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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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3,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 3690
Reviews: 1726
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of OlieIPA


3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A mix between a dark-brown and reddish color with a abundant amount of head.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma that is perhaps a mixture of plum and raisin.

T: It is hard to pick up the minute flavors at first, but it has a strong spicy finish. Again, I'm not sure what to say about the taste other then dark fruits consisting of a grape, plum, and raisins.

M: Good...a carbonated wine.

D: Very impressed...9.2% is very well hidden. Good job guys!

Overall: I would probably order or purshase this beer if I was in the mood for it, but other then that...nothing too crazy. A good beer that should be enjoyed at least once by every BA. A try it beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:14:29 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of BARFLYB


3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass at night. Not sure of the vintage.

A- A dark dirty brown color with some mahogany tones when held towards the light. Not much of a head came up but about 1/4 of an inch of off white foam came up leaving no lace. Not as dirty(sediment wise) compared to Rochefort 10 but still some particles seen.

S- The smell on this was much fainter than R.10 which was expected but R.8 smell is light. Some dark sugars, malts and some dark fruits ever so sly. Raisins and figs this pretty much like the 10 version only significantly lighter.

T- A nicely mixed bag of dark fruit, malts and belgian yeast and spice. Very light apple and pear with candied malts with some cinnamon and other spice. If it was not for the raisin and fig appearence the taste would of been a loss for me, it just was not to full.

M- Extremely light for what this brew looks like not to mention the high abv. I would say on the tail ends of medium bodied with a good supply of carbonation. The light flavors do not intrude your senses for long making this a quick sipper. I wanted more out of this but it is what it is.

D- I will go for the 10 from now on as it is more richer in flavor and feel but this was a great experience. Either way this is high in ABV so no more than 2 in an evening if it is available.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 06:17:01 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of AgentZero


3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, not a lot of head on it and no lacing. Looks fairly straight-forward.

S - Dark fruits and sugar, lighter on the yeast than I was expecting.

T - I get a lot of pears in this, some raisins, sugar. People talk about the complexity of this, but I find this kind of a simplified throwback, and that's not a bad thing. Nice sugar taste, seems like an oldschool man's beer.

M - Medium bodied, rich, little more cream than I was anticipating.

D - Kind of on the heavy and sweet side, but could do more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 18:44:57 | More by AgentZero
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thick off white head made up of small and medium bubbles. I cannot determine the level of carbonation due to the haziness. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Sweet smell, nice aroma that includes fruit and a strong malt presence. This beer smells wonderful. I can pick up a slight alcohol aroma as well.

Spicy, medium body, sweet and peppery (is that allowed in a beer review). Beer bites me at first, a big shock. I'm thinking I should grab a few of these and age them for years. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good. Second taste, beer is a little thin for my expectation, taste is pretty good, a little bready / biscuity, not as aromatic or honey like as I expected. Overall a good beer but not my favorite trappist.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:32:03 | More by drabmuh
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, hazy and opaque, little bit of red is visible, small off white head and lots of lace. Smell is cherries, chocolate, molasses, apples, some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malts, some liquorice near the end, then some more chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, very warming with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:28:32 | More by Anthony1
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a very large head that falls quickly. It bubbles like it is still alive. The beer is cloudy brown about the color of cola. It is obvious that it was bottle conditioned since there it seems as though the cloudiness comes from yeast. It looks like a brown ale. Some brown stuff settled on the bottom of the glass, it can't be yeast its too dark.

S – It smells fruity and sweet with notes of toffee and caramel. It has an acetone like smell underneath.

T – Tastes of toffee and carmel with a slight wine flavor. Slightly acidic tasting. Very sweet for such a high alcohol beer. This isn't something that I would have multiple of, which is a good thing considering the price.

M – The beer feels medium in body with a prickly bubble feel in the mouth. Maybe a tad too carbonated. Could just be the individual bottle however.

O – A very, very interesting Belgian ale. Like nothing I have ever had before. This is my first introduction into the Trappistes. Originally was going to rate a 3.5, but then I wanted another one so I'll give it a 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:39:42 | More by uawildcat
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip and consumed alongside some Oka, Quebecois trappist cheese. Pours with the noisiest head I've ever heard, producing at least twice the volume of an average beer as the head recedes to a patchy cover and ring around the glass. Opaque, deep-mahogany body. The colour is great but I'm surprised about the lack of head retention and lacing.

The nose is not as potent as that of their 10. Alcohol, yeast, bread, light caramel and spices. Not as much complexity as I was hoping to find.

Dark fruit and alcohol are first noticeable in the mouth. Not much sweetness here, with powdery but lightly-flavoured cocoa and cinnamon taking over on the finish. Tastes "dark" without really presenting any roast character. Some yeast and drying earthy hops.

Light-medium body and slightly too much carbonation, made of larger-than-usual bubbles. Trappist ales usually have better mouthfeels than this.

I'm surprisingly a bit under-whelmed here. The 10 was one of the best beers I've ever had but this one doesn't really live up quality-wise. Still, a pretty solid Belgian but I don't think I'll be picking it up again as long as the 10 is available.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:11:25 | More by eat
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked best before 6/6/18. Poured into a tulip.

So I’ve had this beer before but only gave it a “rating.” I have come back about 12 months later to give a full review. Maybe it’s because of greater tasting experience and knowledge, but the #8 I had tonight does not match up with my first memory. Still a worthy beer, just not at the top of the list where it was before. 4

A – Pours a cloudy, almost muddy dark amber with a dense, mousey off-white four-finger head. A long lasting head with a coating Belgian lacing. 4.25

S – Malty, medium phenols, slightly peppery/spicy, some sweetness. 4.5

T – Alcohol evident but not hot or solventy. Dark fruits – prunes. 3.25

MF – A dry finish, medium-bodied, relatively smooth but touched by the carbonation. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:32:58 | More by Sludgeman
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as hoppy or strong (in terms of alcohol content) as its first cousin, Trappistes Rochefort 10. But this is still a very good product. It is very flavorful, and it serves as a great companion to a light lunch. It is a nice session beer, too. It's a perfect Saturday afternoon beer for those with good taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:36:00 | More by Ilafan
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 9/27/2017.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with nearly 4 fingers of a creamy off white head. Lots of visible carbonation throughout the glass. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, candi sugar, big yeast character, and chocolate.

Taste: Mostly the same as the nose. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, candi sugar, red apple and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation on the high end of medium. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: Very good beer. Lots of yeast and malt character and very easy to drink. There's a reason this one's a classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:00:54 | More by Jonada
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a mahogany color with a thick, chunky tan head. The aroma is malty, with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of phenols. It has a bit of graininess as well. The flavor is malty with a bit of brown sugars and a touch of dark fruits. It has a warming sweetness in the end, but it finishes dry. It is a medium-full bodied brew that is a bit warming and alcoholic. Not too bad, but I expected more.

Sampled 12/14/03

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 16:35:16 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of instrumentality


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, dark brown with a one-finger creamy tan head that refused to settle.

The scent was a very hearty and sweet mix of raisin, plum, and candied apple. I felt like I was smelling not a beer, but a very potent dessert.

The first sip was unfortunately mostly overpowered by alcohol. It burned going down, and only towards the finish did some of the odors begin to translate to my palate. The flavor beneath the alcohol was much like toffee with a hint of raisin. My mouth was pummeled both by alcohol and a bit of fizziness, and the aftertaste was bitter without a whole lot else going on. Damn, what a disappointment.

Then I let it sit a bit.

Less alcohol burn. A little more flavor. A little more potential. But not a whole lot of depth. Sort of like having lemon flavored water instead of lemonade. The flavors were enticing, but they never really bloomed.

This is another case where I think aging will do a whole lot of good. In the meantime, I'll give Rochefort the benefit of the doubt given their clear potential as evidenced by the Rochefort 10.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 07:34:48 | More by instrumentality
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice two-finger, pillowy head with good staying power and cream soda color. A little lacing. Body is translucent, milk chocolate color.

Surprisingly enough, not a lot of aroma here at all at first. Exceptionally clean on the nose. Not unpleasant, but missing the expected aromatics. Slowly but surely some pine emerges. Maybe a little bit of apple cobbler and that horse-blanket feel as well.

Taste is equally clean. A little hint of pine, getting a little more spice here as it warms. Pleasant, no doubt but very very mild.

Nice carbonation on the mouth to go with the overall velvety texture. Clean and soothing.

Can drink this all day long but it's a lot more mild than I expected - disappointing in that respect but still a well-made and enjoyable, albeit austere, effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:16:17 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of pwoods


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown with sunset ruby hues when backlit. Monstrous off white head forms tight and holds quite awhile. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Pleasantly sweet malts, caramelly with a bit of buttery richness. Alcohol is subdued.

T/M: A decent spicy yeast kick with some pepper and earthy, crusty dark bread. Sweetness a lighter than expected, lending just a touch of caramel that tastes a little held back by a growing alcohol line. The alcohol is tasty and leans toward the rye side. Body is just above medium with lively enough carbonation, yet a pleasant smoothness on the back end.

D: Overall, not as strong of a taste as I would have though, but enjoyable nonetheless. 9.2% is gonna make this less drinkable but it goes down easy enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 02:59:22 | More by pwoods
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange infused with coral red and butterscotch. Backlight this beer and you will be rewarded. The attractive beige crown isn't the typical Belgian masterpiece, but it's more than worthy of praise. As are the scattered splotches of sea foam lace. A classic BSDA look.

Just like the color, the aroma isn't as dark as some beer of this style. That doesn't mean that it's anything less than good. Medium-dark fruit (dates, figs) leads the way. There isn't enough roasted maltiness to bring the darker fruits into play. Yeasty spice is on the low end.

I'm not floored by Trappistes Rochefort 8. Since the 'best by' date is approximately one year away, this bottle is now four years old. I appreciate the fact that the monks think it can last that long (and in ideal conditions it probably can), but it tastes a little long in the tooth. It isn't bad, but it isn't the world-beater that was expected.

The malt backbone has almost certainly taken a hit because it isn't as sturdy as it should be. There's slightly more dark fruitiness now, with a mixture of golden and dark raisins joining the party, in addition to the fruits noted above. There's also more ground clove and a hint of black licorice. Breadth of flavor is there, depth of flavor is not (which is often one of the casualites of age).

No way is this beer, this classic Belgian ale, where it needs to be on the mouthfeel front. It's no larger than light-medium and is slightly too fizzy. There is none of that perfectly bubbled, supremely silky, lightly lush... lusciousness... that makes Belgian brewers the undisputed kings of mouthfeel.

At the risk of overstating the case (and despite the fact that it's well within the monks' wishes for proper consumption) this bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 has seen better days. It's definitely good beer, but I was expecting great beer. I hereby resolve to purchase a fresher sample and give it another review.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 13:02:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brown tinged with yellow. Has a 1.5 cm dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smells of hops, dark bread dough, cooked green peas.

Mouthfeel is slick, but it puckers the tongue, drying it out a bit.

Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, white vinegar, whiskey, and some high alcohol notes. Aftertaste is very sour citrus. Becomes mustier as it warms.

Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 17:17:28 | More by JustinBathurst
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle.

The beer poured a murky brownish, reminded me of cola, with a pretty thick off white head, in which a thin film was maintained throughout the beer. The aroma was a little weak, the yeast was prevelent in that it had a slight fruity aroma, but I didn't think it was all that great. The taste was very good. I thought that it had a malty cola taste to it. The cola flavor made it a bit too sweet for my taste for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, still very interesting. The beer had good carbonation and was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 22:42:57 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and murky brown with one finger of creamy head.

Smells fruity, bananas and light berries.

Tastes similar to smell, very complex with those same hints of fruit and other light spices and bread.

Mouth is thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Not bad, not a westy 8 but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:43:46 | More by sonicdescent
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a transperent, dark brown with ruby tinting. Two-finger head of creamy tan foam. Retention is very good and leaves a thicker-than-normal blanket on top of this liquid. Lacing is in clumps of loose foam and is slightly slipperey.

Nice hints of dark fruits, like black cherries, figs and raisins. Nice caramel malts. Good presence of candi sugars. These are about all I can find, as the nose is rather muted on this one.

Taste is good, but not as outstanding as expected. Very good maltiness is happening. Mild notes of dark fruits and candi sugars. Clove and corriander spice notes come in, to make things a little more interesting. Mild warming alcohol note.

Here's where I think this one is really failing. It's a good body, in the lower medium range. I'd like it to be alot thicker, but that's just me. The carbonation is the real problem. Way too fizzy and light. It completely gets in the way of the enjoyment and experience for me. This brew should be smooth and creamy, and it's neither.

Drinkability is good but could be better. Enjoyment is not nearly as high as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 05:09:54 | More by coldmeat23
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in a chalice.

Looks very similar to the 6, slightly darker with a smaller head. On the nose it's a bit more boozy but not too bad for being 9.2%. Also theres some raisin and a lot of malt.

Very malty and a little sweet. No bitterness and again some raisins and spicyness. I didn't do a great pour so I got some floaties in it but it's still pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 23:53:20 | More by kingcrowing
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with deep red highlights. Some sediment floating. Big pillowy, slightly off white, 2 finger head, with supreme retention and awesome lacing.

S: Very malty. Mostly caramel, with some figs and raisins and just a hint of cherries. Maybe a touch of wood and a slight roastiness.

T: Dark fruits and caramel malts blend nicely upfront. Dark fruits come out a bit more towards the middle with figs and raisins. A light bitterness and spiciness comes through. Finishes with a hint of anise and a big bite of alcohol.

M: Full bodied. High carbonation. Very creamy. Alcohol definitely bites the tongue.

O: A great beer except the alcohol could have been hidden a bit better. Not near as complex as the 10, but still a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 05:14:02 | More by doughanson78
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South Africa

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 9,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Rochefort glass.
BB 05/01/2016

Appearance: Great pour, lightly clouded mahogany body with golden edges topped by a large, creamy beige head that lasts sublimely well and leaves great lace.

Smell: Hmmm, even though the beer was only lightly chilled it needed about 10 minutes for the nose to open up and gain some power. Lots of dark fruit (figs, raisins, dates and cherries and over ripe red grapes), spices (nutmeg and cloves) and surprisingly chocolate dominate the nose. Unrefined sugar, caramel, a light nuttiness, red apples and a musty, earthy quality are also noted.

Taste: The nose was initially very disappointing but opened up superbly as the beer warmed. Sadly the flavour didn't benefit equally from warming and lagged behind the nose in both complexity and power. Figs, stewed plums, dates, cocoa, earthy spices, breadiness and a touch of caramel are all noted.
The flavour is far from bad, but it just seems like a watered down version of the smell.
On the plus side, the abv. cover is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a high level of smooth carbonation. Pretty much perfect for a Belgian.

Overall: Sadly a little disappointing when compared to the 6 and 10. Maybe this wasn't the best bottle around - I will have to get another.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 11:41:48 | More by Thehuntmaster
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today I called Rochefort 6 the Shostakovich of Belgian Beer. That counts in the big line also for this one, but this one has more fruity/flower elements to pull it out of the also mentionable smells of horse blanket and horse faeces.

I'm sorry but I can only conclude: Rochefort is a heavilly overrated label.

Like Rochefort 6 this one draws attention on elements that aren't especially refreshing or exciting.

A: a nice ruby colour with a lasting head;
S: like Rochefort 6 nutmeg, black pepper, horse blanket, horse faeces, mushroom, liquorice, but all more subtile;
T: in line of the smell, but without the flowers; I think this kind of beer is much to musty; it doesn't make me happy, and that's what I expect from beers;
O: better than the Rochefort 6. About this one can also be said: books can be written about it, but does it invite to buy another one? No, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:10:51 | More by Filosoof
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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.99/bottle. Solid opaque brown. Dark tan head. Molasses and rushes of spice, alcohol and fruit behind oppressing malt. Good beer, very "Trappist" in style and taste - kind of overpowering and strong. I can imagine what 10 must be like. For the price I would not buy this again, but it is a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 02:54:05 | More by benmiliron
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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I missed something on this beer.. don't get me wrong it was really good, but not A+ worthy to me? I kept thinking I could have stirred the yeast up? I was careful though? I'll give it another shot but heres how the first time went..

Poured a deep dirt brown color with a huge tan head that stuck around the whole time. Smelled of sweet malts and yeast, with a hint of hop spices. This was not the case for the taste. No hop flavor, and almost no malt. Hard to describe. Sweet smooth flavors. A very thin, almost airy beer. A sweet leather taste, some raison and spices. Maybe some water down rum in there. The mouthfeel was good, every drink tricked me into thinking it was going to be heavy but it thinned out and laced the mouth nicely. The drinkability was nice, never picked up the alcohol. Just very confused by the taste.
Give it a shot..

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 04:46:54 | More by nrpellegrini
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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