Trappist Rochefort 8

2010/10/07 at 7:54 pm 2 comments

Since I’ve been in the middle of a moving and home renovations I haven’t been able to hop back on to the brewing wagon lately. However, for my birthday one of my friends got me an assortment of craft beers. Since it will be a while before I can get back into brewing I figured it would be good to take some time and review some other beers.



Rochefort 8 is a Beligan Ale brewed by the monks of Abbe Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy near Rochefort in Belgium. Rochefort 8 is the mid-range beer between the Rochefort 6 and 10 all of which only differ in their alcohol content ranging from 7.5%, 9.2%, to 11.3% ABV.

The Rochefort 8 is a nice light opaque brown and pours a nice thick head. Happily, the beer appears to be unfiltered with solids of both hops and dense malt leading to a nice hefty mouthfeel. The high ABV leads to noticeable astringent notes on top of pleasantly sweet mid-roast malt tones with a hint of honey and oak.

An interesting characteristic of this brew is its incredible about of natural carbonation. The noted solids were churning and rolling like none I’ve seen before. Hard to picture, but there it is. All told a nice beer and would recommend it to anyone out there who can get their hands on a bottle or two.

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