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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
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4,026 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,026
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 236
Gots: 413 | FT: 14
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.

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MurphysIrish

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head maintained itself. Lacing separated from head, though. Large bubbles. Musty, basement smell and dried fruit in the nose. Color of the caramel sauce you drizzle on a flan. I cannot get over that musty smell. I feel like I'm in the cellar where this bottle was conditioned. It's a good thing.

On the first sip, alcohol burn is right up front and squeezes any other flavors offstage. Spicy, dark rye taste emerges after a few sips. There is some kind of tannin at the end of the swallow and an astringency that lingers down the throat. Seems like everything else is lost in this beer but the booziness. It is 9.2% ABV, after all.

Nothing I would drink on a regular basis, but a certain contender for an after dinner, "digestif" beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 03:27:13 | More by MurphysIrish
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a thistle glass.

Aroma: Raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherries, plums, some citrus, floral hops, spicy.

Looks: Hazy dark brown with ruby red highlights. Medium sized white (dull white) head with average to poor head retention. Not much lace to speak of.

Taste. Prunes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries, cloves, molasses, and a touch of citrus. Malty, yeasty... and some hops too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very prickly carbonation, fine carbonation though. Lots of bubbles... could be toned down.

Overall, it's a good Beer. I'm looking forward to the # 10 that I have in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 21:00:45 | More by BrewSomerville
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theopholis

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Transluscent amber with an off-white head. The head has some staying power, and leaves a very thin lacing.

Aroma- Lots of complex malt sweetness. Getting some dark ripe fruit; plums, raisens, molassas. Yet oddly crisp and fresh smelling. Very enticing.

Taste- Practically no malt sweetness. A strange dryness in the middle, like figs or soemthing. Some prune in the after-taste to A slightly hot and spicy finish. Obviously, a more attenuated version of the "6".

Mouthfeel- A td over-carbonated. Body is rather thin. Fairly dry. Clings to the mouth well, giving you a robust after-taste.

Drinkability- It's interestig, but the spiciness and over-carbonation turned what was a good beer into a mediocre one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 06:46:36 | More by theopholis
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Optimat0r

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep red-brown, you know typical of this style. lots more foam that with the 10 though. incredibly rich smell.
taste-malty goodness, sugar, sweet, extremely deep and complex. just damn good.
mouthfeel perfect. drinkability excellent. ive had the 10 lots of times but this is my first try of the 8..its hard to say this one is lacking in any way, these Rocheforts are simply some of the best damn beer you will ever put in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 00:52:14 | More by Optimat0r
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baggio

Sweden

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing this beer that i've tried so many times before.

A: Dark brown with a thick, impressive lace.

S: Banana marshmallow, raison, alcohol. Yummy!

T: Coffee, malt, liqorice ?, tofee, yeast

M: Smooth carbonation and very creamy.

This is a very complex beer that should be savoured in small sips. Be sure to serve it at a correct temperature, i recommend +17C to get the maximum amount of taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 19:36:41 | More by baggio
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potownbill

New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave M. for carrying the Trappist Rochefort three pack back from Belgium. You are forgiven for liking wine more than beer. But this is no ordinary beer.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head that popped up over the edge of my glass.
Smell: Yeast (which my wife could smell from across the room), Malt, Raison, Single malt scotch,
Taste: first sip right out of the fridge was heavy alcohol. Patience, Patience, Patience. 5 minutes later all the complexity was there.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, fizzy, creamy, slight alcohol burn
Drinkability: Only one bottle, so I drank it sssllllooowww. Can't wait to try the 10!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 19:53:41 | More by potownbill
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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Brown with a white/tan head which doesn't stay around as long as I would have liked.

S: Candy sugar upfront, with burnt smells, molasses and raisins, with a hint of alcohol in the end.

T: Molasses dominates, with hints of fig, not overy phenolic, but a nice warming alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Not incredibly robust for a beer of this strengh, but very creamy and enjoyable, very smooth.

D: Drinkability is suprisingly good for a 9.2% ale, not refreshing per se, but not cloying and overly alcoholic making each sip a serious endeavour, like some highly alcoholic brews can be.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:43:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice ruby red color with a thick head. Thick lacing is present. The smell is fruity with more than a hint of alcohol. The taste is plums and a bit if underlying smoke. The mouthfeel is carbonated and the alcohol has a nice way of saying hello this early in the morning. This will certainly warm the tops of your ears and cheeks. A nice well rounded brew. One of the better Belgian brews I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 16:00:32 | More by Enola
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sterstar1

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Trappist. Fruity, sweet (but not too sweet) with a hint of sourness on the back end - but not so much that it's a bad thing. Definitely drinkable. If I see this one sitting on a shelf, I'll probably pick it up again although I wouldn't drive across town to get it. I know, this is the same review I gave the 10 but I found them to be very similar. If you haven't tried it, pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 15:24:18 | More by sterstar1
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes you enjoy a beer so much that you have review it even though you know its reputation warrants a better description than you can possibly offer given your reviewing capability. For me, this is one of those beers…

The aroma features a firm yeasty must with an inviting peaty, appley quality. The toffee malt palate includes a fairly sharp alcohol spice, sweet raisin fruitiness, a nice smokey touch, and a deliciously rich oaky tannin quality that balances the rest of the flavors nicely. The alcohol, while quite robust, is exceedingly well-hidden considering the more than 9% ABV.

The complexity of this one is a bit beyond me, so I’m sure I missed a number of hints and flavors. But I can tell you that this rich brew features a balance and variety of flavors, along with a deceptive drinkabilty, that make it one of the best beers that I’ve had it quite some time. I approached this beer with a sense of caution, concerned that all the hype and prestige surrounding this brew might lead me to give this it an overly generous review. However, after an objective tasting, I can see that the attention and praise Rochefort 8 receives is well-deserved…

Highly recommended…

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 03:33:29 | More by arguemaniac
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CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a coarsely carbonated head. Toffee and raisin aroma; no hint of hops. Flavor is multilayered; not as much as the 10, but much cleaner on the palate and more drinkable. Carbonation is medium and there is a slight bite in the finish. Absolutely incredible drinkability for a 9.2 % abv ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 01:35:04 | More by CH3CH2OH
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deeplennon

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with an incredible head that grew an extra centimeter or so in the 5 mins I let is sit before drinking. Murky brown in color is intriguing. Aroma is faint with some alcohol and a little caramel sweetness. Pleasing though slight. Taste again provides alcohol with a touch of caramel sweet, very very very well balanced for 9.2% making for an incredibly drinkable strong brew - as in the aroma, overall depth of flavor is again slight.

I could drink it nearly as easily as I could a glass of water and there is probably no other 9.2% beer I could say that about especially with such a dark malt profile, but on the other side of that coin it needs a bit more character to be truly excellent in my opinion. I'd certainly never pass on one though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 04:32:15 | More by deeplennon
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basica

Singapore

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I took this the day following when I took the Rochefort 6 so I may better differentiate and
compare between the 2. The Rochefort 8 pours out dark red brown, like the Rochefort 6 and has
a wonderful appearance, again like the Rochefort 6. Nice thick head with average to good
retention. The smell is very promising; strong fruity aroma which is comprised of apples and
plums, mainly apples; totally inviting. The taste was less impressive as the smell but was going
strong with fruity apple notes dashed with a plums and other dark fruits and maybe a little bit
of spices. The pronounced mellow nature of the taste completely masks the underlying 9.2 ABV
making the beer exceptionally smooth, light and drinkable. There is none of the periodic alcohol
"kick-ins" which is common amongst high ABV beers and bitterness was not at all present. A very
well balanced taste to say the least. Carbonation was just right on the Rochefort 8 and goes
in great balance with the taste but the body should be thicker on this one. Although the 8
definitely exhibits a thicker body than the 6, I personally see it as slightly lacking still.
The after taste was a true party for the pellates; apple, plums, grapes and other dark fruits
filling the taste bud lingering on for a bit. A good to great beer that I could imagine
improvements on. A thicker body and stronger, sweeter fruity taste would make this a sure 10.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:09:26 | More by basica
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 8 pours a hazy deep brown with a thick foamy head. Smell is ripe dark fruits, sweet with a lot of dark maltiness. Taste is sharp at first, giving way to a rich fruity easters. The initial sharp spiciness gives way to an incredibly smooth, rich malt flavor, perfectly balanced and deliciously complex. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. As the beer warms, the sharpness decreases and it becomes even more delicious. I think I like this beer more than the 10, it just seems more balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:10:33 | More by ericj551
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mdm46410

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a hazy brown color with visible carbonation and a big, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer was full of yeast notes, bread, grapes, dark fruits, and some sweet malts. The flavor was very, very rich. It included buttery bread notes along with a crisp fruitiness, and also a bit of caramel. Excellent velvety, creamy mouthfeel with fizzy, active carbonation stinging your tounge along with a nice alcohol warmth. All I can say is...awsome!! A must try. This is one top notch ale that is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 00:27:45 | More by mdm46410
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like dark fruit, bread and caramel, a very nice sweet malty smell. Taste is similar to the smell, except that there's also an earthy, peppery spicyness in the taste along with the dark fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, it's smooth and silky and has a lot of carbonation (but not too much). Drinkability is pretty good, but would be perfect if the carbonation was down a little bit. Alcohol isn't too noticeable at all. Overall a very good beer, it's nice and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 23:45:26 | More by bluejacket74
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jp62099

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into tulip, dark brown, huge head. Smell is malty, bread, some fruit and alcohol. Taste is malt, biscuit, with a raisony acloholic back. Mouthfeel is relatively light although alcohol hits and lingers. Need to study the style some more don't have much experience with it. Overall impression is good, pretty pricey, an occasion brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:14:44 | More by jp62099
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dren

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy brown. Foamy head that falls quickly.

Smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruits and some flowery notes. Very nice.

Yeasty biscuit taste up front. Some malts in there, dark fruits and a dry finish. Some warming alcohol on the roof of the mouth. Some bitter flower taste in there as well. Towards the end the beer leaves a dark dried fruit aftertaste, very nice! The 6 was like a wattered down cognac and this 8 is more like a wattered down whiskey. I like this one quite a bit more.

A little warmer and thicker than the 6. Still has quite a bit of carbonation which seems to fit better with this brew. The dry aftertaste makes it seem like this beer is a little thicker than it is. Not bad.

I'd buy this one over several of the other Belgians I have had but I wouldn't seek it out often due to its $5.50 price tag. Looking forward to the 10 tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 21:34:11 | More by dren
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a half glass of beautiful, frothy, creamy head.

S- The nose is malty, with a prominent hint of alcohol, some dark fruits, nuts, and biscuit.

T- Initially malty, giving way to a breadiness, then some raisin and dates, then biscuit, then strong lingering alcohol in the fairly dry finish. The overall impression after a sip is alcohol and bread.

M- Silky and smooth, with a very astringent and dry finish, as you feel the alcohol evaporate out of your mouth. Pretty high carbonation, though not as high as the (gag) 6.

D- A bit too strong and dry to merit a high drinkability score, but definitely a better beer overall than the 6... I'll do the 10 tomorrow, and we'll choose a winner :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 23:16:46 | More by khiasmus
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a goblet, this had a thick, dark layer of sediment at the bottom which i left in the bottle. the appearance is a hazy amber/brown with a tan, creamy head and incredible lacing that does not want to go away. the first smell that hits me is a whiskey aroma. was this barrel aged? also notes of toffee, dark fruit, candied fruit, and some earthy mustiness. barnyardy kinda nose. taste is of sweet malts and alcohol with some of the above aromatics translating onto the tongue. a vague spicy character is present that i'm not familiar with. somehow the carbonation is still lively enough in this big beer to balance the sweet malts. any hop bitterness is in the background and difficult to pick up. this is a showcase of malt, yeast, and however they make this beer. mouthfeel is big-bodied but not as much as the abv lets on. long, warming finish with some alcohol burn. this is definitely a sipping beer, i couldn't do more than one of these, unless it was cold and i had a big, meaty cigar to pair with it. this is more reminiscent of a liquer or madeira than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 04:21:46 | More by MrMcGibblets
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willjschmidt

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my beautiful Rochefort chalice.

A: A 1/4 inch light tan head forms over the deep brown colored brew with dark red undertones. Very thin lacing on the glass. A very thin layer of head remains over the beer throughout contributing to the silky smooth texture.

S: Mild alcohol along with some fruits such as figs and cherries and bananas.

T: I struggle to contemplate all the wonderfully complex flavors in this amazing beer. The malts dominate the palate in the form of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and dark bread. There are also some faint spices as well. An excellent amount of sweetness, just there but it doesn't overwhelm. Damn, I wish I was a poet so I could more accurately describe this masterpiece.

M: Silky smooth, slightly creamy. It overwhelms the palate with its delicious complex flavors.

D: The 9.2% alcohol is virtually indiscernible. Mellow yet incredibly flavorful and complex. Very easy to drink. It might be the best Belgian beer that I have yet to try. Absolutely phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:31:29 | More by willjschmidt
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium. Poured from bottle into proper glasware.

A - Ruby brown, with a creamy head that really lasts, nice lacing.

S - A very yeasty dubel with nice hints of malt sweetness and caramel

T - Solid malty body witha very presant yestiness. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. Alcohol appears slightly as it warms.

Very drinkable with a nice smooth mouthfeel. An unoffensive nicely rounded dubel, though nothing exceptional. Just solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 14:31:41 | More by IPAcraig
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Ausbeerboy

California

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an unexpectantly large head. Grows rapidly. Poured a 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz Tulip and it still breached the rim (no chalis glass available at the time) A deep mahogany color with a tan head. Then take a deep sniff. WOW! Near floral like tones hit the nose with background of rich fruits. With some beers you really have to get your nose in there and whiff to get something. This one will reach out and grab you.

A bit more carbonation than I was expecting, but I think it helps carry the flavors across the tongue and balance out the flavors. I was really all over the place when trying to describe the flavors. If there was ever a beer that you could describe as complex, this would be it. Deep fruit flavors, followed by some sweetness and then a bit of the alcohol.

This beer has such complexity that I think it will take more than the first 11.2oz to get a handle on this one. Definitely one I'll return to, but like all the trappist ales, a treat for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 06:31:34 | More by Ausbeerboy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 21:48:43 | More by mikesgroove
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kundabuffer

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S---golden raisins and other dried fruit, brown sugar, yeast

T--heavily carbonated, bites right away and soon gives way to a sweet but earthy aftertaste

M--quite light for this much alcohol, almost seltzer-like

D--very drinkable....the alcohol is masked very well and the brew has a solid, "standard" Belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 06:45:33 | More by kundabuffer
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,026 ratings.