Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by whoneeds8:
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into Westmalle glass dark dark amber with a thin off white head. Scents of grapefruit and strong raisin smells come from the glass. The taste has more of those raisin flavors that mellow out to a wooden oak taste. Lots of carmel malts as well. Very little hop flavor, if not none at all. The mouthfeel is a little odd. While there isn't much visible carbonation, once it enters the mouth I get the feel of champagne with out the tickles of bubbles. It almost takes away the tounges ability to taste the flavors. The alcohol is very well masked, which makes it much better drinkablilty.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2009 03:07:56 | More by whoneeds8
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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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