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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,031 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,031
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 236
Gots: 417 | 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.

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allengarvin

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in Texas. I don't have a Rochefort glass but I guess a Chimay will do.

Pours out a dark brown, a little tan at the edges, with a finger's worth of tan foam atop it. Aroma is superb! Fruity, sweet, with a gentle spiciness that reminds me, oddly, of pesto, with its peppery basil and nutty pinenuts. Gentle malt flavor at the start, with a tangy, candy-like fruitiness and more hops than I expected, drying it and providing a grassy subflavor. Alcohol is lightly tasted near the end. Nice soft texture and good body.

World-class beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 03:26:04 | More by allengarvin
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Graham21

Iowa

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

Excellent appearence; beautiful lacing that stays in the glass and sticks to the side. very dark caramel in color, pours beautiful.
Brown sugar, vanilla, fruity, malty, and, rich scents. tastes of brown sugar, cinamon, raisins, chocolate, and spices. very sweet rich drink. It would be good to drink with a dessert. the carbonation is alright and the mouthfeel is malty/slightly coarse which isnt bad at all. I like this beer a lot. definitely something that everyone should try. Not a Rochefort Ten, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 05:17:25 | More by Graham21
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a near clear walnut brown colored ale with a tall tan head that is about Duvel strength.

Smell is quite appetizing. Lots of brown sugar and fig Newton’s aroma in the first sniff. Deeper aromas of vanilla, oak, chocolate, coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, and that is about all I name.

Taste is mildly sweet with a big hit of chocolate at the beginning. Black pepper and spiciness are the next things that hit my tongue. Banana and chocolate seem to mingle in the taste. Not bad but I keep expecting more flavor from this one.

Mouthfeel is quite full and very creamy.

Not bad at all but a bit throttled back in flavor for my tastes. Having said that there aren't that many beers that are better than this. Still this is no Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or.

Review #900 by the way only 100 to #1000.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 23:13:36 | More by Zorro
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jabocu

Georgia

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

Bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a dark brown with deep amber hues. Cap was huge right off and had to let settle a little to finish pouring. Cap is tan that leaves very nice lacings along sides of glass and created caverns as it fell. Smell is very potent with lots of fruity maltiness and brown sugar. Figs and raisins. Alcohol is very evident in nose. Reminds of a port. Alcohol taste is very evident just like the nose. Taste is very sweet with lots of fruit and like a rum ball or spiced cake. Hops has a mildly bitter finish to help mellow the sweetness and tone down the alcohol. Body is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation. It finishes a little on the dry side but leaving lots of flavor lingering. I will have again!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 02:22:40 | More by jabocu
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ppoured a crimson almost brown ale with a thick rocky, tan head that stayed around for a long time a left ample lace on my Chimay Chalice. The aroma is sweet and full of dark fruits with a touch of spice, reminds me of a malty sweet holiday fruitcake. The flavor is very malt oriented and it has a strong malty sweetness in the beginning that is balanced by a light, yet noticeable, clean spicy hop bitterness and a toasty malt flavor. It segues into a fruitier drier malt flavor towards the end and it finishes with a balanced sweet/toasty malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness to lend it a clean quality. It has a noticable alcohol level and it warms the belly nicely. This ale would be very drinkable if it was milder yet that would make it boring so I think for what it is it's drinkabilty is as high as you can get with this high of alcohol level and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 23:19:50 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle ($5.99 ouch!), with some sort of dating(?) that I can make no sense of. Pours muddy medium brown, with a long lasting tan head and leaving moderate lacing. Nose is mildly of cola and brandy. This is a full flavored brew, lots more cola flavors as well as figs and brandy. Cant say this is my favorite, I recognize the quality and intensity of this creation, just too much cola sweetness going on here. Worth trying this quality brew, but drinkability is not super high, IMHO

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 18:49:46 | More by Billolick
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Hautacam

Connecticut

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

Dark hazy brown with huge tan head . Settles slowly and remains at 1/8 in. Replenishes as it warms up. Looks great.
Smells earthy, malty.... lot of yeast..hint of alcohol.
Tastes doughy,slightly spicy, yeast and malt...hint of alcohol showing up more as it warms....barely sweet...no bitter.
Mouthfeel is really smooth and pretty carbonated...lighter in density than it looks.
Very drinkable.
This was a treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 16:19:00 | More by Hautacam
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BillyB

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark, cloudy,reddish/brown. Slight tan head.

Aromas of spices, hazelnut, bready, yeasty,musty grassiness. Sweet malt and dark fruit aromas as well.

Taste is very complex. Smooth, sweet, chocolatey malt taste with nutty, spicey characteristics. Slight hop bitterness brings it all together.

Mothfeel is incredibly smooth, malty and fizzy. Definite alcohol warmth is noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 21:45:27 | More by BillyB
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

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

330ml bottle

Appearance: Dark murky amber in color with tons of sediment. Lots of head leaving lacing.

Smell: Some fruity aromas mixed among some malts and bread smells.

Taste: The malts are apparent and sweet and some hops deliver some bitterness to it, although seemingly not a whole lot. The taste is super complex and every sip you can pick out different stuff, so fruits and spices too. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, accompanied with the awesome smell, frothy head, and complex taste.

Drinkability: Very warming, the alcohol is not so apparent but I can feel it after I finished it. Personally one if plenty for me.

Overall it was a great beer. Not my favorite style and I admit I know very little so far of this style but this is one of the better examples I have had. I would give it another tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 20:08:04 | More by tattooedtolley
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phisig137

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated best by 6/2010. Poured into a tulip with a quickly rising, mountian, jello-like head, which lasts half way through the glass. Lacing is laid down in sheets. First sniff reveals pears, granny smith apples, a hint of caramel, and the faintest hint of hops.

The flavor is very similar, exhibiting light fruits, and a slightly astringent malt character. Much drier than I anticipated. Nicely balanced all around, and almost tastes like it's already been aged for a few years... makes me wonder what a couple years would do for it. I'll have to go back and but some more. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with aggressive carbonation, and begs for another sip.
Drinkablility I'd say is high, it hides the alcohol fairly well, and is quite well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:45:43 | More by phisig137
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Poured into a small snifter.
Nice foamed head that stayed throughout. Dark golden/amber body, reddish tints and some sediment.
Smell was complex. Some light fruit; lemon, pear, and some flower. Also had some darker smells; nut, malt and caramel.
Taste was about the same as the smell, but the citrus was lost and replaced with vanilla hints. Good feel to it, enough tingles to wake up the buds.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 16:56:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Japan, best before 11/2009. This one poured out a deep brown with a creamy-looking, light brown head that faded rather quickly into a milky film on top.

Sweet and sticky candied smell, bubblegum, cider-like with fruity esters. Hints of spice and an overall clean, layered aroma, despite a strange, muddy malt smell that lingered in the background. It threw me off a bit, but did not ruin the experience.

Light body that pleasantly warms as it goes down. Strong banana in the taste, cider present as well, red apples, and lightly acidic in the mouthfeel and the taste. Also, it was a bit medicinal/phenolic in the mouthfeel. Nice, crisp taste.

I'm finding that Belgian Strongs typically have pretty interesting, layered aromas. This entry from Rochefort is not bad, but also not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 21:01:05 | More by nouseforotacon
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

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

Served in my Orval chalice.

Appearance was very hazy dark brown. Not much light getting through. Thick tan head that left quite a bit of lacing as dissipated.

The smell reminded me of mulled apple cider and banana's. Dried fruits such as figs and ever present alcohol.

The taste was up front notes of cider as well. Sweet without being cloying. Very layered. Mulled cider, baked apples, dried figs and raisons. Spices such as nutmeg. Also a healthy dosage of hops to balance out the hefty amounts of malt and candy sugars. Warming alcohol loomed in the background.

Mouth feel was thick and velvety. Almost chewy with some biting carbonation.

Very drinkable. The alcohol, while present, does not detract from the flavor. It is a bit filling, but still one of the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 04:59:43 | More by Ieatlambfries
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

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

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 33cl bottle. Appeared as a slightly hazy brown color with a light cocoa head and inticate lacing. Nose is wildly exciting with alcohol up front, a good rum perhaps. Banana, raisin, and tropical fruit notes are also asserting themselves here. Velvety taste, as the alcohol retreats in the beginning. Meduim-bodied malt character, slightly exotic and spicy. Again, spiced rum comes to mind. Some sweet darkchocolate flavors erupt as well ... blended with the fruitiness of the malt/yeast chemistry. Alcohol is assertive throughout, with a medium, to heavy mouthfeel. Sweeter than dryer finish. Little carbonation. In every respect, a great beer. Very, very complex flavor profile. and the smell is epic. One of the best for sure, and one that needs to be in every beer lovers adventures. I prefer drinking this one alone ... that is, without the accompaniment of any food. Fine to drink with other beer lovers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 16:03:47 | More by beerphilosopher
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tkarsies

Ohio

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

Served at cellar temperature from 11.2 oz bottle into wine goblet during the Super Bowl.
Poured dark brown with 1/2 inch beige head that lasted throughout glass. Ruby tones when held to light. Clear with few suspended yeast particles.
Sweet, fruity, malty. Alcohol not present on nose.
Huge sweet malty, yeasty, complex taste that is complimented by spicy alcohol flavors. Alcohol burn was present throughout but did not interfere with the taste. [Note: when second half of bottle was poured, it had warmed more and alcohol was less evident.]
Lively carbonation that only slightly lessened as it sat. Gave feeling of lighter mouthfeel than otherwise would have been.
This is a potent brew with obvious alcohol taste and effects. Very filling. One in a sitting will do for me, but this is a beer that deserves being revisited for another great drinking experience. $6 a bottle is the limiting factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 16:02:32 | More by tkarsies
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer is a murky amber with floating sediment throughout. The head was nearing an inch thick creamy off white color. Trails of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer is a sea of great smells. There is a sweet fruitcakey sort of smell. The beer is very bready smelling. Loads of fruity goodness float throughout the beer. There is a nice bannana and dark plum smells melding throughout. The alcohol is not really detectable in the smell.

Taste: This is just a taste bomb. The taste delivers a combination of both melded and unmelded taste. There is a very sweet bread like malty base. The hops bring a spicyness to the beer. There is the taste of anise, cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. Bits of chocolate make themselves known. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is a bubblely meduim bodied treat. The taste and smells combine to form a fantastic beer. Carbonation is medium to high.

Drinkability: This is one sexy beast. A great combination of melded and unmelded taste and smells. The alcohol is well covered up in the drinking. The only way I knew the alcohol was there was that consistant warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 14:36:16 | More by nlmartin
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut colour with a moderate head that lingers a bit before settling away. Nice curtains of lace as you go.

A decent beer as it warms in the glass and gives up more of its character. Fruit and leather and the barnyard give it interesting features, but they're not married to well to the alcohol in the beer which has a sharp disruptive edge. Takes away from some of the relaxation lurking in the glass.

Some thiness on drinking, and flavours that are too quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol. Good, but needs polish.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 23:03:43 | More by TerryW
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a rochefort goblet.

murky deep brown with an inch of bubbly tan head. retains well and falls into lumpy peaks. some sediment along the bottom; managed to leave most of it in the bottle.

astringent alcohol aroma. some fruity malt sweetness with a touch of bread and butter.

flavor is surprisingly weak. as a huge fan of the 10, this is a bit of a shock; flavor is astringent, bitter, and oddly empty. bit of a sweet aftertaste; a bready brown sugar flavor. sharp carbonation gives it a soda-like mouthfeel. i'm hitting the bottom of the glass and finding little else to note. oddly enough, i prefer the 6 and the 10 to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 06:23:44 | More by Prufrock
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

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

Pours nicely and then the head falls into a nice lacing with a good, creamy head. An extremely dark to amber color tones. A light scent of very sweet and hoppy Belgium ale that smells carbonated and warms you up right away. The hoppiness is very noticeable and balances well, it has a very light orange undertone with a super slight coffee smell after it leaves the tongue, and it becomes more prominant as it warms. The sweetness and hops aren't only blended well, but the pepper really supports the flavor well.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 20:28:50 | More by Erdinger2003
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danielharper

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

I really tried to love this beer. I know how highly-rated it is, and I gave it every chance I could. But I just couldn't get that much out of it.

The beer pours into a snifter with a brown body and a very thick mocha-colored head. Looks fantastic and inviting.

I take a whiff of the nose, and get... not a whole lot. Slight citrus notes, slight astringent quality. Even as the beer warms, I get very little complexity or even aroma at all, but simply the same aroma further and further.

The flavor is mainly citrus, mostly oranges, with a strong astringent hit to the palate on the finish. As the beer warms, the citrus gets a bit stronger, but so does this weird dry alcoholic character to the aftertaste. Not terrible, but certainly not something I'm itching to drink several bottles of.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, foamy and pleasant, largely owing to the thick foamy head.

The moderately decent flavor, combined with the high alcohol leads to a low drinkability for me. I may try this again in a year or two when my tastes may have changed, but for now there are better ways to spend the six bucks or so I spent on this 11.2 oz bottle. I can't believe this beer is as highly-rated as it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 16:47:35 | More by danielharper
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edchef1850

New York

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

wonderful deep rich brown color, poured with an inviting off white head. Sweet aroma, intense sweetness, caramel, dried cherries.This beer is big in the mouth, nice mouthfeel, the alcohol is there but it doesent overpower the sweet malty goodness. I love the balance of this beer, the alcohol, almost like a sweet vapor as you indulge in a complex mix of raisins, burnt sugar, toffee and even slight hints of coffee. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 22:48:19 | More by edchef1850
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petemoss14

Germany

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that settle quickly to a whispy blanket over the beer. No light makes it through.

The bouquet is filled with dark fruit -- Raisins, dates, figs -- mixed with lots of alcoholic esteriness. There are also scents of candied tropical fruit and perhaps caremelized banana.

The taste is rum-raisiny with notes of apricot and caremelized guava. All this mixes with a strong, spiritous alcohol presence. As the beer warms, mild coffee notes beging to show themselves. Very complex maltiness. Pinpoint carbonation makes this brew velvety smooth on the palate.

For a beer with 9.2% this is a highly drinkable beer. It is a smooth, complex gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 02:36:03 | More by petemoss14
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours out a mahogany color into my Chimay chalice, with a thick head of tight beige meringue. Doesn't leave as much lace as other Belgians, surprising.

Aroma is baked-bread, ginger, a light amaretto/almond scent, a light fig/plum scent, and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavor is quite complex; there's a heavy sweet maltiness that tastes like baked goods, almost cake-like, with a fruity spiciness that lets in some plums, strawberry, and peach flavors to go with ginger, nutmeg, and a little bit of clove. The alcohol is present maybe a bit more than it needs to be, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a firm medium, very creamy.

Overall: I think I got this on a pricing error for two bucks a bottle, which is a fantastic deal. It's a good example of the style, but maybe not worth the huge premium it usually commands.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 03:42:32 | More by whartontallboy
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bennetj17

Arizona

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

No. 131009, bought it today, drank it today at home. Pours a cloudy dark brown color in the snifter, with plenty of floating yeast/sediment. The head is a bright off-white monsterous cap of foam over an inch thich and not really going anywhere for a while. Great lacing I might add. I really love the contrast from the light foam with the dark liquid below.

The smell is fruity with hints of raisins, bananas and coffee. The flavor is sweet, yet tangy, with notes of chocolate, coffee, fig, and candied sugar. The finish has a subtle dryness with the alcohol mostly well hidden. The mouthfeel carries a medium thickness, it is very rich and sparkly.

I love this beer. With such a great flavor you can't go wrong with it. Nothing bad I can say... well worth the 7 bucks...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 03:26:01 | More by bennetj17
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 22:52:24 | More by BEERchitect
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,031 ratings.