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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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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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
(best before 2/11/2021)

L: dark brown-red, dark copper, very murky topped by thick head of beige/tan foam over an inch tall; very little sticking, no lacing, keeps a full collar with most of a skin

S: red wine, grapes, port wine, cinnamon rolls with loads and loads of sweet sugary icing ... the nose can be very sweet at times and almost fruity, fruitcake

T: prunes, figs, dates, some bready malt ... fruitcake, raisin bread ... a big swig is almost hot, port wine and alcohol flavor with a bit of a burn from the alcohol; at times has a load of yeast and grain flavor, almost like a pizza crust

F: light-middleweight filled to capacity by the fluffy carbonation

O: fantastic beer and enough different from the brewery's 6 and 10 to make it fun to cycle through them; this bottle's relatively young, and it has the alcohol heat to prove it; a beer so good it ranks among my favorites to keep in the fridge year round and to turn to for special occasions

I first reviewed this beer on March 26, 2013, back when I hated raisin bombs, which at the time this tasted like; my palate has changed dramatically over the years since, so I felt it proper to re-review this one; original numbers: 4/3.5/3.25/5/3.5 (3.58; -16.7% rDev)

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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
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,330 ratings
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