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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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4,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 482 | FT: 15
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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Photo of shoop12
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark molasses color with an impressive off white, one finger head that is long-lasting.

Smell is candy-like with nice aromas of dark fruit mostly including dates and figs.

Taste begins sweet with dark fruits and a hint of ginger. Not too spicy but not too sweet. A nice blend of sweetness and bitterness with the high ABV apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and medium bodied that finishes extremely smooth for this style of beer.

After only having a few Dubbels prior to the Rochefort 8, I was rather pessimistic about Dubbels as a whole. However, this beer changes my outlook on Dubbels and would be something I would highly recommend to beer lovers of all styles.

shoop12, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -7.6%

goalie33, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not necessarily a 'milestone' review, but I thought for my 888th review, I'd stick with the '8' theme. Bottle poured into my new Leffe chalice.

Pours a ruby-hued mahogany with a thick finger-width creamy beige head. Nice wispy coating of the glass after each sip. The nose is sweet with notes of cider, strawberry, and a little yeast twang.

The mouth is quite bubbly and effervescent, almost too much so. I'd rather this be a little less spritzy, but that's just me. The fruit-like qualities carry over to the flavor as well. Apple, plum flavors noted. Candy-like sweetness on the finish. Yeast quality is mellow and not overbearing at all, which is how I like it. Adds just a touch of spice on the back end. All in all, this is a good beer. A pleasant sipper and treat to be shared.

Onenote81, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JZ57
5/5  rDev +15.5%

JZ57, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of brewdog13
5/5  rDev +15.5%

brewdog13, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

pperez38, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Allurex, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +15.5%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of maxk
5/5  rDev +15.5%

maxk, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +15.5%

SpillyBeers, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must not be my style, because I obviously didn't enjoy it as much as most.

A: Massive head that exhibits good retention settling to a small film across the top of the brew. Beer itself is a muddled brown and not the prettiest body to look at.

S: Spices and herbs are accompanied well by the dark fruit scents. I found the scent to be the most stimulating portion of this tasting.

T: ABV detectable, sweetness from the fruits are nice and accompanied well by the herbs and spices. Just found the alcohol to detract from the experience.

M: Highly carbonated, slight burn.

O: I was hoping for more, but admit to only having a few Dubbels prior to this, so I can't compare to many others of the variety.

tjkinate, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -53.8%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Oboogie
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Oboogie, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +15.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +15.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
5/5  rDev +15.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a belgian staple! pours brown like molasses with that classic fluffy belgian head. smells like dried fruits, caramel malts, and candy sugar. sweet and complex, the taste is spot on. evolving from malty to fruity to slightly spicy. full bodied (as the belgian beers go), and lively carbonation. goes good with almost any cuisine, and if you can afford it, would be infinitely enjoyable. a nice treat from time to time, but their 10 is even better!

StonedTrippin, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Breylan
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Breylan, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
5/5  rDev +15.5%

MacStinson, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +15.5%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of tryhansen
5/5  rDev +15.5%

tryhansen, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the style, it couldn't look any bette. Extremely dark brown, bordering on a creamy black. It just looks rich and bold. The head doesn't disappoint either. It's a slightly dirty white, very thick with lots and lots of tiny bubbles...almost like foam.

It even smells rich. Dates, figs, prunes--any other dark fruit you can think of comes to mind. For a second, you'd think it was cola. Caramel and burnt sugar and malt accentuate the fruits.

Sweet dark fruits, syrup or molasses, malted barley and yes, the burnt sugar dance on the tongue.

It's full bodied, but creamy and gentle for 9.2% ABV. I'd score it higher but it's a bit sweeter that need be.

Overall, it's a hell of a good beer. It's beautiful, smells great and has a wonderful complex taste and feel to it, albeit a touch sweet. Never mind, it's very close to perfect for the style.

RickS95, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev -7.6%

BruceBruce, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of beercar
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Dubbel I've had and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sweet and moderate carbonation are the first adjectives that come to mind. Maybe not my favorite style but Damn good! Very drinkable despite the ABV. Slight Booziness is masked well by the sugars. Ripened fruit...bananas maybe. Smell is slight citrus but mainly plums, figs, brown sugar. Wish I bought more than one! No real hoppiness detected.

beercar, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +15.5%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,210 ratings.