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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
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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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

330ml poured into a chalice glass...

A - Dark brown opaque body, with a nice tan-coloured head that lingers on for quite some time. Minimal lacing (that might have to do with the glass).

S - Smells yeasty/flowery and fruity, with hints of apple, prunes, dates, red grapes, and a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

T - I dare say this tastes extraordinary. Starts out with ripe fruit notes (cherries, apples, red grapes, bananas, and prunes), with a hint of tartness and a good level of sweetness. I definitely liked the nice red grape and banana notes, which are not very common in this style. Then you get some spices, as well as caramel and dark chocolate, with some hop bitterness at the end. The finish is fairly clean, with a slight caramel note and some lingering sweetness.

M - Some alcohol in the taste; not too much to handle, and it gives you a nice warming sensation. Fairly high level of carbonation, a little prickly on the palate. Somewhat dry.

O - This is a beautiful Belgian trappist beer. I wouldn't go as far as to call it a Dubbel, but it's not your typical Strong Dark Ale either. Excellent winter warmer and a very good sipper that I will certainly have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of omnigrits
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a globe.

A. Murky brown with a light tan head, lots of lace.

S. A strong musty, earthy aroma mingled with spicy yeast and dark fruits.

T. More fruit, and a strong hint of ripe banana. This is nothing like the same kind of banana flavour you get from a hefeweizen. I'm getting the same hints of cola that I found in Rochefort 6, but more muted.

M. Medium bodied and smooth but with a prickly carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O. This one is going to be added to my list of favourite beers, no question. A delicious dubbel without the sweetness that can mar some beers of the style for me. Superb.

Photo of UrbanAeon
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of windypete
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a goblet glass.

Appearance was a nice brown like other belgain beers which is to be expected.

Aroma was of figs & chocolate & caramal, very pleasent indeed.

Mouthfeel was smooth & lite.

Taste has that fig & chocolate coming through smoothly on the tongue, alcohol seems well hidden in this beer.

Overall a very smooth beer & a tasty one at that. Try this beer if you can it wont dissapoint you.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp.

Just a shade darker than Trappistes 6. This is a dark ochre beer with a pale khaki head. Beer is actively carbonated. Having already had the 6 I decanted the 8 so that most of the sediment stayed in the bottle.

Aroma of rich brown bread with just a hint of chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel: decent

Taste: Similar to the 6, although not quite as sweet; brown sugar and a faint taste of plums.

Notes: My 2nd Trappiste. Decent but ultimately disappointing.

Photo of BMoldy
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and cloudy, with a large light brown head. Retention is good but a little disappointing. Moderate lacing.

S: Characteristic Rochefort banana-like esters dominate, though are less pronounced than in the 10. Instead, a more robust sweetness from the candi sugar fills the void. A light spiciness is also present.

T/M: A sharp brown sugar-like sweetness hits first, becoming milder and more caramel-like over time. The yeast and alcohol show in the middle, adding fruity notes and a general feeling of warmth that's maybe just a bit too hot. A bit of hop bitterness and herbal flavor comes next, though it gets kind of lost amongst the other flavors. Finishes with more ripe fruit and a faint hint of dryness. The mouthfeel is full and not too cloying, while the body is about medium. A light carbonation allows all of the flavors to stand on their own and lifts the body enough to keep it from being too heavy.

O: Nice and sweet, as I expect my dubbels to be. Though it's a little too hot, what I really like about this beer is the fact that it doesn't taste like a regular beer, but something that's been crafted to be different and arguably better than the rest. That's probably the number one reason I always come back to Trappist beers. Well worth trying at least once.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of treque
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a very nice appearance, it shows a brown color on the body, semi traslucent and ruby highlights, there is a lot of carb and it generates a creamy richy dark sand color head, with a very good retention

S: totally winy, lots of fuirts, grape, plums, is sweet but also alcohol is percieved

T: the body is lighter than expected i would say medium light, the flavour is so deep, especially the throat warming wiht the alcohol, well balanced

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

Appears a dark brown that lets little light through with big light tan head.

Dark fruity aromas, undertones of citrus, some flowery, red grapes, cherry, just the right level of sweetness in there. Intricate.

Dark fruit in the taste with cherries and berries hitting first, some grape. Some grains appear on the back end but they're sweet and intermingle with the fruit. Finishes very clean with just a pleasant spiciness left.

Great initial spice. Well carbonated but not overly. Medium body.

Overall a high quality beverage.

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