Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.24/5 rDev -2.1%
Side poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with intense carbonation present in the pour. Bubbles racing to the head of the brew, which is a two-finger soapy head. Only stays around for a minute, minimal lacing. But while the head is present, this is an impressive presentation. Sediment in the bottle and glass.
Smell - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits - figs, raisins, prunes, etc. just what you would expect from this style. Big and robust.
Taste - Much like the nose, although there is an underpinning of toasty breads as well. The sweet malts sweep the palate for the first half, replaced by the dark fruits.
Mouthfeel - Disappointing. Heavily carbonated and kind of light, in my opinion, for the style. Dry and crisp, but kind of light bodied considering.
Overall - This is an excellent brew. However, there are three or four of this style which are readily available that I would spend my money before this one. That being said, it is certainly worth a try.
03-24-2013 01:53:53 | More by TheCondor
4/5 rDev -7.6%
My first review, and my first Trappist Ale, celebrating my first anniversary as a beer geek, and 700 unique beers, with Rochefort 8.
A: Dirty brown color with a reddish/copper hue when held to the light. Solid beige head with great retention. Minimal lacing. Yeast sediment is visible.
S: Dark fruit, sweet estery wine like aroma, with a hint of alcohol.
T: Deep dark fruit taste, with some molasses. Very slight nutty, bready characteristics. Alcohol more present as it warms. Slightly dry on the finish.
M: Medium/heavy. More carbonation than I would expect.
O: A good Belgian beer. Carbonation seemed off a little though. Certainly not my favorite Belgian, but I would buy this again. Looking forward to trying more from the Trappists.
03-22-2013 03:08:16 | More by Kunstman
2.09/5 rDev -51.7%
A - despite a slightly sloppy, yeast rousing pour, the beer appears in the glass a dark toffee color that shows deep ruby highlights when held up to a light; pours a thick one finger tan, tight bubbled head, at least once the madly foaming first pour leveled off
S - some dark fruit notes seem faded and overpowered by a stale oxidized aroma and a little ethanol with a hint of acetone
T - tastes pretty oxidized, mildly and unpleasantly lingering sourness/cardboard taste with a bitter turn at the end; not sure if this was a problem with storage (probably, purchased at a liquor store with little craft beer turnover, though it was refrigerated) or a bad bottle from the brewery
M - thin and lacking, not the beer it's supposed to be
D - I finished it, only as a means of trying to figure out what happened to this beer, even though it was more rather than less undrinkable as it warmed, becoming more solventy
03-14-2013 00:38:32 | More by tylerzander
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,117 ratings.