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

2,164 Ratings
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 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

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

out of the plain, label-free bottle and into a tulip glass. this is a very dark, nearly black beer, a.deep mahogany when held up to the black sides of BA. a great big gorgeous tan head sits at the top and refuses to go away.

the first sniff is intriguing. there is obviously a lot to smell, but when i get closer, my first thought is not dubbel. i expect a really sweet, malty yeast bomb. but what i get is a big ale with lots of fruit and a strong hop presence. there's a wonderful mix of malt, dark fruits, some marshmallows and bubble gum. recently i have had several of the style, and although i didn't review it the st. bernardus blew me away. i am reminded of that here but at the same time this one is unique. so much character, such depth.

jebus. this masterpiece has everything going for it. heavanly mouthfeel, perfect balance and an impossibly light, dry finish. the only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect 5 is probably the same thing that keeps quadrupels and imperial stouts at the top of the best of BA list. 8% abv is nothing to play with, this is a strong ale. but it doesn't quite have the kick your ass wow factor of the biggest and strongest. having said that, this is probably more drinkable and a better everyday beer than the much stronger ales.

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

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

Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't thank Eric enough from Novare Bier Café in Portland, ME. Special Night.

Pours a dark brown with lots of reddish/purple tones. Slightly cloudy and a small light tan/of white head. Quite foamy. Touches of lacing left in the glass. Not too much though.

Aroma was of dark fruits and some nice spices.. The whole dates, raisin thing... Fig is sweeter smelling than date to me... So I'll stick with date.

After taking my first sip I proclaimed, "There you go.." Wow the immediate reaction is about the depth of flavor. The fruits are there like the aroma advertises... and there is a slight phenolic flavor. Eric helped me identify this... I was thinking medicinal... He told me what I was tasting. Not in the way, but it was there. What shocked me was the layers of malt flavor here. Deep caramel, toffee notes that you could think about for a while...
Some nice spices and some real earthy tones.

Am I committing a BA sin by saying I might have enjoyed this as much as the Westy 12?? Maybe it was the setting... But this was fantastic.

Drinkable? Um, yes.

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

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

A - murky off dark brown color with light brown head with sediment visible. great retention good lacing.

S - dark fruit is prevalent here with sweet malts and some caramel.

T - absolutely brilliant. once again dark fruit sweet malts and a brilliant sour edge to it at the end thats not overpowering and offers just the right pucker.

M - low carbonation lighter bodied for the style. a bit of puckering from the sour taste at the end.

O - absolutely world class. i think what pushed my rating here to exceptional was just how unbelievably drinkable this beer is. go find it.

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

Cap dated 30.10.10

Pours a brown the same color of the bottle it escapes. Up rises an inch of khaki head, decent lacing. Smell is grape, some fig, a touch of malt. Taste is mainly grape with cherries, molasses, and fig. The carbonation is light and creamy. Drinkability? I'd love to session with this beer.

I think I'd take this over a westy 12...

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Photo of hophugger
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first Westvleteren and it lives up to its hype. Beautiful medium brown color with ruby hues, average head and plenty of carbonation. This bottle is approx. 7 months old, by the way. Aroma and taste is very complex with lots of raisins, prunes, figs, honey, yeast, cherries, brandy, candy and apples coming through. Balance is amazing and finish is nice, with a spicy, dryness. Extremely nice Belgian dubbel !!

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap stamped 13.08.12.

Poured into my new Westvleteren chalice.

A: Pours a murky brown with plenty of carbonation and floaters. 1 full finger of frothy head fills the glass to the rim. Color turns a very subtle burnt orange when held to the light. A thin ring of head remains, but very little lacing on the glass.

S: Rich, dark fruits: cherries and figs. Highlighted by some cinnamon spice. Port like and brandy scents bring out a little heat in the nose. This one is incredible on the nose - with both sweet and subtle tart characteristics.

T: A perfect crisp and dry display of the smell. Dark fruits, green apple, caramel, and cinnamon. Some wine characteristics break through as the beer warms.

M: Light and crisp in the feel - which leaves me anticipating the 12 I have ever more. Elevated level of carbonation adds to this feel.

D: The feel of this one makes it highly drinkable. A little warm towards the end of the beer limits it slightly. Smell was fantastic, with the taste only leaving me wanting slightly more - but I guess that would be a style preference.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark murky brown with a finger of light tan head, quick dissipation. Pretty well carbonated and yeast chunks floating.

Smell is deep, figgy, plum, raisin, bit of chocolate. Very rich and earthy.

Taste is caramel and bread, plum, a bit of belgium yeast. Very smooth drinking. Strong mouthfeel leaves mouth coated, long lasting flavor.

After letting it warm up for a bit, the smell is much more fruity, apple, fig, and plum.

Taste is richer, more chocolate comes out, darker fruit and earthy. Almost a champagne style finish.

This is an amazing beer and a great experience. Hope the 12 holds up.

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Photo of tdt560
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thankfully recieved a couple of "8"'s and a couple of "12"'s thanks to a family friend that just visited Amsterdam. I had asked her to pick me up some from the De Bierkoning Beershop, thanks to azorie's beer mail for guidance.

Appearance - Poured from bottle (cellared, date marked on cap 10.07.99) into a St. Bernardus chalice, deep cherry brown with 1 to 1.5 finger of eggshell white colored head, good lacing. Some flakes of yeast floating.

Smell - Some fruit, chocolate and plum smells with an addition of a strong smell of alcohol (probably due to it's age, hence the lower mark for smell). To be honest the smell wasn't overly attractive to me, actually somewhat turned me off at first which led me to believe that this was going to be overhyped (much to my surprise).

Taste - Taste is fabulous, semi-sweet and smooth with tastes of chocolate candy, fruit, bread and a slight spiceness. Warming alcohol effect, which isn't exactly what I need on a 95+ degree day but good none the less. Incredibly smooth!

Mouthfull - Medium, creamy mouthfull with a slight dryness upon swallowing.

Drinkability - As much as I could see myself believing that this beer is overhyped, I surely tell you it is not. I could definitley see myself drinking a few of these but it probably wouldn't be practical nor very cost effective. A beer to savor and enjoy while relaxing and being able to enjoy the complexity. If you can get your hands on one, which isn't exactlly easy or cheap, I would highly recommend trying this, obviously!

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Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,164 ratings.
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