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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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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Reviews: 1,877 | Ratings: 5,119
Photo of LukeD23
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance, a slightly muchy weak coffee colored, beautiful ivory quater inch thick head with slight dregs in bottem

Aroma, Dates, legumes(fresh peeled beans), and caramel dominate

Flavor, Caramel malts hold strong with a husky malt character and aged hop flavors of pine coming through

Mouthfeel is deep and full

Drinkability is ok, I could drink one or two, but very good beer

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

Just a first rate Belgian in every way. Wonderful smell, and unlike so many beers, the taste matches up to the smell. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the mouthfeel encourages you to sip and savor. This beer would be the top-shelf flagship offering of almost any other brewer, but amazingly it runs a close second in its own house to Rochefort 10.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a very large head that falls quickly. It bubbles like it is still alive. The beer is cloudy brown about the color of cola. It is obvious that it was bottle conditioned since there it seems as though the cloudiness comes from yeast. It looks like a brown ale. Some brown stuff settled on the bottom of the glass, it can't be yeast its too dark.

S – It smells fruity and sweet with notes of toffee and caramel. It has an acetone like smell underneath.

T – Tastes of toffee and carmel with a slight wine flavor. Slightly acidic tasting. Very sweet for such a high alcohol beer. This isn't something that I would have multiple of, which is a good thing considering the price.

M – The beer feels medium in body with a prickly bubble feel in the mouth. Maybe a tad too carbonated. Could just be the individual bottle however.

O – A very, very interesting Belgian ale. Like nothing I have ever had before. This is my first introduction into the Trappistes. Originally was going to rate a 3.5, but then I wanted another one so I'll give it a 4.0.

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Photo of aluskungs
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big bubbled head floats and stays on top of this dark brown brew. Looks very medieval! Has the color of a brown ale.

Not much of a smell. Alcohol (9.2%) burn, roasted malts are present.

Well carbonated. Heavy beer. This one needs to be drunk slow... Has an alcohol burn that hurts my thought, a little unbalanced in that sense. Could use some more malt sweetness to take off the edge (in my opinion). Muddled mixed flavors, like some failed home brew experiment, a train wreck. Prune and plum flavors are present, would probably go great with turkey and gravy (today is thanksgiving).

Not impressed, this beer is way too heavy, bitter alcohol, and lack of good flavor makes this a bland beer.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped with 190814 and 07:48. No idea what it means, but there it is.

Beer pours a nice hazy dark amber/brown with a fluffy white head that rises and settles quickly. A very thin but present layer of whispy foam persists. A gentle swirling brings the head back to life.

This beer has a very pleasant fresh aroma of bee pollen, and dandelion blossoms. Aromas and flavors of honey, graham cracker, toffee, and caramel meld together. Higher fruity alcohols add an eggnog/slight banana/dark rum profile. There is a buttery, volatile acidity (ethyl acetate?) that is too present in the trailing end of aroma. The bitterness is very subdued and a higher finishing gravity supplies quite a sweet experience.

This beer is very complex and quite nice, but a bit too sweet/lacking in bitterness to be my favorite BSDA. Something about the balance is a bit off kilter for me.

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

Just after the 6.
BB 5-10, still a little fresh I guess.
Appearance is a little poor, lively, not lasting, but according ABV not unuseal. Most barley wine don't produce must of a head.
Like 6 nice smell, almost equal; candy-sugar, some raisins, spicy, even a bit malty and certainly port.
Taste: initial taste bitter/light sweet containing hop bitterness, medium full body.
Mouthfeel: warm alcoholic, bit dry, normal carbonation. Aftertaste: spicy and hoppy.
Drinkability: very good brew, enjoy one, drink the second later.
My local shop has plenty on the shelf, lucky me!

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a bottle of this in an SAQ of all places, a wonderful surprise.

This beer pours a muddy brown color, impossible to see through. A hard pour produces a crescendo of frothy tan head which shrinks and leaves half a centimeter for the rest of the experience. Lacing is very nice.

Very rich fruits, figs, bananas and the like, there is a very sumptuous malt presence as-well as sweet alcohol notes, reminiscent of port.

Follows the nose but more-so, huge malt character. There is also a strong presence of chocolate and mild coffee.

Extremely creamy, on the heavier side of medium bodied.

Feels rather thick in the mouth, I found it less drinkable than other reviewers.

Very good, but no surprises here.

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

This beer pous a chocolate color with lots of carbonation. There is quite a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle so thank goodnes I was paying attention. The carbonation quickly escapes the beer, forming a huge tan head of foam. As the drink is quaffed, the head receedes leaving behind a lot of lace. The flavor and aroma are both very complex. I don't even know how to properly define the flavors. A beer like this makes a person want to get trained in sensory analysis. The beer is quite heavy with a good creamy and warming sensation as it goes down. This is a very good beer!

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - More translucent than most Belgian Strong Dark styles. Thin bubbles layer the top.
S - Being a newer home brewer I can smell residual sugars from the dark belgian candi sugar.
T - Yeasty. Sugars are delcious. Is this alcoholic? Oh yes there it is.
M - Effervescant and carbonated. Great balance.
D - Why do they only make this in small bottles? I'd like a keg please.

Not a big fan of the sediment at the bottom. I know it's kind of a novelty and it's not bad for you but it bothers me towards the end of a glass.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Reddish/brown color, plenty of sediment, thick medium brown head.
Smell: Mild aroma of fruits, sweet malt, yeast
Taste: Spice, raisin, brown sugar/caramel, bread, alcohol
Feel: Very smooth and creamy, lots of carbonation, warm, somewhat astringent.
An excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in tulip at nearly room temperature (no thermometer today).

A: Huge fluffy head, a very light pinkish brown in color. Body is a deep molasses. Quite a sight. Head settles to a thin covering.
S: Cherry flavored bubble gum, some caramel.
T: A wondrous concoction to be sure. Fennel, caramel, cherries, and some flavors that I just cannot place at the moment.
M: I had forgotten how great this felt in the mouth, perhaps unbeatable. Super creamy but not without a tangyness and carbonation to keep the tongue alive.
D: Yes yes and yes.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Appearance is very similar to the Rochefort 6, cloudy amber with some sediment, however the 8 has better retention on the head. The nose on the 8 is also much more robust, with belgian yeast and dark fruits. After a few sips, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol are the primary flavors that jump out. Also notes of spice and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than the 6, with a medium carbonation. Drinks nice and smooth, with a touch of warming from the alcohol. A great beer!

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The ole Trappistes Rochefot numero Ocho! Dug the hell out of numero diez, so I think I'm gonna enjoy this one, as I hear this one's a bit more on the bubbly side.

Pours into a nice cider rich look that makes you feel nice and comfy. *looks around for snuggly blanket and lights fireplace* Anywho, the head didn't last very long, and continues to dissipate as it sits; nothing to write home about.

Like his bro, number 10, this beer smells divine. Led by a pungent fruit that makes you want to sip immediately. Really a strong and alluring scent that most should enjoy. And by the looks of the reviews...they do!

Yep, it's bubbly, and delicious. I think Wine *burp*...raisiny - in that vicinity...I want to say sour apples. Nevertheless, you know of it's reputation, and it delivers.

The carbonation and fizzy feel is something I love, but you may not. As I drink I reminisce about warm gatherings, romance, intimacy....fig newtons. It has a lovely sting that feels...ohhh, old school and slightly refreshing.

This is a beer you want to drink. This is a beer you want to share with people. It's high alcohol content brings smiles fast, it's welcoming look, smell and taste will have brows raising. This is a beer that you'll look forward to having time and time again. Instantly became one of my favorites, and makes me want to go back to big brother number 10 to see if I missed something.

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

Smell: sweet and somewhat "smooth" smell; dried fruits, some almonds, some spices (almost like Orval?).

Taste: sweet taste of dried fruits (raisin, plum), almonds and sugar, and figs as well. Some bitterness, but this beer has a soft and smooth character, except for the alcohol.

This is great stuff, but the alcohol is a bit annoying.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this at my local spot last night during a short session trying some of the belgians on their list that I hadnt tried or had forgotten. Holy cow did this one stand out!

The smell was a little subdued at first but it was served a little too cold. Once it warmed it really opened up. The taste was incredibly complex with Belgian sweetness weaving in and out of a host of other flavors

Typically, the high ABV would temper my drinkability rating but honestly, this stuff was so drinkable that its dangerous.

A true revelation for me I will be coming back to this one again and again.

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Photo of krunchie
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark, chocolatey tar colour - dark brownish murky black. Tan hat, which stays thick and creamy for a long time - perfect, about 1-1½ fingers thick.

S: Rich and fresh. Hint of raisins and some alcohol. Somehow a bit smokey, like fine tobacco in a good pipe.

T: Belgian(!), sweet yet powerful. More attitude than the classic dark abbey ale you expect from a belgian brew. Sweet first sip and a very gentle finish. Really fine flavour and a feeling of relaxation and content. Dark fruits, plums. Complex and hard to describe but it sure is satisfying.

F: As mentioned before: very satisfying and smooth.

D: Easy and nice to drink, yet not as easy as other belgian dark ales (Gulden Draak comes to mind). I like this one, it's more of a classy beer. I always recommend and let people taste my Rochefort stock at nice parties and most people find it very exciting and spicy. Some have even said exceptional. It's one fine beer, it sure is one of my top 5 at the moment.

Serving: from bottle into a tulip glass

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Photo of nectar14
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz into tulip:
Amber in color with a two inch off-white head that dissipates after several minutes. Slight lacing.
Smells like toasted grain and malt; like I'm smelling boiling wort. Mild caramel and biscuit also.
Taste is very nice, mostly grains and malt with some alcohol, sweetness, and walnut.
Mouthfeel is great. This isn't heavy and goes down smoothly.
Drinkability is also very good, though the alcohol hinders it a bit.
Overall, a very good beer that makes a nice treat, and a good change of pace from the hoppy West Coast IPAs I've been having lately.

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Photo of jmeyers78
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware-Tulip

A-Dark reddish brown with 1" off white head that quickly settled out.

S-Plums,raisins, a little malt. Slight scent of alcohol.

T-Wow. A lot going on here. Sweet fruit flavors, mainly plums and raisins. Picking up some maltiness. Almost no alcohol flavor considering this is 9%ABV.

M-Very smooth. On the creamy side with plenty of carbonation

O-Awesome beer. One of my favorites. So complex and smooth.

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Photo of jsausley
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Belgian glass.

A: A lovely dark brown with tinges of red. A nice thick head. Significant strong and resilient head.

S: Earthy notes, pine, spices, malt malt malt. Lovely wonderful aroma.

T: Big malts and lovely spices. Nice sweet body and hints of coffee. Good strong caramel flavor on the top. Wonderfully balanced, lacking any bitterness. Very yeasty, lots of Belgian flavors. Not as complex or robust as the 10, but still a very lovely drink.

M: Rich and smooth, perfectly balanced. Excellent drinkability.

O: As expected, not as good as the 10. But still better than most other beers. Thick, hearty, malty, powerful and wonderfully balanced. A+.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark burnt orangish brown. 3 fingers worth of a tan head with tight champagne bubbles. Totally opaque. Massive carbonation coming off the bottom.
Smell: bright cherries and raspberries, some sweet and slightly sour notes, some caramel, sugary bread notes, just tons of fruit and malty sweetness.
Taste: very pleasant and complex herbal flavors, sweetness isn't cloying but binds the flavors together nicely. There is a nice breadiness with a little hint of yeastiness, a malty sweetness. Unfortunately those fruits that I got in the nose isn't present in the taste but there are plenty of other good things going on in this beer.
Mouthfeel: very smooth. More towards the full end of medium.
Overall: this is a very tasty beer and deceptively easy to drink. The smell alone was fantastic. I didn't find it terribly complex but that didn't detract from the great flavors that are present.

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Photo of dqderrick
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - 4.0
Sediment city. Dark Caramel.

S - 3.5
Smells a tad boozy. Maybe a little figgy.

T - 4.5
Figs, boozy taste like the smell. Dry, much dryer than the Chimay Blue. Saki in the flavor? More fig.

MF - 4.5
Great carbonation mouth play.

D - 3.0
One is good for me. I really don't see myself drinking more in one night.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into my Duvel Tulip

A: Dark brown almost black. Thing white head that quickly dissapates

S:Cocoa, spice, yeast, plums. A very complex nose. Makes me want to just stick my nose in for a long time, but then I couldn't taste it.

T: The yeast character takes the front with a spicy, clovey, with a slight pepperyness. Then the malt background catches up with the cocoa and dark fruit character.

M: Medium body which for the ABV makes it scary easy to drink.

O: Excellent world class beer. I liked the other too Rocheforts and this one stand head to head with its peers.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AGED FOR OVER 6 MONTHS

Smell: pure cream and subtle maraschino cherries

Taste: slightly burnt Belgian waffles with maple syrup and topped with fresh picked, extremely ripe, blueberries with chocolate sauce on top; chocolate mousse whipped cream would be on the side

This is my favorite Trappist ale and should be paired with the finer things in life, such as filet minion, smoked goose, aged white cheddar and black grapes, and thanksgiving dinner

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

Pours a dark brown, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, floral, with some chocolate and cherry. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful taste. I get some caramel, a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is low because of high ABV. Went nicely with a big grilled steak. A wonderful brew from the monks I continue to admire.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a huge tan head and a pretty redish brown body. Great lacing.

Smell: Fermented fruit like raisins and rye bread come through. I have a cold though...

Taste: Alchohol. Wow I don't know. It's definitely one of the strangest tasting beers I have ever had. It's sorta like brandy almost really. I imagine this would be great with a nice fatty ribeye!

Mouthfeel: Thick and soft followed by some alchoholic bite: excellent.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would only drink one of not just because it costs way to damn much in the States but it's really thick. I mean I guess it's like a stout but I don't drink many of those often. It has twice the alchohol though...so

Nota bene:
I think you have to pour this differently cause the head rises on itself way after you pour it.

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