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

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99
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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,176
Reviews:
824
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
1,435
Gots:
452
For Trade:
26
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Photo of dudecandle
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Tasted from bottle. Tasted head to head with Westy 12. Pours a dark brown with off white head identical to Westy 12. Aroma is not near as strong but similar. Notes of dark fruits, caramel, maple syrup, toffee. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than Westy 12 but still chewy and sticky. Flavors of brown sugar, maple syrup, figs, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee. Overall excellent for being the little brother to 12.

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Photo of PeterOSU
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ahacsgt
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcbridec6
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thebeers
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Muddy, ruddy brown with a fat finger of creamy, tan head.

Raisins, figs, prune, cherry and slight earthy hops in the nose. Similar tasting with a moderate bitterness and very clean finish with just a hint of sweetness and bitterness duking it out. Incredibly well balanced in that regard.

Medium bodied, slightly chewy with heavy carbonation. Very, very tasty.

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Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My last night in Rome...sadly... and after having had the opportunity to taste and savor the masterful and legendary Westvleteren XII, I crack open a bottle of Westvleteren VIII. It is with great anticipation that I await to see if it will be filled with the same superlative qualities.
It pours an opaque brown and mahogany color. As I pour I hear the carbonation fizzing and sparkling softly, despite it not being visible within its murky colors. A huge foamy tan head retains for seemingly an eternity.
As I await for the head to dissipate, I hold the glass up to my nose. It starts off modestly with aromas of dark bread, spice, prune, plum and a hint of citrus peel.
The head has now receded slightly and displays a thick and creamy blanket of film. As I put it in my lips I'm amazed by the smooth and silky feel. The gentle carbonation belies the sound I heard earlier and adds to its soft mouthfeel. I first taste amber malts balanced with spice. The overall palate feels dry and with a light hops touch in the finish. The body feels medium and drinkable.
Already, this is a great brew, yet, aromas and flavors continue to open up. Holding it up to my nose I smell cloves and light cocoa. The subtle cocoa sweetness expresses itself in the flavor. Fruity esters of raisins, prunes and plums make their presence felt. The hops bitterness begins to increase in a slow and steady crescendo. The malt flavors open up; light dark caramel and slight roasty quality. I hold up the glass to my nose and smell candi sugar and cherries. The bitterness from the hops continues to increase and leaves an earthy dark linger in the finish.
As I get towards the final phase of the drink, the sea foam like lace adorns and sticks to the glass. There is a slight grapefruit peel and flavor of cherries as I gulp down the last few sips.
A sublime and masterful drink. Probably the best Dubbel I've had to date. The only question that remains is whether it is the equal of Westy 12. Perhaps an unfair comparison considering they are slightly different styles. Although Westvleteren VIII has a bit less alcohol and a tad lighter in body, they have so many similar qualities. I feel like I enjoyed this one just as much and feel it is only fair to also give it the same perfect score I gave Westvleteren XII.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark nut-brown with reddish rims. Maintains a nice cap and lacing thorughout. Smell is nut and raisin, with molasses and malty butter added on the palette. Quite subdued.

Velvet-smooth, as expected, with a prickle of carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FyreStorm
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MKV
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, moderate head.
Smell and taste: very similar to the 12 in terms of the types of flavors that come up, including spices, grains, and some fruity sweetness. The main difference lay in the fact that these flavors didn't keep delivering as I made my way through the glass; they didn't retain the same liveliness and longevity as they had in the 12.
Feel: Good, but distinctively not full bodied.

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

Photo of Spoda1983
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sloelco
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite ascetic as other Wv beers.
Excellent look, eternal as hell retention, tons of laces and foam rocks.
Rather ordinary aroma characteristrics - caramel, dark fruits.
Taste -
Medium body and carbomnation, nutty on a palate.
Fantastically balanced, but not the best dubbel.

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Photo of ToddBeans
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pletser
3.27/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of FBarber
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy brown/dark red, nice white head

S - the highlight of the beer. A lots of dark fruits. Mostly dates, vinous notes. Quite complex

T - Vinous and a lot about dark fruits, spicy and tannin full taste. The hops are floral. Same grain presence you can find in Westmalle Dubbel. The taste is quite dry even if the smell make you wish for a more sweet taste

M - chewy, moderate carbonation.

O - A very nicely crafted dubbel. It has the complexity of a quadrupel without the Abv. It hits you nonetheless. This bottle is a year old. I think it might be even better with some more years to round it up

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

Easily the best dubbel I've ever had. It's truly remarkable what Westy can do. Can't imagine ever having a better double. Mild caramel flavor and infinitely smooth.

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