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

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 1,259
Gots: 286 | FT: 17
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wooha, the good stuff! What can be said about the worlds best dubble (according to hundreds of BAs) that hasnt allready been said. What strikes me is the softness and smoothness of the mouthfeel. The subtleness of the cocoa and powdered sugar in the nose. The classic and impressive sheets of lace. The complexity of the flavor profile. The layers of flavors. Vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, rum, dark berries etc. Alot going on here. Buy this stuff. Enjoy

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in colour, with excellent lasting head, lace could have been better. One of the best aromas in any beer, fruit, plums chocolate, evem coriander or nutmeg or somethin'. Tasty stuff, sweetish, chalky, bit of pudding, bit of chocolate, bit of candy sugar, just a lighter version of the 12, dangerously easy to drink, full flavour profile aswell, quite unique, but doesn't compare to the 12.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remove the blue capped one from the back of the fridge and let it warm for 15 minutes or so prior to opening. Maybe a year old I know it knows its competition better than I. The Prior and the Pater, from just across the way at St. Bernardus. The history may be storied but I wasn't there for it, so I seek the state of the present, and as for Dubbels that is where my allegiance lies.

I pour the #8 into a large wine glass from its 330 ml. Trappistenbier bottle. Pours with a rambunctious cap of foam and shows a medium brown with a fairly clear ruby in the light. Shows strong retention and some sticky lacing.

Aroma of yeast along with light fruit and caramel. Light yet complex and never overwhelming. Such a contrast to many American Dubbels that simply try to overwhelm. Quite similar to St. Bernardus and well attenuated. Warms to offer more complex notes.

Nice flavor, unobtrusive and yet delivering a multitude as for nuance on the finish. Feel is lingering but never sweet. Lightly coarse yet dry and showing just a hint of alcohol throughout. Touch creamy with warming, quite nice, and gladly the word cloying is not even in my vocabulary tonight.

I'll have to call it a tie for now with Prior 8.

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