Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,502
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 588 | FT: 20
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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of bigflatsbeerman
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow these Trappist monks know what they are doing.

Appearance:Dark, can't see through it. One finger head dissipate quickly qhich is expected for a 9.2 abv beer.

Smell: Superb nice and malty.

Mouthfeel: I get a champagne like taste which is typical with a good Trappist ale. Very nice.

Taste: I can't find anything to complain about. Excellent all around.

Overall: Go buy this beer if you have not tried it. If you have tried it I doubt you need to be told to buy it.

Photo of KKB
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice tan/orange/brown color with a huge off-white head that climbed up the glass and stuck around forever. The very definition of retention. Extremely intrigued considering the hype surrounding this beer.

S - Deep and complex with a lot of fruit present. Some apricots and figs, definitely some spice; I'm getting some slight cherry as well, also perhaps some sugar/caramel.

T - A carnival ride of flavors. Just jaw droppingly good. You get a heavy dose of the fruit right off the bat as well as an earthy/lightly smoky element with a unique belgian yeast flavor. Perhaps even some vanilla/tobacco/bubblegum/chocolate going on in here? My mouth's head is spinning. This beer is SO good. Only gets better as it warms as the flavors become more prominent, in here I start to notice some apples/pears as well. **NOTE: This only continues for so long, once it hits near room temperature it becomes somewhat bland. Definitely want to drink this cool, no harm in letting it warm, but don't want it to quite get around 65-70 degrees, then it loses it's flavor somewhat.

M - This has a light to medium body to it, great carbonation that makes it pleasantly harsh upon the tongue but only serves to increase the conveyance of flavor. Very smooth overall, you don't even notice the ABV, and still you get the alcoholic warmth with this one right with the first sip.

D - Very drinkable, even given it's high ABV, I feel like I could take down a pile of these but I wouldn't want to. These need to be cherished. Each and every one.

O - Just wow. Everything I had hoped for and way more. Maybe even the best belgian I've had yet. YUM!!!

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mschind
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into a chalice. Best by date in 2016.

A- Medium reddish brown, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation producing a big foamy head with moderate retention. There is a persistent tan colored cap but not much lacing. However the alcohol has legs.

S- Magnificent nose. Sweet malt, tobacco and vanilla with cherry notes. The alconol comes across with some dark rum aroma.

T- Rich malt sweetness up front with lots of different flavors. All of the nose elements come through but instead of tasting the rum, I'm getting more of a Manhattan vibe complete with the cherry juice and bitters.

M- Smooth as silk but a bit thin. Nice carbonation and a little warmth in the finish. Lots of alcohol here but no heat.

O- Best of the style for me so far.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of tut2528
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep orange brown with ruby tints. Creates about 1 fingers worth of off-white head formation that appears to have some thickness to it and when it dissipates, it leaves a very nice thin film that hugs the glass.

S: complexity is definitely there. I pick up on big dark fruit notes, massive molasses, berries, sweet malt, a touch of yeast notes. Definitely a very sweet smelling brew and the aspects really blend together quite nicely. No alcohol is noticed

T: nearly identical to the nose. Pick sweetness from the dark fruits (raisins and berries), molasses and malt. There is a bit more yeast notes here than in the nose. One thing that is really intriguing is the massive taste of sugar candy that I pick up on creating a bit more complexity. Alcohol is undetectable

M: medium bodied, goes down very quickly and carbonation is good. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit more viscous.

O: nice brew all the way around. I really enjoy the variety of sweetening aspects of this brew and find them all well balanced with each other. As I previously stated, I wish this had a bit more viscosity but that’s just my preference. Still a very enjoyable brew and a perfect representation of the style.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying all the Rochefort brews this evening. On to round 2! Into a snifter.

A - Again, some lovely smoke coming from the bottle. A ruby inspired brown hue with an explosive four finger head. Watching this beer slowly recede is nothing short of a pleasure; little bubbles popping and lacing sticking onto the edge of the glass.

S - Figs, sweet malts, unsweet chocolate and some nuts. Not prominent but nice.

T - Wow some intense fruit knocks me to my knees at first sip. The fruit of choice here is the lovely cherry, not to be dismissed by some other notes backstage. Super tasty with minimal chocolate on the rear. Slightly warming alcohol at the finish.

M - Medium body with above average, fizzy, carbonation.

O - This beer is just a huge dose of awesome. Balance and drinkability are top notch. The lower ABV than the 10 makes this one a bit easier to throw back. One of few I never hesitate to grab at $5/11.2oz

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Raven3464
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark red, almost brown, body with a big fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet Belgian malts, booze, and raisins are most apparent right away. There is a touch of caramel after a few minutes and it takes on a "smokey" aroma as the beer warms. Unfortunately, the booze and malt smell subdue the other flavors.

Taste: Wow! The flavors are even more aggressive than the smell. Sweet Belgian malts are followed by brown sugar, licorice and raisins. A hint of alcohol then finishes with some dry hops. The after taste is sweet, almost resembling cola. The alcohol is somehow better hidden in the taste than the smell.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied but feels almost creamy; carbonation is very refreshing.

Overall: This is a very aggressive, yet balanced, brew. It is a little expensive but definitely worth having from time to time. I would definitely label this beer world class.

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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a glass goblet...

It's a murky brownish reddish color with a loud off white head that quickly dissipated. The smell has lots of raisin and sweet caramel along with some clove and more dark fruit. Tastes nice and sweet, I noticed clove and banana with hints of grape and candisugar. It's surprisingly light with active carbonation and a dry finish. This is an amazing beer but not a 100 in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, from Sammy. Into a tulip.

Mahogany with a small but solid cap of offwhite head. Nose is potent, loads of nutty liqueur, dark fruits, plums, currants, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste has some more nutty liqueur with some harsher than anticipated ethanol, oxidized in a light cardboard-y kind of way, and retains only mild dark fruit and brown sugar qualities. Watery feel, and ethanol (almost tequila-like alcohol) comes out again in the finish. Over the hill, and unfortunate. I'll need to try this much younger for reassessment.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brick red. Slightly hazed. Head is off-white and leaves a small bubbly head. Some retention on a super thin cap. Collar is a bit chunkier. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Holy Belgian yeast Batman! Booze soaked raisins. Clove. Sharp bite of alcohol over it all. Candi sugar. Biscuity malts and caramel malts. Caramelized madness. Slight roasty character. Peppery. So much alcohol in the back. Phenols. Cookies.

Taste: More of the same. Sweet in that Belgian way. Nice layers of caramelized malts push some caramel and toffee flavors. Candi sugar pushes through. Loads of clove. Some minor banana. Phenols run rampant as the beer warms. Booze! Caramelized malts. Some darker fruit as well. Fig mostly. Raisins too.

Mouthfeel: A little dry with a slightly above average carbonation. Minor lingering yeast flavor. Smooth with a backing alcohol burn.

Overall: Congratulations, it's a Belgian Dubbel!

Yeast is aggressive to the point of absurdity. Phenolic and ultimately lacks the depth I like to see. So much alcohol.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,502 ratings.