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Review of Trappistes Rochefort 8

14 Oct
Hello again guys.  Today I’m going to be trying a very special brew.  The Trappistes Rochefort 8, which is brewed by Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy) located in Rochefort, Belgium.

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.

Cheers.

Score:  4.5 out of 5
Grade:  A 

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8 Comments

Posted by on October 14, 2011 in Country: Belgium, Rochefort

 

8 responses to “Review of Trappistes Rochefort 8

  1. Clueless Brewer

    October 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    While all are delicious, I have to go with the 10. Hands down the best Belgian Quadrupel I've ever had and my #1 beer overall. Yes, I've had the Westvleteren 12. Cheers, mate!

     
  2. Clueless Brewer

    October 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    While all are delicious, I have to go with the 10. Hands down the best Belgian Quadrupel I've ever had and my #1 beer overall. Yes, I've had the Westvleteren 12. Cheers, mate!

     
  3. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Clueless Brewer,

    Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. I'll tell ya, I thought this beer was really good. I have yet to have the 10, but I'm sure it's great. The only minor complaint that I have heard regarding the 10 is that the alcohol is a bit more forward and can become distracting. I don't know, I guess I'm just going to have to find out for myself. Also, I've never had the Westvleteren 12, so I would hate to even try to compare it to that!!! Haha. Thanks again. Check back from time to time. I try to post daily.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

     
  4. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Clueless Brewer,

    Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. I'll tell ya, I thought this beer was really good. I have yet to have the 10, but I'm sure it's great. The only minor complaint that I have heard regarding the 10 is that the alcohol is a bit more forward and can become distracting. I don't know, I guess I'm just going to have to find out for myself. Also, I've never had the Westvleteren 12, so I would hate to even try to compare it to that!!! Haha. Thanks again. Check back from time to time. I try to post daily.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

     
  5. Brett Domue

    October 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Great Review! I think you'll love the 10 as well, and the Westys.

     
  6. Brett Domue

    October 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Great Review! I think you'll love the 10 as well, and the Westys.

     
  7. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Brett,

    Thanks for the compliment on the review…. and yeah, I can't wait to get the 10 in the glass!!!!

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  8. Scott Shrewsberry

    October 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Brett,

    Thanks for the compliment on the review…. and yeah, I can't wait to get the 10 in the glass!!!!

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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