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Trappistes Rochesfort 8

Beer Review: Trappistes Rochefort 8


Articles, Belgian / French beers, Trappist

Life is too darn short for drinking crappy beer.

Today, I wanted a treat. No, it’s not a special occasion, nor is due because it’s a “weekend” and I’m in good spirits because I’m not “working”.  (Ok, partly this) I wanted to treat myself to something with a bit of history. Something complex, distinguished, mature and well, I’ll be honest,  something that I only seem to get on special occasions. (Leave my wife out of this!)

Enter my little friendly bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8.  Yes, Mr. Rochefort 8, you HAVE been in the fridge far too long!

I do have a very STRONG love to all Trappist beers.  I owe it to Chimay blue as my introduction to the world of beer and I am forever grateful for this style.

Now for the Beer Review!

Found my Chimay glass, took a seat to my drinking table outside.  I start thinking about how complex these beers really are, just like a fine wine.  How they can be aged for years and actually get better.    There’s just never a better feeling than the anticipation of a trappist beer right before you take your first taste.

I’m ready to enjoy my Rochefort..

Pours a deep brown, highlighted by a halo of amber. Big puffy white head rises fast but leaves just as quickly.

Smell  is yeast, brown sugar, malt, caramel with a tinge of apple and fig.  Very nice aroma, reminds me of a nice apple flavored pipe tobacco that my uncle used to smoke when I was young.

The taste is smooth and complex.  The apple and the spicy notes blend very well with the sweet alcohol.  I’m getting a bit of raison coming through, ending with a light musty, malt taste.  This beer has so much going on with the flavors but yet they all blend so beautifully.  The taste just gets better  with each sip, bringing even more flavors as it warms into a lovely little velvety-smooth elixir.  (oh, this 9.2% does creep up on you, so I am ending this review now before I start to babble like a mad man)

Overall, I love this beer and this “special occasion” was nothing more than it just being a beautiful day and how knowing that life is too darn short for drinking crappy beer.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Belgian Strong Dark Ale| ABV 9.2% | $6.99 for 11.2 oz.
Brasserie de Rochefort

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