Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,503 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 278
Gots: 588 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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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Photo of shigg85
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Japan. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Beautiful, mystical dark brew with the abysmal bubbles common to high-quality Belgian strongs bubbling up from the bottom. However, I didn't see the same alcohol rim as I saw on the 10 in this one. The smell is so intoxicating and invigorating as you pour this out, especially into the wide-brimmed goblet. The taste was superb with dark berries and cherry, and the 9.2% comes through beautifully in a warming way. I can only lower this ranking because I have the 10 to compare it to. This is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it for anyone with an advanced enough palate to really enjoy it.

Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of RobertTheRogue
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of penguinboat
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thaxton
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, date stamped 180117, presumably brewed on Jan 18, 2012 with a "best by" date 5 years into the future.

Pours a murky brown color with a bubbly beige head that never goes away - unbelievable retention! Not much for lacing though. Aromas are musty, earthy, fresh woodsy air, ripe fruit. Tastes are fruity, earthy, brown sugar, candi sugar, spicy, orange zest, faint banana, booze. Mouth is creamy and smooth, finishes spicy, warm, and boozy. Overall, great example of the style with nice complexity. I should have picked up another and let it age for awhile just to see how it comes out a year or 2 later. Either way, it's a solid Abbey Dubbel.

Photo of Jose9e
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Ruby garnet with a 1.5 finger ecru bubbly head with some sticky lacing and moderate head retention

S - Dark fruits, alcohol, maple syrup, caramel, raisins, dates, malt, bready yeast.

T - Follows the nose, pretty fantastic dark fruit flavors at the apex with a strong warming alcohol finish and a bready yeast backbone and sweet caramel malt throughout.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Sticky.

O - A really great dubble. The tend to vary from bottle to bottle in my area. I like them with more dark fruit and less alcohol, but you never know what you are going to get. Always a great import and fantastic on a cold day or for dessert.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nabbed a bottle of this at Carnivores in Oakmont

A - Damn this beer is fizzy. Almost too much as the head bubbles quickly fade to nothing (possibly over carbonated batch?) Color is a deep mahogany brown with a good haze.

S - Smell is great a nice blast of dark fruits mostly of dates and prunes with little to not cloying ABV.

T - Well it's not the best dubbel I have tasted but the ABV is hidden very well for the style and I do get some dark fruit possibly more dates and prunes but not as pronounced or complex as I hoped. Still good though.

M - Drinks with a medium body and is again very carbonated like a champagne.

Overall is this supposed to be this carbonated? I might hit up the brewery and see if I got a bad batch because it kind of ruined my drinking experience.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/26/12

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with some deep reddish amber - pours with a large, creamy, uniquely Belgian, beige-colored head - head sticks around forever, leaves gobs of lacing

Smell: Interesting, lots going on - dark fruits, like raisins and figs - cooked malts, caramelized malts - candi sugar, molasses, and chocolate - spicy Belgian yeast, phenols, and some alcohol

Taste: Matches the nose, with plenty of dark fruits - cooked, yet dry malts - sweet, with candi sugar and molasses - more spice than the smell suggests, with some clove from the yeast - very phenolic - tasty, but lacks the malt depth I look for in a Dubbel

Mouthfeel: Medium body, extremely smooth, nicely carbonated, a touch of alcohol heat

Overall: A very Belgian Dubbel

I had a bottle of this a few years ago, but I don't remember it being so interesting. It's a bit too phenolic for my taste, and it lacks some complexity in the malts, but it is charming nonetheless.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a quarter finger light, fluffy, amber colored head. This would be clear if it was in a thin glass. Aroma is great. Rich chocolate, fresh tobacco, date, plum, raisin, and some red cherry. These strong aromas are mixed with sweet candi sugar. I normally don't like this aroma or flavor, but the fruit is so strong that they balance each other out. A very mild chocolate and fruity flavor. The plum and fig really come out on the first sip. This is very mellow, not in your face at all. The stronger flavors, such as chocolate, tobacco, candi sugar, and some raisin mix with the alcohol in the middle. The hops are noticeable in flavor for a bit, very grassy and you can tell it's there just for bittering. The bitterness lasts a while as does the tobacco and dark chocolate. Feel is very light, bordering on watery. Very drinkable. Dry finish takes a while to materialize.

This is complex. There's so much to get out of this beer that I think I'd be pointing out different flavors and aromas after dozens of tastings. The mouthfeel is such that this doesn't feel as much of a sipper as other beers with this kind of complexity. I usually think I couldn't have a Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12 more than once every three months or so. But this is very drinkable and approachable, despite the many facets it presents. What more is to say about this oft reviewed beer? It's good, and I'd try it again when I have the time to savor it.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of skiit13
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of videofrog
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of brendaniel
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Pours a deep murky ruby/brown, almost the colour of redwood bark, or a homemade root beer. Fluffy off-white head lingers, but doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is primarily the sweet brown sugars, with an underhint of almost fruitiness, but I don't pick up the strong raisins or caramel that others seem to be getting.

The taste follows suite, but in a very accessible manner. It starts with belgian yeasts, progressing through brown sugar with hints of dark fruits, but not as defined as other belgians I've had (I actually prefer this, it feels better blended, and I'm not super huge on the overwhelming plum/fig/raisin flavours that can come with other similar brews). There's almost an apple cider crispness lurking somewhere, and it finishes with a nice rum spiciness on the back end.

You notice the carbonation, but it's not distracting. The 9.2 is hidden amazingly well, I kept forgetting I was drinking something so big.
Overall I'm not the hugest Belgian fan, but this one is amazingly well executed and definitely sets the standard as far as I'm concerned within the style.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,503 ratings.