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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,006
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 232
Gots: 407 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a dark brown, almost mahogany color. The head is unusual. It is a very fizzy tan color that starts at over 2 fingers and quickly dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around forever.

Dark fruit scents accompanied with lots of spices and herbs. There is also plenty of caramel malt and brown sugar.

Taste is very sugary. The malt and sugar are most forward, placing the complexity of the spices and fruit in the background.

There is a very high level of carbonation, producing a fizziness that is a slight distraction from the taste.

Overall, this was a slight disappointment after having Rochefort 10, which was the best Quad I've had. Not a poor beer, by any means, but the carbonation and high level of sugar was a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:24:04 | More by fatmcb1
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 090216. Poured into tulip.

A- Dark caramel pour with ruby highlights. Two finger light beige head that drops to a half inch cap. Lacing is decent.

S- Stone fruits and brown sugar. Vanilla with a touch of fruit cake. Alcohol is minimal but noticeable. Very doughy smelling.

T- Figs and dates, brown sugar with a hint of fruit cake and alcohol. Slight metallic taste I get from all Trappist beers.

M- Slightly thin, lively carbonation, almost no trace of the booze.

O- Very good, I found the Rochefort 10 to be a little hot, this one was spot on.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:48:46 | More by korguy123
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a mini-weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly non-transparent dark burnt caramel color. The tall, off white, 3 finger head lingers for 10+ minutes, and leaves nice cream lacing.

S - Full bready, biscuity yeast, dark fruit esters, raisins, currant, caramel, candy, and some spicy notes. Wonderfully complex and inviting.

T - Lovely dark fruit and raisins counter the caramel, candy, and almost smoky toasted malt. Yeast flavors prevail throughout, building to a spicy finish. Strong bold yeast and malt flavors play nicely with the many subtle ones.

M - Medium bodied, coarse throughout, and slick on the finish.

D - Exceptionally built, subtly complex. A great beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:17:05 | More by blakelive784
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New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: Pours a very hazy brown with slight amber hues and a one finger head with very fine bubbles that lingers very nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: slightly sweet malty character, not much else is discernible here
T: very nice malty and nutty character throughout, leaves a nice nutty taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, smooth as can be, leaves a bit of a warming feeling on the palate
O: just a perfect representation of the style, hits everything spot on, i still think that it is just slightly below omeegang abbey ale but we shall see how the numbers pan out

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:05:43 | More by BigPlay1824
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-01-2012 23:44:32 | More by Sinewave
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-01-2012 19:35:02 | More by HopsHopenstein
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-01-2012 16:06:05 | More by Stoffel
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark grape juice color with a very thin head that fizzes out quick. nose is made up of apples, pears, banannas, grapes, figs and malts. taste is very well blended and balanced between big breay malts and dark fruits, almost like a table wine, a very good one. mouthfeel is medium heavy with a long burn on the finish, could also use a little more carbonation, feels flat on the tongue. very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 04:12:22 | More by match1112
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks North. Poured carefully (after a yeast over pour of the 6) into a Duvel snifter ~6C. Rochefort vertical (6-8-10) for New Year's 2012!

A: Quite dark with ruby red edges and clear. Light pour causing minimal head and no lacing.

S: Apple juice, figs, light barnyard, hints of pepper. Very nice and nuanced.

T: Nice and estery. Peppery fore, with a light finish. Dried fruits, more black pepper. Not a hint of high alcohols that are here. Well put together.

M: Feels a little funny over time, either tannins or metallic... Something is off a bit here. Otherwise very strong and effervescent carbonation on the tongue.

O: Just a bit off on the tongue here, otherwise a stellar beer. Happy New Year!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:37:49 | More by kjyost
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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (11.2 ounces) into a glass.

A-Dark brown with almost a 2 finger pale brown head.

S-Wonderful smell of sweet malts and chocolate.

T-Excellent taste. The sweet malts and chocolate tones are present, maybe some brown sugar as well?

M-Great carbonation and goes down very smooth. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

O-This is an excellent Belgian ale that I have no complaints about. Everything is crafted perfectly. It is a wonderful beer that I would drink many times over.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:14:44 | More by Jra1985
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2011 15:21:00 | More by drummermattie02
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-30-2011 07:09:11 | More by sym3tri
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-30-2011 07:04:36 | More by twelveinches
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2011 05:59:15 | More by jeezie
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-28-2011 17:39:25 | More by cdwil
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2011 09:47:24 | More by jjkatter
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Appears cola-ish with a deep brownish amberish color. Thick head, roughly a finger and a 1/2. Appears to have some moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Really rich malt dominates the aroma. Very bready with a heavy dose of those dark fruits. Very earthy as well. Richest aroma from a dubbel that I've had.

Taste matches the aroma very well, but more earthiness comes through and a toasty but sweet maltiness that is very rich. Some chocolate comes through as well. On the finish there is a nice dose of dark fruits, alcohol, signature belgian spiciness and bread. Very well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a medium body. Will probably enjoy this beer over the next hour or so, event though it is pretty drinkable.

A very nicely balanced beer. I could see myself enjoying this again for maybe a special occasion. Without a doubt, the best dubbel I've drank to date. The rich maltiness and balance absolutely blow other dubbels out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:34:34 | More by ahq514
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2011 03:44:02 | More by Grebdioz
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 04:50:28 | More by BeerlyAwake
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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Beautiful Rochefort slender neck bottle. Poured into a standard goblet.

A - murky brown color. Very hazy when held to the light. Big fluffy head that's off white to tan in color. Head and lace lasted the entire experience. Awesome lacing.

S - dark fruits, but also some more tropical lighter fruits. A litte bready in the nose with alcohol whiffs that are definitely present.

T - a true great taste. Fruity, and grainy. There is a wide range of fruit going on here from dark to lighter fruitiness. Dark bready notes also creep in. A bit of an earthy character while also keeping a perfect sweetness around. Alcohol phenols are noticeable, but not overpowering. A little slice in the finish. Really a great range of complexity with this flavor.

M - medium heavy bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and enjoyable. The 9.2% is there, but does a excellent job of not taking the spot light.

O - one of my favorite brews of any kind. Anywhere. Very tasty with an enjoyable smoothness. This may be the best dubbel in the universe. It's a brew thats hard not to buy when you see it on the shelves. If you want a true world class Belgian ale, try the Rochefort 8.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:29:15 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a nice, muddy river water sample brown...the kind where some of the sediment drifts downward, yet leaves a nnice layered brown appearnace

s - dark fruit, caramel, dirty/earthy/musty - yummy!

t - dark fruit definitely, some dirt quality with caramel and a nice touch of sweetness in there...

m - coats the palate on the way down, warm - nice medium bodied beer...but not overly present alcohol for a 9.2%er

o - Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:21:22 | More by vande
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 00:34:36 | More by jamminjoe
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-26-2011 19:12:56 | More by MtnDewd
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hacker Pshorr pint glass this cloudy brown brew exploded into a 5+ finger off white head that slowly succumbs to just cover the brew.

The lacing is very slippery on the glass and slids back into the brew.

The smell is sweet fruits, phenolics, and malts.

The flavor follows the nose with the phenols falling away quite a bit with nice complexity.

The mouthfeel is medium heavy on the tongue and is fairly cloying in the throat. The 9%+ alcohol is well hidden.

I think this is probably my most favorite style of Belgium Ales that I have tryed thus far and this is a fine example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 23:58:02 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-25-2011 21:02:54 | More by Jakers90
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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