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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#203
Reviews:
835
Ratings:
2,258
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
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4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
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4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +11.9%
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4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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

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4/5  rDev -10.5%
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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4/5  rDev -10.5%
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
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4.29/5  rDev -4%
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4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of tart cherries, spices (clove, something vaguely like gingerbread), lightly phenolic. Like sniffing a spicy holiday cake with some prunes or raisins baked in. Thin persistent off-white head, faint lacing. Colour is an opaque cola brown.

Flavour is rich -- bready -- but with noticeable hop bitterness. A bit sharper than Westmalle Dubbel, my personal favourite. More spices here, not overly sweet up front but a little sticky in the finish, aftertaste has a pleasant drying astringency that avoids the cloying character of some other (mainly domestic/North American) Belgian beers of similar appearance. Alcohol is not overly present, but is hard to miss. It's a warming brew, to be sure.

The fruit character is tilted towards the plum/raisin/prune side of things. Carbonation is noticeable but not excessive, has an almost creamy mouthfeel.

All in all, a very interesting, subtle and complex beer. The standout feature for me is the balance of malt/sugar-derived fruit character and hop bitterness.

I actually prefer Westmalle Dubbel, but this is an excellent beer on its own. I'm not blown away, but it's enjoyable and worth trying. I wouldn't go out of my way to sample it again, unlike fresh Westvleteren VI, which is well worth the effort.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,258 ratings