Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.34/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
One of those great Belgian beers I never reviewed for some reason, so here goes.
Pours a huge fizzy airy almost 3 finger head that hits the very top as I stop pouring due to the sediment, fades quickly at first then slows with nice soapy lacing, fairly hazy dark copper mahogany brown red color.
Nose brings lots of great Belgian malts aromas, dark crystal like malts with some biscuit and bread like, and a little toasty. Lots of sweeteners, a dark Belgian candi sugar, caramel and molasses, toffee, brown sugar, etc. The malts also bring a little softness which is interesting, and then into booze, a slight warming booze with a light phenolic touch, and a touch of butterscotch even.
Taste is exactly as I would expect for a good Belgian strong ale. Malts right off the bat, nice darker malts, crystal like, with a little caramel and toffee, into molasses and brown sugar, a nice big dark candi sugar, and a bit of brittle. The big sweeteners bring a bit of sweetness but not a ton, but also a lot of warmin tingly booze, more than it should but not overwhelming, and some phenolic flavors thanks to the yeast additions. Malts also bring a little biscuit and dark grain. Then mild dark fruits, brown sugar covered raisin, light date and fig. A mild syrupy character too. Finish is still a bit sweet but not a lot and dries a bit, more phenolic booze warmth and tingle, more brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, and dakr fruits lingering nicely.
Mouth is fuller bod, tons of big bubble carbonation almost too much, plenty of warming tingly booze, little syrupy.
Overall quite nice, nose is good but not great, taste is exactly what it should be for a nice Belgian strong at about 8 level, nice sweeteners, nice dark fruit in the flavor, good booze level although gets a little overbearing eventually, bit too much carb. A staple belgian beer though.
There were so many awesome beers just like this in Belgium, drinking it really makes me want to go back again, and i can't wait until my next trip.
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2013 03:17:25 | More by jlindros
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4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into tulip.
A - Beautiful brown color, lots of carbonation bubbles.
S - Mild bready smell, honey flavors, medium sweetness.
T - Bready flavors, figs, honey, sweetness.
M - Fairly full bodied, creamy, very smooth.
O - Not as good as 10 but very solid and drinkable. In fact, easy to drink many.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 22:30:45 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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