Lately I’ve been going through the Trappist ales from Basserie de Rochefort, and tonight I will be reviewing Trappistes Rochefort 8, which is a Belgian Strong Ale with 9.2% Alcohol By Volume.
Trappistes Rochefort 8 is a brown colored beer, glowing a cloudy copper color when held up to a light. A large tan head tops it off, with minimal lacing adhering to the glass.
The nose has lots of fruity esters, berries, apples, pears, a whiff of alcohol spice, hints of phenols, underlying melanoidins and toasty malts.
Toasty malts start things off in the taste, bread crust, hints of toffee, apples, pears, peaches, hints of spicy yeast notes, low hop bitterness, medium-low spicy hop flavor, very faint background alcohol spice. Mouth is medium bodied, with lots of tingly bubbles forming as the beer moves about the tongue, some warming, lingering fruit notes in the otherwise dry finish.
I think it is incumbent upon craft beer heads to explore the classic Belgian beers at some point during their craft beer exploration, and the Trappistes Rochefort beers are definitely a part of that group. Rochefort 8 is a simple beer that is brimming with complexity, in that the yeast provides layers to explore in a straightforward base beer.
Trappistes Rochefort 8 : A
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz