Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
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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Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, deep brown and active pour with a 2 finger off white or light brown head. Very nice retention.

S: Smells definitely of dark fruits. Maybe some grape juice in there with the expected banana scents.

T: Very interesting and complex taste. Dark fruits and maltiness start it off. Cherries, grapes, and plums could be the culprit. A warming feeling from the alcohol closes it out.

MF: Very full bodied and aggressively carbonated. Feels great on the palate.

D: The complexities and full bodied nature of this drink hurt the drinkability, but the masked alcohol bring it back up.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm guessin this bottle is about 2 years old

A- pours a dark plum color with a bit of yeast sediment. the foam is all belgiany and trappisty... a beige, active lather whose edges slope up to meet the walls of my chimay goblet. this is a high abv beer, and so the foam doesn't last too long but does maintain a sheen of sudsy membrane over top the body.

S- extremely fruity, mostly blackberries and plum, raisin, fig, date, chocolate, grape juice, pineapple alcohol, banana, tart cherries, black pepper, brown sugar, and toffee. also a woodsy earthy side like sandalwood and mineral water, yeast funk, old barn.

T- the perfect mix of fruit and funk layered over a very dry, crisp, brown whole grain bready malt backdrop. peppery spice, nutmeg and clove, allspice, dried hardwood, dark berries, date, fig, dark leather, dense old whole grain bread like german style pumpernickel. faint chocolate flavors hide in the background with banana and band aid. hop bitterness is crisp and clean, with merely a vinous and lightly lemon pith flavor. the hop bitterness balanced everything out to the utmost degree, never allowing a sugary or cloying situation and the flavor does nothing to stand in the way of the deeply complex malt and yeast strings that are being hit HARD by their respective piano hammers. all the above mentioned flavors hit hard but are fleeting, not quite staccato, but not quite the one chord stop pedal either. they rise, peak, then drop sharply and linger for a bit as they level off then fade away. this happens in transition, with each layer of funk then fruit then grain then spice then cocoa then funk again then grain again then hops then alcohol (only after it has warmed a great deal) and these things are all orchestrated beautifully. and once the beer warms, there becomes apparent a green, clorophyl leafy earthy herbal sort of flavor that naturalizes this whole thing. i don't know i think it's puttin a buzz on me. finishes dry, crisp, exquisitely balanced, sweet-tart-grainy with lingering bitterness and spicy burps.

MF- when cold and fresh out the bottle, the carbonation reacts with whatever pH is in saliva to form this burst of foam explosion. ever ate a Tums or Rolaid then took a swig of soda or beer? same thing, just not as violent. once aerated and warmed a bit, the body is lush and silky with some heft, perfectly prickly and tightly carbonated as if this babe, even who though i know has been treated with neglect and misfortune (see reviews from other high proof belgians i've bought from questionable retailer), she has held up bravely and with sincerity and integrity and still wears a pure white dress in my eyes. if this beer could talk, she would tell my girlfriend i'm not so shallow after all. that's how nice she is. dry on the cheeks, sticky on the lips, clean otherwise and perfect.

D- so. here we sit. more or less halloween saturday. no spooky beers or creepy beers or vampire stuff or nosferatu that my distributor has been out of all f***in season and instead something i've been saving for a special occasion and this is it. too drinkable, not the fainest hint of alcohol except a pineapply essence that has my head light and lifted. the monk on my shoulder chimes in and says 'trappist excellence'.

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Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite subtle. Mainly dark fruitiness, with some chocolate and the typical smell of banana.
The tastes are quite complex. Dry dark fruits mix with sweet caramels and some extremeley subtle earthiness and herbal notes from presumabley the hops. Also as it warms I am detecting some breadiness/biscutiness (almost gingerbread character; the spiciness from the yeast mixed with the maltiness).

Mouthfeel is perfect, amazingingly good lacing and bubbliness for the ABV which in undectable while chilled, but becomes apparent as it warms. Better than the #6 so far, will have to sample the #10 soon to complete the trifecta.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Pours clear brown beer with light brown - Huge head with good retention. Raging carbonation, almost opaque with bubble activity. Surprised it didn't gush.

s- It smells of fruity yeast esters, dark malts, some black pepper spice. Raisin or fig character as well. Really complex and interesting aroma.

t- Alcohol is present in sip, warming to the esophagus. Dark candi sugar and caramel flavors. Bitterness is strong and suiting to alcohol content. Yeast is delicious. Aftertaste is malty and thick on the tongue.

m+d- Smooth beer. I did let the beer sip for a bit to let the carbonation go down. Fuller mouthfeel than expected. Complex flavor profile that seem to change over time. It is a shame these beers are so expensive. It is a little boozie, but I like to be reminded I'm drinking a 9.2% beer.

Good beer. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great deep brown, maroon pour with lots of sediment/floaters. About a 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Great smell, actually surprisingly hoppy, very reminiscent of a quad (rochefort 10). Picking up hints of citrus, mainly orange and lemon, followed by fig and raisin.

T - The big selling point of all Rochefort's brews. Fruity and malty. Highlighted by fig, raisin, oak, cherry, grape, and a bouquet of other great trappist flavors. Alcohol is nearly undetectable but provides some warming on the aftertaste. The flavor follows through from start to finish. As full bodied as they come.

M - Nice and dry, good moderate carbonation.

D - As perfect as it gets. So smooth and tasty. Really a crisp, clean finish to it, even though I've let the brew warm a bit the finish tastes chilled and fresh.

10>8 but 8 is amazing in its own right. so drinkable and crisp.

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Photo of chalsk
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Interesting beer. Has a complex aroma. Notes of fruit, malt, and caramel hit the nose. Good sweet and bitter balance, with the carbonation preventing the sweet from overpowering. The carbonation also gives the beer an interesting finish, which fades nicely. The only knock for me is the body, the beer is just a bit thin for me.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Mug

A - A cloudy appearance almost muddy appearance. Nice two finger head

S - Malts and sugar, fruits and chocolate

T - The alcohol is there but not overpowering like a shot of vodkka. Malts, chery and a touch of chocolate. A very nice beer, but I must admit that I like the #6 better.

M - A slight after taste as the warming sensation slowly grows. It's a sweet, very smooth beer. nice carbonation

D - to me it is the high alcohol that keeps this rating down. a very nice beer, but I do prefer #6 better as it has a better balance.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 110214 so the beer is about 20 months old. This was drank along with the 6 and 10

It pours a deep chestnut brown with a beautiful pillowy head that dies into frothy layer. The head retention of these beers are spectacular.

The nose is much more fruity than the toffee of the 6 and has more 'Belgian' character to it. The aroma of this also has a bit of sweet sugariness to it at the end.

Taste wise it was really nice, some candied cherries and malty caramel, maybe a little darker fruit esters. As it warms just a little bit of the alcohol can be tasted. The mouthfeel is spot on, carb level great and it drink wonderfully. The ABV can be detected just a bit, especially as it warms but I really enjoyed this beer, much more so than the 6.

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Photo of kreeper
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark murky brown with hints of red. This is the best beer I've ever had. It smells great and it tastes great. The aftertaste is even better than the flavor. Very smooth and completely satisfying. Extremely easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy burgundy with floaties aplenty. I thought I poured carefully. Large beige head the collars and skims. Rouses well.

Aroma is dark, steely caramel, peach fuzz, fig, mild clove and spicy phenols. Kinda ho hum. Taste is equally, good but unimpressive. Steely caramel, earthy brownie crust and raisins. Creamy mouthfeel.

It's nice but I was expecting a display of Belgian mastery.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried back to back with the 10, would recommend doing so as well!

A - Same color as the ten dark mahogany brown, thick very light tan head that is semi-creamy looking. Very much unfiltered.

S - Semi-sweet with hints of toasted bread, candied sugar, sweet figs, and caramel. Quite complex just not as aromatic as I had hoped.

T - A little spicier than the 10 and there is a slight slight hop presence. Lots of sugars and yeast esters throughout the beer with complex flavors of toffee, biscuits, and dates.

M/D - Medium body, slightly more carbonation "harshness" than the 10, and finishes semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a bit funky with flavors of burnt bread, roasted malts, and cooked sugar. Still very drinkable and a very good beer.

Definitely the little brother to the Rochefort 10 but still a solid brew all around.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful caramel color, brown, with white thick head

S- chocolatey, brown sugar, very pleasant aroma

T- again with the chocolate, yummy, sweet but not overpowering, very good, couldn't taste the alcohol, very well blended

M- good mouthfeel, some carbonation

D- could probably only have about 2 of these in a night before the sweetness got to you

Overall, great beer, it was a pleasant experience and i would buy again

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Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a massive light brown head that looks light a big round rising loaf of bread. Holds shape nicely. Aroma is sweet and brown sugary. Nice dark dried fruit flavors. This tastes like raisins! This is slightly warming with some light hints of spices. Smooth and medium bodied. Yes this is great, id rather go for the added kick of the 10 though.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - I never thought that appearance could be that much different between beers. However, this beer breaks that mold. Granted, this is only my second trappist, but the sediment floating in the beer blows my mind. The color is exactly what I expected. The head poured fantastically and stayed along for the ride. Perfect.

S - Fruit! Plum, banana.. a bit of fig? Delicious smell. The best Belgian I've ever smelled. The smell can't really be equated to any other beers I've had.

T - Delicious notes of fruit. A bit sweeter than many other Belgians I've had, but it doesn't knock me over with sweetness. The taste is just as complex as the smell. Can't taste the alcohol at all... is this really 9.2%?

M - The mouthfeel is a perfect representation of the style. It foams in the mouth, but doesn't prevent you from swallowing, like I've experienced with other Belgians.

D - Drinkability is the only fault of this otherwise impeccable beer. And by 'fault', I mean it isn't the best I've seen from the style. It is nearly perfect, but the sweetness and heaviness could get to me after more than one of these.

Overall, I love the trappist style and this is the best representation I have seen of this style. Incredible.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.2% ABV, Best Before 04.04.2018

A - This Merlot-hued firebrick amber beer pours clear with sediment left in the bottle allowing the exodus of thousands of carbonation bubbles to be witnessed. The tall light khaki head slowly lowers, fed constantly by the carbonation but leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Heavy fruity complexity of dark cherries, figs, and a touch of white raisin all come from the ester-producing Belgian yeast which carries with it just a pinch of spicy notes but rather develops into notes of old and dusty wood shed. A kiss of candi sugar sweetness comes to life behind the unsweetened caramel malt.

T - Dark candi sugar and caramelized malts really play out strong here giving the beer a toasted bread quality that works well with the dark fruit. Fig and prune hints blend nicely with dark cherries and some maple syrup-like sweetness almost like jam spread across toast.

M - While the alcohol has hidden thus far, it comes out in the body where, after the swallow, it's perceived retro-nasally and, while there's a bit of sweetness in the flavor, the alcohol dries this beer out giving its medium-full body a smoother finish that's accented by carbonation.

O - An excellent beer across the board, Rochefort's 8 is pleasing to all senses and without a flaw. Alcohol is an afterthought when you're deep in the nuances of mild spiciness, dark fruit pleasantries, and a base of malt complexity!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort has a cloudy, brown colour and a good head that lasts. It smells quite sweet and citrus hops. The initial taste is quite sweet honey but as it stays in your mouth it just gets maltier. This beer has as a nice medium body and the carbonation gives it a bit of froth in the mouth.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Best date of 220414. Pours a murky brown mahagony color with a very fluffy white head that quickly settles to form a nice coaster. Solid aroma of caramel, toffee, and slight touch of alcohol. Some spice notes as well. Well carbonated leads to a medium/light mouthfeel. Raisins, caramel, and tofee dominate the taste as well as a warming alcohol taste at the end. Some nuttiness as well with some bitterness lingering. Carbonation level slightly takes away from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of HeckYeah
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy nutmeg brown with lots of floating sediment. Streams of bubbles floating up in single file lines and the sediment rides up them like a cyclical elevator. A light initial head, but as it sat it formed a half-inch melted marshmallow head with flecks of sediment making it look like someone sprinkled coco poweder on a cappuccino.
Smell: At first i thought the smell was overwhelmed by the bowl of fruit next to me, but after sniffing coffee to clear my nose and walking into the other room, i realize the fruit smell was from the beer. I smell plumb and dried pear.
Taste: Very refined and balanced. There's no overpowering hops, or competing malts. The Belgian yeast is very evident, but it doesnt have that banana taste i commonly think of when drinking very Belgian beers. Tastes of figs and plums with honey and autumn spices.
Mouthfeel: Frothy head with a smooth and lightly carbonated feel. Slightly warm at the end from the alcohol.
Drinkability: for a 9.2% ABV beer, the alcohol is hidden very well. I would limit myself to one because of the sweetness.

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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, murky amber body with visible particles floating on the bubbles seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Pours with two fingers of tan/mocha head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

S - Intoxicating aroma of dark fruit, spices, honey, carmel,malt, and sugars. My mouth was watering from the first sniff.

T - A delicious blend of flavors, including dark fruits like plum, fig, and grape, spices, honey, and light malt that was all balanced perfectly delivering an incredible tasty brew.

F/D - Moderate carbonation with an extremely smooth texture due in part to a thickness that is just right. Keeps the mouth watering for more as it entices the pallet. One of if not the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Still need to try the Rochefort 10 though.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - very dark brown, super 3 inch+ creamy head

Smell - Spices, malts, barley, honey and sugar. Some carmel and hops even

Taste - Tastey! SMooth, spicey and very easy to drink. These malts are very special, and all the spices really set this beer apart from the rest. I really taste carmal with every drink. This is the Apex of beers, wow.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and smooth. Its a liquid desert in a bottle. Basically this is a treat for your mouth, tounge and pallet. Your mouth tickles from the sugars and malts. You cant get another drink fast enough!

Drinkabilty - I could drink this daily but, no way i should cause i would be spoiled from all other beers. This aint the insane quad 10 that rochefort makes but its right behind it. World class, only 10 is above it

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Photo of chinchill
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(revisited in March 2015 with a bottle that had a BB date stamp of Sept. 2017 - thanks RAH!).

A - cloudy dark amber. Semi-durable, fizzy tan head.

S - unique; highy complex, fruity, moderately strong and very inviting, with a clear note of toffee from the malts.

M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy

T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Fruity/malty finish with hints of dark bread, figs, dates, raisins and toffee.

O - superb. A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I've had, including the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of jlmarshall
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a 2 inch tan head that quickly recedes to a thin lace. Noticeable sediment at the end of the pour. A divine complex sweet smell not quite as strong as molasses, but more noticeable than brown sugar. Hints of nutmeg maybe, or cinnamon. Maybe figs. The mouthfeel is sharp and bubbly, but very nice with a slight warmth. The taste is sweet and sticky like dark sugars and cream with dark fruits and a slight nuttiness. Even at 9.2%, this beer is remarkably easy to drink and making a very good case for being my favorite beer.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The ole Trappistes Rochefot numero Ocho! Dug the hell out of numero diez, so I think I'm gonna enjoy this one, as I hear this one's a bit more on the bubbly side.

Pours into a nice cider rich look that makes you feel nice and comfy. *looks around for snuggly blanket and lights fireplace* Anywho, the head didn't last very long, and continues to dissipate as it sits; nothing to write home about.

Like his bro, number 10, this beer smells divine. Led by a pungent fruit that makes you want to sip immediately. Really a strong and alluring scent that most should enjoy. And by the looks of the reviews...they do!

Yep, it's bubbly, and delicious. I think Wine *burp*...raisiny - in that vicinity...I want to say sour apples. Nevertheless, you know of it's reputation, and it delivers.

The carbonation and fizzy feel is something I love, but you may not. As I drink I reminisce about warm gatherings, romance, intimacy....fig newtons. It has a lovely sting that feels...ohhh, old school and slightly refreshing.

This is a beer you want to drink. This is a beer you want to share with people. It's high alcohol content brings smiles fast, it's welcoming look, smell and taste will have brows raising. This is a beer that you'll look forward to having time and time again. Instantly became one of my favorites, and makes me want to go back to big brother number 10 to see if I missed something.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Pours out a deep mahogany, dark and intriguing masking the mystery within. Off white creamy head, with a solid two fingers from the pour that mellows into a swampy film with no lacing.

This mighty brew takes your nostrils on a dark ride that is both rich and complex. Notes of hot caramel, molasses and fruit esters, sweet and rich, but not overpowering. Alcohol is noticeable at the end, but seems mellowed by the malts.

On the palate, there is a rich and hearty, almost savory depth to the malts. Fruit flavors dominate, figs, or muscadine grapes, though the sweetness is balanced well behind a clove-like spiciness and a warming alcohol character. Huge flavors dominate, but are well played against each other, wherein the malt sweetness plays off the alcohol which plays off the spiciness, all creating a medley of flavors and a hard to beat balance.

Medium-high carbonation, and though the ABV is 9.2% it is well masked, making this a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Notes: Some might mention sediment or yeast, but it is important to let it settle to avoid it intervering with the flavors of the beer. A proper pour along with a week of settling in the cellar help.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rochefort 10 has been probably my favorite quaff for a while now, finally getting around to reviewing the 8...

11.2oz bottle served in a trappistes rochefort chalice.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone with a solid finger of creamy off-white head that demonstrates impressive retention. walls of lacing draped along the glass; good amount of sediment. nice appearance.

robust nose full of caramel malt, belgian yeast, and spice. a bit more fruity than the 10, but it's obvious they're related. alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

has a luscious fig/herbal/spicy vibrancy that plays on the palate. same malt and yeast presence that was evident in the nose. IMO not quite on the level of the 10 and has a very slight, vaguely astingent note to it, but very tasty nonetheless. a slightly bitter, warming boozy finish.

mouthfeel is luscious, medium plus bodied with average carbonation. for a BSDA this is insanely drinkable.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,307 ratings
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