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

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777 Reviews
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Reviews: 777
Hads: 1,870
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 1,315
Gots: 335 | FT: 26
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to attempt to not fawn over this beer in the review but let me just say wow. This is amazing stuff.

Appearance is the weak point, and even here I am nitpicking. Pours a murky brown with creamy brown head.

Smell.. Wait, did I open a lambic by mistake? Sweet and fruity, incredibly appetizing.

Taste-I am blown away. In no way are these overrated. Hard to detect alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel- just right amount of carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability- I'd drink nothing but if they weren't so difficult to come by. (535 characters)

Photo of loobear
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cinnamon-sugar colored head. Almost completely opaque, cloudy with an almond skin color.

S - For the record, I could smell this beer from two feet away. Sweet with a little spice with lots of malt. Rich.

T - Very similar to the twelve especially in the mouthfeel. Not quite as intense in flavor but by far the best dubbel I've had.

M - Not as dry as the 12 but still a faint dryness lingers in the finish and aftertaste. Westvleteren beers have the best mouthfeel I've ever encountered. Perfect balance that compliments the flavors on all three.

O - Another mind blowing beer from Westvleteren. (606 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe that this has held up to the legendary status surrounding it. Best before date on the cap read,"18-02-09". It poured about like any other dubbel. It appeared very slightly cloudy reddish rusty brown colour with a monster khaki coloured head. Craggy, pitted foam left lots of sticky lacing on the edges of my Konings Hoeven goblet. The smell? Unimaginable! Spice, banana bread, cherries, pumpkin pie, pizza dough. Absolutely amazing, and it didn't stop there as much of this carried over to the taste, as well. Lots of fruit on the palate, as well as yeasty dough. The mouthfeel was almost velvety as this silky dubel washes over your tongue and down the back of your throat. I don't want to say that it seemed oily, as that would sound offensive, but that is how easily and gracefully it seemed to glide about my mouth as I savoured and swallowed each sip. Even at 8% and to be a dubbel, I'm quite sure that I could have 3 of these in a sitting. I was a bit skeptical at first as to whether or not this legendary ale would live up to all it has become through all the hype surrounding it. I think the answer to that question is certainly "yes". (1,154 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle with 12.02.12 on the cap. poured into the silver-rimmed Westvleteren chalice, naturally.

A - oh man, here it goes! the bottle pours perfectly into the glass, giving a 1.5 finger head, maybe two; either way the whole bottle fits perfectly. the head starts out big and pretty surely goes down to a .75 finger amount in the first minute. the color is purely off white, nowhere near a richness of cream. the head eventually settles down to a thin layer across the whole top of the beer, as is expected.full dark brown colour, completely opaque. no reds or anything else, this beer is a solid dark brown. I can find no fault with this dubbel except for the lack of lace, and the eventual rarefaction of the head down to a threadbare covering.

S - this beer isnt even really that warm yet and the aromas coming off of it are so extraordinary. sweet apples and malts, yeast, and a pinch of spice. and the nose is strong too! there is no searching for notes with this beer, they come right out and present themselves. the top notes are spice and apples, like a baked apples kind of smell where they just blend perfectly. what makes this level excelent is that the beer knows when to limit itself on sweetness and fruitiness, not going into the belgian dark regions. the midground is like a light vanilla. the bottom is a slight malty sweetness, along the lines of a sweetness found in brandy. what makes this so amazing is that not only is the nose extremely complex, with many variations on what seem to be one note, but you can clearly smell all of them; its strong enough to even satify me.

T - wow, this is amazing. the whole taste is floral, a bit ashen, and malty. such complex flavours all coming in at once, and fading into this slightly sweet oblivion. the identity of this beer as a single entity is flawless: all of it comes togather. the initial tastes are quite yeasty, and a bit wooden. then come the other flavours: herbals, some bitterness, and a raisin/prune boozy concoction. the alcohol warms the back of the throat with the raisin flavour. the finish is a bit elusive, but there is this slightly ashy, almost like tobacco flavour that quickly comes in and out; almost like a faded out latakia blend, no where as strong as nightcap. the malts make their presence here: big sweet burst followed by some yeast mustiness. the aftertaste is great
fruity sweet followed coupled with a bit of hoppy bitterness, almost like granny smith apple skin, but not as tart. the whole eventually fades out into a fuji apple like sweetness. the only thing I do not like abut the taste of this beer are the flavours I find to not be characteristic with this style: i have never experienced an ashen or wood-like character in a dubbel. I am going to attribute this to my inexperience, and simply assign them to being facets of the complexity of this brew.

MF&D - how do you describe a perfect dubbel? the feel is perfect: perfect small, crisp carbonation combine with the ample body to make a completely chewy and creamy experience. the beer is so incredibly creamy from the carbonation, and the body, coupled with the carbonation makes this rich chewy kind of feeling. simply superb! needless to say, I would drink this anytime with anything. I just cant wait to see what the 12 has in store! (3,296 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cap dated 15.08.10

Big up to Doc Seamus for the share. Nothing like a great beer on a nice spring day.

A: Pours a dark slightly hazy cola like color. Tons of lacing and off white head.

S: Tons of everything. Malt. Grapes big time. Belgian candy sugar. Wow really nice.

T: Simply incredible. This is the definition of dark fruits. So much you cannot even comprehend it.

M: Sooo smooth. Incredible body. Amazing mouthfeel.

D: I could drink this all day. Every taste is distinct and not dominating. So incredibly complex. What else can be said....

Update: Did a mini vertical of this. A 99 06 and 07. The 99 blew the other away. It was like a really good sherry and made the other seems boozy which they were not. Definately worth holding on to for a year or two. Or 9. (775 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive been staring this one down for quite some time, and this is only a lead up to the 12! Not the biggest fan of Dubbels, but I hope this turns it around. best by 1 19 13.

Pour is a very murky and opaque brown. small carbonation and really little head.

Smells sweet dark fruits (raisins and plums), candied bronw sugar, and even more plums. Hints of Belgian esters and yeast muddled in the background.

The taste is, just wow. Definitely the best Dubbel Ive had. Very thick doughy malt, and a nice dose of brown sugar and molasses. Syrupy and sweet, yet dry and balanced from the 2 years of aging. I think the balance is astounding, honestly. Nice accents of Belgian Yeast esters floating around in the background.

Its way too drinkable, and Im not normally a huge fan of overly sweet beers. This thing just keeps so many complex flavors in check and balance. Everything is such moderation, yet every single flavor still shines. Mainly, the brown sugar and doughy roasted malt come to the front, but I really like how the molasses comes in and dries out what could be an overly sweet beer.

I love this beer, and would drink it if it werent so freaking expensive. (1,167 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma of apples and peaches, same dark brown color as the 12, but smooth and fruity. No alcoohol burn to be noticed. Acompanied with the apple tart...a mix made in heaven! (171 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing appearance: a perfect dense and fine brown head that fades into a nice thin collar. The body is of an intense dark brown color. A nice smoky aroma. Very yeasty, the smell reminded me of some fresh cereal bread. Very nice.
The taste develops the very enjoyable bread aspect that appeared in the smell: the bread just melts in the mouth. Dark malts create a great flavor, which has some light raisin and winy notes, and maybe a hint of licorice. The hops are hidden and take time to appear. They combine harmoniously with the malts to create a very full, round and complex mouthfeel: thick but not chewy, hoppy but not bitter. Such a pleasure in the mouth. (663 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (2,137 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cap dated 12.06.05, this bottle is 3 years 11 months old. It was imported by D&V and bought by me in Q3 2002. I remember tasting bottles of this same-dated batch beer (as well as a batch of westv.12) when I bought them and they were quite unorganized in taste with limited complexity, but, as the seller advised upon inquiry, they would mature fabulously with time.

Pours lively 30% head in a rochefort chalice, surprising. Immediately yeasty bready odors permeate, along with something somewhat syrupy, and this is at 2 feet from the glass. Close nose is very bready and sweet, similar but not as deep as the 12.

Taste is sweet at first, then carries a curious bittersweet undernote which reminds me of something i will put in here later if i remember it. The sensation is similar to licorice, but far less pronounced. The breadyness dissapates into the finish. Having had the 12 last night it does seem a diminished version of that beer, but this beer is magnitudes beyond most things out there claiming to resemble it. It is the master of the style and probably several other categories.

As with the 12, there is almost a glow or permeating tingling in the mouth when I drink this, I have found this typical of westvleteren beers more than a year or so old and occasionally have found in very old bottle-conditioned beers (recent example King and Barnes 1994 christmas ale, though that beer did not taste great).

I think the only comparable beer per style in quality at this age is Rochefort 8. It is a masterpiece and should be bought on sight. (1,560 characters)

Photo of ddarden
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml Bottle best by date 8/28/2006 pulled from the back of my cellar. I had six of these that were purchased in late 2004 and this is the last one.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice...deep chestnut with yeasties floating everywhere. Nice tight bubbles crawl up the side and form a nice off white head. The smell is somewhat subdued, but gives off hints of malt, yeast, candi sugar, cherry and slight lemon zest.

This is by far the best dubbel on the market. The taste is very complex with cherries, grain, chocolate and ends with a lemon zest that gives it a most refreshing flavor. All of the hops have faded away at this point, but the beer has held up very well after close to four years. The alcohol comes in at the very end of this beer in a most pleasant way. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and the flavors really coat the entire mouth.

Drinkability is about as perfect as a beer gets. This without a doubt is one of my favorite beers. Truly world class. I have had the 12 on two occasions and still think I prefer the 8. I will truly miss having this beer on hand. (1,081 characters)

Photo of ndolover
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle date: 26.09.11

Upon opening: gusher! I believed this affected the overall carbonation.

A: Creamy white head sits atop a brown colored beer with ruby highlights. Similar to coca cola.

S: malty backbone of fruit breads, redolent of figs, raisons, and banana. Some rum type sugar notes, with some citrus notes. No hop aroma to speak of

T: Upfront dark fruit: raisons, figs with banana showing through as it warms. Love the understated bread notes playing with the dark fruits.

M: Some alcohol notes, but not fusels. medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, and no real stringency

O: Complex, but very drinkable. Lots of different flavors that are well balanced. Best Dubbel I have ever had and I could drink a 6 pack if I wanted to crappie flop all over the place as the alcohol is quite high! Get this beer! (812 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

shared this bottle with squaremile

bottle date: 09.08.11 (bottled 8/9/08)

appearance - dark brown with lingering lacing

nose - apple, dates, dark and complex fruit

taste - pronounced sugar, complex fig/date/dark fruits, very subtle and mature complexity, most likely from the aging of the bottle

mouthfeel - light and whipped, smooth

drinkability - goes down smooth and easy (380 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice, Date on bottle is 29.09.09, bottled in 2006. Having in celebration of finishing college!

pours a nice dark brown that's very opaque with a nice thick ad creamy head that's light brown with some very smooth lacing. Still a bit of sediment even on a careful pour but not bad. Nose is really nice, very warming and clean, lots of nuts and bready yeast here.

Honestly, I can't find a flaw with this. It is so smooth, crisp and warming, the 8% has a slight warming but it's really not harsh at all. There's a light after taste that's nice and pleasant. I'd say this is a Dubbel to perfection.

As amazing as Westy 12 is, I would have to say I enjoy this a bit more due simply to the fact that it's more drinkable. (759 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a dark raspberry red. With a light tan head that dissapated fast. No lacing in my bottle.

Smells wonderful. Raisins, spices, carmelized sugar and their special yeast strain.

Taste is wonderful. Tastes just how it smells. The best part is the candy sugar and the yeast strain they use. Very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style and in the true tradition.

Everyone should try this beer. I will always try to keep one if these around for a special treat every once in a while. (531 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBE on the cap is not perfectly readable, however both month & year of expiration are imprinted clearly enough saying 02. 2011. Assuming that the beer has been bottled 3 years prior to declared expiration date as is the case with 12, it belongs to 2008 vintage and is roughly 2 yrs old by now. Pouring into Rochefort chalice produces tan head transforming itself into thin lacy cap that lasts. Dark coppery brown with dark floaties of yeast.
Almost palpable aromas of sour cherries, dark brown sugar reach on molasses and all kind of berries powdered with cocoa or grated milk chocolate. The flavor profile consists of milk chocolate ice cream with sour cherries & berries and subtle touch of hoppy bitterness that is prolonged into lingering mild bitter aftertaste. Silky smooth, medium bodied nectar with absolutely no alcohol detectable. The smoothest, silkiest beer I've ever tasted. Perhaps less diversity in aroma/flavor profile than12, without evident vinous component and a bit more pronounced hoppiness, but nevertheless equally good as the big brother. (1,062 characters)

Photo of chrisgalvin
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

See my review of the 12.

I dropped some cash and purchased some of this from a reputably shop online and was really happy with my purchase. Some could say that it was a bucket list next to actually visting the brewery to buy my own case. Nice appearance with a bit of suspended yeast, malty malty taste and minimal hops. Truly a great beer from the "Westy Lads..."

I prefer the 8 to the 12 purely on my own palate. Both are truly fantastic beers. (450 characters)

Photo of elvisnj
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Did some work for a guy in Belgium who sent me all 3 of the Westvleteren beers. This was the first one I opened.

Pours out medium head into my generic Belgian beer glass (almost a wine glass). Not alot of head, but just fine. Retains slight coating all the way to finish. Poured almost all the way before I stopped for the yeast.

Dark beer with hint of ruby. Beautiful nose. Is that cola I smell? Taste is cherrys and brown sugar. Definitely a cola thing going on in the flavor as well as the nose, but this is no cherry cola. So smooth its unreal. Not a single hint of alcohol in this despite its 8%.

Great mouth feel. Not thick at all yet creamy still. Distinct as hell. I have never tasted a beer quite like it. Despite an attempt to savor this beer slowly, its gone before I know it.

I put this beer in a category of its own. Its a winner and clearly a champion. (873 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Cooperrip for this bottle. Xmas gift in '05, just drinking it now.
Best by date of 10/10/06 stamped on bottlecap. I'm not sure how old the bottle is, but judging by the date, it's got a few years on it.

Poured into my Trappist Rochefort chalace at slight cooler than cellar temp.

Large head of HUGE bubbles, tan, thick. Good retention. Head fades eventually to a nice ring of lace.
Burnished brown color. Slightly hazy. Almost the exact color of the bottle it was just released from. Thin layer of carbonation bubbles fill the bottom of the chalace. Layer of sediment forms towards the bottom as well. Yes I poured the yeast. I wanted to taste the ENTIRE offering.

Where do I start with the smell? Fresh baked shortbread cookies, candy sugar, malt, slight cherry mustiness, deep fruity sweetness, some yeast aroma. Can't discern any hops character in the nose. Slight alcohol aroma, but only after twirling the chalace roughly.
Now for the taste. Chocolatey, deep bread flavors, figs, malty, some nut-bitterness towards the back of the tongue.
Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Oh so drinkable.
Creamy, luscious, delicious. Yes, delicioius. A very broad word used to describe something. Very few things in life can simply be described as delicious. This is one of those special things. (1,322 characters)

Photo of ken3c
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown with a tan lumpy head with darker brown patches in the foam. Intense lacing.

The aroma of berries rise from the glass.

My neighbors, when I was 8, had an old mulberry tree growing through a fence. We would climb the fence to reach the biggest darkest juiciest berries. I've never tasted anything quite as good until now. There is a pleasant bitterness near the end and the finish is dry and too short but then, anything short of forever would be too short.

Very foamy with champagne-like carbonation feel. Very warming.

I love it. (558 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle aged for a least 1 year.
Nose of bread dough with a earthiness and a vanilla/caramel sweetness were noted.

A nice red brown with a frothy head and great lacing.
Medium sweetness with vanilla and cookie dough with some nice earthy notes.

This is very nice beer that is easy on the palate and I could drink a lot more of if it were more available. (357 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unlabeled bottle with a best before date of 28.10.07 ink jetted across the cap. Acquired via trade and decanted into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Mahogany with slightt red edges. Tall billowing head of light tan that just sits there and slowly falls into a rocky landscape. Thick webby tendrils of lace are left in its wake.

The nose brings those wonderful aromas of freshly baked fruit cake made with cherries and plums that I love so much. A little bit of damp earth that reminds me of a my Grandma's old cellar in Ohio that I used to play in as a kid. A ghost of alcohol hangs in the back. Not as intense as the 12, but I love it.

Full mouth with just the right tingle from the carbonation that finishes clean.

The dark fruit flavors are upfront and everything flows just like the nose promised. The spices and earthy dough are all perfectly blended and the alcohol is there but it fits in so well that you have to really search for it to find it. Peppery finish that holds on to the plums and lingers pleasntly.

With everything this beer has going for it, the drinkablity is a five. No doubt about that. Again, I'm in awe of what the brothers can do. (1,160 characters)

Photo of stemcell001
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this bottle in my cellar for nearly a year after it was sent to me from abroad. It poured a fairly dark, hazy brown with a light tan head. The head dissipated a little but held a nice thin covering even after a few sips. The smell is amazing, rich aroma of dark fruits, malt and some hops. At first the taste hits with sweet caramel and dark fruit (raisin, fig?) and then some slight sting of alcohol that fades into gentle bread malts. I had to stop myself from drinking it too fast because I wanted to drink it down in one gulp it was that delicious. Even the the belching that followed tasted delightful. (613 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review number 150. I have enjoyed several of these prior to this one, and have traded numerous others. I have to give a great big shout out to Regine' my boy in Belgium who continues to send these babies across the pond for me to enjoy, and more importantly to share with my BA buds. On to the review!

A: It pours a rich deep dark brown color with tons of carbonation. A head builds and recedes. There is no lacing, but some yummy sediment in the bottom of my Westvleteren Chalice. (Compliments of Regine)

S: Wonderful aromas waft from the glass. Tons of deep dark fruits. Plum, raison and figs stand out front. They are matched with a wonderful sweetness. I detect brown sugar, caramel, and buttered toffee. The last time I smelled such wonderful aromas was a child at the county fair.

T: It's Westvleteren, and despite the detractors, this one is heavenly. This beer is so rich and creamy. The flavors are bold yet married wonderfully. The dark fruits are noted in the taste as is the buttered toffee. I also pick up hints of vanilla and a touch of dark cocoa. This beer is as good as advertised and worth every dollar I spend on it.

M: Bold, Rich, and Creamy. A true Masterpiece.

D: So drinkable. The cost prohibits drinking too many of these at a time, but I have been known to drink two in a sitting.

Overall: What can I say, this beer truly is a work of god. The Monks of Westvleteren make wonderful hand crafted old world beers. I am honored each and every time I drink one.

This beer is fitting of the honor of #150. Can't wait for #200 when I will review the ABYSS!!!! (1,584 characters)

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
99 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.