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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,689 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3689
Reviews: 1726
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The middle of the Rochefort pack, poured into a Chimay goblet from the classic bottle. Sources describe this beer as dominated by dark fruit and on the cake-like, spicy side. I largely agree with this assessment. This brew is a dark reddish honey color, lighter than I expected, with a huge amount of pale tan head. These Trappist brews seem to bring the bubbles, bottle conditioning being par for the course. Initially the aroma is fresh fruit, like purple grapes, quickly followed by spicy yeast that recalls cloves predominantly, brown bread crust, and sweet dried fruits ... Palate is a cornucopia of dark fruit flavors, fig newton cookies and raisins, brown bread, rummy dark sugar, quite rich and sweet but with an earthy, woody, tannic finish that reminds me of strong black tea and rhubarb. The high level of carbonation and medium body mean this drinks like a less flavorful beer than it truly is. What really stands out here are the spicy esters ... Black pepper and a lot of what tastes like fresh cinnamon. The cinnamon effect builds as you go. Cake-like indeed. Fantastic stuff, and I maintain that Rochefort is king of the Trappists ... Or perhaps Pope? Hmmm.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:57:04 | More by CalgaryFMC
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky, dark caramel. Frothy tan head. Leaves a light lace.
Smell: Malt and overly ripe grape. A hint of pear.
Taste: Malt, grape, and ripe fruit.

This is been my favorite Belgian brew for several years now. It's just so balanced through and through. The smell hits you with ripe grapes and then it turns into pear. The malt smell carries you right to the malty taste, which then opens into a ripe fruit mix. There is a big spiciness that follows the whole drink. I will definitely continue to get this.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:43:36 | More by TeamMathis
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LVituri

Brazil

4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uma cerveja realmente fantástica. Um pouco mais leve e menos aromática do que a Rochefort 10, mas com muito valor e qualidade. Já ouvi algumas dizerem pessoas que preferem ela do que a irmã mais forte, pelo fato de ser menos forte e mais equilibrada. Mas esquecendo da Rochefort 10, a Rochefort 8 é uma das incomparáveis cervejas belgas, que encantam e surpreende nosso paladar.
Mais um genial rótulo da Rochefort.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 19:54:25 | More by LVituri
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled la Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out an opaque dark caramel color...almost a dark honey color like a locust or spring mix honey. Nice, 1/2" head quickly faded, leaving a foam on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Lovely nose on this beer. Acetone scents along with a sharp, fruity tartness help to somewhat cover up the scents of Belgian yeast, a hit of boozy bubblegum and a certain scent of corn.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry. Almost non-existent. Middle is where this really unique taste of toasted grains, malt, noble hops -all perfectly balanced and wonderfully smooth-- seeps in from the edges of the palate and then washes over the center of the palate only to quickly fade away into dryness. Finish is wonderfully warming and slightly sweet with a deep taste of noble hops, barley malt and sweet adjuncts (corn, rice, etc.).

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced and complementary to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. The taste levels, the bouquet, the mouthfeel all combine to make this a brew worth tracking down. These Belgian Darks I have been reviewing all represent many hundreds of years of brewing acumen and this lovely brew is no exception. This beer would be excellent for sessioning or simply savoring in fron of a roaring fire. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:25:14 | More by BeerDocT
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CloudStrife

New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04.04.2018

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep amber brown with a large slightly tanned head on top. Taking quite a long time to dissipate the head leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not an enormous nose on this one. Belgian qualities are evident with dark fruits and maybe some candied sugar. Anything that does come through is pleasant.

T: Flavor is much more impressive than the aroma would lead you to believe. Real nice blend going on here. Loads of dark fruits with a mildly sweet toffee like character. Such a smooth brew. Alcohol is well hidden. Once the yeast is poured in it becomes more mellow.

M: Smooth and creamy body that retains a nice carbonated feel. Certainly isnt hot but will warm you up nicely. Finish is clean, making this dangerously drinkable.

Overall this beer puts the craft in craft beer. Remarkable quality and a complex blend of flavors. Always impresses me when I have one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:51:13 | More by CloudStrife
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Durge

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A hardy looking hazy hazelnut amber colored brew with a muscular off-white head that settles just slightly to a finger thick blanket with generous lacing. Just terrific looking stuff. The nose picks up delicate but sure juniper berries with hints of orange peel and slight lemon grass and tastefully sweet malt. Enjoyable. The palate appreciates gin-like flavors right away through a medium-light body and the crisp feel of fairly aggressive but smooth, tiny bubbled carbonation. As it warms the warmer flavors emerge with pleasant caramel malt and grassy edges. Paired with the cheese of your choice this really becomes really special and so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:11:27 | More by Durge
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked best before 6/6/18. Poured into a tulip.

So I’ve had this beer before but only gave it a “rating.” I have come back about 12 months later to give a full review. Maybe it’s because of greater tasting experience and knowledge, but the #8 I had tonight does not match up with my first memory. Still a worthy beer, just not at the top of the list where it was before. 4

A – Pours a cloudy, almost muddy dark amber with a dense, mousey off-white four-finger head. A long lasting head with a coating Belgian lacing. 4.25

S – Malty, medium phenols, slightly peppery/spicy, some sweetness. 4.5

T – Alcohol evident but not hot or solventy. Dark fruits – prunes. 3.25

MF – A dry finish, medium-bodied, relatively smooth but touched by the carbonation. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:32:58 | More by Sludgeman
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: ton of foam rising w/ each gentle pour.... opaque, deep reddish amber liquid.... constant cap, no lace

S: pretty complex - fresh roses(?!), lemon tart, orange zest.... definite olive-y B/Y culture in the works...

T: strange, funky sort of herbal, vaguely vinegary bite up front (whaaat?!).... fairly rich caramel maltiness, yet obfuscated a little too much by whatever's living in here.... all that's left on the tongue is a faint (chili-)peppery bite and a cinnamon-like spice and, i guess, flavor

M: smooth-bodied yet fizzy-scrapy.... certain slickness.... either the alcohol and/or the mysterious funk is leaving a peppery-spicy heat, though mild

O: not sure if this was a top-notch bottle.... actually pretty certain it wasn't

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:28:45 | More by Bouleboubier
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break516beatz

New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 6 the other night so I stopped by my local beer distributor to try the 8

A -- Dark brown color. Left a two-finger wide head at the top that was cream colored.

S -- Dates and raisins.

T -- If you've had the 6, this isn't much different. This really tastes good, though. You get a hint of the dates and raisins with a little bit of a musty finish.

M -- Medium body with medium carbonation.

O -- The only gripe I have is that it doesn't taste much different than the 6 but it doesn't detract from the fact that this is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:33:05 | More by break516beatz
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

UPDATED REVIEW: First attempt was a complete bust - probably a bum batch. Picked up another bottle from a different location. Let's run this one back, shall we? Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Best before 29.01.2018.

A: Murky, dark brown with visible sediment. 3 fingers eggshell-colored head with good retention. Light to moderate lacing. Looks about the same...

S: Belgian yeast with funky, musty undertones. Raisin, cherry and dark fruit. Toffee. Fainter chocolate and coffee. Better than I remember, although fairly subdued even after warming to room temp.

T: Big improvement over last time - slightly spicy initially with a development of pleasant roasted malt notes. Dry finish with a touch of smoke. Marked earthiness. Chocolate & caramel. Subtle dark fruit notes. Alcohol is present and consistent with 9.2% ABV. Brings a vinous quality to the beer.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a moderate to light body. Again, I'm surprised by the prickly, somewhat thin, feel on this one.

O: Undoubtedly, this is a stark improvement over my first review. I actually enjoyed the beer this time around! There is a nice depth to the flavors and a distinctive mineral/earthy quality. It has a certain uniqueness that is cool, but overall I'm a bit disappointed (again). Still not convinced I've had a representative sample...

Prost!

ORIGINAL REVIEW (12/06/2013): Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with moderately gentle hand. Finally decided to try some of Rochefort's stuff. Not sure why I haven't before... Best before 04.04.2018.

A: Murky, iced tea brown with some visible sediment. A little off-putting... The head is nice, with 2 fingers of just off-white head with good retention. Moderate lacing. 3.5

S: Dried fruit, cherry, raisin, Belgian yeast. Overall a pretty light nose. 3

T: Uh oh. Something is awry here. Garlic? Definitely getting major off-flavors. Organophosphates. Damn. 1

M: Suprisingly high carbonation with a lighter body than expected. Hmm. 2

O: This has to be a bad bottle. Not good. Terrible, in fact. Major bummer. I'll have to re-review, but this particular sample was undrinkable. 1

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 07:57:42 | More by fourstringer
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up recently at a bottle shop that was closing down, my farewell to a good hole-in-the-wall by way of giving them a last few dollars. 11.2 oz. bottle.

Pour is a dark reddish orange. Nose is a rich melange that reminds me more of the Middle East than Northern Europe, figs, cloves, raisins, & an undercurrent of Belgian sweetness & yeasts. Pretty nice way to kick a nose in the crotch.

Rochefort 8 is richer than your average Belgian. The feel fills up the mouth like cotton, only liquid, & tasty, with huge malts & a big helping of sugar-infused candy. Secondary tastes run to toffee & caramel, figgy raisiny nugget stuff, raisins, & again, seems more Riyadh than Ghent. Yeast comes out of hiding as it warms. Sweet nuttiness finishes it off.

One of the better Belgian non-sours I've had in some time, this is touching me in spots that I enjoy; I see why this is so well regarded. The best of the Rochefort family, this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:08:09 | More by maximum12
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clarknova

Germany

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

a - dark brown with a soft but thick head

s - smells like roasted malt and dry fruits with a slightly sour note

t - slightly bitter malts with a touch of dried fruits and some sourness, no hints of hops

m - soft and light mouthfeel that make you forget the 9.2% ABV

o - surprisingly drinkable dark ale for lovers of very malty beers

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 15:37:18 | More by clarknova
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle, dated best before 230817.

Pours an amber brown with a frothy and thick head, decent retention but not as good as a Belgian should be. Aroma has dark fruits, figs, bit musty. Carbonation is too high and affects the flavor and feel. Some dried fruits, tingle of spices. A shame because i love Rochefort but this one was a bit too carbonated. Will revisit for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 13:39:14 | More by papat444
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; "best before" Aug 29 2018 and served at cellar temperature. If the excellent price point is any indication, they must've brought in one hell of a big shipment of this stuff - something I am benefiting greatly from, as this is at least the fourth bottle I've had the pleasure of cracking in the past few weeks. Today is the first chance I've had to sit down and review it, however. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a muddy brown colour with reddish-orange highlights, topped with a lofty plume of fluffy, long-lived, light beige-coloured head nearly three fingers high. Nice lacing, and truly legendary retention; it takes the better part of ten minutes to recede to a more manageable level, where I am able to take a sniff without getting a schnozz full of foam. The cap almost looks like a slice of sponge cake. Great aroma, with plenty of dark fruit and Belgian yeast notes - figs, prunes and currants are detectable, in addition to lighter notes of brown sugar sweetness, clove, banana and dark cherry. The bottle smells even nicer; like a concentrate of the glass in front of me. Very tempting.

Very yummy stuff, with most of the usual Belgian dark ale tropes present in force. Sweet notes of caramel and molasses come through initially, coalescing into a brown sugar and banana flavour that provides much of the backbone. Lots of big dark fruit flavours can also be found, including dates, prune and raisins. Spice comes through nearer the finish, with anise figuring in rather strongly, in addition to clove and pepper. The finish is a pleasant mixture of roasty dryness, light spice and sugary sweetness, with just a touch of ethanol warmth. Medium-bodied, perhaps leaning toward the fuller side, with moderate carbonation that provides this one with a lightly fizzy mouthfeel that gives way to the smooth flavour and relative heft of the beer itself. This one is fairly easy to drink quickly as the 9.2% abv barely even figures in to the flavour, but beer this good demands to be sipped and appreciated slowly.

Final Grade: 4.53, a fantastic A grade. What is there to say? Rochefort 8 has absurdly high aggregate scores for a good reason - it's a ridiculously well-made Belgian dark ale. In a pinch I might take Chimay Blue over this one, but I'd need to do a side-by-side comparison to come to any fair conclusion, because the fact of the matter is they're both world-class beers. This is a beer that no self-respecting BA should neglect to try. I'll definitely be picking up a few more bottles of this for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 17:14:25 | More by thehyperduck
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown with hints of red and a nice tan head, good lacing

S-dark fruit, cloves, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, hint of yeast

T-figs, raisins, dark bready malt, cloves, toffee, hint of nutmeg and caramel, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-outstanding flavor and balance, sipping and savoring this great belgian ale

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:28:43 | More by MDDMD
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Paincane

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque mahogany body with a tan head. Head has nice lace & retention.
S: Figs, brown sugar, clove in gorgeous blend of aromas.
T: Dark fruits, sweet figs, brown sugar, yeasty presence & clove combine to provide excellent flavor.
M: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with warming presence of ethanol as it warms.
O: World class brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 19:02:09 | More by Paincane
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 2011. Very dark brown in color with a not quite two-finger head that leaves a small amount of lacing as it dissipates. Ripe plums and raisins on the nose. Candi sugar, musty yeast, and a slight clove note too.

Malty, fruity sweetness gives way to a dry bitterness towards the finish. Bit of nuttiness not unlike a Nut Brown Ale. Caramel malt and ripe fruits are dominant. Lively carbonation from bottle conditioning, but it gets progressively mellower. Tongue-coating, leaving rum-soaked dark fruit on the palate.

This sits right in the middle between Rochefort 6 and 10 in terms of sweetness and complexity. Very nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:57:24 | More by gr0g
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into my Idle Hands tulip.

A - nice bright brown. Hazy. Dark cream - beige head. Head dissipates but has good retention and lacing.

N - yeasty dark fruit smell. Sweet bread.

T - mmm. Sweet. Complex yeast and dark fruits like raisins, apricots... a little booze but not much considering the abv.

M - very good. Good carbonation. Tingly. Smooth finish.

O - love it. Totally. Nice cold weather brew.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:27:51 | More by tkelley
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Dayman766

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very muddy, significant sediment collects on the bottom of the glass
S- Belgian yeast, dark fruits that are characteristic of Dark Belgian Ales
T- Lovely dark fruits and caramel on the front of the tongue; faint hint of bananas. Slight hint of alcohol at the end, but it is less obtrusive than the Rochefort 10
M- Creamy, yet bubbly
O- Excellent balance of malts and dark fruit flavors. I prefer this over the 10.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 23:54:06 | More by Dayman766
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort 8 has a thin, cream-colored, fizzy, root beer-like head, and an initially clear (it seriously clouds up when one swishes and pours in the heavily caked bottom contents), extremely bubbly appearance, with film of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, fig, prune, bread crust, and malt. Taste is similar with a background of grain husky and brandy wine. Mouthfeel is medium and quite prickly, and Rochefort 8 finishes mostly dry, relatively easy drinking, and rich. This is one of the world's classic beers, and I highly recommend it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 15:10:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish-brown, which settles under a large, fluffy tan head. Some yeasty sediment came out towards the end and sits on top of the head like nutmeg on eggnog. Body is light enough to see some light through it, but no visibility.

S- Lots of dried fruity aromas come through first. Raisins, prunes, some hints of tree-fruits like pear come through too. Lots of bready aromas as well, almost like fresh raisin bread.

T- Much like the aroma, lots of bready flavors mixed with lots of dried fruity esters. Almost like sweetened dried fruits, there are sugary-sweet flavors balanced out by bready malt with hints of earthiness. There are even some hints of nuttiness and bananas that sneak through from time to time.

M- Full-bodied, but easy to take sip after sip. The carbonation is just about perfect. It's medium-high carbonation, but tastes frothy. The frothiness works perfectly with the big body.

O- I am extremely impressed with this one. Rochefort 10 was not my cup of tea, it was a little too boozy for me, but I think this one is exactly what a Belgian strong dark ale should be. It's nice getting blown away by something you do not expect every now and then and this one did the trick.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:57:30 | More by stephenjmoore
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a long time fan of the Rochefort 10 I decided to give the 8 a try. Some people say the 8 is even better so we'll see.

The head fizzes away quickly. This is a wet glass. I normally go to great pain in order to dry my glasses but I have at a pub recently and I had a Belgian strong dark ale from a freshly rinsed glass and it did not matter one bit. So I don't know...

Some rusty specks on the surface from the yeast. A broken white foam film. Visible carbonation streaming upwards. A hazy, muddy brown beer. Maybe a hint lighter than the 10.

Smells very good. Much like a lighter version of the 10, not very strange considering that is exactly what it is ofcourse. At 9.2% this beer is still a strong dubbel or a rather weak quad. I don't know exactly but this is still a beer packed with aroma. Caramel bonanza blended with dried dark fruits and some alcohol. The alcohol is less prominent than with the 10.
Dried plum and raisins are a big factor in this. Figs and sugary dates too I think. Very good! Some sort of pear skin note on the taste and nose at times too. Interesting.

The most important thing is taste ofcourse.

It tastes like a subdued, less alcoholic rochefort 10. I myself prefer the real thing as I am perfectly fine with the alcohol it it. Taste follows the nose, the caramel and sugary component is most appearant. The fruit becomes more appearant when it warms up. With the 10 you get you fruits right away if I remember correctly.

Still a very tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is nice; a medium bodied, well carbonated beer.
The alcohol is slightly noticable but subdued compared to the 10.

Overall a very tasty beer from one of the great classic Belgian breweries.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 16:45:16 | More by IPA35
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most recent vintage. 11.2oz bottle into a Westvleteren XII chalice.

Pours a rich, light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark mahogany. Lacing is thick and patchy but sticks close to the head. Solid.

Nose is a tickling booze, plum, currant and grape. Clove, caramel, and sweet brown sugar too. A cornacopia of flavors that really complement each other well. Robust and deep too.

Opens plum, anise and other dark fruit. Sweet booze mixed with caramel and brown sugar in the middle with a sweet grape that lingers in the back. Coarse and grainy molasses and more brown sugar at the end. Finishes sweet with a slightly lingering, silky aftertaste. Really complex.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down super smooth. Finishes clean with a quick aftertaste that doesn't linger. Really nice.

Certainly deserving of the high praise, Rochefot 8 is one of the best in a highly competitive style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:42:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by code 130617

A. Muddy brown appearance with a massive, light tan head that laces perfectly.

S. Tree ripened fruit, spicy yogurt-like yeast and bready malt.

T. Bam - this beer is WAY better than Rochefort 6. Lots of ripe fruit flavors, an unobtrusive warming sensation from the alcohol, caramel and toffee.

M. Great creaminess and a smooth mouthfeel with just the right touch of carbonation.

O. This is an outstanding Belgian SDA. Easy to drink, well concealed alcohol and plenty of complex flavors. What's not too like?

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:08:19 | More by bound4er
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notchucknorris

California

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep and murky brown color with a foamy and eager light brown head. Light lace after each sip.

S: Lordy. So much going on here. Banana, clove, fig, brown sugar, dark bread crust, vanilla custard, toffee, rum raisin, molasses, brittle, wet earth.

T: Opens on the sweeter side with some toasted brown sugar, toffee, molasses and candi sugar. Then moves to some clove, bread crust, doughy malt and baking spices. Finishes with some bittersweet cocoa, roasted malt and just a touch of alcohol. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:23:06 | More by notchucknorris
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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