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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,017 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,017
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 233
Gots: 412 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Shoegaze99

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having the 6 a week ago (not yet reviewed - I'll do so when I get another bottle - but it was fantastic), I couldn't wait to dig into the 8 and the 10 (coming later). So tonight is the night.

Poured into a goblet-style Chimay glass.

Appearance - Even with a gentle pour this generated two fingers of rich, foamy, bread-like head of light tan. Color is the brown of autumn leaves with just a faint hint of red. Not thick black like a porter, not golden brown like a brown ale. Brown like Mother Nature. It's quite beautiful.

Smell/Nose - Whoa! Quite an active and complex aroma. This hints at figs and raisins and just a touch of caramelized pears, with the damp, uplifting smell of a forest stream bank in the spring. Yeah, I'm serious. If you can imagine what a walk through old Europe would smell like, well, it smells like this.

Taste - The trend towards huge Imperial Stouts and barrel-aging aside, these days American crafts tend towards giant hop flavor. Sometimes it's overpowering, but when it's good it's delicious. This is nothing like that. The taste isn't overpowering or explosive, it's damn near subtle ... subtle but highly complex. It starts innocuous, a slight gulp of beerish liquid riding on the heady aroma, but the middle quickly broadens into Earthy, vaguely nutty flavors with malt, caramel, molasses, and touches of fig, raisin and plum.

However...

If it's got a fault it's that the 9.2% ABV is more upfront than many crafts manage to accomplish these days. It's not an invisible alcohol. While the Rochefort 6 drinks so smooth it's frightening, this one WANTS you to sip it. You can TELL this one is a big, potent beer. You can taste it. In these days of 10 percenters that drink like they're 6 or 7 percent, I'm sorry to say that this is a minor setback.

Mouthfeel - More carbonated than expected, but not overly so. Feels heavy in the mouth with the consistency and weight (though not the texture) of a big stout.

Drinkability - On one hand, this is a great tasting beer with an astounding aroma and deep complexity. On the other hand, if you're spoiled by big American crafts that pack a punch without you *realizing* they're packing a punch, this will feel rather boozy. And it IS rather boozy. This is a sipper by any measure, meant to be had slow and steady. Best paired with food rather than had on its own.

Overall, I'd actually rate this a little below the Rochefort 6, which was equally complex but also more nuanced and drinkable. But even with that said, this is a beer any beer lover should absolutely seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:38:37 | More by Shoegaze99
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours brown with a small off white head. with a sweet malty smell, kind of reminds me of a slightly spicey caramel lattee or something. the taste is a little spicey nd smokey and earthy all rolled nicely into one. moutfeel is good, but slightly over carbonated. its a god beer, but there are better beers within the style.

A: 1/3 finger of head fades to a ring and thin layer. Hazy chestnut-brown liquid.
S: Lots of caramel, some peat, slight milk chocolate. Complex. Smells like a scotch ale.
T: Like a hybrid of a Brown ale, scotch ale, chocolate, and earth. Very tasty and complex.
M: Full, smooth, a bit too fizzy/effervescent.
D: Great. I'd order another and buy again. A good treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:38:44 | More by rowingbrewer
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mckeowbc

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a really good beer all around, but I wasn't stunned. I was expecting a bit more.

A - Very dark, almost black, moderate head that leaves almost no lacing.
S - Smell is subtle, complex, slightly fruity.
T - Taste is a little sweet, but doesn't bely the high alcohol content. Overall lighter than I would have expected from the dark color.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly heavy but finishes clean.
D - Very drinkable, but not much more I can say. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't astounded. It was a good beer, finished clean, but it was less complex that I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:59:05 | More by mckeowbc
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dfillius

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet
A: 1/3 finger of head fades to a ring and thin layer. Hazy chestnut-brown liquid.
S: Lots of caramel, some peat, slight milk chocolate. Complex. Smells like a scotch ale.
T: Like a hybrid of a Brown ale, scotch ale, chocolate, and earth. Very tasty and complex.
M: Full, smooth, a bit too fizzy/effervescent.
D: Great. I'd order another and buy again. A good treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:19:33 | More by dfillius
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a medium brown in color with a big 1.5 finger tan head that develops very quickly and fades equally as quickly. There's not too much lacing.

S: The smell is of a lot of strawberries and a little bit of booze. There's a little bit of caramel in there as well.

T: There's a lot more balance from the hops than I anticipated. The start is a lot of toasted malts with a little bit of caramel and roast. The finish is that of light bitterness, booze, and toasty. The booziness isn't that strong.

M: I felt that the viscosity was appropriate, but that the beer itself was a little over carbonated.

D: At 9.2% this beer is very drinkable. It's too bad it doesn't come in bombers and is so expensive for a single bottle. The balance is outstanding and the flavors complex and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:20:44 | More by glazeman
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is nothing too special - brown with no head. Smell is great - fig, molasses, and booze. Taste is great too and is appropriately balanced. This beer gets even better as it warms. Nice bitterness and roasts in the finish. Mouthfeel is very high and ABV is not noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:56:05 | More by airohead2001
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy tan head.

The scent is of various fruits, roasted malt, spice and alcohol.

The taste is of roasted malts, banana and other fruit, alcohol, bread, spices, notes of licorice and coffee.

Medium bodied, smooth and a little creamy, moderate carbonation.

One of the best beers I've ever had easily, there was so much to taste and all perfectly balanced. This was also a very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 21:46:07 | More by BeerCon5
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.
Bottled august 2009
A-amber and very cloudy with sediment flying everywhere. Nice tan head that sticks around
S-definetly belgian. You can smell sweet malt and makes me want to try it even more
T-very mellow. Sweet, Almost like carmel.
M-very smooth and medium bodied
D-very nice. Almost too nice

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 18:34:30 | More by brew3crew
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from August 2009

Pours an orangish brown with a good amount of head off the initial pour. The head disipates fairly quickly and leaves a lot of carbonation. Smells yeasty and strongly of apple and spices. Tastes sweet and thick. Tons of spices and fruit flavours. Vry full bodied and tasty. A top notch beer

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 18:32:26 | More by Urbancaver
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle - Code on bottle 141014 08:13

Poured a translucent dark brown with two finger head that seems to linger longer than most beers, decent carbonation.

Smell - Malty with light chocolate notes.

Taste - malts are upfront with some mild earthy oak notes,some nutty flavors ,light chocolates.

Drinkability - This is a great beer , well balanced and blended,nice creaminess with a great aftertaste. I'll be seeking out some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 00:47:40 | More by InebriatedJoker
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dkrusekontrol

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So excited for this...Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Rich brown, opaque, with a big tan head. Some carbonation bubbles visible. The head just keeps hanging on.

S: Rich, honey and fruity sweetness with some nuttiness. A bit of smoky coffee and chocolate.

T: See Smell. It's all there. A late hop bite to go with the other flavors. The alcohol and light carbonation have a way of carrying the flavors up to the nose.

M: Unbelievable! Simultaneously light and creamy.

D: Perfect aftertaste. Alcohol is pleasant but in no way overpowering. I could drink this every day!

The best beer I've had in a long time! Complex but mellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:27:07 | More by dkrusekontrol
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EricCioe

Montana

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a really deep copper with a one finger head that dies down to a ring of bubbles with no real lacing. On the nose I'm getting a really complex mix of caramel, toffee, figs, bananas, and some yeasty stuff underneath. On the tongue it's a sneaky one, with nothing really jumping out at first, but then a mellow smorgasbord of the fruitier notes of the nose, mostly fig. In the mouth, it's a medium body but has a really pleasing alcohol note that hangs out for a good long while. It's not abrasive, just comforting. It's definitely drinkable but I wouldn't sit down and drink this all night. It's like an occasional pleasure for me. I like this beer a good deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:41:45 | More by EricCioe
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very opaque dark brown beer with a big and creamy looking tan head. Retention is correct and lacing is very very good.

S: Strong sweet malts come upfront with this. Toffee, dark honey and molasses are there. There is also spiced bread. Some fruits like: banana, dried pineapples, figs, raisins and pears. Some spices like: cloves, light cinnamon and cardamom. Not overly complex, but very inviting.

T: Spiced bread is the main ingredient in this, think banana bread mostly. Strong nutty notes in the taste in the forms of almonds, hazelnuts. Also, there are a lot of spiced like: nutmeg, cardamom, allspice and very little cinnamon. Finally, there are fruits: banana, figs and little bit of raisins. Delicious and complex.

M: Full bodied but not sticky. Medium carbonation. Good feel and it was what Iexpected.

D: Very strong tasting brew with amazing taste. Easy to drink due to its balance but because of the "heavy tastes (nuts and spices)", maybe not as easy to drink as fruitier brews.

Must be a divine mix with strong cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:02:46 | More by flipper2gv
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: not much to look at. dark brown. opaque. minimal tan head. no lacing

smell: Winey smells. no hops . Very nicel

Taste: wine flavors followed by toffee and coffee. very nice.

mouthfeel: light and bubbly. smooth. slightly sour. enjoyable.

Drinkability: a great sipper. this is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 20:12:02 | More by Squelch
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of those beers I have passed by a thousand times. Finally picked it up as a tick for the top 100 (yeah yeah, judge away).

Appearance - Pours into my LadyFace Tulip with a beautiful dark brown, almost black color. Held up to the light it shows just a hint of ruby color shining through. A finger and a half of head is achieved with a moderate pour, and hangs around just forever, leaving great lacing.

Smell - Not as strong as I would have expected, though I can easily pick out the aromas. Dark fruits such as ripe plums and raisins, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc. Some alcohol presence becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste - A fantastic plum taste up front (along with prunes) that fades to the sweet brown sugar/molasses backbone. The spices come up next - clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The beer finishes with some buttery diacetyl notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, higher prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - The alcohol is damn well hidden in this, and I feel like I like this more than the 10 (I'll have to revisit it). Easy to down, and not overpowering as I would have thought. I will pick up another one or two to age.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:57:44 | More by SpdKilz
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Brunite

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a hazy brown with 3 fingers of nice head. Tetention fades after some time. No significant lacing.

Smell -- Banana & some apple. Maybe clove. Some malt.

Taste -- Much like the nose.Mostly faint banana and some spice. As the beer warms....more sweetness is evident. Alcohol is evident and sharp.

Mouthfeel -- Medium thickness. Lots of sharp carbonation. Also; alcohol is a bit too sharp for my liking.

Drinkability -- Honestly, a bit disappointed seeing as this is the top-rated BSDA. Complexity of flavor isn't there and too much carbonation and alcohol. There are others I much prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:57:43 | More by Brunite
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Dating- 110214, 08:33

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a huge 2 finger head and tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. No lacing but leaves some really nice alcohol feet on the side.

S- Up front you get tons of floral fruity aromas and a nice yeast profile that gives a nice bready note and an almost buttered popcorn aroma hah. Also getting plenty of toffee notes and paler malts.

T- up front you get a nice strong champagne fruity like yeast thats fades to some creamy toffee and pale malts. So complex, honestly i cant figure it out. Definitely finishes heavy with a nice alcohol fullness. Dont know that i was ready for this beer being my first trappist 8. Overall its extremely bready and yeast forward with the slight floral and fruit profile.

M- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice wet and more sour funk finish than bitter.

Skal!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 20:23:12 | More by Arenbeer
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kohoutek

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped with 190814 and 07:48. No idea what it means, but there it is.

Beer pours a nice hazy dark amber/brown with a fluffy white head that rises and settles quickly. A very thin but present layer of whispy foam persists. A gentle swirling brings the head back to life.

This beer has a very pleasant fresh aroma of bee pollen, and dandelion blossoms. Aromas and flavors of honey, graham cracker, toffee, and caramel meld together. Higher fruity alcohols add an eggnog/slight banana/dark rum profile. There is a buttery, volatile acidity (ethyl acetate?) that is too present in the trailing end of aroma. The bitterness is very subdued and a higher finishing gravity supplies quite a sweet experience.

This beer is very complex and quite nice, but a bit too sweet/lacking in bitterness to be my favorite BSDA. Something about the balance is a bit off kilter for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:36:02 | More by kohoutek
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Vierenner

Ohio

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

Completely fills your mouth with taste -- it's all encompassing! Pours with a stunningly beautiful head, unusual in my experience for a beer this dark and with such high alcohol content. The carbonation is very delicate, creating a satisfying experience as it interacts with sensors throughout your mouth. Kind of strange, but the dominant flavor in my opinion is banana. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:22:25 | More by Vierenner
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a huge head.

N: Earth, bubblegum and spices.

T: Plums, figs, red grapes, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, hay, some floral spiciness and finishes with an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium bodies, nice carbonation and incredibly smooth!

D: I could drink a lot of these pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 19:25:36 | More by justintcoons
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, not exactly sure on date but its been in my collection at least a year now. served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours with a generous, almost inch of very thick and frothy light tan colored foam, some speckled sediment on top. the beer is murky brown/amber in color, with some visible floating yeast.

S - sweet caramel, candi sugar, molasses, honey, and cola. slightly spicy yeast and cloves.

T - some dark fruits come alive right from the first sip, melding nicely with caramel, dark candi sugar, and chocolatey sweetness. second consists of slightly spic esters and booze attempting to balance the sweetness.

M - medium bodied with typical tight, frizzy active Belgian carbonation. beer lingers for a bit before disappearing into fizz. lingering coating sweetness and a moderate alcohol burn.

D - lovely. one to appease the biggest snob yet also accessible enough for a great intro for an inspiring advocate.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:18:19 | More by Stigs
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aasher

Indiana

1.35/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer poured a muddy, murky dark raisin brown in color with a light khaki head which laced the glass. I don't know what to think of the aromas. It's like nothing I've ever smelt from a Belgian dark. It is incredibly "spicy", astringent, and kind of hard to deal with. It's like rubbing alcohol mixed with Thai food. I'm thinking this could be a bad bottle? Possibly infected? I don't know. The flavor too, like rubbing alcohol and spicy, giving me a headache. Oh my god I can't believe this. I'm sooo disappointed! It's nauseating. This bottle is awful, downright awful. It kills me to drain pour. I've had the others before but this is my first "8". Apparently I'll have to try this again. When that time comes I'll revisit this review but WTF. $6 for this experience was horrible, and on my birthday? Come on.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 05:49:20 | More by aasher
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deschutesGROWN

California

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm moving through a series of Trappist ales, and after trying the Rochefort 10 yesterday, here I arrive on the Rochefort 8.

Similar in color to the 10, the 8 is a dark reddish brown, perfect amount of carbonation and head upon the pour. Those monks have something down! Its clear through the glass and is definitely alive following the pour.

This beer is quite a bit sweeter on the nose, with a mix of caramel/nutty notes. I would also say quite a but florally as well for a beer of this color and type.

The taste is what loses me somewhat. It was overpoweringly sweet on the back of my tongue and lingered through at least half the glass. Since the alcohol was peppery at best, it did balance out over time. Give it a chance, and it rewards.

Since its a heavy beer on the palate, as most belgians are of this character, it feels amazing when lolling it around. Perfect amount of carbonation is of no complaint.

I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, not as drinkable as the Rochefort 10, but if you like a slightly more sweet/aromatic brew, this one is one of the best beers in that category.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 16:40:58 | More by deschutesGROWN
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zappuh

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A good brown color with a muddy look to it

S- Sweet with subtle hints of citrus

T- A little underwhelming a little sweet at first and then the taste just trails off

M- very bubbly, the carbonation causes the beer to dance across the tongue

D- Easy to drink, you wouldn't even know that it was 9.2 ABV

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:43:23 | More by zappuh
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BatDaddy

Tennessee

4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a snifter. Begins as an almost clear dark brown, but even with a delicate pour the yeast still manages to find its way to the bottle. Turns murky brown with a creamy bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Wish I could get the yeast to stay in the bottle but there's an abundance of it and I might just be out of luck. I'll manage.

S - Sweet dark malts. Mashed ripe bananas and a hint of clove. Undercurrent of sweet alcohol underneath, present but not at all overpowering.

T & M - I think maybe I've died and gone to heaven. Dark over-ripe fruits - raisin and plum. More ripe bananas and notes of clove. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish in the throat but that very quickly gets masked and smoothed out with all the sweet malt. The sweetness is dominant but very mellow. Hints of prickly spices here and there. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth I might be drinking cream. Touches of powdery Belgian yeast here and there, which is not surprising.

D - Excellent, even for a high abv beer. Delicious and uber-smooth.

What more can I say? If I could afford it, I would drink this every chance I could. How many ways can you say "delicious?"

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:35:42 | More by BatDaddy
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,017 ratings.