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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,833
Hads: 4,879
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 354
Gots: 832 | FT: 25
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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Photo of infinitebruner
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

September 26, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark amber, though light-to-medium in thinner parts of the glass, with very high clarity. Several inches of frothy, off-white foam, with long retention. About a quarter-inch head just stays on top, never disappearing. A beautiful beer.

S – Spicy phenols from the yeast, some raisin and very low plum/grape-like notes, along with moderate caramel. Maybe a touch of cherry juice.

T – A fairly high amount of red grape flavor, with a ton of peppery spice. Light, sweet caramel, and some fruity, apple-like esters (pleasant, not acetaldehyde).

M – Extraordinarily high carbonation, very sudsy and mouth-enveloping, creates a sense of dryness despite a very sweet beer. A slight warmth from the alcohol.

O – Probably the most accessible and drinkable of the Rocheforts. A traditional Trappist/Belgian brew, hits all the right notes. Excellent.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- Dark reddish brown color and a slightly tan colored head. Pours a 4 finger head on a straight pour.

aroma- Sweet caramel, light fruits, and candied sugar sweetness.

taste- Rich toffee, mild dark fruit flavors, mild yeasty spice, and candied sugar sweetness that rounds out the finish.

feel- High carbonation, medium/full bodied, and surprisingly clean in the finish.

overall- Well desrved status as a world class beer with amazing bright fruit and candied sugar sweetness. And despite all the sweetness the beer remains incredibly balanced and avoid any cloying sweetness at all.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red with a fluffy light tan head, excellent distribution, good retention. Light aromas of caramel, pralines. Light nutty flavor with a boozy finish. Light to medium bodied. Fairly underwhelming after having the 10 recently, flavors and aroma a just very muted.

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Photo of dcotom
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold from 11.2-ounce bottle into chalice. Beautiful hazy caramel color with a voluminous light tan head. Aroma became more complex as the beer warmed. Flavors of dark fruit and caramel, sweet finish, no residual bitterness. Dangerously drinkable given the high ABV. Overall, an amazing Trappist ale.

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Photo of Hugues
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I spent part of my youth (w-e mostly) in the Rochefort region and this was my parent's w-e drink. This beer is kind of a reference for me. The abbey's best.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Presentation- brown bottle trappist bottle cap

appearance- Brown decent head left a little lacing.

Aroma- a little bready with some dark fruits (prunes raisins, plum)

Taste- Dark malts really dominate followed by some dark fruits not really boozy or bitter

Overall- Another great trappist beer, definitely try it!

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Nothing really bad to say. Excellent flavor. Good overall look, taste, smell, feel. Fruity taste, without being a fruity beer. Hint of sweetness. No bitterness. Malty, brown sugar. Very nice!

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Photo of do_ob
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours medium brown with a slight red tint. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Settles dark brown/red in the glass. Somewhat cloudy in appearance with a huge amount of carbonation. 3 fingers of sticky, vanilla-colored foam sit on top of this mammoth beer. Complex aroma on this one consisting of clove, oak, leather, dark fruit, pepper, and sour grapes. Medium-heavy weight with a slightly carbonated, yet, inherently creamy mouthfeel. Wow, what a beer. I've had imperial stouts that were lighter in body than this beer. Wonderfully full mouthfeel. Smokey, roasted malts, clove spice, leather, and tons of dark fruit initially on the taste. There's a lurking sourness in the background, but it's more of an over-ripeness of the fruit than a typical 'wild ale' character. This is more evident on the taste vs than on the smell. A mild booziness creeps in middleways, and is more defined on the back end. Loads of leather and dark fruit come through on the back end and into the aftertaste. Quite sweet on the finish, and velvety-smooth.

Overall, this is an excellent, excellent beer. I'd heard of this beer prior to purchasing it, but I had no idea it was so highly-acclaimed. I decided to give it a shot, and wow. I'd say this is in my top 10 favorite beers of all time. One of the best mouthfeels I've encountered - just super creamy and full all the way through. At 9.2%, it's no small fry. But the alcohol is hidden well. Plenty of pleasant flavor to enjoy from start to finish. The only negative is the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Doesn't bother me, but it's a no-go for some folks. If you're one of them, just be sure to pour gently.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, hazy, beer with a three finger high, beige head.

Nose: Brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit, Belgian yeast and banana. Not that strong smell.
Taste: Ohh... This is pure love! Caramel malt, brown sugar, bread, dried fruit, nuts, honey, malty and grainy notes, chocolate, plum and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Thick texture. A little bitternes that takes over by the sweetness.

This is so great! This is absolute a favorite! So easy drinking still ABV on 9.2% !

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two pours into a tulip glass yielded two difference appearances. The first pour was dark copper with a big foamy head. The nose was bready and the flavor profile was distinctly malty with a hint of alcohol esters on the finish.

The second pour was opaque muddy brown (probably due to the yeast). Not surprisingly, the second pour also tasted more yeasty.

This offering was certainly not thin but neither was it nearly as hearty as I expected it would be considering the style.

If I got my hands on another one of these, I would definitely age it for a few years and see if I enjoyed it more.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. I had this last night (August 14, 2015).
The appearance was a semi-dark hazy brown color with a slim finger's worth of soft foamy head that dissipated within about twenty seconds. Light lacing slid into the beer.
The smell starts off with some sweet cherries, light cocoa, Belgian sugars, Belgian spices, light sweet apples, and then allows a little bit of roast (coffee) underneath.
The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and then carrying a nice set of Belgian spices to amplify a super nice balance. The roast is way more subtle in the flavor. There's a slight sweet apple aftertaste.
The mouthfeel carries a sharp little tangy sweetness rolling over the Belgian spices and sugars. It sits about medium bodied with a sly carbonation that helps it feel great along my tongue.
Overall, Belgian Strong Dark ale, it sure is and would definitely have again.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely the best thing this brewery makes. Best balance of flavors and a lot of intensity. Not too light, not to strong, and on par with the best Trappists. They got the alcohol content right with this formula, considering it's otherwise made the same way as the other Rocheforts.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark opaque amber, almost brown. One-inch head that dissipates quickly. Head is cream colored with small bubbles.

S - Prunes, malts, hints of citrus.

T - Very sweet and malty with no bitterness.

M - Rich and creamy with some alcohol burn.

O - One of my favorites. The sweet and malty taste is very pleasing.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured deep amber into a 20oz tulip. Decent head that lingers only briefly. The smell is of sweet plums, pears and raisins with no hint of alcohol. The taste is a manageable sweet with huge tones of pair followed by plums and raisins. There is a decent bit of carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. The ending is malty with raisins and only the slightest bit of bitterness stays. Long after the swallow the taste of freshly peeled apple skins carries until the next delicious sip.

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Photo of Hunter
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a cloudy mahogany, small head but good carbonation and lacing. Deep notes of spiced candy, toffee, plum, raisin. Taste mirrors the aroma, with background notes of alcoholic heat. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Overall a lovely offering, suitable for pairing with strong cheeses, cold cuts, and winter evenings.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish brown and slightly murky with a 1-inch thick mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots. Complex aroma and taste of baked bread, malts, spices, dark fruits. Overall enjoyed on a cool day.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark murky brown and lightens up just a bit towards the edges of the glass. Thick tan had that quickly dissipates into a thin island a bubbles surrounded by a very thin lacing.
Butter, dark fruit a mild spices, fig and raisin are there too.
Cloves, plum and spices followed by a hint of pleasant musky flavor. A hint of molasses and mild phenols in the aftertaste make for a great tasting experience.
Light boded with plenty of carbonation
This one nice beer overall, great tasting keeping the complexity of all its flavors well balanced, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours big head, fades very quickly and eventually disappears. Murky dark brown. Plum, raisin, fig, musk, cola aroma. Not to bad expecting little more.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Tea tinted amber, under a 2” lightly tea tinted moussey head that persists.
S: Malty, bread aromas, faint clove, light toast, hint of banana, coriander.
T: Fruit cake with a hint of anise or cardamom, light cinnamon and clove notes, plum with very faint hints of chocolate.
F: Suprising light body with a very creamy, elegant, moussey texture. O: Very fine, world class beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't yet had enough Belgian beers to be an expert, but when in (the vicinity of) Rome.....!
Bought a 33 cl bottle at a Holland grocery store for E2.05. BB date 03.03.20
Poured cold in a tulip glass.
Opaque brown with brownish creamy head. Great rich malty nose. Can smell the alcohol right into my throat. ...yikes!?

Taste is surprisingly clean. Not boozy. Dark malt is the heavyweight star of the show. A little hint of sweetness late in the aftertaste...like molasses sugar. But not a cheap, 'adjunct' kind of sweet... plays very nice. And nothing like the heaviness of a stout....light as a feather on that count. Dangerously so.
Lingering oily/resiny feel on the tongue afterwards. Again, nice.
Except for the telltale 'heating up of the face', I would have no idea this had as much alcohol. Masterful brewing is one thing. This is an effin' magic show.

Though I remain a devout hophead, I am in awe of the fine medieval biochemistry knowledge here. If the winds of fate were to have delivered me here. I would have been a happy Belgian. Maybe even a monk.....
Revisit. edit: Been in Neth/Belgium 7 weeks now, and have tried a couple dozen Trappist and Abbey ales. Determined I'm not a devotee of the much sweeter R-10.
Just reviewed the R-6, and thought it a good idea to chase it with an 8 for comparison....the 8 pours darker , more sediment left behind, darker like coca cola. Stronger malt backbone to this one...I think that's what does it for me.
Great beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: June 21, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: Father' Day celebration, part three--third good beer! APPEARANCE: dense, dark plum-brown body that sports a white, half-finger head; sediment floats in the head;... AROMA: earthy plum early, with leafy, wet cigar hints as well; cherry, port, and berry--complex and promising... PALATE: dry, lively, yet monkish in its assertion; creamy and smooth; warming and tart, with a lengthy yet controlled finish that welcomes the next sip; surely, as drinkable a 9.1 ABV as could be... TASTE: prune, cherry, cranberry, subdued citrus fruit, dry malts--this beer is "special" indeed; pepper, anise and other spices... OVERALL: a fruity, masterful experience; flavorful, full and filling...

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice belgian beer of a light brown color and a beige foam. Possible to see a lot of bubbles before the foam is made.
Smell is the only thing here that is not great. It's yesty and sweet, but has not a strong character.
Taste is full of malty and grainy (specially granola) notes; some yeast and fruits (specially fig) too.
Aftertaste has a subtle sweet chocolate note and is possible to feel just a bit of the alcohol (in the end, basically), that's nice.
Feel is amazing. Body and carbonation are perfect.. 2s after you swallow the beer you have a sensation that your mouth is completely empty (like there's a vacuum). ABV is well hidden.

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

I poured the beer from a bottle of 330 ml glass into a Cervoise glass. I paired it with fruits coated with orange chocolate fondue.

This is the type of beer you first enjoy with your eyes for 5 seconds. The carbonation gives the beer (excluding its light brown head) a light amber colour from the top to the bottom. Once the head is formed, the top and the middle turn to a dark brown. As for the bottom, you do not need to get darn close to the glass to see its amber hue. All in all, this beer has the best looks.

As for the taste, I love its consistency. Unlike many beer this one has no variation of intensity. It doesn't start with a light bitter taste and finishes in your throat with an unpleasant punch. Think of a wheat beer with a hint of cereals and unsweetened dark chocolate that stays the same whether it is on your tongue or in your throat. Although I mentioned a possibility of it tasting like dark chocolate, that taste in the Trappistes Rochefort 8 is not as obvious as it could be in a stout.

Finally, thanks to the beer's creaminess, a few bubbles and foam are left at the bottom of your glass. In short, this beer has both the looks and the taste. It is my favourite.

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Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor. 5.99 before tax.

A&S: Great head on this one, about a finger when pour and hangs around in a thick layer. Beer is a cloudy burgundy color, and mildly lively with some unfiltered elements. Aroma consists for subdued fruits, some spice, and molasses.

T&M: +9% alcohol is really well hidden. Lots of tannins. Hints of semi-sweet fruits (raisins, apricots, maybe a bit of bananas). I guess I was expecting more darker malt tones. Almost reminds me of some less fruity english barleywines. Not much of a hop presence. Initially fizzy carbonation, but overall pretty smooth feel to this beer. Medium body.

Overall: I have been meaning to try this one since about 3 years ago when I bought the 10. Don't know if I would buy it again (or at least not very often), but just because of the price tag. Although a completely different beer the 10 would still be my go to for them.

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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tons and tons of sediment and floaters, bottle was less than a year old. Taste was on point but it was the single worst looking beer I have ever seen

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.