Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Trappistes Rochefort 8 (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Best by date: 19/7/2022

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Fairly strong fruity character with notes of figs, dates, raisins and other dark dried fruit. Also a noticeable phenolic character of clove and peppercorn and slightly medicinal. Alcohol is prominent, but clean. Little in the way of bready malt or specialty character. No hops (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep burgundy to brown proper (27-34 SRM). Large, tan, soapy suds when poured, though head evaporates quickly and completely. Body is cloudy. 2/3

FLAVOR: Complex, robust palette with many flavor combinations. Paradoxically fruity with a sweet confectionery taste, yet with a firm drying sensation from the alcohol and phenols. Flavor combinations are contrasting, but interesting. Briefly sweet on the back end, but the dry/spicy hop flavor works in conjunction with the alcohol for balance and a drying sensation on the finish. Bottle may have been poorly handled as there is a noticeable off-taste, though it is subtle and tolerable. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Texture is smooth with a fairly gentle warmth from the 9.3% ABV. Drinkability is no challenge. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely one of the most revered examples of the style, though not quite as good as the Rochefort 10. Could almost pass as a dubbel. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2012 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/07/trappistes-rochefort-8-chadz-beer.html

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