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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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world-class

1,857 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,857
Hads: 5,022
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 381
Gots: 934 | FT: 23
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Brasserie de Rochefort
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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 scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark ruby brown with a dense, thick, off-white head that stayed around forever and left some spots of lace as it reduced into a thick, dense film. A few small particles of yeast came out with the end of the pour.
S: Creamy scents of dark fruits, vanilla, doughy yeast and a touch of alcohol.
T: Subtle and complex, yet rich flavors. Notes of dark malt, vanilla, black cherries, whipped cream, nutmeg, alcohol, black figs, nuts, grains and spices.
M: Ample yet soft carbonation that froths up in the mouth. Slight alcohol warmth and slickness is comfortable over a medium-full body.
D: Very rich and delicious. Fruity and complex but not overly sweet or syrupy. 10 is better, but this is world class. Great to sip in the evening.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, BB date 11/02/14, into a Duvel tulip; stage two of a 6-8-10 tasting.

A: Deep, dark, opaque reddish-brown body topped by a voluminous off-white head that shows decent retention and leaves lots of frothy lace. Some yeast sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass.

S: Hugely yeasty: nothing but assertive spice (cinnamon!) and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Slightly disappointing in its lack of complexity, but that cinnamon is striking to say the least.

T: Mmmm. Some bittersweet fruit up front (raisins?), followed with some spice from the yeast and a huge blast of warming alcohol on the finish - this isn't a bad thing here, however. Well-integrated complexity, but nothing that really blows me away.

M: Medium to full bodied with abundant soft carbonation; very smooth indeed.

D: While I rather enjoy the alcohol warmth, it doesn't really lend itself to quaffability. This beer isn't particularly harsh for its strength, but it doesn't do anything at all to hide its bite.

Notes: This is an impressively complex beer, but none of its dominant flavors particularly appeal to me - certainly not as much as some other beers I've had in this style. It was certainly a step up from the 6 in terms of flavor intensity and complexity, but I think I preferred the smooth balance of the 6. Bring on the 10!

Cheers!

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Photo of moosiz
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a bottle into a tulip glass with a duvel style pour. It produced a 3/4 to 1 inch off white/beige head with nice retention atop a tawny brown body. good lacing.

smells malty/sweet upfront with slightly sour/aged background.

tastes like dry sweet sugar crossed with tart dark fruit. but not too sweet.

nice mouthfeel. im not a belgian expert but it starts out a bit thin and finishes with a creamy carbonation combo. it works well.

this is very drinkable. and with the high alcohol content, which really hides itself well, it could really get on top of you.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ppoured a crimson almost brown ale with a thick rocky, tan head that stayed around for a long time a left ample lace on my Chimay Chalice. The aroma is sweet and full of dark fruits with a touch of spice, reminds me of a malty sweet holiday fruitcake. The flavor is very malt oriented and it has a strong malty sweetness in the beginning that is balanced by a light, yet noticeable, clean spicy hop bitterness and a toasty malt flavor. It segues into a fruitier drier malt flavor towards the end and it finishes with a balanced sweet/toasty malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness to lend it a clean quality. It has a noticable alcohol level and it warms the belly nicely. This ale would be very drinkable if it was milder yet that would make it boring so I think for what it is it's drinkabilty is as high as you can get with this high of alcohol level and flavor.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours into my chalice a murky brown color with frothy head and chunky yeast sediment. The smell is like malt with yeasty fruit. The taste is slightly sweet up front followed by a bitter-tart taste of apples and grape skin with a metallic zing. All of this is delivered with a smooth but fairly thin mouthfeel with vibrant carbonation and warm alcohol. Overall a nice satisfying ale, but lacking some depth of flavor that I was hoping for.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky deep brown color with a low, off-white head that sinks quickly. No lace is left around the glass as I drink. Aroma is cinnamon and pear, some cocoa as well. Flavor is rich, with a mix of sweet fruit and cocoa, a tiny bit of hops, and a definite alcohol tingle in the finish. No strong or dominant flavors. Fig and raisin emerge as it warms. Good selection, but the ABV seems to take away from the flavor.

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

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone and there were some small chunks floating in the beer.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel, and some yeast. There is also quite a bit of dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some plums. It ends with a fruity and malty aftertaste.

Overall – An enjoyable beer that is very drinkable but I think I was expecting a little more complexity. I enjoyed the Rochefort 10 much more. Still worth seeking out.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Very cloudy brown color, with a finger or so of off-white head. Decent retention; falls to thick off-white collar. Excellent lacing.

S - Tons of caramel and bread with a definite butterscotch element. Vanilla and wood mingle with the noticable alcohol.

T - Sweet vanilla and caramel hit first, with a dark banana bread backbone. Taste begins drying out quickly mid palate with noticable alcohol. A bit of hop earthiness pulls through near the finish, with a fairly intense bitterness.

M - Somewhat highly carbonated, and a medium/light mouthfeel. More body and less carbonation would make this better for me.

D - I wouldn't ever have more than one at a time. It's not all that intense; it's decent enough, but something about this brew is unbalanced. I much prefer Rochefort 10.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.