Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,280 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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

Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip

A: Very hazy brownish red color. Almost opaque due to the yeast and general cloudiness. Two finger head comprised of large bubbles. Bubbles were constantly streaming up the side of the glass.

S: Delicious. Sweet caramel like malts a tad of nuttiness and some dark fruits. Some alcohol is noticeable.

T: Primarily a malt orientated beer. Caramel and sweet tasting malts being dominant. There was also some nuttiness as well. The Belgian yeast character is also very evident in this beer and draws out figs, prunes, and dates. Its almost reminiscent of a red wine in its fruity complexity. Bitterness is low. Alcohol is semi present and could be perceived as lower

M: Very carbonated and bubbly providing a crisp and neat mouth feel. Pretty dry as well but that is probably due to the high alcohol.

O: All around this was just a damn good beer. I'm going through a little Belgian phase right now and this just helped me stay in it. Would definitely buy again but would look more towards pairing it with a good meal instead of on its own.

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11.2 oz. bottle poured into goblet

L: murduk dark caramel ... i.e., brown; think skin of very tan foamy head; not much lacing, but the collar of foam is constant and kind of cool

S: RAISINS -- very dark and fruity; breat; slight muted sour smell (figs?); 1/4 into it starts to smell like wine, fruity esters

T: tastes like carbonated wine; slight licorice?; mostly the slightly soured taste of wine grapes; if there are hops in this brew, one cannont taste them

F: unbelievable. the Belgian strong dark ale is not my style, simply don't enjoy the taste, BUT there is no questioning the construction of this weighty brew. it's super heavy without drinking like sludge; stays smooth in spite of the heaviness.

O: in a perfect world, all beer reviews would review to style ... this one does not, for my own personal record-keeping, it reviews to my personal taste, and I don't like raisins, figs, licorice or burnt dark chocolate -- so I'm not a huge fan. but i definitely can appreciate the craftmanship of this brew.

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Side poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with intense carbonation present in the pour. Bubbles racing to the head of the brew, which is a two-finger soapy head. Only stays around for a minute, minimal lacing. But while the head is present, this is an impressive presentation. Sediment in the bottle and glass.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits - figs, raisins, prunes, etc. just what you would expect from this style. Big and robust.

Taste - Much like the nose, although there is an underpinning of toasty breads as well. The sweet malts sweep the palate for the first half, replaced by the dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Disappointing. Heavily carbonated and kind of light, in my opinion, for the style. Dry and crisp, but kind of light bodied considering.

Overall - This is an excellent brew. However, there are three or four of this style which are readily available that I would spend my money before this one. That being said, it is certainly worth a try.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,280 ratings.
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