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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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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Photo of Dzu
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into WV glass. BB 21/08/17 on cap.
L: Turbid dark brown with suspended solids and medium white foam head.
S: Old wine, raisin , caramel, dark fruits.
T: Tart, sweets, plums.
F: Medium carbonation and tight body. Not boozy at all.
O: Great balanced dubbel. One of the best I've had.

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

I think that I might just like this one a touch more than the 12. The 8 has lighter aromas and flavors, a softer body and a lighter palate. The reduced alcohol gives the beer a less vinous character, which allows more delicate components of the nose and tongue to shine through. This is certainly more subtle but I don’t think it’s lacking anything significant on the 12. It’s just a different beer. One item that I must note is the body. IN addition to being generally softer, the 8 seems to be considerably more bubbly. The head is slightly more aggressive on the lips and tongue and the more assertive carbonation seems to do a better job of cleansing the palate between sips. Each next sip, is therefore closer resembling the original, full flavored, mind blowing sip. I like this about the beer. I also like that it looks, tastes, and smells just uncannily good and also that it’s damn near impossible to find. What a treat it is and well worth every penny, or couple thousand pennies that one must drop to get a bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Auburn colour, bergundy in some light. Vanilla, fruit, yeast and malts. Mouthwarming sizzling carbonation with light-medium texture. Spice and dried fruit, bannana with raisin, carmel . Bit acidic. Great by itself and as appetizer, but beware that the alcohol is there. Deserves its rich reputation.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to bullywee!

date on cape - 22/09/10 , poured into a tulip

pours a deep ruby brown, lots of cola color. massive creamy pillow like head that just sits there, hiding the scents beneath.

lots of sweetness hits me first. rich raisins dominate with an underlying dark cherry and vanilla and alcohol. faint hints of malts and yeast. this is beyond complex.

wow.. tons of raisin up front. dark cherry and other dark fruits really make up a majority of the flavor. light vanilla through out the finish with a nice light malty backbone. light hints of tobacco and a nuttiness.

tons of carbonation tingle the tongue. as this warmed up, it did calm down a bit and smooth out. this was the only flaw i found.

amazing flavors, amazing scent, and huge complexity. this never once got boring, only made me want more. the 8% is well hidden. this is a treat, and i would give anything for another.

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Photo of nickd717
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle at In de Vrede. A slightly less awesome version of Westvleteren 12, which makes it only really ridiculously awesome.

A - Hazy brown color with a large, lasting tan head and great lacing.

S - Aroma of dark candied fruits, brown sugar, sweet toffeeish malt, and Belgian yeast.

T - Caramel malt, toffee, bread pudding, candi sugar, fig, raisin, Belgian yeast, and spices.

M - Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with soft but fairly substantial carbonation. Similar warming sensation as the 12 but a little less pronounced.

D - Off the charts for the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to billinlafayette for this one! Dated 29.09.09 on cap. Served from bottle into a McChouffe goblet. Pours a dark brown with one finger off white head that contains a dusting of brown sediment on the top. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of mat, fruit, alcohol, and citrus. The flavor is of big fruit, alcohol, malt, and a smooth creamy followthrough. It is medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is phenomenal. I was expecting it to be good, but wow... The aroma and flavor of this brew is beautiful. Definitely the best of this style I have had to date. Believe the hype people!

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked this bad boy open to celebrate beginning my second year of law school (what better time?).

I liked it better than the 12. It was more subtle, refined, and although i generally like the big alcohol beers, i thought the 12 tried to do too much. this reminded me greatly of the rochefort 10 both in style and substance (and yes, i know the styles are technically different).

Pours a dark ruby with a amorphous white head. Great lacing/head retention. Aromas quickly filled the room - candied apples, banana, prune, toffee, caramel, even a bit of chocolate. Taste hits strong up front with fruity sweetness and rounds out with the dessert flavors. Mouthfeel is impecable - thick yet effervescent and tingling. Highly drinkable, aside from the difficulty to acquire.

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Photo of JasonBatz
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of hopdog
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted from case bought on 1/1/02. Reddish brown in color with an off white head. Lots of particles. Aromas of dark fruits (plums & raisins), spices, dough, caramel and slight yeast. Mmmm, nice smelling. Tastes are just as complex, if not better, than the smells. Great tasting beer. Alcohol content hidden. Lively carbonation. This is a very good beer - one of my favorites (I’m glad I still have 12 in the cellar).

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Photo of Greggy
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a 1 finger head, minimal lacing but some nice yeast sediment is in suspension.

S- Nice woody, buttery, brown sugar, slightly medicinal.

T- Starts out with a nice butterscotch, brown sugar, then transitions to a buttery port note with a touch of chocolate. The finish is drying.

M- Silky smooth feel. Great buttery notes.

D- Highly drinkable, and unfortunately, very rare. Delicious.

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

Photo of Spoda1983
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Alkey
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from my bottle to my snifter a dark reddish/brown and unable to see through with a large tan head that leaves some nice lace around the glass. Smell has some fruity notes and the taste is very rich and complex with somewhat dried fruit flavors of raisin and prune and a touch of carbonation. This is one excellently crafted beer and is highly drinkable but only having one small bottle of this brew is not nearly enough time to explore the complexity of this beer.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PolarBear3
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany colour with creamy looking tanned head that retains throughout.

S - Amazing malt, belgium yeasty notes including plums, raisins, cherries and sweet caramel, toffee.

T - The dark fruit really shines here along with the candied sugar, toffee, caramel, biscuit like sweet malts, cherries/figs at the back end with a gentle tartness that lingers well.

M - Creamy with medium carbonation and medium bodied

O - Well, its a great pleasure again to drink and review this beer, in particular on xmas day. Still one of my favourite beers and although I believe it is inferior to the 12 it i s still a great complex and delicious beer to consume. Highly recommend

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

Poured from a small capped bottle, no label, blue cap, into a goblet.

In the full glass, this is a dark reddish brown beauty with a foamy, well retained tan head. As the amount of fluid goes down, it looks quite clear, tawny-like in color with golden and amber highlights.
Nose is malty and sweet, fruity, caramelized and actually quite spicy, peppery with some hints of alcohol in the background.
Nice carbonation adds to the velvety mouthfeel, with a deep flavor but actually quite light for its taste, adding tremendously to its drinkability.
Its caramelized, malty sweetness is well balanced by the same peppery spiciness suggested on the aroma, and layer upon layer of fruit comes into play. Warmingly alcoholic at times, it is still quite well balanced, and incredibly pleasant.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Date 19.11.13

A: Murky brown pour with a nicely sized light brown head. A ton of sediment in this one, hope that's normal.

S: Boozy, caramel malts, Belgian yeasts and must candied sugar. Smells like this Dubbel has some meat to it.

T: The taste on this is out of this world. The perfect Dubbel. Musty, dark fruits, booze, candied sugar. Balanced perfectly, sweet, robust, delicious.

MF: Full body, carbonated well, bit of a dry finish.

O: Insanely drinkable, delicious, balanced. Phenomenal.

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Photo of gford217
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #200! Bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours dark, dark cola brown with a big rocky off-white head that shows very good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Aroma is very sweet initially with candi sugar and a healthy dose of Belgian yeast in the nose as well. Dark fruits are also prevalent with a hint of spices on top.

T: Taste is a more complex version of the nose. The sweetness is toned down just slightly with caramel and toffee playing a huge role on top of the dark fruits. Molasses sweetness is there in the background.

M: Mouthfeel is truly exceptional - the perfect balance of medium to full body and high carbonation. The tastes just dance all over the tongue.

D: This is one of the better examples of a Dubbel I've ever had and the drinkability is off the charts. Big thanks again to Jason for the opportunity to try all of the Westies!

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Photo of freed
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Elemental for getting this one for me.

Pours a deep mahogany with the slightest ruby tints when held to the light. Amazing head made of smallish to medium sized bubbles that are cream colored. Head lasts all the way through the beer, but no lacing belies this.

Aroma is that of a single malt distiller. Rough, musty timber, warm peat, and sour tang of the distiller's feet. Entering the mouth, its almost creamy. Smooth sensation then follows with sweetness and tartness of a fruit, but mouth fills with the body of malt. The expansive feeling in my mouth is quite amazing. The carbonation, alcohol, and body all make for a full experience. The mouth is left dry and sweet, and definitely ready for another sip. My own sense of duty must override my mouth's desire for more. I've managed to make this last for 45 minutes though, and its just getting better.

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

Photo of bcostner1
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with the Westy 12, thanks to Thijs Brabander for helping me to procure this amazing beer. I opened this beauty up for my 2nd wedding anniversary (felt that drinking a great "dubbel" was appropriate for this day).

A: Poured into a Trappist Westvleteren chalice. Heavy carbonation is apparent. 2 finger thick white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Rich, dark brown in appearance. Looks similar to the 12 in my opinion.

S: Delicious yeast and sweet, dark fruits predominate. Undertones of fresh baked bread. No hop aroma detected.

T: Amazing. Like the nose, heavy yeast (although not as heavy as the Westy 12) and dark fruits predominate. Sweet on the tongue. No hop bitterness. A little brown sugary/molasses ending. Delicious.

M: Easy drinker with only the 8% ABV. Love the yeasty sweet aftertaste. My only gripe, if I have one, is that I actually wish it had a little less carbonation.

Overall, this is by far my favorite dubbel. I haven't had many that didn't leave a lot of banana aftertaste. This one doesn't...and that's why I love it. Glad I have 2 more saved up for other special occasions. Truly an amazing beer.

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

Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 2,204 ratings
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