Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by MadCat:
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
First impression is a toned down version of Rochefort 10. Which is good and bad in my opinion. Good, in that some flavors aren't so strong, bad in that some flavors are still there.
Appearance: Dark brown opaque, with a lighter brown head, can be voluminous, but dissipates fast, no lacing
Smell: Not as much of a distinct alcohol smell here, which is a plus. Other than that, plums, raisins, other fruit, and malt.
Taste: More plums, raisins, fruit, and malt, with a toned down version of that rum finish I noted from the 10.
Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation.
Drinkability: Needs to be sipped, but it is much more drinkable than the 10, you could actually have a second if you felt inclined.
Overall, I would go for this over the 10, but I still don't love it. I will try the 6, but I probably won't have the 8 or 10 again. Either they are just not my cup of tea, or they don't live up to the expectations I get when I see they are rated higher than Chimay Grand Reserve.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2011 03:28:24 | More by MadCat
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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
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