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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,043 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,043
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 238
Gots: 420 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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hctap00

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red-mahogany color. Incredibly frothy head, very carbonated. Took several minutes to pour the whole bottle. I could hear the head fizzing the entire time. Quickly reduced to a thin white lacing.

Aroma is far sweeter and fruitier than I expected. Ripe cherries were my first thought. Not as much of the "dark fruit" common in other Belgian dark ales. As it warms, the yeast and phenol aromas are more prominent. Spicy aroma as well that I can't quite place.

Most noticeable throughout is the spiciness that I associate with the good Belgians. Yeasty, phenolic, peppery maybe. Initially I get some of the same fruitiness from the aroma. It is fairly one dimensional though, and the finish not terribly satisfying.

Very thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather high. No lingering effect. Almost feels like water going down.

It certainly is not Rochefort 10. None of the wow factor that I previously experienced with Rochefort beers. I think I have lost my taste for Belgians since I spent a week drinking nothing but last summer. Still enjoyable without a doubt, but just too one dimensional and thin. Not very "dark" for being classified as a strong dark ale. Will re-review at some point to give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 06:42:07 | More by hctap00
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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,043 ratings.