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

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)

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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

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Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Westvleteren goblet. Purchased at The Bottle Shop in Brugge, Belgium.

Pours a muddy brown body with pretty heavy sediment and a frothy, thick off-white head that reduces very slowly, eventually leaving a one finger layer of retention and thick lacing.

Aromas are sweet with molasses, raisins, dark fruit, toffee, a little metallic, roasty malt, and candied sugar.

On the tongue is a lightly sweet maltyness, candied Belgian sugar, lots of molasses and brown sugar as the nose suggested, followed by lightly roasted malt and raisins, finishing with dark fruits and fig. Mouthfeel is superb, this is very drinkable for 8%, medium-low carbonation with a medium-heavy rich body.

As good as expected, one of the best representations of the Dubbel style with no off taste whatsoever.

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Photo of rabbott2
3.71/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage drank in a snifter on 2/5/17

L-heavily carbonated, deep caramel brown, kinda thin
S-sugary malts, raisin, caramel, sweet
T-a little smoke, raisin, caramel, fig, sugary
F-thin, drinkable for sure
O-glad I got to try this one. I'm not a huge dubbel guy, but it is a very well done beer for the style.

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Photo of Dzu
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into WV glass. BB 21/08/17 on cap.
L: Turbid dark brown with suspended solids and medium white foam head.
S: Old wine, raisin , caramel, dark fruits.
T: Tart, sweets, plums.
F: Medium carbonation and tight body. Not boozy at all.
O: Great balanced dubbel. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was murky brown in color with hazy highlights and mocha colored bubbles.

Smell - The beer had a smooth malty nose.

Taste - I initially noted that the beer was somewhat perfume. I detected notes of incense, chai, and a fairly strong grape presence. The beer was not entirely malty, But had that for presence. Grapes come through more strongly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The beer was smooth, going down easy with little carbonation.

Overall - I feel like this is a great tripel, not too heavy on the yeast and very smooth. Certainly worth seeking

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Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

l: mud brown body, 1 finger tan head, good retention and some lacing
s: fig jam, dates, a little caramel and smokiness
t: similar to the nose but a bit less bright and sweet
m: average carbonation, nice body
o: amazing beer - not a style i go to often but would love to have one of these every time i do

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 10/14/16 at home. One of three westy's I had mailed to me. This is full of dark malt, plum, and almost a champagne carbonation and effervescence. The best Dubbel I've ever had.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Bold, bread, rye, malts, roasted notes with dark fruit like plums and alcohol finish. Dark bread rye nose. Mahogany, clear, big foamy head with sticky lace. Medium/full body. A robust Belgian ale with traditional yeasts.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Dec-2-2015 (lid date says 2018)
Merci beaucoup, Nico!!

Pours opaque dark brown with BIG, thick khaki head that slowly eases down. (4.5)

Clean, sweet notes of cherries and wood, wet soil, cocoa powder, oak. (4.25)

Thick, layered malt flavors. Dark bread and cherries, wood, earthy background, tobacco, subtle boozy herbal bite at the end. (4.25)

Fizzy, medium- body, relatively fluffy, sweet/not sticky, alcohol fairly well-hidden. (4)

Very good.
This is a medium sweet beer as far as some dubbels go as far as I am concerned. There is a noticeable woody, earthy, herbal gash in the middle of it that makes it nice and stand out from something like Westmalle (my personal favorite). It still has the delicious cherry-mud taste that classics have. I would be really curious to try a fresher bottle as I feel like it might be a little more cohesive and smooth.
Good overall, though. (4.25)

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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark wheat and pumpernickel bread, caramel, raisin and a bit of alcohol burn at the end. The layers of flavor here are so much deeper than any other dubbel I have ever had. Sweet medium bodied, with high carbonation. I like quads better that dubbels by nature, but this is better than Westy 12. This is the best Belgian beer I have ever had and right up there with my all time favorites. Get this one.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap date 10/10/16. 2nd in the order after the blond.

Auburn copper color. Can't really see through it. Thin head.

Smells amazing. Kind of a candied plum smell. So good. As it warmed more breadiness and clove created in.

Taste brings in the other flavors you'd expect like cloves, banana, and bread yeast, along with the candied plums.

Smooth and well carbonated mouthfeel with a bit of a lingering finish.

Terrific beer. Those monks know what they're doing.

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Photo of Ui7y
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Crimson, with sediment. Beautiful in the sun.
S: banana clove and Belgian yeast. Scrumptious. Dark fruit and molasses . Sweet.
T: like a little bit of heaven. Caramel and molasses. Boozey and warm. Amazing. Obviously similar to Rochefort, but better...I'm not sure how. Not very careful.
M: somewhat thick and slick. A little dry...excellent
O: amazing. Can't say anything else. Highly recommended if you can find it. Similar to Rochefort and st bernardus but more difficult to obtain in Toronto. Excellent

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Photo of GeeL
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it should. It's bottle conditioned so little floaty things are acceptable. Smells like heaven. Taste was sweet and fruity, with some typical Belgian banana clove stuff going on. The feel was a little sharp from carbonation, which I thought was a little over the top.
Great beer, easy to knock back, but should be respected even with the slightly lower ABV compared to other big name beers out there.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brown with reddish hues and beige creamy head. Great lacing and retention. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: when its cooler smells boozy. After it warms up, black raisins, spices, bready and caramel.

Taste: caramelized and spiced black raisins with a bready touch. Sweet and very little hops.

Mouthfeel: pretty strong carbonation. After it calms down it goes down sweet and has a spicy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: after reading such good reviews I thought it was going to be a mind-blowing beer, but I think it's a very good beer, although Dubbels are not my prefered style. For what it is, I think it's overpriced, considering you can get Chimay Red 6 times cheaper, for example, and they're pretty similar beers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light brownish color, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

Smells like caramel, banana, dried raisins, spiced bread, slight red wine, and a slight hop bitterness.

This is another crazy good beer from those wizard-like monks at St. Sixtus. There's a lot going on here, with candied, dried fruit, spicy and sweet breadiness, dark fruit (particularly raisins), light spice, and a hint of red wine. This is wonderful- so much going on here.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich and creamy, with a good level of carbonation- not too high.

This is another amazing beer from this brewery. This isn't all that unexpected, though.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Caramel brown color.

Raisins, toffee, bananas, red apples, molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Some heat.

Medium to full bodied. Ends a little sweet and sugary.

A lot better than I was expecting. A very nice Belgian dubbel!

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Photo of kitch
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a sell-by date that has unfortunately rubbed off. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with some small sediment bits despite a careful pour. There was a one finger beige head that had pretty good retention and eventually settled to a nice thin but puffy cap and nice curtain like lacing.

Aroma: Strong dark fruits of plum, prunes, raisin, fig with hints of dark cherry and toffee.

Taste: Like the aroma, there is lots of dark fruit with raisin, dark cherry and prunes dominating. There’s also some plum, fig, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol that’s not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It’s a very nice Dubbel. Great dark fruit flavours and very balanced. Interestingly though, after trying both many times, I am still leaning towards enjoying Westmalle Dubbel just that slight bit more.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown/red color, huge 5-6 finger off-white head, extremely high carbonation.

S: Nice aroma, raisins, fig.

T: Good taste but nothing even close to Westvleteren 12. Extremely high carbonation so good idea is to let the beer in the glass for a few minutes to "calm down". Then tastes ten times better :)

F: Carbonation, carbonation, carbonation.

O: A very good beer after it "calms down" from extreme carbonation. Would happily have it again.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a chalice at the abbey cafe, dark red brown with a short white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: lighter smells of dark fruit, raisins, figs, dark bread

T: sweeter and less intense than 12, figs, raisins, dark fruits, yeast

M: full bodied and slightly creamy

O: more approachable than 12 with similar flavors but less intense

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Photo of Dactrius
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Unintentionally sat on this and now it's over 4 years old. I know Westy ages well but my hopes aren't super high for this one. Beautiful head and lacing. I'm choosing not to dock the look score for the massive quantity of large, dark chunks floating around in the beer which I assume are just due to the aging. Smell and taste are both world class, I can't think of better dubbel. Besides the appearance it's hard to believe this is 4 years old, there isn't any noticeable oxidization and everything still tastes similar to what I'd expect it to taste like fresh. Exceeded my high expectations.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed one of these bad boys while waking around Belguim summer 2015 and fell in love. This was the most impressive beer I drank in all of Europe. The secondary stores you can buy them from mark it up 400% but it was worth it. Found it @ a bar in Ghent for less and drank every bottle they had. Enjoyed it more than the XII. Seek this beer out, sell your 1st born of one, it's worth it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a somewhat opaque brown hue. Aroma has prominent notes of dark fruit, banana, caramel, molasses, and cola. The flavor presents much of the same but 8's golden triumph (like the rest of the Westy beers) is its ability to balance sweetness and dryness. It doesn't leave that lingering sweetness that often bothers my palate. Alcohol is very soft as is the mouthfeel. My least favorite of the three but still the best Dubbel I have ever had.

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Photo of hophugger
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first Westvleteren and it lives up to its hype. Beautiful medium brown color with ruby hues, average head and plenty of carbonation. This bottle is approx. 7 months old, by the way. Aroma and taste is very complex with lots of raisins, prunes, figs, honey, yeast, cherries, brandy, candy and apples coming through. Balance is amazing and finish is nice, with a spicy, dryness. Extremely nice Belgian dubbel !!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours dark brown with a tan colored head, head is full, creamy, pillowy, good head retention, some slight lacing, good amount of carbonation streaming up the side, looks really good.

A: Raisins, figs, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast, very aromatic and pungent, very nice.

T: Like the nose, dark fruits like raisins and figs, burnt brown sugar, Belgian yeast, bread, biscuits, malts, lots of flavors, no alcohol on the taste, very smooth, balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, semi-dry finish, creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

O: My second Westvleteren beer and the consistency is really apparent, they brew some quality beers, very tasty, these beers have been worth the money I spent to get them over.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An incredibly weak sister of the XII, this way too carbonated beer has a lovely nose and strong bread flavour. But it is nowhere in the same ballpark to XII. Skip if you can.

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Photo of amano_h
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl pour at Cafe In de Vrede (Westvleteren, Belgium)

Raisins, dark caramel, molasses, burnt sugar, and a hint of fig on the first whiff. Unlike the XII, the alcohol is actually present on the aroma, but not in an unpleasant way. Clove, cherries, and fruity esters surface on the back end and become more pronounced with time and temperature.

Candi sugar leads the charge, followed closely by raisins and dark fruits on the palate. The booze kind of lets off an astringent peppery sensation, which again, isn't unpleasant in any way. The clove and an apple-like after taste lingers with each sip, with the dark fruits kind of fading away as you let it sit.

Medium body and moderately effervescent. Boozy but not hot to the touch, like you'd expect from a classic dubbel.

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