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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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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330ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

Great looking dark brown opaque color with hint of orange amber hue, the pour yields thick fluffy tan head with exceptional retention. The foam is soft and delicate yet full of lively carbonation.

Esters contain ripe banana, plum and mellowly mingle with dark bready malt, caramel, dark candy sugar, mild phenol, dark chocolate, coffee and some creamy note.

Base by a solid malty goodness, estery and sweet dry up the palate by lending a mellow ripe dark fruits touch when caramel and dark candy sugar sweep throughout. Phenolic spice and clove are much more bolder than in the aroma as leverage and make balance. Hop bitterness is vague just ghost-like and at the very end. Phenol and sweet last for long as the tail of taste after finished.

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Dark, very dark, brown, with a creamy beige head that builds to half an inch and lasts a long while in a Rochefort chalice. There is some sediment and lots of carbonation as well as a dense coating of lacing.

Rich and complex with dates, fresh figs and brown sugar. Layers develop with warmth, though do not add complexity. This is an earthy beer and the adjective, rich, hardly does it justice.

Rochefort 8 is well balanced and avoids being overly sweet, which is a tendency of the style. There is some light toasted malt that grows amazingly with warmth. Warmth also brings out hints of honey.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,357 ratings