Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served into my St. Bernardus Chalice.
Pours out a deep mahogany, dark and intriguing masking the mystery within. Off white creamy head, with a solid two fingers from the pour that mellows into a swampy film with no lacing.
This mighty brew takes your nostrils on a dark ride that is both rich and complex. Notes of hot caramel, molasses and fruit esters, sweet and rich, but not overpowering. Alcohol is noticeable at the end, but seems mellowed by the malts.
On the palate, there is a rich and hearty, almost savory depth to the malts. Fruit flavors dominate, figs, or muscadine grapes, though the sweetness is balanced well behind a clove-like spiciness and a warming alcohol character. Huge flavors dominate, but are well played against each other, wherein the malt sweetness plays off the alcohol which plays off the spiciness, all creating a medley of flavors and a hard to beat balance.
Medium-high carbonation, and though the ABV is 9.2% it is well masked, making this a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.
Notes: Some might mention sediment or yeast, but it is important to let it settle to avoid it intervering with the flavors of the beer. A proper pour along with a week of settling in the cellar help.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2010 22:07:39 | More by Cheesemoose
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