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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)

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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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Served from bottle into a champagne glass. Bought in Brussels (but I've also had it at the brewery's cafe a year ago).

A: Brown, medium head.

S: Strong molasses / caramel smell, with a touch of fruit and honey.

T: Sweet and caramel flavors. Tasty, but not super complex.

M: Medium body and carbonation; quite drinkable, compared with the Westvleteren 12.

O: It's a good abbey beer, to be sure. But is it considerably better than something like a Westmalle dubble? I doubt it. The Westvleteren 12 is too strong and not much more complex, though, so I think it's the best of the (overrated) bunch.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cL bottle poured into a chalice
Best before date: 06/04/14

A big thanks to 4thlovofbeer for sending this and a 12 over in a trade.

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany  with some sedimentation floating in the glass.  1 fingers width of light khaki head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to a thick film that remains throughout the drink.  Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: Doughy, sweet, sugary.   Like freshly baked cinnamon rolls.   Candied sugar, dark fruits including fig, really great.

T: Dark fruits including fig and dates. Spice, lots of spice!  The faintest hint of cocoa on the aftertaste.  Some sugar sweetness but not to the degree of the nose.  Spice  is predominate but still maintains good complexity and balance. My girlfriend, who is not a beer drinker, tasted it and immediately said,  "it's like a party in my mouth".  Excellent.

M/D: Pretty  heavy carbonation that allows the flavors to explode on the entire palate but still remains very smooth. On the heavier side of medium bodied, no hint of the ABV and drinkability is incredible.  

O: Overall, what a fantastic beer.  Hands down the best Dubbel I've ever had, and it's not even close.  Honestly, drinks like a quad, and a great one.  Flavors and aromas are a little toned down compared to the Westy 12, but I guess that's the point of a Dubbel. No doubt the epitome of the style. World Class.

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

Not your average Abbey Dubbel. Darker fruits than in other doubles, no muddled flavors. Westy 8 is drinkable, thankfully balanced, and has a clean finish. The aromas have both the usual brighter notes of citrus, as well as the darker cherries and figs. A complex blend that tastes as good as it smells. Not my favorite overall style, but usually I pour them out, and this one I quaffed with enjoyment. Thanks to Chris for hooking it up around this time last year!

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

Bottle thanks to totoropanda. Bottle I believe to be dated 11.09.13. Opened on 5.15.12.

A - Pours a dark to medium brown with a nice sized foamy and fizzy light tan head. The head very slowly fades leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruit, honey, molasses. Very Nice.

T - Again, dark fruit, light sweet molasses. Some cola-like flavors hit me at the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a perfect smooth body.

O - A true delight. I really tried to savor this one as long as I could.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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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

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, lively carbonation, produces a thin white head that diminishes to a thin film.

S - The Belgian yeast smells of figs and cherries are really coming through.

T - Sweet brown sugar and dark fruit, a bit of booze, some fig and a hint of something almost herby. Nicely complex for a dubbel.

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - A great beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. Just like the 12 this is worth the hype and price to try this special beer.

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

Got this in a trade from England. Pours a murky brown with a light brown foamy head. Aroma is huge and delicious. Heavy, rich malts with vanilla and dark sweet fruit. Sweet flavor that ends with light bitterness. Very drinkable for a high abv. Perfectly balanced throughout. All-around fantastic beer.

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4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive been staring this one down for quite some time, and this is only a lead up to the 12! Not the biggest fan of Dubbels, but I hope this turns it around. best by 1 19 13.

Pour is a very murky and opaque brown. small carbonation and really little head.

Smells sweet dark fruits (raisins and plums), candied bronw sugar, and even more plums. Hints of Belgian esters and yeast muddled in the background.

The taste is, just wow. Definitely the best Dubbel Ive had. Very thick doughy malt, and a nice dose of brown sugar and molasses. Syrupy and sweet, yet dry and balanced from the 2 years of aging. I think the balance is astounding, honestly. Nice accents of Belgian Yeast esters floating around in the background.

Its way too drinkable, and Im not normally a huge fan of overly sweet beers. This thing just keeps so many complex flavors in check and balance. Everything is such moderation, yet every single flavor still shines. Mainly, the brown sugar and doughy roasted malt come to the front, but I really like how the molasses comes in and dries out what could be an overly sweet beer.

I love this beer, and would drink it if it werent so freaking expensive.

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4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is ALMOST as good as the 12...the only thing that makes it not as good as the 12 is that it is not the 12!! The Westy 8 is one of my all-time favorite beers. It has all the characteristics of the 12, just not as complex and deep. If you have not had the opportunity to enjoy one of these great beers, do yourself a favor...find one and drink it. Enough said...

A: Golden brown, frothy, foamy...
S: The best...fruits, caramel, notes of spice and fig....deep...
T: Your 5...the 5 of beers is here....liquid caramel delight!!
M: Smooth, sweet and so drinkable...
O: Get one and drink it....

Note: 2 to 4 year aging of this beer is optimal...

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to my good friend Kevin for giving me this opportunity. Consumed roughly 2 months back and documented.

A - Cloudy mocha brown with a thin tan head. This beer embodies beauty.

S - Soft and warm on the nose. Caramel malts and some other sweet notes coat my nose.

T - Warm toasted malts hit initially followed by sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. The flavors are all in perfect balance and all seem subtle, while remaining pronounced in their own light. The best Dubbel I have ever had.

M - Medium body, creamy and soft, as if it were freshly baked. One of the richest feels I have ever encountered.

O - In short, this is one of the most delicate, well refined brews I have ever had. I was unaware that a Dubbel could carry such a taste, and I aspire to make a trip to Belgium soon!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a dark cloudy amber/brown color to it. It has a thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (grapes and raisins), with some belgian yeast and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has nice fruity complexity giving out grapes, raisins and plums with a nice spicy clove character and bready yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great complex flavors and aromas.

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 2,190 ratings
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