Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours deep Ruby brown with a rich,foamy head with a surviving half inch lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,chocolate,plums,grapes and malts. The taste is chocolaty,sweet,earthy,malty,fruity and phenolic. The alcohol is there and yet it is so well masked.The mild spices are so well balanced with the complex taste. So complex,so rich!
The overall feel is creamy,rich,great carbonation,crisp,smooth,bubbly and some mild bitterness in the finish. The stinging alcohol is not too overwhelming yet it lets you know -RESPECT ME,I AM HERE!
Seriously, So complex and special.

Notes: I do not buy into hype,but this is another example of why Belgium is so unique in the beer world. The brew is memorable in every sense of the word. Expensive,but worth it.

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Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep reddish brown with a thin light tan head that lasts forever.

Aroma is sweet, reminds me of brown sugar or cinammon, spicy.

Tastes of dark spiced fruit, warm brown sugar, spiced rum, very complex with alcohol presence just noticeable. Finishes with a sweetness only tongue that I've never tasted before.

A good amount of carbonation give s this an effervescence and keeps it drinkable. I think it also brings some of the sweetness out.

Overall, a wonderful brew, I haven't tried the 6 or 10, but I certainly will.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown color, sediment appears at the bottome fo the glass. Head is absolutely magnifacent and perfect, forming a billowing dome on top of the Chimay chalice I am drinking it out of.

Smell: Zesty and fruity, raisin and alcohol.

Taste: Served a bit too chilled, but has a robust malty flavor, highlighted by some nice raisin flavor, a smooth drinker indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, perfect.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, I enjoyed it about as much as the 10.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 330mL, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, tart and fruit, raisins, plums, hints of pear/peach, light hop presence, light alcohol, earhty, perfumy

Ap: Clear medium amber, mousselike tan head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Crisp nutty/toasty malt, raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, toffee, fruity/floral notes are unique, very dry and crisp, light alcohol, dry earthy malt, mild chocolate, dark but not roasted, very nice fruit (perfumy, almost tripel-like), peach, pear, candy sweet, bitter and alcohol at end, evolving complex taste

M: light warming/hot alcohol, high fine smooth carbonation, very well attenuated, slightly rough alcohol end

O: unique fruitiness, very dry, could be lower in acohol, great beer

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Photo of putnam
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It displays quite an attitude...all towering egg-like brown spun sugar dome... evil-looking beer ..."not-beer"
The first sip is more like a first "chew." The smell is one of dank, sweaty, super corn. There is mocha on the attack together with baked berries, cream, beans and roasted bees.
Not-"B" flavors include soda, caramel, industry, fantasy, universe ...
Someone touched Cooper's Sparkling Ale with steamed hops and broiled toast!
What a parcel of humancana!
These are super fresh and obtained at Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of velkyal
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is from my blog, so forgive the repetition:

The Rochefort 8 weighs in at a very respectable 9.2% ABV and pours a wonderful rich dark caramel colour, almost opaque but with a silken quality.

So powerful is the aroma of burnt sugar, that even before I put my nose anywhere near the glass I can smell the delights to come. The Rochefort 8 shares the quality of being sweet with undertones of bitterness that was the overriding sensation with the 6, however this one is altogether far smoother.

I found that the initial tastes make you want to simply sip the beer, as if in some perverse manner this will help you to savour the flavours.

However, after about the third taste, I couldn't help but taking decent sized mouthfuls to just enjoy the fullness of the beer.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 330ml brown bottle.

Pours light shines through when holding the glass up to a light. A rich creamy tan head with lots of bubbles at first. Head disappears after a while but leaves some good lacing near the top.

Aroma is sweet and malty. I can detect caramel possibly molasses with a hint of spice.

First sip is WOW....a hint of chocolate, lots of malt and spice. There is an aftertaste of fruit and molases. Can't put my finger on the fruit..possibly orange or fig....lot's of complex flavors. You can feel the alcohol with the first sip as it warms your cheeks but it is not overpowering. It has a creamy texture as you swish it in your mouth. A great Dark Ale...

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good deep brown color with some red hues. Tan head dissapates quickly to a nice silk cover.

Sweet nose with pitted fruits, vanilla and caramel. Some alcohol tones and a slight citrus hop character.

Taste also very sweet but not out of balance. Spicy fruits and chocolate.

Nice full body and dry mouthfeel finishes this ale well.

Considering the complexity and size, this is quite a drinkable brew. Highly suggested.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured root beer brown with a humongous three finger head of tan thick foam.

S: Damp forest, wood, dates, root beer.

T: Dates, cinnamon, dark oat bread, herbal tea, slight honey, root beer, alcohol. Transitions effortlessly between the candy sweetness of dried fruit and bready flavors. Enough spice to accent the highs and lows but not overpower. Balanced and hides the booze well.

M: Lively, well carbonated, medium and smooth.

O: Phenomenal. So interesting and enjoyable to drink. Nothing overwhelms.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with a half-inch of fluffy tanish foam on top. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head frothy. The head was still going strong a few minutes into the beer...nice!

Aroma: Deep rich dark chocolate and a tad of roast along with a whole bunch of subtle fruit flavors. I get black cherries in particular, but there are also a little plums along with a toastiness that smells like it is slightly burnt toast. As it warms a touch, there is a bready character coming out from the yeast to add to the complexity.

Taste: Really clean yet rich flavor. There is a whole lot going on in this one. I can get a noticeable chocolaty roast presence, but it isn't a huge part of the profile like it is in a Porter. There are lots of bready and toasty notes to fill out this beer. The balance is (I believe) balanced toward the sweetness the entire time. There is a noticeable alcoholic presence that makes itself known as a spicy undertone rather than as an an alcoholic heat. The alcohol itself is really smooth and only warms you up from the inside.

Opinion: Man, now this is a good beer! My wife isn't really a beer drinker, but I gave her a sample of the Rochefort 10, and she exclaimed "How can anyone not like this beer!?" I agree, and think that this statement describes this beer...excellent! I tell you now that I will drink this beer any chance I get until I am stinking drink. This (and the 10 especially) are phenomenal beers and one that you absolutely HAVE to try!

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Photo of oskoreien
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The world class rating is very much credible. Belgian strong dark ales are my favorite and this one may be my favorite of the style. 11.2 oz. bottle poured, unfortunately, into a pint glass.

It pours a murky brown with a wonderfully large fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a smaller creamy one. It laces well all the way down to the last sip.

It smells fantastic. Very sweet bread like and malty aromas fill the air around the glass. Ripe fruit esters are also present.

Even with a 9.2 abv this beer just goes down so easily and smoothly. Lots of dark fruit flavors, raisins for sure, it has that great Belgian yeast flavor. A gorgeous, complex beer.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It pours beautifully, has a wonderfully rich aroma. The taste is slightly less sweet than some of the other trappist belgians, which is perfect for me. I like this better than Chimay. I enjoys this out of a frosty tulip glass, but a goblet would've worked just as well. Try one!

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Photo of yauri
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As best as industrial beer gets.
What a head! What a crisp, rich, non-alocholic taste.
No questions, it is the #1 trappist, and out of Rechefort arsenal - this is THE cannon.
Cant think of any better beer experiance from stuff you can get off the shelf anywhere in Benelux.

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Photo of Gusler
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"WHOA BABY!" is that a "Rochefort". "Darn straight", you can tell it by that "Fantastic" aroma, that of a fine brandy, malts and some plums "WOW"! Pours a nice deep cloudy brown, luxuriant light chocolate head and the lace in layered sheets to coat the glass. Big malt start, the top is middling, the finish is meticulously hopped, masterfully carbonated, droughty alcohol bitter aftertaste. "Alcohol" definitely rears its head at the finish as it warms you pleasantly, what a great beer!!!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A cloudy dark brown beer. Pours a vigorous but not crazy light tan head that lasts and leaves some lacing that ultimately recedes.

Smell: Fruity and spicy and floral. The fruits I can unquestionably get area cherries and plums. I can also get a whiff of some the alcohol but it isn't too strong and doesn't really detract. In fact I would say it improves the beer by slightly contrasting with the fruits.

Taste: The taste mimics the smell but the cherries play a much larger role than the plums and alcohol. The plums soften the tartness of the cherries while the alcohol contrasts the other two. I notice a slight caramel malt flavor rolling around there among the fruits.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a creamy feel. The alcohol also warms the throat very well as it goes down.

Overall: I could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy if it wasn't so damn expensive.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In talking with my pal Zoran about heady beers, especially those from Belgium, this one was recommended by him as being his favorite. He brought over one for me to sample and review, so here we go.

Pours thick leaving a very frothy one inch head with great retention. A lot of sediment and adjunct sank to the bottom and some are sticking around in the head as well. Scary at first for me, but later I am calmed by the great mouthfeel and drinkability of this one. Highly carbonated. Opaque dark and smooth caramel appearance. Thick lacing.

Smell is quite complex. Sweet malts balance with spicy floral hops for a uniquely pleasant experience. Hints of raisins. At first the alcohol was not present in the nose, but upon finishing about 3/4 of it, the alcohol smell is starting to come through.

Taste is so silky and smooth with many of the characteristics already noted in the nose. The mouthfeel on this one is perhaps the most pleasant I have ever experienced. Perfectly carbonated. Almost scary how easy this one is to drink considering the high ABV.

Superb brew.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark mahogany body under an initially-huge rocky tan head. Head fades to a solid lid in about 10 minutes.

Smell is fantastic. So rich and "warm" with vanillla, vinous malt, and oak. Sweet burned cherry, old leather, dark chocolate. Spicy, peppery, mmm. Really smells exceptionally good.

Taste is spot on to the aroma: vanilla and burned cherry are the front notes, then the pepper and coriander come up. Finish is Light metallic bitter followed by dark chocolate.

Rich mouthfeel with a depth of soft and expansive carbonation spreading it all around. Tastes and feels so good, you don't really want to swallow it.

Drinkability is reduced by the alcohol, which is very evident, though not harshly so. However, there's so much going on here that this is a sipper anyway. I reckon I could sip a couple of these or more. However, they're a bit on the pricey side, so in the real world, that also reduces the drinkability.

Overall, another of Rochefort's fantastic beers. Someday I'm gonna have the 6, 8 and 10 side-by-side!

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Photo of Willamette
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I finally had the opportunity to try a beer out of my price range that i normally wouldn't drink, thanks to a dear friend.
It poured into my tulip a slightly lighter than rootbeer color with a frothy head and abundant gyrating protein chunks. The smell was subdued but very pleasant with minimal distinct notes. The taste was crazy good. If only I could brew a beer that is as balanced as this I might never brew another style. Nothing was overpowering - not the yeast, not the grains, not the hops but the overall package was very flavorful. Again, the balance was incredible! The mouthfeel was just fine; not slick or sticky and only slightly dry, leaving the palette desiring another mouth full. Drinkability is addictive with barely a hint of the high alcohol content. This beer deserves its high marks regardless of what my numbers produce.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A beautiful dark mud brown color with a nice off white head. Medium dense bubbles that have a nice retention. and recede to a thick mat.

S - Bread hints in the noes all around. Almost like whole wheat bread right out of the fridge. Some banana in the nose as well as some raisins and yeast. Very complex nose. Im sure there is more there.

T & M - Brady hints are a plenty. More pleasant and mellow than the 6. Alcohol esters are around as well as some banana bread hints. Delicious but complex beer. Not for everyone. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Smooth and creamy, intense carbonation. This really grows on you as you drink. There is also a hint of cinnamon almost like apple cider.

D - Amazing brew!!

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Photo of Beersignal
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt one or the more remarkable beers I have tasted in this millenium. Much more rounded and complex than a young bottle (this one had been in the cellar about 2 years).

Very appealing lightly cloudy walnut brown pour sporting crimson/ruby tinges. A relatively voluminous off white head adorns the fluid for some time. Respectable staying power.

The aromas are stunning! Unbelieveably complex and harmonious, I could have easily been contented to simply take in the aromas for an entire evening but I had a job to do...

Up front, soft lightly malty and honeyed essence of orange envelopped in rich milk chocolate, followed by long hints of spices ( ginger, cloves ) and fruits, a touch of earthy mint, all wrapped in a slightly vinous quality. What wonders a little bit of age can do to a beer.

Almost as equally remarkable were the flavours and mouthfeel. Fine but dense bubbly feeling ushered in a satisfying and rounded liquid that felt slick on the tongue. Full and firm malt flavours provide a solid structure for the softly spicy rum soaked fruit and residual sweetness reminescent of maple water. A soothing, long and heady finish winds down on a cushion of hoppy and yeasty bitterness as smooth as silk.

This beer must be drunk on its own. To pair this with any foodstuff would only detract from the endless complexity and satiating aspects of the brew. One of my favorites.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark orange-brown with a gorgeous head. Once it settled, the interior of the glass was covered with lacing and the head itself fell in “pits.” It looked like lava formations at the beginning of time.

Smell – The aroma of malts and (mostly) fruits are hit hard with the 9.2 ABV. This almost smells like hard liquor. The fruity (orange, cherry, apple, pineapple, cranberry) aroma that is awesome.

Taste – This is very interesting. The complex mix of fruits, along with the strong alcohol, gives this aspect of the beer a “mixed drink” kind of flavor. I make a party favorite drink with orange, cranberry, pineapple-apple juice, and rum and this is similar on the front end of The Eight.

The malt kicks in though and you know this is a beer. This brew is also loaded with sugar that comes out (even more so) at the end. This is one helluva beer.

Mouthfeel – There’s not a lot of carbonation here, but this is smooth considering the ABV. It’s more like taffy on your tongue then beer.

Drinkability – Way too drinkable for such a strong concoction. This one went down like silk.

Comments – I liken this beer an organic fresh fruit mix poured into fine Belgian malt. I don’t feel that I’ve done it justice in my review. There are a myriad number of other flavors that I can’t pick up. This is in a class all by itself.

Update: The 2004 vintage is more of the same. Recently, I was able to pick up more complexity in the nose. In particular I found some darker fruits like dates and figs and raised the Smell rating by 0.5.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Huge beige head formed atop of a beautiful dark rubyish body. Tons of lace. Aromas of rum raisin, black cherry, and plenty of candi syrup. Very malty and rich, yet light on the tongue. Syrup, molasess, exotic sugars, peppery. Slight alcohol burn. World classic in every sence of the word.

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Photo of asabreed
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Purchased for around $5 at Carytown Wine and Beer in Richmond, Virginia.

Appearance: Huge emission of gas upon popping the cap off the bottle. One of the best heads I've ever seen: huge, thick, foamy, lightly mocha-colored, leaving a tenacious, sticky lace clinging to the glass. Hazy orange and amber color, with amazing amounts of tiny bubbles floating to the surface. Head stays around 1/4" upon refilling the glass. Amazing.

Smell: Ridiculous things going on here. I chilled it for about an hour before finally opening it, so at first of course the chilliness of it diminished the aromas. But as it began to warm up gorgeous stuff started coming through. I don't know exactly what was coming through upon each wave of warming, but here's a rundown: licorice, cherry and cranberry tartness, honey, heavy bread and yeast (of course), tropical fruit, plum, faint hints of candi sugar, faint chocolate / coffee / mocha, citrus, lemon and orange zest, pepper and ginger-like spice, hints of vanilla, maple, and caramel. I'd suggest doing what I did, chill it, then spend a lot of time with it.

Taste: Also exceptional. Fruit tartness -- apricot, grape, plum, tropical fruit. Wheat bread. Faint black licorice. Orange and lemon zest. A faint wood / smoke flavor at the end. Also chocolate / dark chocolate soaked berries at the end. The alcohol is evident at first, then quickly melds into tons of flavor. The aftertaste is amazing, beautifully tart, complex, and changing as it reaches the back of the tongue. The balance is stupendous -- the sweetness and malt and the heavy nature of the yeast combine beautifully for a complex and exceptional brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as velvet. Perfect levels of carbonation and slight bubbles to a perfectly balanced silk swallow. To be savored.

Drinkability: I hate to not make it a 5, but for me, as I've said with many brews, with something like this, you need to take a long time with it, or at least that's what I'd suggest. It took me an hour and a half to finish the bottle, and not only did I have a fantastic and slightly euphoric small buzz going, but it was highly enjoyable. Because of that, the drinkability in my opinion can't be a five. But goddamnitt it's close.

Pick up at least one of these up if you can. I have another one in the cellar. Two bottles of Rochefort 10 are waiting for me, and I'm confused at how this can get better, and I really can't wait to try it.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle...well, just for the hell of it. I was very excited to try this, as it is heavily hyped.

A- A reddish amber color- some maroon/brown/ruby colors. Small tan head, nice and tasty.

S- Smell was of cherries, fruits, and chocolate- oh YEAH- lots of alcohol.

T- Taste was a complex caramel, toffee, spices, fruits, and some nuttiness.

M- Mouthfeel was so light and enjoyable- warming as it was sipped.

D- This is a wonderful beer that is best sipped and enjoyed on a nice cold night- one of the best I have ever had.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,236 ratings.
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