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

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
BA SCORE
97.3%
Liked This Beer
4.48 w/ 2,185 ratings
Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Blue Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#135
Reviews:
825
Ratings:
2,185
Liked:
2,126
Avg:
4.48/5
pDev:
8.04%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
1,436
Gots:
453
Trade:
24
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle cap dated 10.10.16

Pours basically a brown (dark brown though), with totally white fizzy head and lacing. Lacing is quite resilient.

First off smell is Belgian yeast- those tropical fruit notes and mango, almost like a lighter coloured beer. There's also a strong savouriness to this beer- a similar quality that I remember the 12 having in relation to other beers of its style. Heavily yeasty like the 12 and the yeast notes again remind me of celery. A slightly sour paw paw note and strong yeasty breadiness. Little bit of alcohol. Apple. When I pour the second half of the bottle (presumably including the yeast) in, the funky meaty paw paw notes increase, making for a better beer on the whole. Definite fig.

Taste is very dry- bready, yeasty. More paw paw and general tropical fruits throughout. Finishes with quite a bit of bite, almost a little astringently alcoholic at times.

Mouthfeel improves substantially after I pour the entirety of the bottle in the glass- it becomes extremely umami-ish and satisfying.

This is certainly a well-made, solid and dry beer. I'd go so far as to say it's easily one of the best BSDAs I've ever had. Not sure it quite deserves the hype in relation to beers of certain other styles however. If/when I drink future Westys I will try to get them with more age on them, as that is supposed to improve them substantially.

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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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