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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,412 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 1,771
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 265
Gots: 541 | 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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Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -7.6%

nickhiller, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of taigor
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

taigor, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of freemanj
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

freemanj, May 25, 2014
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Muted brown and nearly opaque, with a good head that settles quickly

S: Deep Belgian richness with a potent alcohol sweetness rising above.

T: Much sweeter and smoother than the 10. Fruity rich elements go straight for the tongue and stay there, adding a pleasant sweet to each stage of flavor. It tasted like something ancient or steeped in brewing tradition (though less so than the 10). Overall, amazing. Much more versatile flavor than the 10. Makes me look forward to the 6!

M: Spectacular. Coats your mouth like paint (but in a good way, haha)

O: Not as arcane-tasting as the 10, but nearly perfect in its own right! A great beer for any fans of the style. I'll definitely buy again!

AlpacaAlpaca, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nose that almost automatically evokes chocolate and coffee if you let the beer sit in the glass. It also reveals a hint of fig. A taste and heady, reminiscent of the liquor, and more specifically fruits macerated in alcohol. It is first in first mouth full bodied but then quickly becomes soft and chocolaty or fruity. The finish is long with a taste of cake and chocolate and leaves an incredible number of flavors on the tongue. Beer complex.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -30.7%

nathanmiller, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Bobhoya
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Bobhoya, May 08, 2012
Photo of BrewMaster
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass with sediment and all.

Appearance: Very dark brown fluid with very little light coming through. Off-white head with even bubbles and excellent retention.

Smell: Big malty aroma with scents of sour cherries and sweet alcohol. The alcohol aroma is strong and nips at the inside of my nose. Very strong alcohol nose.

Taste: Stong malty opening with alcohol following closely and strongly behind. Very sandy and earthy with some non-descript fruit flavors. Grainy sugars, redwood bark, oak, dry leaves, and grass. Sort of a vinous flavor as well followed by a brown paper bag-like carmel flavor. Light phenolic flavor lingers at the end but is consumed by the malty sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Gritty but very smooth. After a few sips the texture settles into my palette and it feels very soft.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful. The alcohol is strong but the earthy flavors cover it well. Very pleasant and refreshing.

BrewMaster, May 24, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

kevindp9, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

desint, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

corysmith01, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

wellsnb, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark mahogany body under an initially-huge rocky tan head. Head fades to a solid lid in about 10 minutes.

Smell is fantastic. So rich and "warm" with vanillla, vinous malt, and oak. Sweet burned cherry, old leather, dark chocolate. Spicy, peppery, mmm. Really smells exceptionally good.

Taste is spot on to the aroma: vanilla and burned cherry are the front notes, then the pepper and coriander come up. Finish is Light metallic bitter followed by dark chocolate.

Rich mouthfeel with a depth of soft and expansive carbonation spreading it all around. Tastes and feels so good, you don't really want to swallow it.

Drinkability is reduced by the alcohol, which is very evident, though not harshly so. However, there's so much going on here that this is a sipper anyway. I reckon I could sip a couple of these or more. However, they're a bit on the pricey side, so in the real world, that also reduces the drinkability.

Overall, another of Rochefort's fantastic beers. Someday I'm gonna have the 6, 8 and 10 side-by-side!

ColoradoBobs, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev -7.6%

cwd, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

WillAndSarah, Jun 23, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky persistent head. Smell is mild notes of dark caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with dark caramel with touch of deep roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Background sweetness. Grapes and raisins. Apples. Some earthy yeastiness. Some booziness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian beer.

burnstar, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Vylo, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper brown, cloudy body with a big head that lasts pretty well

Aroma: Sweet malts and fruits

Taste: Very rich, fruity; very complex with notes of raisins; excellent flavor and smooth finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is always tough to review a Trappist ale. They are primitve in the sense that they are all brewed from the same simple ingredients yet they are brewed to such a standard that they embody the all the traits of beer brewed in past centuries without recourse to fancy adjuncts or processes. They have a yeasty, fruity taste to me coupled with a malty sweetness that includes dried fruits and some honey and candy, This brew is no exception. A true sipper I enjoyed this brew over the course of an hour amd each sip remained a treat.

Color was deep mahogany/opaque with a long lasting tightly knit tan head.

Aroma was fruit and yeast notes with some caramel and honey.

Taste was complex. Fruity and sweet as well as tart and vinous. Little hint of the alcohol.

Felt surprisingly light on the palate for the gravity.

Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

Citadel82, Mar 12, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Belgian Night at Te Tratorria in the The Great Wall Sheraton In Beijing, China.

Bottle is vey attractive and "old" lokking eve though it is most likely not.
A-pours murky brown with a very tight tan head. Waitrees poured without tilting glass, so it was quite a tall head. As I added more to the glass, a nice size head formed that crowned up over rim. The head stayed around for a while only falling to half its height after several minutes. Lacing was very attractive, falling down the glass in large white sheets, settling to about twice the height of the head.
S-Dark rum like alcohol aroma, raisns, some banana and pear on the nose, a little bit of phenol

T-Carmel, molasses, and brown sugar malt. I also get th raisans from the nose, some tropical fruits and pear are there as well. There is slight medicanl quality but it does not ruin. Bready or toasty like flavors as well. Lots of carmelized sugar flavors but not overly sweet. Very complex and deliciuos.

M-Creamy smooth and chewy, coats the entire mouth, pallette and thoat as it goes down. Carbonation slightly marrs with a prickly feel.

jackorain, Apr 12, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, hazy and opaque, little bit of red is visible, small off white head and lots of lace. Smell is cherries, chocolate, molasses, apples, some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malts, some liquorice near the end, then some more chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, very warming with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty.

Anthony1, Dec 31, 2009
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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.

danielharper, Jan 29, 2006
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

FaradayUncaged, Oct 25, 2014
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.