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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,006 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,006
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 232
Gots: 407 | FT: 14
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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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velosuds

Oregon

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy mahogany-amber hue with a three finger, beige head with good retention and decent lacing, and not nearly as much yeast as “6.” .

S-Fruity, malty, sweet, and sour (in a pleasant way - from the yeast I suspect). Nice aroma is dominated by dark dried fruits like raisins, figs, and dates. Fruitier than sweet.

T-Prominent flavors include brown sugar, black cherries, rum-soaked raisins, and toasted toffee malts. Best enjoyed by sipping and rolling this around the tongue and mouth before swallowing. All of this leads to a long-lived spicy, cloves finish. Taste is also fruitier than sweet. This is outstanding.

M-Very smooth for 9.2% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

O-This is awesome for a beer this big. I was prejudiced because of the hype. But, my only regret is there only remain a couple more sips in my glass and no more bottles in the fridge. Rated slightly lower due to cost. Almost as good as "10" and much better than "6."

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:32:04 | More by velosuds
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zimm421

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice brown color that lets almost no light through, just a hint around the edges. The head is a solid three fingers. Very foamy and frothy with a nice off-white coloring. Not a lot of lacing left by the head.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel and cherries. Definitely malt-forward in the nose, not a lot of anything else going on... The taste is much more balanced with the same notes as the nose, with the dark fruit and caramel dominating. There is also a nice bittering effect as well as a slight alcohol burn. Not as one dimensional as I expected, and actually quite well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Finishes slightly dry, but also a little sticky, an interesting effect. Overall, this is a great brew with nice complexities, a good combination of flavors and something enjoyable to consume.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:37:11 | More by zimm421
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Festival on August 14, 2011. It pours a bit murky but overall a darker amber and busy carbonation arising to a soft, frothy head. Sweet candied malts are first up in the aroma with a milder hop note. The bidy seemed to be medium to bold. The taste also had a significant sweetness but it was both enticing and interesting at the same time. The finish was clean. This is a beer that deserves the high ratings that it has received.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:08:12 | More by puboflyons
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uawildcat

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a very large head that falls quickly. It bubbles like it is still alive. The beer is cloudy brown about the color of cola. It is obvious that it was bottle conditioned since there it seems as though the cloudiness comes from yeast. It looks like a brown ale. Some brown stuff settled on the bottom of the glass, it can't be yeast its too dark.

S – It smells fruity and sweet with notes of toffee and caramel. It has an acetone like smell underneath.

T – Tastes of toffee and carmel with a slight wine flavor. Slightly acidic tasting. Very sweet for such a high alcohol beer. This isn't something that I would have multiple of, which is a good thing considering the price.

M – The beer feels medium in body with a prickly bubble feel in the mouth. Maybe a tad too carbonated. Could just be the individual bottle however.

O – A very, very interesting Belgian ale. Like nothing I have ever had before. This is my first introduction into the Trappistes. Originally was going to rate a 3.5, but then I wanted another one so I'll give it a 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:39:42 | More by uawildcat
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Shared with Mike & Amy in a blind tasting of Rochefort 6, Rochefort 8, Rochefort 10, Russian River Salvation, and Abbaye de Rocs Brune.

The beer is hazelnut brown, with a towering, frothy, tan cap. Plenty of lacing stuck on the chalice. The aroma brings forth yeast, malt, toffee, caramels. The beer has a yeasty sweetness to it, like fresh bread from a bakery, or perhaps a pastry. Delicious. We all found Rochefort 8 to be remarkably similar to Abbaye de Rocs Brune, which is interesting. Smooth, creamy feel, with minimal alcohol presence. While I do prefer the Rochefort 10, this beer is a gem. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 13:53:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Grimbergen Chalice

Bottle ref L311012

A- Mahogany body with garnet highlight. Lots of sediment poured in. 2 finger tan head reduces instantly. No lacing and no head retention at all.

S- Light cocoa note, hint of vanilla. Very subtle though, this only really came through as the beer warmed up.

T- Subtle notes again. Cocoa comes through but i cant really pick out anything else before the dry finish and alcohol kick.

M- High carbonation, cola like levels!

D- 2nd Rochefort beer i have had and 2nd time im completely underwhelmed. I realise this is an older bottle but at 9.2% abv i would expect it to hold up and have some complexity retained. To me this is over carbonated, bland with a noticeable alcohol kick on the tongue. Ill need to hunt down a fresh bottle, looking at other reviews of these beers, im not drinking the same ones.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:39:28 | More by seanyfo
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ptykozoon

California

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large sizzling head eventually settles into a frothy layer. Dark brown, red in the light.

Alcohol, lots of nuts, spice, prune, grape (wine) in the background. Sweetness as well, but I can't quite place it. Smells delicious and complex.

Subtle, tastes almost, watery, bad bottle? I had bad luck with the 10 as well - I bought them together a year or so ago so think I came across a bad batch. In any case I get many subtle muted flavors and nothing strikes me that this beer is fantastic or even exceptional.

Very carbonated, almost soda-like - too much so I'll let it sit..Is this supposed to be so carbonated??

I wouldn't normally, but with a beer with this pedigree I plan to re-review. I really think there is bottle variation with Rochefort because I just had a Westy and there is literally no comparison. For reference the bottle info is: 141014/7:43.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:57:58 | More by ptykozoon
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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

Expecting the typical orange-and-coriander Belgian nose, I was pleasantly surprised at the complex aromas wafting from the glass: light citrus fruit aromas such as apricot and orange, yes, but also darker fruits, such as plum and red pear. The bouquet is in fact quite fragrant, reminiscent of walking through a field of wildflowers in full bloom, but with a light breeze blowing in a hint of wet and freshly-thrashed wheat.

On the tongue the brew is truly something to savor, the varying tides and whirlpools of flavors quite difficult to pin down. Still present are the large fruit flavors--both light and dark--which encroach in delightfully dizzying strength, but mixed in with these is a champagne-like fruitiness (replete with a high carbonation) that fizzes and pops ecstatically. Oaks, light vanillas, maple syrups, and toasted grains fill what little spaces are left over.

This is a fantastic brew, and well-worth the cost and effort of locating a bottle. If I had a complaint, it would be that the carbonation does seem slightly high--I felt like I was drinking soda water at times--but the flavors more than make up for such a small trouble.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:53:12 | More by jondeelee
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

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

Served from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass

A: hazy brown; cloudy; some amber highlights hiding beneath the half a finger thick head; head retention is short as it quickly recedes to a ring of fine bubbles and lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: somewhat like a wine - very fruity on the nose, dried raisins and figs; balanced out with strong yeasty notes, quite malty yet hinting at sweet cake and caramel notes; just a touch of the alcohol on the nose

T: very complex - sweet with dried fruit; malty throughout, with touches of a caramel like sweetness; peppery flashes from the alcohol. Waves of flavor overlap. Finish is slightly drying, and leaves lingering sweet notes of dried fruits and biscuit.

M: seems appropriate for a beer this complex; fine carbonation on the tongue - nice and prickly to complement the multitude of flavors

O: Another amazing Belgian beer. Trappists can do no wrong in my book - never had a Trappist beer that I did not enjoy. Splitting this one with a good friend was even more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:58:43 | More by Buschyfor3
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark red and brown, with almost a plum characteristic to it as well. Lots of spotted sediment can be seen tumbling down to the bottom of the glass and swirling throughout. A massive, finely bubbled khaki head that lasts...and lasts...and lasts.

Rich dark fruit aromas: plums (prunes), raisins, cherries, dates, along with caramel, warm baking bread, Belgian yeast spice, black pepper. Wonderful!

Rich and divine flavors, consisting mainly of dark cherries and prunes, caramel and bread, a touch of sun-dried or candied citrus. Spectacular.

Rich, full, yet light and airy mouthfeel--distinctly Belgian; distinctly perfect.

My favorite Rochefort. This beer is so incredibly light yet drinkable, yet substantial and flavorful at the same time. I could see myself enjoying this in 100 degree heat or in the middle of a snow storm.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:57:56 | More by ehammond1
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and murky chocolate brown with a massive 3-finger tan head. Loads of specks and flakes swimming around in there too. It almost looks congealed- they're sinking very slowly. Solid ring of retention and nice lace throughout.

The nose carries an intense coffee-like vibe- like a latte with caramel, vanilla and toffee. There's a malty dark bread aroma and fruity tones of juicy raisins, figs and syrupy cherry blossom. Hoppy floral tones sneak in there too.

Palate is very rich and full-bodied, with a bigtime figgy sweetness and loads of that earthy coffee from the nose. More fruity esters and just a tad bit of phenolics, touch of cherry, sweet alcohol. Finish is just as complex- starts with a bit of mid-tongue resin, and ends dryer with espresso and toffee flavors surrounded by little cherry-flavored bubbles of fruity sweetness in the corners of the mouth and bit more dark bread.

Overall an incredibly complex and delicious brew with a rich malty sweetness to hold in all that unfiltered, yeasty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:08:30 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light hazy brown with a small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is of raisins, bread and plums.

Taste is similar. Very much raisin/plum taste comes out with a little bit of malt. Finishes very dry with just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light for what I was expecting. Lots of carbonation and not very sticky.

Not a huge fan of this one as there are better options for this style out there. It's a bit too sweet although the high alcohol content is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 21:52:52 | More by jmarsh123
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derbierTeufel

Japan

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually drink this in a Rochefort chalice but I tried something different today. I poured it into a large Gulden Draak tulip glass and here what I've found.
A-Pours a dark cloudy brown but rather than getting the dissipating head I usually get, the tulip glass retains it more.
S-The tulip glass concetrated the aromas more thus getting a "thicker" nose than usual. The usual raisins, plums and dark fruit aromas were present along with a sugary hint and a lot more booze on the nose.
T-This brew has TRADITION and HISTORY written all over the pallate. It's a symphony of spices and balance. At the end, you get a bitter kick which is NOT overpowering. It's dryness also fools you as the alchohol taste is quite subtle. These Trappists have been brewing this the same way for over 500 years! You can taste the perfection.
M-THIS is where it gets interesting. In the Rochefort chalice, it has a light mouthfeel for its ABV and very carbonated. Rather on the refreshing side. Super easy to drink. However, that changes in a tulip glass as the glass is a lot taller causing the carbonation to die with every sip. It reached a certain point where the mouthfeel was silkier and actually heavier, resembling a St. Bernardus 12Abt! This beer is made in the Wallonia region of Belgium but in the tulip glass, it became a bit "Flandersesque" if that is even a word.
O-When it comes to Belgian beers, I generally prefer the taste of Flemish beers but this one has since become a "regular" in my monthly beer lineup. I buy this weekly at my fave liquor store. I hope you like it as much as I do. Be daring, try it in a tulip glass and see if you get the same results.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 16:55:28 | More by derbierTeufel
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Phillie

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

230615
08:12
In the Cellar for approximately 6 months, poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice:

Appearance - Very dark ruby light has difficulty piercing through the upper 2/3 of the beer; rapidly bubbling head which fades almost as quick as it appears into an off-white finger sized head.

Smell - Dark cherries, figs, and caramelized plums; a faint detection of alcohol on the nose.

Taste - Esters dominate with the malts, some dark fruits on the palate; the alcohol presents towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet complex, quite a bit of carbonation with a slight burn of the alcohol. This beer is slightly oily in texture, covers the mouth with all the flavours simultaneously.

Overall - As a Belgian strong dark ale it certainly lives up to its name; the alcohol is noticeable but does not overwhelm the palate from the fruitiness.

Looking forward to trying the Rochefort 10...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:13:09 | More by Phillie
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-murky chestnut with a really thin light tan head. possibly a red tint

S-dark cherries, caramel, and burnt sugars. strong scent. slightly unbalanced leaning towards a lot of caramel.

T-comes in with a very burnt and fairly bitter taste of dark belgian malts. there's also a taste of buttered dark fruits and alcohol. its a very unbalanced taste that just doesn't flow well at all. the alcohol dominates the after-taste with butter and only a touch of caramel and plums.

M-heavy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-doesn't quite hit the spot like i was hoping. i went in to this beer really wanting a good dark belgian, but now i don't think i'll be wanting another one for quite some time. its definitely a complex beer, but its just way too harsh and unbalanced. its not something i'd recommend or get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 10:58:57 | More by AdamBear
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Buckmaister

Massachusetts

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

Appearance:
A murky dark brown color with darker bits floating throughout. Not the most appealing to look at but the appearance is not my main concern here!
Smell:
The smell of raisins and apricots is quickly noticeable as is a hint of alcohol itself. An ever-so faint smell of bread seems to be there as well.
Taste:
Immediate slight sweetness quickly followed by a tartness reminiscent of the aftertaste of eating dried fruit, specifically raisins, date and plums. A slight taste of alcohol lingers after each swallow but not enough to offend...but I am only having one. Perhaps it gets more intense after another?
Mouth-feel:
Great! More carbonation is noticeable than most beers I've consumed.
Drinkability:
No complaints here! With the taste, mouth-feel and smell all above average in my book this goes down quite easy! For the % of alcohol it has in it, it is quite drinkable.
Thoughts:
One of the best beers I've ever had. I haven't had too many beers in my life (say 30 or so), but this ranks in the top 5 easily. Expensive but worth it!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:39:14 | More by Buckmaister
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lr99gt

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown / Murky

S: Ripe dark fruits

T: Dark fruits. Figs, Cherries, Plums.

M: Excellent carbonation

O: My favorite of the 3 Rocheforts. The Westvletern 12 is better.. but this is really close. And the fact that its light years easier to find gives it major bonus points. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 17:56:07 | More by lr99gt
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jtingue

New York

4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice

Appearance- Very deep reddish brown. Much clearer than Rochefort 10 as I remember. a 1/8 in layer of head remains through the whole drinking experience.

Smell- Huge amount of dark fruits: plum dates raisins. A slight tartness is perceptible, similar to some lambics I have tried. Nutty yeast esters linger in the background.

Taste- Lots of layers. Starts out bready, specifically a sourdough bread. A slight note of spice, specifically coriander, separates this from the fruity flavors to follow. Both tart and sweet, ripe, fruits are present: dates raisins cherries. In the background there is the nutty yeast character noted in the smell. the longer the beer remains on the palate the sweeter it becomes, it tastes like the fruits are ripening in your mouth. As the sweetness builds, though, so does a balancing hop bitterness, a note which is missing in many ales of this style. The finish is dry and warming, the sweet fruits and bitterness linger.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a ton of carbonation. The beer foams to cover the palate and distribute the flavor wonderfully.

This is one of my favorite beers. At times I like it better than Rochefort 10. A Great example of what a great beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:07:22 | More by jtingue
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tdexterc

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this beer anticipating a life changing experience due to the massive amount of reviews.

A- Dark mahogany brown. Big head which quickly fades to a ring of carbonation around the glass. Totally opaque with bits of yeast floating around.

S- Dark ripe fruit, plums and figs with a massive detection of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet.

T- Huge malt profile. Alcoholic flavors predominate. Reminiscent of dark liquors.

M- Very smooth. Surprisingly volatile carbonation for the amount of residual head. The huge malt presence gives it a thick and chewy texture.

Overall, I can see how this would appeal to certain people, but in the end, for me, it’s just not my thing... at all. Perhaps my palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to truly enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:06:29 | More by tdexterc
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derekmorris7

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite along with the 10.

This a tie with the "10" and a very good beer. Pours a pretty dark reddish-brown with a very thick and foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, malt and cloves. Smooth-drinking, with flavors of banana, malt, sherry and chocolate all vying for attention. Great finish, if a little carbonated toward the end for my tastes. All in all another fine effort from Rochefort.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:28:15 | More by derekmorris7
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Hershdawg

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into my Duvel Tulip

A: Dark brown almost black. Thing white head that quickly dissapates

S:Cocoa, spice, yeast, plums. A very complex nose. Makes me want to just stick my nose in for a long time, but then I couldn't taste it.

T: The yeast character takes the front with a spicy, clovey, with a slight pepperyness. Then the malt background catches up with the cocoa and dark fruit character.

M: Medium body which for the ABV makes it scary easy to drink.

O: Excellent world class beer. I liked the other too Rocheforts and this one stand head to head with its peers.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 04:36:03 | More by Hershdawg
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Bajasith

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to post a review after I realized how great this Belgium Ale tasted after a long 110* day here in the desert...
Poured murky brown as the tan frothy head assembled and quickly dissipated.
Fantastic aroma of fine brandy, the fruitiness with hints of raisins and figs.
Complex flavors explode, mixing with mild dark chocolate, caramel, raisin and dry figs. The alcohol sneaks in at the end but is really subdued for a 9.2% beer. Overall, a very well-balanced and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:45:34 | More by Bajasith
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours murky brown with a large crackling head that fizzles away almost immediately.

Smell - Extremely complex aroma. Notes of caramel, cocoa, figs, banana, candied nuts, ripe plums, and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly light bodies and very highly carbonated. Mnages to be somewhat refreshing despite the high ABV and rich flavour.

Taste - Rich and nutty with hints of dark chocolate, muted stone fruit, more figs, and a subtly minerally bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:09:21 | More by
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 10/11/04 I believe makes this bottled in 1999. Decanted into a goblet because this has more sediment in the bottom than the typical Rochefort offering. This brew appears brown in color with a frothy finger of a cap that quickly dissolves and holds around the edge of the glass. A constant slow stream of bubbles makes its way to the surface and forms a leggy pattern across the top that moves to the outer sides of the glass. When held to the light, this brew shows deep ruby clarity through the body and an orange to yellow coloration along the thinner sides.

The smell of this brew is sweet like candy. Dark sugary scents of belgian candy sugar come to mind mixed with undertones of chocolate. More sniffs reveal more fruited quality like dates, raisins and prunes. As it warms up, a light spice somewhat like clove evolves. For being something like 12 years old at this point, this offering still smells quite filled with alcohol. The collective arrangement of scents coming out of my glass reminds me of almost some kind of amazing cake batter.

The taste picks up where the nose lets off. This brew tastes boldly of alcohol still with a spiced aspect expected of a solid belgian offering. The spiced aspect is minorly reminiscent of clove before dissolving into a flavor of chocolate malt and fruits like raisins/plums. There is a faint aftertaste of oxidation which finally shows this brew's age. It is not distracting by any means, it provides a nice contrast and depth to this brews flavor. The aftertaste is lightly fusel with alcohol mixed with a deep earthy flavor and some herbal bitterness of hops which balances out the sweetness and keeps the alcohol in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew leaning more towards medium. It is modestly carbonated which is pleasant. The alcohol really hits home with a flavor and warmth typical for nearly double-digits in strength. Dare I say this brew could hold out for several more years? This is not only a wonderful example of the style (that goes without saying) but this is also an offering that when treated right can really withstand the test of time as well. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:55:35 | More by stakem
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plfahey

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Truly Mahogany-dark brown with ruby red highlights. Moderately high clarity. Light tan head has moderate retention.

Aroma-Complex interplay of rich malt backbone and Belgian yeast character. Bread crusts and caramel melt into low, spicy phenolics and a healthy dose of fruity esters and hot fusels. Overripe plums, figs, raisins, and currants abound. In fact, the smell of dried fruit is intoxicating-almost overwhelming.

Flavor-This is the real shit. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, molasses, and a slight toasty flavor meld seamlessly with rich figs, currants, and prunes. Sweet up front but mostly dry in the finish. As the flavor dries out, the aftertaste shows notes of warm fusels, slight fruity currants, black licorice, and alcohol. Remains on the palate for quite some time.

Mouthfeel-Full body with chewy mouthfeel. Moderate to moderately low carbonation. Substantial alcohol warmth, but still not quite heat, though the warmth lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Pleasantly warming.

Truly an awesome beer, smells amazing, tastes amazing, and is a near perfect sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 06:12:39 | More by plfahey
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,006 ratings.