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

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

Bottle shared before our most recently group tasting thanks to hoppymcgee. Huge thanks for this one.

Pours a light hazy brown color with light brown hues along the edge. A nice light khaki bubbly head that recedes leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas begin with a nice lightly toasted breadiness. I alos get some nice light Belgian yeast clove and spice, very light however. As it warms I get some dried fruits and some more various spice. Mellow yet very complex.

The tastes follow the nose with rich, sweet maltiness tasting of chocolate, caramel and toasted breadiness. Maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar and dark candy sugar. Flavors of figs and golden raisins and Red Delicious apples emerge as it warms. There is a slight Belgian yeastiness (spice and clove) to balance the sweeter malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with perfectly balanced medium carbonation. Finishes sweet and resoundingly fruity with a lingering vinous dryness.

Overall this is a perfect example of what a Belgian Dubbel should be. It took all of my effort to not devour my half-a-glass because I really wanted to enjoy this. Is it worth the price tag, probably not. It is amazing, definitely. I have been trying to track one down for a while and when it if offered to you for free, you say F-Yes! Recommended and definitely worth tracking down as long as you don't break the bank or trade the cellar for it.

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Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. date on cap of 18.05.14

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Murky dark brown colour with a generous amount (3 fingers) of off-white head that slowly receded to a half finger.

S - Sweet caramel, raisins, toffee, dark fruit, Belgian yeast.

T - Dark caramel, raisins, plums, figs, toffee and light orchard fruit notes. The alcohol is warming. Very complex.

M - Medium boy with a good chew. Light carbonation.

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 2,185 ratings
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