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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,220
Reviews: 1,757
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 487 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
No bottle date, best before date is 8/2018; poured on 9/2014

Pours mahogany brown and cloudy (but I decanted a bit of the sediment), with a tall, bubbly tan head with not much lacing. The nose is nice and big with lots of sweet roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar and candi sugar. The taste is very similar with a big emphasis on on the malt profile and brown sugar. The body felt lighter than expected/wanted with a bit too much carbonation. A tasty beer, but not as full as I thought it was going to be.

mtomlins, Yesterday at 07:51 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A: This beer brewed from malted barley and non-malted cereals is very dark in the glass but not black, however the light does not pass through when you hold it up. It supports and enormous head if poured to the wrong glass or even poured incorrectly.

S: It smells of barley and water with some sweat fruity notes; apples, cherry and dark fruits. There is also a slight note of spice but nothing too shocking.

T: Decent mix of fruity flavours following the aroma to a tee. There is some apple, pear, cherry, raisin and plum. The spicy hop bitterness clings on and makes the after taste even more pleasant. The sweetness is moderate.

M: Quite a creamy mouthfeel in the finish and dry and what I would describe as moderate to full bodied.

O: When it is poured into the correct glass does not have a large head but if you use the wrong type of glass then you end up with a 5th of a glass of beer and the rest head which takes an age to die down (to see what glass to use check the bottle). The first sip has a nip of alcohol but it is not over powering and there is a slight bitter sweet taste to it so that it is a very pleasing beer. But be warned this is a strong drink and should not be taken lightly. I like to think of this as the thinking man’s special brew. It also has bubbles so this one tingles on the tongue.

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Purchased from the Abbey the day I drank it.

A: The beer poured with an enormous head and overflowed the glass, possibly from the shaky ride it had in the backpack. After the off white head settled in the Cantillon flute glass the rest of the beer was poured and a fine layer of tiny bubbles clung to every spot of the edge of the glass. Dark marroon color with peaks of red and orange coming through. Clarity is good despite the dark complexion.

S: Sweat fruity impression in the nose with mild and unoffensive spicy phenols hiding in the background. apples, cherry blossom and raspberry are my first impression.

T: Beautiful bouquet of fruity flavors on point with the aroma, apple, pear, cherry all derived from the malt if I understand correctly. The spicey hop bitterness clings on and makes the after taste even more pleasant. The sweetness is moderate. With the esters being very mellow in the fresh version.

M: Clean with extreme drink-ability creamy mouth-feel in the finish and dry with moderate body.

O: Between the mid evil scenery, the perfect weather and the fresh beer.. once I was not a fan of this beer this one really hit the spot. The Abbey this came from was forgettable and the monks don't let you see much so it can be skipped. But the Roch 8 is the best in their 3 beer line up in my opinion.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,220 ratings.