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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,619
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 295
Gots: 658 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ahq514
4.52/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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4.45/5  rDev +3%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.89/5  rDev -10%
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.

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4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour on this brew was dark, with a thick, off white head. It had some great carbonation that moved up the side of the glass. As you put it do the light, it shows sediment floating throughout.

A nice powerful aroma hits you right from the start, with some dark fruits. Of course as it warms, you get the great signature thrat you get from so many of the other belgian ales out there, with a nice bready, yeastiness, that you expect from such a brew.

The flavor on this brew is very much like the aroma. It has a huge hit of fruit and that nice hearty, breadiness. Of course this brew has a great booziness as well. As it warms, the spices come out the brew gets a slight bitterness that actually rounds o ut this brew. This brew has some amazing flavors.

The mouthful on this brew is kind of like a champagne or sparkling cider. It its not as heavy as you expect from this kind of brew, but still very nice. And allows the brew to do down pretty easily.

Overall this brew is on of the best of the style I have ever had. A good friend has told me about brew a few times, and I am glad I had a chance to finally have it. I will make sure to try the many other brews from this brewery. Great Brew!!!

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark, reddish hue with a thick off white head. Carbonation streaming up the side and wonderful lacing as well.

Smell: Powerful aroma consisting of dark fruits and a nice toasty malt character. Signature of all great belgian ales it has the wonderful yeasty breadiness that you would expect.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the aroma with more emphasis on the fruit and breadiness. A very full body and some detectable booziness that really helps cleanse the pallet with the help of carbonation. There is a slight bitterness that helps balance out some of the sweetness as well as some spices serving the same purpose. Wonderfully complex and robust flavor.

Mouthfeel: A nice champagne character to it, not as much as a triple but it gives the same effect in the carbonation category. It stings you at first but then allows the flavors to roll in and sweep you away.

Overall: The best Dubbel I have had to date, absolutely delicious. This is a beer that has been recommended time and time again and I see why. It lives in the shadow of its heavier brother but it shouldn't, this is well above average even by Trappist ale standards. Now to finish of the glass with some cheese. CHEERS!

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,619 ratings.