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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,771
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 265
Gots: 538 | FT: 19
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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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Photo of lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a ruby shine in the light. A well-held creamy head is fed by a few constant streams of carbonation from the bottom and leaves nice lace.

Initial smells of floral notes and fruits, dried cherry, apple, and raisin. Hints of a delicious puckery sour-apple smell over grains and a little spice with whiffs of alcohol.

A mix of fresh and dried fruits flood the palate with apple, cherry, pear and raisin. Subtle breadiness sits firmly under the darker sweeter fruit. Finishes with some spice notes on the back end and notable alcohol fumes.

Hangs sweetly in the mouth, full and sticky with medium body. Carbonation bubbles on the tongue and fills the mouth (and stomach) with additional froth. Some estery alcohol feel, but hey, it is 9.2%abv. Very very tasty, but fullness of taste and carbonation in combination with abv limit overall drinkability.

lightindarkness, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of jellycabbage
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle was a euro ten). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

Dark color with nice lacing as I poured it into a snifter glass. The smell is malty and very sweet. The taste mimics the smell - sweet, smooth and creamy. A great warming effect on your tongue and a sweet aftertaste.

This is a delicious belgian beer. I only hope that I don't get too spoiled as having it as one of my "everyday" beers.

jellycabbage, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz picked up at the Boise Coop on Friday for about $5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Shortlasting light tan head.. marginal lacing.. slightly hazy chesnut/walnut brew.

Aroma is more restrained than the 10.. still.. brown sugar, dark caramel and dried fruit are more than present... some yeasty spiciness. some prunes and very lite clove.

Flavor has much less "Belgian" characteristics than the 10.. some dried cherry fruitiness... dusting of cocoa.. and at the tail end of the palate the spiciness comes much more into play... with a finish of low cloves and spicy albeit low alcohol... light/medium body with an ever present carbonation... fairly complex, but my mind is having a hard time picking out all the nuances.

One of the classics for sure ... I've only had the 8 maybe 5 times, and each time, I appreciate it more and more.. very drinkable and something for your friends who don't like "dark" beer.

JohnGalt1, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rochefort chalice:

Pours dark - black with ruby highlights when held to light. A thin creamy head lasts throughout the duration. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of figs/raisins/dark maltiness with some earthy/slightly fruity notes and boozy alcohol.

The taste is malty with some dark fruitiness. Slightly medicinal with some caramel/toffee. A boozy alcohol bite becomes mellower as it progresses. Creamy and sweetish. A citric fruitiness comes through in the end with a fruity, sweetish finish.

The feel is exceptionally creamy and silky.

A creamy, warming brew to sip on (though the smoothness - despite alcohol - makes it easy to more than sip.

jwc215, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice

A = Dark murky, mahogany brown, with a large foamy off white head. Leaves very light lacing behind on the glass.

S = This is a very interesting smelling beer, it reminds me
less of beer and more of a tropical mixed drink using dark rum and creme do banane. There is clearly alcohol scents in there but the sweet complex smells that accompany it are enough to underplay it. Very interesting.

T = Very malty with spiciness accompaniment, though whether purely from the alcohol or not is uncertain. Brown sugar, molasses, pumpernickel bread. Long finish of complex flavors balancing the sweet malts and a sharpness from the yeast and alcohol.

M = Heavy bodied, indeed very creamy or frothy, good coating of the mouth.

D = This is a great sipping beer. I would highly recommend it. Though it might deaden the taste of the beer somewhat, I think this would be very good with a maduro cigar.

Traquairlover, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This wonderful Trappiste ale pours a murky brown with ruby highlights under the light. As customary of Belgian ales this features a voluminous head with an off white color and creamy consistency.

Smells of dark fruits such as figs and a wonderful bouquet of various spices, yeast, and hint of alcohol. The sweet smells is well balanced by the spices so that everything comes off well balanced.

Starts off tasting sweet then moves to figs and raisins. Finishes with a spiced kick. The alcohol becomes more evident midway through the glass and I'm reminded to sip, but the alcohol remains well hidden. Closer to room temperature the sweetness recedes and the dark fruits move to the forefront showing the power and complexity of this dark ale.

Like other fine Belgian beers the carbonation produces a surreal creamy consistency that serves to deliver maximum taste. This also creates wonderfully food pairings as the carbonations serves to sweep away each bite of food and reset the taste buds. Drinkability is dangerously high, but I will happily stop at one, but look forward to the next another day.

Jmamay22, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jslot38
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to the Rochefort Chalice, looks nice.

Appearance: The head quickly fades to a sheet of off white. The body is a nutty brown color. Looks great in the chalice.

Aroma: A nutty grainy aroma, with some cloves, some spices. A bit of toffee lingers.

Taste: A strong grainy alcohol presence hits you first. Once that subsides the pallate is hit by a nice nutty and fruity taste. Some dried figs, apples, and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is very high up front. But quickly mellows, and fades.

Drinkability: A sipping beer, but one that you want to drink.

jslot38, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 11.2oz. brown bottle, a dark hazelnut brown with two fingers of lofty eggshell colored foam. The head dissipates slowly and the lace slips down into the liquid.

Sweet fruity nose consisting of dark ripened plum, raisen, pear and honeysuckle. Light, earthy phenols rise from the brew as it warms, adding more depth to it's aroma.

Tasting much like the smell, this is a very sweet and strong tasty ale that just seems to lack the refinement of the Rochefort 10....not quite as complex if you will. None the less, this is yet another delightful ale that the Trappists so skillfully brew.

Just a little to much fizz in the feel of this medium bodied, otherwise smooth beer.

Highly drinkable for a more potent type brew, enjoy it slowly for what it's really worth.

scottoale, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in Bordeaux glass--
A-Poured very smoothly and formed thick head that endured several minutes before dissipating into thin spots on the surface, like little patches of mold that form on bread. Deep amber and rust color.

S-Raisins and tobacco, fig, cocoa, mocha, earth, malt, prune, light hops, toast, caramel...this is a veritable bouquet of sensations.

T-Light and clean with pleasant suds, malt and hops are in perfect harmony, and bitterness is reminiscent of a tasty French roast. Body marries well with flavors, but is deceptively light for its abv. Aftertaste is slightly bitter mocha, and a thin, sweet estery coating lingers on the inner cheeks, tongue, and roof of the mouth. Delightful.

M-This Trappiste is well-balanced, and it remains so at every moment of consumption.

D-One of my favorites for reasons noted above, and for the fact that it's textures are a perfect match for its flavors at every stage. Drinking this beverage inspires a complete appreciation of its masterful chemistry, and makes me feel good.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 24, 2008
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4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a cloudy mahogany with a slightly tan head that drops rather quickly, but not all the way. Decent lacing. Sweet malty nose that has a sharp prune aroma. The high alcohol is definitely in the nose as well, with a hint of cinnamon. Highly carbonated and a little rough on the first sip. Raisins and prunes are the first thing I get from this, followed by a ton of spices. I also get baked apples and pears from this as well. Feels outstanding to drink this. I love trappist beers.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a chalice. Had an inch of head that didn't last very long. Cloudy brown appearance typical of this type of beer.

Sweet yet understated smell, with some fruits emerging the most.

The taste was fantastic. Had the yeasty flavor combined with some toffee and fruits - maybe cherries. It was incredibly well-balanced in this category.

Had a good carbonation that wasn't overdone in any way. It had a zing to it, but wasn't obnoxious about it.

This is a wholly drinkable beer. The high ABV never gets in the way and its complexity is excellent.

avalon07, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of joeskirkie
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle meets Westmalle Chalice - keepin' it Trappist.

It sits a dark deep mahogany, the head filled out the chalice but settled down.

Oh my, what an impressive nose: deeply roasted toffee, chocolate, cherries, and a I swear theres a sweet honeydew note. Very rich, and complex.

Tasting: dark pitted fruits, cherries, blackcurrants, the unmistakable Belgian yeast, and the roasted toffee comes in as a bit of an afterthought on the finish. The slightest, subtle hint of alcohol lingers.

It has a slightly bready, moderately heavy mouthfeel to it. I must say I do really appreciate this beer.

joeskirkie, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer fills up my goblet 2/3 with beer, 1/3 with a very light, sticky, soapy head. The beer is a deep cola brown with reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. Small chunks of yeast settle to the bottom. It is just dark enough were I can't see the carbonation well, but there is a slight stream rising through the center of the bottom of the glass. The aroma is strong with dark fruit, apples, and oranges. Very smooth and familiar yeast aroma to me because it resembles the smell of Unibroue yeast which I believe is a hybrid/bastardized version of this strain. I smell a touch of alcohol towards the end after a few long inhalations of the aroma. The head has now settled to a thicker, but still not really dense 1/4 inch cap. Lacing is already present and I haven't drunk any yet. Now, to taste. The flavor is awesome. Mellow, complex, smooth. The thing I like best about these higher end Belgian Trappist ales is that they don't have to have an overwhelming blast of flavor. Some Abbey beers these days tend to have a really saturated flavor that is a little extreme and shocking. Just like some IPA's that cover their subtle mistakes with bitterness, I think some poorly crafted Belgian styles cover up corner-cutting with a sticky sweet overtone. The best abbey ales I've had all have a very mild flavor making them seem more delicate and sophisticated.
I can taste a very bready base with caramelized sugar evenly mixed throughout. As the malt profile begins to subside after the initial sip, there are tart and spicy flavors that rise up. I can taste a good dose of hops that are neither overwhelming or underdone amongst the other flavors. Alcohol is slightly present in the aftertaste, and it is warming to the face and stomach. Much like a hearty, dry red wine. This beer must be fermented at a low temp and then allowed to rise to a relatively high temp through the end of the primary, because it provides a huge spectrum of flavor that begins with round and sweet alcohol and ends in tongue-numbing esters. As I continue drinking this one, I don't get sick of the flavor at all. Everything about this beer is so well done I think it is going to earn the first 5 against my scrutinizing beer standards.

Abbey St. Remy, you have won.

Rudgers73, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body crowned by a magnificent two fingers of head. Steady streams of bubbles shoot to the top. Thick lacing hugs the sides of the glass.

Powerful aromas of brown sugar and brandied fruit abound. Heavenly malt sweetness is manipulated perfectly by the unmistakable Belgian yeast. Rich and balanced without ever betraying a hint of alcohol.

Although initially fruity, a surprising malty/breadiness pushes to the foreground. Subtle cardamom characteristics lace a fruity but dry finish. A touch of alcohol and astringent bitterness diminishes an otherwise magnificent beer.

Full-bodied with mouthfilling carbonation. No criticism in the area whatsoever. Drinks beautifully although the alcohol somewhat limits it beyond a sipping beverage. Anyhow, it's absolutely delightful and a long-overdue treat to myself.

malcontent, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Murky brown with red accents when held up to light. Not a huge head but a small layer of bubbles persists all the way down the glass.
I'm not smelling all the things that everyone says are there, but my nose is kind of congested. I do smell something plummy and maybe some cloves.
Flavor improves exponentially as this gets warmer. More subtle than I expected, but very nice. The slightest amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Plum, some phenols, other things that are hard to pin down because it is very complex and hard for my uncultured palate to sort out. Alcohol is not evident at all.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Refreshingly fluffy and not syrupy at all.
A delight to drink for sure. I'm starting to feel the alcohol, but it's not very obvious. One of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers in this style.

kwakwhore, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky dark brown color from an 11.2oz bottle. Little light penetrates when held up to the light. A little yeast sediment is visible. Thick, luscious 2 finger head with fantastic retention that clings to a coats everything it touches. This beer gets better as it warms. Upon finishing this beer after nearly 45 minutes a thin head still entirely covered the surface of the liquid - I don't think I ever have seen this happen.

Just like the 10, the smell is stunning. Complex mixture of sweet dark fruits: chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisins. Little detectable alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell with a little of a hops bite in the aftertaste. Smooth is the word that comes to mind - creamy velvety mouthfeel that coats your palate. Little detectable alcohol on the palate, but it warms the mouth and chest on its descent.

One of the most drinkable beers for the ABV - similar to the 10. Everything about it just makes you want to drink more.

Absolutely sublime beer. I am really impressed by the Rochefort line. I can't imagine a belgian being any better, but I haven't tried Westy yet.

elmore, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of ryane
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice, dark with quickly disappearing head, and a nice amount of lacing

the alcohol is hidden very well in this beer, could really knock you out if you didnt know it

subtle raisin and fig notes

a good sipping beer, but a bit pricy at 5$/12oz

ryane, Jan 11, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, the first of many considering I bought a case of this.

A large head of microbubbles resting on a radiant ruby brown body make for a pleasing appearance in the right glassware. Great retention and fairly epic lacing. As others have mentioned, there is a strong smell of raisins in the aroma, but I also picked up port. The flavour is full of dried fruit, spices, and well-concealed alcohol, with a vinous edge. Its like a Christmas pudding soaked in rum and washed down with a glass of wine. The body is smooth and almost creamy, leading into a surprisingly dry finish that hinted at oak.

This is a wonderful contemplative drink to sip over the course of an evening, and I actually prefer it to the 10.

bobsy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This has one of those wonderful, amazing trappist heads, the kind that sits atop the beer like a buff-colored, sparkling pearly crown, the kind that keeps growing for minutes after the pour, the kind that distracts from the beer itself - which is a regal, plummy, thick brown with just a hint of bright blood orange and tiny beige bubbles visible just below the bottom of the head. Exceptional, the best-looking brew I've seen in a while.

Smell: Clove hits me first, then a cold, cellar-like mustiness, then a deep, toasty, earthy malt-and-yeast base. Hops appear in the form of a grassy, leafy, and floral melody, reminiscent of endives, radicchio, basil, dandelion, and lavender. There is also a slightly cheesy edge; have some of the hops been aged? Onto the malts: brown sugar, rum, hot cocoa, and chocolate are the top notes, with notes of pancakes and cherry cola in the background. Complex and well-contained; no one flavor is too strong, and the alcohol is almost entirely undetectable.

Taste: Malty and sweet without being syrupy; spicy and bright without being hot; overall, very robust and very balanced. Notes of cola, red wine, figs, molasses, prunes, strawberries, and aged balsamic vinegar spill over the palate, cleaned up by the perfect amount of alcohol, phenols, and hop spice: gin and tonics, cloves, aspirin, and fennel come to mind. Finish is clean with a zip of alcohol and an aftertaste of roasted nuts. Wow.

Mouthfeel: A bit too light, but the carbonation is spot-on; effervescent enough to buoy the malts, not so effervescent that it makes the alcohol burn too brightly. Remarkably clean.

Drinkability: This beer is amazing. It is strong, yes, and I was hesitant to give it a 5 for drinkability because of that; but it's such an excellent sipper, so complex and nice, that one bottle should be able to keep you interested for quite a while. And besides that, for 9.2% ABV, the alcohol flavor is very tame. An excellent beer. Extremely versatile with cheese and charcuterie. Respect!

soulgrowl, Jan 10, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown, slightly opaque. Leaves a tall head with some lacing that dissipates quickly. Smell is very slight fruit, with the alcohol being evident. The taste isn't as impressive as the 6 or 10, a little spicy, maybe a little malty, but not much more there. Mouthfeel is medium. I wasn't as impressed with this one as the 6 or 10, but it is still a very nice beer...

cartdan, Jan 08, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep amber / brown with a mild to moderate head that dropped rather quickly, leaving a pretty lace trim.

S: Rather mild to my nose, considering the ABV. Perhaps light yeasty, caramel aromas, but all in all, very mild.

T: A little bitter, somewhat malty, the alcohol isn't particularly well-hidden (somewhat unexpected following the smell), however that does not detract from the overall experience. I did not really pick up on the numerous fruity flavours mentioned by others. Earthy, somewhat spicy, with a hint of cocoa and perhaps prune.

M: Nice, bubbly, leaving something of a trail behind on the way down. Not too viscuous, not too heavy.

D: A touch strong, but that is only based on personal drinking habits. I would likely do better with the 6 rather than the 8, but I would certainly have this again. A drink to be consumed slowly - though that should allow the drinker to savour it that much more

Proteus93, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky rusty dark brown. Stagnant pond brown. But the light tan head has a nice soft smoothness to it. Faint aroma of yeast, musty, holiday spice. Faint-so faint, but pleasant. The flavor is dry cocoa and dehydrated tree fruit, maybe fig/ date. There is a certain bitter, phenolic/ medicinal grip to it that I find unpleasant, but in my experience that usually indicates that some cellaring is in order. These days I am leaning more towards the milder varieties - like the Rochefort 6, that offer the softened nuances and accessible complexities without the wait for the beer to mature. There is a bitter yeast and boozy flavor on the finish. I have had a better example of this, but it was a few years old. Age-away fellows. At least one year for this.

dedrinker, Jan 07, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The darkest brown you can imagine with a massive offwhite, creamy head that I had to wait for to finish pouring, even after a careful pour.

Smell: This is one of the most complex aromas I've ever come across. What first appears mildly hoppy explodes into a crazy, fruity, tangy aroma of raspberries, currants, candy sugar, caramel malt, and a number of other notes that I couldn't place my finger on.

Taste: Almost underwhelming after the fantastic aroma, but lives up to the hype. Subtle introduction of malt and some dark fruit, but all the flavor comes in the finish, during which the powerful yeast makes itself known, as does a certain earthy, spicy character. Alcohol also has a presence here with a slight burn on the midpalate, but actually kind of pleasant. Surprisingly subdued and also very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth and full bodied as it just slides down the back of the throat. Slight alcohol burn and numbness after each sip, but not in a bad way.

Drink: Amazing richness, yet hides its alcohol content well. Could have a couple of these.

Overall: This is a highly complex brew. The taste and aroma have such depth that it takes some time to work everything out. Pretty amazing.

BucBasil, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carried home by-hand, from Belgium.

I actually prefer this to the 10.

A= nice brownish-red with a bit of off-yellowed head.

S= little alcohol evident, surprising for its ABV. Nice fruity-plum-prune-raisin conglomerate.

T= exceptional flavor, complexity, balance with the same fruity plum-prune-raisin conglomerate, slight sweetness and yet profound depth.

M= possibly some ABV after-numbing but you're too busy savoring the aftertaste.

D= very drinkable depending on your ABV tolerance, and how much your stomach can take before feeling bloated.

therica, Jan 06, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a murky, dark-brown with reddish highlights. Covering this is a khaki-colored head of lavish creaminess.

S: Perfectly subtle aromas of roasted malt, berries, dark chocolate, biscuits, dark fruit. Also noticed something like a tangy cola aroma.

T: Roasted malt, spicy hops, dark chocolate, plums/figs, berries, tart apple, cocoa, and that aforementioned cola. Earthy and wonderful.

M: Smooth and velvety. Just about the time the middle rolls around a perfect amount of spicyness emerges and adds a whole new layer to the mouthfeel.

D: I could detect virtually no alcohol presence, what so ever. This is such a smooth and easy drinker. An absolute "must try"!

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,406 ratings.