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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,009
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 20:54:56 | More by IpeeA
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 19:14:14 | More by Elfastball7
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 18:43:44 | More by nanobrew
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-14-2011 18:16:45 | More by JRod1969
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 17:16:55 | More by Jspriest
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 16:45:56 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 16:12:53 | More by celticfutblclub
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 15:54:37 | More by jeffthepony
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 14:00:07 | More by jamesgaither
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 13:03:53 | More by bbadger
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 10:00:04 | More by avaldivia
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 08:25:26 | More by bombadil
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 08:24:03 | More by beerme411
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown Oak, with very think quick head.

Smell: Smooth, subtle. Many malt, yeast and bread notes with some alcohol breaking through. Dark Plum notes and some lighter floral notes come through in the end.

Taste: Initial malt and toffees. Some smooth caramel notes with some backing fruit notes: figs, plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, uniform and pleasant.

Overall: A great beer,, elegant and complex. A fine example of a "less is more" beer.

Serving: Bottle poured in Rochefort Chalace.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:15:21 | More by cradke
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New York

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

Murky oak brown with magenta tinge and a giant creamy beige head on first pour, cola head on top up. Brown sugar, strawberry, and orange preserves on the nose with hints of bark and clove; no dark fruit.
Rhubarb and raspberry jam up front, with some soft caramel and shortbread, a hint of chocolate, a clove hit in the middle, then pepper, some spice rack, and orange liqueur to end.
Mellows to dried cranberry. Brandy notes from first pour sample.
Butterscotch leave and spearmint linger. Medium, very lively, creamy, chewy, with a slight burn.

Unlike any Belgian I've ever had. There were moments I was thinking of a California amber or even Arrogant Bastard with all the bright notes and noticeable citrus. I got no dark fruit at all, only red. A candy shop of a beer, with lots of unfermented sugars giving it a big body. Totally unique and darn tasty.

Fascinating and confusing.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:31:41 | More by StJamesGate
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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33omL bottle (best by 4/22/2014) poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a crackling off-white head that settles to a rich creamy surface foam. Nice vigorous carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is bready, living yeast, figs, dates, dried fruit. Complex and enticing. I could sit and smell this all night.

Taste is dry, fruity, clean. Light brown sugar, yeast. Smooth and simple, yet complex. 9.2% ABV is completely hidden.

Overall this is just a great beer; add it to my list of beers to keep stocked at all times.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 06:20:16 | More by draheim
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm, drinking and rating this beer side by side with the Trappistes Rochefort 10

Appearance-It's a dark purple in the light. Not translucent at all, a lighter color than the 10.

Smell-A very pronounced brown sugar smell, fruits are strong too, these belgian brews have a plum raisin smell and taste.

Taste- The flow of the taste is not as balanced as the 10 was, but the taste of the 8 attacks you right off the bat in the 8. Excellent flavors and very well pronounced. It has a smoky and sweet base with hints of raisin, plum, pear, and dates.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall-A perfect Belgian, sweeter than the 10. Excellent beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:55:49 | More by julian89
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North Carolina

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

Pours out a full tan head that like the Rochefort 10 goes over the rim but does not spill over. Rick brown, almost garnet colors clouded by yeast particles. The head settles down to a thin lace around the glass but does not have great retention. I know this is not apart of it but this beer does have soda like sizzle to it from the carbonation.

The aroma is rich with ripe fruit, alcohol sweetness, wheat bread malt, and yeast.

The flavor is just as complex and the aroma. Ripe fruit, yeast, wheat bread, toasted malt, sweet alcohol, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Top it off with a dry slightly hopped finish with the toasted malt lingering for a bit as well as my buzz.

Medium slightly carbonated body, and easy to sit back a sip for while. Because overall this ale is full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:01:06 | More by Luigi
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one, poured into a pint glass (that's what was available).

Appearance: Medium brown with a tan head about a finger thick. There are small particles floating in the beer when held to the light.

Aroma: Very fruity, over ripe pineapple, figs, candied sugar, plumbs, yeasty, caramel, and tobacco.

Taste: Candied sugar, caramel, figs, dark fruits, yeast, sweet and complex and incredibly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation and no appearance alcohol.

Overall: Very good! I'm really glad we can get these again in Texas, time to add to my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:36:44 | More by jamescain
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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rochefort just came back to Texas. Woo! Thought I'd celebrate by going with an 8. These beers are good and I can see how people could love them... but they're just not my favorite. I'd rather have a Chimay or St. Bernardus. I served this in a Ommegang chalice from a 11.2 oz. bottle.

As I pour this, it's clear that the Rochefort is a true trappist beer and not just another imitation. The composition and density of the head just can't be duplicated. When you pour a beer and you can see its excellence within two seconds, the beer deserves a 5 on appearance.

The nose on this isn't quite what I expected. The fruitiness is much dryer than I expected. Maybe it's too much of a rum-soaked flavor? There's also spiciness in there, but it's not quite the standard Belgian spice I'm looking for. The elements are all kind of there, but for some reason it's not the trappist beer I want. Maybe it's unfair to ding the beer for that, but there will be plenty of other reviews that will make up for my opinion.

The taste is along the same lines. The beer is immaculately crafted. Excellent carbonation and body. However, the dried fruit notes are just not what I'm looking for. Kind of strange, but give me a Chimay Red over this any day.

This is one heck of a beer... but it's just not to my taste. I'll rate it down a bit, but don't let that stop you from trying it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:25:14 | More by UTCengOwl
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into long stemmed tulip. drink by date of 090216.

A: this head is enormous. and will not go away. delicate lace. head has garnet highlights in its mostly white existence. murky garnet body. some lacing.

S: CO2. seriously. the gas trapped in this beer is crazy. floral. dandelions and lilly's. darker malts and candy. maple syrup. very fresh maple syrup. good, but i had to wait awhile before i got any real distinct aromas. the gas coming out of the beer was sort of distracting. my only complaint.

T: plums, apricot. a caramel flavor that is not too sweet. a little bit of vanilla. finish is sweet, but not cloying. the effervescence makes it refreshing.

M: like i said above, an effervescent carbonation on a full body.

D: cannot believe this is 9.2 and as fresh as it is. literally no heat and drinks like a wit (sans body). very impressive showing from Rochefort and i look forward to trying 6 and 10.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:39:19 | More by Jimmys
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark, deep ruby color with a big off-white head that laces nicely enough.

Smells of plums, dark sugar, apricot, some rummy overtones, big dark fruit/rum nose. Really nice.

Up front dark cherry with some plum that fades into a sugar, almost citrus/peach middle that ends on a bitter, rum, alcohol, fig note. There is also a distinct bready character. Awesome flavor, complex, but there is some astringent character and it is a bit too hot (would work out with some age for sure).

Perfect mouthfeel, high carbonation, light bodied, easy to drink.

After drinking 6, I was worried, but this beer is just fantastic. Dark fruit character with some citrus notes, and nice alcohol/rum character. Nice phenolics that blend well...a bit of age could make this divine.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:18:52 | More by TenHornsProud
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink before 09/02/16 date on bottle
The beer poured a hazy medium to dark brown and produced a dark tan, bubbly head with ok retention about two fingers high.
Very inviting appearance.
The smell speaks of dark fruit like plum, fig ,raisin as well as caramel, brown sugar and lot of yeast.
Tasting the beer those aromas will start with the dark fruits up front. The middle has a nice sweetness of caramel and brown sugar, combined with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Very balanced. At the end a warming if alcohol will great you in a very gentle manner.
A great beer made by master brewers!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:57:37 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date of 4/21/2015

A: Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a large beige colored head on top. Really nice retention and lacing down the sides. Good amount of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: On the sweet side with lots of dark fruits - raisins, dates, and plums mostly. Some brown sugar and a bit of molasses as well as some bready malt.

T: Some caramel up front which transitions to some raisins and fig as well as some bready malt. A little bit of sugary sweetness and a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation. Can't taste the alcohol, but there is a warmth as it goes down.

O: Really nice beer. I can see why its the top in its style, just classic. Easy drinking with a great flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:03:57 | More by mdaschaf
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Plenty of head, but dry, and ample carbonation on the inside of the glass. Caramel color with a head that is slight tan. The lacing seems to stay and it does not appear quite as oily as the Rochefort 10. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass

Smell: The aroma is slightly subdued but still layered, and complex, with a host of different ingredients. Initially, I detect dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, malts, and spice. As the pour warms, the bouquet opens up slightly. The alcohol is hidden rather well but is still detected.

Taste: Like the smell, I taste dark fruits, brown sugar, and the sharp taste of spice. I could also taste the roasted flavor of the malts which also added a certain sharpness to the palette. The taste of alcohol is present and not as well hidden in this beer. This beer is much like the 10 although slightly less complex in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with moderately high carbonation without an aftertaste. Only a very slight oiliness is perceived. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

Overall: Very smooth and leaves you wanting more. Went down pretty fast for being a rather high ABV. The alcohol is not overpowering but the beer should still be a sipper. A dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 15:44:00 | More by heysuz
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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