Trappistes Rochefort 8 (Brasserie de Rochefort)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 is a Belgian strong ale with a 9.2% ABV.  This monk-brewed beer comes from the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy near the town of Rochefort, Belgium.

I didn’t realize prior to pouring that this was a strong ale, thus I was quite surprised by the dark brown liquid that poured into my glass.  The foam was massive and stay around for some time (the beer actually had to “push” through the foam when I was pouring more into the glass).  There is also a heavy amount of carbonation and light lacing.

The aroma is very minimal.  Obviously, there are hints of Belgian yeasts, but I also noticed some burnt notes.  Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

The taste on the other hand, is a whole different story. Trappistes 8 is a fantastic brew! I immediately thought of toffee and caramel as I sipped this ale.  Slight bready notes arrive at the end of each drink, but aren’t very pronounced.  It’s surprising that there is practically no alcoholic taste even though this is a high ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is very interesting.  The carbonation comes through very noticeably.  It almost feels like the beer evaporates from your mouth rather than being swallowed.  The alcohol content does make its presence known here and leaves a slight tingle in your mouth.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 is a definite win for the Belgians.  A strong ale that delivers a complex taste that had me wanting more.  My only complaint is that there was only 11.2% ounces in the bottle!

Overall: 8.5 out of 10

As a BELGIAN STRONG ALE: 9.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: TRAPPISTES ROCHEFORT 6, TRAPPISTES ROCHEFORT 10, Unibroue TROIS PISTOLES, Chimay BLEUE

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