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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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3,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 3697
Reviews: 1727
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%

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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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled la Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out an opaque dark caramel color...almost a dark honey color like a locust or spring mix honey. Nice, 1/2" head quickly faded, leaving a foam on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Lovely nose on this beer. Acetone scents along with a sharp, fruity tartness help to somewhat cover up the scents of Belgian yeast, a hit of boozy bubblegum and a certain scent of corn.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry. Almost non-existent. Middle is where this really unique taste of toasted grains, malt, noble hops -all perfectly balanced and wonderfully smooth-- seeps in from the edges of the palate and then washes over the center of the palate only to quickly fade away into dryness. Finish is wonderfully warming and slightly sweet with a deep taste of noble hops, barley malt and sweet adjuncts (corn, rice, etc.).

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced and complementary to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. The taste levels, the bouquet, the mouthfeel all combine to make this a brew worth tracking down. These Belgian Darks I have been reviewing all represent many hundreds of years of brewing acumen and this lovely brew is no exception. This beer would be excellent for sessioning or simply savoring in fron of a roaring fire. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:25:14 | More by BeerDocT
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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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