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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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium | website

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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4.48
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Photo of Paddez
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a turbid dark brown brew with a big tan head. Very nice.

Smell: The smell is probably the best part about this beer. Dark fruits, roasted malts and honey are the main attractions with some faint hints of alcohol near the end. There's something else going on there, but I can't really put my finger on it. Qiute complex and very good.

Taste: Roasty, caramelly, ... notes of honey bring a lightly sweet touch to the brew. Figs and other dark fruits carry the taste towards a slightly spicy and dry finish. Good but definitely not ground-breaking.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Excellent mouthfeel: smooth, creamy with a gentle and pleasant carbonation. The more it warms, the more the alcohol gets a pleasant, warming effect. Drinkability is good, as long as it's not too cold.

Conclusion: Very 'dubbel'-like in character. It's a good and solid beer, but world class? Meh.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Josh, you da man! Cap date 12.05.13.

Brown, hazy, tan head and mild lace. Aroma of raisins, malt, spices, a touch sweet.

Rich and complex taste, though not game-changing like Westy 12. Finishes dry with malt and spices. Improves as it warms. Good, but can't touch Westy 12.

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Photo of westweasel
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special shout out to tpd975 for providing a chance to taste this special brew.

The smell was dominated by cherries and caramel. I am very impressed!

The appearance was and opaque dark amber, with about 1/4 inch of beige head.

In the taste I found caramel, butterscotch, toffee, a little bit of alcohol, and a slight bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel was medium.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I had expected it to be more creamy - but maybe my bottle is pretty fresh and would benefit from more aging.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle big thanks to deepsouth for sending this my way. First off this smells pretty amazing, light hints of cherry and malts but just a real nice smell, raisins. The flavor is a nice bready dubbel. Nice beer, remimds me of the westmalle dubbel a little bit, very good.

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Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours an opaque dirty ruddy chestnut, dense middlin creamy tan head subsides slowly, ok lacing.

Aroma is sweet spiced figgy goodness with phenolic undertones, it's happy, it's delicious.

Taste echos the nose except the phenols which ride the length of the flavor are much stronger. Aftertaste begins a bit dry with just a tiny grape skin bitter atop yeasty grains, long lasting. Medium bodied prickly yet creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a somewhat opaque brown hue. Aroma has prominent notes of dark fruit, banana, caramel, molasses, and cola. The flavor presents much of the same but 8's golden triumph (like the rest of the Westy beers) is its ability to balance sweetness and dryness. It doesn't leave that lingering sweetness that often bothers my palate. Alcohol is very soft as is the mouthfeel. My least favorite of the three but still the best Dubbel I have ever had.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Jeff at TJ'sEveryday for sharing this beauty with me. This is another one of those beers I just assumed I'd never get to try.

Perhaps unrealistic expectations did this beer in, but I was not as blown away by this beer as I expected to be. This was actually the consensus of everyone trying this beer this evening, so maybe there was something a bit off with either the beer or us. Of course some of us had just come from a IPA/DIPA festival, so that might have been a factor as well. In any event....

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and fair lacing. The beer smells pretty rich on the nose, with a complex blend of citrus, chocolate malt and Belgium funk. However, the sweet chocolate malt aroma dominated this beer. On the palate, again this beer was pretty malty and sweet, with flavors of chocolate and carob. There is also some brown sugar and flavors reminiscent of German chocolate cake. It was good, but hardly mind blowing. The beer was very smooth and it finished very well. The abv. is very well disguised and it was pretty drinkable.

A very nice beer, but just not quite what I was expecting or hoping. It was good, but I kept on thinking there should be more to it. Oh well...

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Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappist Westvleteren 8 is a clean, dry and simple dubbel. I don't taste all the complexity that everyone else on this page raves about.

A: Dark brown colur and a big 2 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast as well as a little sourness. Not a strong aroma. 4

T: Malty but quite dry with some subtle dried fruit flavour. There is some dry toasty malt in the finish and the alcohol is quite noticeable. I also taste some metallic flavours but I may be confused by the dryness and the alcohol. It's a clean pleasant beer but I didn't find it very complex. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger and a half of off white head. The retention is great and it clings to the glass nicely.

Smell: A bit sweet with some dark fruit and cherry notes. Mildly tart with some Belgian yeast spice.

Taste: Not as sweet as I was expecting. There is a strong cherry note along with some other dark fruits. A very mild sour note, not sure if it is supposed to be there or not. The finish is malty with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The carbonation is extremely smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: A very good Dubbel, but didn't quite live up to my expectations, which were admittedly high. The cherry notes were very pleasant and everything blended together quite nicely.

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Photo of yapi
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank this just before my first westy 12... so it was a good appetizer!

Wasn't that impressed and imho this one is more undeservedly hyped than the 12... my friend loves this one, prefers it over the 12, but I don't find it nearly as complex, full, sweet and creamy as the 12. But to each his own. Dark fruit, a bit on the light side, and a bit too much of an alcohol taste. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but not as good as I expected. Then again, it was a fresh one, If I can age a couple of bottles, maybe I can upgrade this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1202nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
330 Ml

Didnt save the cap, so didnt see the date

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- Super dark brown with no light coming in. A mix of ambers in there as well. Huge puffy head with a good bit cling and lace.

Smell- Westy 8 has a lot going in the nose but I couldn't pick up on all of it. A bit of a small quad note really. I got a lot of dark fruits, a little sweetness and a good dose of Belgian Yeast.

Taste- A nice dubbel without overkilling it on the spice. Had a nice hidden and layered sweetness with a big dose of the yeast. The 8% is well hidden and doesnt affect the beer with respects to drinkability.

Mouth- A well layered medium body with a medium carbonation. Has a residual sweetness and a yeasty dark fruit flavor.

Drink- A very nice dubbel. Very smooth and drinkable without being too hot or too spicy as some tend to be for me.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Deep, dark brown and nearly black, sporting a towering tan head that sticks around for quite a while

Smell
Not a big component of the beer, but I detect some sour notes, minerals, brown sugar, and even orange

Taste & Mouthfeel
Flavors are subtle and hard to describem but they are smooth and balanced the whole way through; finishes with pronounced alchol heat; body is somewhat thin; fine carbonation, though does not lead to the velvety texture found in an Orval or even Duvel; light flavors of caramel, brown sugar dominate the spectrum, but there's also a presence of grain and toasted malts

Overall
It's a really good beer, but I don't believe it lives up to the hype. I find too much fault in the thin body, weak aroma, and noticeable alcohol to give it a perfect rating. Definitely a treat to try in Belgium though!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.09.07

dark brown body with deep, bloody red rare highlights. catch the light the right way and the highlights glow radiantly. the surface has a brownish-yellow translucent layer as well, resting underneath a misty surface covered inadequately by cobwebby carbonation clusters. lacing dots the side of the glass gently and a ring stays around the edge.

aroma vomits forth ripe, rich fruits. raisin paste and juicy plum notes jump out of the glass from a distance. brown sugar smack and a light maltiness carries with it the sweet odor of cherry syrup. the slightest hint of raw cocoa beans top off this exotic nasal medley.

muddy and hot, slightly overcarbonated for the depth of flavor. nice caramel base although the alcohol abrasiveness and possible oxidation kills some of the subtler sweetnesses. warmth brings forth a kiss of fresh mowed grass and berry skins, saving the flavor from disappointing mediocrity. still, tastewise, there are better dubbels.

it's no 12, but it's a solid beer wrapped in an exquisite package. worth a try, glad i did.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep amber brown color with a quick fading tan head on top. There isn't much retention or lacing at all. The smell of the beer give off some Belgian spice notes with some cherry and vanilla in the mix. The taste of the beer is bready, spicy slightly sweet and earthy. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and has a slight booziness in the finish. Overall it's a very good beer but it's nothing overly special. I believe the challenge of getting these beers adds to the hype which reflects the initial score of them. It's good just not as good as the score on here shows.

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Photo of Brew33
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Westy 8. I'd been holding off on drinking this for months but my urges got the better of me.

It pours a dirty reddish brown. Full, tight white head. Cloudy, a bit scary. The aroma was very sweet but potent. Light alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits and brown sugar.

The taste was huge. Complex, sweet, slight burnt sugar flavor. Figs, raisins, a touch of honey. Very vinous, especially as it warms.

The mouthfeel was thick and very creamy. Stood up well to the strong flavors. Butter smooth.

All in all an excellent beer. Not too overwhelming. Complex but not overbearing.

Good beer, not worth the trouble to obtain though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from tpd975, Cheers Greg!

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Apple skins & orchard fruits

T: Apple skins, dryness, cinnamon, a touch of leather & green apples up front. This becomes very warming once this approaches warmer temperature, along slight charred grains, more leather & dryness & some pears as well. Finishes dry with fruittyness

MF: Light. spritzy (maybe this is fairly young bottle?) & very warming

Drinks easy enough, this must be a younger, bottle. I personally was too paranoid to sit on this bottle for too long, if you have a safe cellar. (me, I have 2 kids under 9) then age this to your hearts content. This is not close to my favorite dubbel, feel very fortunate to get to try it though

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from an unlabeled bottle (except cap) into a Chimay chalice. Pours a brownish-red with no head. Small bubbles rising to the surface.

S- Light smell of malt and molasses. Not much nose at all.

T- Tastes of toffee, coffee, and chocolate. I also get some fruit punch type flavor. Very interesting brew. I enjoyed this wholly.

M- Medium carbonation. Nice feel across the tongue.

D- Very tasty beer. The beer is somewhat light but full flavored. Great beer overall.

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Photo of Duff27
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dated 10.09.13 which makes this about 4.5 years old. Thanks @digita7693

Lots of sediment. Beige cap and collar on a murky brownish red colored body.

Aroma of figs and raisins. Perhaps some brown sugar.

Taste is muted when compared to the nose. Slight dark fruitiness. Signs of oxidation.

Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Enjoyed this one although I probably held on to it too long. Glad to try.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 29.09.10. Dark brown pour with a ruby highlight and a big, rocky, tan head. Aroma is cereal, banana, dates, peppery, with a slight bit of alcohol. Flavor consists of plum, cocoa, lots of esters, peppery and quite a bit of alcohol. Medium body with loads of prickly carbonation.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle served at cellar temps in s St. Bernadus goblet. Bottle cap indicates a best by date of May 24, 2005.

Appearance: Murky, muddy brown liquid topped by a smallish offwhite head, which settles to a slight layer of foam after a short while.

Smell: An intriguing mix of anise and green apples largely. Some caramelized sugars kicking around, too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and candi sugars. Prominent anise flavors, some modest tart green apples as well. Dusty black pepper notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the style, with an almost characteristic cotton candy presence on the palate.

Drinkability: A rather enjoyable and well-made little brew. The anise flavors come close to overpowering the flavor profile, but thankfully back away at the last minute. I could see myself having a few more of these were it not for the pricetag.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for bringin this along with a Westy 12! Pours a murky brown color with a medium tan-white head that sticks around for a bit. Scent is full of dark fruit with a bit of a sour apple aroma. Not nearly as much going on as the 12 has. Taste initially a tart green apple flavor which is immediately followed with a lot of lovely chocolate flavors. Dark fruits and a bit of spiciness as well. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is very dry, possibly one of the most dry dubbels I've had, which is not a bad thing at all. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is probably the best dubble I've ever had. I do enjoy the Quads and Tripels more, but this is great for what it is. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -10%

Bottle purchased in Bruges and poured safely back home in Florida. Pours murky dark brownish purple with a massive light khaki head that sticks around. Aroma is dry funky barnyard yeast, surprisingly grassy, light spices, with low sweetness on the nose but for some raisins and figs. Flavor begins with a punch of sweet figs and pears and raisins balanced by a crisp grassy hop finish. Plenty of dry barnyard funk here from the yeast. Medium bodied but lightened up considerably by the high carbonation, crisp, with a dry finish. Definitely lighter than its 12 counterpart. Overall a very nice brew but maybe not quite living up to the considerable price tag. Worth trying, but don't kill yourself over it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Big off white head. Thick collar

Smell - Pecan nuttiness when it's cold. Much fruitier as it warms. Yeasty. Kinda phenolic.

Taste - Very yeasty up front. Nutty as the yeast dies down. Some brown caramel malt. Light chocolate. Finish is clove spiciness. Aggressive hop flavor through, kinda grassy and bitter.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Not a style I love, but it's really well made.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/23/2010

Received in a trade with JW347 on 1/12/2008. The cap reads 09.03.10., which I believe means it was bottled in March of 2007, making it three and a half years old. Stored at 55 degrees since I received it.

Poured into my Bruery snifter. Dark brown with a crimson tinge. The head is one inch and quite frothy, with adequate retention and a little lacing.

Redolent of dried dates, plums, and raisins, the aroma displays a moderate malt sweetness with toasted notes. Light oxidation is evident and alcohol is soft. I detect candied sugar and Belgian yeast. As the beer warms up toward room temperature, I get notes of cherries and a dash of chocolate.

The flavor is more alcoholic than the nose suggested. I can taste every basis point of the 8.00%. It tastes of sweet bready malt and dried dark fruits such as dates and plums. The finish has a candied sugar quality. Malt sweetness and dark fruits linger.

Upper medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation and some alcohol warming. An enjoyable Dubbel.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had two different samples one labeled as 20 years old and one 1-2 years old.

Both fantastic in their own right. I'm very impressed with how the 20 year bottle held up. Some oxidation, but it added to the flavor profile. Whomever I got if from took care of it...thank you.

Dark reddish brown ale, with a head on the newer one. Nose brought out a lot of fruits and nuttiness. Feels fantastic in your mouth, nice thick coating feel.

Great beers!

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