Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in June 2005 and consumed later that same evening. Pours a two finger light brown head over a brown, slightly cloudy, liquid. Smells chocolate brown sugar, alcohol, licorice, and molasses. Tastes wet sweet and silky smooth. Rummy bread, with chocolate, licorice and a gentle alcohol presence. There is candi-sugar, but it's like I'm munching on a crystal of rock candy. Interesting. While this beer is extraordinary, it really does taste like a tamed down version of Rochefort 10. Medium thick body and mildly carbonated. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a murky chestnut with sediment and a thin creamy light tan head. the smell at first was sour. then some alcohol. this disapated after a minute or so. very smooth fruit esters dark fruit, and the sourness of an under ripe plum. some pear too but mainly fig. not particularly sweet. the palate was smooth as ever. with a light but rich leathery wallnutty malt and a hint of toffee. the fruit was figs, apple, blackberry, plum, and a grape finish. fig straight out of a tree. the mineral the apple/pear. the sourness and richness of fruit all at once. absolutely wonderful accent with malt leather blend. the density was wonderful throughout. not too much not too weak. no heavy alcohol resonating. this is a must for anyone that is interested in beer. great for sipping. i would have two or three even. but it really shines best with food.

its best for game meat. or a great steak... well seasoned. but it works for fish too. had it with leg of lamb over potatoes and greens and some pickled white anchovies.

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Photo of KKB
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice tan/orange/brown color with a huge off-white head that climbed up the glass and stuck around forever. The very definition of retention. Extremely intrigued considering the hype surrounding this beer.

S - Deep and complex with a lot of fruit present. Some apricots and figs, definitely some spice; I'm getting some slight cherry as well, also perhaps some sugar/caramel.

T - A carnival ride of flavors. Just jaw droppingly good. You get a heavy dose of the fruit right off the bat as well as an earthy/lightly smoky element with a unique belgian yeast flavor. Perhaps even some vanilla/tobacco/bubblegum/chocolate going on in here? My mouth's head is spinning. This beer is SO good. Only gets better as it warms as the flavors become more prominent, in here I start to notice some apples/pears as well. **NOTE: This only continues for so long, once it hits near room temperature it becomes somewhat bland. Definitely want to drink this cool, no harm in letting it warm, but don't want it to quite get around 65-70 degrees, then it loses it's flavor somewhat.

M - This has a light to medium body to it, great carbonation that makes it pleasantly harsh upon the tongue but only serves to increase the conveyance of flavor. Very smooth overall, you don't even notice the ABV, and still you get the alcoholic warmth with this one right with the first sip.

D - Very drinkable, even given it's high ABV, I feel like I could take down a pile of these but I wouldn't want to. These need to be cherished. Each and every one.

O - Just wow. Everything I had hoped for and way more. Maybe even the best belgian I've had yet. YUM!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 30 05 06, served at cellar temp.

26th birthday beer, October 21, 2004

Wow, what a beautiful looking beer! I seem to get easily wowed by Belgian (especially Trappist) ales. The 8 has a murky (yeast), garnet-brown body with a big, towering, light-tan dollop of head. Wonderful lacing.

Aromas of rich, sugary plums, candy, spicy yeast, brandy, oak, and champagne tang greet my 26 year old nose. Nice.

Taste starts with notes of lightly sweet fruit (raisins) and oak. Other fruits chime in—grapes, apples—with an underlying base of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel gets chewier mid-palate. As it moves into the finish, caramelized sugar and yeast take over. Finish is yeasty, and sticky with an underscored tangy bittersweetness. Slightly alcoholic, and warming.

A very nice beer to kick off my birthday night.

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Photo of atrus138
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. Dark, murky brown with just shy of a two inch fluffy head. Thick lacing. The smell was wonderful. "Full" would be the best word for it. Lots of fruits - dark, citrus, and tropical. Very sweet. The taste was delicious and complex, delivering lots of fruits, especially when warmed to room temperature. The carbonation was definitely higher here than in Trappistes Rochefort 10, though not unpleasant by any means. The alcohol is noticeable, but well-hidden compared to the actual ABV. Very warming without doing any damage, especially since you will want to savor every last drop of this as long as you can.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a slightly murky caramel brown color, though I managed to keep most of the yeast chunks in the bottle. Very light tan head a couple fingers thick with the careful pour. After quickly subsiding by half, the rest of this head aint goin' anywhere. It sticks to the side, but there is not a lot of lacing - the head just sort of silkily slides down the glass en masse as I enjoy this brew.

Nose is fruity and boozy. Currant and orange come to mind. Less prune/berry/cherry than the 6. An undefined spiciness too.

Taste is quite complex, but I immediately note that the alcohol isn't overpresent despite the %. There is some warming in the mouth/throat by mid glass, but it never detracts from the great flavors. Everything I smelled is present here, plus maybe some apple and vanilla. Nice breadiness in the malt profile too, and quite a bit of brown sugar. Spices linger into the aftertaste, and flavor as a whole improved as it warms.

Initial carbonation is higher than I would like, and masks some of the silkiness of this beer. It improved from OK to very good by the bottom of the glass. Just a bit lower on the initial carbonation and I think this is in my personal top 10.

Ya gotta be sober enough to pour carefully, it is powerful ABV-wise, and can be I'll have to leave it just short of a 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body.
The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice.
The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing.
The texture is light and fizzy.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Rochefort chalice.

A - Pours a very nice Mahogany colour with a two fingered tanned head that outlasts the beer and laces.

S - Aromas of plum and dark fruits as well as some malt and yeast.

T - Nice dark fruits and a little balanced sweetness, has nice yeasty bread flavours as well. A very well balanced brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation, that is perfect for this style.

D - This is almost as good as the 10 and a very well balanced brew that I would seek out again.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this one for a while. The first day of a long Christmas weekend seemed to be a great time to break it out. Deep brown color with a huge tan head. The head clumps and forms mountains of foam on the top of the beer. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a bunch of yeast floaties are visable through the haze.

Smell is malty with a slight fruity note. Some rum like alcohol smells also. No bitterness to speak of. Taste is where it really starts to get good. Just a great chocolate malty flavor with the touch of fruit and a little bit of spice. Also some bread/cake notes but really the malt is the prominant feature. The real high point is how smooth it is. The carbonation is lively on the tongue and it just goes down so smooth. The alcohol is well hidden but does make a more prominent appearance as things go on.

My first taste of a true trappist and I am not dissapointed. If it was only a little more afordable I would drink all the time. A great treat to have once in a while. If you have not tried this, what are you waiting for? Search it out and try it. Can't wait to try the 10 in the cellar.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a tinge of red. Voluminous cream colored head which dissipates semi-quick with minimal spider web lacing left behind.

Fruit and malt in the aroma. Plum, raisin, dark cherry, caramel, and toffee. Mild Belgian yeast. Candied sugar.

Pleasant fruit in the taste. Overripe plum and dark cherry. Malty caramel, cane sugar, vanilla, brown sugar, anise, and green apple. A bit of clove at the end.

Medium body and mouth feel. Crisp from medium+ carbonation. A bit of sweetness on the tongue followed by a semi-dry finish.

This is one of my favorite Belgian ales. Wonderfully balanced aromas and flavors. Easy drinking despite its richness. Good for sipping in front of the fire on a cold winter night as well as for quaffing on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber bordering on brown. Head is off white and billowing. Quickly dies off to nothing. Raisin, prune and brown sugar on the nose, which follows through to the flavour. Alcohol is present and warming. The finish is a little rum like, spicy and woody. Excellent as is their other beers

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Photo of Byeast
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance was a nice solid brown color, with a cream colored head. Didn't have the proper glassware to pour into, so I had to use a regular pint glass.

S: Smelled of fruits and some fairly sweet flavors.

T: The taste was out of this world. I rated it a 5 for a reason. I'm very impressed with how this developed in my mouth, and made me want my next drink even more than the last. An almost bittersweet blanket was on the back end of my pallet at the end.

M: The mouthfeel was full bodied, but carried over the bittersweet blanket.

D: This beer, was amazing, and if it wasn't $7.00 for 11.2 FL OZ, I'd surely drink this more often. However, you get what you pay for, and this beer, I'm more than willing to pay more for.

Overall, if you can get your hands on it, which I know you can if you try, please do yourself a favor and grab it and savor it. Cheers.

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Photo of Jon
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, muddy brown hue with a sticky, creamy head that leaves great lace and sticks around for the duration of the brew. Aromas of yeast, sweet, candied malt, chocolate and esters revealing dark fruit fill the air. One sip reveals a wonderfully complex brew. Dried apricot, chocolate, dates, and sweet malt enlighten the palate while traces of alcohol and delicately spicy hops linger on the finish creating a somewhat vinous character. Wonderfully smooth, immensely creamy mouthfeel. It doesn't get much better than this. Incredibly drinkable, this is one awesome beer from the masterful monks at Rochefort. Like the Rochefort 10, this is simply a must-try.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is an opaque dark brown with a resemblance to mahogany. There is a decent amount of very light brown head with is very frothy and sticks around. No lacing on the glass.

Smell – Very nice and so fruity. Prunes, dates, and dark grapes arise with touches of spice and sugar. I could not stop sniffing this one.

Taste – Up front there is a nice sweetness which is accompanied by some spice and alcohol. The dark fruits appear as in the smell with the additions of pears and plums. There is also that dark sweet maltiness combined with Belgian yeast which makes this beer absolutely wonderful to swoosh around the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Very high carbonation which hits hard as this type of beer should. This one has enough body to makes it feel great as well.

Drinkability – This is a sipper for sure as it has strong robust flavors. It is well balance however which just makes it that much easier to enjoy.

This is among my favorite beers to date. Drinking this was an absolute experience.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 8 into wide goblet

Pours a murky mahagony with tangerine highlights and a one finger
beige head that trails delicate lace.

Nose is fig, rum raisin, orange zest, spice, earth. Lots of similarity
to the 10, but not as pronounced.

Lots of dark fruit and spice, white pepper, tangerines, dark candi,
earthy hops, alcohol heat, chalky yeast. Starts off with a soft malty
sweetness and ends with a tangy bitterness.

Medium body with brisk carbonation, feels fluffy and refined.

Super elegant beverage that I could easily consume way too much of.
Shares lots of similarities with its more potent brother #10, but is a
bit softer. While it lacks some of the complexities, it makes up for
it in overall beauty.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark hazy brown color, with a large, frothy two-finger head that is tan in color. The beer is pretty murky and tough to see through, but where I can see light, there is a good deal of sediment bouncing around. Ridiculous head retention on this one; much more so than the Rochefort 6.

Smell: The aroma is similar to the Rochefort 6. Very malty and rich with a good deal of spicy yeast. Almost smells like a spiced rum, but much more mellow and fruity. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, bread notes, raisins, plumb, and maybe a touch of banana.

Taste: The flavor is pretty darn close to perfect. Extremely smooth and creamy, with a richness that lulls the taste buds into submission. Big malt flavor is off-set by wonderful spiciness, and the complex dark fruit flavors are quite a treat for the senses. This beer manages to be incredibly malty and rich without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with a good deal of carbonation. Great warming sensation from the alcohol, but a nice dry finish that keeps it from being to heavy.

Drinkability: Considering the near 10% ABV, this one is very drinkable. Very smooth and complex and not overpowering in the least.

This is probably now one of my top two or three favorite beers. I loved almost everything about it; the large chunks of sediment were a bit strange, but with a beer that tastes like this, I really don't care!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured slowly (to keep sediment out) into a Rochefort goblet.

Appearance: Barely translucent brown beer with a thin light tan head. The head was very persistent but not a lot of lacing on the glass. A tiny island here and there but not much else.

Smell: Very rich dark fruit (plums) combined with a very nice sweetness. Towards the end there are some buttery smells adding to the richness of the whole beer. Really enticing.

Taste: Wow is this a good one. Starts off with a rich malt flavor that is plum and prunes, then moves quickly into a burnt sugar and caramel sweetness with some peppery and very mild bitter finish. Towards the end of the glass there are some buttery tastes mixed in there, but they're mild. Despite the richness the beer finishes crisply - it does not linger. There is some hint of boozy sweetness in there every now and then, but it's not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy crisp carbonation on the tongue with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very balanced - nothing ever overwhelms or takes away from the taste.

Drinkability: Tastes insanely good, but due to the high ABV, I think to have another I'd have to pair it with the right dish to counter the way this one sneaks up on you. A great sipping beer and one to savor all on its own, but I think this would pair fantastic with the right dish. I've had this before but did a hard pour before I knew better and all the sediment came along for the ride. This time I poured carefully and some sediment came along, but I think minimizing it allows the greatness of this beer to shine through. I will definitely have this one again someday.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Total Wine and More in Union... this is certainly a world-class, top-notch brew... one of the better Belgians on the market for sure... the overall quality and character of this brew is a step-above most other representations in the category... Great prune-colored, dark-brown, mahogany hue with am impressive frothy head that exhibited nice staying power and lingered for a bit... smell is very intense, with a strong suggestion of roasted malts, candied sugar, and caramel... taste was ultra-rich and thick, sweet, but not cloying, with a strong presence of figs, prunes, dehydrated fruits, malts, caramel, toffee, and a slight vanilla... Mouthfeel was equally rich, filling, and satisfying, with a very easy drinkability that went down smooth, crisp, and clean... An excellent sample... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Swill5786
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110314. I kept it two weeks. Couldn't wait...

A - Dark brown but lighter than the 10. Massive head simmered down in about 2 minutes. Light reveals settling sediment within the brew. Giving it a few minutes to settle down.

S - Fantastic, as expected. Dark fruitiness dominates. Is that plum? Black currant? Raisins? Figs? Aroma of alcohol peeks timidly through all this plentiful fruit.

T - Sweet fruitiness followed by alcohol mid- to late-taste. Hops sneak in subtly at the back, then carry the aftertaste. Warming brings out a chocolate quality.

M - Heavy, heavenly brew; pleasantly thick; perfectly carbonated; Dry finish.

D - "Meal in a bottle..." Not inclined to over-indulge, but only because a second would be less appreciated than the first.

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter.

This beer just looks awesome. Murky, pond-water brown with a big pillowy head and tons of lacing. It smells even better. I get hints of very flower hops, slight lavender, grape juice, and molasses. I pick up more of the molasses after I give it a good swirl in my glass. Smelling this beer would not get old.

Upon tasting, I pick up much more of that lavender, along with a bitter roasted characteristic similar to Orval is some respects. The maltiness of it is just twisted, wrung out by the yeast character. Alcoholic phenols abound. A sweet, grape taste lingers on the tip of my tongue. This beer is one-of-a-kind delicious.

This is obviously not an every-day drinker, but this stands out as one of the best beers I've ever had, and while, at about $6 a bottle in the states, I don't see myself buying this often, I would be incredibly grateful to take it off any of my friends hands if they happen to have a few sitting around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was good.

Poured out a tan/brownish color with a light tan head that was quite big and that lasted for a little bit.

Smell consisted of various items. It was quite musty with a little bit on yeast, dough, chocolate, some slight bananas as well, and some alcohol in the background as well.

Taste was great. Starts off with some nice malt flavors with some chocolate and fruit notes blend in as well. Some spiciness mxes in as well to give it that big complexity that this beer is known for. It all lasts into the aftertaste and you can most likely name 15 other items that can be tasted in this beer as well.

Mouthfeel was so soft and smooth. You want to savor every sip for this beer. I'll have to revisit this during the holiday time, the spiciness is pretty good.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-A very murky dark brown with some hints of red. A beige fluffy 3 inch head rests on top and slowly reduces to a light film. Some nice lacing rests along the side of the glass. Also some yeast floating around as the bottom of the glass.

Smell-Instantly I get two aromas, booze and fig. No matter how many times I go back that booze is really coming through. Some spice and banana in there as well.

Taste-This beer very much tastes like rum off the bat. Booze, lots of dark fruits and lots of sweet malts as well. Although the booze is very predominant it is extremely smooth and balanced. This is an incredibly tasting beer thats so simple, but complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel-Light-Moderate carbonation that coats the tongue and mini flavor morsals burst all over. So smooth and balanced.

Overali-Ya, this beer deserves the hype, it's very nice. I just love the complexity and the fact that it's easy to drink and goes down easy. Definitely going to seek out the 6 and the 10.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,211 ratings.
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