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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,658
Reviews: 1,812
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 301
Gots: 684 | FT: 24
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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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Brasserie de Rochefort - Trappistes Rochefort 8

(Poured into a chalice at Chill Winston in Vancouver)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 pours an cloudy burgundy with an off-white head that quickly collapses into a thin cap.

Rochefort 8 is yeasty both to the nose and the tongue. There are plenty of fruits in there, and a touch of caramel.

The beer is terrifically well carbonated, and that cuts the taste sensation somewhat, but the caramel does get a chance to step forward alongside the summer fruits - and specifically those are raisin and dark grapes, with a touch of apple.

It feels pleasingly full, but the mouthfeel here is all about the big, fizzy carbonation.

Overall, I find myself impressed with the overall experience despite the beer being so boldly carbonated. The flavours are equally bold, you see. Nothing holds back, and I'm glad I had two.

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

Poured from a bottle into a beautiful signature Trappistes Rochefort chalice. The pour is a clear, very dark reddish brown color with a thin creamy-looking head. The nose is noticeably more assertive than that of Rochefort 8. I get notes of sweet berries, candy, a little bit of alcohol, and even some chocolate.

The beer tastes a lot like Rochefort 6, but there is more going on here. There are more bready, cakey, biscuity flavors in the front of the mouth and the high level of carbonation doesn't overwhelm the notes of fruit, jam, and figs you get at mid palate. This beer hides its alcohol well, but there is a very faint warmth on the finish. You also get some sweet tea and honey flavors which linger nicely with the fruit notes.

I definitely taste and smell the difference between this and Rochefort 6. The nose is more assertive and there is added depth to the flavor which allows it to support the high level of carbonation a bit better than the 6. This beer is definitely worth the price difference.

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Prune brown in color and opaque with floating yeast. Pours a thick head which has a soda-like appearance. Good retention nonetheless without much lacing.

Aroma is complex and sweet. Black cherries in the forefront with a sweet, tart character. Raisins and dates in the mix as well.

Big malt flavor throughout, buttery and bready with a hint of roastiness. Then the sweetness come in like a dark fruit jam spread over wheat toast. Other than the warming sensation, the alcohol is indetectable. Can't taste any hops but it doesn't matter. Awesome flavor!

Medium to full-bodied. Thickness and slick texture from the sugar balanced the dryness of the alcohol. Carbonation hits the tongue with aggressive, soda-like bubbles which ruin what would otherwise be a perfect mouthfeel.

Great stuff! Complex and delicious!

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330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/11/2016. Pours super murky dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, grape, banana, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, toasted grains, and huge yeast spices. Incredible aromas with a ton of complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, banana, clove, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, banana, pepper, and yeast spice on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink at 9.2%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel. Big complexity and balance; and extremely enjoyable.

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330ml date 080616 not sure what that means.

A: Pours a ginamormous head (had to pour this in phases) thats a dockers beige. Finally died down a bit. A cloudy deep caramel, cinnamon/brown color, really beautiful color. A healthy head stays with brew. Leaves a patchwall of lacing.

S: Sweet hard candy. Brown sugar, touch of spice (i never know what spices), some dark fruits too. Not overly pungent.

T: Initially a pixie stick like sweet burst, then a more caramel/toffee hard candy mixed with banana/strawberry/candy apple/Oranges fruitiness. A rasin/molasses rich malt backbone. These monks sure like sweet beers. Little alcohol bite, like a nice dark rum. The tiniest hint of floral hops comes through with finish. Lotta layers here, tough to pick them out. Well balanced, nothing overwhelms.

M: Pretty high carbonation, heavy body, a nice mix of syrupy/creamy. Incredibly rich. No session beer. Great dessert beer (alone), probably would pair well with shrimp cocktail or shelfish too.

O: This style (and most trappists) seem to be a bit sweet for my palate, but their complexity of flavors is absurd. So many notes, none overwhelming.

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