Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a thin creamy head over a deep mahogany body. Strong aromas of plumb, tart cherries, rich caramel and a hint of yeast. Flavor is similarly complexwhere to begin? Subtle dark berries, raisons, plumbs and a bit of pear combine with a more substantial malty sweetness. Toward the finish a bit of a spicy hop bitterness shines through, although its still not very substantialjust enough to balance things out. The body is surprisingly light for the hefty flavor and appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crispness toward the end. The alcohol lets you know its there, but does not detract from the flavor.
A masterpiece. This ale deserves its reputation as one of Belgiums finest. The waves of complexity seem as though theyre being actively directed across the tongue. Suprisingly smooth. A great cold weather sipper!
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2006 22:58:53 | More by Shovelbum
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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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