Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by Augustiner719:
4.05/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter glass.
First off this beer is super carbonated. At over 9% abc i didn't think i would have to be so gentile pouring this beer. It produces a nice off white fluffy head that recedes rather quickly as expected with such high abc. The beer is a touch hazy, probably front he bottle conditioning. It has a reddish brown body, touches of maroon hues coming through as well. The aroma is very pronounced rum soaked raisins. it even has a touch of vanilla and maybe some creaminess on the nose. Dark fruit characteristics followed by molasses come through as well. There is a big boozy character on this one, and i don't really deduct points here because it compliments the beer and makes it much lighter than what 9.2% usually is. The flavors are also pronounced raisins, rum, and molasses. I get a woody character from the finish and it leaves the palate extremely dry. There is a huge level of carbonation on this beer as bubbles coat your mouth, leaving a stinging feeling from the alcohol as well. Drinks a little lighter than a beer of this high abc but nothing mind-blowing in terms of hiding the burn. Definitely a sipper. Overall this is a great beer to have and one of the stronger dubbels i have had. Really good treat and easy to get a hold of. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2012 21:02:33 | More by Augustiner719
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4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330ml bottle, best before 2018, poured into a Trappist Rochefort goblet.
The beer pours a dark amber color, hues of burgundy and earthy brown, opaque with some noticeable bubbles rising to the glass, and some loose sediment settling at the bottom. A wonderful, thick, soapy, bone colored head rises from the beer, about 3 fingers high that has nice retention and yields just a small amount of sticky lace. The aroma is potent, huge amount of rich dark grains, fig, plum, raisin, yeasty clove with some phenol alcohol. The flavors are so strong, huge bready grain, dark, rich and sweet, fruity yeast flavors, also dark, plum, fig, raisin, prune, a bit of chocolate character is noticeable with some brown sugar, clove and tobacco at the finish where alcohol makes another appearance. The flavors are true to style, boisterous, potent and impactful, the balance could've been a bit better as the malt dominates for the most part and the other flavors are more nuanced rather than showcased. The body is crisp, zippy and lively, coats the mouth well, perhaps a bit abrasively so, but the finish is soft and creamy with a bit of a dry bite.
Verdict: A really enjoyable beer and one of the benchmarks for the style. The body is a little livelier than what I'd prefer and the balance could use some improvement, especially with their masterclass of a beer in Rochefort 10. Definitely one to savor and enjoy, a great beer during the colder winter months.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:28:45 | More by kevanb
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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