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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,842 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,842
Hads: 4,941
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 879 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is very rich. Carmelized sugar, dark fruits and rich malt. Very deep. If an aroma can be thick, this is it.

Pours a deep, cloudy amber color. Head is about a half an inch thick....quickly dissapates.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. The body is primarily made up of dark fruit...raisins....brown sugar. Fairly sweet from front to back, there isn't much deviation on the flavor profile throughout. The alcohol is noticeable from the first sip, even when cold. It isn't to the point of being detracting, but it is certainly there. Very little hop bitterness here at all. Finish is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not quite as thick as I had expected.

Reminds me of a dopplebock with some sweetness reduced, higher carbonation, a thinner consistancy, and with a boozier finish.

I thought it was a pretty good beer, although for the price I can't see myself returning to it for the simple fact that I believe I can get beers that are similar to this for a lot less money. That said, I did enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brown color with a lot of visible floaties. The head is unimpressive. It is small and white, and disappears within seconds. I started writing this review the moment I set the glass down after I poured the beer, and the head was gone before I was finished typing the opening sentence. All that is left now is a thin ring around the edge, and a thin cirrus cloud of foam on top. Caramel, and dark fruit dominate the aroma, while spices linger in the background. It is not what I would expect from a Belgian strong dark ale, but it is not unpleasant either. The taste is quite fruity with caramel tones. Spices and alcohol don't voice themselves until the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is not my favorite Belgian strong dark ale. I think that the extra fruitiness of this beer would be easier for me to like if it were spicies.

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Photo of deschutesGROWN
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm moving through a series of Trappist ales, and after trying the Rochefort 10 yesterday, here I arrive on the Rochefort 8.

Similar in color to the 10, the 8 is a dark reddish brown, perfect amount of carbonation and head upon the pour. Those monks have something down! Its clear through the glass and is definitely alive following the pour.

This beer is quite a bit sweeter on the nose, with a mix of caramel/nutty notes. I would also say quite a but florally as well for a beer of this color and type.

The taste is what loses me somewhat. It was overpoweringly sweet on the back of my tongue and lingered through at least half the glass. Since the alcohol was peppery at best, it did balance out over time. Give it a chance, and it rewards.

Since its a heavy beer on the palate, as most belgians are of this character, it feels amazing when lolling it around. Perfect amount of carbonation is of no complaint.

I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, not as drinkable as the Rochefort 10, but if you like a slightly more sweet/aromatic brew, this one is one of the best beers in that category.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet

A: Pours a dark brown with some sediment that settles. A substantial head with nice lacing. noticeably more carbonation than their 10 quad as expected.

S: Not as much character as the 10 here and im guessing this will transfer to taste as well. But still getting lots of toffee and those same figs and raisins but more subtle here.

T: The dark fruits transfer to the palate and the carbonation is actually an appreciated feature. Still getting the deep sugars and molasses.

MD: More drinkable than the 10 for me but not as much as the 6. But hey i'm a double fan over triple and quads. For what it is, it is exceptional. Very velvety texture. recommended.

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Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours the color of a dark ice tea with an off-white head. The head was nice and fluffy but fizzled down to a ring around my glass in short time. The smell reminds me of beef bullion mixed with a sweeter candy aroma. The taste is different than what I would have thought. It seems to have a flavor that holds the had of the bullion smell I mentioned. There is also a decent alcohol presence. Not that great for a monastic brew but still good. The mouthfeel is good, give it a swish to get those lesser flavors to show themselves. It's a good beer. I think I had higher hopes for this beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/23/2006 (330mL bottle):

Pours a very dark brown colored body with a big tan head. Has an aroma of malts, hops, perfume, dark fruit, and some alcohol. A taste of dark fruits, perfume, strong alcohol, but a smooth aftertaste. Stronger alcohol than the 10.

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Photo of deapokid
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up all three Rochefort offerings for a side-by-side comparison. Here's review #2:

Rochefort 8 boasts a lively carbonation and just a dash of pulp-esque sediment. Color is a deep tan and the rich, white lacing seems to have a bit more staying power than that of the 6.

A deep, nutty aroma permeates this brew and a subtle oakiness reminds one of barrel-aged beers and red wine. Alcohol is much more pronounced than the smaller ABV model and anisette's dry sweetness seems to be the perfect point of comparison.

Flavor has a dry, complex tone that prominently features a prune's tartness and a subtle alcoholic burn. Seems to be miles away from the sweeter aspects of the 6, reflecting the brutish dryness that made the Allagash Odyssey so appealing. Yeast is evident on the aftertaste and I'm reminded of the sweet & dry combination present in Cinnamon Raison bread.

Occasionally, the startlingly dry conclusion can overpower the other flavors, but it's not entirely unappealing and there's something intriguing about the warmth that each sip of this brew provides. It doesn't seem to be the easiest beer to drink, but it's one that is thought provoking, original and far from bland.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with ruby highlights. The most impressive thing is the frothy half inch head that is still there several minutes after the pour. This beer looks good! Very carbonated and creamy feel. Taste has a certain spice going on. Not as much dark fruit as the 10, but still noticeable. Very good beer that I could drink regularly. This is far from a knock, but I prefer the 10.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color; opaque, Gigantic head; though it dies out entirely relatively fast. Nice faint smell; slightly sweet and grainy. Sweet, grainy full taste with a slightly dry finish. Definitely full of flavor. Medium body. Nice, light carbonation. Very good Belgium beer; though I think I prefer the 6 over the 8.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a murky, deep brown with a thick, one-finger head that has awesome staying power and leaves rings of lacing down my glass.

Strong alcohol presence dominates the nose. Smell is of sweet malts, belgian yeast, raisins, nuts and dark fruit esters.

Big time malt and yeast flavor with a sweet finish. There is a roasted nut, raisin and an earthy spice. Has all the flavors you would expect and in good balance. Just nothing overly fantastic.

Typical belgian carbonation, medium body. Leave a sweet coating all over your mouth.

Not the easiest, but definitely better than average.

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Photo of Clubchat
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dégustée à la Tarverne Irlandaise Le Trèfle de Trois-Rivières

A - Arrive dans le verre en offrant une magnifique couleur de prune fraîche montée d'une coiffe de mousse assez fugace et effervescente

S - Odeur de prunes et figues, de bois un peu braisé

T - Toujours la prune et le bois qui reviennent sans cesse, ce que je considère excellent pour une bière belge, belle complexité en bouche

M - Légèrement crémeuse, roule bien sur le palais

D - Degré d'alcool parfaitement dosé, excellent bière bien équilibrée, recommande certainement

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Photo of kbutler1
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Best date of 220414. Pours a murky brown mahagony color with a very fluffy white head that quickly settles to form a nice coaster. Solid aroma of caramel, toffee, and slight touch of alcohol. Some spice notes as well. Well carbonated leads to a medium/light mouthfeel. Raisins, caramel, and tofee dominate the taste as well as a warming alcohol taste at the end. Some nuttiness as well with some bitterness lingering. Carbonation level slightly takes away from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers worth of vibrant lively lop-sided light khaki colored crisp fizzy froth... Really good retention gives way to a lush slightly creamy thick veil of lacing... The color is a murky light-to-medium brown... Loads of quickly paced micro bubbled carbonation streaks rise throughout... In addition, a bunch of medium to large side carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... Effervescent... The nose is highlighted by loads upon loads of sweet dark fruits... Cherries... Figs... Plums... Raisins... Some brown sugar... Light Belgian yeast notes... Faint notes of vanilla as well... A very subtle booziness... World class aroma... The palate is a slightly more muddled version of the aroma... The brown sugar is a bit more pronounced and the dark fruits recede a tiny bit... There's also the addition of smoke and tobacco on the finish... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Loads of prickly carbonation to start before turning much more soft and delicate... A bit of a chalky finish... A really really good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but a bit shy of the world class offering that I was expecting...

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in an 11.2oz bottle bearing a 29.06.10 date on the label. Poured from said bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Had a murky dark brown color, ruby edges, modest carbonation and a thin bubbly light tan head that settled out at a thin cap.
Heady alcohol fumes are the first thing I catch as I park my nose in the glass. Also lots of yeasty malt, dates, figs, molasses, and what might have been nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Smells like a rum-soaked fruitcake.
Hmm, tastes like it, too. Long-lasting and strongly entrenched malt bill along with tons of dark fruit flavor. Lesser doses of yeast than in the nose. Moderate spices and even smaller amounts of dark chocolate flavor bring out a subtle hops bittering that's rather overwhelmed by the rush of alcohol that warmed the throat with each swallow. Feel was lighter than expected and a tad watery.
Overall, a fine beer worthy of it's pedigree. While BSDA's aren't my favorite style, I do recognize the excellence and craftsmanship exhibited in brewing this beer. Quite nice.

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Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid dark caramel brown. Bright white bubbles around the edge. Lots of sediment.

S - Sweet florals, fig, sweet caramel and dark fruits.

T - Distinct Belgian yeast up front.. earthy malt middle finishes with a dull spice

M - Highly carbonated gives a big mouthfeel. Lots of dancing bubbled on the tongue. Dry finish.

D - Lack of complexity makes this an easy drinker. The high carbonation helps as well.

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Photo of foamyhead
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown cloudy look with a beige, steady head with small bubbles.

It has a full, rich and round smell with notes of caramel and yeast

The taste is fullbody, wine-like, sweet, like good quality milk chocolate, a strong taste, pretty lot of bubbles, spicy notes of hubbs in the aftertaste. complex and harmonious. Makes you want to think deep thoughts...

I look forward to the next sample of this beer :)

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass. Huge head, almost 2 fingers. Tan, good retention and lacing. Color is a deep mahogonay/brown. A lot of yeast sediment in this beer.

Aroma is of dried fruit and spices. There is cherry aroma as well as some clove. Some earthy hops present as well. Taste is a lot of dried fruit as well. A strong alcohol taste is present (a little overpowering, but it is 9.2% abv). Definitely have that same cherry taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter, which is surprising. Smooths out a tad and leaves a pretty dry aftertaste. Seems decently carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very expensive, but worth it to try it once. I would definitely have another had I had the wallet. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pdxwhisky
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice brown-red pour with LOTS of yeast sediment. Quick head dispersion with no lacing remaining.

S - Sweet raisin, currant, and yeast notes. Nice sugary aroma.

T - Malty to start with kind of a thin presence. A tad bitter, as well, especially at the finish. The high ABV is very well masked.

M - Perfect carbonation for type. Well balanced start to finish.

D - I might not be as well versed in this style as I could be. It's a great beer, but it leaves me wanting a bit more complexity. Very well balanced, and great drinkability, but I might not have enough like style tastes to compare it to.

It is growing on me, though....

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Photo of khmel
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

.33 L bottle poured into a mug.

A: Beautiful looking beer. An opaque, cloudy amber-brown color with notes of a cherry hue. The head is a creamy off-white/light tan foam pouring at 2/3 fingers and hanging around for an unreal retention. Lots of fast-moving carbonation trails visible.

S: Mild smells of ripe fruit, figs, dark bread.

T: Dark bread, sweet maltiness, yeast, ripe fruit, figs, just a hint of leather, rum and alcohol in the finish.

M: High carbonation. Fizzy up front, but a smooth medium-light body (smoother at it warms) with a dry finish.

O: Definitely enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again. Had it paired with some English aged white cheddar and Spanish fuet sausage. Great combination, especially the sausage. This makes me excited to try the Rochefort 10 I've got waiting in storage.

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Photo of bigreduw64
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown color and slightly cloudy. It smelled fruity with a hint of what seemed to be cinnamon. A very nice strong nose. When tasted it had a slight caramel flavor with a moderate finish. The finish became pretty sweet and almost tasted like sugar water. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark rust brown with a really unique full finger head of small uniform bubbles. There was no coaxing this one. The head fades quickly to surface, but is quite active.

The aroma is unique; a sweet cherry syrup, dark fruits, and molasses.

The mouth feel mirrors the tiny effervescent nature of the head and there are high notes from the hop. I find that level of carbonation distracting.

The flavor has high notes of a citrus fruit but that characteristic is offset by the effect from the sweet smell of molasses. Thank you Sam-the-Beer-Man for the opportunity to try this one!!!

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Photo of Squelch
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: not much to look at. dark brown. opaque. minimal tan head. no lacing

smell: Winey smells. no hops . Very nicel

Taste: wine flavors followed by toffee and coffee. very nice.

mouthfeel: light and bubbly. smooth. slightly sour. enjoyable.

Drinkability: a great sipper. this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer aint much to look at. Dark and cloudy, with a coke-like small head. Letting it sit in the goblet for a minute, the very center is actively foaming, forming a small peak in the middle. Interesting.

Smells great. Brown sugar, earthy, alcohol.

Teste: Upon first sip, I get a wine-like, slightly dry aftertaste. This beer tastes pretty good. Malt, raisins, caramel, alcohol. Maybe a slight nutiness. Not much else yet.

I detect an underlying sweetness, like dark fruits maybe (cherries? figs?)

Feels a little thin. Maybe its the carbonation, I dont know.

Pretty good, but Ill have to revisit in the future.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is hazy iced tea brown with red highlights. One finger head quickly fades to a ring. Bit of a bubble show with sediment resting on the bottom. Aroma is raisin, vanilla, fig, alcohol, light molasses, and grains. Taste is sweet malt and yeast with mild clove phenol, pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, and fig. Alcohol is prominent with fruit and spice notes. Medium-plus body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation, spicy and sweet finish.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours a straight up brown. Kind of murky with a ridiculous head on it. The head lasts for a long while.

(S) Smells of dark fruits and somewhat earthy. You can smell the sweetness.

(T) Taste is sweet. Has a decent amount of maltiness to it. Not much hop character to be spoken of. There is a slight bit of bitterness to it, but it is overall mostly sweet. Some figs play in there as well as dark fruits like dried raspberries and cherries.

(M) Medium body even though it looks more like a full bodied brew. It's got a bit of carbonation that could be backed down just a tad.

(O) This one kind of left me puzzled. I may have to try it again at some point and re-review. It's a pretty sweet brew and definitely doesn't drink like an almost 10% brew.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.