Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by HistoricalMan:
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured down the center of a Left Hand balloon glass from a 12oz bottle.
Appearance: A thick, dark amber pour settles with three fingers of light khaki head. The head slowly recedes to as little as half a finger and there's some lacing if you tilt the glass. I forgot to check for yeast in the bottle so there's quite a fair amount of dark yeast in the glass.
Smell: Fresh bread, earthy malts, ripe fruits (cherries, figs), candied sugar, and alcohol.
Taste: Plenty of earthy malts, some candied dark fruits, molasses, and some heat from the alcohol. Honestly, this is a very complex brew and it might be a little too much for my modest palate. Either way, it's very tasty.
Mouth: A thick body with moderate carbonation. Combined with the high ABV and the complexity of the flavors, this is definitely a beer you want to sip.
A very complex yet tasty brew. I bought several with the intent of aging them, and I recommend that you buy two or three and do the same.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2013 02:39:53 | More by HistoricalMan
More User Reviews:
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
96 out of 100 based on 4,011 ratings.