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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,557 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,557
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 284
Gots: 629 | FT: 21
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep murky ruby/brown, almost the colour of redwood bark, or a homemade root beer. Fluffy off-white head lingers, but doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is primarily the sweet brown sugars, with an underhint of almost fruitiness, but I don't pick up the strong raisins or caramel that others seem to be getting.

The taste follows suite, but in a very accessible manner. It starts with belgian yeasts, progressing through brown sugar with hints of dark fruits, but not as defined as other belgians I've had (I actually prefer this, it feels better blended, and I'm not super huge on the overwhelming plum/fig/raisin flavours that can come with other similar brews). There's almost an apple cider crispness lurking somewhere, and it finishes with a nice rum spiciness on the back end.

You notice the carbonation, but it's not distracting. The 9.2 is hidden amazingly well, I kept forgetting I was drinking something so big.
Overall I'm not the hugest Belgian fan, but this one is amazingly well executed and definitely sets the standard as far as I'm concerned within the style.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into ISO glass

A - Dark brown with a nice medium carbonation and lacing.

S - Smelled of rummy raisins and molasses with a sweet malty nose.

T - Smooth start and finish to this beer with a nice warmth of alcohol. Raisins and date flavors shine through with a caramelized licorice/anise root beer flavor profile.

M - Smooth from start to finish a little syrupy on the tongue but the carbonation helps move that along into the smooth creamy finish.

O - An amazing beer from one of my favorite Abbey's. Absolutely delicious. A must have for anyone who wants to start there Trappist experience on the right foot.

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2/5  rDev -53.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1378th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

Thanks to my brother in law for this one.

App- A ruddy mix of brown, red, yellows. Has a light raisin look to it with a small one finger head. No cling or lace. More pond layer on top.

Smell- A small quad note. Lots of booze, caramel and raisins. A bit prickly on the nose with small pockets of creaminess. A more subdued dark fruit note.

Taste- One of the better dubbels. Has a good amount of booze and bubbles with a bit of rich caramel. The dark fruits seem to me to be mixed with a whiskey flavor. Not quite as I remember but great classic beer style.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a rich prickly carbonation. Lots of booze, caramel and dark fruits remain.

Drink- A great beer with tons of flavor and a great prickly whiskey flavor. Dont ask me why. Loved it!

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Going to state the obvious here... huge, amazing, enormous head. White and fluffy... it's like a dream. I would pretty much call this infinite head (in a good way). It made me alter my pouring method! The color itself is a beautiful rosewood... caramel with red streaks. Albeit a bit muddled. Beautiful Beer.

S: I'm getting an awesome caramel... dark fruits... rum... a little brown sugar... and some alcohol. There's almost a little funk in there too. Just enough to make things interesting.

T: The flavor is so much better than even the nose! Really rich, almost chocolate but then it turns more to a malty toffee with dark plump fruits. Some interested spice and phenol from the alcohol. Then it's a big punch of the alcohol. This beer is holding no prisoners and I love it.

M: Medium to light body with huge carbonation. The only downfall of this beer is that it feels a little light on the palate.

O: Almost as good as a classic trappist beer can be. Huge, decadent and if you're not careful... will put you on your ass. It's funny how this beer still manages to be delicate even with all the huge flavors.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,557 ratings.