Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by Act25:
4.06/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Better let it warm. Tried 2x one aged and on young, both disappointing.
Next time, I will also let it age a few more years because this is not close to its reputation on 2 tries. And I love BSA.
2nd review dated best by 06-2018, so it's young.
A: Again - it's disappointing compared to Chimay, Orval, Achhoufe. Very muddy brown even with a carefully stored, carefully poured.
S: Too faint. Again beach in winter, beach plums, grasses, minerals, raisins in your pocket.
But better as it warms.
T: As before.... Wine-like, better as she warms. Mystery as with all Trappists, plum, long finish.
A tad too cola like and sweet for me.
MF: Faint carbonation. Warming. After dinner drink, but body is also too thin.
O: intense enough for a 4 overall, but no higher.
Scored a bottle dated 2008-06-16 (5.5 years old).
A: Pours a muddy, cloudy dark river brown into a Leffe chalice with zero retention or lace. It's because it's cellared so long?
(Note to self - try this fresh) 3.5
S: Aroma's mostly gone. There's a faint aroma of fruits, spices, becoming stronger as the beer warms up. Beach in winter. 3.25
T: I find the alcohol well hidden. The taste is wine-like, but past it's prime. Fruit, berries, plum, raisins, and plenty of yeast, against a malt backdrop.
Fun as it was to try a cellared edition, I would not waste my $5.29 on it again. I'd go for a fresh one, or one I carefully cellared. 4
M: Medium-bodied, bubbly and also wine-like, chewy, real body. Yet the finish is dry. 4
O: Makes me want to try a better bottle of this. 4
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 20:34:26 | More by Act25
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4.01/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy deep brown with a foamy khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
I can smell pears, raisins, and dates as soon as I open the bottle. Notes of green apple, figs, and prunes become evident, with a fairly sweet Belgian candi sugar sweetness at the base.
Flavor reveals sharp pear and bruised apple underlying a doughy, bready malt backbone. Rich and rummy, the burnt sugar malt sweetness supports complex prune and date notes well. The finish is fairly light and dry.
Body is moderate, but the high carbonation keeps it feeling light. Alcohol warmth is a bit high.
Great ester character is balanced nicely by the malt. The carbonation is higher than I'd like, and a phenolic alcohol character emerges as it warms. Wanted to like this more, but the carbonation killed it for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 14:24:00 | More by barczar
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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