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

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.47 | pDev: 8.05%
Apr 17, 2022
Jun 03, 2001
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a firm burgundy color with a little haze to the transparency. A little protein build up floats in the glass. The first 3/4 of the bottle was poured into the glass for this review, with more sediment in the final quarter. Head is three fingers of off-white foam, which retains well. Aroma is sticky caramel, toffee, raisins, and bread pudding. A little yeast spice counters the initial sugary notes, with bready, caramely, light earthy malts firming up the whole thing. Clove adds a bit of herbal bite to the mid-section. Flavor profile is raisins, toffee, molasses, cinnamon, and almonds. Spicy yeast esters work well with bready, caramely, earthy malts to balance out the initial sugary notes, without smothering them out. In total, it has a hearty bread pudding taste without being over zealous in sweetness. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a soft, expansive effervescence that seems to feel bigger at the end than the start. This effect helps create a comforting, full feeling. Overall, some great malt and flavor undertones in both nose and taste. A comfortable blanket of a beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 33cl bottle.

Apr 17, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by draheim from Washington

330mL bottle (best by 10/23/2019, so bottled 10/23/2016) into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany with minimal head, lots of tiny floaties suspended throughout, steady carbonation rising to the surface.

Aroma is bready and sweet with notes of figs and dates, candi sugar, caramel. Delicate and nicely balanced.

Taste is likewise bready, balanced, and complex. One thing that stands out here, that I often don’t notice, is the quality of the water—clean and refreshing with a subtle mineral quality, like a cold spring. Caramel, dark stone fruits, Belgian yeast. Some vaguely wintery spice and subtle Old World hops.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp, just right.

Overall, and not surprisingly, we have here a truly excellent, world-class dubbel. Maybe one of the best ones I’ve ever had.

Apr 08, 2022
4.45 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 26, 2022
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 03, 2022
4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a deep, dark brown coloration with a medium, fluffy, lasting head. Smells of slightly roasted, bready, caramel malt and estery fruit and spice, with just a hint of dark fruit and chocolate also coming through. Taste is an excellent balance of slightly roasted, bready, caramel malt, chocolate and dark and estery fruit and spice, with notes of raisin, fig, banana, clove and allspice, as well as hints of licorice and herbal, bitter hops. Finishes bittersweet, with notes of estery fruity and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

This actually feels very close to their Quadrupel for me, except maybe being not quite as rich, a little more carbonated and just a tad more roasted and bitter. For my personal taste, I probaly prefer it, to be honest. Still, without being quite worth its secondary price, this makes for a very impressive Dubbel that just stands slightly above offering such as Westmalle, St. Bernadus and Chimay due to its richness, balance and above all body and mouthfeel, with the estery character really standing out here.

Jan 29, 2022
4.49 by Piffler from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
4.92 by Mojo9 from Illinois on Dec 30, 2021
4.48 by tux_alin from Romania on Dec 25, 2021
4.33 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 15, 2021
4.63 by Hawkfish from Washington on Nov 07, 2021
4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Sep 30, 2021
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Boom! Boom! Boom! Like Northeudge in ‘94 or Tupac shooting a music video, this one shakes, rattles, and rolls! This one is like Barry Bonds on roids…oh wait, he already was.

Get sum.

Aug 10, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Even rested/chilled it forms head really fast, so pour super-slow. Pours deep chestnut brown with slight haze and a mid-tan 6Cm head. There's fast rising CO2 micro-bubbles up the side of the nucleated glass. ps. Holds well and forms major lacing on the way down.
S- Strikingly deeply toasty and rich malts; it makes me imagine how a bag of ground up Maltesers might smell.
T- Again very malty, deep roasty, a notably fat but classy ABV% note crosses my palate, off into hops, then further rich malts and into a hoppier somewhat dry finish. Solid yet refined. Blimey, if you think this beer's reputation is hype, wait until you try it!
F- Rich deep roasty, the ABV% is clear enough it's similar to some liquor barrel aged beers.
O- I picked this one for my 1950th review (the WestV12 will mark B2k). I was conscious of the brewery's repute and hype surrounding it, the difficulty getting their beer etc etc. Would I be underwhelmed, would I be underwhelmed but feel somehow obliged to rate it high. No way at all, this is a seriously luscious beer. Now perhaps some people might not like the fact that a 'mere' 8% beer lets you get an ABV% zing from it - some regard this as unclassy - but it works well within the rather glorious whole for me.
I'd happily drink this again, hell-ya, just maybe not at the cost it is imported into the UK!
330ml bottle BB: [can't find on cap] Bought from a shop in Belgium as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Jul 10, 2021
4.52 by Robertas from Lithuania on Jun 14, 2021
4.6 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jun 10, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

Shared from a bottle with a friend on June 6, 2021.

The pour is mahogany brown with reddish hues under a boisterous, fluffy light tan head.

Lovely malt forward aroma sensations with Belgian spices and Belgian candied sugar.

The body was medium or better and smooth.

The taste is a luscious malt forward sweetness with Belgian candied sugars and the slightest clove and coriander character. Just delightful.

Jun 06, 2021
4.4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.5 by Lucoli from New York on May 03, 2021
4.71 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Apr 10, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

A relatively gentle pour into a tulip still resulted in loads and loads of fizzy, beige colored head with some decent lacing. This is a very active beer in the glass. After 5 minutes, the head is still almost an inch thick and continues to be actively reinforced by the carbonation from below. Color is dark cola brown with a nice reddish tinge. Aroma is malty and sweet with a hint of alcohol.

Taste has a wonderful balance of sweet malts but with a nice dry finish. There's a complexity to this that I just can't place, but whatever those tastes are, they're working very well together. For me, the feel really shines. Medium+ bodied, plenty of carbonation but not overdone, and smooth in a way that really hides the alcohol. Very well done beer.

Apr 04, 2021
4.49 by dpr117 from Sweden on Mar 26, 2021
4.84 by Eldyr from Texas on Mar 14, 2021
4.25 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Feb 14, 2021
4.07 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.43 by sbrock22 from Rhode Island on Feb 08, 2021
4.9 by 46and2 from Missouri on Jan 10, 2021
4.53 by danielledrinksbeer from Washington on Jan 08, 2021
4.48 by timmy2b from New York on Jan 01, 2021
4.33 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 24, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

330cl bottle poured into a tulip
Bottle date stamped 16.04.18

A- pours brown in color with a ruby hue, one-finger creamy off-white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark fruit aromas on the nose with notes of black cherry, raisins and figs leading the way. Undertones of sherry wine, honey, chocolate, Belgian candi sugars, orange peel, cracked pepper and fruit cake

T- vinous-like notes of dry sherry up front gives way to dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, plumb and black cherries. Mid-palate gives sweet notes of candi sugars, caramel, toffee and honey. Slightly peppery yeast and orange peel close it out, with dry dark fruits on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry, slightly warming finish

O- dark fruits, vinous wine and sweet caramels make this a fantastic slow sipper

Dec 20, 2020
4.44 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Dec 14, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Muddy dark brown with a tan, very tall airy foam head that slowly condenses to a thick sponge before settling to a very pleasantly sturdy soft blanket.

Toasted wheat and clove present up front, and even a bit of peppery spice comes out on the swallow. Touches of plum and date then accent the medium-light body, as its substantial froth collapses on the palate into a slick and easy semi-dry swallow pricked up by a bit of heat. An additional development of baked apple with hints of cinnamon and licorice crops up as it warms.

This is definitely the most phenolic of the Westys, which makes sense for the style, for which this is a standard setter.

Nov 24, 2020
3.77 by JohnDon from Texas on Nov 20, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

330 cl bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours a brownish/amber with a moderate head. Hits the usual dubbel notes of raisin/fig/malty caramel/hint of spice from the yeast - but also is surprisingly boozy and bitter. Overall, obviously I'm glad to have tried it but I will happily drink $5-6 dubbels from Chimay/Rochefort/St. Bernardus rather than spending $15 or so on this again.

Sep 23, 2020
4.44 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Bottle from Etre. Solid dark brown in color with great clarity and a frothy off white head that persists and leaves lots of sticky lace. Light skunk aroma when first opened but that dissipated quickly leaving rich toasty bready notes with lots of dark dried fruits. Flavor is rich and decadent yet soft and delicate with an abundance of carbonation that gives a bit of a bubbly mouthfeel; light alcohol presence. Has a medium body with a bit of a drying finish that leaves just a hint of sweet caramelized malt on the palette. Spectacular beer! The 12 gets all the hype, but this one might be even better. Might need some more research on that.

Sep 16, 2020
4.74 by mxracercam from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2020
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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