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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,697 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3697
Reviews: 1727
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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tdexterc

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this beer anticipating a life changing experience due to the massive amount of reviews.

A- Dark mahogany brown. Big head which quickly fades to a ring of carbonation around the glass. Totally opaque with bits of yeast floating around.

S- Dark ripe fruit, plums and figs with a massive detection of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet.

T- Huge malt profile. Alcoholic flavors predominate. Reminiscent of dark liquors.

M- Very smooth. Surprisingly volatile carbonation for the amount of residual head. The huge malt presence gives it a thick and chewy texture.

Overall, I can see how this would appeal to certain people, but in the end, for me, it’s just not my thing... at all. Perhaps my palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to truly enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:06:29 | More by tdexterc
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DrewV

New York

2.7/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. Some unfiltered residue remained in the bottle after a careful pour.

A: A 3-finger off-white head sits atop a dark brown liquid body in the glass. Not much light getting through.

S: Light fruit up front, cherries, some overripe dark fruit, lots of Belgian funk. A curious aroma, not sure if I've encountered this exact smell before.

T: Follows the aroma, only much stronger. More funk, cloyingly sweet, heavy on the malt, but not in a good way. An odd mix of light and dark fruits, in conjunction with a somewhat thin body, make this a wierd combination.

M: Thin body with less carbonation than the head would suggest. This would benefit from a heavier body and a more aggressive carbonation.

O: A decent ale, but not one I would seek out again. The combination of heavy funk and the opposing light and dark fruit flavors make this a one-and-done for me. I guess the best feature of this ale is the totally-hidden alcohol. I couldn't smell it, nor could I taste it. But strangely, I would almost welcome some alcohol flavor mixed in, because the existing flavors were not pleasing to me at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:40:16 | More by DrewV
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aluskungs

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big bubbled head floats and stays on top of this dark brown brew. Looks very medieval! Has the color of a brown ale.

Not much of a smell. Alcohol (9.2%) burn, roasted malts are present.

Well carbonated. Heavy beer. This one needs to be drunk slow... Has an alcohol burn that hurts my thought, a little unbalanced in that sense. Could use some more malt sweetness to take off the edge (in my opinion). Muddled mixed flavors, like some failed home brew experiment, a train wreck. Prune and plum flavors are present, would probably go great with turkey and gravy (today is thanksgiving).

Not impressed, this beer is way too heavy, bitter alcohol, and lack of good flavor makes this a bland beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 15:58:31 | More by aluskungs
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.8/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A. Dark brown- almost black. A thin large head forms and quickly dies down to a thin covering. Very thin head.

S. It had a darker sweet smell. Perhaps a rasin/plum type deal with some sugar/molasses. Not a strong smell but certainly a lot going on here.

M. Slightly thicker than the 6. Not a creamy or thick beer though. The carbonation is somewhat thin but "bubbly" feeling on the tongue. The more I drink the more the body seem to mostly be carbonation.

T. Sweet almost sour. Some raisins and a nice spicy kind of mix similar to the 6.

D. A lot of flavor here, but the spicy flavor with the alcohol really doesn't work completely. It doesn't demand a desire to drink more and more.

Of the 3 Rochefort's this is by far the most interesting. This is certainly a beer that's worth trying. The cost is way too high and ultimately it isn't something I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:18:44 | More by bobhits
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danielharper

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

I really tried to love this beer. I know how highly-rated it is, and I gave it every chance I could. But I just couldn't get that much out of it.

The beer pours into a snifter with a brown body and a very thick mocha-colored head. Looks fantastic and inviting.

I take a whiff of the nose, and get... not a whole lot. Slight citrus notes, slight astringent quality. Even as the beer warms, I get very little complexity or even aroma at all, but simply the same aroma further and further.

The flavor is mainly citrus, mostly oranges, with a strong astringent hit to the palate on the finish. As the beer warms, the citrus gets a bit stronger, but so does this weird dry alcoholic character to the aftertaste. Not terrible, but certainly not something I'm itching to drink several bottles of.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, foamy and pleasant, largely owing to the thick foamy head.

The moderately decent flavor, combined with the high alcohol leads to a low drinkability for me. I may try this again in a year or two when my tastes may have changed, but for now there are better ways to spend the six bucks or so I spent on this 11.2 oz bottle. I can't believe this beer is as highly-rated as it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 16:47:35 | More by danielharper
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a rochefort goblet.

murky deep brown with an inch of bubbly tan head. retains well and falls into lumpy peaks. some sediment along the bottom; managed to leave most of it in the bottle.

astringent alcohol aroma. some fruity malt sweetness with a touch of bread and butter.

flavor is surprisingly weak. as a huge fan of the 10, this is a bit of a shock; flavor is astringent, bitter, and oddly empty. bit of a sweet aftertaste; a bready brown sugar flavor. sharp carbonation gives it a soda-like mouthfeel. i'm hitting the bottom of the glass and finding little else to note. oddly enough, i prefer the 6 and the 10 to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 06:23:44 | More by Prufrock
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expiration Date April 2008, Sampled January 2004
Pours a beautiful ruby color. It is vry highly carbonated, which creates a thick creamy light brown-tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, rum, a certain spiciness, faintly musty, and alcolohol are all to be found in the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front and finishes with a kick of alcohol. This beer has a light body considering the strength (as is characteristic of many Belgian beers), though it is perhaps is on the thin side.

This beer does not even come close to the character & depth of either the 6 or the 10 from Rochefort. A bit dissapointing really. There is some dark fruitiness in the taste, but it is somewhat muted, and there is a musty, perhaps wet cardboard, flavor, which makes me think that perhaps this beer has been mistreated. I can't quite place it as oxidation damage though. This beer should be strong enough to shrug off any rough treatment it recieves during importation though. I will definitely have to try another sample later for a rerate.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 16:30:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Quaffer

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. Label is stamped "25 12 07" which I assume is the best-before date.

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with washed out red highlights. The tan head maintained at around one finger during my slow pour. It was coarse and fizzy, disappearing rather quickly. There was no lace left behind on the glass.

Smell: Dry husky malt, light caramel, cherries, and warm, round alcohol made up the bulk of the aroma. There was an old, musky oak smell as well. Kind of washed out and bland overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Taste: Almost as boring as the smell, but not quite. Dry chocolate or cocoa combined with candied fruits and hints of tart cherries. On the finish, a big vodka-like alcohol flavor rose up and dominated. That was it.

I realize that this is a short review, but there just wasn't anything else going on with this beer to describe. What was there was uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 23:28:33 | More by Quaffer
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BMoney575

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-16-08

Pours a super-cloudy orange/brown, with a thin off-white head that lasts forever. A few yeasty chunks escaped and made it into the glass.

Smell is boozy, very wine-like, lots of fermented fruit and little bit of sour malt. Never-ending, and very complex.

Taste is very yeasty, a little old, and very thin. A bit of roasty malt at first followed by watery, off flavor.

Mouthfeel is super carbonated, fizzes in your mouth. I wonder if this bottle is past its prime.

Drinkability is no good because the flavors are not good.

Overall, very disappointing. I hope it's better the next time I try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:50:18 | More by BMoney575
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DNICE555

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured half a bottle into my snifter.

A - Dark amber with a yeasty head. The most chuncks I have ever seen floating around in a beer. (I left an ounce in the bottle so I didn't pour all the sediment from the bottom)

S - Smells like apple juice.

T - Tastes Like carbonated hard cider.

M - Sweet, full flavored.

D - I could barley finish it. Not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Rochefort 10 much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 19:20:30 | More by DNICE555
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-murky chestnut with a really thin light tan head. possibly a red tint

S-dark cherries, caramel, and burnt sugars. strong scent. slightly unbalanced leaning towards a lot of caramel.

T-comes in with a very burnt and fairly bitter taste of dark belgian malts. there's also a taste of buttered dark fruits and alcohol. its a very unbalanced taste that just doesn't flow well at all. the alcohol dominates the after-taste with butter and only a touch of caramel and plums.

M-heavy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-doesn't quite hit the spot like i was hoping. i went in to this beer really wanting a good dark belgian, but now i don't think i'll be wanting another one for quite some time. its definitely a complex beer, but its just way too harsh and unbalanced. its not something i'd recommend or get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 10:58:57 | More by AdamBear
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 33cl was served to me in a martini glass, which I'm hoping was the precursor for this lackluster review.

Body was a rich maple syrup brown, with a nice fluffy head which eventually settled to a suddy film. The aroma for me was very faint - which I'm hoping was due to the glassware. Hints were primarily on the sweet malty side.

The taste, though complex, just didn't appeal to me. I got notes of sweet candy, alcohol, and a nuttyness I felt was out of place. The finish also brought in some grassy hops, which I felt to be quite stale. Brew had a medium body feel, and was quite sticky.

ehhh... Underwhelmed. I loved the 10 - and with this having better reviews, I think it's ultimately one I'll have to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 13:25:47 | More by bigkahunas4
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown red. Thin off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Dark fruits, bread and yeast. Not as assertive as I was expecting.

T: Taste follows the same footprint but treads a little heavier. Figs, cherries, thick breads and yeast. Some booze.

M: Heavily sedimented... I just couldn't get the damn yeast to stop f'ing with my tongue.

D: Suffers from the heavy sediment and a blunted nose/flavor all around... Will have to try again, in case this was a defective bottle... Just didn't feel right... what a downer

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 00:40:53 | More by callmemickey
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Grimbergen Chalice

Bottle ref L311012

A- Mahogany body with garnet highlight. Lots of sediment poured in. 2 finger tan head reduces instantly. No lacing and no head retention at all.

S- Light cocoa note, hint of vanilla. Very subtle though, this only really came through as the beer warmed up.

T- Subtle notes again. Cocoa comes through but i cant really pick out anything else before the dry finish and alcohol kick.

M- High carbonation, cola like levels!

D- 2nd Rochefort beer i have had and 2nd time im completely underwhelmed. I realise this is an older bottle but at 9.2% abv i would expect it to hold up and have some complexity retained. To me this is over carbonated, bland with a noticeable alcohol kick on the tongue. Ill need to hunt down a fresh bottle, looking at other reviews of these beers, im not drinking the same ones.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:39:28 | More by seanyfo
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Cresant

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Bottle was dated/coded 230310. The body was a dull, light mahogany/prune juice color. Head was minimal due to the gentle pour. A creamy modest cap remained throughout the drink.

Smell was spicy and fruity. Figs and plums.

Taste was of alcohol and sweet dark fruits. ETOH burned in the throat (mild). Zucchini bread. Grain-like.

Mouthfeel was full and zesty.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:51:38 | More by Cresant
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet but a little sour. It almost smells like wine that's gone bad and has turned to vinegar.

T - Constant tingle on the tougne. Spices and some fruit but very mild.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - I'm not really as impressed as the hype had been built up for it. I will have to try another and edit my review in case this was a bad bottle. With all of the good reviews and how little I'm givig this it has to be a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:36:13 | More by jeffmonarch
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chimney

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottle with a best before date of july 31 2007

A: poured with a very little head that died quickly and ended with a very subtle ring around the edge of the glass. very dull amber, to the point of slightly cloudy.

S: very belgian dark fruit, sweet raisins, with a strong molasses. slight alcohol, similar to a cognac, but more earthy along the lines of a gin or almost subdued pimm's.

T: starts with a watered down maple syrup, the with a light bite of lemon/lime, with a lingering eraser molasses sweetness. there is a very subtle smoke throughout the taste, more so at the end.

M: watery at first followed buy a surprisingly bubbly feel for the age of the beer.

D: glad that i tried a rochefort 8 of this age; but i think they are much better and way more enjoyable at a young, maybe six month, age. it was definitely worth the wait and experience to be able to try one this old.

p.s.
after adding the sediment there is a nice added body with a slight added doughy like texture, but still very subdued to the point of almost wateriness.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:57:39 | More by chimney
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theopholis

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Transluscent amber with an off-white head. The head has some staying power, and leaves a very thin lacing.

Aroma- Lots of complex malt sweetness. Getting some dark ripe fruit; plums, raisens, molassas. Yet oddly crisp and fresh smelling. Very enticing.

Taste- Practically no malt sweetness. A strange dryness in the middle, like figs or soemthing. Some prune in the after-taste to A slightly hot and spicy finish. Obviously, a more attenuated version of the "6".

Mouthfeel- A td over-carbonated. Body is rather thin. Fairly dry. Clings to the mouth well, giving you a robust after-taste.

Drinkability- It's interestig, but the spiciness and over-carbonation turned what was a good beer into a mediocre one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 06:46:36 | More by theopholis
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes 4/18/10. Tasting of Rochefort 6, 8 & 10.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. (141014 08:04)

Pours a clear medium brown. No red hues and bright looking. Head is 1 inch cream tan and leaves some spotting. Similar head to the 6 but slightly taller. First smell is something like lavender soap. A swirl brings up dark nutty aromas (almonds, walnuts with skin on). I think the soap notes are an interaction between the hops and something like nut oil. Sage note.

Body is ramped up but not sweet. The strange soapy thing continues but is interrupted by sharp, astringent hops and some acid. (Have concerns about this bottle.) Alcohol is prickly and flavors are floral but wrecked by the hops/alcohol/acidity.

Very sharp and astringent. Borderline flaw area.

Made a note to try again later. My least favorite of the 3 Rocheforts.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:25:44 | More by SFLpunk
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MurphysIrish

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head maintained itself. Lacing separated from head, though. Large bubbles. Musty, basement smell and dried fruit in the nose. Color of the caramel sauce you drizzle on a flan. I cannot get over that musty smell. I feel like I'm in the cellar where this bottle was conditioned. It's a good thing.

On the first sip, alcohol burn is right up front and squeezes any other flavors offstage. Spicy, dark rye taste emerges after a few sips. There is some kind of tannin at the end of the swallow and an astringency that lingers down the throat. Seems like everything else is lost in this beer but the booziness. It is 9.2% ABV, after all.

Nothing I would drink on a regular basis, but a certain contender for an after dinner, "digestif" beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 03:27:13 | More by MurphysIrish
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sfz

California

3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a deep, murky brown that let no light through at all. Modest head with good retention.

S - Smells nice. Almost like champagne, with balanced fruity notes.

T - This is where it turned sour. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or I just have no appreciation for this style, but the only discernible taste I got from this beer was an overpowered red vinegar flavor. This almost became a drain pour after about 5 sips, because it barely tasted like beer.

M - Moderate carbonation. The taste was just too unpleasant to keep it in the mouth for long enough to fully embrace the mouthfeel though.

D - I stuck it out, but struggled the whole way through. Not enjoyable in the slightest.

Overall, a disappointment. A shame, because I saved this bottle for last after splurging on a number of other trappists and more exotic ales. Might re-review at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:18:34 | More by sfz
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Brunite

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a hazy brown with 3 fingers of nice head. Tetention fades after some time. No significant lacing.

Smell -- Banana & some apple. Maybe clove. Some malt.

Taste -- Much like the nose.Mostly faint banana and some spice. As the beer warms....more sweetness is evident. Alcohol is evident and sharp.

Mouthfeel -- Medium thickness. Lots of sharp carbonation. Also; alcohol is a bit too sharp for my liking.

Drinkability -- Honestly, a bit disappointed seeing as this is the top-rated BSDA. Complexity of flavor isn't there and too much carbonation and alcohol. There are others I much prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:57:43 | More by Brunite
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The bottle put a maple syrup colored murkey ale in my goblet with a frothy beige cap which appeared to be specked with cinnamon colored yeast particles. Cap did not last...soft carbonation. As this ale warms and begins to "breathe" in the glass, you get some marvelous aromas; banana muffin dough, spice, pear cider with a musty wet animal hair smell. Medium body, oily mouth feel. Fairly complex flavor profile with toffee, bread, spice , figs...very nice, HOWEVER..all this is eclipsed by a poorly hidden sharp alcohol burn and piney resinous hopping...finish is sharp, bittering and heated with alcohol.

Put me down as one craft beer drinker who is unimpressed with Rochefort ales. I think they are well made and have some interesting distinctive features but they are overrated. If I want this type of stiff drink which I have to eat food with or else 3 or 4 on an empty stomach are trouble, I'll do the job better with a rum drink or a sherry.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 18:04:28 | More by pootz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this down the road at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium looking tan head that quickly pops and fades away to a decent film. Some carbonation evident, but lots coming up from the middle, decorating the glass. Colour is a brown or russet brown. A decent film stays until the end and leaves a little bit of lacing down the sides.

SMELL: A relatively weak nose. Caramel malt and some toffee. Hints of sweet pears and apples, as well as some sweet brown sugar, but not as spicy as I had hoped and expected. Nice, but needs to be much bolder to really make a statement. Average at best.

TASTE: Really lacks initially; nothing up front really. A slight hint of caramel malt and some brown sugar, like the nose, but that's about it. The second act is much more impressive, with a dose of spices, cloves and coriander again, and finishes with some warming spicy alcohol. A strong and long lasting aftertaste has some sweet sugar and lots of spicy elements, with some spicy alcohol the whole way through the end. The initial taste was a big let down, but the second part was good and effectively saved the show.

PALATE: Medium thin body, higher end carbonation and slightly airy going down as well. Slightly more creamy smooth than the Roch 6, it goes down without a bite and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. Decent, but nothing overly special. Average.

OVERALL: A decent brew, but nothing worth writing home about. Like the Roch 6, this one doesn't even approach the class of the Rochefort 10. A brew I'd have again, but wouldn't use cellar space to keep in the house. Unfortunately, this one is probably more hype than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 14:13:36 | More by Jeffo
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harrymel

Washington

3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New review 10AUG13: 4/3/3.25/3.5/3.25-
Best by: 24JAN18
The usual look of dark caramel with a solid quilt of creamy tan foam. Smells of co2, buttered graham crackers, some bits of resin and almost mint, some grass and nuts as it warms. Flavor is malty, some nice nougat and sweet notes. There's still a bit of the resiny, almost skunky character that is a little overpowering. Honestly the beer seems a little medicinal at this point. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Having had this beer multiple times, and at different ages, it appears I most like this one around the two year mark. Considering buying a couple bottles to test this theory....

Last review: 15DEC12: 3.5/3/3/3.5/3 - 3.08
Bb: 01FEB17
Pours toasted caramel with plenty of light toasted cream foam (I spent a few minutes just killing foam so I could get beer). Smells of co2, light toasted nuts, some yeast and a little bit of malt - but really not appealing this fresh at all.... Taste is sweet with banana, alcohol, some sugar, some hints of toasted malts; again, really surprised how little I respect this today. Feels really thin and lacks the body I'd expect from the beer, the carb is hi initially, but I've mechanically removed much of it. Really disappointed in this right now. Maybe too young...

01APR11 Review: 4/5/5/4/4.5-4.75
Bb: 2/11/14
A: Pours a dark mahogany ale, murky (due to yeast). Three finger head of light latte falls to sheet of the same. Good, coarse lacing. S: Malt, Brown sugar, raisins, dark fruits, figs, molasses. Dark, intriguing. Very nice and complex. Malts are excellent here.T: Above, then add graham and beautiful, bready yeast into the mix. Outstanding flavor. M: Full body and high carbonation. Wish the carb was a little high on this one. Too bad. O: Absolutely gorgeous beer. No question Rochefort is among the top five Trappist breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:25:40 | More by harrymel
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 3,697 ratings.