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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,424
Reviews: 1,772
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 267
Gots: 545 | FT: 19
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 match1112
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark grape juice color with a very thin head that fizzes out quick. nose is made up of apples, pears, banannas, grapes, figs and malts. taste is very well blended and balanced between big breay malts and dark fruits, almost like a table wine, a very good one. mouthfeel is medium heavy with a long burn on the finish, could also use a little more carbonation, feels flat on the tongue. very enjoyable beer.

match1112, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks North. Poured carefully (after a yeast over pour of the 6) into a Duvel snifter ~6C. Rochefort vertical (6-8-10) for New Year's 2012!

A: Quite dark with ruby red edges and clear. Light pour causing minimal head and no lacing.

S: Apple juice, figs, light barnyard, hints of pepper. Very nice and nuanced.

T: Nice and estery. Peppery fore, with a light finish. Dried fruits, more black pepper. Not a hint of high alcohols that are here. Well put together.

M: Feels a little funny over time, either tannins or metallic... Something is off a bit here. Otherwise very strong and effervescent carbonation on the tongue.

O: Just a bit off on the tongue here, otherwise a stellar beer. Happy New Year!

kjyost, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Jra1985
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (11.2 ounces) into a glass.

A-Dark brown with almost a 2 finger pale brown head.

S-Wonderful smell of sweet malts and chocolate.

T-Excellent taste. The sweet malts and chocolate tones are present, maybe some brown sugar as well?

M-Great carbonation and goes down very smooth. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

O-This is an excellent Belgian ale that I have no complaints about. Everything is crafted perfectly. It is a wonderful beer that I would drink many times over.

Jra1985, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

drummermattie02, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of sym3tri
5/5  rDev +15.5%

sym3tri, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -7.6%

twelveinches, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jeezie
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jeezie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of cdwil
5/5  rDev +15.5%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jjkatter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Appears cola-ish with a deep brownish amberish color. Thick head, roughly a finger and a 1/2. Appears to have some moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Really rich malt dominates the aroma. Very bready with a heavy dose of those dark fruits. Very earthy as well. Richest aroma from a dubbel that I've had.

Taste matches the aroma very well, but more earthiness comes through and a toasty but sweet maltiness that is very rich. Some chocolate comes through as well. On the finish there is a nice dose of dark fruits, alcohol, signature belgian spiciness and bread. Very well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a medium body. Will probably enjoy this beer over the next hour or so, event though it is pretty drinkable.

A very nicely balanced beer. I could see myself enjoying this again for maybe a special occasion. Without a doubt, the best dubbel I've drank to date. The rich maltiness and balance absolutely blow other dubbels out of the water.

ahq514, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BeerlyAwake
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerlyAwake, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

11.2 oz brown bottle. Beautiful Rochefort slender neck bottle. Poured into a standard goblet.

A - murky brown color. Very hazy when held to the light. Big fluffy head that's off white to tan in color. Head and lace lasted the entire experience. Awesome lacing.

S - dark fruits, but also some more tropical lighter fruits. A litte bready in the nose with alcohol whiffs that are definitely present.

T - a true great taste. Fruity, and grainy. There is a wide range of fruit going on here from dark to lighter fruitiness. Dark bready notes also creep in. A bit of an earthy character while also keeping a perfect sweetness around. Alcohol phenols are noticeable, but not overpowering. A little slice in the finish. Really a great range of complexity with this flavor.

M - medium heavy bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and enjoyable. The 9.2% is there, but does a excellent job of not taking the spot light.

O - one of my favorite brews of any kind. Anywhere. Very tasty with an enjoyable smoothness. This may be the best dubbel in the universe. It's a brew thats hard not to buy when you see it on the shelves. If you want a true world class Belgian ale, try the Rochefort 8.

BradtheGreat7, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a nice, muddy river water sample brown...the kind where some of the sediment drifts downward, yet leaves a nnice layered brown appearnace

s - dark fruit, caramel, dirty/earthy/musty - yummy!

t - dark fruit definitely, some dirt quality with caramel and a nice touch of sweetness in there...

m - coats the palate on the way down, warm - nice medium bodied beer...but not overly present alcohol for a 9.2%er

o - Fantastic!

vande, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jamminjoe
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jamminjoe, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MtnDewd
5/5  rDev +15.5%

MtnDewd, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hacker Pshorr pint glass this cloudy brown brew exploded into a 5+ finger off white head that slowly succumbs to just cover the brew.

The lacing is very slippery on the glass and slids back into the brew.

The smell is sweet fruits, phenolics, and malts.

The flavor follows the nose with the phenols falling away quite a bit with nice complexity.

The mouthfeel is medium heavy on the tongue and is fairly cloying in the throat. The 9%+ alcohol is well hidden.

I think this is probably my most favorite style of Belgium Ales that I have tryed thus far and this is a fine example of this style.

RedneckBeerz, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Jakers90, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of dcbike
5/5  rDev +15.5%

dcbike, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChimpo
5/5  rDev +15.5%

JohnnyChimpo, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of StRocco
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

StRocco, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of keanex
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Murky brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. Very boring looking, even a little off-putting.

S: Light overall, but there's a lot to it. Figs, sweetness from the malts, light floral hops, and some alcohol esters.

T: Very sweet and malty, brown sugar notes especially during the finish. Not much else going on here. Very sweet but none of the complexity I smell.

M: Medium body with fizzy carbonation. It reminds me a lot of soda in the mouth.

O: This is decent, easy to drink, but it's too expensive for me to consider it worthy at $4 for a 11.2 ounce. I wouldn't buy this again.

keanex, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark mahogany into a goblet. Light tan head and little lacing on glass. Smells fantastic! Very rich and malty smell with lots of bread notes, and ripe fruit. I can smell dark chocolate and caramel. It smells like a rich meal. Taste follows the smell closely for me. Sweet and yeasty. There is a slight bitterness. Carbonation is light. Everything blends perfectly. I may be a little biased toward these monks. Overall I think this beer is almost perfect.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +15.5%

WillyMac, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Harkrank
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,424 ratings.