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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,149 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,149
Reviews: 1,750
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 246
Gots: 467 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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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joepais

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle poured into a chalice produced a huge fluffy tan head it takes a few minutes to settle down to a thick lace. The body is a hazy dark brown

Aromas of dark fruits, spices and malts fill your nose. Some nice bread yeast and a light alcohol whiff follows

Flavors of raisins plumbs and spices dance across your tongue along nice warming effect from the alcohol

Good mouthfeel on this one nice and bubbly on the tongue from the carbonation

Awesome drinkablity I sipped away at this for about a half hour and enjoyed every drop. I will gladly grab a few more of these

04-06-2008 23:37:59 | More by joepais
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Cloudy dark mahogany body under an initially-huge rocky tan head. Head fades to a solid lid in about 10 minutes.

Smell is fantastic. So rich and "warm" with vanillla, vinous malt, and oak. Sweet burned cherry, old leather, dark chocolate. Spicy, peppery, mmm. Really smells exceptionally good.

Taste is spot on to the aroma: vanilla and burned cherry are the front notes, then the pepper and coriander come up. Finish is Light metallic bitter followed by dark chocolate.

Rich mouthfeel with a depth of soft and expansive carbonation spreading it all around. Tastes and feels so good, you don't really want to swallow it.

Drinkability is reduced by the alcohol, which is very evident, though not harshly so. However, there's so much going on here that this is a sipper anyway. I reckon I could sip a couple of these or more. However, they're a bit on the pricey side, so in the real world, that also reduces the drinkability.

Overall, another of Rochefort's fantastic beers. Someday I'm gonna have the 6, 8 and 10 side-by-side!

04-01-2008 03:02:52 | More by ColoradoBobs
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a murky dark brown color with some red and amber hues in the light. 1/2 inch of cream colored thick fizzy head lasts for about a minute leaving some nice lacing. Smells of sweet brown sugar, nuts, molasses, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Taste is very similar, sweet maple sugar, clove, cherries, nuts, chocolate, and a touch of hops before a warm alcohol finish. Hints of butter and apples as the beer warms. Medium in body with a high carbonated feel, smooth but with a tingle to it. A nice balance with lots of flavors going on an some alcohol presence reminding you to take it slow, this baby is over 9%abv after all. Easy to drink but with the higher alcohol you may not want to drink more than 1 a night, very rewarding and something I'd save for a special occasion.

03-31-2008 22:35:30 | More by HopDerek
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%

This poured a dark hazy brown with fluffy light tan head. Its scent was a nice blend of malt and hops. It tasted of lots of citrus hops and some malt, and had an average aftertaste. It was watery and somewhat soapy with standard carbonation. Overall this wasn't necessarily bad, but it was certainly not an impressive beer.

03-29-2008 21:04:01 | More by Pencible
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FleeVT

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

330ml brown bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A: Hazy dark brown with hints of red. A nice thick tan head with small bubbles as a top hat. Looks like an A&W commercial. The head eventually recedes to a half finger.

S: Sour and malty with a bit of toast on the nose followed by caramel sweetness, almost like cola. Light yeasts present as well.

T: Fantastic palate. Spices, caramel and malt all balanced perfectly up front. Alcohol cuts in for the finish and leaves minimal aftertaste. The transition from sweet to alcohol reminds me of a bananas foster.

M: Heavily carbonated with medium body. Nice smooth brew.

D: Best I've had in this category. Will be back.

03-28-2008 03:23:41 | More by FleeVT
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

The pour was a deep dark brown with a two finger tan head that falls apart after a few seconds. Right off the bat you could smell the alcohol flavor. Along with that there is definitely roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. The taste was the same but the alcohol definitely adds a huge bite. It is a full bodied beer with an alcoholic bite. This beer is for slow drinking and pure enjoyment.

03-24-2008 18:10:11 | More by ROMER79
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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Thank you LeonTrotsky and IntriqKen for sending me these to try as part of my Beer Powerball winnings!! Woohoo!

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head, that stuck around for nearly the whole glass.

Smells quite sugary, a raw, brown sugar caramel scent, that was quite a bit sweeter than the taste. This was a little more bitter and full of an alcohol bite than expected.

Certainly a very good beer, but there are lots more out there that I want to try.

03-24-2008 02:44:20 | More by babyhobbes
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marksto

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours amber-brown with a subtle reddish tinge. Thick, fluffly head and large beads of carbonation visible along the sides of a tulip shaped-glass, cascading up and keeping the head thick and full.

Aroma is magnificent. Clearly noticeable with the glass not even close to the nose. Essences of maple, nuts, and cinnamon dominate, with some dark fruit in the background.

Flavor continues many of the flavors found in the nose. Maple, light cherry, and raisin essences explode with the a powerful carbonation. Alcohol is there but hardly noticible with all the flavor essences going on.

A marvelous dark Begian strong ale, full of the wonderful complexity exempletive of the best of this style. Highly recommend.

03-24-2008 02:20:02 | More by marksto
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 330mL bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a dark brownish ruby color with thick light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Malt, spice (clove, coriander, etc.), dark dried fruit, and bready yeast. Wonderful aroma.
T: Taste lives up to the aroma! Quite complex with notes of clove, malt, candy (?chocolate), bread, yeast, raisin, and more!
M: Very light on the tongue, which actually contrasts nicely with the complexity of the taste. High carbonation gives the beer a nice effervescence.
D: Very, very drinkable. Wonderful trappist brew! The high ABV is nicely balanced by the complex taste.

03-20-2008 00:32:56 | More by mwilbur
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Goliath

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. A large luxurious light tan head sits on top with good retention receeding to leave some lace on the glass and a clumpy mass later on. Aroma is slightly sour. A slight vengar aroma with some smokiness. Strong malty profile. Dark fruits, chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky, and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is fair. Easy to drink, but strong flavors and high alcohol limit the amount of consumption.

03-18-2008 04:32:36 | More by Goliath
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Sidedrummer

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

My poor pour resulted in a suspension of yeast that clouded the dark bronze beer, it's a good thing I like yeast! A nice pillowy two-finger head topped off the chalice and dissipated slowly.

I nosed a slight smoky malt mixed with a wonderful spicy-raisin-plumb aroma, typical of the other Rocheforts I've enjoyed.

As it warmed up, I noticed the increasing buttery-malt flavor with floral yeast undertones, eventually turning to more of a toasty flavor with hints of honey.

A great Trappist to enjoy late in the evening while you unwind from a long day.

03-16-2008 23:36:44 | More by Sidedrummer
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

I poured number 8 from the Trappistes Rochefort selection into a chalice and it had a 1/2 finger head with a tight pillow formation with snowy blizzard like lacing.

The aroma was comforting with a smokiness and brown sugar. You could smell the alcohol.

The taste was bitter to start and finished with sweet peaches. I also got some bananas. I found it very well balanced. The sensors in my mouth were left buzzing for some time. Very, very enjoyable beer to have a couple times a year.

03-14-2008 04:03:05 | More by cswhitehorse
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

served at room temp.

poured dark brown into chalice. off-white 1 finger head that drops almost immediately. very crisp sounding pour. I noticed that I got a lot of suspended yeast particles in my glass. probably my fault however, and wont be taking that into consideration for appearance rating. very little lacing remains as I drink.

smell of rum, and raisins, and a little maple syrup.

spicy, maple syrup/molasses is my first impression. malty sweetness is dominant, and a bit strong, but far from cloying. black pepper, and apples towards the dry finish.

mouthfeel is perfect. just the right amount of carbonation for superior taste, and not so much that it is overwhelming. smooth texture. I wont say velvety, more like satiny.

I could drink 2 or 3 of these at a sitting, so I would have to say drinkability: high. If you drink 6+ beers at a time, probably wouldn't want to go with this one. might get overwhelmingly sweet, not to mention the cost. good beer, and I will definitely try the rest of their offerings.

03-14-2008 03:44:33 | More by dancinwillie
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montageman

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into a tulip.

Cloudy, dense deep brown color that maintains a strong, white head that stays for a while and leaves a little lacing after about an hour or so. Smells like dried fruit and alcohol, but not in a bad way - we're talking high quality cognac or rum. Taste is kind of disappointing. Smooth, but there is nothing really catching my attention. Regardless, the taste is good. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and well done. This is a high quality beer that is very easy to drink due to its smoothness. Highly recommended.

03-14-2008 03:40:00 | More by montageman
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BeerTaster

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance very dark brown two finger tan head that didn't last as long as I thought it would. Smell some rosted character as well as dark fruits. Taste complex fruity some fig a bit of sweetness in the begining with a dry roasted character in the finish. Mouthfeel mediem body with high carbonation. Drinkability a nice afterdinner beer maby with a good movie and cheese and crackers for a snack.

03-12-2008 22:42:24 | More by BeerTaster
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours murky dark reddish brown, with big, quick disappearing head. Sweet aroma of malt, fresh bread, some fruit. Full bodied, big maltiness with hints of sweet fruit -- figs? Sweet, bready malt character takes center stage. Finish is all malt, bready, sweet. Palate is big and sticky. Delicious beer.

03-12-2008 12:16:29 | More by JohnQVegas
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Mazeraski

New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle with a best by date of 6-9-11.

A - Pours a molasses brown with about a 1 and a half inch tannish creamy head that dissipates rather slowly with a bit of sediment at the bottom and a thin lacing that sticks well to the side of the glass.

S - Hits the nose with a mix of roasted malty molasses aroma, hints of alcohol, faint Belgian yeast and the slightest hint of spice, bannana and darker fruits.

T - Taste is quite similar to smell. Hits the palate first with a smooth malty roasted molasses taste, followed by a well-blended tinge of alcohol that is mixed in with the carbonation quite well. Hints of fig, slightest bannana and clove are blended in with the whole brew and everything compliments each other near-perfectly for a sweet and spicy finish.

MF - Hangs around medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to give it a nice little kick, barely noticeable.

D - Pretty darn drinkable. A slight bit on the malty side but I could tip back a few of these during a session excepting the higher ABV, although you really do not notice this aspect at all. However, this is a brew to be savored, not downed.

Notes: For my second test of a Belgian ale and first for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this was one hell of a place to start with. Extremely impressed with the brew. Not as malty as I expected, however, it does obviously have a malt backbone. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who has the chance to grab one.

03-11-2008 05:38:34 | More by Mazeraski
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 330cl/11.2 oz. bottle, dated "20 09 11". Split with my wife, pre-dinner, to a pair of small goblets (rather unevenly I should add...she got the bigger pour).

A: Fuzzy-looking with fine sediment, a caramel brown that glows auburn in the light. Plenty of rising carbonation beneath an ample eggshell-colored head, maybe a finger that fizzes busily, reducing to a thicker cream. Surprisingly, very little lace sticking...

S: Huge aroma of raisins and sweet, dried fruit. Unmistakably 'Belgian' yeast aroma. A slight bit nutty and some spice - oddly reminds me of one of those Pecan Swirl snack cakes. After the pour, this could be smelled from at least 5 feet away...

T: Terrific spicy zest, loads of sweet fruit, apples, honey pears, figs and dates. Caramel and maybe some butterscotch. Drying toward the finish with traces of black pepper and alcohol. A tremendous blend on spices and sugars, with a balanced bittering. Harmonious.

M: Heavily carbonated at first, producing a big prickliness early. That zing mellows very nicely with some warming in subsequent sips.

D: Whew, it's been far too long since I've enjoyed one of these - perhaps since Belgium, some 18 months ago... we both agreed this is a phenomenal beer, way too easy to drink. One we'll be sure to have more often; now with 2 in reserve - recent New Seasons pick-ups at a reduced/liquidation(!) price - it's sure to happen sooner.

03-10-2008 05:07:11 | More by msubulldog25
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to snifter, The liquid is a dirty brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, tan and leaves ok lace.

The smell is good, yeasty mixed with dark fruit and some roasty malt.

The taste is good, I like the roastyness and a hint of pepper goes nice with the dark fruit notes as well.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, really a nice brew, I just don't think it is worth the price.

Prosit, MK

03-09-2008 06:21:20 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

pours a cloudy brown with a very large tan head with a easy pour that holds to a quarter inch but not much lacing on the glass. sweet fruity nose with some caramel and spice also. taste is complex and the alcohol is strong but goes down very smoothly. medium body with a excellent carbonation. price was a little prohibitive at 6.95 for a 11.2 oz bottle otherwise its just great.

03-08-2008 03:38:52 | More by billybob
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wedge

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

280312 = Bottled March of 2007, so this one's about a year old.

Sparkling clear deep chestnut color with a big, soft, pillowy head. Strings of lace grip the sides as the head drops to a thick topping. Malty sweet nose: toffee, cherry, berries, dried banana, ginger, resin...all well balanced. There's a slight rummy aroma, though its not boozy at all, which adds to the dessert-like quality. Tastes malty before quickly adding some fruitiness. Apple, strawberry, smooth vanilla. The mild spices and phenols round the flavor out nicely. More floral than anticipated at first, but then more caramalized flavors, bread, and even cotton candy creep into the mix. Towards the end of the glass, this is down right delicious. Medium bodied and very soft. Only once did I notice any warming in the throat - a deceptively strong beer.

I have to say, it isn't what I expected. You might think it'll be a big, dark, alcoholic monster of a beer, but it's really pretty easy going thanks, in part, to its fantastic balance. There are a lot of subtleties and changing flavors with this Trappist ale. Complex fruitiness and a sort of sweet bread quality throughout...very nice.

03-07-2008 22:15:10 | More by wedge
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

A: pours a gorgeous deep, cloudy, reddish-brown with an nice 2 giner frothy, rocky off-white head that eventually settles down and leaves a nice sticky lace. Tones of sediment on the bottom of my glass.

S: nice grainy hops, sugary fruit (raisins, apples, plums), spice and yeast and definite cotton candy - wow.

T: beautiful floral, grainy hops with a sweet molasses, fruitiness that comes out mid sip then lingers into sugary, spicy, candy-like finish with a nice warming touch of alcohol. Incredibly well balanced and very complex.

M: surprisingly light bodied and bubbly (almost like champagne), excellent spicy carbonation, and a smooth, crisp, warm and tingly sensation on the finish.

D: Holy water - this beer is incredible. So many complex flavours so well balanced. It packs a punch but you would never know it as it is so easy to drink - could potentially be dangerous ;-). If you see this beer, buy it! it really is something special.

03-07-2008 21:39:31 | More by Graham5161986
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HotHabanero

Denmark

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

Wonderful ruby brown trappist beer. The beige head is a little thin but with good lacing. The aroma is a symphony of dried fruit, banana and spices. A flavour of plum caramel and a hint of chocolate. Medium o full bodied. Fine balance between sweet malt and alcohol. Very tasty.

03-03-2008 21:00:34 | More by HotHabanero
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PlaywrightSam

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, nice amount of tan head that retains very well. Smell is very sweet, raisins, spices, toffee, figs, roasted malts. Taste is much the same but with a really nice layer of dark fruit, apples, raisins, and maybe just a hint of citrus. Some very distant dry bitterness toward the finish. I can detect the alcohol, but it's very well hidden considering the abv. Mouthefeel is somewhat coarse, carbonation is moderate to high. It's a fairly intense beer but wonderfully balanced. If it weren't for the high sticker price I'd pick it up pretty often.

03-02-2008 04:43:17 | More by PlaywrightSam
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Deep brown with a purple highlight. Foamy head 2 fingers tall with fine bubbles.

Bright aroma of fruity cherries, grapes, plumbs, pear.

Smooth and delightful. I poured it a bit cold, but upon warming up, amazing! Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, fruity plum.

Finish is slightly peppery, with fig and rum flavors. Alcohol is very very well hidden. Maybe not eve hidden, just accompanies it beautifully.

Drinkability is definitly there. It is amazingly smooth and after only a few seconds, i'm ready for another sip. Definitly a sipper at 9%, don't get fooled by the lack of alcohol phenols. It's there!

This is a must drink for anyone who is serious about belgians or craft brews in general. There are only a couple others in this style that I would put on it's level. Great flavors, compexity, and drinkability

03-02-2008 03:37:58 | More by SurlyDuff
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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