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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,416 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,416
Reviews: 1,771
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 265
Gots: 543 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 4,416 | Reviews: 1,771 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the greats. Complex spice mix. Great at end of meal, after meat and such. Replaces a great wine. Rich richness fruit.

Batch Again almost two years later, yeasty smell, incredible mouthfeel. Chocolate malt.
About 8 years later, a wonderfully complex and easy drinking beer.

Sammy, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

t0rin0, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.13/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. There is a hint of funky smell coming off this one, just like the 10 I just reviewed. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, spices, and slight Belgian yeast. Again, slight funk comes through in the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely flat and thick. This does not work well for this beer at all in my opinion. Overall, this seems to be another bad beer. I just gave the 10 a horrible review and this one is pretty bad too. I bought both bottles from the same store. Both were stored in a cooler at a high end bottle shop so I am not sure what happened on these. I will have to get another bottle of this one too so I can confirm infection issues.

UCLABrewN84, May 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: 18-ounce glass snifter. Bottled on date of January 30, 2008.

A: Pours with a thick and creamy two-finger head with plenty of carbonation atop it. The color is typical of the style, a fairly robust and creamy dark brown.

S: Strong, sweet smell of raisins, dates, and dark sugars; maybe a hint of molasses. A slightly-acidic smell with little alcohol. A nice spice factor, as well.

T: Fruit-filled aftertaste, though not much on the front end. The belgian yeast are definitely present here--much different than the usual taste of malts and hops. However, I'm a little disappointed with the lack of complexity in this one--hopefully I'll get more out of the 10.

M: The initial sip brings a strong sense of the beer's carbonation onto the tip of the tongue. Mild sensation of alcoholic warmth and tingle on the swallow. All in all, very smoothe.

D: Very delicious and easy to drink, but I'm not sure if the value of this one is enough to justify the cost of drinking a few of these.

Thorpe429, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

nmann08, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a snifter glass with a medium sized off-white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light aroma of dark fruits and spices that becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between malty sweetness, the fruits and spices and bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part it is fairly well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, bubbly and a little boozy. The finish feels dry.
D: It's very easy to drink for the high level of alcohol content.

metter98, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a tan head that shows good retention and leaves a few wisps of lacing

Smell: A very unusual semi-sweet phenolic aroma, unsweetened chocolate, hazelnuts, balsa wood and figs

Taste: Starts with a modest earthy, unsweetened chocolate backbone and builds upon that with layers of herbal bitter flavors that add complexity and keep it from the sweetness that is present in so many Belgian Strong Dark Ales; the finish provides alcoholic warmth that is otherwise disguised on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit lighter in body than most BSDAs, a nonetheless satisfying sipper

brentk56, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

BEERchitect, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colour going a little bit on the red. Nice head when pourred that does not disapear too quickly. Roasted malts and higher alcohols are first impression. Very hearthy beer with a caramalized aftertaste. As usual with Trapist, a very fine beer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange infused with coral red and butterscotch. Backlight this beer and you will be rewarded. The attractive beige crown isn't the typical Belgian masterpiece, but it's more than worthy of praise. As are the scattered splotches of sea foam lace. A classic BSDA look.

Just like the color, the aroma isn't as dark as some beer of this style. That doesn't mean that it's anything less than good. Medium-dark fruit (dates, figs) leads the way. There isn't enough roasted maltiness to bring the darker fruits into play. Yeasty spice is on the low end.

I'm not floored by Trappistes Rochefort 8. Since the 'best by' date is approximately one year away, this bottle is now four years old. I appreciate the fact that the monks think it can last that long (and in ideal conditions it probably can), but it tastes a little long in the tooth. It isn't bad, but it isn't the world-beater that was expected.

The malt backbone has almost certainly taken a hit because it isn't as sturdy as it should be. There's slightly more dark fruitiness now, with a mixture of golden and dark raisins joining the party, in addition to the fruits noted above. There's also more ground clove and a hint of black licorice. Breadth of flavor is there, depth of flavor is not (which is often one of the casualites of age).

No way is this beer, this classic Belgian ale, where it needs to be on the mouthfeel front. It's no larger than light-medium and is slightly too fizzy. There is none of that perfectly bubbled, supremely silky, lightly lush... lusciousness... that makes Belgian brewers the undisputed kings of mouthfeel.

At the risk of overstating the case (and despite the fact that it's well within the monks' wishes for proper consumption) this bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 has seen better days. It's definitely good beer, but I was expecting great beer. I hereby resolve to purchase a fresher sample and give it another review.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -7.6%

jaydoc, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

mikesgroove, May 17, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown with single finger head.

S: more caramel malt and grain than the 6 which for me had more dark fruit. Dark fruit still present, just less so. fig and apricot notes.

T: Apricot and fig with carmelized candy finish. sweet malts intermixed. The spice and yeast character are complex and almost perfect.

M: High carbonation and light to medium bodied. semi dry finish.

O: The aroma takes a back seat to the 6 IMO however the taste is superior.

kylehay2004, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown in color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Figs, dates, cherries and some other unidentifiable dark fruits. Caramel and yeast, with some spice as well.

T: Sweet dark fruits, especially cherry, some mild chocolate flavor in the background. A bit of a cola taste.

M: Dry, creamy on the tongue, nice carbonation.

D: Another fantastic Rochefort beer.

womencantsail, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head is big and tan colored. As it settles there is some light lacing on the glass left behind. The aroma is earthy with a mix of coffee. The taste resembles coffee as well along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and not really heavy like some dark beers. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall I though this beer was pretty good.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, clear, reddish-brown body topped by a large, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly spiced aroma with notes of caramel, breadcrusts, six flowers, dried fruits, a bit of booze, and freshly brewed white tea.

Taste: Flavors of toasted bread and sweet carmael with brown sugar-coated bananas and a hint of dried cherries. Savory yeast character. Slight bitterness, but it's generally on the sweet side throughout. Toasty finish with a hint of that warming booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. After some fizzing, after some fussing, it settles to a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, I won't lie to you.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2008
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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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