Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a beautiful red-mahogany color. Incredibly frothy head, very carbonated. Took several minutes to pour the whole bottle. I could hear the head fizzing the entire time. Quickly reduced to a thin white lacing.
Aroma is far sweeter and fruitier than I expected. Ripe cherries were my first thought. Not as much of the "dark fruit" common in other Belgian dark ales. As it warms, the yeast and phenol aromas are more prominent. Spicy aroma as well that I can't quite place.
Most noticeable throughout is the spiciness that I associate with the good Belgians. Yeasty, phenolic, peppery maybe. Initially I get some of the same fruitiness from the aroma. It is fairly one dimensional though, and the finish not terribly satisfying.
Very thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather high. No lingering effect. Almost feels like water going down.
It certainly is not Rochefort 10. None of the wow factor that I previously experienced with Rochefort beers. I think I have lost my taste for Belgians since I spent a week drinking nothing but last summer. Still enjoyable without a doubt, but just too one dimensional and thin. Not very "dark" for being classified as a strong dark ale. Will re-review at some point to give it another chance.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 06:42:07 | More by hctap00
4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: Medium shade of brown, very hazy, with a very large eggshell white head. The head is very impressive; it is creamy, fluffy, and leaves good lacing.
S: The scent is very interesting, in that it has very unique spice scents. It smells a bit like fresh sugar-cane. A bit grassy and sweet. There is a pear scent as well. Some light banana scents floating around. Very interesting.
T: A smile just shot across my face with the first sip. Tons of flavor and complexity. There's a bit of that grassy flavor, along with something that tastes a bit like cinnamon...but not cinnamon...maybe some sandalwood in there as well, as weird as that sounds. There's a rich malty flavor, but not caramel-like. Incredibly complex.
M: The mouthfeel is heavier, smooth, and very warming. Lots of carbonation that tingles the mouth like a wash of sea foam.
O: Overall I was impressed by this beer. It had loads of flavors that I don't often get to experience, or haven't experienced at all. It is definitely a sipper, because it has such a presence that commands attention with every drink. I highly recommend it to Belgian beer lovers, or people who are not afraid of uniquely flavored beers. This one is definitely unique.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 19:11:40 | More by teromous
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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