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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,203
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 247
Gots: 482 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 bmoney
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bmoney, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

griffeyb, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

nyrblue2, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Carl_R
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Carl_R, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance is opaque chocolatey brown with a 4-finger, twinkling beige head. Minimum to moderate lacing.

Smell is bready with spices and yeast. The taste is more spicy and caramel that fruity. I pick up cinnamon, allspice and brown sugar. Some earthy hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly carbonated with some alcohol warmth.

This is a drinkable beer that goes well with barbecue or even caramels. This is not that sessionable, however, as the 9+ percent ABV will sneak up on you.

theghost3, Jul 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

MammothTarantula, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Jmbbabson, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of AKuehn47
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

AKuehn47, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Hardcore, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JT99125
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

JT99125, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from my 52F cellar. Best before12.05.09

Pours a slightly hazed brownish orange - exactly like the color of 'sugar babies' (you know, the candy). A fine off-white 1" head settles down to a mere 1/8". Very minimal visible carbonation. Globs of thick sticky lace all the way down.

I could smell this the instant I took the first pry of the cap. A remarkable concoction of smells; gummy dark fruit misted with bourbon. Ginger and molasses. A touch of vanilla crème.

A unique spiciness hits my palate right off the bat. It reminds me of Hendricks Gin (infused with cucumber), but it stops right there, as there are no pine flavors. It's teasing me, beckoning me. A stony mineral cleanness surfaces so I may detect dark figs and charred wood & charcoal. Dry spicy long and warm flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Fine airy carbonation (moderate level) keeps the full body bouncy and kinetic.

Drinkability is very good. I swear I need to drink a few more of these to figure out all the spicy flavors.

Overall a unique and world class Trappist ale. Dry, spicy and bold, but altogether smooth. Warming and soothing. Restoring. Very good.

malty, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely and then the head falls into a nice lacing with a good, creamy head. An extremely dark to amber color tones. A light scent of very sweet and hoppy Belgium ale that smells carbonated and warms you up right away. The hoppiness is very noticeable and balances well, it has a very light orange undertone with a super slight coffee smell after it leaves the tongue, and it becomes more prominant as it warms. The sweetness and hops aren't only blended well, but the pepper really supports the flavor well.

Erdinger2003, Jan 30, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark amber color, has a very slight ruby color to it, and a big head that dissipates quickly without much lacing, taste is strong, the alcohol content really slaps you at first, but after a couple sips it starts to become more tolerable. taste is just great, a warm spiciness to it, and a wonderful malt flavor as well. mouthfeel is full and rich, really awesome. a very very good beer.

1fastz28, Nov 21, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

AlMarzo, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tylerstravis, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has a drink by date of 12/28/05. Pours a dark murky brown with hues of ruby red throughout and a big beige head that dies pretty fast. Minimal amount of lacing. Big sweet smell --a mix of bananas, candied sugar, and caramel. Taste opens strong and malty, with a bit of a caramel bite, but quickly transitions into a big fruity flavor--bananas, cantelope, pumpkin, cherries. Towards the end of the beer the alcohol creeps in, but just a little. Medium bodied, this has a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent and tasty beer, however still a bit short of the masterpiece that is Rochefort 10.

cubedbee, Jun 16, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Mokafe in Brussels on a cloudy afternoon. The waiter poured it with a perfect head without even looking. Lots of figs and raisins in the aroma. Lovely dark ruby color; looks quite dense just sitting in the glass. Raisins galore in the taste along with dried pears; some apples and a nice bready overtone. The alcohol, while quite high on paper, is nicely hidden and does not impair. A memorable Belgian beer.

gfreed, Nov 16, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this with the wife on our visit to NYC. Not quite a Westy, but comparably well made for sure. The monks have this type of brew perfected for sure.

Appearnace is dark brown like the inside of a fig newton or sweet apple butter. Large head that fades to a fluffy cap with textbook lace.
Smells and tastes of dark fruits, cark caramel malts, toffee, candied nuts, maybe some fig fruits also. Well integrated Belgian yeast character with all the dark fruit support of the finest Dubbel.
Full bodied falvor with slick moutfeel and semi sweet finish.

unclejimbay, Dec 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Coldsnack, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle with numbers on the front 29 06 10 - perhaps a drink before date? This has been in my fridge for a year or so. Pours a chestnut brown with a big fluffy 2 finger head with nice lace. Aromas of sweet malts, brown sugar, sherry, raisin, and alcohol. Tastes are very similar except for the much noticeable hop presence. Alcohol has a definate noticeable presence. Lots of flavor here, but not as smooth as I would like. High carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink.

sabrills70, Oct 15, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SGToliver, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

corysmith01, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

tjsmith910, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

raffy313, Dec 25, 2012
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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