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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,654 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 300
Gots: 678 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice on 8/24/12

090216 07:51 printed on the label

Deep hues of rust, copper and tobacco brown. The beer is topped with a ravenous, fizzy head that peaks above the glass with an uneven wave of foam. Thin but lasting retention. Minimal lace.

The aroma is mild mannered with various layers of malts and yeast. Tart apple and pear are dusted with yeast and the lot of it rest supon a blanket of dark, dry bread. Hints of earth, molasses, nuts and plum skins. Subtle spices; maybe some clove. Swirling brings out sweeter aromatics.

The flavor overall has a more fruity penchant, but it's a blend of light fruit twinge and dark fruit substance. Toasted bread rounds it out with mild earthy hops. Balanced spiciness adds depth to the middle. I'm surprised at how dry this is. The finish has an overall sense of dustiness.

The feel is medium-full; reasonably robust but quick-moving, thanks, in part, to the ample carbonation fizz. Alcohol is moderate; it isn't overly hot but you can tell it's there.

This really starts to come together as the beer opens up and the carbonation has the chance to fritter away. It tasted better with each sip.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh, Rochefort. How I've missed thee. Their 10 blew me away over a year ago, and their 6 held up really well in comparison. I'm finally glad I get to revisit 8 for a proper review. Freshness date is "28/09/16," but I purchased this the first week of December 2011. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a dark, brownish color that from afar gives the impression of being Coke, especially with the enormous foamy head. Hard to spot carbonation in the darkness, but it seems there isn't as much as expected - not even through bottle conditioning. Looks hearty and welcoming overall, but not quite what I expected.

Aroma is strong, rich, but above all else, really nutty. I mean *extremely* nutty! If you're a fan of walnuts, roasted chestnuts, pecans, or any variety of rich nuts, look no further. The aroma here reminds me of all of them. I also am getting prunes, candied raisins, rum, and extreme yeastiness, but that nuttiness is very overpowering. The malts are also prevalent here, and I can barely make out any hoppiness under all of these aromas. It's good because it smells like a true meal, but I'm still crossing my fingers for the upcoming flavor.

The flavor starts out slightly fruity and yeasty - then quickly descends into an excessively malty and bittered roasted taste. While I'm trying to make out various flavors - such as dark fruits and smoked grains - I can't seem to get my palate to keep track of individual aspects that are occurring within this beer. Furthermore, while it seems to be equally complex and perplexing, I'm am extremely let down by the beer's body. This may be a bad batch, because I don't remember Rocheforts being this thinned. It's practically watery towards the finish, which is confusing (to me) for a beer this malty to feel this way! The alcohol is well masked - but maybe it *needs* to come out a bit more to make this reach full potential.

In short - disappointed. I really wanted to give this a great review, as Rochefort 10 is one of the greatest I've ever had, but it seems messy overall in terms of conflicting flavors and thinned body. Again, this may be a bad batch, but I have had this at least once before and it didn't blow me away. It perhaps seems to be too middle-of-the-road in between 6 and 10. But no matter what, it is still a good quality product that should be tasted, as it is very popular and well loved in the global beer community. I just find that there are far better (and cheaper) DBPAs or "imperial dubbels" that can be found out there.

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Pour a very dark opaque amber with a two-finger head with good retention.

S: Malty with burnt sugar and dates undertones

T: Coriander spice with hints of alcohol and dark fruit. Complex flavorings that includes roasted malts and a plethora of carbonation.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated

O: Delicious for the style. A fine crafted brew that deliciously hides the ABV and very drinkable. Very complex in taste, smell, and feel. Highly recommended

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From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a fairly clear dark copper color with a decent off white head that shows some retention. Smells of caramel, figs, raisins, a bit of earthy yeast with hints of brown sugar. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. A solid hit of caramel, dark sugar, and dark dried fruits. Medium body with an overzealous level of carbonation and sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot, but dark Belgians like this always seem over carbonated for my palette.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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