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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: 4,937
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 367
Gots: 877 | 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 fulcrumbs
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite trappist to- date. The 10 brings too much "tart" while the 6 doesn't seem to be enough flavor. At ~ $5 a bottle... hard to not move on to other great beers, but a great treat to offer a friend out of a frosty goblet... and at 9.2%... you don't need to drink to many to feel content.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date 12/10/2016. Poured into a goblet.

Copper, ruby, and brown in color, a bit murky, with a fairly large light tan head. Aroma of plums and figs with malty sweetness. The sweetness carries over into the flavor with a bit of spice coming through in the finish. Lots of carbonation which keeps the body more medium than full. Very smooth.

In comparison, this beer is miles ahead of Rochefort 6 and only a notch below the 10. A classic beer that I somehow had not tried until now. Recommended to anyone who loves Trappist beers.

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Photo of ChazBoner
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/22/09...this beer is almost 6 years old!

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a creamy 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like candied dark fruit, sweet malt, rock candy

Tastes just like it smells . Alcohol is present at the end of the swallow. Mouth feel is medium-full and satisfying. Fantastic!

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Photo of interzen
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Dark brown, slightly hazy pour and the murkiness is more apparent when held up to the light - fairly vigorous head which settles down to a thin, foam ring and some capping. No lacing to speak of. Reminds me a bit of cold tea.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar and more than a hint of alcohol. Granted, it is 9.2% but quite a few beers of this strength (or stronger) have less, or even no, ethanol whiff about them. Faint hints of dark, stewed fruit.

Taste: Definitely far more dark fruits in the taste - it has that 'fermented fruit cake' thing going for it. Strangely, the alcohol isn't quite as obvious in the taste but it's definitely there. A bit of yeastiness too, more than likely due to the sediment that made it into the glass. Not at all bad, although quite 'malty'.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth with a nice, warming alcohol burn to it. Manages to be sweet and malty without being excessively sticky.

Overall: It's good. Not great, merely good - there are other beers in the Rochefort repertoire that are, IMO, far better. Not to say that this isn't worth trying though, it most definitely is.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly strong ethanol aroma on the glass I had, but very smooth feel with a primarily malt caramel flavor. Not too overwhelming or spicey which you find sometimes with the style but not as complex as I thought it would be, mostly raisin & varying light toasted malt

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Dark brown pour with burnt siena hues. Fine-bubbled tan head retains at a half inch in the wide-brimmed glass. Thin slip of lacing slides back down into the glass, leaving a thin ring behind.

S: Molasses, dark spiced rum, brown cocoa, roasted nuts, fruit cake. Suggestions of plum, blackberry, and fig. Dusty and musty yeast and a lot of yeasty spice. Tobacco/herbal dimension too. Hugely complex nose.

T: Rummy, molasses, rich and sticky fruit cake. Roasted nuts. Cocoa. Fruity notes of plum, blackberry, fig, and even some lighter pear tastes brieflly. Tangerine comes out after a while too. Musty yeast. Yeasty clove-like spices. Herbal undertones. Alcohol is stiff and serious. Drying finish of fruitcake, brown sugar, and dried herbs.

M: Medium heft, rich malt textures are velvety smooth and not sticky at all. Carbonation is very active and scrubs gently but thoroughly and provides a lot of lift at the same time. It seems to evaporate off of the palate. Soothing warmth from the alcohol.

O: As close to perfect as it gets. A captivating beer in all respects. Ponder its complexity sip by sip for a most rewarding experience. By far my favorite in the Rochefort lineup, though the 10 seems to overshadow it in popular opinion.

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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 ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark brown, very little light escapes. The head is beautiful, slightly over a finger of caramel colored foam with swirls of burnt toffee brown that resemble cinnamon on top.

S: The aroma is slightly boozy on this one, with figs and malt shining through.

T: This is an altogether stronger, more full bodied, albeit less complex, offering. It has a pretty strong alcohol character, and relies much more heavily on its fruity, figgy notes to carry it throughout. There is a subtle toffee sweetness on the finish. 

F: Good body, pleasant and thick with good carbonation. 

O: Another super solid offering from this brewery. I really enjoyed 6, and this one as well, but for different reasons. It's simple, fruit and booze in a well balanced presentation. Very well done and worth the price of admission. 

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Photo of waterbuffalo
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was very excited to try this and very disappointed. Looks great in the glass, tastes bland. No complexity at all. I will try one more to see if this is a dud.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ox bottle into a westmalle goblet.

Kept at fridge temp until ready to drink but improves greatly as nears room temp. Would recommend letting it sit for 20 minutes or so before starting. This is a near prefect example of its style. Complex esters and dark belgian dried fruit flavor. No raisin which is a plus. EtOH taste is masked by malt flavors. Very little if any hop flavor or aroma. Slightly too carbonated for my taste, but this improves as it is left out warming up. Will buy again and again.

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Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This looks dirty and is as clear as mud. It looks like cola mixed with grape juice. Nice sediment. I actually like particles in my beer. The smell is exclusively of mostly grape juice and perfume. I like it. Taste is similar to the smell. Grapes, some perfume, cola, and background fruit. The carb is immediate, light, and crisp.

Overall - A nice smelling, crisp tasting Belgian, with a full carbonation, and snappy mouth feel.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into St. Bernardus glass

Pours a amber color with a 1 1/2 off white head spotty lacing. Great aroma and taste of malt, yeast, caramel and plum. Great carbonation in mouthfeel well balanced.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Very cloudy, brownish red color with a 2 inch finger head, lots of bubbles streaming off the bottom, the head is creamy, tan, looks like a hearty beer. Nice lacing.

A: Smells like caramel, sugar, plums, dates.

T: Wow, there's a lot going on, very complex, caramel, sugary, some bitterness, the aftertaste is like plums, dates, getting some bread, biscuity flavors as the beer warms. I did get some alcohol burn.

M: Very frothy, creamy mouthfeel, bubbly.

O: Very impressed, really complex, so much going on, lots of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, did not expect this will definitely have to try 6 and 10, and some more Belgian ales.

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Photo of Logan12321
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark rich color, lots of head that could be to my pouring. Low retention on the head. Slight aroma. Taste is deep, rich and flavorful, has kind of a sweet finish on it. Surprisingly the alcohol is barely noticeable for being a 9%. Very smooth to drink. Overall I can see myself purchasing again.

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Photo of Spipenger
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown almost burnt peach color. The head poured a little thick (probably my fault). I was surprised it didn't have a stronger aroma, but I distinctly smelled a sweet peach. The taste, well, the taste. Exquisite, subtle, yet rich. Hint of vanilla and a strong fruity taste (not citrusy). Just a pleasurable drinking experience.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
A- Pours a dark hazy brown with a nice white head that settles quickly to a flat cap.
S - Funky aroma of yeast and banana.
T - Wow that is really good. The flavor is complex - a little caramel, some dark fruit.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - This is really good and deserves its world class rating. Might be as good as the 10. Can't wait to buy more.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is hazy mahogany with a huge head of large bubbles that dissipates into clumpy islands of foam with minimal lacing. Nice smell - yeast, malt, dark fruit, banana, a touch of phenol and booze - very complex. Flavor is delicious - fruity and malty with barely a hint of the alcohol it contains. Body is medium, just a touch of carbonation - very drinkable. Goes down way too easy.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would like to compare the 10 and 8 side by side. I think I might like the 8 better.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured a cloudy brown with medium-coarse bubbles; the head dissipated quickly. The mouthfeel followed: The lively, coarse carbonation was almost objectionable, and the body was a bit thinner than expected. The taste is wonderful, though: malty, sweet fruit (dried dark fruit) with little hops presence. Will look forward to trying this again to see if my perception of the body & carbonation change.

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Photo of Advocaate
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%

Full disclosure: This is my absolute favorite beer. The 10 is also fantastic, but this is just a bit better. Would be a 5 if not for the hope I'll one day taste something better. So a little biased; I've been drinking this regularly and with enthusiasm for years.

L: Moderate head with abstract, short-lived lacing. Earthy, cloudy and almost muddy.

S: Sharp: over-ripe bananas, cloves and yeast. Much more pleasant than that description allows.

T: Very strong, very malty, definite caramel notes, and much less sweet than you'd think. A rich, yet clean finish. Not dry at first, but increasingly so as you drink it. Quite acidic on the tongue. A combination of flavours I can't even begin to describe; try, and savour, it yourself.

O: This is the standard upon which every Trappist and Trappist wannabe should be judged. There most completely drinkable yet complex brew that I've tasted yet. Please, Unibroue: release something like this (Maudite doesn't compare) so I don't have to pay $6/bottle!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark hazy brown with a great tan head.
Smell - sweet fig toasted bread banana and clove.
Taste - Taste like it smells but very strong
Feel - medium thick body with lots of carbonation
Overall - fantastic strong dark ale

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Photo of Rhubbs
5/5  rDev +16.3%

I discovered this beer by accident about 2 years ago and haven't regretted it.

Pours a reddish brown with about half to 3/4 inch of creamy white head. poured into a Rochefort chalice(got it for christmas last year!)
Taste is of malty sweetness with cherries, raisins, and figs. a hint of spice. letting this beer warm and open up makes a word of difference to it's flavour profile(drank mine between4-6 C)
the carbonation is a nice mouth feel.
overall one of my favourite beers, I always have 2 bottles cellared for special occasions.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

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Photo of TheHammer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained like crazy and produced a limited amount of lace. The body is a deep brown the scarlet notes that falls just short of being entirely opaque, boasting that tell tale Belgian aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Warming really helps this one come out, but even when cool the beer has a rich thick dark caramel malt smell backed by notes of plums and figs, which as it warms brings out notes of berries, orange peel, vanilla and a herb I can't quite place.

Taste: In a word, wow. This beer starts exceptionally strong as chewy malt sweetness backed by dates, plum and raisins come forward shifting to a quick spicer note of cloves, anise, grapes, cranberries and a hint of citrus zest, ending with more of that malt backed by a mild berry taste and a slight dry yeast touch. Perfect score.

Feel: Marvelous transitions, nice chewy malt aftertaste that doesn't cling, not too dry, not too moist, ample head, the only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the carbonation is a tad too aggressive at the start of the beer for my liking, and not around enough for the middle transitioning.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, it's flavorful, it's refreshing, it's on the lighter end of medium bodied, it hides it's alcohol masterfully. Give me a barrel of this stuff, and I'd be out cold in a matter of hours it's so good. A little gassy and a little too classy but hey, it's Trappist beer, what do you expect?

Final Thoughts: The Trappist monks seldom disappoint, and this one is certainly no exception. This is currently my highest ranked Trappist Beer and my 3rd highest rated beer as of the time of this review. I can't say enough good things about it, and you owe it to yourself to track this down and try. Two thumbs and two big toes up!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

A: mild lacing, little to no head, light cola color, muddy brown
S: rich, malty fruity aroma, not overly boozy like the other rochefort beers
T: malty, a tad briny, some dark fruit, subtle sweetness, dry acidic finish, carbonation is not so much visible at tastable, it is very sharp in this way, expect a lot of ambiguous esters from this beer (flavors that are fruity but not pertaining to any discernibly specific fruit)
M:intensely sharp and watery(not watery in a bad way necessarily)
O:very good though to any of those trying it I would say, ice cold is not best, I think it probably softens your ability to perceive some of the more subtle flavors

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