trying. It has a way of delightfully tingling the whole inside of your mouth while going down silky smooth. Absolutely perfect in this respect.

D: Masterfully crafted and delicious. I really doubt I'll ever taste another dubbel this good. Obviously not the easiest beer to get, but it does not disappoint.

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 1,743 ratings.