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

2,176 Ratings
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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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon for this one.

Swirl of caramel colors with a big head in the goblet. Looks good but no way can you tell what to expect.

Really complex but fairly quiet aromas. Slight booziness and pepper.

Caramel, bittering hops, raisins in small doses, maybe some chocolate and bread in there.

Creamy, but well carbonated leading to a great sipper. I love it when these relatively heavy beers are carbonated like this. Forces you to enjoy it slowly, like a great meal. Top notch dubbel which sadly is mostly unavailable to me.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

Bought for 9 Euros at Beer Temple in Brussels.

A - Dark as hell. A beauty in my Rochefort chalice. Small head that dissipates rather quickly, but seems to hug the sides well. Perhaps I didn't pour hard enough.

S - Dried tart fruit. I'm getting apricot, plum, even strawberry. Quite aromatic for a beer.

T - Melange up front with that brune taste of brown sugar and hints of fruitiness. Dries to a Belgian Stong Ale-like booziness as it sits in your mouth that really catches you off guard. Fantastic if you prefer bitter tastes to sweet ones. Tastes like dirt, but in a good way. Sort of like how lambics taste like dirty socks... but also in a good way.

M - This is beer. A beer drinker can tell when it's been artificially carbonated and this one is allll natural. The carbonation has a creaminess that is so hard to attain! Complements the taste of the beer exceptionally well.

O - This is why I drink beer. It's the fact that Westvleteren pays so much attention to characteristics besides just the taste that make it such a world-class brewery. I'm sad that I probably won't have this gem again for a number of years. I, personally, preferred the Blonde, but this one's a home run nonetheless.

Next Up: Rochefort 8 and St. Bernardus 8 to see how they compare!

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 8/13/12.

A-Pours a clear, though chunky, cedary brown with some ruby accents. A thin ring of tannish head and a nice pool of head.

S-Bready, yeasty, lots of sweet cherry in the nose with some brown sugar.

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-As dubbels go, this is about as good as it gets. Great complexity for a style I often find to be overly sweet and sugary.


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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,176 ratings.
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