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

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1,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,725
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 1,232
Gots: 270 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

birdsellam, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

JonnyBeers, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

mjacquard, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

mcintire78, Jan 07, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer poured a deep purple with a two-finger head that dissipated into a thin white foam.

S: Exquisite grape and dark fruit, some fruity phenolic character and a tiny touch of spice.

T/M: Incredible dark fruit and grape flavor with very low alcohol presence. The beer starts with a light bitterness and carbonation bite, followed by the dark fruit/malt flavor, and morphs into more complex drying fruit notes from the yeast. Very low phenolic astringency, the yeast blends into the flavor profile perfectly.

Overall: Extraordinary, one of the best belgian beer I have laid my hands on. I thought that all of the westy beers were just hype machines, but this is just magnificent, I cannot imagine that Westy 12 is any better.

Siriusfisherman, Jan 03, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian (msubulldog) for throwing this in as an extra!

2006 vintage, consumed Dec., 2012, shared at Funky Buddha, Boca Raton, FL.

Dark mahogany color, with a small tan head that retained as a thin layer, and left a little lacing on the glass. Absolutely loved the aroma on this. Rich scents of sweet raisins, figs, caramel malts, brown sugar, Belgian yeast. Super smooth. I almost want to give it a 5.0. The taste reflects the nose, dried dark fruits, mingled with smooth malt sweetness, dark sugars, a touch of cocoa, and a mellow but ubiquitous booziness throughout the session. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Complex and well-crafted.

Rifugium, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

PaulandSandra, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Paulkasykes30, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

LostTraveler, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

TrevorWGrover, Dec 27, 2012
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Avangion, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ChayDudeTheYounger, Dec 22, 2012
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jmtpi, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Balz360, Dec 20, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 33 cl bottle bought in Brussels.

A - A dark brown color with some red or even burgundy highlights when held to light. Slightly cloudy. Sediment in bottle got stirred during the pour and seems to contribute to the cloudiness. Head is tan and piled 4-5 cm high initially. Faded to a thin layer and big beefy ring around the glass. Serious lacing.

S - Beautiful aroma. Bready malt, molasses, raisins, and brandy-like alcohol jump out and dominate. There is a bit of spice in the background that adds complexity. There is a minty/medicinal note (could be from hops) that lightens the aroma and keeps it from giving a cloying impression.

T - The taste is well balanced and complex, but not as complex as the aroma. The warm, bready malt balances against the minty/medicinal hops flavor. Additional flavors like licorice, alcohol and dried fruits run around the edges, but the finish is dry and does not linger.

M - Medium body. Prickly carbonation lightens the mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is well-hidden. Hop bitterness is present but not overt. Some sweetness coats the mouth and offsets the generally dry finish.

O - Overall, this is an outstanding beer. No flaws. Every aspect is appealing. If I had a wish, it would be for a bit more body and complexity, but now I'm splitting hairs.

Radome, Dec 18, 2012
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Scamboogery, Dec 16, 2012
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Hanzo, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 1,725 ratings.