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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,750
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 245
Gots: 461 | 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 fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

The colour falls somewhere between tan and cloudy copper. Powerful aromas of red licorice, alcohol, and spice. Caramel features prominently in the flavor profile, along with more licorice, wood, raisins, and other fruits. It has quite the heavy palate as well. A huge beer, yet still very drinkable.

09-18-2005 21:59:59 | More by fisherman34
Photo of ghostwalker


4.33/5  rDev 0%

33cL bottle poured into new style Rochefort chalice. Label stamped 08 09 04.

Body is reddish-brown with visible yeast floaters. 1 finger of surprisingly thin head.

Nose is spicy-sweet. Plenty of both, a real treat for the nose.

Flavor is rich and complex. Sweet, but not overly so like many Belgian brews. Spice is very much there. A rich dark malt with dark fruit contributions. Brown sugar. I get a distinct flavor of prunes in the finish. Slight astringency, may be traceable to ABV. No other hint of the true alcohol level. A brew of great nuances. I am in awe of the monks.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Low to medium levels of natural carbonation. Some zip on the lip from the spice level.

Drinkability is much better than expected. I could sit and sip this all night, and every sip brings something new.

06-02-2006 02:29:36 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%

The beer fills up my goblet 2/3 with beer, 1/3 with a very light, sticky, soapy head. The beer is a deep cola brown with reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. Small chunks of yeast settle to the bottom. It is just dark enough were I can't see the carbonation well, but there is a slight stream rising through the center of the bottom of the glass. The aroma is strong with dark fruit, apples, and oranges. Very smooth and familiar yeast aroma to me because it resembles the smell of Unibroue yeast which I believe is a hybrid/bastardized version of this strain. I smell a touch of alcohol towards the end after a few long inhalations of the aroma. The head has now settled to a thicker, but still not really dense 1/4 inch cap. Lacing is already present and I haven't drunk any yet. Now, to taste. The flavor is awesome. Mellow, complex, smooth. The thing I like best about these higher end Belgian Trappist ales is that they don't have to have an overwhelming blast of flavor. Some Abbey beers these days tend to have a really saturated flavor that is a little extreme and shocking. Just like some IPA's that cover their subtle mistakes with bitterness, I think some poorly crafted Belgian styles cover up corner-cutting with a sticky sweet overtone. The best abbey ales I've had all have a very mild flavor making them seem more delicate and sophisticated.
I can taste a very bready base with caramelized sugar evenly mixed throughout. As the malt profile begins to subside after the initial sip, there are tart and spicy flavors that rise up. I can taste a good dose of hops that are neither overwhelming or underdone amongst the other flavors. Alcohol is slightly present in the aftertaste, and it is warming to the face and stomach. Much like a hearty, dry red wine. This beer must be fermented at a low temp and then allowed to rise to a relatively high temp through the end of the primary, because it provides a huge spectrum of flavor that begins with round and sweet alcohol and ends in tongue-numbing esters. As I continue drinking this one, I don't get sick of the flavor at all. Everything about this beer is so well done I think it is going to earn the first 5 against my scrutinizing beer standards.

Abbey St. Remy, you have won.

01-17-2008 01:57:51 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of Pauly2X


4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

A- Foamy one finger head, hazy chesnut body.

S- Complex dried fruits mingled with hints of caramel. Vinous notes and fruity esters are evident as well.

T- Caramel maltyness, dried fruits, spicy yeast character, vinous warming esters, they are all in such wonderful balance.

M- Slight carbonic bit otherwise very smooth.

D- There is a bigger bottle, isn't there?

Man oh man is this stuff great. There's obvious complexity that dares you to decipher it, but you know you're better of just sitting back and enjoying the ride.

01-03-2009 03:24:19 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of tjsmith910


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

06-02-2013 01:18:54 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of ReeseMax3


5/5  rDev +15.5%

09-14-2012 18:57:49 | More by ReeseMax3
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy chestnut color with a creamy off white head. It has lots of floaties.

S-Spicey, hint of clove, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. The nose was the highlight of this for me.

T-To be honest the flavors were very subtle to almost non-existent. What I could pick up included milk chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. For the most part these flavors seemed to come through in the aftertaste. The initial taste was very watery and mostly consisting of alcohol flavors. Very disappointed in the flavor.

M-Thinner than expected, but still creamy.

D-The drinkability suffers due to its lack of complexity. I couldn't drink more than one of these because there is just nothing there.

Overall, this was a major disappointment. I drank this a couple of years ago and remember it being good, but this time it was a major disappointment. The flavor was just bland, mostly consisting of alcohol. It looks good, smells good, and has a nice mouthfeel, but the flavor was just not good. I don't think it is worth the price so I doubt I will purchase this again anytime soon.

01-21-2011 20:26:54 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of mattboyer182


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A - A dark burgundy color and a huge creamy white head.

S - Dark fruits and sweet malts. Smells similar to the 10. Raisins and dates and such.

T - Caramel and toffee sweetness. The fruits are very much present as well. There is a nice warmth of alcohol coming out at the end.

M - A medium bodied beer and quite a bit of carbonation. The alcohol warms the mouth.

O - I love this beer. Very good and fun to do with the 6 and 10

09-01-2011 00:53:57 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of Pillowburn


3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

05-06-2012 22:35:31 | More by Pillowburn
Photo of Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-02-2013 22:07:17 | More by Krakpoff
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Dark brown almost ruby-reddish with a tall fluffy foam head. Recedes to a rich and creamy blanket that remains for a long period of time. Very nice lacing.

S: Cherries, raisins, dried figs, dates, bittersweet molasses, caramel, some faint citrus, and some alcohol. Quite complex and well balanced.

T: Dried/candied fruits upfront with cherries, raisins, and even banana. Some nutty walnut notes. Molasses and caramel follow, with an earthy grain taste in the finish to balance everything out. Alcohol very well hidden in the taste. Very smooth and balanced superbly.

M: Nice slightly oily mouthfeel with a surprising thinner mouthfeel than expected.

D: Very good belgian strong dark ale. I'd love to drink this all night long, especially considering the hidden alcohol, but that would be dangerous. A bit pricey but worth every penny.

06-29-2011 00:31:24 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of MammothTarantula


4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-08-2014 16:45:28 | More by MammothTarantula
Photo of a0lbudman


5/5  rDev +15.5%

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass
A- dark brown in color with a light tan foam that appears darker as is touches the beer, has a 4 figure had and not all of the bottle went into a pint glass

S- like a grape or berry wine smell, with a sweetness to it

M & T- has a thick feeling in the mouth with foam that seems to have a great flavor that
gives a warming feeling in the aftertaste that also has a slight roast coffee like tatse that is very interesting

O- If everyone drank one of these as there first beers we would all be drunks. I cannot see any beer beating this one, but I thought that about the Trappist Rochefort 10 I had last night

10-01-2013 22:51:30 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head that dissipated quickly

smell - cocoa, molasses, oak, plums, red grapes, hint of cherries

taste - cocoa, oak, plums, red grapes, hint of cherry, black licorice

mouthfeel - full bodied, full carbonation, woodsy on the finish, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the middle, slightly boozy on the way down

overall - good beverage overall

05-08-2011 21:44:42 | More by keithmurray
Photo of jlindsey


4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-17-2012 05:55:46 | More by jlindsey
Photo of Popp24


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-29-2012 14:41:21 | More by Popp24
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.29/5  rDev -0.9%

A careful pour gets me a finger and 1/2 of beige colored head. Body is the signature murky brown of a good Belgian. The beer has good head retention and "laces up" well.

Belgian yeast is heavily apparent on the nose. Sugar, dark fruit and a kiss of alcohol finish it off.

To the nose, only with a slight spice on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a little residue on the very back of the tongue.

09-15-2013 22:12:43 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of sbanacho


2/5  rDev -53.8%

05-14-2012 16:02:44 | More by sbanacho
Photo of Philousa


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a dark mahogany with a quarter finger light, fluffy, amber colored head. This would be clear if it was in a thin glass. Aroma is great. Rich chocolate, fresh tobacco, date, plum, raisin, and some red cherry. These strong aromas are mixed with sweet candi sugar. I normally don't like this aroma or flavor, but the fruit is so strong that they balance each other out. A very mild chocolate and fruity flavor. The plum and fig really come out on the first sip. This is very mellow, not in your face at all. The stronger flavors, such as chocolate, tobacco, candi sugar, and some raisin mix with the alcohol in the middle. The hops are noticeable in flavor for a bit, very grassy and you can tell it's there just for bittering. The bitterness lasts a while as does the tobacco and dark chocolate. Feel is very light, bordering on watery. Very drinkable. Dry finish takes a while to materialize.

This is complex. There's so much to get out of this beer that I think I'd be pointing out different flavors and aromas after dozens of tastings. The mouthfeel is such that this doesn't feel as much of a sipper as other beers with this kind of complexity. I usually think I couldn't have a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12 more than once every three months or so. But this is very drinkable and approachable, despite the many facets it presents. What more is to say about this oft reviewed beer? It's good, and I'd try it again when I have the time to savor it.

07-24-2012 04:39:04 | More by Philousa
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-14-2012 03:53:22 | More by ComRock12
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-16-2013 00:15:20 | More by King_KongDCO93
Photo of tpaetow


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-07-2013 16:00:31 | More by tpaetow
Photo of roblowther


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a murky, reddish-brown with a medium-density thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells of cloves, raisins, plums, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a sweet, caramel malt, followed by the crisp spices and a warming alcohol finish. A bit brighter than the 10, but similar. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, with nice carbonation. Having downed a number of these during a marathon bocce tournament, I can attest to the drinkability. It may be a bit much for those that prefer their beer light and refreshing, but if its flavor you crave, you can sip these all day long.

01-20-2007 22:58:31 | More by roblowther
Photo of od_sf


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-27-2012 03:23:10 | More by od_sf
Photo of foxyaardvark27


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-02-2013 04:41:10 | More by foxyaardvark27
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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