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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

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

I have visited the In De Vrede Cafe located right next door to the Westvleteren Monatry 4 times now and each time is a special treat. My good friend lives in Poperinge, a tiny town just south of the cafe and each time I visit we grab the bicycles and go for a beer. Absolutely delicious and the seclusion of the place is equally wonderful. Nestled in the middle of hops paradise. I typically order the 8 to get my taste buds fired and ready for the 12.

A - Brown and caramel, not as dark as the 12

S - Sweet, fruity aroma

T - Spiced, caramel, lovely taste

M - Full but not quite as complete as the 12

O - A wonderful beer in a wonderful location

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a hotel glass. Cap date is 06.04.14. As I understand it, the bottle was about 1 1/2 years old.

A - Starts a deep brown with some light and clarity along the edges. Toward the end, more and more light comes through and it drops several shades in color.

S - Complex dates, raisins, figs and fruit. It really builds your anticipation.

T - Spicy and fruity with brown sugar, dates and raisins. There are so many layers. It's complex but completely smooth and balanced.

M - Sturdy but also light and airy. It delivers the flavor perfectly.

O - I've wanted to try this beer for a long time so it could easily have been a letdown. But it was worth the wait. This is a wonderful hand crafted work of art.

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 2,197 ratings
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