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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,426
Reviews: 1,772
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 267
Gots: 546 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

Neorebel, Tuesday at 01:07 AM
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained like crazy and produced a limited amount of lace. The body is a deep brown the scarlet notes that falls just short of being entirely opaque, boasting that tell tale Belgian aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Warming really helps this one come out, but even when cool the beer has a rich thick dark caramel malt smell backed by notes of plums and figs, which as it warms brings out notes of berries, orange peel, vanilla and a herb I can't quite place.

Taste: In a word, wow. This beer starts exceptionally strong as chewy malt sweetness backed by dates, plum and raisins come forward shifting to a quick spicer note of cloves, anise, grapes, cranberries and a hint of citrus zest, ending with more of that malt backed by a mild berry taste and a slight dry yeast touch. Perfect score.

Feel: Marvelous transitions, nice chewy malt aftertaste that doesn't cling, not too dry, not too moist, ample head, the only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the carbonation is a tad too aggressive at the start of the beer for my liking, and not around enough for the middle transitioning.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, it's flavorful, it's refreshing, it's on the lighter end of medium bodied, it hides it's alcohol masterfully. Give me a barrel of this stuff, and I'd be out cold in a matter of hours it's so good. A little gassy and a little too classy but hey, it's Trappist beer, what do you expect?

Final Thoughts: The Trappist monks seldom disappoint, and this one is certainly no exception. This is currently my highest ranks Trappist Beer and my 2nd highest rated beer as of the time of this review. I can't say enough good things about it, and you owe it to yourself to track this down and try. Two thumbs and two big toes up!

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,426 ratings.