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

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1,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 1,215
Gots: 256 | FT: 15
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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CJS, Oct 28, 2012
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dannyancient, Oct 23, 2012
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Caterwaul, Oct 22, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to great BA Brabander for this beauty. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very pretty clean, clear mahogany color with an inch of khaki head that had good retention but no lacing.

The aroma had good rich malts, earthy grains, and a nice yeast scent that had just a bit of spiciness. The flavors were the same, just better defined and clearer. The grains gave a solid foundation, the malts were a nice counter-point to the spice, and everything blended together very nicely.

The body was crisp, full and smooth. Drinkability was excellent, this would be the rare beer where I would want a large format bottle all to myself. Overall, a great beer. Worth whatever it takes to get your hands on.

beertunes, Oct 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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djcira, Oct 21, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer is a very dark red, rather brown. Moderately-sized beige head. Very good retention- head never leaves totally.

Smell is big. Very vinous. Raisin, grape, prune, brown sugar and sweet bready malt. Fruit scents are shockingly big.

Huge sweet fruit flavours: grape, raisin and prune. Brown sugar. Nice, soft bready malt flavours. Belgian yeast. Seriously good.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Really a shockingly good mouthfeel, just lovely.

Overall, just terrific. Truly a remarkable beer. Definitely lives up to expectations. I basically assumed the beer would be good but a bit of a letdown, and it was not in the slightest!

jrenihan, Oct 19, 2012
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1993Heel, Oct 18, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappist Westvleteren 8 is a clean, dry and simple dubbel. I don't taste all the complexity that everyone else on this page raves about.

A: Dark brown colur and a big 2 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast as well as a little sourness. Not a strong aroma. 4

T: Malty but quite dry with some subtle dried fruit flavour. There is some dry toasty malt in the finish and the alcohol is quite noticeable. I also taste some metallic flavours but I may be confused by the dryness and the alcohol. It's a clean pleasant beer but I didn't find it very complex. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Oct 18, 2012
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cleonile2000, Oct 07, 2012
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markgoodman10, Oct 02, 2012
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sbrotschul, Sep 30, 2012
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InspectorBob, Sep 27, 2012
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kjyost, Sep 22, 2012
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Hophead717, Sep 21, 2012
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Mark000, Sep 20, 2012
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RBee, Sep 19, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Trappist Westvleteren 8 (aka Westy 8) from the monks of Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) out of Belgium.
Score: 97

"Best by" 11/30/14 according to the bottle cap. Served in a Westy 12 chalice and enjoyed on 09/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate color with some yellowish-brown color atop and mild ruby highlights at the bottom. There is excellent color depth and fade to the body of this beer, which wine aficionados should appreciate.. Pours a half finger of tan head that settles to a thin layer. Good lacing and average retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Slighty "fruity" yeast, caramel, figs and apples and a little chocolate. Some spice, a "nutty" maltiness, and a hint of brown sugar. Just a hint of alcohol esters too. 4.5/5

Taste: Figs, musty caramel malt and a hint of raw cocoa bean flavor. There is a smooth weizenbock-like banana-y yeast flavor on the center of the tongue throughout, and it lightly lingers. Unlike what the nose hints, there is no "fruitiness" to the taste really -- maybe faintly as the beer warms up. Instead, there is a dried dark fruit flavor here -- primarily figs, but a little date flavor too. Westy 8 beer is not sweet at all -- instead, it is possesses a very balanced, nuanced and drinkable maltiness. There's a very faint alcohol warmth on the sides of tongue, but no boozy flavor whatsoever. What an incredibly and carefully crafted beer! I am sure there are plenty of nuances that I just cannot pick out here. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, and perfectly carbonated. Very creamy, slick mouthfeel. Malty, but balanced. 5/5

Overall: Easily my favorite dubbel. Call me crazy, but, at least relatively fresh, I prefer this one to Westy 12. This is such an amazing malt-dominant beer that has so much subtle complexity. I wish I had a consistent line on this stuff, cause believe me, there would always be a few of these in my fridge.

Recommendation: Seek this one out. It's at least as good as Westy 12, but without all the fanfare.

Pairings: The Mustard Seed Cafe's harvest panini (a turkey sandwich on zucchini bread with provolone cheese, slices of apples and cranberry sauce).

Cost: $12 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

jegross2, Sep 18, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
99 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.