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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,619
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 296
Gots: 658 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 Dope
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can see, approximately 3 years old.

A: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in there. Big fizzy and frothy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty fast. Minimal splotches of fluffy lacing and decent retention.

S: Sweet and heavy candied dark fruits. Lots of raisin, grape, cherry in particular. Even a little bit of non-distinct berry.

T: Loaded with sweet dark fruits. Nice brown sugar mixing with the raisins, grapes and cherries as mentioned. Kind of a yeasty bread malt backing it all up. Hints of cloves and spice in the finish but not a huge amount. Altogether reminds me of a sweet spiced bread. Just enough to let you know this is a real belgian brew.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: Great BSDA. Very malty and sweet. Well integrated flavors, perhaps a byproduct of the age. Super fruity, definitely a standout in this category. Well balanced and drinkable. Fantastic.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of fizzgig
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark and opaque, a robust head initially that required a patient pour but did not stick around.

S: Hearty fig, date and plumb. Aroma lingered until the end.

T: Prume juice most apparent. High alcohol mostly masked but carried well.

M: Mega malty, very rich. Modest carbonation would find its way out if you give it a couple seconds.

O: Being very biased towards malty brews I was reallt into this. I had no idea what to expect and it is the most unique beer to date. The prune juice thing was a big surprise but it works. Would have liked for the head to stick around a while but it just went flat. I wish I had more than 33cl but at 9.2% it's probably best I didn't. Plan on sipping this with a rich meal.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. Bottle
Herman's Package Store

Rochefort 8 poured the darkest murkiest brown into my goblet. When held to the light there are small mahogany highlights where you can see frantic carbonation and some tiny floating yeasties. A 1 finger slightly off white head formed on the pour that stayed put and left moderate lacing. This is one of those murky belgians that looks like it will be loaded with flavor.

This beer is packed full of strong dark aromas. Too many for me to list accurately. Brown sugar and rum soaked raisins are what come to mind first. Big doughiness along with dark fruits such as figs and blackberries. More fruits are in there too but they're difficult to put a finger on. Mild yeasty powderiness. Smells delicious.

Flavor is rich and complex. Brown sugar and raisins are present in the flavor as well. Strong doughy background that allows all the other flavors to really pop. I find myelf repeating the aromas but they're in the flavors. Figs and very mild blackberries are a couple of the darker fruits along with ripe plums. Powdery yeast on the finish. Alcohol warmth and fumes in the throat but no signs in the flavor. Fruity sweetness lingers.

A very fine, strong carbonation turns the body frothy when it enters the mouth. My only complaint, and it's a very minor one, is it turns frothy to quick. I'd like it a bit farther back on the palate.

Wonderful flavor and smell make this beer a pleasure to sip away.

A great beer from Rochefort. One to be pondered after each sip with all the complexity. Truly enjoyable.

Reviewed: 3/19/07

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4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Overflow of carbonation, thick rocky head, bronze in color -4.00, S: Some spicy aromas, mild esters, hint of butterscotch and pear, wonderful fruit aromas with some mild figs and green apple – 5.00, T: Raisins and dry malts, noticeable alcohol burn, dry and chalky, palate is good but doesn’t match the complexity of the nose – still wonderful – 4.00, M: Quite prickly with a very dry end – 3.75, D: Nice sipping beer, the nose really carries the beer – 3.50

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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Saw this at the local LCBO at $2.55 a pop...never saw this stuff so cheap so I picked up a pair. After letting it warm a bit I poured it reverently into my La Trappe goblet, raising a rich rocky tan head that sat atop cloudy brownish liquid tinged with amber ( I like to swirl and pour the yeast all in one motion) The aroma is of raisins, brown sugar and spicy yeast...a wonderful perfume. First sip coats the mouth with flavors of bread, raisins, and a great balance of malty sweetness with a firm but not assertive hoppiness...this is a very complex ale as are all the Trappist beers, a joy to sip and 'deconstruct' flavor-wise. The alcohol is noticeable as it warms but that's not deterring my enjoyment of this at all...very warming and satisfying, finishes on a bittersweet note, this one is hard NOT to just drink is a hurry but is so worth the patience as every sip is enjoyed to the fullest. Classic, delicious and world class.

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3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: Dark chestnut brown; poured with a huge whipped cream head.

s: Surprisingly mild nose, not much to pick out. Lightly charred molasses and brown sugar along with some flowery raisins. Too much naked booze.

t: Much better than the smell. The sweetness of the brown sugar was blunted by the spicy, prickly bitter finish. The lingering spice was a bit sharp. Hints of rum andchocolate as well.

m: Not quite as robust as I expected with subdued carbonation.

o: Couple of ticks below the best examples of the style for me.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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