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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,953 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,953
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 226
Gots: 393 | FT: 14
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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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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black. It's hazy with a lot of yeast sediment still in the bottle. The head is off-white, even, creamy and lingers for quite some time. After the head dissipates it leaves nice lacings.

S: Dry, with caramell malt is what first comes to mind, but then there is also som alcohol, spices, and fruit.

T: The dryness is what first hits you, then there is floral hops and fruit (I can sence figs), some alcohol and slight sweetness to this complex beer that also has some spices.
The aftertaste is dry, long and with a bitter hop ending.

M: This is dry, rough and creamy.

D: A fantastic beer, a good trappist-beer. If you havn't had it yet - what's your excuse?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 10:08:45 | More by Evil_Pidde
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a large tan head, over 3 fingers worth. Leaves a nice sticky lace. Has a lot of sediment in the bottle. The smell consists of caramel, alcohol, spice, and fruit.The taste is like the aroma. The alcohol is noticeable, and the flavor is sweet. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, creamy, and has very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 03:30:50 | More by hardy008
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petroos

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Trappist Rochefort Chalice.

A: Intriguing chocolately brown color with a bit of murk to it. Sediment can be seen in the brew. Poured thin tan head which dissipated pretty quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hints of dark cherry. A whiff of alcohol on the backend, along with slight yeastiness.

T: This has one of the most pronounced dark cherry flavors I've ever had in a beer. Amazing. Flavors up front are of chocolate, mocha, and caramel, which then changes to intense cola and black cherry as it warms in your mouth. Finishes smooth with the slightest hint of alcohol. For 9.2% the alcohol is nearly non existent here. Refreshing hoppy finish with caramel flavors and cherry lingering. Just awesome.

M: The carbonation in this beer is huge and lively, and it really helps coat the tongue. As the carbonation dissipates you start to get the dark cherry and cola flavors. The alcohol provides some creamy body but is otherwise not in the picture.

D: The only thing stopping me from chugging this beer was the thought that I should savor it, and that the alcohol would knock me on my ass even if I couldn't taste it. Really well done.

This is a seriously delicious trappist that everyone should try to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 12:41:04 | More by petroos
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Kraken

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 4/6/09

Been holding onto this one for a about three months. My car broke down on the way to work today; figured this would help to take the sting out of the $400 dollar car repair.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Firm pour elicits a 1/4 inch of white head that falls fairly quickly, but still maintains a semblance of its former self. Color is a cloudy dark brown with tan around the edges. Massive in both size and quantity of floaties.

Nose- Plenty of deep caramel and nuts. Alcohol, some vanilla and burnt caramel, reminiscent of creme brule. As it warms dark fruits start to show themselves. Black cherries, caramelized figs, and candied dates.

Palate- Wow, coco, vanilla, dark black cherries, and overripe apple. Very smooth, creamy. I cannot get over how complex and layered the flavors are. Finishes dry with a warming nip of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy on the tongue to start, finishes dry.

Drinkability- Strong, 9.2%, one or two is enough.
This is a world class beverage, seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:20:11 | More by Kraken
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in my Chimay goblet at 47 degrees. 171213 08:36 indicated on the label. Poured a hazy plum with a dense, two-inch off-white head with excellent retention and consistency. Nose is dark fruit, berry and some chocolate notes. Taste consistent with nose, but some acidity comes out in the mouth and flavor profile is muted and flattened. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with a very lively and consistent carbonation from beginning to end and and a slightly dry finish. A solid example of the style and very pleasant to sip as an digestif.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:34:27 | More by Jwale73
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky persistent head. Smell is mild notes of dark caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with dark caramel with touch of deep roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Background sweetness. Grapes and raisins. Apples. Some earthy yeastiness. Some booziness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:19:28 | More by burnstar
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice. Its very simliar to ther R10 just a little bit lighter in flavor. Besides the alcohol content its a near clone of the R10.

This is a still a great beer, but just can't live up to its big brother R10.

For $6 cheaper a beer, I'll sadly drink more R8 then R10.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:42:25 | More by jrallen34
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Murky medium brown color, like apple cider or something. Two fingers of light brown head with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

3.0 S: Aroma really isn't that impressive. It's pleasant, but not strong enough. A bit of dark fruity esters. Not really any spiciness. Pretty boring.

3.0 T: Caramel malt, some dark fruit. The yeast characteristics are really subdued. I'm not getting any spiciness. A little boozy, which mellows toward the end. This is a very one dimensional brew. This really doesn't do it for me like the 10 does.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation could be a bit more spritzy. Really creamy.

3.5 D: Why this beer is in the top 100 is beyond me. I liked it, but it cost way too much for how mediocre this is.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:05:19 | More by DavoleBomb
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew produces massive amounts of light tan and rocky head. The body is brown and hazy with bits of sediment.

Sweet caramel aromas and citrusy hops almost a sweet red wine, almost like Sangria like aromas too.

Taste is sweet and roasty. Dark fruits like prunes and raisins with a light hint of smoke.

MF is slightly coarse and chewy from all of the CO3. Warming alcohol--Creamy and slight oily slickness too.

Overall complex and hits the palates in all sorts of directions. This is the most enjoyable Trappist I've had as of yet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 18:59:24 | More by TheSarge
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, dark malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet and starts with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. Then some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in, followed by a mild hops presence, which all creates a very good balance. This is definitely the type of beer that gets better as it sits for a little bit. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stronger Belgian beer that is worth drinking for while until the ABV catches up to you.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 02:12:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been sitting in my fridge for a while but I finally decided I had a craving for a Trappist brew. Served in my Darkness snifter. Best before June 25th, 2013, so it's a fairly fresh specimen.

A - Three fingers of tan foam (which is impressive in such a small snifter) that has excellent retention an lots of sticky glass-coating lacing. Milk chocolate brown color that is consistent throughout and shows some tiny bubbles on the fringes. There is a bit of sediment that is consistent with the style. Not sure how much better a BSDA can look.

S - Lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness, but also complimented by tons of fruitiness (berries, dried fruits), some vinous notes, spice, candy, Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy woodiness. There might be a hint of alcohol that peaks through, but it's fairly well hidden. I gave this brew a while to warm up, but it never got super pungent the way I like 'em.

T - The taste has plenty of roast malt, nuttiness, light chocolate notes, and hints of fruitiness. It's nothing mind-blowing but it's incredibly well integrated with the perfect balance of flavors. There is a slight woody bitterness to the finish that stays pretty moderate. Wish I could give it 4.25, but it's not an A+ for me...

M - Carbonation is on the higher side, as tends to be the case with many Trappist brews I've had. While it keeps things from getting overly sludgy it can tend to cause a bit of a burn - thankfully this isn't the case with Rochefort 8. Very soft and smooth with some mild residual stickiness and a bit of dryness as well. It's a little lighter than I prefer for a 9.2% beer, but then again you can't really taste the ABV at all.

D - Super drinkable stuff for what it is - the ABV is super well hidden, the carbonation is style-appropriate but not in your face, the taste and finish are really satisfying. High recommended stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 14:22:01 | More by MasterSki
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to trying the Rochefort Beers for quite awhile. Although described as "widely available" this is not really the case. The distributor only allows one case per outlet in the U.S. per release of the 10 and it's only released about 4 times a year. So if you find a retailer, believe me, it's not going to be in stock long & price varies widely from $6.50 to $8.99 (in my area) per 11.2 oz bottle (again for the 10). Is it worth it? At this point I will review the 8 which I just sampled. And first, to answer the prior question with regard to the 8, Hell yes!

Appearance: It does pour a murky chestnut (into a Chimay Chalice) with a fair amount of fizz that evaporates quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Distinct and very, very, complex providing a fantastic precursor to your first sip.

Taste: Excellent in nearly every way, deep, rich flavor. I'll leave it to you to suggest what notes you taste, for me it was a mix of fruit (cherry, plum) and a hint of chocolate. I find this beer far superior to other Dubbels, yes, much better than Chimay and even better than Westmalle.

Mouth feel: Very smooth with what I believe to be the "right" level of carbonation.

Drinkability : Very, very drinkable, took serious will-power not to immediately open another. Best to drink slowly and savor.

This is an incredible beer, truly one of the best. I purchased 2 bottles of the 10 (all they had left) and I can't wait to try it. I plan to sample the 10 with both the St. Bernardus 12 and Chimay GR to try to determine which I like best. Right now I like the 8 best of all, so my anticipation for the 10 is great.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 03:55:27 | More by BobZ
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice. Perfect in terms of appearance: dark brown/plum color with a good inch of fizzy tan head. Smell is very sweet... candy sugar, all kinds of fruit (although the one most prominent to me is pear), and some light spiciness. Awesome. Taste isn't quite as exceptional as the smell.. not nearly as sweet, fairly strong alcohol presence but not really any burning, and again several different fruits. Still pretty darn complex and and tasty. For a beer this strong, as drinkable as you can get.

An awesome beer. Just as good if not better than Rochefort 10.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:35:03 | More by webmanspidey
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Nice to be able to try these Trappiste offerings without an indeterminate trip to the brewery itself, knowhutimean?

This beer pours a cloudy, very dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of audibly fizzy, lightly foamy pale beige head, which contains a few black, roaming specks, and leaves an undulating wall of painted lace as it lazily recedes. There is also some persistent, rising effervescence swirling about and upwards after the fact.

It smells weirdly (not in a bad way) of woody, earthy, noble hops, and very little yeast - expectations are a bitch, I suppose, as the fruity, dark caramel-tinged malt kind of has to approach this from a lower position, but this is not a problem whatsoever. The taste is more forward with the raisins, toffee, caramel, and mild dark fruit (plums, blackberries, most evidently), and some moreover earthy, fruity hops, and a very even, less than obvious alcohol dryness.

The carbonation is quite mild, and generally effusive, the body displaying a solid state smoothness, and a certain hefty density, finishing with an undeniable heaviness, and a well balanced melange of malt and hops, yin and yang, as it were. The big ABV is so well integrated, I almost forgot to mention it.

I've been holding on to this bottle for a while, but after having sampled a number of other Belgian and German offerings of late, and getting out of my IPA-heavy comfort zone, it seemed appropriate to bring out the heavy guns - so what the hell was I really waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 01:54:35 | More by biboergosum
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5oz pour at the Flying Saucer Tri-Beer Belgian tasting served in a tulip glass a crisp dark red with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a slight amount of cherry and dark malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits and malts with slight spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with slight carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:24:29 | More by atsprings
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aaronxsubaru

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm finding that good beer is both complex and drinkable at the same time. This came to my local bar and I figured I'd try it while I could. I decided to try the 8 because the 10 seemed to imposing on my young palet, but after trying this I think the 10 could be much more aproachable. This astes quite good you do notice the extra alcohol but it's not over powering. If you get the chance, even if you don't like darker beers give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:52:59 | More by aaronxsubaru
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jminsc76

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is not a whole lot more that I can say about this one - it's a classic and rightfully so.

Appropriately poured this into a tulip. Exhibits a small quantity of head on the initial pour, with very little lacing but great legs as I tilt it. Aromas of candy, fruit (mostly blackberries, currants, sweet cherries, and other berry items), with a slight maltiness. Very refreshing.

Flavors are rich, refined, and include candy, dark fruit (many of the aforementioned in the aromas), and a little burn on the finish. The sweetness isn't overpowering either, and the carbonation is just enough to balance the sweet, fruity flavors and have me proclaiming, "why yes, this is indeed a beer I am drinking, and not a Port that calls itself a Russian Imperial Stout (no offense, Dark Lord)."

The mouthfeel is tingly, slightly chewy, but more than anything cleansing and delicious. A pleasant, sipping experience.

Like Rochefort 10, our Trappist brewers who talk to God have brought a little bit of manna from heaven (though unlike the Israelites I would hope I would never tire of Rochefort 8 or 10). Keep it up brothers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 15:58:15 | More by jminsc76
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besides the Westy 12, I would say that these are the highest rated Belgian beers in the world. I picked up both the 8 and 10 to compare the two. This is my review of the 8:

A: Pours a real murky brown color. The enormous head fizzes away and leaves a nice film over the beer. Nice lacing. There are also quite substantial white flakes floating around in this brew.

S: Smell is unique. Lots of dark fruit like cherry and plum. I also get a woody character in the smell. Smells sweet and almost Coca-Cola like.

T: Very unique and very complex. The dark fruit is present with the cherry, plum and currant notes. It does taste a little oaky as well. Some toffee. There is also a bit of chocolate in there as well. I also get some citrus fruit. Beer is not bitter at all. A little sweet, but nothing major.

M: Its got a pretty bubbly mouthfeel. A little fizzy. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat creamy.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable. The alcohol does come through in the finish, which detracts a little. This is a sipper. Very rich and complex.

Overall, I think this is one of the more complex Belgian ales I have had. Lots of unique flavor and every sip is a little different. I will review the 10 tomorrow to see how they stack up against one another. Overall, a pretty solid brew, even though I am not the biggest Belgian ale fan. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 20:30:12 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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stbfan

Alabama

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

opaque brown with a big tan head.lots of sediment.

smells great! too complex to explain. great!

tates like honey.smooth, medicinal, sweet, malty, yeasty. very complex taste.

wow! the mouthfeel is wonderful.

nice belgian lacing! this beer is great!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:53:51 | More by stbfan
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Blissmo

Sweden

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 at the "systembolaget" (it's the monopoly we have here in Sweden for selling beer and such with higher than 3.5% alcohol by volume) in a neighboring town.

I poured it into a weissbier glass, probably not an ideal glass, but I had a weissbier just before (gotta get me a chalice).

The beer was dark brown with a lot of yeast and whatnot floating around in it. Looked like a blue Chimay or any other dark belgian style ale, with a foamy light tan head. The lacing was really good.

At first it smelled caramel, sweet malt and a bit spicy, and as it heated I could smell banana and coffee.

The taste was less complex compared to say a blue chimay, but very delicious and the beer felt much more creamy and well balanced. The 9.2 ABV left a little warmth in the throat but nothing else. It tasted sweet and caramelly, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It felt like a more drinkable beer than the other trappist beers of this kind I've had, but I only bought one, which I regretted afterwards. Overall I must say it's one of the better beers I've had, an absolutely awesome beer. Go get it!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:39:17 | More by Blissmo
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dougfir

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a nice one finger head that lingers around the whole time. Fairly high carbonation level evident.

Smell - Smells like sweet and spicy malt. A little christmas-time type spiciness.

Taste - Quite complex and changes significantly with temperature. I'd best describe it as a sweet, fig pudding with some spice and warmth. For some reason, it reminds me of christmas and I will certainly have to remember this beer when that time rolls around again. Would be perfect for drinking on a nice cold day, staring out at the snow. I initially didn't like it all that much compared to other Trappist ales, but by midway through, I'd come to appreciate the flavor (though I still prefer the funk of Orval). Unlike some other reviewers, I definitely note a strong alcohol finish with this beer...it doesn't feel hidden at all. With the first sip, I could easily tell this beer was somewhere up around 9% or 10% abv.

Mouthfeel - Slightly tart and sour at first, but eases into a smooth alcoholic warmth with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a big beer...plenty of flavors and smells working together over the course of drinking a bottle. It certainly goes down smooth, but I can see after one or two, the complexity and intricacy of the drink would be lost. Definitely not any kind of session beer.

Overall I wasn't too impressed and probably won't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 22:22:03 | More by dougfir
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moosiz

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a bottle into a tulip glass with a duvel style pour. It produced a 3/4 to 1 inch off white/beige head with nice retention atop a tawny brown body. good lacing.

smells malty/sweet upfront with slightly sour/aged background.

tastes like dry sweet sugar crossed with tart dark fruit. but not too sweet.

nice mouthfeel. im not a belgian expert but it starts out a bit thin and finishes with a creamy carbonation combo. it works well.

this is very drinkable. and with the high alcohol content, which really hides itself well, it could really get on top of you.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 01:57:03 | More by moosiz
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was received as an extra from Alen, thanks for the trade. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is a cloudy brown with a thick white head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.

The smell is very malty, with some cherries and maybe a little bit of clove and spice. There is no alcohol present in the nose, which was unexpected for the 9% abv.

The taste is a lot like the smell, a little more spice than I would have expected. There is definitely a little cherry in the flavor, very nice. The alcohol is not very present in the taste, but there is a subtle warming in the belly after a few sips.

The beer is very smooth and drinkable, pleasantly balanced. I do wish the fruit tartness were a little more present to give the beer a slight sour note.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:47:48 | More by rpstevens
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at brawley's in Charlotte for $5.99. A bit on the pricey side but trying to review as many top 100's as possible.

This one definitely disappointed me. I know I had a 60 minute right before this, but the taste and smell were just plain lacking in character. Nothing like the 10 or even any other trappist I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 18:32:27 | More by Backer2004
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BEST BEFORE DATE: 30/04/13

Pours a transperent, dark brown with ruby tinting. Two-finger head of creamy tan foam. Retention is very good and leaves a thicker-than-normal blanket on top of this liquid. Lacing is in clumps of loose foam and is slightly slipperey.

Nice hints of dark fruits, like black cherries, figs and raisins. Nice caramel malts. Good presence of candi sugars. These are about all I can find, as the nose is rather muted on this one.

Taste is good, but not as outstanding as expected. Very good maltiness is happening. Mild notes of dark fruits and candi sugars. Clove and corriander spice notes come in, to make things a little more interesting. Mild warming alcohol note.

Here's where I think this one is really failing. It's a good body, in the lower medium range. I'd like it to be alot thicker, but that's just me. The carbonation is the real problem. Way too fizzy and light. It completely gets in the way of the enjoyment and experience for me. This brew should be smooth and creamy, and it's neither.

Drinkability is good but could be better. Enjoyment is not nearly as high as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 05:09:54 | More by coldmeat23
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 3,953 ratings.