Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#416
Reviews:
1,943
Ratings:
5,375
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.79
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/11/2016. Pours super murky dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, grape, banana, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, toasted grains, and huge yeast spices. Incredible aromas with a ton of complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, banana, clove, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, banana, pepper, and yeast spice on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink at 9.2%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel. Big complexity and balance; and extremely enjoyable.

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330ml date 080616 not sure what that means.

A: Pours a ginamormous head (had to pour this in phases) thats a dockers beige. Finally died down a bit. A cloudy deep caramel, cinnamon/brown color, really beautiful color. A healthy head stays with brew. Leaves a patchwall of lacing.

S: Sweet hard candy. Brown sugar, touch of spice (i never know what spices), some dark fruits too. Not overly pungent.

T: Initially a pixie stick like sweet burst, then a more caramel/toffee hard candy mixed with banana/strawberry/candy apple/Oranges fruitiness. A rasin/molasses rich malt backbone. These monks sure like sweet beers. Little alcohol bite, like a nice dark rum. The tiniest hint of floral hops comes through with finish. Lotta layers here, tough to pick them out. Well balanced, nothing overwhelms.

M: Pretty high carbonation, heavy body, a nice mix of syrupy/creamy. Incredibly rich. No session beer. Great dessert beer (alone), probably would pair well with shrimp cocktail or shelfish too.

O: This style (and most trappists) seem to be a bit sweet for my palate, but their complexity of flavors is absurd. So many notes, none overwhelming.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer I’ve had in the past, but haven’t reviewed until now: I’ve always remembered Rochefort 8 as a beer that was “alright” to my impressionable new-beer-geek standards. Let’s see how the beer stands now, after a year or so of tastings.

A: This one has a body like dark red wine, and a head made up of pure bubbles; cream on crimson is a great look. It’s nearly opaque, with chocolate brown along the outside of the glass. After the effervescence fades, the retention shows its chunky, half-finger texture; and with just a swirl of the glass, it grows without hesitation. The lacing seems so heavy that it falls straight back down into the body after it appears.

S: A character of alcohol and fruit starts this one off, as expected: plum, raisin, and some other dark, vinous fruits act as a thick, almost gummy layer over a cinnamon-spic e bread aroma. The funk of Belgian, phenolic banana and coriander esters are potent and thick, with a smooth herbal aroma of buttery pie crust and brandy. For such a high alcohol content, the booze isn’t very apparent; just a faint hint of rum in this nose’s midsection.

T: The heat of Belgian über-barley and spiced rum leaps from the glass onto the tongue, rustling the taste buds all the way down. The caramel here isn’t light and salted, but syrupy and dark, coming from the quasi-stout roasts of the malts – tastes of burnt toast and nutty coffee. Like I said, it’s a little warm, though it’s the power of the fruits that finally prevails. The transition to an herbal taste is a bit ham-handed, but clove and grassy flavors do give their due kick; after, some super-light piney hop flavors and alcoholic acidity. It culminates in lemongrass zest and a finale of creamy butterscotch. A complex mix of sweet, sour, and near-salty tastes.

M: Full, though this dubbel has quite a Belgian wateriness to it. To me, when I taste a beer with this kind of flavor that rests on such a silky-light feel, the beer gives off a certain British-pub or Belgian character; I could see, though, how the lack of carbonation might turn someone off.

O: This one was much more spiced and complex than I remember; still, it’s balanced in its complexity. Rochefort 8 is a different kind of dubbel, though it proves with each sip that this style is all about consistent power in the palate.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,375 ratings