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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Reviews: 1,872 | Ratings: 5,089
Photo of GarethYoung1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head which diminishes to a thin layer and remains throughout. Aromas of Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, liquorice and plums can be found. very well bodied, with a long dry finish. I was expecting a lesser version of the Rochefort 10, but the chocolate comes through stronger here and i was able to appreciate the 8 in a different way, a superbly crafted beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has a drink by date of 12/28/05. Pours a dark murky brown with hues of ruby red throughout and a big beige head that dies pretty fast. Minimal amount of lacing. Big sweet smell --a mix of bananas, candied sugar, and caramel. Taste opens strong and malty, with a bit of a caramel bite, but quickly transitions into a big fruity flavor--bananas, cantelope, pumpkin, cherries. Towards the end of the beer the alcohol creeps in, but just a little. Medium bodied, this has a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent and tasty beer, however still a bit short of the masterpiece that is Rochefort 10.

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Photo of maek228
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sincere thanks to BigLove for getting me this fine brew

Appearance: A murky, hazy brown with very light hues of amber and burnt orange in it. A beastly one finger head sat atop it when I poured it and it took its grand old time going down. The head stayed more than half a finger tall for the rest of the beer...i give huge respect to that. This beer is just downright a sight to behold. Thank you Belgium.

Smell: Utterly lust-worthy. Huge sweet malts that have a ripe banana coated in brown sugar thing going on. I would have given it a perfect score but the smell wasn't as strong as I would have hoped for.

Taste: One word: COMPLEX. Caramelly malts just explode into all sorts of fruity (namely bananas) and estery flavors. The carbonation is is smooth and with a nice touch of grain to it. There are some toasted and burnt malts I'm picking up on too. The alcohol is definitly present, which is awesome. It gives the beer a raw feel. Overall, excellent taste..I was so tempted to give this beer a perfect score in taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, and lusciously smooth

Drinkability: F#&% 9.2% alcohol...this beer goes down with ease.

Conclusion: One of the best

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

This poured to a very dark brown and red color, with a small head that faded. Lacing is pretty minimal.

Alcohol actually comes though pretty strong in the smell, on top of dark fruit flavors and a hint of chocolate. Malts don't really come through until the taste, where they are joined with another blast of dark fruit. Alcohol is also apparent but very well blended with other flavors. The mouthfeel is very rich, while the drinkability is good.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass with sediment and all.

Appearance: Very dark brown fluid with very little light coming through. Off-white head with even bubbles and excellent retention.

Smell: Big malty aroma with scents of sour cherries and sweet alcohol. The alcohol aroma is strong and nips at the inside of my nose. Very strong alcohol nose.

Taste: Stong malty opening with alcohol following closely and strongly behind. Very sandy and earthy with some non-descript fruit flavors. Grainy sugars, redwood bark, oak, dry leaves, and grass. Sort of a vinous flavor as well followed by a brown paper bag-like carmel flavor. Light phenolic flavor lingers at the end but is consumed by the malty sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Gritty but very smooth. After a few sips the texture settles into my palette and it feels very soft.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful. The alcohol is strong but the earthy flavors cover it well. Very pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


appearance: much darker than the 6, best described as a deep, blood red with substantial body and cloudiness. not much in the way of foam... more subdued, a thin wisp of bubbles punctuated by small clusters on the surface. lacing is thin yet resilient, and the overall look exudes dubbelness.

aroma: 8 yields a buttery malt sweetness in the nose, almost milky. vanilla and wood are quite pronounced- overall, the mildest trappist scent left of a tripel

taste: rich, chocolatey malt character with a smooth vanilla kicker. fruity too, raisins and juicy overripe dates here. the sweet spice of cinnamon makes an appearance. faint pumpkin notes and the smooth taste lingers in my mouth. alcohol comes later, doesn't interrupt the flavor. ommegang without the tart youth. delicious.

mouthfeel: light and bubbly. smooth. drinkable. a near perfect beer, comparable to the best.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the 10, and this one is very good - but not nearly as good as it's big brother. Tasty for sure, good balance. Not too sweet. Fruity notes, but lighter than the 10. I had a Westy 8 after this, and the Westy was better. This is a good beer, but I can't see any reason to buy this instead of the 10. The Westy 12 and 8 are very different in character, the Rochefort 8 seems to be a less potent version of the 10.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ommegang chalice on 5/19/05 at cellar temp. Date on the bottle reads 02.09.08

Pours a rum raisin color with a nice two-finger head that settles for the duration. Nice viscocity that leads me to believe this will be worth it.

The smell, while intriguing at first, only gets better as the beer warms. Aromas of fig, cane sugar, butterscotch, caramel, and candied fruit punctuate the malt backbone of this delicious brew. There is virtually no suggestion of alcohol even approaching one hour after the initial pour.

In the mouth, expect a congruent comparison to the nose. All that I have described, with a sweet maltiness that finishes among the best of this style. The alcohol will make its presence felt by the end of your journey, but not long before. Outstanding and recommended highly.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, floral, with some chocolate and cherry. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful taste. I get some caramel, a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is low because of high ABV. Went nicely with a big grilled steak. A wonderful brew from the monks I continue to admire.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Rochefort 10 the other day, and I must say that I prefer this beer more.

Now this is how a beer is supposed to look. Poured in to a Duvel glass (which seems to accent the colors) leaving a wonderfully balanced head above a deep red/brown melding. The beer must be right on; it looks as if t came form a tap.

I am picking up chocolate, cherries and peaches. Malt is prevalent, seemingly overpowering it's healthy dose of alcohol.

This beer is one tasty beverage. The alcohol, which was disguised before, is now very prevalent. Very sweet and warming, if there was ever a reason to look forward to winter this is it.


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

Pours ahazy orange-brown with a huge, creamy head. Great retention and nice lace for the eyes.
Smell is sweet, roasted malt, fruit (apple and grape) and spice.
Taste is malt, fruit, spice, light hops, alcohol and a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a medium-full body. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms.
Drinkability: Oh, yeah. A great session beer, a wonderful closer on a night's quaffing.

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Photo of stcules
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparative tasting with Westvleteren 8.

Dark, almost black. Not persistent and scarce foam.
The smell is more alcoholic than the W8, with notes of plum, and raisin. Hazelnut and green wood. Cherry in alcohol. Touches of liquorice. In any case, fresh and inviting.
The taste is perhaps less harmonic and "soft" than in the tasting sister. Good maltiness, with plum, and even a ripe fruity (peach, but pear over all). Tending to a dry and clean finish. More prickly.
Good body.
The aftertaste: a sharp liquorice, sweet, not present before, that makes all very inviting.
There are again the fruity notes (pear), and plum.
Overall: more complex than the W8.

But in any case, two great beers.

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Photo of guinnessman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a 1/2 in. head and a dark brown hue. A bubble gum, some fruity notes, chocolate, and roasted coffee nose.
Kind of a lingering tingling burn, A very peculiar finish! Some chocolate, apples, and sweet candy flavors. A nice balance and mouthfeel overal

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Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: walnut brown with a quickly receding cream colored head that thinly coats the beer

Smell: sugary sweetness, very malty, nutty, subtle fruity esters and some alcohol

Taste: initially spicy, tart fruityness, nutty, some candy sweetness, bready yeast, peppery , very spicy with a warming alcohol finish, a bit bland overall

Mouthfeel: very highly carbonated

This beer has been a big disappointment, given other reviews and word of mouth. I have one more waiting in the cellar, I hope it proves to be better.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bb date 04 11 08.
Pours out hazy brown, with some fine sediment. 1" head is long lasting.
Aroma is fruity, caramel, a little dough, a little alcohol.
Flavor is plumy, caramel, raisins, with a good dose of spice. a little bitterness on the finish.
alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy brown color with a moderate head if your pour it down the middle of the glass.

The taste hits you with a little hoppiness at first and then lots of fruit flavors and complexity. Apricots, plums, and figs come to mind. Great tasting beer. Not overwhelming at the first sip, but the more you sip it the more flavor comes out, and you appreciate what this beer is then.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Pours a dark hazy brown color with little to no head. Smell is surprisingly pungent and like sweet apricots and malt. The taste is exceptional. The plethora of flavors all seamlessly blended together makes for a wonderful symposium of goodness. The most prevalent of the tastes is that of candied fruit, sweet and natural spices. Its really hard to explain the large amount of flavors that are coming together to make this beer, as they are so goo together it's hard to distinguish them!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle with best before date stamped on the label. Poured into a chalice.

Deep reddish-brown with a tan head that bubbles up to almost two fingers, then falls to a 1cm sheet of uneven foam. Not much lacing.

The nose is awesome. Belgian yeast and spice with dark candied fruits and just a whiff of rum. Strong and mouthwatering.

The taste and mouthfeel are equally bold. Sweet malts paired with dry hops and a dry finish that slowley fades into warming alcohol. Very complex and satisfying.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. Label is stamped "25 12 07" which I assume is the best-before date.

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with washed out red highlights. The tan head maintained at around one finger during my slow pour. It was coarse and fizzy, disappearing rather quickly. There was no lace left behind on the glass.

Smell: Dry husky malt, light caramel, cherries, and warm, round alcohol made up the bulk of the aroma. There was an old, musky oak smell as well. Kind of washed out and bland overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Taste: Almost as boring as the smell, but not quite. Dry chocolate or cocoa combined with candied fruits and hints of tart cherries. On the finish, a big vodka-like alcohol flavor rose up and dominated. That was it.

I realize that this is a short review, but there just wasn't anything else going on with this beer to describe. What was there was uninspiring.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label indicates "21 07 09" which must be a freshness stamp and 9.2% ABV. $7 a bottle from Whole Foods, in Boca Raton, FL.

Dark murky mahagony pour topped off with a beige frothy head that hangs in there with excellent head retention. Tiny bubbles beading up.

Candied fruit and sugary scents.

First swigs: Light cocoa and biscuit malts. Vanilla and some hints of cherry, sweet table sugar and milky smooth. toffee. Nutty hints of almond and pecan. Quite complex. Bunt cake and iceing with a clean aftertaste.

Foamy frothy feel with a medium body.

Last swigs: Sugary cocoa & vanilla. Totally hidden ABV until the warmed up finish.

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Photo of amicar
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice little treat for 'new beer sunday.' Poured from a little 33cL bottle, and before I could even think about what it looks like, the aroma practically fills the room. A sweet smell that contains leather, sherry, a touch of tobacco, a hint of bananna, fruitiness; stick my nose deep in the glass and the smells get even richer, maltier, slightly chocolatey, jammy, and either raisins or plums.

Anyway, it poured a browned color with burgundy undertones and an off- white head that means serious business. Beautiful lacing on the glass.
The taste is really something. A little sweeter than I expected, but balanced perfectly. Spicy and rich maltiness prevail. Less of that jammy stuff on the nose, but I can taste a little roasted stuff (like burnt marshmallows) and that leather again (a good thing).

Feels wonderful in the mouth. Tingles a little in the mouth and feels rich and smooth. If not for a slight throatburn, I would not be able to predict the alcohol content. Again, balanced nicely. So easy to drink this. Oh, my poor pocketbook.

Overall, really and extraordinary beer. I wish there was a ranking for "balance," because this one would be an easy 5. On the sweet end of the spectrum, but never crosses the line. I really can rave about this one. Like it a bit better than the 10. A must try for anyone interested in the style.

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

Tasted from 33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Best by 19/08/08. Thank you Shelton Bros. for importing this slice of divinity.

I do beleive the heavenly host did burst out in song as I poured this beer into the glass. A think pillowy tan head rose up and never left, constantly coating the slightly hazy burgundian depths. Aromas that boggled my mind rose from the glass. Bready/Biscuity with notes of yeast over a subtler malt/date/plum foundation. Flavors are lightly sweet initially then dry throughout. Caramel/toffeeish malt, milk chocolate, clove, tobacco, brown sugar, rye bread. Incredibly creamy, with an ultrafine yet very persistant carbonation. Smoooth as all get out. If not for the sheer complexity of this beer, the 9.2% would seemingly be no barrier to drinking these all day.


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Photo of bashiba
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked out this baby for my 100th review!

This was dated best before 2009.

Poured into my Goblet a dark creamy chocolate brown with a full creamy tan head that seemed to last forever.

Scent has a very nice Fruity aroma with hints of Mango and Dates along with a nice Fresh bread and Vanilla odor as well.

Taste is combination of slightly sweet maltiness with hints of caramel, vanilla, and other fruit flavors a slight bit of alcohol taste with a suprisingly nice earthy finish for a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and full with a nice warming, truly feels as good in my mouth as it tastes.

Drinkabillity is fantastic! What an absolutly great beer, can't hardly set the glass down, has everything you want, superbly complex yet seems simply good at the same time. Perfectly balanced!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl brown bottle, green cap, with 9.2% abv. Listed and a 29 04 08 date listed, serving temp suggestion on back label (54-58). Authentic Trappist symbol lets you know that it means business. I’m starting a bit cold, but plan to savor it for a good long while from my Chimay chalice.
Aroma: Same bubble gum, chocolate and melon aroma I got from the Rochefort 10, simply intoxicating. It’s just such a “fresh” and “new” smell with lots of honeydew melon. It makes me want to down the whole chalice in one quaff. As I work my way down, the head slowly fades to a thick cover, but only because it leaves heavy lace that sparkles like ice crystals.
Appearance: Black glass with only a hint of murky brown at the very bottom. A half finger of light brown tightly compacted froth waits patiently for me to imbibe.
Flavor: A wonderfully complex taste. The honeydew melon and bubble gum are blended with an earthy tobacco that just expresses Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, the blending of heavenly and earthbound so perfectly. Balance between hops and malt? Balance between mortal and divine! The fruitiness is so pronounced, it seems as if they have blended in honeydew melon nectar which I can see others comparing to pears. The 8 seems a bit more straightforward than the 10, a bit lighter, but cut from the same cloth. Not as much chocolate in the 8, but hints of it.
Mouthfeel: A perfect medium body with such a creamy consistency. The carbonation is present, but only as a mild tickle, a subtle reminder that this is indeed beer. Nice dry finish encourages the next sip.
Overall Impression: I have to admit, since the Rochefort 10 is my only straight 5 beer (so far) I built up to this tasting for a week. I’ve cut back to two meals a day (something I’ve needed to do after the holidays anyway) and consumed only Belgian (or Belgian style) beers. I have to acknowledge a deep gratitude to Stonecrusher who sent this (and the Rochefort 10) godsend to my doorstep. While this beer didn’t make me cry like the 10 did, it is truly a world class beer. Even my wife, who only likes Lindemans Framboise and Corona, could see the exceptional quality of this beer. Simply outstanding, I just can’t recommend Rochefort beers strongly enough. Seek, buy, enjoy. I know I will.

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Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this poured a hazy, deep brown color with a thick and dense cream colored head. The nose has an up front doughy character followed quickly by a spicy touch that blends quickly with citrus hops. The taste has the spicy character immediately accented by a caramel malt. The doughy character is not present in the flavor. The hops are there, more as an accent than a distinguishable flavor of it’s own. This has a very “layered” character. Smooth, slightly oily mouth feel and a mild alcohol warming lend to a high drinakbility,

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.