Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark mahogany with a quarter finger light, fluffy, amber colored head. This would be clear if it was in a thin glass. Aroma is great. Rich chocolate, fresh tobacco, date, plum, raisin, and some red cherry. These strong aromas are mixed with sweet candi sugar. I normally don't like this aroma or flavor, but the fruit is so strong that they balance each other out. A very mild chocolate and fruity flavor. The plum and fig really come out on the first sip. This is very mellow, not in your face at all. The stronger flavors, such as chocolate, tobacco, candi sugar, and some raisin mix with the alcohol in the middle. The hops are noticeable in flavor for a bit, very grassy and you can tell it's there just for bittering. The bitterness lasts a while as does the tobacco and dark chocolate. Feel is very light, bordering on watery. Very drinkable. Dry finish takes a while to materialize.
This is complex. There's so much to get out of this beer that I think I'd be pointing out different flavors and aromas after dozens of tastings. The mouthfeel is such that this doesn't feel as much of a sipper as other beers with this kind of complexity. I usually think I couldn't have a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12 more than once every three months or so. But this is very drinkable and approachable, despite the many facets it presents. What more is to say about this oft reviewed beer? It's good, and I'd try it again when I have the time to savor it.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2012 04:39:04 | More by Philousa
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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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