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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,033 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,033
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 417 | 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:
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red color, with a thick billowing head that settles VERY slowly, leaving some nice lacing and a thick layer of foam floating. Aroma? Absolutely amazing! Faint sugar cane with some raisiny aroma and a faint yeastyness. Wow, taste is amazing as well, with an oakey flavor, along with some lightly roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly fizzy feeling, just the right amount of aftertaste. A solid belgian dark. Very well balanced, but due to the price, i'd have a hard time drinking this really as anything other than an occasional treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 11:10:38 | More by BigJTrucker
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younger35

Minnesota

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

For my 99th and 100th reviews I decided to do a side by side tasting of Rochefort 8 & 10. I’ve had these both before in bars but never at home. Comes in a nice 11.2 oz bottle that is a bit more festive and informative that the Westvletern 12. Labeled with a stamp that reads L130612 07:46 (no clue). Drank out of my Rogue Überfest Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky russet brown with hues of amber and yellow. HUGE tan head that spills out of the top of my glass. This thing is creamy, frothy, foamy and O so beautiful. Looks like a root beer float. Leaves a great cap the entire brew and foamy lacing randomly sticks all over the glass. Looks exactly like the 10.
Smell- Lot’s of dirty Belgium yeast fills the nose. Very fruity under the mustiness remenicent of banana’s and ripe dark fruit. Sweet toffee from the malt shows more as it warms. Nice and spicy with big whiffs of liquor like alcohol.
Taste- Very rich sweetness that has a subtle caramel/chocolate start. Light fruits and brown sugar help round out and cover the rum cake alcohol. Has the Belgium mustiness but not to the extent that the nose leads you to believe. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and super smooth. Has a very heavy feel, yet is deceptively airy. Couldn’t possibly have a better feel. Perfection!
Drinkability- This is just a fabulous brew. Looks great in the glass, smells fantastic and tastes even better. You could sit and easily drink six or seven of these before you knew what hit you. I like this version of Rochefort slightly more than the 10. I think it’s a bit more balanced and easier drinking. Both excellent brews that are a must try!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:16:34 | More by younger35
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 & 10 back to back
8 goes first.

Served in a wine glass after sitting in the fridge for an hour and a half, not too cold, not too warm.

A - Pours out a deep dark ruby red color with a pillowy offwhite head. Head retains very well at a half inch. Lacing is good, sticking a lot around the edges of the head, and some sheets where I drink from.

S - A sweet yeasty smell with some very DOUGHY, slightly earthy malts, some lightly sour-like fruitiness, tart cherries, and a little bit of spice. Some faint phenolic notes in the background.

T/M - Starts out with a muted fruity taste, thick textured with a sharp bite of carbonation. A light yeasty flavor enters in, accompanied by some spicy flavors. Carbonation finally lets up and an odd sort of bitterness comes through and finishes with a faint yeasty sweetness.

D - Overall it was an okay drink, but the taste left a little to be desired (more flavor). Maybe not worth the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 02:33:29 | More by umustdrink
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botham

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a deep copper with ruby red highlights, and a huge off-white brownish head that dissipates quickly. great lacings on this one.

smell is hoppy, with a yeasty character. cascade hops give the aroma a spicy and coniferous feel, while ale yeast puts a fruity character in the mix. notes of apple and apricot.

taste is of alcohol up front, with sweet ale yeast as well. same notes of apricot and apple are present, with a vinous feel. finishes with an alcoholic bite and some spicy hops.

aftertaste is of residual alcohol and apricots, with a bit of apple.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with bite from alcohol.

drinkability is decent, but the high alcohol levels and bite will make this one less drinkable. the brew overall is well balanced, and is a solid example of a belgian strong dark. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 05:15:32 | More by botham
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Overlord

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the glowing Bevmo description card (perfect "desert island" beer), I gave this a try.

Not an impressive looking beer, by any means. Sort of an unappealing murky brownish color, no real head to speak of, and no carbonation.

The smell, and the taste, quickly make up for the bland appearance. Dark roasted fruits, tons of belgian malts (how many strains did they cram into this thing?), a delicious tart aftertaste to balance the malt and fruit strains.

Not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 06:16:09 | More by Overlord
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JayTheFinn

California

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh man, this is tasty! I think this is my favorite Belgium I've ever had. Sure it's got a high ABV, but you really don't taste it (although you feel it soon enough!). It just had a nice, smooth malty flavor that went down with the greatest of ease. Tantilizing dark brown body as well with the typical overwhelming foamy head. $5 for a 330ml is a bargain at these flavors!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:20:17 | More by JayTheFinn
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dnichols

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort challis at the Tony Roma’s bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It is a very dark orange-brown murky beer with an abundant sticky dark caramel head. It has the color of a coke with a swirl of coffee. Once it settled, the interior of glass was covered with lacing and the beer itself stayed coated with small bubbles.

S: The aroma is awesome. It has a fruity (burnt orange and figs) aroma that complements the toasted malts and caramel sugars. It does not so much hide the odor of alcohol as merge the odor in a well balanced aroma that is very pleasing.

T: Complex balance of sweet and spicy flavors accented by the bite of alcohol. It is reminiscent of a mixed drink more than a beer. The malts taste of coffee, coco, and caramel. There is a slight hint of peppers and cloves.

M: Smooth and creamy with a rich full mouth feel that glides through the mouth like silk on a young woman’s freshly shaved legs. It is very lightly carbonated.

D: I had a hard time stopping. The tastes are so enticing it is difficult to pull away from this superior beer.

Comment: I love the Rochefort 10 (it is my beer of choice) but the 8 is a strong companion and stands on its own as an excellent beer. Awesome…what a beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 18:40:35 | More by dnichols
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown sugar color with a big head and spurratic lacing. Smells of brown sugar, fig, dried fruit. Tastes as it smells along with a slight lemon tea finish. Extremely smooth. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant. So drinkable its not funny. Those monks know what they are friggin doing.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 06:29:43 | More by franksnbeans
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Atch

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark, 2 finger head, I was careful not to pour the yeast and it' still a little cloudy.

Smell: To me it smells sweet and smoky. Almost like wine.

Taste: Malty, sweet. For the ABV, the alcohol taste is not very dominant. But you can tell it's there.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels heavy, consistenty wise. But smooth going down. Low on the carbonation side.

Drinkability: I thought it was good and fairly easy to drink one. A good fall warmer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 20:41:10 | More by Atch
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jar2574

Missouri

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

Nice thick, foamy, tan colored head that clings to the sides. Dark brown colored beer.

Smells of dark fruit, fig, hops, and a slight touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth as butter and has a buttery feel along your tongue. The taste is of cherry, figs and a perfect blend of hops and malts.

Very drinkable, especially for the amount of alcohol involved. The fruitiness and the alcohol content might get to you over long sessions. But this is a wonderful beer and I'd love to try a long session with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 21:20:02 | More by jar2574
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Lothore

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky brown, letting no light pass through. A huge light brown head initially tops this brew then fades to a nice 2 finger head.

S- Smells of grapes, raisins, dark fruit with a hint of alcohol that stings the nose.

T- Very light however hugely complex in taste. Yeasty and earth with hints of spice. Small amount of dark fruit tastes along with a distinct alcohol warming.

M- Perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Medium bodied.

D- This is definitely one to sip on but for the ABV it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 01:26:02 | More by Lothore
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

330ml bottle, best before 14/09/10.

pours a deep reddish orange with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. date. bit of raisin. dried cherry. light anise. yeasty spice. bready malt. bit of toasted character.

taste is good. alcohol. dark fruit - raisin and date. bit of dried cherry too. lightly toasty. bittersweet chocolate. yeast. bit of spice. bread and cracker malts.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low bitterness level. medium body.

drinkability is good. i really love all the fruit. well balanced. a really great beer. i think this is my favourite of the rochefort lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 14:11:49 | More by grub
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Maracuja

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep chestnut hue, topped by an formidably thick, almost animated light tan head supported by prodigious bubbles. After what seems to be an eternity, the head settles and leaves signature lace. Tart cherries and mellow chocolate upfront in aroma, along with raisiny notes and caramel from the dark candi sugar. Buttery malt becomes noticeable as the beer warms and breathes. Mild chocolate and banana are perceptible at first in flavor and are ensued by notes of darkly caramelized fruit and a date - like sweetness. Hop bitterness is only indirectly noticed by its offsetting of malt sweetness. Full in body, w/ a dextrinous, liquid velvet mouthfeel. Finishes w/ waves of dark caramel lingering. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges as an afterthought. Rochefort 8 is fabulous. The residual sweetness is well controlled and the combination of chocolate notes and fruit is superlative. Although very flavorful, Rochefort 8 maintains a elegant mellowness. Outstanding to say the least. Rochefort 10 should be a treat!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 21:03:55 | More by Maracuja
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with a cheese and meat plate at a Belgian cafe in Vancouver.

Pours a dark cloudy brown. Looks like a cludy Iced Tea. Minimal head after it receeded off the pour.
Sweet aromas of plum and cherry. Slight bit of alcohol detected. Not as "rich" smelling as the Rochefort 10.
The flavour is sweet and malty with fruity, yeasty flavours. There was a little spice as well in the aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation and a (relatively) subdued mouthfeel.
Drinkability was probably pretty high. I can't say for sure but I managed to polish off this bottle pretty quick and could have gone fr another had it not been so expensive($9--Ouch!).

Great slightly toned down version of the Rochefort 10

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 19:12:11 | More by Hornet2003
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in E. Providence for $3.49/bottle. What a bargain.
Poured into my Trappist Rochefort chalace I purchased at my first BCTC.

Pours a deep garnet/brown. Very nice head, with incredible retention. Slight off white. It's been in the glass for about 10 minutes now and it's only dropped a bit from when I poured it. Covers about 9/10 of the beer. Frothy lace clings to the edge of the glass. Can't discern any carbonation.

Deep rich nose. Bready and slighty fruity and yeasty. Kind of like the smell that you get when pastry is baking. Very inviting and comforting with an alcohol kick.

Quite carbonated on the tongue. Once again bready and yeasty. Bitter hoppiness is there, but only on the outer edges, after the maltiness fades to the back of the throat. Dark rich caramelized stone fruits dancing with chocolate malt. Bananas and spices. Slight nutmeg and clove. Not overpowering spice though. Very drinkable. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. Medium mouthfeel. Nothing too heavy, doesn't hang around on the tongue too long.
Quite drinkable, even with the alcohol kick. This one is a nice sipper. After dinner, on the deck, or like tonight. Watching "The Bronx is Burning" with some xtra sharp cheddar and triscuits. Ya know what, it's a good night.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:33:45 | More by Brewfan
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Vintage, this is always a real treat...

Had with some seared Scallops while watching the Steelers work on the Eagles during the preseason...Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

A--Deep ruby-brown, darker than the 6 but not as dark as the 10, lacing that lasts, nice but not huge head.

S--Fruits. A scent that is appealing and warming

T--One of the best beers you will ever taste, smooth with hints of caramel, this is a real winner.

M--Much less carbonation than the 6.

D--I really love this beer. To me, there a very few that compare in terms of overrall quality, I know it is way too much to expect, but I could drink this every day of my life. If you have never tried this or the 10, it is a must. Belgian beer is the best beer in world and the Rochefort "Trappist" beers are at the forefront!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:10:15 | More by garbercury
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blakesell

Ohio

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a large Belgian 'cereal bowl' chalice. Paired with Roquefort cheese.

Appearance- Dark like a muddy black stone with a thick creamy head that dissapates to a fine foam over the glass, the foam is 2-coloured, both an off white with brown splotches. Thick lacing that has a life of its own.

Smell- Wonderful dark fruits, FIG, plum, grape, cherry, a warming alcoholic smell, and of course dark candi sugars. Maltiness like no other. Who knows how the monks can make such a unique brew?

Taste- All the above smells in taste form. Dates, prunes, plums, grapes, many wine notes in this one. Beer is balanced as hell.

Mouthfeel- After a bite of Roquefort cheese, this washes over the palate, with great flavor of smooth dark creaminess. An excellent pairing, the candi sugar and alcohol warmth not over the top.

Drinkability- Very, but with the price and alcohol content, I would suggest against drinking 4-5 in a session. Clearly one of my favourites. I'll be buying more next week.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 21:50:48 | More by blakesell
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chimney

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottle with a best before date of july 31 2007

A: poured with a very little head that died quickly and ended with a very subtle ring around the edge of the glass. very dull amber, to the point of slightly cloudy.

S: very belgian dark fruit, sweet raisins, with a strong molasses. slight alcohol, similar to a cognac, but more earthy along the lines of a gin or almost subdued pimm's.

T: starts with a watered down maple syrup, the with a light bite of lemon/lime, with a lingering eraser molasses sweetness. there is a very subtle smoke throughout the taste, more so at the end.

M: watery at first followed buy a surprisingly bubbly feel for the age of the beer.

D: glad that i tried a rochefort 8 of this age; but i think they are much better and way more enjoyable at a young, maybe six month, age. it was definitely worth the wait and experience to be able to try one this old.

p.s.
after adding the sediment there is a nice added body with a slight added doughy like texture, but still very subdued to the point of almost wateriness.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:57:39 | More by chimney
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

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

Appearance - Dark brown. Creamy light brown head. Thick lacing. Good retention.

Smell - Dark fruits, bready esters, winter spices, rum, blackberries. Very enticing.

Taste - Brown sugar, raisins, figs are the major flavors. Nice malty sweetness. There is a mild hop presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Medium/heavy body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Wonderful complex smell and flavors. This is a great BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:34:01 | More by stereosforgeeks
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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

11.2oz. bottle.

Pours a dark plum color with brown hues. One and a half cream colored pillow like looking head has excellent retention. Sticky thick lacing down the glass. Burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, and a touch of chocolate notes round out the nose. Spicy yeast with an excellent malt profile of dark fruits and brown sugar. Plums, prunes, and molasses. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a residual sweetness left on the tongue. Abv goes unnoticed in the flavor, but apparent in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 23:47:02 | More by bjohnson
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genog

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle aged for 4 months. Date on bottle says 10 05 11
Pours a dark ruby amber/brown color. Little to no head on this pour. Smell is of dried fruits, prunes and figs. Taste is like wine almost, grapes and fruit. Limited carbonation on this one, and it kind of tastes like a sparkling soft drink. Had this one time at a tasting and it was different. Will try another fresh bottle again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 03:51:44 | More by genog
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark, amber, almost brown. Good head and beautiful lacing observed.

Nose very reminiscient of bourbon, very sweet . Plums, dates come to mind

Taste is very, very smooth. Raisins seem to come to mind. No alcohol detected despite the 9.2 %, although a warming sensation is evident.
Awesome beer, great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:55:45 | More by dmamiano
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VonSteinhoist

Minnesota

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

Root beer color with mixed bubbly head. Smell of red licorice, spice. Taste of mocha, burnt sugar, dried plums, cooked plantain and butter. Finishes with lightly bitter red licorice and caramel. Excellent and complex flavor throughout. Outstanding. One of the finest of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 01:06:49 | More by VonSteinhoist
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Has a dark brown look, resembling coffee a bit... The lace is extraordinary on this one. Holds well and lasts.
S: Sweet hints with a slight licorice scent at the end.
T&M: Awakens the palette immediately. Rich upfront...Strong through and through...not for the light-hearted. Leaves the mouth with that tingly sensation that the good ones usually do.
D: This is to be enjoyed. Hold it tightly and remember to sip. No gulps allowed here. The high alcohol content makes you respect it's nature.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 06:18:34 | More by July2Nov
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black beer that's entirely lacking in highlights - almost opaque in it's blackness. A delicious looking frothy inch and a half of foam on top. This one looks fantastic. Nose is fairly mild, although still quite tasty. Strong on sweet molasses malt and crazy spices. Taste is exquisite: tons of buttery caramel malt, lots of cherries and raisins, along with some citrusy hints. Taste continues to transform as the beer continues. Chocolate and some light coffee show up as well as more roasted malt. Feel is full-bodied and creamy. This one was fantastic. Incredibly tasty and a pleasure to drink. Really fantastic - an unlimited budget would find me drinking these daily.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 21:44:05 | More by soupyman10
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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