Friday, October 29, 2010

Trappistes Rochefort - 8

Trappistes Rochefort - 8
Serving Type: 11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass
Rochefort 8 is the middle sibling in the line of beers from Brasserie de Rochefort and in my opinion, the star of the family. It pours a musty earthen brown with swirls of yeast which quickly collect at the bottom of the glass. A murky chocolate hue winds its way throughout the body of the beer. The head is initially large, but shrinks down quickly. What remains is a small circle of foam in the center of the beer, which is constantly refreshed from rising carbonation.
The nose is very sweet and reminds me initially of purple grape candy. It’s characterized by a mild alcoholic spiciness, plums, and crystalized sugar. The aroma comes across accurately in the flavor. Concord grapes and dark fruits like dates and figs are clearly present. There’s solid carbonation to produce a refreshing mouthfeel that is light and crisp.
Mild alcoholic esters and a slight tartness are clear on the finish. A lingering sweetness and dry feel carry on after the beer is finished.
Final Verdict: A

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