Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BA SCORE
4.33/5
5,316 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#401
Reviews:
1,927
Ratings:
5,316
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.79
 
 
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433
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1,108
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11.2 oz bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass. Best by 04/04/2018. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Poured down the middle of the glass produced a huge head with an intense fizz. Brown body with reddish hints and a thick, creamy, rose tinged head. Best head retention I’ve ever seen in a Belgian Dark Strong. Insert picture of monk here.

Aroma: Lots going on in the nose, though it’s the usual suspects in a beer of this style: brown sugar, candied dates, cherries, stone fruits and some bubblegum. There is a faint grassy hop bite and some drying leather which set it apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. Also a pleasant floral alcohol.

Taste: Same as the nose with lots of sweet dark fruits and candi sugars, but more of a focused, dense layering of flavors. A pleasant brandyish, bready finish. This like a meal of sticky sweet fruit cake.

Moutheel: High carbonation with a drying finish. The dryness actually prevents it from being too sweet and brings out more of the flavors. Quite warming but in the best way.

Overall: A rich, complex ale. Like other beers of the style it’s hefty, sweet, and malty. However with Rochefort 8 there’s more of a drying touch that brings forth more of the flavors, and that’s what sets it apart in my mind. Also, the nice floral alcohol is deceptive and pleasant. Curious about what would happen to this with some age. Went really well with some Cookies and Cream ice cream.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one open after I've sat on it for several months. Enjoyed out of an 11.2 oz brown bottle marked with a best by date of 6/13/17. I seem to remember reading that Rochefort has a five year lead time on their best by dates, so best guess, this bottle is around 21 months old. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.

Appearance - Pouring gently (so as not to dump all of the sediment into my glass) renders healthy two-finger head the color of lightly toasted marshmallow, frothy and rich. Takes quite awhile to dissipate, showing good legs, but no lace to speak of outside of some spatterings of sticky residue in isolated spots. Beneath the active head resides a beautifully-hued body. Light brown with reddish burgundy undertones at the bottom part of the glass where it is thinner and more conducive to letting in light, then dark chestnut-to-walnut brown at the top, with a steady gradient in between. One of the prettier beers I've seen, for sure.

Smell - Sweet baking spice provides an intoxicating complement to dark fruits and vinous undercurrents. Notes of figs, candied dates, some fainter elements of raisins are all here along side a malty sweetness and gentle spice from the yeast profile. Some faint phenols are present, lending a depth of aroma that I really enjoy.

Taste - Continuing with the promise of the smell, the taste has grain sweetness, with some spiciness that is reminiscent of rye, but different. Probably that Belgian yeast. More dark fruits, with now some plum alongside the presence of figs and even light molasses. I know this isn't as high ABV as some in the style, but I can hardly taste the alcohol at all. The richness really hides it well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue. I really do like this style, but this is one of the more easy-drinking takes that I've had.

Overall, just fantastic. It's been a long time since I last had the 10, and I know it's a different beer than the 8, but I think I might prefer this one. Rich and sweet, but not overpoweringly so or cloying. Lots of flavors at play, but it doesn't seem muddled at all. I love the fact that it's so easy to get as well. Proof positive that something doesn't have to be impossible to obtain to be outstanding.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,316 ratings
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