Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by PatYoda:
4.33/5 rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Rochefort 8. I love the 10, so let's see how this stacks up. Bottle dated 3/23/10 which means it was bottled 5 years before that...about 14 months ago. Pours a pretty dark copper color with a beautiful cream colored head that never fades and leaves tons of lacing. What is it with those Belgians and their excellent foam?
The smell is full of ripe fruit - much brighter than the 10 with some dark fruits like raisins, but also some apple and tropical fruit. The spicing is incredible - I don't know if they use any in the brewing process, but there is definite clove flavor in here probably from the yeast, and possibly others, maybe some cinnamon. I get some vanilla too.
On tasting, the complexity of this beer is incredible. The malt manifests itself in that great ripe fruity flavor, some breadiness, and cookie dough. The spiciness which I smelled is there in spades, along with some vanilla. Brown surgar makes itself known. Just an incredible taste. Unfortunately it is marred by some detectable alcohol, as other reviewers have noted. As the beer warmed, I felt that the alcohol taste wore off, perhaps because my palate got used to it, but it definitely dropped my rating from a 5.0 to a 4.5 here, as it keeps me from enjoying the otherwise excellent finish of this tasty masterpiece. Another negative note is the too-thin body. If the thickness were boosted just a little bit, this would be incredible. I will still certainly be purchasing much more.
Note: yeast pour doesn't affect the taste much and adds slightly to the body. I recommend pouring it in immediately.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2006 01:59:38 | More by PatYoda
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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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