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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,619
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 296
Gots: 658 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown Oak, with very think quick head.

Smell: Smooth, subtle. Many malt, yeast and bread notes with some alcohol breaking through. Dark Plum notes and some lighter floral notes come through in the end.

Taste: Initial malt and toffees. Some smooth caramel notes with some backing fruit notes: figs, plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, uniform and pleasant.

Overall: A great beer,, elegant and complex. A fine example of a "less is more" beer.

Serving: Bottle poured in Rochefort Chalace.

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

Murky oak brown with magenta tinge and a giant creamy beige head on first pour, cola head on top up. Brown sugar, strawberry, and orange preserves on the nose with hints of bark and clove; no dark fruit.
Rhubarb and raspberry jam up front, with some soft caramel and shortbread, a hint of chocolate, a clove hit in the middle, then pepper, some spice rack, and orange liqueur to end.
Mellows to dried cranberry. Brandy notes from first pour sample.
Butterscotch leave and spearmint linger. Medium, very lively, creamy, chewy, with a slight burn.

Unlike any Belgian I've ever had. There were moments I was thinking of a California amber or even Arrogant Bastard with all the bright notes and noticeable citrus. I got no dark fruit at all, only red. A candy shop of a beer, with lots of unfermented sugars giving it a big body. Totally unique and darn tasty.

Fascinating and confusing.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,619 ratings.