Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.44/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Finally got around to cracking this one open after I've sat on it for several months. Enjoyed out of an 11.2 oz brown bottle marked with a best by date of 6/13/17. I seem to remember reading that Rochefort has a five year lead time on their best by dates, so best guess, this bottle is around nine months old. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.
Appearance - Pouring gently (so as not to dump all of the sediment into my glass) renders healthy two-finger head the color of lightly toasted marshmallow, frothy and rich. Takes quite awhile to dissipate, showing good legs, but no lace to speak of outside of some spatterings of sticky residue in isolated spots. Beneath the active head resides a beautifully-hued body. Light brown with reddish burgundy undertones at the bottom part of the glass where it is thinner and more conducive to letting in light, then dark chestnut-to-walnut brown at the top, with a steady gradient in between. One of the prettier beers I've seen, for sure.
Smell - Sweet baking spice provides an intoxicating complement to dark fruits and vinous undercurrents. Notes of figs, candied dates, some fainter elements of raisins are all here along side a malty sweetness and gentle spice from the yeast profile. Some faint phenols are present, lending a depth of aroma that I really enjoy.
Taste - Continuing with the promise of the smell, the taste has grain sweetness, with some spiciness that is reminiscent of rye, but different. Probably that Belgian yeast. More dark fruits, with now some plum alongside the presence of figs and even light molasses. I know this isn't as high ABV as some in the style, but I can hardly taste the alcohol at all. The richness really hides it well.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue. I really do like this style, but this is one of the more easy-drinking takes that I've had.
Overall, just fantastic. It's been a long time since I last had the 10, and I know it's a different beer than the 8, but I think I might prefer this one. Rich and sweet, but not overpoweringly so or cloying. Lots of flavors at play, but it doesn't seem muddled at all. I love the fact that it's so easy to get as well. Proof positive that something doesn't have to be impossible to obtain to be outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 17:06:11 | More by LambicPentameter
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