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)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1202nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
330 Ml

Didnt save the cap, so didnt see the date

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- Super dark brown with no light coming in. A mix of ambers in there as well. Huge puffy head with a good bit cling and lace.

Smell- Westy 8 has a lot going in the nose but I couldn't pick up on all of it. A bit of a small quad note really. I got a lot of dark fruits, a little sweetness and a good dose of Belgian Yeast.

Taste- A nice dubbel without overkilling it on the spice. Had a nice hidden and layered sweetness with a big dose of the yeast. The 8% is well hidden and doesnt affect the beer with respects to drinkability.

Mouth- A well layered medium body with a medium carbonation. Has a residual sweetness and a yeasty dark fruit flavor.

Drink- A very nice dubbel. Very smooth and drinkable without being too hot or too spicy as some tend to be for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 21.01.14 printed on cap.

3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is average I suppose and a small amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: The aroma is very subtle. Pepper is the strongest component. Raisin and plum underneath followed by clove. Clean with a light earthiness.

4.0 T: Taste is more potent than the nose for sure. Big peppery spiciness with clove not too far behind. Plum, raisin, date, and fig fruitiness. Warming on finish.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a touch higher, so 4.5 here. This is a lot like the 12. Super well integrated, subtle, and infinitely clean. But, unlike the 12, this is perhaps a bit too subtle and you really have to concentrate to enjoy it. Still, good beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An extraordinary brew, an unusual, complex and balanced range of sour, caramel, and malt notes… and more.

Presentation: 33 cl brown custom Trappist capped bottle. Characteristic lack of label or marking other than the cap, which shows in black, silver and blue, name, seal, faintly legible date, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber brown with a towering frothy head, rich retention with nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is quite a treat and the perfect show-off for the taste that will follow, long sour fruity notes covered in caramel and malt in a rare but perfectly synchronized combination...

T - …which the brew perfects and expands in the palate. The freshness of raw cider coated in caramel, those apples with vinous touches under the sugar alongside touches of dark fruits, and the caramel expanding to the notes of malt, hint of spices, and a superior blend along the whole ride.

M - Medium full body with moderately tuned carbonation offering a nice subtle tingle and holding with dexterity the complexity of the brew, both smooth and creamy with peaks of soft tart insinuation as it completes the ride.

O - A dubbel like no other, the malty profile rides over those sour and fruity notes in such a particularly beautiful way that there is little else I can think of to compare it to.

Notes: What a treat, and what a surprise, the last of the excellent Westvleteren brews to try was quite the special animal. Almost like a combination of the best of the blonde and the 10 but with its own character. The sense of balance and change of rhythm in the palate without losing a touch of its structure is something to remember…

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,152 ratings.
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