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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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4,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,656
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 301
Gots: 682 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a Trappises Rochefort chalice
It pours a deep red-brown with a frothy head. This head goes down to lacing around the glass with solid islands of foam/froth in the beer.
Its smells of dark fruits and alcohol. The alcohol rides the coat strings of the fruit smell and lets you know this beer means business.
As you drink you get some of the spice from the trappist yeast, a slight fruit taste and get hit on the back end by the alcohol to remind you this is a 9.2% ABV beer.
The is a light, subtle carbonation that mixes with the lacing and adds a frothy element.
Overall it is a fantastic beer for sitting around and talking, and enjoying the company of others. Not one to rushed or hurried but to enjoy its essence.

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330 mL bottle poured into a chalice at cellar temperature.

L – Brown color with a big 4-finger rocky cream-colored head that fades into about a finger of creamy frothy bubbles that lasts throughout. Only a little bit of lacing to go along with the great retention.

S – There’s a wonderful bouquet of fruits here including apples, pears, cherries, apricots, raisins, and figs along with peppery Belgian yeast. The fruit profile is a little light for a Belgian strong dark but it still smells great.

T – There is actually not much going on at the start of the taste, maybe a little bit of bready malt, but fruity sweetness and a tiny bit of sour acidity soon show up with apple, pear, apricot, and raisin notes. Pleasantly spicy Belgian yeast appears at the finish along with a bit of a cola and grainy taste as well.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet and dry finish. A grainy, yeasty taste lingers on my tongue for a little bit. With the high ABV, it’s astonishing that there is only a subtle, very pleasant throat-warming effect.

O – This is a really nice beer. It’s a little on the lighter side of the Belgian strong darks in terms of appearance and fruit profile in both the aroma and taste, but it sure is tasty. I know it’s a different style but I liked the 6 a bit more. I think it was just a bit more complex and enjoyable. Let’s see how the 10 goes. I’m excited.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My awesome girlfriend picked up a 33 cL bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 for me at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA over Thanksgiving, but I only got to it a week ago–a little age on this baby is obviously just fine. It was enjoyed in my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance (4.5/5): Rochefort 8 is dark brown and topped by a one inch, creamy, light tan head of foam that retains well and reduces to an everlasting ring of foam. The beer is translucent and you may see some yeast particles hanging in suspension. A beautiful traditional dark Belgian ale.

Smell (5/5): Booze-soaked raisins, dark stone fruit, and beautiful dark bready notes are prominent in the nose. Some Belgian yeast funk and spice. Malty but understated and subtle. Some clean alcohol is also apparent, though its presence is wholly appropriate for a beer of 9.2% ABV. Simply outstanding.

Taste (5/5): Malt sweetness–dominated by dark fruit and bready notes from the yeast–and a light, warming alcohol flex in the foretaste. The finish is long and pleasant, lightly bitter and drying, and less fruity and yeasty. Rochefort 8 is very subtle and does not have the intensity that most beers of 9.2% ABV do. The flavors become deeper as the beer warms up. Impressive. Sublime!

Mouthfeel (5/5): Silky smooth all the way into the dry finish. Medium body and medium carbonation–Rochefort 8 has a slightly higher carbonation level than most Abbey-style ales of this strength, so there's a little tingle on the tongue as it goes down. Not super thick or decadent, just classy, clean, and refined. Goes down way too easily!

Overall (5/5): Rochefort 8 is a genuine classic Belgian ale and perhaps the finest of the Trappist ales I have had the pleasure of consuming. Its reputation is certainly well deserved. A lovely, understated, and refined dark ale with the perfect mix of fruit and bready flavors, it is pleasant and easy to drink despite its considerable strength.

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