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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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1,841 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 4,939
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 367
Gots: 878 | 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 neonbrown82
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just got back from John's Grocery in Iowa City with one hell of an expensive (but very well spent) 6 pack of belgian trappists including this beautiful gem which I have just poured into a wine glass to warm up from fridge temp to about 50 degrees. The smell is absolutely intoxicating. I don't think I have seen a more elegant pour with such a perfect 1 inch head of perfectly shaped little bubbles of tan aromatic bliss. The pour started thickly down the glass with a white wine color and gradually started to build to a thick brown dubbel color with kind of an opaque maroon haze. My mouth is watering like crazy and my brain is racing to come up with different adjectives describing the splendor of this beer and I haven't even tasted it yet.

I couldn't resist a small sip. This is definately the best trappist ale I've come home with so far, though I still have 5 other belgian goodies in stock. The taste is malty and kind of fizzy, also has a small hint of red wine in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick (but not Imperial Stout thick) but silky smooth. The exhale also produces a wonderful taste similar to the one I am currently swirling from the glass. I'd say the temp is about right, time to fully enjoy this tasty beverage.

I followed suggestions from a forum post about this beverage about leaving the sediment until the glass was nearly empty. This was quite an excellent suggestion, my friend. The last few sips were absolute bliss and had an even thicker yet smoother mouthfeel and a more fruity character. I crave more, but after just one 12 oz I have the most perfect buzz; and besides, I could follow this tasty brew up with nothing less than one of the other 5 aforementioned belgian beverages, but my palate is quite overrun by the malty sweetness and citrusy flavors and I wouldn't want to spoil the experience or my forthcoming review.

Nothing much more needs to be said, though the alcohol level is quite high to warrant a perfect drinkability score regardless of how much I'd like to give this beer a perfect 5. I do want another though, for sure. I am looking forward to the Rochefort 10 I also purchased in the same pack. I am also looking forward to buying more and starting my first cellared stash.

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Photo of ddarden
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle of Rochefort 8 into a Westmalle chalice. I decent light brown head formed initially and then quickly dissipated. The color is a deep chestnut and cloudy with a few small bubbles rising. Almost no lacing as the head turned into the thin covering.

The first smell is like chocolate malt with a hint of alcohol. The initial taste hits me immediately with an alcohol then quickly fads into a very nice roasted malt flavor. It finishes with a fruity, almost cherry aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little thin and that would be my only disappointment. The lingering flavor is a yeasty, fruit flavor. Very nice beer with a medium mouth feel and carbonation. I would say this is one of the great beers in world, not the best, but up there.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the sample as part of BIFx.
Malt is the initial impression of the aroma with sweetness and dark fruity qualities. Mild yeasty character too with soft alcohol.
Deep amber, cloudy. One inch firm dense and solid head. Good creamy lacing.
Malt is more subtle than in the aroma, it is still the initial impression. Dark malt sweetness, alcohol, some deep/dark fruity flavors. Phenols seem more apparent than in the aroma with hints of pepper. Vanilla. Middle to finish is somewhat dry, but with a pleasing quality. Also finishes with a slight bitterness, that again is enhancing.
Nice softness. Alcohol doesn't bite, but leaves a nice warmth. Carbonation is high with moderately full, yet soft medium-light feel.
Alcohol well hidden. Nice complexity. A very good beer. My only wish would be that it be a little more robust.

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Photo of ahking
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Excellent trappist ale. A couple of these on an empty stomach would do you in just fine. Deep brown color, great head, no belgian lace....belgian CURTAIN! Nice full mouthfeel. Alcohol is easily perceived upon smelling the beer. The first sip reveals an enjoyable roasted character.

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Photo of Troyone
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eleven point two oz. bottle; poured in a chimay glass, really rich copper coffee color, the carbonation seems to funnel from the center bottom of the glass, and the head was an inch that has dissipated to a quarter inch.
The smell is a roasted molasses chocolate malt with a hoppy aroma of pine and hints of a yeasty dough sweetness.
The taste is sweet with more of the roasted chocolate up front, heavy with the malty molasses lingering through with the chocolate for an average aftertaste the pine hops flavor and yeasty dough background disappears after the finish.
The mouthfeel has medium body with a dry not really syrupy texture and the carbonation is soft throughout.
The drinkability is perfect for what this was designed for which is a refreshing beverage. Not a session beer but quite an apealing change up.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy off-brown color. There are quite a few little yeasties swimming around in my goblet. Nice head with excellant retention, spotty lacings.

Aroma is malty, musty, and spicy. Smells like clove and cinnamon, banana-bread, raisens and cider.

Tastes like it smell, but a wee bit sour. Very full mouthfeel. lots of sweet, fruity notes (mainly banana and pear). A delight on my palate! Finish is long and warming. This is a good beer to try!

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

Pours (into a standard pint glass, darnit) a dark, murky, apple cider color. There's a ton of yeast floating around in the beer. Nice lace all the way down the glass. The head lasts forever, with a bit of yeast on top, like cinnamon on a mocha (or something). This beer actually smells a bit like apple cider, among other things.

Taste is delightful, very malty, with chocolate and various fruit flavors coming through, rum-soaked bananas or some such. Alcohol is apparent, both in taste and tummy, but it's still quite drinkable.

Overall, excellent beer here, one of the best I've had yet. Although it's quite expensive, I'm definitely trying this one again. Although next time, I'm going to use the proper glass...

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rochefort. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. 6, 8, and 10.

To date, the best beer I've ever tried is Rochefort 10. I think it might have ruined me for all other beers. But the 8 comes close. It's like the 10s little sister.

It's a beautiful dark brown with a small, clumpy head, and less suspended sediment. Not as aromatic as the 10, but still very nice. I could small prunes and spices. Maybe cloves?

It tasted very similar to the 10 as well. Very nutty, but a bit lacking in the "banana" department.

Still a truly excellent brew. The 2nd best I've ever tried.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours into my chalice a murky brown color with frothy head and chunky yeast sediment. The smell is like malt with yeasty fruit. The taste is slightly sweet up front followed by a bitter-tart taste of apples and grape skin with a metallic zing. All of this is delivered with a smooth but fairly thin mouthfeel with vibrant carbonation and warm alcohol. Overall a nice satisfying ale, but lacking some depth of flavor that I was hoping for.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to let this one settle. It was a gift from my roomate and I figured we should just try it right now. That being said, its quite cloudy. Couple chunks too.

Very nice nose. Very earthy with some nice rich deep caramel and raisin smells as well. Very nice nose.

Very nice flavors here. Really smooth and well rounded bready type notes, but its not too smooth. There is a nice earthy kind of edge to it as well that really balance the semi sweet caramel kind of bread flavors. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish with just barely some lingering atringency...maybe from the CO2??

Mouthfeel is right on for the style. But its not quite perfect. Definately on the thin side which is right for the style I think.

Very drinkable. Dangerously so for a 9.2% beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a murky opaque brown with a tan foamy head that filled the goblet. The head stayed afloat for a while decorating the glass with rings of clumpy lace. The aroma is sweet and malty with a good amount of fruitiness to it and a touch of alcohol as it warmed. Caramel covered fruit was the main ingredient in the taste. There was a bit of yeastiness to it as well as a slight spiciness. Aftertaste was a sweet malt and spicy mix. Body was medium to full with a creamy smooth feel to it. Pretty drinkable stuff but the sweetness would keep me from having more than one. Good overall beer that I would pick up again.

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Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was good.

Poured out a tan/brownish color with a light tan head that was quite big and that lasted for a little bit.

Smell consisted of various items. It was quite musty with a little bit on yeast, dough, chocolate, some slight bananas as well, and some alcohol in the background as well.

Taste was great. Starts off with some nice malt flavors with some chocolate and fruit notes blend in as well. Some spiciness mxes in as well to give it that big complexity that this beer is known for. It all lasts into the aftertaste and you can most likely name 15 other items that can be tasted in this beer as well.

Mouthfeel was so soft and smooth. You want to savor every sip for this beer. I'll have to revisit this during the holiday time, the spiciness is pretty good.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice medium amber with a very slight haze. The head was just off-white and fell slowly to the edges of the surface then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was low with caramel aromas and a light fruitiness. Some slight floral aroma was also present. No appreciable increase in aroma occurred as the beer warmed in the chalice.

The flavor was distinct deep caramel and dark fruits with a nice bittering component that keept the malt in check. Some belgian spice was present in the flavor along with some light fruitiness. The flavors were all well blended and smooth, but the only real exhibit of pure complexity was how they hid the 9.2% ABV.

The finish was even with lasting malt and caramel and belgian yeast spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation made it seem less.

33 cl bottle. Code on botttle 28 12 05. The real winner to this beer is the ability to restrain the alcohol and still make a well balanced beer. The alcohol warming after consumption was still on the lower side and the beer was highly drinkable for the level of alcohol it contained.

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

Bottle Date 30 05 06, served at cellar temp.

26th birthday beer, October 21, 2004

Wow, what a beautiful looking beer! I seem to get easily wowed by Belgian (especially Trappist) ales. The 8 has a murky (yeast), garnet-brown body with a big, towering, light-tan dollop of head. Wonderful lacing.

Aromas of rich, sugary plums, candy, spicy yeast, brandy, oak, and champagne tang greet my 26 year old nose. Nice.

Taste starts with notes of lightly sweet fruit (raisins) and oak. Other fruits chime in—grapes, apples—with an underlying base of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel gets chewier mid-palate. As it moves into the finish, caramelized sugar and yeast take over. Finish is yeasty, and sticky with an underscored tangy bittersweetness. Slightly alcoholic, and warming.

A very nice beer to kick off my birthday night.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable. I somehow knew that I would love Rocheforts, and all that is left on my quest is the Westies...

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Photo of etaggie09
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown with an apple tint. light brown head quickly diminishes to a small, long-lasting head. moderate-high carbonation with a lot of yeasty sediment floating around. leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, plums, some vinous aromas as well. very nice.

Taste: A yeasty, fruity, vinous flavour that is well balanced. Apple and plum are prominent flavors. There are a bunch of subtle flavors in this. As a typical Trappist ale, the aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is used in a more prominent, but good way. There were just a number of flavors in here.

Mouthfeel: nice moderate body with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Pronounced alcohol strength is good but makes me more aware of how much I am having.

Notes: I enjoyed this very much. From what I've heard about the 10, which I was unable to get a hold of, I will probably like that one a lot better, but this was good. Really very complex, but I thought the flavors were all too subtle.

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Photo of horndecker
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, lets see, where to start? Very complicated brew.
Poured into a Chimay goblet a cloudy murk of aged walnut with a dense tan two finger head which slowly subsided to an incredibly intricate lace - I know it sounds strange, but it just looks different. It clears after a while and reveals a deep red brown glow.
The nose is all roasty malt, citrus, stewed fruit and then after a bit of warming, bananas and toffee.
The first taste is cocoa and then maybe prunes, then soemthing bitter and herbal and root beer-ish. The inside of your mouth gets a little numbing effect from the big hit of alcohol, but it's not overpowering and the mouthfeel is fabulous, like drinking a fizzy beef stew!
Update on the nose: grass, cough syrup, plummy...
Certainly not a session beer, unless it's a short session. Very drinkable, but one at a time. Singular, complex, delicious.

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Photo of Paddez
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favourite beers of all time.

Pours a murky, dark brown beer with a thick, large and stubborn head. Chocolate, dark/plummy fruits and Spices batlle it out in the smell. There's is also a faint alcohol smell present. The taste is dark, rich and rather malty. Deifinitely not as sweet as you would think though. The 9,2% Alc. 'hits pretty hard' and warms the throat somewhat. Pairs excellent with 'Stoofvlees' and other meat dishes as well.

Definitely on par with the Rochefort 10 and very close to the Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue Cap/Label) wich I still like little better than this one. Nonetheless, ... a world-class beer!

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Photo of paterlodie
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell starts with a lot of maltarome, slightly roast followed by some fruit and a little hops. Taste is slightly roasted but mostly fruity and a nice bitterness follows afterwards. The aftertaste is mostly straw but pleasant. A good beer that doesn't taste to much alcohollike, like I would expect for a 9,2% beer.

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

Poured a dark, murky, brown like really cloudy tea. Nice thick slightly off-white head with a nice sticky lacing. Very attractive. The smell was quite strong of yeast and spice. Like a very faint clove/nutmeg spice. The taste was very good with plenty of the same spice in the smell, some caramel and a very slightly noticeable cooked fruit taste in the background of the finish. The mouth feel is awsome on this one! Very smooth. Heavy, but smooth and with a nice warming effect from the 9.2%abv. Not overpowering at all, but you certainly know what kind of brew you're dealing with. I really enjoied this one and to tell the truth, I think I liked this one better than I liked the #10.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, hazy and effervescent; plenty of co2 rolling up from the bottom. The head is light brown and creamy with a slippery lace and good retention. Aroma is of cookie dough, preserved fruits, spices, apples and raisins. Flavor is of rich fruits, caramel and a hint of alcohol with a sweet start with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a hop bite.

A great well-rounded beer with world-class qualities.

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Photo of tjd25
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful head, perfectly dense and creamy, lasting on the dark mahogany color body. The smell is very enjoyable: yeasty with notes of pineapples, mangos and red fruits. Slightly nutty too, with pleasant notes of chocolate. The taste is great: red fruits with some exotic notes and smooth an creamy dark chocolate flavor. The thickness of the hops appears in the aftertaste but in a great harmony with the other elements of this great brew. The alcohol is superbly hidden. The mouthfeel is very rich and bready, nicely smooth and round. Such a good beer.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.99/bottle. Solid opaque brown. Dark tan head. Molasses and rushes of spice, alcohol and fruit behind oppressing malt. Good beer, very "Trappist" in style and taste - kind of overpowering and strong. I can imagine what 10 must be like. For the price I would not buy this again, but it is a good brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a huge 2 finger latte-colored head that doesn't fall much at all. The nose is more sweet than other beers of this style that I have tried. There are some fig scents in there, but the sweetness of the malt is what prevails. After letting the beer sit, the head has fallen just a bit leaving a thick lace on the side of the glass. The alcohol is not hidden well in the initial sips, and this is not a flavor I like to have shining through in my stronger beers. As I let the beer sit and warm, the alcohol subsides and becomes more what I like. The fig and malt sweetness are there, but not overly powerful. This is not my favorite in the style, but still a good offering. The beer is a little thinner in my mouth than I like, but it's still good. The drinkablilty suffers due to the thinness and lighter flavors of this beer, but it would not be a far stretch to sit down to a few of them in a night. I would drink this beer again, but there are a few other Belgians I would pick first.

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

I bought this case to the tune of $140 about a year ago. I'm sure it sat in the store for probably another year beforehand. Dated best before 9/8/04. The bottles we have where I work are dated sometime in 2007. Decants a deep ruby brown with lots of flaky protein coagulation and yeast suspended. Pillowy beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the Rochefort goblet. Complex aromas of yeast, esters, carob (almost chocolate) and gourmet caramel. This beer transcends words. It's malt profile is a bit reminiscent of a chocolate-like character, but more tame and subdued. Yeasty in the sense of it's unique yeast strain. Aging this beer really mellows it's characterisitcs. Velvety mouthfeel as well as being very drinkable for it's alcohol strength. Very smooth, or should I say smoov.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.