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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,841 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 4,940
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 878 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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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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Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep amber / brown with a mild to moderate head that dropped rather quickly, leaving a pretty lace trim.

S: Rather mild to my nose, considering the ABV. Perhaps light yeasty, caramel aromas, but all in all, very mild.

T: A little bitter, somewhat malty, the alcohol isn't particularly well-hidden (somewhat unexpected following the smell), however that does not detract from the overall experience. I did not really pick up on the numerous fruity flavours mentioned by others. Earthy, somewhat spicy, with a hint of cocoa and perhaps prune.

M: Nice, bubbly, leaving something of a trail behind on the way down. Not too viscuous, not too heavy.

D: A touch strong, but that is only based on personal drinking habits. I would likely do better with the 6 rather than the 8, but I would certainly have this again. A drink to be consumed slowly - though that should allow the drinker to savour it that much more

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

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass (best glassware available). Pours a deep rich brown with light tan head. Very thick 2 finger head that takes a while to settle and becomes very rocky. Leaves behind good amounts of lace and a thin layer of head is retained throughout the glass. Smell is of alcohol, caramel, and toasted grains. Malt and alcohol are present in the taste along with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and toasted grains. I personally cannot detect any fruit other than a touch of raisin. Served cool but as it warms it leaves a terrific creamy mouthfeel that leaves a warming affect as it goes down, also leaves a slighly sour aftertaste. Slightly lower score on drinkability as it is a bit strong. Overall a good beer. Wouldnt be in my top 100 list, but a good beer.

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Photo of niklas0770
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been a looong time since I've had a propper trappist beer so I'm really looking forward for this one. The beer pours a dark brown murky looking liquid with a big head wich slowly fades to a one finger thick lid.

This smells like Belgium to me. Brown sugar, some spices, wet grass and that lovely yeast of theirs.

The sweetness is of brown sugar and dark fruits, plums and figs. It's quite spicy aswell with some herbs. Unfortunatly I am not that good in recognising herbs so I can't name them... It ends with a warm feeling. The sweetness of the dark fruits is very dominant but the beer still has that complex feeling you would expect from a trappist beer.

As I mentioned earlier the feeling is warm (from the alcohol) and very pleasant. Large bubbles in the carbonation.

This beer is quite heavy and hearty. Very enjoyable, but I can't see myself drink more than one this evening.

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Photo of Thads324
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a bright and inviting deep orange with a large and loose off white head that dissipates very slowly.

S : aroma like an old beer. muted sugar, neutral yeast, hints of caramel and toffee overshadowed by a skunky type aroma.

t : starts light and bubbly, big caramel flavor with a very sweet but not cloying stickiness on the tongue. toffee, a bit of peanut skin flavor as well. decent bitterness at the end with no true hop flavor. its like what you want a werthers original to taste like.

m : lower side of medium bodied with a pleasing effervescence. lingering hop bitterness but overall very nice.

a very delicious beer. despite the slightly old smell. def worth picking up anytime you want a really well made malty brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two pours into a tulip glass yielded two difference appearances. The first pour was dark copper with a big foamy head. The nose was bready and the flavor profile was distinctly malty with a hint of alcohol esters on the finish.

The second pour was opaque muddy brown (probably due to the yeast). Not surprisingly, the second pour also tasted more yeasty.

This offering was certainly not thin but neither was it nearly as hearty as I expected it would be considering the style.

If I got my hands on another one of these, I would definitely age it for a few years and see if I enjoyed it more.

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

Bottle stamped with 190814 and 07:48. No idea what it means, but there it is.

Beer pours a nice hazy dark amber/brown with a fluffy white head that rises and settles quickly. A very thin but present layer of whispy foam persists. A gentle swirling brings the head back to life.

This beer has a very pleasant fresh aroma of bee pollen, and dandelion blossoms. Aromas and flavors of honey, graham cracker, toffee, and caramel meld together. Higher fruity alcohols add an eggnog/slight banana/dark rum profile. There is a buttery, volatile acidity (ethyl acetate?) that is too present in the trailing end of aroma. The bitterness is very subdued and a higher finishing gravity supplies quite a sweet experience.

This beer is very complex and quite nice, but a bit too sweet/lacking in bitterness to be my favorite BSDA. Something about the balance is a bit off kilter for me.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.