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

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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)

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01.03.15...making it a 03/01/2012 vintage. Split a bottle at a bar, poured into a tall tulip glass. Quick phone notes.

A - Dark brown body, pour yields a nice one finger tan head. Solid lacing.

S - Lots of spice, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, figs, and toffee. A bit nutty and sweet.

T - Spice and dark fruits lead into a cola syrup flavor. Notes of brown sugar, liquorice, molasses, toasted nuts, and spicy yeast as it warms up. Ample carbonation with a silky and chewy medium mouth feel.

O - Not quite as complex or intricate as the quad, but this is certainly the best dubbel I have tried. Very tasty, even being this fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

Poured into a Shelton Brothers The Festival Tasting Glass.
Ironic that my first Westy 8 is poured into the first glass I tasted westy 12 from.

A: Golden dark brown color. One finger head that lingers forever. Settles to a creamy film across the surface.

S: Very distinctive smell to Westvleteren. The 8 smells quite like the 12. Sweet, spicy aroma, possibly some roasted nuts and honey detected along with the hops

T: I still feel my tongue is not sophisticated enough for westy. My tongue is confused. Lots of flavors and spices blend together into what I call the westy taste that I can not distinguish.

M: Nice body, thick and thin at the same time. Carbonation lingers on the tongue.

O: It lives up to the Westvleteren name, however I do not feel it is worth the effort required to seek out in the US.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-a slightly hazy dark chestnut color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-rich malt, warm vanilla, and slightly fruity

T-wow that is delicious! Rich malt, dark fruits, perfectly fizzy carbonation, caramel, hint of chocolate, and nicely spiced.

M-medium body, perfect carbonation, and leaves a nice malty taste in the mouth

Overall my first Westy did not disappoint! I think this is the best dubbel I have had.

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

Found at Belgobaren in Stockholm, SE on July 27, 2012. The very plain brown 0.33 L bottle with the blue cap identifying the beer with the date "10.11.08" -- this is an old one! This is my first experience with W8 so I can't comment on whether the age has done it well.

Poured into a Trappist Westvleteren chalice glass, beer is brown, with orange hues, but so dark it barely transmits light. Topped with a thin tan head. Small amounts of gritty sediment sinks in the glass. TONS of brown sludge left in the bottle. Intense aroma of raisins and figs -- rich and fruity. Aroma reminds me more of a barleywine or even an old ale more than any Belgian ale.

The flavor is similarly rich and "brown" with prune and raisin fruit on the palate. These fruit flavors present immediately upon sipping. The carbonation is moderate, but actually comes across as a little heavy for this style. The second wave of flavors comes across with a minor tinge of sourness and lighter fruit, apples, and so on. As with Westvleteren Blonde, there's no detectable residual sweetness, but this beer has less funkiness. The lighter fruits are followed by a heady bit of alcohol, though no burning or otherwise unpleasant artifact of the 8% ABV.

Perhaps this beer is not quite as drinkable as the Blonde, but considering the increased alcohol content, it is still fantastically drinkable. The flavor profile really is so totally different it's a toss up which is better, but the deep color and, unquestionably, the fantastic aroma, set this beer apart.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to randjuke for sending this one! Poured from generic Trappist bottle to brandy snifter - best by date of 18.08.13:

Pours a murky ruby brown stuffed with slow, steady beading. A few fingers of khaki head swell to create some fantastic lacing. A perfect looking beer in every way.

Mmm... overripe figs, red wine bits, some Belgian yeast far and away, a mellow blanket of tartness sort of ties everything together. Certainly not as in-your-face as its bigger brother, but it achieves a better sense of balance I think.

Leathery wood notes, dates and figs, super smooth. It's got that tobacco presence thing that bothers me in the Westy 12 but here it is more in balance with the rest of the beer. Subtle lingonberry as well.

The mouthfeel and appearance are the real highlights of this one. Super creamy with a relatively thick body.

A fantastic dubbel.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color with a two finger, thick foamy head, off-white in color. Nice retention reducing to a nice cap on top. Rings of lacing form all around.

S: Very nice aroma, plenty of dark fruits that are mixed with brown sugar and a bit of molasses, some plums, raisins, and fig. The Belgian yeast comes through as well. Slightly sweet.

T: Plenty of grapes, raisins, and plum up front mixed with a little bit of chocolate and sweetness in the middle. There is a bit of spice on the back end, some pepper mostly.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation.

O: The best dubbel I have had to date, and I don't imagine I will find one I like more. Great flavor profile and mouthfeel.

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,160 ratings.
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