Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by erz316:
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours a thick head into my chalice, the head is coloured off-white/cream. The body is a dark ruddy-brown that is opaque, letting in a hint of light at the bottom, where the yeast is once again settling.
S - a ripe and fruity scent is intermingled with an incredibly complex fragrance.
T - a very smooth alcohol taste that is complemented by the creamy head, the malts also come easily to the palate. Nothing is abrupt about this brew; the subtle combination of so many slight flavours is enticing and elusive. But again, the alcohol taste is made impressively smooth.
MF&D - smooth, with a very crisp carbonation. Though, the prevalence of alcohol makes the beer a bit hard to consume when the temperature rises.
I am re-reviewing as now I have gained the palate and vocabulary for these type of things.
Poured into Westmalle goblet from 33cl bottle.
A - completly opaque. the body is a dark brown with tinges of red spread throughout. yeast chunkies float through, and down to the bottom of the glass, the head is an off white/ light tan color; the head dissipates quite quickly, not to say this was a gusher, and settles into a nice thin layer overall.
S - smells great of dark ripe fruits, giving off a simple sugar scent; there are notes fermenting apples (if you have ever had the pleasure of walking around an orchard at that time of year you will know), as with some fruits that get really sweet like figs and dates. there is some spice intermingled with alcohol to be had as well. that is what I believe to be the "complex fragrance" as I had commented before
T - a sweet maltiness and alcohol immediately hit the mouth. making an awesome flavor combination. smooth and creamy, the beer is just great. I will agree with my past statement that nothing is abrupt about this brew. there is a definite rum like spice in with the alcohol-fruit taste during the finish, though alcohol with an undertone of the fruit-like malty sweetness dominate the finish. the after taste is a bit grainy, not like a biscuit in the mouth like some beers, but a slight sweetness and grain flavour that is reminiscent of having a piece fo toast with jam.
MF&D - the feel is great except I find it to be a bit too thin. a bit more viscosity would serve her well in my opinion. either way I could drink this all night if I had the option to do so, especially if I were fasting for lent!
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2009 22:55:29 | More by erz316
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4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330ml bottle, best before 2018, poured into a Trappist Rochefort goblet.
The beer pours a dark amber color, hues of burgundy and earthy brown, opaque with some noticeable bubbles rising to the glass, and some loose sediment settling at the bottom. A wonderful, thick, soapy, bone colored head rises from the beer, about 3 fingers high that has nice retention and yields just a small amount of sticky lace. The aroma is potent, huge amount of rich dark grains, fig, plum, raisin, yeasty clove with some phenol alcohol. The flavors are so strong, huge bready grain, dark, rich and sweet, fruity yeast flavors, also dark, plum, fig, raisin, prune, a bit of chocolate character is noticeable with some brown sugar, clove and tobacco at the finish where alcohol makes another appearance. The flavors are true to style, boisterous, potent and impactful, the balance could've been a bit better as the malt dominates for the most part and the other flavors are more nuanced rather than showcased. The body is crisp, zippy and lively, coats the mouth well, perhaps a bit abrasively so, but the finish is soft and creamy with a bit of a dry bite.
Verdict: A really enjoyable beer and one of the benchmarks for the style. The body is a little livelier than what I'd prefer and the balance could use some improvement, especially with their masterclass of a beer in Rochefort 10. Definitely one to savor and enjoy, a great beer during the colder winter months.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:28:45 | More by kevanb
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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