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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,029 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,029
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 235
Gots: 414 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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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IPA35

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a long time fan of the Rochefort 10 I decided to give the 8 a try. Some people say the 8 is even better so we'll see.

The head fizzes away quickly. This is a wet glass. I normally go to great pain in order to dry my glasses but I have at a pub recently and I had a Belgian strong dark ale from a freshly rinsed glass and it did not matter one bit. So I don't know...

Some rusty specks on the surface from the yeast. A broken white foam film. Visible carbonation streaming upwards. A hazy, muddy brown beer. Maybe a hint lighter than the 10.

Smells very good. Much like a lighter version of the 10, not very strange considering that is exactly what it is ofcourse. At 9.2% this beer is still a strong dubbel or a rather weak quad. I don't know exactly but this is still a beer packed with aroma. Caramel bonanza blended with dried dark fruits and some alcohol. The alcohol is less prominent than with the 10.
Dried plum and raisins are a big factor in this. Figs and sugary dates too I think. Very good! Some sort of pear skin note on the taste and nose at times too. Interesting.

The most important thing is taste ofcourse.

It tastes like a subdued, less alcoholic rochefort 10. I myself prefer the real thing as I am perfectly fine with the alcohol it it. Taste follows the nose, the caramel and sugary component is most appearant. The fruit becomes more appearant when it warms up. With the 10 you get you fruits right away if I remember correctly.

Still a very tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is nice; a medium bodied, well carbonated beer.
The alcohol is slightly noticable but subdued compared to the 10.

Overall a very tasty beer from one of the great classic Belgian breweries.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 16:45:16 | More by IPA35
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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,029 ratings.