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

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,467 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1467
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.2%


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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Boilermaker88

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Carlsbad Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival. Westy 8 was what I drew on my first spin of the Belgian Beer Wheel. Sporting an opaque brown color and a creamy vanilla head that left a patchwork of lace, Westy 8 had a nose that just begged to be tasted. Abundant doughy malt, caramel, lots of dark fruits, a touch of chocolate, and a spicy hops aroma were all rolled into one package. Initially, the taste of candy sugar and well-ripened plums were evident. The malt backbone, with a bready flavor, stood up well and added to the pleasure. Chocolate and caramel notes carried on the sweetness but as I held it and moved each sip back on the palate, a lightly peppery, vaguely clove-like spiciness became more noticeable. The feel was medium-bodied, with a nice velvety creaminess and a drying finish.
Quite enjoyable. I just sat back in the sun with the glass to my nose, taking an occasional sip and relishing each one. A wondrous dubbel that sets the standard for the style, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 20:42:33 | More by Boilermaker88
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kind of a hefty price tag but it's worth it to finally have Westy available in my area. I tried the Westy 12 almost 2 years ago by trading and didn't really have the palate to appreciate it at the time. This being the 12's little sibling maybe I should have tried this one first. Pours a deep mahogany color with a very thick and creamy light beige head. The foam actually threatened to escape the bottle immediately after opening. The aroma is a nice bouquet of fruit, spice and sweet malt. Rich bodied and on the carbonated side, with a mild blend of dark fruit, malt, caramel, spice and a hint of sweet chocolate. None of the flavors really stands out, instead it is a nice harmony of flavors. The finish is very crisp and lively on the tongue. The flavor is a little more subdued in the finish, but this is still a well-rounded and exemplary Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 19:06:00 | More by Dogbrick
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the first sip I was thinking, “This is why I love Belgian beers.”
Pours a dark, earthen brown with a dense and rocky head. The head is an off-white to tan color and produces marvelous lace.
The aroma simply bowls you away….yeast and malt, candy sugar, over-ripe fruit (apples, plums) and pine needles. Continental hops are subdues and well into the background of the smell.
The taste and mouthfeel are simply luxurious….full, sensuous maltiness. Just the right balance of alcohol and mild, subtle hops. Spice and alcohol in the mid-taste. I love how the taste seems to bring out more aromas….sip, smell and repeat through the entire glass. Finish has a lingering spiciness and is incredibly smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 01:29:52 | More by Suds
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle served at cellar temps in s St. Bernadus goblet. Bottle cap indicates a best by date of May 24, 2005.

Appearance: Murky, muddy brown liquid topped by a smallish offwhite head, which settles to a slight layer of foam after a short while.

Smell: An intriguing mix of anise and green apples largely. Some caramelized sugars kicking around, too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and candi sugars. Prominent anise flavors, some modest tart green apples as well. Dusty black pepper notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the style, with an almost characteristic cotton candy presence on the palate.

Drinkability: A rather enjoyable and well-made little brew. The anise flavors come close to overpowering the flavor profile, but thankfully back away at the last minute. I could see myself having a few more of these were it not for the pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 03:05:04 | More by ManekiNeko
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Settles a deep dark muddy brown color, pours out a softer brown with lots of brown wet dusties and chunks from off the bottom of the bottle falling into a super gorgeous tall head of cream colored girth thats thick, puffy and whipped smooth. Lacing appears in fast dripping sheets and leaves behind some larger ink blots. A very thick skim snugs the top during the entire glass.

Aroma is a bit subdued but is layered with some nice subtleties with utmost positioning yeastiness thats creating some major fresh yet dried wood characteristics upfront mixed with dirt. Very dry overall with hints of dried, even roasty, lemon, pine, and sugars.

Taste has quite a mixture of things within, mostly dryish with some moderate dry wood and dirt mostly. That levels off and intermingling nuances of dried fruits, chocolate notes, and light mild spices fill in adding interesting little delicately refined yeasty layers which all maintains one very incredible smoothness. There's just a small twinge of hops but never is it in control or ever present for long. Its squeezed in there with some of the woodish yeast tones. Overall the flavors are mellowing and mild with very subtle tones and really becomes a treat as it warms. After a while I didn't even realize I was drinking a beer, it seemed more like cold Japanese herbal tea. Smaller chocolate tones appear a wee bit more as it warms with a waffer cookie dryness. Outstanding... very smooth yet thick with a mellowing full mouthfeel and easy-on-the-palate dryness that has a nice carbonation thats not overly lively. One very well put together beer, it went from wood and earthy to slightly fruity and spicy to chocolatey and always stays dry. Quite a nice cup of a tea, I mean glass of beer.

Was able to get this nice brew courtesy of Gusler, Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 01:21:02 | More by tavernjef
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nomad

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark-ish red and brown mélange with little head and no other action. Despite the latter, the color was clear and shining, a tough feat with the darker brews.

Has a scent of graham crackers that open to a more wheaty, rough cracker smell. Abundant grapes and cherries wrapped in sugar sauce, as well as soft florals of Continental hops. Warms to deep and sweet caramelized scents, akin to maple syrup.

This beer was ever-changing through the sipping session. Obviously grape-like, with fruity flavors sliding between cherries, apple, and melon, it also showed the requisite highly-complex mash of malts. Warms to a rum-like sense of warmth and rosy-ness and a whiskey-like sense of rough grains. Slight cream flavor through out. The winning-point is in the long and stellar finish, a noble and austere ending full of almost licorice notes, the soft drying of Continental hops, and a subtly and softly melded roasted quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and with just enough carbonation.

Very easy to drink, though I think this beer needs some aging. My bottle was 6 months old and still required some settling and concentrating (felt the same way about their 12, too).

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 17:50:58 | More by nomad
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Andreji

Colombia

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at 'de bier tempel' in Brussels.

From a label-less brown bottle, with only a discrete blue cap, sint-sixtus abdij, westvleteren 8.

I'm not going to give you my ever unaccurate descriptions. rather my, uh, feelings about it-if descriptive, dont rely on them.

A proper, mysterious dark caramel pour, completely opaque; dirty with small chunks of debris within (yeast?) which are actually in order, according to guides to belgian beer. A sweet, pleasant, inviting smell to be a soft prelude to the taste. By now, its comforting bittersweet combination is savoured, and invited as tried. excellent thick body. The last sips with this debris I described are the most flavourful and pleasant. Discrete for the alcohol, very drinkable, if only for the price...

Definetly one of the best beers I have ever tried. To my luck, though, I still have the '12' on standby--not for long.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 18:12:45 | More by Andreji
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid brown with orangy-copper highlights underneath a nice thicket of beige colored head. Good lacing and healthy carbonation (I've experienced a flat bottle before, kind of a bummer when forking over $10 for one beer). Lots of protein coagulation and yeast in suspension (consistent with some trappists). Aroma is outstanding. Healthy aroma of dark candi sugar, yeast, dark fruits like candied figs and dates, expensive chocolate, hops, peat or dirt, and, strangely enough, botanical, like a humid greenhouse. It gets even more complex after that. It's rather difficult to describe the taste, a lot going on at once and in singularity. Kilned candi sugar is obvious. Cocoa, toffee, sugarplum, maple, cardboard, dark chocolate with a slight touch of anise and ginger to "round it out". Silky, effervescent and smooth. If I were rich, I'd have a stockpile of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 07:46:36 | More by crookedhalo
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 55F in a Westy silver-rimmed glass. It pours a deep and dark mahogany with a substantial beige head and some trailing, sliding and sticky lace. Sweet malt, fruit soaked in rum, hops, yeast and a mild pine scent make up the complex aroma. The lightly herbal malt features caramel and candy sugar sweetness in a rich velvety, nearly oily body. Beautiful symphonies of flavors mingle and harmonize. Ripe banana, plums, vanilla, fruitcake, coriander and cloves vie for attention within the dark rum-like warming alcohol background. Piney esters and an ever so slightly camphor astringency provide more interesting tastes. This wonderful brew pairs nicely with Molanari salami and Cabot Vintage Cheddar, and as can be imagined, any gourmet offering. Pure bliss!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 05:14:38 | More by BeerResearcher
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stingo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this knowing it is usually the top of the BA list - and now I can see why: perfect balance between the malt and hops - with a very agreeable if understated finish. The flavors are simple, clean and elegant, much like the design on the bottle. The 8% abv is very well hidden, though this ale provides a very calming, warming quality that is very agreeable. Outstanding and very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 03:28:00 | More by stingo
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rkhaze

California

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly murky amber with bits of yeast. Thick, creamy and rocky beige head. Complex aromas of sticky fruits all over the place. Brown sugar, dark rum, alcohol and that lovely tart smelling Belgian yeast.
Great flavors. Malty sweet, bready and fruity. Tasted like a dark fruitcake soaked in rum and brandy with bananas thrown in for good measure. Definite alcohol presence, but not in a bad way. Nice tart yeast to cut the richness.
Rich, full medium bodied mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable for such a rich beer this high in alcohol.
Another heavenly (sorry) libation by those monk-type people!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 06:08:08 | More by rkhaze
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AbePhroman

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was browsing my favorite store again and I saw what I had heard so much about. Never had I seen it in the store. I hoped it was the yellow cap, but it was blue. I knew I had to get it. ZING!!! $5.49 for a single 11.2oz bottle!! Oh well.

I do like the label on the bottle. Simple but elegant. Not flashy liek other brews. Didn't see a date like others did, but with this type of brew it isn't an issue. Small film of sediment on the bottom. Poured a nice brown with a tan, fizzy head.

Smelled fruity and of malt. Most definitely a yeast-like flavor in this one. Yeasty flavor prevails. There is a tinge of hops but not overwhelming at all. The 8% abv is very subdued in my opinion.

I found this beer very drinkable. Good sipping beer if you don't mind swinging the price for such a small quantity. Maybe I need to look around and find it cheaper, I certainly would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 00:29:57 | More by AbePhroman
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zerk

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy chestnut with a persistent 1 finger beige head that leaves behind patches of lace. Aroma is musty with notes of caramel, chocolate, dates, and some herbal notes. Flavor is equally complex, with a slightly sweet start, some notes of toffee, dates, chocolate, musty yeast, some unidentifiable spiciness, and a lingering herbal bitterness in the finish. Moutfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Utterly drinkable, especially considering the high ABV % of this beer. This is a true gem!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 22:11:38 | More by zerk
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BierReise

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Dated 31-01-06 This one poured cloudy and dark brown with a big frothy tan head and light lacing. The aroma is similar to the Westy12, spicy with fruit notes and a little yeast showing up as well. The mouthfeel here differs though and I found it to be more of a Tripel like mouthfeel. Very effervescent and crisp. Unfortunately this does not have the big flavors of the 12. Actually a bit bland in comparison. Still a decent ale with a good malty body and a subtle spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 01:10:49 | More by BierReise
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -18.4%
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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erica

California

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this one was incredible! Great dark red-brown/burgundy colour, very pretty. It smelled fruity and spicy- like cinnamon/nutmeg dusted apples perhaps.. It tasted a thousand times more than it smelled. I looked at my boyfriend and said with wide eyes it's like those red spiced apple rings! But better! That is the best way I could describe the taste- red spiced apple rings. Mouthfeel was perfect and drinkability is therefore great. I can't wait til I can afford to get this again.... yes I only bought 1 bottle but it's still a bit too pricy to get too often. For now the experience lingers in my mind....

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 14:29:07 | More by erica
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beerguy101

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color. Medium white head. Aroma is malty, bananas and bready yeasts. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and complex; oranges, plums and banana flavors compete with bready yeasts. Rich complex flavor. Very smooth. The flavors improve and the beers mellow as it warms. It much better at 68 degrees that 58. This is a nice beer, very drinkable. But the 12 is so...much better. Very drinkable and worth trying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 06:28:15 | More by beerguy101
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Realale

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich brown with ruby undertones. Slight light beige incomplete head.

Nose is stunning. Bready with some slightly biscuity malt support an incredible array of candied fruit (cherry, lime, raisin, prune) and rum/spirity notes.

Great flavor. Very fruity and complex all supported by wonderful malt. Well-balanced, not remotely cloying, and showing no alcohol. Very long finish.

Carbonation is excellent, cutting through the richness without becoming obtrusive. Imminently drinkable, but worthy of deliberation and contemplation.

All other Trappist offerings fail in comparison to this one for me. Brilliant beer and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 16:46:10 | More by Realale
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Hex92

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With my first few sips of this beer I was not too impressed. But I let it sit for a few minutes and warm up some. Truly an amazing beer. Very dark brown beer with a good head but no lacing. Not as many different flavors as say the Maredsous 8, but whats there is better. Excellent mouthfeel and very drinkable. I think this may be my favorite dubbel. I'm glad I bought two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 03:30:59 | More by Hex92
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freed

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Elemental for getting this one for me.

Pours a deep mahogany with the slightest ruby tints when held to the light. Amazing head made of smallish to medium sized bubbles that are cream colored. Head lasts all the way through the beer, but no lacing belies this.

Aroma is that of a single malt distiller. Rough, musty timber, warm peat, and sour tang of the distiller's feet. Entering the mouth, its almost creamy. Smooth sensation then follows with sweetness and tartness of a fruit, but mouth fills with the body of malt. The expansive feeling in my mouth is quite amazing. The carbonation, alcohol, and body all make for a full experience. The mouth is left dry and sweet, and definitely ready for another sip. My own sense of duty must override my mouth's desire for more. I've managed to make this last for 45 minutes though, and its just getting better.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 03:56:05 | More by freed
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i want more of this stuff...now. luckily, a local store had a handful in stock. i'll have to make it an out of stock item for them tomorrow. this beer is, quite simply, amazing. it pours a dark dark amber/brown colour with a medium tan head that dissolves rather quickly. the smell just blew me away. it sort of reminded me of a red wine, with a grapey/fruit quality to it. this is apparent in the taste as well, and there is some earthiness here along with some tart and some sweetness, all intermingling with a bit of butter flavouring. wow. smooth as hell and easy to drink. the alcohol is apparent but not intrusive here. just an exceptional beer all around. search everywhere for this one if you have to.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 03:36:12 | More by guinness33
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2004
A bready, yeasty aroma emanates from my glass as I pour this murky dark brown beer. It is topped by a thin light brown head. The aroma has a typically Belgian spicy (pepper), aroma with a hint of alcohol, and dark fruit (raisin being dominant). There is a hint of rum in the nose as well. The taste is dry, dusty and spicy. The fruit character is almost non-existant. As the beer warms up, a bit of sweetness becomes apparent. This beer seems very musty and dusty, for some reason. Quite complex, with some interesting spiciness that is all over the place; notes of pepper, clove, cummin, cardamom, and all spice. I actually like this quite a bit, though it really needs to be served on the warm side of cool to really shined.

Sampled Spring 2001
The offering smelled of dark candied malt accompanied by an appropriately dark brown color. It tasted quite good, sweetish with complex notes of malt and caramel. There was an intricate aftertaste that was complemented by a bitterness that was not from hops, but coated all 360° of the back of my mouth. The bottle, in a tasteful way that ran counter to modern commercial methods, was completely bare except for the bottle cap, which designated the brewery and the title 8°.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:33:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Westy ever, at the Kulminator in Antwerp!

Appearance: A dark brown pour with a very rich looking tan head.

Smell: I fund the nose to have a suprising tartness to it and light woody notes. There are hints of spice and unsweetened chocolate here as well.

Taste: Now this is what i was waiting for! A lovely creamy, rich body with wonderful sweetness and complexity. Hints of cocolate, black licorice and caramel reign supreme. Underlying spice gives the beer an extra kick.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich. A full and satisfying beer.

Drinkability: How about all the time?! Fantastic beer with great complexity and great dinkability. This is what brewing is all about.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 14:28:23 | More by Popsinc
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To date the most interesting and tasty beer I've had. This has everything in the right place for the style-how would/could it be better-only if it were more readily available. The beer pours a massive head in which underneath lies a very dark brownish red life substaining beverage. Aromas are at once complex, inviting and very unique. The beer is richly malty, yet softly fruity at the same time. The balace here is perfect! In the mouth a triumph of complexity! Rich and malty with deep roasted flavors followed by mildly assertive bitterness. Extremely subtle fruitiness comes enveloped in flavors the finest bitter chocolate. The alcohol, while strong is so well integrated you hardly know it's there...until all the sudden you do! This may be better consumed in a soup bowl..it'll last longer! This is like drinking a beer version of Chateau Margaux ! A real treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 02:55:18 | More by moulefrite
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: An unlabelled brown 33cl bottle, that wangled its way Westward directly from the St.Sixtus Abdij. Without a label, all of the important information is contained on a black crown cap with a silver center that has a computer inked 15-04-06, seems like I’m early for the party again. Dark blue lettering states “Trappist Westvleteren 8, Bier Cat.S, Alc. 8% Vol.”. Classically understated.

Appearance: Dark brown, lots of streamers fill the glass at first, they continue throughout the drink. Beige head looks fucking impressive, rocky at first, it settles slowly to an even smooth silky mass that leaves an intricate looking lace. An impeccable appearance that is very hard to fault. Superb conditioning.

Nose: Incredible that such a fantastic rainbow of odors can come from just one glass. Molasses and brown sugars are immediately detected. Malts are there on closer inspection. Dark fruits, raisins, dates, rum and figs are all there when you concentrate harder. Chocolate, toffee and other dark fruits may well be in my imagination – or is it just the fact that I am awe struck.

Taste: I am never ever failed to be anything but totally impressed by this beer. I always take the 12 when offered the choice. Sadly this means I constantly forget just how damn good this bloody beer is. The beer delivers all of the flavors the nose offers up for purchase, but the way they are skillfully blended must be every brewers dream to achieve or replicate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, rich and sinful. Other beers are mere 2-stroke engines when compared to this beautifully engineered, smooth powerful V12 engine. Put the foot down on this one and you will not be disappointed by its road handling.

Drinkability: Quite simply, Exceptional.

Overall: On its day, or maybe with some aging, this is equally as impressive as the Westie 12. I just wish the experience would last forever. This beer certainly lives up to the hype. DO NOT let this one pass if you see it, and whatever you pay for it – it is well worth the money.

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the Very Best Beers available in the World today.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 07:57:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.