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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,028 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,028
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 235
Gots: 414 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 21:48:43 | More by mikesgroove
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kundabuffer

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S---golden raisins and other dried fruit, brown sugar, yeast

T--heavily carbonated, bites right away and soon gives way to a sweet but earthy aftertaste

M--quite light for this much alcohol, almost seltzer-like

D--very drinkable....the alcohol is masked very well and the brew has a solid, "standard" Belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 06:45:33 | More by kundabuffer
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'd been saving this for several months in preparation for opening this and the 10 on my birthday. Well it's 2 days later and I've still got 'em in the fridge. So it's now the 8 tonight and the 10 tomorrow for what I assume will be one of the best vertical type tastings imaginable.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium amber brown with light brown highlights. The huge off-white head is rocky and loose. It shrinks to a half inch, but had tremendous staying power at that point. Lacing is there, but scant.

SMELL: Yeasty, bready, peppery, spicy, caramel, this has it all. Smells just like Belgium in a glass. Nicely subdued, balanced, understated.

TASTE: It starts out very bready with somewhat bitter flavors. Spicy and peppery with a wee bit of a hop presence. Then the sweet Belgian caramel maltiness comes in. The vague fruitiness melds perfectly with the flavors from the beginning, and it becomes a wonderfully complex beer. The finish does not disappoint, finishing remarkably clean with a bit of lingering yeastiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and almost syrupy with a lower than expected carbonation but still appropriate. Quite good.

DRINKABILITY: This beer goes down so incredibly smooth and easy. 9.2% alcohol is unthinkable judging by the taste. The finish is so clean, you can almost say this is a thirst-quencher. I'm insanely impressed by this beer.

Thinking about it now, I've realized this is the first authentic Trappist beer I've ever had. It certainly did not disappoint. Those monks seriously know what they're doing. The best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'humble'. It doesn't try to be over the top or something that it isn't. It lets it's amazing craftsmanship speak for itself. I can't wait to try the 10, or anything from the other 5 Trappists.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 21:27:45 | More by jmalex
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Color is a murky orange, wood-brown under a slightly taupe off white frothy head. Head is a nice size and shrinks to a good 1/4" retention while leaving some occasional thick strings of lace around the old chalice style glass. Smell is intoxicating. (+ my semi-pathetic pun is partially intended). There is certainly a lot of depth in the aroma. A lot of various caramel glazed fruits including cherry, apple, prune, cranberry, and maybe pear. Its definitely thoroughly spicy too. Quite a lot to smell. All the aromas come together nicely as I sip. It is a bit harder to pick them out individually though. Through the finish, and even before, there's a very grape-like dryness that meshes with the carbonation tingle. Body is medium on the full side or full on the medium side. This beer has a velvety weightlessness, and dry prickly feel to it. Entertaining mouthfeel to sum it up. Drinkability is good but this is not for fast drinking obviously.

Not a humble beer by any means though its flavors seem thoroughly smoothed together and go on for miles.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 04:59:44 | More by tastybeer
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hunteraw

China

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

Appearance: Garnet in color, clear. Lots of carbonation clinging to the inside of the glass. One finger white head, exceptionally fine and smooth-looking. Retention is lacking, however.

Smell: Raisins and a whiff of.... red wine vinegar? Some spice and sweet cake aromas as well.

Taste: Malt character is rich and cakey - bready, but sweet and light. Spice, alcohol is well concealed. Finishes nice and crisp. Very good. Some graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: High! Fairly light for the style and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:05:25 | More by hunteraw
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icemonkey908

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a wonderful dark mahogany color with a nice fluffy head. Smell is very strong, fruity and sweet, a little bit spicy. The alcohol can be detected.

The taste of this beer is very complex much like the nose. There are hints of fruit and chocolate. It is also very spicy. Hard to describe, but like no other beer I have had. The mouthfeel is very full and has the proper amount of carbonation.

Not a session beer (which isn't a bad thing necessarily) , but a wonderful beer to sit with and contemplate. Definitely worth seeking this one out. I know I will again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 18:46:59 | More by icemonkey908
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Absolutely gorgeous full-finger head in a wide-mouthed Orval chalice, creamy looking with amazing retention. Beautiful lacing. Robust dark brown brew, no highlights in this inky dark.

Spicy clove aroma, lots of bready yeast, some fruity flavors - both estery apple rind and dark, ripe fruit flavors. Alcohol is apparent.

Huge malt profile here, malted barley with residual alcoholic brown sugar sweetness. Nutty fullness, buttered bread in the middle, toffee-like at times, phenolic and ester alcohols battle for dominance, with a fruit rind result. Dark fruit (currant and fig) also apparent, other yeast flavors and mild spice give it a quintessentially Belgian beery flavor.

Smooth and creamy, light but full in the mouth. Finishes a little dry, very little afterflavor. Alcohol is perceptible throughout but never overpowering.

This is a beautifully crafted brew, not exactly a session brew but an awesome beer for a special occasion. Put against a cheese plate, this one can handle a variety of creamy and sharp flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 02:15:28 | More by BretSikkink
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

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

A: Pours a dark and creamy brown/chocolate color with a nice white head that didn't go away until the end of the beer.
S: Sweet, but not overpowering
T: Amazingly complex. I tasted vanilla and citrus at first, but at the back of my mouth I tasted a bit of sweet sugar.
M: This is so soft and light on your tounge and overall on your mouth.
D: Even with the higer ABV this is very easy drinking and I could get in trouble in a hurry with it.

Fantastic beer overall, but I wish it was a little cheaper to have several at a time. A nice change of pace though if you are looking for something new in the store.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 01:17:13 | More by TheodorHerzl
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a cloudy brown color with an explosive off-white head, not much in lacing but some. The smell is not overly strong, has a carob and chocolate aroma to it. The taste is of a hint of red grapes and a nice roasted nut flavor, some chocolate. The feel is much smoother than the #6, not nearly as carbonated but still quite fizzy. Moderate body, finishes a tad bitter. Not much better than the 6, less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 06:19:28 | More by Gmann
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gmfessen

Michigan

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

I've been looking for beer from Trappistes Rochefort for a while, so when I saw this in a local market, I had to pick it up. Now I just need 6 and 10. Anyways, poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy amber brown color with a huge, sparkling off-white head. Smell is slightly sweet with Belgian and brown sugar, a bit of fruit; raisins and dates, and a touch of spice. Taste is initially sweet like the smell, Belgian sugars and raisins. The taste transitions nicely to a spicy warm alcohol finish. For being 9.2%, it is pretty well covered but still noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a warming smoothness about it. A drinkable beer no doubt, but at almost $6.50 for just a 33cL bottle I won't be quaffing this one... sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 04:38:52 | More by gmfessen
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Byeast

Florida

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

Appearance: Poured a deep, mostly opaque reddish brown, with a creamy tan head broken up, with a patch in the middle, when swirled it turns into a spiral galaxy.

Smell: Rich dark fruity aromas, some grape, fig, hint of yeast,plum and pear, some alcohol as well.

Taste: A lively carbonated body with a bubbly then creamy feel, big malty quality with some chocolate and bread, then lots of fruity complexity some dark like plum/grape, some more like yellow fruits..., faint phenols, and some alcohol and a bit of yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: lively, creamy, full

Drinkability: A great trappist brew, very nice feel and complexity. So much different flavors everytime i take a sip, kinda hard to pick them out but thats great! Thank you very much monks, and god.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:46:03 | More by Byeast
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Westsidethreat

California

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

A: Looks like cloudy, dark, burnt toffee. This is one ugly beer, in a good way. Head is ½ inch of creamy, light khaki bubbles.

S: Raisin puree, brown sugar syrup, vinous wood and candi sugar. Aroma is very pungent.

T: At first I thought of soapy caramel…not a lot was going on. Some subtle flavors at work but nothing was jumping out at me. Definitely some dark bread dough, minor prunes and toffee present but still nothing. Then the alcohol sweepes through and goes straight for the nasal passage. Right as this happens, the flavor explodes. A wave of burnt brown sugar crescendos across the palate, toppling all other flavors that were once there. It really takes a good 15 to 20 seconds after the swallow for the flavor to hit its peak. This flavor slowly fades away, leaving a wake of burnt brown sugar in its path.

M: Medium body and quite smooth.

D: Interesting beer. The last part of the process was very good but up to it was brutally mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 01:02:06 | More by Westsidethreat
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jaxon53

Connecticut

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

Served at cellar temperature in a Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep, dark ruby brown color. About an inch and a half of pillowy white head formed. Great retention with this one. Tons of thick lace throughout. Smell: Subtle wine like aromas, plum, and sweet notes of raisins. Tasted slightly of papery oxidation, more dark fruits( plum , raisin), and brandy soaked cherries. Also some sweet sugary tones,with some peppery spice and minor alcohol heat. Plenty of carbonation. Nice and smooth in the mouth with tons of complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 15:49:15 | More by jaxon53
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

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

Pours a dark ruby-hued brown into my St B Chalice. Managed to keep the last 1/4 ounce out of the pour and keep the bulk of the yeast out. Head rises a mighty inch or so and slowly settles down to but a skim over this brew.

Aromas are sweet and candylike with some alcohol running interference. HInts of Port soaked dried fruit - plums maybe - not dominant but in the background.

Medium bodied on the mouth as sweetness hits first and the carbonation wakes up the tongue. A deeper darker sweetness rounds this one out and on to my next sip.

This is quite nice. I have had this one many times but for this review, relaxing and drinking this beer was as pleasant as it gets. The 12 is my fav but thi works just fine!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 23:56:10 | More by gpcollen1
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

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

Had this at Belgian Night at Te Tratorria in the The Great Wall Sheraton In Beijing, China.

Bottle is vey attractive and "old" lokking eve though it is most likely not.
A-pours murky brown with a very tight tan head. Waitrees poured without tilting glass, so it was quite a tall head. As I added more to the glass, a nice size head formed that crowned up over rim. The head stayed around for a while only falling to half its height after several minutes. Lacing was very attractive, falling down the glass in large white sheets, settling to about twice the height of the head.
S-Dark rum like alcohol aroma, raisns, some banana and pear on the nose, a little bit of phenol

T-Carmel, molasses, and brown sugar malt. I also get th raisans from the nose, some tropical fruits and pear are there as well. There is slight medicanl quality but it does not ruin. Bready or toasty like flavors as well. Lots of carmelized sugar flavors but not overly sweet. Very complex and deliciuos.

M-Creamy smooth and chewy, coats the entire mouth, pallette and thoat as it goes down. Carbonation slightly marrs with a prickly feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 22:34:09 | More by jackorain
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frazbri

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 8 poured murky brown topped by a tall, creamy white head. The long lasting head was full of tiny bubbles. Aroma was fruity and sweet with notes of apples and cocoa. Flavor had raisins, dates and chocolate elements with an earthy undertone. Medium body with high carbonation.

Rochefort 8 is complex and accesible. There is a balance of sweet and tart elements. Try it. There's much to love in this Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 02:27:58 | More by frazbri
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loren01

Oregon

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

A: Pours dark brown/cola color, very large bubbly white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Grape juice, sweet/suggary.
T: Tastes fruity like grape jelly or some other kind of dark fruit. Slight alcohol taste
M: Highly carbonated but easy drinking
D: This is a very interesting beer, excellent in most every way, would for sure get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 08:34:53 | More by loren01
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, very light tan head with lots of lace. Color is an odd hazy, almost opaque brown. Nose is incredible: full of very ripe, juicy dark and red fruits like plums, berry, apples, pears, peaches, figs, and their jams. Body is a hair thin. Drinkable in an odd way. Love to be able to afford to cook with it. Great juicy fruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 05:14:23 | More by drpimento
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IntriqKen

California

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

Like many Belgium's, this becomes hard for me to review outside of 'yummy', 'mmm', and 'wow', because they are so complex. Rocheort is no exception.
Poured a dark slightly cloudy mahogany in the tulip glass with an offwhite half finger head that melted to a ring of lacing. With bottle emptied completely there are little floaties around the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are dark amber malts....a little toasty....brown sugar caramel...dark fruits...and alcohol.
Taste is much like the aroma only more so. Sweet amber malt, some Belgium candy sugar, brown sugar caramel, plums, raisins, prunes, figs...and alcohol.
Nice comfortable filling mouthfeel and a very pleasant drying aftertaste.
Enough to make one consider joining a monastery.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 03:10:22 | More by IntriqKen
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a very dark mahogany, a solid finger of head of foam, settles to a thick film, swirling with my swirling, lacing in thick branching arms. Once the aroma warmed, oh man.... oh, man, what a treat. The alcohol is warm, brandy and rum swirl within, the fruits delicious, plums and figs, the malts fantastic, spices of a Belgian persuasion. Perfect. The taste isn't quite up to the nose, as been my experience with Trappists, but still, lovely... lovely spices, great sweet malts and alcohol, the fruits, a nice dry finish. In all, not my favorite Trappist, but nevertheless, a gold standard.

As a side note, serving temperatures should definitely be followed... I poured this up right out of the fridge, and it definitely wasn't nearly as good as when it warmed to the right temperature.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 02:34:34 | More by objectivemonkey
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dogger6253

Minnesota

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

Reddish-orange in color with a large, foamy head. The head dropped after a while, but thick lacing all the way. Bits of yeast slide out at the end.

Great scents, citrusy grapefruit combined with dark fruits. Hints of alcohol, honey and vanilla, but all fairly subtle. Well-blended, it took me a lot of effort to pull out scents, but wonderful nonetheless.

The taste in incredible. All of the citrus and dark fruit I smelled. Lemons, grapefruit, raisins, plums, dates, caramel, molasses, vanilla, ginger, brown sugar, honey and such a soft alcohol and hops presence that wipes the palate for the next sip.

Highly carbonated, but also very smooth and light bodied, which I usually don't like so much, but this is amazing. Highly, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 16:39:36 | More by dogger6253
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ccrida

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33ml bottle into my 70s era Westamalle chalice, the Rochefort 8 is murky brown with a 1 finger tan head that has fairly large bubbles and leaves moderate lace. I like the color and cloudiness, but I'd like to see smaller bubbles with a rockier head. My benchmark here is St. Bernardus 12, which looks much better.
The aroma is very rich but not that strong, malt, spicy yeast that touches on cinnamon and nutmeg, and fairly boozy. Of course, as it warms, it opens up, getting richer and sweeter.
The taste is richer then the aroma, toffee and toasted malts dominate the spiciness of the yeast, with a boozy finish that is mildly sweet yet clean. There are also notes of banana and clove, reminiscent of a dunkleweizen, though only one of many layers here. Still, there's a bit to much bitterness from the husk tannins, which distracts me from the deep character. I don't recall these being much of an issue with the 12, which of course is much richer. Overall, it is a bit more abrasive then some of the benchmarks of the style.
The mouthfeel is moderate, lighter then one might expect from it's appearance and ABV, with only a few streamers ripping through the glass, and a bit of texture from the soft yeast, which I purposely swirl up from the bottle for the last 1/2 inch, no decanting for me!
The drinkability on this is not the highest amongst the Trappists. There is a lot of dept to unlock, but I find the roastiness to be a bit much, and overall the taste is not so great that I just can't get enough. After this, I'm going to have to revisit the the 12, which I've always considered perhaps my favorite beer (and have had both in Europe and the US), because this was a bit of a let down. Good, but not fantastic, although I don't think I've had the 8 before, and preceded it with a pair of Westmalle tripel's, so perhaps I raised the bar to high. I just prefer to drink different beers in order of least to more robust taste, which is why I had this last.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 01:24:18 | More by ccrida
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a little too quickly and had to wait about 5 minutes for the head to subside. A good sign! Wonderfully dark with excellent, virtually permanent head.

S - Incredibly complex, dark fruits mostly but got many competing aromas.

T - Superb with the expected complexity from the smell. Very malty with fruits and spices. There is a lot going on here. Exhilirating! Slight but very pleasant hoppiness as an aftertaste.

M - Put simply, like silk on the tongue and mouth. This is one hell of a beer.

D - Very much so but a killer kick in the alcohol which is actually very easy to forget.

One of the very best trappists and that is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 22:37:48 | More by Stephen63
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sewald

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice large and creamy head, with a cool lacing effect. Pale dark reddish colour. Smells of pepper, chocolate and a sweet smell of caramel. Low on carbonation. Tastes of different types of malt. Medium bodied with some fruity flavors on finish. Heavy on aftertaste, with some alcochol mouthfeel. A very bitter ale.

As other fellow BA member said, I think expected more from this beer. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 21:18:12 | More by sewald
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Poured into a tulip glass. This is dark brown with hints of ruby. I got a huge light tan head that left lacing all the way down the glass as I drank. I actually had to stop pouring and pour the rest after the initial head settled a bit.

Smells deeply of bready malt, plump prunes, winter spice, and some alcohol. The taste is about the same with a long dry alcohol finish. There is some nice spiciness from the hops in this strong ale.

This is surprising light bodied, with not much noticeable carbonation other than the huge head to start with.

My first commercial example of the style, and while not disappointed I will say that I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 20:32:12 | More by ZimZamZoom
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,028 ratings.