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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3.68/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review from bottle at Akkurat summer of 2011

Pours a murky brown, ruby red edges with an off white creamy head. The nose is lightly nutty up front, sweet caramel, lightly toasted, cherries, light sherry and very fruity in the back. The taste is sweet, sugary caramel, roasted nuts, berry fruits in the back with slighlty paper oxidation falling off a bit in the back. Full body, syrupy feel, decent carbonation, thin in the back.

A-gushes upon opening. pours a creamy bubbly tan head that fizzles away slowly and leaves a soft creamy coating on the side of the glass. The liquid is a cloudy dark reddish copper color that doesn't really allow light to pass through. There are some lighter orange edges with light shined upon it.

S-the nose is fair in strength, light notes of darker malts, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Soft fruit sets in with notes of rum. Peaches and the nose of a screw driver. Tartness in the back.

T-the taste is similar to the nose but slightly muted. Toffee, slightly toasted malts, and notes of chocolate are up front yet subtle. Sweet soft fruits lie in the middle, again peaches with orange juice and vodka. The booziness is stronger in the taste than the nose. Hints of warming and a fair amount of tartness come in at the back with a touch of cherry. The finish does have notes of an herbal hop presence to provide a nice balance. It opens up a little as it warms with the toffee, chocolate, and cherry in the back.

M-very smooth and creamy with a good medium body. The carbonation is fair in strength and hold up the finish. Slightly crisp but still smooth.

D-this is a very tasty beer with some interesting things going on. Great mouthfeel but a little boozy in the taste compared to what I had expected with such a renowned nectar. Still extremely good!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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

Bottle dated 09.10.06, so a good 5 years aged (UPDATE from reading other reviews which I tend to avoid until my own - seems that this is some 8 and a bit years old if bottling is 3 years before best before!) and served at room temperature (3 degrees C outside today, so not warm by any means as left in my kitchen which has no heating)

Served into a Meantime goblet to a dark rich chestnut brown with almost a finger of white head, which soon thinned out

Dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, figs/dates on the nose

Similar tastes to the smell, very noticeable is molasses. Getting hints of a whole menagerie of dried fruits ... prunes/apricot/figs/dates, burnt sugars, only ever so slightly in the 'burnt' sense!

Mouthfeel is great, not as chewy as I was expecting, but goes down a dream and makes you wish this wasn't the only bottle you've got !

Plenty of lacing with the remnants of the head clinging to the glass

Overall - a great beer, well over 5 years old

Full of depth and character

Would love to compare it with a 'fresh' example!

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

Reviewed from notes.

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a snifter.

A: SRM is toffee/cola brown. Translucent with sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Sweeter than the 12, dark fruit, light hops, caramel andmedium roast malt (a bit more than the 12), blegian yeast and light bready notes.

T: A bit more maltiness than the 12, semi sweet dark fruit, more caramel sweetness than the 12, light hops, and more of a chewy/bread taste than the 12. Aftertaste is malt, caramel and bread notes, light sweetness.

M: Medium/full body. Malt, caramel, and light dark fruit additions give a rich and full feel, the yeast adds a bit of density. Finished wet.

O: I can't believe it, but I think I might like the 8 more than the 12. Awesome malt/caramel complexity with the belgian yeast/bready aspect. Again, one of the top five beers I have ever had. A treat to try and I consider myself extremely lucky to have some great beer buddies and the chance to have tried this.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to Kelp for cracking an '07 Westy '08 for an early New Years B-day present for me!

A: Dark brown, completely hazy with some floaties. A big 3+ finger frothy brown head that fairly quickly recedes but does leave pretty good lacing.

S: Dark fruits: Figs, dates, lots of prune, some brown sugar

T: Unlike the nose, there is a HUGE malt body with tons of brown sugar, some molasses, almost a pretzel like breadiness. The dark fruits make a strong presence with figs taking the forefront with depth of raisin and prune (though in the background enough to lose much of their 'sharp' edge). Reminds me a lot of a fig newton topped with caramel and a touch of rum.

M: Medium to full body, extremely smooth, absolutely no alcohol is noticeable aside from the well-rounded phenols.

O: An absolute treat for sure. I'm quite surprised just how much more depth there is to the taste than the nose lets on. I was expecting a grape/phenol bomb but was absolutely blown away by the malt depth, balance, and smoothness. This is one of the best Belgians I have ever had and would greatly recommend the Westy 8. Now I just need to see how a fresh bottle compares to this matured (nearly 4 year old bottle) bottle.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Thanks to Ehammond1 for giving me this beer for a birthday present after I told him it was still the best beer I have ever had. Bottle dated 22.06.14

Look: Pours a beautiful coca cola brown with a 1/2 inch off white head and great retention

Smell: Great dark fruits nose. Plums and raisins with a touch of caramel and toffee

Taste: This is still to this day the most complex beer I have ever had. It starts off with just a fantastic party of dark fruits in your mouth. Figs and plums and raisins are all working together to form a perfect symphony on the palate. The beer then finishes with just the right amount of caramel toffee and tobacco

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: This is hands down the best beer that has ever passed through these delicious lips of mine. If I could only drink this beer for the rest of my life I would be content and die a very happy man. Perfection in a glass

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 2,205 ratings
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