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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,566 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,566
Reviews: 1,789
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 285
Gots: 637 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a cloudy mahogany with a slightly tan head that drops rather quickly, but not all the way. Decent lacing. Sweet malty nose that has a sharp prune aroma. The high alcohol is definitely in the nose as well, with a hint of cinnamon. Highly carbonated and a little rough on the first sip. Raisins and prunes are the first thing I get from this, followed by a ton of spices. I also get baked apples and pears from this as well. Feels outstanding to drink this. I love trappist beers.

Photo of RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort trappist is a beer for the soul.
This 8 is a dark strong ale like the best out there. Very dark beer with such a pale head, it's hoppy bitter, fruity sweet, nice roasted grains and coffee taste.

Enjoying the mix of floral, herby and spicy notes that is so characteristic of this trappist.
Plus it's very chewy with a great long finish.

The Abbaye St-Rémy monks must really love to brew.

Photo of treyrab
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 into a chalice

A: Pours a dark raisin color color with a huge frothy off-white head

S: Tons of dark fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, along with candi sugar and yeast funk

T: Very much like the smell with a hint of alcohol thrown in as well. The taste is very complex but the alcohol is noticeable in this one

Overall a great brew! Taste is very similar to Westy, wonder why that is :)

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated best by 6/2010. Poured into a tulip with a quickly rising, mountian, jello-like head, which lasts half way through the glass. Lacing is laid down in sheets. First sniff reveals pears, granny smith apples, a hint of caramel, and the faintest hint of hops.

The flavor is very similar, exhibiting light fruits, and a slightly astringent malt character. Much drier than I anticipated. Nicely balanced all around, and almost tastes like it's already been aged for a few years... makes me wonder what a couple years would do for it. I'll have to go back and but some more. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with aggressive carbonation, and begs for another sip.
Drinkablility I'd say is high, it hides the alcohol fairly well, and is quite well balanced.

Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of magpieken
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nodder
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents itself to me an intensely deep, black-cherried burgundy that in its murk is impenetrable against the light. The head rocket-stacks heavily with cinnamon-looking flecks of yeast. Huge bubbles and gaps on the glass paint a heavenly picture.

Nose is pillowy; spice, aged hops, oak. Twang of phenolic yeast and candi sugar. Amazing.

Taste features a vaguely cherried tartness, dry and harmoniously intertwined simultaneously with a rock-steady malt undercurrent. Clear alcohol burn scorch, although bridled to malt and hop fusion.

Slightly high-carbonation on this beer, and not necessarily the world-changer I was expecting. Little hot, too.

Drinkability is limited by high-price, possible lack of freshness, etc. Love to try this one fresh and properly aged, though. I’ll return.

Photo of MattGrimley
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nhindian
2/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice.

I have a few Trappist beers that I am going to tackle in the coming days. This is the first.

A - Pours a dark brown, incredibly murky, with tons of sediment chunks in it. I was careful with this one and even left more than the usual in the bottom of the beer to avoid this, but instead I was greeted with this repulsive sight. Builds little head, almost a half-finger's worth, but it lasts a long time. No lacing. Not sure if something's wrong with this or not...

S - Smell is strong in raisin, figs, and alcohol. Some chocolate and unfortunately its also a bit buttery. Disappointing.

T - Taste is as bad as the smell. Tons of diacetyl and butterscotch. Some raisins, a bit vinious and tannic, but I can't shake the diacetyl.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation. Almost flat. Leaves a lasting alcohol finish.

D - Drinkability is low and almost non-existant. Unfortunate that my first encounter with this Trappist is a fail, but at least it's (relatively) available, just a bit expensive. My first encounter with a butter-bomb and it's not pleasant!

Photo of jl28r1
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, somewhat hazy, and boasts a slightly tan head that is rather thin, but does well being with the lacing just coating the glass and staying afloat.

S: This is a hefty smelling beer. Big fruit notes: raisin, plum, fig, all that dark fruit, cut up and pureed into a crepe filling. Thats what this beer smells like, a delicious crepe filling.

T: Upfront I get a bit of sweetness that carries through to the middle as a burst of caramel, but not sweet caramel, it's more like it's hardened and slightly burnt and mixed with dark fruits mentioned above. The finish has a nice earthy, almost vegetal sensation. The caramel lingers on the tongue well after the finish.

M: Dry, Heavily carbonated, and full bodied.

D: This is a sipping beer at it's best. Defiantly just something to have one of and savor it.

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of edhizdeid
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of giblet
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

gaul damn that is fine beer! no kidding aside there is a reason it is rated where it is. expensive...yes...who cares! bottle poured into a sniffer. sweet smell sweet appearance. excellent carbonation and head! wonderful fragrance. good sweet smell. the taste - sheesh this stuff rocks. now for a guy that loves pale ale first this is a twist. dont get me wrong cuz i love all kinds of beer. this stuff is trully awesome. i am so looking forward to more abbey beers!!!

excellent!

suckem up and movem out!!!
giblet

Photo of freemanj
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,566 ratings.