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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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96
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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of mj001jk
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with creamy foam.

Fresh and bright caramel biscuit w. hints of pear and nuts. There is some mocha and cream along with really faint traces of hops.

Medium bodied and refreshing but with a considerable maltiness on the finish. It is light yet rich, not quite syrupy but almost. Very enjoyable beer with many layers of complexity that emerge as the beer warms in the glass.

Nice and soft beer which certainly seduced me.

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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 MinnesotaRIS
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with full body and a high carbonated, bottle-conditioned type head. Tall, frothy and creamy light tan-white head that stays onto a dense, thick top foam. Burgundy and plum appearance that is clear with residues from conditioning.

A - subdued malt and specialty malts come through with raisin, prune aromas that meld with a rounded alcohol aroma. Earthy and low floral aromas. Not sharp but a forward nose.

T - the alcohol is present in this one that readily completes with the primary tastes of sweet raisin and prune. Is not cloying yet it covers the entire palate with a rich, full belgian taste. Dextrins give a good support to filling out to the finish when the alcohol becomes more apparent and finishes like a fine candy. Bitterness is present both from some hopping; most from spec malts.

M - creamy and smooth. Rolls well across the tongue. A touch of astringency but expected.

Great beer. As Belgian as it gets.

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Photo of TPoling
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a murky brown into a tulip glass with very little head. There is a big alcohol and candied fruit aroma with some bread yeast.

The first taste brings sweetened dried fruit, alcohol, and a hint of apple, prunes and currants. It numbed the roof of my mouth with the spiciness and the complexity just kept on going for a long finish and changing depth the more it warmed with time and touch.

Rochefort 8 is an excellent bottled beer that is probably even more divine served up on tap in the town of the monestary with the appropriate accompanying cheeses.

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Photo of KingG
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark-brown colored brew with a huge soapy tan head. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Smell is very good. Rum soaked raisins, Belgian yeast, Belgian candy sugar and bubblegum. Very pleasing aroma.

Taste is good. Much like the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor which knocks a point off. Chocolate-covered hazelnuts and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied. Soft and delicate on the palat with a slight burn from the alcohol. Above-average level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. An easy drinker with a flavor that makes you go back for more. Another one would be very welcome.

Overall:
A very nice Trappist brew that is a must if you like the style. I think some age will take away the alcohol burn and mellow out the bitterness.The 10 will get more attention from me but the 8 is still an awesome brew.

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Photo of Fuller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a cloudy dark brown color with a big beige head that recedes quickly down to just a skim on top. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smells of spice, sweet fruit and roasted malts. Also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tastes like it smells - sweet dark fruits, some spice, and roasted malts with a little bit of warming alcohol at the end. A very rich and complex beer but also very smooth and balanced. All the different flavors come together perfectly making this a very good beer.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a pillowy two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Subtly boozy aroma. Some plum and figs are most noticeable. Floral aroma in the background with a rich and somewhat yeasty smell too.

T: Sweet and boozy, like the nose, but subtle and refined. Aforementioned fruits are able to be tasted up front. Carmel and brown sugar notes immediately thereafter. I only detect a hint of floral and citric hoppiness before the taste fades to a lingering malt taste.

M: Velvety smooth, but very rich and somewhat viscous. Moderate to high carbonation, but it fits here.

D: Exceptional beer, and I would not want to ruin it by having too many. This is a special beer that is meant to be savored occasionally, and it is very clear. The smell and taste beg for you to defy this, however, and the alcohol gently reminds you not to.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark opaque amber, almost brown. One-inch head that dissipates quickly. Head is cream colored with small bubbles.

S - Prunes, malts, hints of citrus.

T - Very sweet and malty with no bitterness.

M - Rich and creamy with some alcohol burn.

O - One of my favorites. The sweet and malty taste is very pleasing.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent brew. Pleasantly spicy and dryish, but balanced. Pours a beautiful color with a ponderous head and foamy lacing. Carbonation level is a little higher than I expected, which suits this beer wonderfully. Many layers of flavor that I'm sure others could detect better than I, but suffice to say that an entire bakery of rich, biscuit/muffin flavors can be found here. I really enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle. I opted for this rather than the 10, not sure whether I would like what Rochefort was working with. I'll probably try the 6 and 10 having sampled this.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rochefort. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. 6, 8, and 10.

To date, the best beer I've ever tried is Rochefort 10. I think it might have ruined me for all other beers. But the 8 comes close. It's like the 10s little sister.

It's a beautiful dark brown with a small, clumpy head, and less suspended sediment. Not as aromatic as the 10, but still very nice. I could small prunes and spices. Maybe cloves?

It tasted very similar to the 10 as well. Very nutty, but a bit lacking in the "banana" department.

Still a truly excellent brew. The 2nd best I've ever tried.

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Photo of Fernans
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without adoubt, the best beer I've had n 2010! The smell reminds me fine French Champagne, doughy änd soft. The taste is simply magnificent, toasty, malty, it simply hits all the right chords. Mouthfeel is very smooth but not dull or flat . I would drink it every day if I could afford its steep price.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110314. I kept it two weeks. Couldn't wait...

A - Dark brown but lighter than the 10. Massive head simmered down in about 2 minutes. Light reveals settling sediment within the brew. Giving it a few minutes to settle down.

S - Fantastic, as expected. Dark fruitiness dominates. Is that plum? Black currant? Raisins? Figs? Aroma of alcohol peeks timidly through all this plentiful fruit.

T - Sweet fruitiness followed by alcohol mid- to late-taste. Hops sneak in subtly at the back, then carry the aftertaste. Warming brings out a chocolate quality.

M - Heavy, heavenly brew; pleasantly thick; perfectly carbonated; Dry finish.

D - "Meal in a bottle..." Not inclined to over-indulge, but only because a second would be less appreciated than the first.

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Photo of JonMich13
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = Deep, dark and cloudy. Obviously unfiltered. Nice 2 finger creamy head with what looked like cinnamon sprinkled on it.

S = Aroma was an experience in itself. Malty and fruity smells blended perfectly.

T = Oh the wonderful taste. Perfect balance of maltiness and an endless array of fruit notes that reveal themselves.

M = Creamy smoothness that can't get much better. Abundant carbonation.

D = Extremely drinkable. This one is a troublemaker.

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Photo of Brandt
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

part of a 6, 8, 10 tasting

this beer poured a med-dark brown with a rocky light tan colored head

the smell is that of figs and alcohol, but not to be outdone a brown/candy sugar comes into play with some over-ripe fruits.

the taste is started off by fig and a trace of a nutty character followed by a candy sweetness that follows the beer off the tongue

the finish here is warming from the semi high abv and followed up by a subtle sweetness and trace of nuttyness again. this is a wonderful beer and could be enjoyed day in and day out for me, a truly wonderful belgian

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Photo of coastiefish
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

A- Bubbly 1/2 inch head settles to a creamy 1/4 inch tan layer. Sediment floating in a translucent brown body.

S - sweet malt, candied nuts upon settling. Caramel, biscuit batter.

T- Honey, nutty, burnt sugar. underlying alcoholic taste in the last bit of the finish.

M - Creamy with a gassy carbonation.

D - Warming in the throat, pleasant. Mighty drinkable.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown color with good head. Good balance of hop bitter and malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate and spicy with a slight bitterness. Finishing is slightly hoppy with a long lasting chocolate and malt flavor. Easily one of my favorite Trappist beers.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle

A - Near black/murky brown appearance, with good amount of head, which quickly dissipated, leaving behind a slim skim at the top. Little retention with minimal lacing

S - Warm malts and caramel, with a slight round bitter and hidden, but present, alcohol.

T - Holy cow. Medium carbination off the top, giving way to super smooth, roasted malt with a little bitter for presence, with long lingering perfect blend of malt and alcohol.

One of the nicest beers I've had to date. Unfortunately not available where I'm from.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: brownish amber hazy color. Lacy dense head. coriander, brown sugar on the nose and taste follows. Effervescent, medium viscosity. This is an amazing beer and seems most aligned with a tripel.

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Photo of Biffster
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma starts with big banana esters that give way to spicier phenols. It also gives a malty, even toffee like impression, with raisin and plum notes and vanilla lingering.

The beer is a deep mahogany, with ruby and amber highlights and a dense and slightly tawny head.

It starts fruity and malty but quickly gives way to a pleasant nuttiness that fades to a lightly bittered, spicy and warming swallow. The finish is to malt with spiciness (anise and pepper notes) that linger.

The body is medium, with a medium high carbonation with the slightest touch of astringency. the finish is spicy and warming.

My sample was only 7 months old, according to the bottle. This is an intriguing and sublime beer that I will buy again, this time to cellar.

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Photo of Seru1
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Chocolaty and completely opaque with a very light tan corona and a medium bodied head. Beautiful beer.

Nose- A meat scent, with milk chocolate and nutmeg aromas. I there's alot to sniff here.

Taste- Divine malty goodness, there's notes of milk expresso and sweet chocolate. This is a beer thats just mindblowingly good.

Mouthfeel- For such a malty beer it cuts through fat like a chain saw. It fills the mouth and lasts a decent amoutn of time without overstaying it's welcome.

Drink- I could drink this heavenly beer all day long till the break of dawn.

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Photo of tdexterc
2.62/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

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Photo of ddarden
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle of Rochefort 8 into a Westmalle chalice. I decent light brown head formed initially and then quickly dissipated. The color is a deep chestnut and cloudy with a few small bubbles rising. Almost no lacing as the head turned into the thin covering.

The first smell is like chocolate malt with a hint of alcohol. The initial taste hits me immediately with an alcohol then quickly fads into a very nice roasted malt flavor. It finishes with a fruity, almost cherry aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little thin and that would be my only disappointment. The lingering flavor is a yeasty, fruit flavor. Very nice beer with a medium mouth feel and carbonation. I would say this is one of the great beers in world, not the best, but up there.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into a wine goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a finger thick, frothy head that left nice rings of lace down the glass.

Aroma: A bit of malt surrounded by fruity esters (banana mostly) and some phenolics. A trace of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I'm getting some grainy malt flavors as well as the candi sugar caramel usually found in these types of beers. A bit of chocolate as well. Esters ride on the back of the malt, with some very pleasant fruitiness. Passion fruit? Some spicy and earthy yeast flavors come through a bit before the balanced finish.

Notes: A thoroughly enjoyable brew from Rochefort. I think I could drink a lot of this if it weren't for the 9.2% ABV.

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Photo of johnwarne
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Rochefort, oh so fine!
Standard bearer for the ale;
Drink one and be blessed".

Without doubt, one of the world's finest ales. More difficult to find than even a year or two ago, but if you see one or two 'pounce': the price is worth the enjoyment that you will receive from this beauty.

Cheers!

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Photo of saltydog
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown, dark, slightly cloudy. But head is pale, and rocky. Aroma: Candy sugar, dark malt and spices (including coriander). Big sweet aroma. Flavor: MaltyMalty, raisiny carmael malt flavors. Spices evident.Finish: Very dry, because of nicely balanced spices. Drinkability: is quite high for such a strong beer, added immeasurably by dry finish.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.