I tried the Trappistes Rochefort 6 a couple of months ago and found it to be quite tasty, however everyone I talked to suggested that I try the Trappistes Rochefort 8. Well, I picked up a bottle and today is the day to take it for a ride.
The website, abbaye-rochefort.be, is written in French and Dutch, so I have no idea what it says.
Let’s just go ahead, give it a pour and see what this beer is all about for ourselves shall we?
This beer stands in at 9.2% ABV and comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle.
The brew poured a very hazy, deep burgundy to brown color. An enormous tan head was formed from a very easy pour. It was both soapy and rocky with tons of “snack, crackle & pop.” The retention time was pretty good and the lacing was average. The cap settled to a fine film, however the foam was easily regenerated with a quick, aggressive swirl.
The fragrance was a well balanced profile of dark fruits. Figs, dried raisins and plums. Faint alcohol notes were found and it also showed a wonderful nose of yeast, sour dough and fresh biscuits. The aroma was balanced very well. It’s not overly complicated nor did it present a ton of spice, however it was still a very pleasant and aromatic bouquet.
The taste let more of the dark fruit shine. Again, raisins, figs, plums and maybe even some cherries. Doughy biscuits with a slight syrupy taste. Mild touches of sweet chocolate and licorice. The alcohol was tasted somewhat, but it remained “low-key” and never became distracting. The taste was way more complex than the smell, yet it remained super well balanced. This was a very tasty and outstanding flavor.
The mouthfeel was medium, chewy, smooth and dry. A prevalent alcohol warmth hung on after the swallow, although the palate adjusted to it with ease. More than enough flavor was left behind after the sip. Very nice.
Overall, I thought this was an outstanding beer. It had a very good aroma, outstanding flavor and a worthwhile mouthfeel. Not to mention that it’s relatively easy to drink considering the higher ABV. It was also a very enjoyable drink that complimented the late evening session perfectly. I would highly recommend you give it a try if you have not done so. I will be sure to seek this out in the future. I have a 10 set back that I can’t wait to crack open and compare to this one.
Of the three Rocheforts, which do you guys prefer? The 6, 8 or 10?
Thanks for reading and commenting folks. It’s greatly appreciated. Until next time.
Score: 4.5 out of 5