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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,141 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,141
Reviews: 1,750
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 245
Gots: 461 | 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.

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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Received this one for Christmas in a gift pack with a Rochefort chalice. Thin, 330 ml brown bottle, green cap with an 8 on it.
Pours out a deep brown, large dark tan head. Foam shrinks down to a 2 finger thick cap, left thin, but steady amount of lacing. Aroma of dark, sweet malt, raisins and prunes. Lots of flavor, like dates, fruitcake. Nice warming alcohol fills your mouth. Dark malt, almost a bit smokey, woody, almost scotch-like. The mouthfeel is full, but not as heavy as expected.
A pretty solid example, but really need to do a side-by-side tasting. Very good on its own, but tough to rank against some other classics.

02-20-2007 04:59:24 | More by BigBry
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adowney523

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a 33 cl brown bottle into a Belgian-style chalice.

Brown color with cloudiness. Lots of sediment. Good head retention.

Smell is of dark fruit, plum, molasses, and brown sugar.

Bready and burnt malt taste. Fruity candy flavor fades to an alcohol warmth in the finish.

A nice complex Belgian ale.

02-20-2007 04:51:10 | More by adowney523
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malty

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Taken from my 52F cellar. Best before12.05.09

Pours a slightly hazed brownish orange - exactly like the color of 'sugar babies' (you know, the candy). A fine off-white 1" head settles down to a mere 1/8". Very minimal visible carbonation. Globs of thick sticky lace all the way down.

I could smell this the instant I took the first pry of the cap. A remarkable concoction of smells; gummy dark fruit misted with bourbon. Ginger and molasses. A touch of vanilla crème.

A unique spiciness hits my palate right off the bat. It reminds me of Hendricks Gin (infused with cucumber), but it stops right there, as there are no pine flavors. It's teasing me, beckoning me. A stony mineral cleanness surfaces so I may detect dark figs and charred wood & charcoal. Dry spicy long and warm flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Fine airy carbonation (moderate level) keeps the full body bouncy and kinetic.

Drinkability is very good. I swear I need to drink a few more of these to figure out all the spicy flavors.

Overall a unique and world class Trappist ale. Dry, spicy and bold, but altogether smooth. Warming and soothing. Restoring. Very good.

02-19-2007 00:02:25 | More by malty
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a nice, auburn/brown color with some cloudiness from the yeast. Big, tan, creamy head with good retention. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation.

Fruity, yeasty and sweet aroma. Complex and gets maltier as it warms and a little spicier/hoppier. Taste is malt, fruity yeast and a little alcohol. Finishes a little nutty and spicy with a touch of hops. Very good.

Medium bodied. Hides alcohol fairly well, though it gives it a nice warming effect and a bit of flavor.

02-18-2007 01:03:46 | More by AaronHomoya
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Ap: Cloudy ruby red/brown with thick head of tight laced bubbles. Head recedes to thin layer which dissipates moments after pouring. Vigourous carbonation throughout the glass.

Ar: Earthy fruits - dates, raisins, prunes. Alcohol notes present. Slight dark wheat - pumpernickel aroma.

Ta: Sharp & rich with earthy fruits. ABV definitely noticeable. Slight candied fruit flavor from yeast strain. Blends nicely with alcohol notes.

Mo: Effervescent. The high carbonation helps offset the high ABV. Medium bodied. Carbonation also lends crips finish.

Dr: This is a slow sipper due to the high ABV. It is welcome though in order to really savor its flavor complexities.

Comments: Another in the list of trappist beers has lived up to its hype. Delicious, albeit strong. This is not one to take lightly. Let it warm up to room temp, let it sit on your palette & express itself.

02-16-2007 21:47:11 | More by JMD71
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jjayjaye

New York

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours an opaque dark rust brown with a really unique full finger head of small uniform bubbles. There was no coaxing this one. The head fades quickly to surface, but is quite active.

The aroma is unique; a sweet cherry syrup, dark fruits, and molasses.

The mouth feel mirrors the tiny effervescent nature of the head and there are high notes from the hop. I find that level of carbonation distracting.

The flavor has high notes of a citrus fruit but that characteristic is offset by the effect from the sweet smell of molasses. Thank you Sam-the-Beer-Man for the opportunity to try this one!!!

02-13-2007 23:53:34 | More by jjayjaye
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a deep, dense reddish-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Smell of sweet malt and molasses, with a wisp of dates in there.

Taste is delicious, great malty taste with complexity. Very well balanced with the alcohol noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel is exceptional as well, nice carbonation, just a joy to drink.

Drinkabilty great as well, again find myself wanting more.

02-10-2007 04:48:38 | More by techdiver
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Nice looking brownish beer, with a relatively poor head (perhaps served too cold) that leaves some lacing.
Smell is just great - powerful sugary malts, molasses, honey, some hops, alcohol.
Taste is also powerful, with a heavy, sweet malt, fruity esters, and a cleansing, warming alcohol at the end.
Velvety mouthfeel, very heavy and sweet, I cannot have more than one at a time, but this one is very satisfying.

02-10-2007 04:46:00 | More by brdc
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: I'm biased, I love beer that looks like this. When held up to the light it's a vibrant, deep, red, with a nice creamy tan lacing on the top.

Smell: Big hit of sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses, apricot and alcohol.

Taste: A nice fruitiness upfront fades into the big sugary malt, alcohol warms your face, and the minimal hop character or something else cleans it up like magic leaving me dry and wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Small bubbly smooth carbonation, juicy, a little syrupy, but it dissolves and dries up, seems to leave a little bit of a coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: Delicious, big and sweet, almost enough sugar to make me want something more bitter or spicy, but it's the style. Very well done, a favorite.

02-06-2007 06:54:02 | More by guitarmage
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veech

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet
A: Dark cinnamon brown color with a huge frothy head that clings for days. Great presentation.
S: Sweet touches of sugary dates or raisins. A minimal hop character but it is there. A whiff of alcohol kick on the back end.
T: Starts mildly sweet that yields to reveal multiple fruit esters that concludes with a warming kick. Complex without being over the top.
M: Medium feel with silky smooth viscosity. Perfect for the style.
D: ABV limits this to maybe a 750, but a great beer. I'm really enjoying exploring these Belgians. Can't wait to try the 10.

02-04-2007 20:09:50 | More by veech
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beveritt

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Presentation: Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel goblet. The bottle presents the classic Rochefort label, with the number 8 being the only evident difference.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 inch of off-white head. This slowly settles into a thin layer of foam. The beer itself is an almost muddy brown. Difficult to see through, but appears to be relatively clear.

Smell: This has been one of the few Belgian style ales in which I can smell hops. Granted, not overwhelmingly hoppy like a DIPA, but the scent is a mix of molasses, brown sugar, a slight tang and the herbal notes of aged hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Undertones of dried fruit; raisins and plums. Yeasty and bready notes. A slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Great body.

Drinkability: A wonderful example of the style. I had some Chimay last night, and while both good, I think this one is more complex and subtle.

02-03-2007 23:22:43 | More by beveritt
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 pours out a rocky tan head
over a dark brown, almost black brew. The nose is
of yeast, malt, and spice. The flavor is malt with a
sharp alcohol presence, and there's something like
anise in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and tingly.
This is not a bad brew, though I personally preferred
the Trappistes Rochefort 10. This one doesn't seem to
have quite the same balance and richness as 10, but
I wonder if a few years of cellaring might help it balance
itself out. It's kind of a tricky proposition as it's a little rare
in these parts, and you naturally try and drink the good
stuff when you can. Alcohol by volume 9.2%.

02-01-2007 08:29:19 | More by shadow1961
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

A - dark mahogany color, with a thick belgian head, with amazing retention, of course far too dark to note any carbonation or sediment, but there is some left in the bottle

S - mmmm.... its been too long.... that dark fruit molasses combination that a great belgian trappis has, with that sweet woddiness to it as well, with very faint hints of vanilla

T - the taste is a reflection of the aroma, only intensified, supersweet molasses-raisin dark flavors with vanilla and toffee woodiness underneath

M&D - the flavors are layered well, and blended masterfully, even the girlfriend enjoyed it enough to request a second sip, that says more than anything i can write here. a sweet mouthcoat that goes the whole way down, theres a reason why these true trappists are rates so dang high, because they should be

01-31-2007 05:21:40 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into my snifter a dark reddish/brown color with a small tan head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. The smell is of dark fruit maybe some figs and also a brown sugar or molasses. Taste is hard to describe but is slightly sweet almost a syrup flavor with a bit of yeast and a lightly carbonated feel. The complex flavors seem to hide alot of the alcohol and make this a delicious and very drinkable brew.

01-30-2007 05:28:07 | More by Alkey
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kajerm

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

let me get this out of the way: this is my favorite beer in the entire world.

pours totally opaque caramel brown with a little off-white head that goes away quickly. smells like spices, dark malt, and bananas; maybe a few berry notes as well. belgian yeast is there en force, and you can smell a little alcohol but it's pleasant, not overpowering.

tastewise, I feel like I could study this beer for years and not even come close to getting everything that's there. it's malty as hell, but in a pleasant, spicy way that goes perfectly with the banana flavor of the yeast. unlike it's too-big brother (rochefort 10), everything is in perfect balance here-- you can taste the alcohol, but it adds warmth to the beer and doesn't make you feel like you've just downed a bottle of nyquil while being punched in the chest.

it's thick (but not too thick), and I feel like I could just sit with this beer in my mouth for hours.

I hope I don't need to tell you it's not sessionable, for every possible reason (including price if you're not in belgium.) drinkable for a BSDA, but not sessionable. this is a beer to sip and savor.

01-26-2007 19:08:40 | More by kajerm
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RoundelMike

Utah

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

It's amazing what you can find on the shelves at state-operated Utah liquor stores. I found this Rochefort Trappistes 8 bottle and I have to admit, it's the first beer of this caliber I've tasted. In short, I was floored. Amazed.

The serving bottle was understated and elegant enough (just my style...I can do without flashy labels). I unintentionally poured a huge head with this beer. You really have to pour it slowly. The liquid below the embarrassingly fluffy head poured a really attractive dark brown with just a touch of red--unfiltered. The head was a butternut tan. Beautiful, in my opinion.

The smell is complex. You're hit with a fig smell followed by fruit--dare I even say citrus? Definitely oranges. Everything is pulled together with a light woody scent.

The taste is sweet, then bitter, and then you notice strong but not biting carbonation. The most noticeable aspect of the taste isn't the individual facets of it, but the way that the flavors work together to create a full, creamy, and utterly natural taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and even.

Drinkability for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a relative thing, as you don't exactly go knocking ten of these down during the big game. It's a sipping beer (the alcohol content requires it), but I'm sure I could sip it all night.

01-23-2007 03:00:25 | More by RoundelMike
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Following up on what most reviews have already stated, this beer, when poured, was a dark brown, almost red in color. The head, which was nearly half the glass, was carmel in color. As far as smell, the overpowering scent that I encountered was cinnamon. It made for a nice taste when combined with the other flavors, which weren't nearly as apparent to a rookie beer reviewer such as myself. While in the mouth, the beer definitley "wakes up" your tastebuds and finishes very smooth, which impressed me. As far as drinkability goes, I must say, be careful. At 9.2% alcohol and its great taste, it could be a short evening for you if you have too many.

01-22-2007 18:53:50 | More by Infamous7100
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westweasel

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The beer is a medium brown in the glass, about the color of milk chocolate. It poured out with such a big head, that I only got about half of the bottle in the glass at first and had to re-pour. The aroma is bready, toasty, sweet, and floral. I could smell caramel, graham cracker, and even some cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, with a nice fairly dry finish. The taste is caramel, sweet, and bready, with some bitterness at the end adding to the dry finish. There are also spicy notes in there and a black pepper taste.

This beer is very drinkable, with its higher alcohol content masked by the flavors of the malt. An excellent beer.

01-21-2007 00:18:19 | More by westweasel
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roblowther

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a murky, reddish-brown with a medium-density thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells of cloves, raisins, plums, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a sweet, caramel malt, followed by the crisp spices and a warming alcohol finish. A bit brighter than the 10, but similar. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, with nice carbonation. Having downed a number of these during a marathon bocce tournament, I can attest to the drinkability. It may be a bit much for those that prefer their beer light and refreshing, but if its flavor you crave, you can sip these all day long.

01-20-2007 22:58:31 | More by roblowther
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Dark brown with specks of yeast floating around. Nice big foamy head that goes down in a ferw min.

S: alcohol is strong right off the bat. I smell vague spices as well.

T: Malty as hell! You can taste the alcohol big time in this great brew. It has a spicy character throughout, though there is a great sweetness to it. It finishes with a clove and spicy alcohol flavor.

M: Medium bodied beer, with a great CO2 level.

D: Strong, but I could put a few back no prob. It keeps you wanting more. I will have to get another few cases soon!

Note:
This beer tastes great if you use it to make a stew. The results were great!

01-17-2007 18:14:17 | More by jeffaz02t
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a big head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is rich with dark fruit, spices, and alcohol. The taste is a complex blend of malt, dark fruit, spices and alcohol. A tartness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation tingle. Drinkability is high for a 9.2% ABV. It would be easy to get carried away with this one so you have to show restraint. Overall, a great beer that should be savored. The flavors and smoothness really come out as it warms.

01-13-2007 18:23:36 | More by uconnalum2
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Looks good pouring into a wide-mouthed chalice. Not a huge amount of foam, and it subsides fairly quickly. Body is a deep chestnut color, sort of murky with sediment suspended within it.

Smells a little intoxicating, alcohol blended with fig and plum.

Taste is pretty rich, sweet at first, with the alcohol and fruit notes coming through and hanging on the palate. Finish is earthy, roasty malt, with a slight bitterness of mild cocoa. First sips seemed a little one-dimensional, but as it warms it shows more depth.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, easy to sip and enjoy. Sweetness hinders the drinkability a bit, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try, but Rochefort 10 is still my favorite from this Trappist brewery.

01-12-2007 01:27:36 | More by emerge077
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bigreduw64

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured dark brown color and slightly cloudy. It smelled fruity with a hint of what seemed to be cinnamon. A very nice strong nose. When tasted it had a slight caramel flavor with a moderate finish. The finish became pretty sweet and almost tasted like sugar water. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

01-09-2007 08:03:03 | More by bigreduw64
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BobThomas

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours dark, almost black with a nice light lacy head.

Smells nice and creamy, malty, and alcoholic for sure.

Tastes and feels big and creamy with deep rich flavors. The first sip was absolutely delicious. In later sips however, I noticed the presence of alcohol more and more. What a shame. Half way through the glass, the memory of the delicious flavor was erased by alcohol.

If the alcohol was a little more in balance, this would be a just about a perfect beer.

01-05-2007 05:44:51 | More by BobThomas
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mithrascruor

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an elegant ruby-brown color, with a very thick and creamy/foamy light tan head (which eventually becomes a thick film that stays for eons).

Smell: The aroma is very complex and it is difficult to describe the overall sense it gives. Very rich and warm, replete with spices, banana, and dried fruits. Alcohol is definitely present, but it is married with the spices (such as brown sugar and other less-apparent ones, including cloves) and the other flavors remarkably well.

Taste: The beer has a strong, warm, dark bready flavor, with diversified malts, an abundance of spices (yet not overdone), and a variety of fruits, including pears and the aforementioned dried fruits. A mild alcohol taste is affixed to these other flavors, but never becomes an independent entity. Finishes with a slight tartness, seguing into a warm and spicy aftertaste. A beautifully complex flavor, while not being over-done at all.

Mouthfeel: Has a luscious thickness to it. With a rich creamy and silky smooth feel it is quite impressive.

Drinkability: A joy to drink, so no problems here! Sure, it's strong, so don't drink too much... but the alcohol taste that is often obvious in strong beers never sticks out here. Instead it remains as an integral part of the overall taste.

This is, quite frankly, my favorite beer. Drinking it is almost a religious experience. Quite difficult to find near where I live now, but I managed to get a few for New Years. Never fails to disappoint; in fact I become more fond of it over time. Complex and amazing on all fronts, this is a beer that people should at least try once.

01-01-2007 20:19:03 | More by mithrascruor
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,141 ratings.