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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,300
Reviews: 1,761
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 250
Gots: 510 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

alostplot, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

nyrblue2, Jun 21, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep eggplant brown/purple color. About two inches of off white, almost tan head, the head falls to a half an inch and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is thick.

Aromas of horehound, raisins, figs, pear, candy, spice, with hints of the alcohol. Complex but subtle, well balanced, nothing overpowering, warm and inviting.

Taste of grapes, vanilla, dates, red wine like tannin, and pecans.

Lighter bodied, creamy, the flavors are painted on the tongue. There is a very slight astringency. The finish is long and pleasant before it dries.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. For all the flavors and amount of sweetness this never becomes too much.

sitarist, Mar 09, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ACB, Aug 21, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a John's Grocery chalice. Pours a deep dark brown, with about an inch of fluffy head. Smell, from chocolate to dark fruits, figs and raisins are just two of the flavors you can expect to find. Taste is malty and sweet with hints of dark fruit, alcohol is wearing a camouflaged suit, very deceptive. Mouthfeel has room for improvement, it is a little light. Drinkability, I would definitely have a few of these in a night, if I had a fatter wallet.

badbeer, Dec 19, 2005
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great day it is to have a Rochefort.

Body is an opaque plum, or dark brown/purple, with a foamy off-white head. So dark and delicious looking, with a great ring of lacing settling afer the turbulent pour.

Spicy, slightly clove nose with sweet toffee and caramel in the malts. Alcohol is present, but is balanced by the malts into a 'brandy/liquer type of taste found in some high class deserts. Dark sour cherry in the yeast and hop balance.

More alcool than in the nose, but nothing too distracting. Musky, mix of dark and medium malts, though both sweet. taste is more floral than fruity as previously anticipated, like a lilac/rose petal blend. Subtle milk/bitter chcolate is quite pleasant. The choco-balance is very nice. Some fruit characteristic; spicy fruit sweetness can also be found. A little musty, though, which kinda hurts drinkability, but an experienced beer advocate can quickly find his/her way around and/or through it.

Mouhfeel is bubbly, delicate, smooth, crisp, tingly and good.

Really good. I truly feel that this is a next to perfect example ofthe style. I hope people send me beer mails of protest, but this brew is delicious. The aroma is warm and inviting, the dark, silky body alluring. The taste is complex and comes at you in levels as it warms. In truth the entire beer just gets better as the temperature rises. My only concern is that I have yet to try the Rochefort 10. What if I like it even better? Do I change this review to reflect my new opinion? Do I petition the site for the first ever 5.5? Whatever happens know that Rochefort is King of the Belgium Strong Dark Trappists.

tapman, Nov 03, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

StubFaceJoe, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SD-Alefan, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

WuBByG999, Mar 30, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Milk chocolate brown color. After a semi-conservative pour, this beer leaves 1 finger of off white, very soft head that only stays around for a few minutes. Leaves what I call the marsmallow fluff in the dead center of the glass after a few soft swirls of the glass. Found a few dark brown specks in the bottom of my glass after finishing this beer.

S- I catch smells of raisins, toast, hops, alcohol, bananas, oatmeal with sugar and butter.

T- Alcohol is prominent in the taste for sure. Not as "hidden" as some of the other Belgians. The malty, caramel and toffee taste is nice in the middle for sure. It leaves more of a bitter aftertaste too than some of the other Belgians of this style that I have tried.

M- Nice carbonation. Medium thickness I would classify it as which is nice for this style. Malt is nice too. This is one of the strongest points of this one for me.

D- Yes it is a nice Belgian beer, but contrary to popular belief, I have had much better. I could easily drink a few of these any day but it just is not my favorite. It is strong and would bite you, but a person could easily down 3 of these in a night.

All in all, of course this is a nice beer. The look is good, the smells and tastes are nice and the mouth is super nice. However, I cannot rate this as highly as a Chimay. To me, it lacks some of the complexities that the Chimay has perfected. Very good beer though, I enjoyed it tremendously.

MMAJYK, Nov 16, 2007
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4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into large snifter glass.

A: Deep amber with three fingers of fluffy, tanned head that recedes to a half inch with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice candi and booze aroma: Banana and fig with alcohol and some spices.

T: Wheat malts with dark dried fruits.

M: Medium full feel with a nice creamy finish.

O: Very nice. The Belgian know how to make good use of religious orders!!!

baos, Oct 30, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/15/10- Had a 33 cL bottle of this (110314 09:20).
A: Murky brown with a nice cream head that died to a good lace and collar.
S: Raisin, brown sugar, very earthy, wood, and scotch.
T: Sweet malt, rock sugar, brown sugar, slight raisin, gin and scotch finish, green,
M: Slightly syrupy, nice chewy froth.
D: Very good.

ne0m00re, Sep 19, 2010
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westy chalice.

A- Two finger big frothy beige head, well carbonated, dark dark brown appearance; red orange hues come out, beautiful lacing. Attractive beer.
S- Wow, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, brown sugar, slight toffee aroma, very nice smell, malts, big complex aromas.
T- Big complex beer, so much going on, sweet, toffee, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, alcohol is present, but does not take away from the beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy and smooth.
O- Another great beer from the Trappistes of Rochefort. Really complex, and tasty, I prefer the 10 to the 8 but they are both amazing beers that I will be drinking for years to come.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

McNazz, May 06, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl (11.2 oz) bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort branded chalice

Pours a murky mahogany with a one finger fluffy bone white head. Exceptional retention, lacing that sticks to the side of the chalice and slowly slides down to rejoin the creamy head. Fruity nose; fig, date, hint of apricot, and perhaps some pear joined by phenol alcohol. Big malty body; spicy, dry, with yeasty pumpernickel bread crust. Brown sugar and pear, apricots, rich fig and date. Alcohol is ever-present but always perfectly balanced. The complexity of this brew is simply stunning and the balance is just as impressive. Medium-bodied, smooth with lively carbonation that pokes through here and there to tickle the palate. Truly world-class.

chanokokoro, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a murky pond like raisin brown. Some sediment slowly settles to the bottom. 1 finger of light tan head then settles to a thin film. Scent is of dark fruit, raisons, plums, prunes, cherries and figs with light spices and alcohol esters. Taste follows the scent with dark alcohol soaked fruit, christmas spices, brown sugar and alcohol esters. Snappy carbonation makes this go down faster than you would expect. Delicious.

FondueVoodoo, Oct 13, 2014
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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
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium to dark brown in color. Some yeast particles stay suspended for a while in the glass. Ended up with just over a half inch head with good retention. Lacing was good as well.

S - Sweet aroma overall. Starts out with strong caramel followed by gingerbread and yeast. Warm alcohol is in the background with notes of fruit.

T - Taste follows smell. Starts out sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The fruit stands out more in the taste but is still mild and sweet. Dark bread, yeast, and some sharp spices are in the background. Alcohol is warming. On the very tail end there seem to ba a hop flavor but it is far removed from all the other flavors.

M - Meduim bodied with great carobonation. Finish is bittersweet.

D - Drinkability is good. The abv is high but that does not have any affect on how easy it goes down. Recommemded for any Belgian fan.

csmiley, Apr 10, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

GreyGhost4, Jan 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

yoitsarch, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dcunicelli, May 27, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second in the series. Poured into the LaChouffe tulip. Voluminous, light tan head, that reduced slowly. More slowly than the 6, head is a shade darker than the 6 as well. Again, this one looks dark when not held to the light, but exhibits a brilliant red hue when light passes through. Super sticky lace coats the glass. I don't know what else to ask for in the appearance.

Nice aroma again with this one, less fig and more fruity esters, cherry and raisins, a bit more red wine like. Overall, a "brighter" aroma. I personally think the 6 had a bit more aroma complexity with its hints of dark malt, but maybe I'm having an off night. Head eventually settles down to a thin layer

Flavor comes across super smooth, to the point where everything just works together and its almost hard to pick any one thing out. Definate fruity esters of raisin and fig, only notes of cherry. Smooth caramel hints with an obvious flair of dark sugars and slight alcohol at the end. Finishing flavor has a tiny amount of dark malt character, subtle chocolate almost.

This one is just really smooth. I think the 6 is a little more defined, but this one just melds together so nicely. A little residual sweetness, but finishes just about perfect. Not dry, not overly sweet, really lets the subtle flavors shine through.

This is just a smooth beer. The 9.2% just doesn't show itself, unlike the 6 which has a bit more alcohol bite, but this one is definately a bit more warming. Another great beer. Hard to decide between this and the 6 at this point, depends on if I want smooth or a bit more discernable flavor/aroma character.

blitz134, Feb 17, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This wonderful Trappiste ale pours a murky brown with ruby highlights under the light. As customary of Belgian ales this features a voluminous head with an off white color and creamy consistency.

Smells of dark fruits such as figs and a wonderful bouquet of various spices, yeast, and hint of alcohol. The sweet smells is well balanced by the spices so that everything comes off well balanced.

Starts off tasting sweet then moves to figs and raisins. Finishes with a spiced kick. The alcohol becomes more evident midway through the glass and I'm reminded to sip, but the alcohol remains well hidden. Closer to room temperature the sweetness recedes and the dark fruits move to the forefront showing the power and complexity of this dark ale.

Like other fine Belgian beers the carbonation produces a surreal creamy consistency that serves to deliver maximum taste. This also creates wonderfully food pairings as the carbonations serves to sweep away each bite of food and reset the taste buds. Drinkability is dangerously high, but I will happily stop at one, but look forward to the next another day.

Jmamay22, Jan 26, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,300 ratings.