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

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2,152 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
Ratings:
2,152
Reviews:
817
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
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1,433
Gots:
447
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Photo of Wolberjs
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap date 10/10/16. 2nd in the order after the blond.

Auburn copper color. Can't really see through it. Thin head.

Smells amazing. Kind of a candied plum smell. So good. As it warmed more breadiness and clove created in.

Taste brings in the other flavors you'd expect like cloves, banana, and bread yeast, along with the candied plums.

Smooth and well carbonated mouthfeel with a bit of a lingering finish.

Terrific beer. Those monks know what they're doing.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleToTheVictors
3.67/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vtmel82
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LonelyNinja
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of novamat
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tywhite
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chossboss
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ocmiteddy
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Epicfail97081
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ui7y
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Crimson, with sediment. Beautiful in the sun.
S: banana clove and Belgian yeast. Scrumptious. Dark fruit and molasses . Sweet.
T: like a little bit of heaven. Caramel and molasses. Boozey and warm. Amazing. Obviously similar to Rochefort, but better...I'm not sure how. Not overbearing....be very careful.
M: somewhat thick and slick. A little dry...excellent
O: amazing. Can't say anything else. Highly recommended if you can find it. Similar to Rochefort and st bernardus but more difficult to obtain in Toronto. Excellent

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Photo of GeeL
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it should. It's bottle conditioned so little floaty things are acceptable. Smells like heaven. Taste was sweet and fruity, with some typical Belgian banana clove stuff going on. The feel was a little sharp from carbonation, which I thought was a little over the top.
Great beer, easy to knock back, but should be respected even with the slightly lower ABV compared to other big name beers out there.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brown with reddish hues and beige creamy head. Great lacing and retention. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: when its cooler smells boozy. After it warms up, black raisins, spices, bready and caramel.

Taste: caramelized and spiced black raisins with a bready touch. Sweet and very little hops.

Mouthfeel: pretty strong carbonation. After it calms down it goes down sweet and has a spicy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: after reading such good reviews I thought it was going to be a mind-blowing beer, but I think it's a very good beer, although Dubbels are not my prefered style. For what it is, I think it's overpriced, considering you can get Chimay Red 6 times cheaper, for example, and they're pretty similar beers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light brownish color, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

Smells like caramel, banana, dried raisins, spiced bread, slight red wine, and a slight hop bitterness.

This is another crazy good beer from those wizard-like monks at St. Sixtus. There's a lot going on here, with candied, dried fruit, spicy and sweet breadiness, dark fruit (particularly raisins), light spice, and a hint of red wine. This is wonderful- so much going on here.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich and creamy, with a good level of carbonation- not too high.

This is another amazing beer from this brewery. This isn't all that unexpected, though.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Caramel brown color.

Raisins, toffee, bananas, red apples, molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Some heat.

Medium to full bodied. Ends a little sweet and sugary.

A lot better than I was expecting. A very nice Belgian dubbel!

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

Photo of vidisad
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gryffinbeer
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,152 ratings.
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