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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 300
Gots: 678 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Ratings: 4,653 | Reviews: 1,810
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonb5
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50th Belgian beer review.

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark amber, hazy,
small tanned head which disappeared very
quickly, didn’t leave much lacing.

S: Grape, yeast and unlike the 10 it was boozy.

T: Biscuit, grape, plumb, molasses, had a slight burn from the

M: Medium body, the booze gave it a
coarse edge, went down fairly well for the high

O: Compared to the 10, this is the less
sophisticated younger brother. A a very good
beer, rather than a world class offering, actually
reminded me of St Bernardus abt 12.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date 12/10/2016. Poured into a goblet.

Copper, ruby, and brown in color, a bit murky, with a fairly large light tan head. Aroma of plums and figs with malty sweetness. The sweetness carries over into the flavor with a bit of spice coming through in the finish. Lots of carbonation which keeps the body more medium than full. Very smooth.

In comparison, this beer is miles ahead of Rochefort 6 and only a notch below the 10. A classic beer that I somehow had not tried until now. Recommended to anyone who loves Trappist beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChadQuest
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Trappist, Not as great as the Rochefort 10, but a lighter and dryer representation from the brewery. Still the medium viscosity mouthfeel and tightly packed fine carbination, but with more drinkability, well, relativaly since this is still 9%. perhaps losses some of the complexity of the 10,especially with the much dryer finish, but steller in its own right. There is a huge spicy Gingerbread note on the finish, and some light yeast, malt,and a big earthyness also. quite enjoyable, almost tastes like a christmas brew to me.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Suprisingly mild for such a high ABV. Mixed six from Uncle Mike.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle with a green cap that says "8" on it. Another gift from my inlaws last Christmas. Pours out a beautiful dark copper-brown with a good size off white head that stays. The smell is mostly sweet with a tinge of sour in there as well.

Very effervesant in the mouth. Kind of explodes. Much lighter and delicate than I had expected. A bit chalky in the beginning and then the bitterness takes over. All of this mixed with raisins, dates, malt, sugar and a touch of alcohol. I really love how dry this beer ends, including the aftertaste. VERY easy to drink and refreshing.

This is my second Rochefort with my first being the "6". They seem to be very different tastes IIRC.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Bois Cereste in Akasaka. I've had it before, but this is the first time I've reviewed it.

Poured at almost room temperature into proper glassware. Mahogany coloured, with a thin eggshell head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is all dark fruit and alcohol, with a little bit of coffee or espresso. Raisins, plums, prunes, dried figs, and overripe berries dominate over a caramel sweetness.

Very thick, oily mouthfeel. Liiiittle bit of alcohol, with a lot of the dark fruits sticking around. Brown sugar, sherry, and dark rye bread are also present. Not much carbonation at all. Thick, semi-bitter aftertaste that gets a little cloying after a full bottle.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Best before 30-04-13. Comes in at 9.2%.

A-When first cracked, a nice hissing sound comes out of the bottle. It pours a murky brown with some red when placed in front of a light. Has a one finger frothy off white head that just crackles as it sits in the glass. The head barely dissipates leaving a nice foamy cushion for each sip. Lots of yeast particles remain in the bottom of the glass.

S-After cracking it open and putting my nose to the bottle, I get grape juice as the predominant aroma. When it is poured into the glass the smell is a tad faint and I get a lot of dried stone fruits such as raisin and prunes. Pick up on Belgian yeast and a tad bit of monastery funk.

T-A very complex beer in terms of flavor. At first sip it is sweet with raisins and grapes leading the way. The malt that follows carries caramel and bready notes. Some alcohol is noticeable when it is first sipped, but it fades into the background as I drink it. It ends with a rather dry finish and leaves the mouth with a grape aftertaste.

M-The bottle conditioning results in a crisply carbonated and creamy beer. I would say it is on the fuller end of the spectrum.

D-A great way to end the night, or in my case, a perfect transition to the 10. The higher abv limits this guy to one.

Truly a classic for the style, this is one that I like to pick up on my beer runs. Still have not had the patience to age this guy for five years.

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4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my beautiful Rochefort chalice.

A: A 1/4 inch light tan head forms over the deep brown colored brew with dark red undertones. Very thin lacing on the glass. A very thin layer of head remains over the beer throughout contributing to the silky smooth texture.

S: Mild alcohol along with some fruits such as figs and cherries and bananas.

T: I struggle to contemplate all the wonderfully complex flavors in this amazing beer. The malts dominate the palate in the form of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and dark bread. There are also some faint spices as well. An excellent amount of sweetness, just there but it doesn't overwhelm. Damn, I wish I was a poet so I could more accurately describe this masterpiece.

M: Silky smooth, slightly creamy. It overwhelms the palate with its delicious complex flavors.

D: The 9.2% alcohol is virtually indiscernible. Mellow yet incredibly flavorful and complex. Very easy to drink. It might be the best Belgian beer that I have yet to try. Absolutely phenomenal.

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours deep Ruby brown with a rich,foamy head with a surviving half inch lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,chocolate,plums,grapes and malts. The taste is chocolaty,sweet,earthy,malty,fruity and phenolic. The alcohol is there and yet it is so well masked.The mild spices are so well balanced with the complex taste. So complex,so rich!
The overall feel is creamy,rich,great carbonation,crisp,smooth,bubbly and some mild bitterness in the finish. The stinging alcohol is not too overwhelming yet it lets you know -RESPECT ME,I AM HERE!
Seriously, So complex and special.

Notes: I do not buy into hype,but this is another example of why Belgium is so unique in the beer world. The brew is memorable in every sense of the word. Expensive,but worth it.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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