Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BA SCORE
94.4%
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4.33 w/ 5,306 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:
1,924
Ratings:
5,306
Liked:
5,011
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
4.79
 
 
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433
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1,104
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with a foamy light brown head. The scent has elements of nuts, yeast, and malts. I’m definitely getting the Belgian Strong Ale scent from this one. The taste is bold and heavy. There are a lot of complex flavors including caramel malts, toasted malts, yeast, and burnt sugars. Great texture and volume adds great depth to make this another fantastic brew from Rochefort.

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From a 330ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip, this beer pours a reddish-earth color with a blonde head; It rises up half of the tall tulip neck and gradually settles into a thin layer with edges that try to cling to the glass but don't quite hang on.

The beer is completely opaque despite leaving the yeast behind in the bottle; No point of light can be seen when held in front of a bulb. Tiny bubbles are barely visible rising to keep the head afloat.

The nose is cinnamon and clover honey, with slight dark fruitiness and background notes of candi sugar and alcohol rounding it out.

The flavor is less raisiny and cloying than many in this style; There's a slight sweet apple, smooth alcohol esters and just a hint of spice. It's quite smooth, without any hop bitterness at all - rather, the hops do a fine job of holding the sweetness in check.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The amount of carbonation provided by the secondary fermentation is close to spot-on. There is no fizziness on the tongue, but the carbonation can be felt spreading the liquid over the palate.

Overall, a fine Monk-brewed beer, and one that fits well with its mates in the Rochefort range. It is very finely balanced and hides its ABV well.

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The nose is full of caramel malt, fig, raisins and plums.

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Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, full and sticky.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,306 ratings
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