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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,857
Hads: 5,022
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
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Brasserie de Rochefort
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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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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, with a slightly red tint. Almost no head, but has a small amount of carbonation.

Smell: I get a strong sense of plum and a little bit of grape and fig. There is an acidity to it that I didn't expect.

Taste: Same as the smell in that I get an almost sour acidic taste at first. When my taste buds settle in I get a mild berry/dark fruit taste. The back end is a creamy malt taste.

Feel: Smooth, not super thick but a medium body with minimal carbonation makes this one easy to drink.

Overall: Good beer, my least favorite out of the rochefort trio

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Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark Amber with huge shaving cream like head that will not go away.
Aromas of spice, (nutmeg or cardamom) fruits like cherry.
Tastes of candy, fruit, especially cherry. Raisins and fig.
Mouth feel is very smooth. Velvet like. Nicely carbonated.
Very nice Belgian Strong!

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Photo of majorbase2
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, mahogany brown color with a lumpy, brown head. Dissipates after a bit, leaving a thin, patchy layer of head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Sweet caramel malts and dark fruits dominate first sniff. Prune, fig, and cherry.

Taste follows the nose. Dark fruits and sweet malts are strong. Brown sugar is present. Raisin and fig. Very sweet and smooth. Has some earthy character as well. Not much alcohol presence. Ridiculously smooth. One of the tastiest brews you'll find, completely nailing the dark fruit flavors, with a nice accent from the other malt presence.

As stated, this beer is criminally drinkable. I downed this in about 20 minutes, and I normally drink my beers in about 45. Good carbonation. Goes down creamy and smooth.

Sensational beer. My highest rated beer at this point is Rochefort 10. I will be very curious to see where this one ends up. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of MonaLisaOverdrive
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice milk chocolate brown, hazy with a very active and quickly dissipating(?) 2-finger head. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Raisin-y, date-like alcoholic kinda sweet smell. Not really what I like when I sniff a beer, but most definitely a great example of how a belgian should smell.

Taste: Dangerously smooth. So balanced, nice subtle grainy taste, perfect amount of sweetness, dark fruit flavors, and just enough alcohol flavor to remind you how strong this beer is. The aftertaste is very clean for a strong ale, almost finishes like a bud or something super light. So damn drinkable. 10/10

Mouthfeel: WHAT THE F***. This beer is so light and effervescent in the mouth, and like I state before, finishes like a light beer almost. It goes down with ZERO issues. It's got just enough body to compliment the other unique features of this beer.

Overall: Buy this damn beer. Seriously. If you've never had a belgian, I truly believe the Trappistes Rochefort line to be one of the best to be introduced to. My first Belgian was a Rochefort 10, and I've been spoiled ever since.

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Photo of Mll777
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the micro fine foam, it's gorgeous. It just stays on top of the beer the complete time to finish it.

It is very low carbonated, which makes the drink so nice and smooth, I will buy some to keep for a couple of years at least I will try :)

I liked it better as the 10

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body.
The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice.
The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing.
The texture is light and fizzy.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-look is a dark brown with a nice light brown head
-smell is amazing dark fruits alot of raisens and light sweetness , slight light carmel
- taste is very mellow with light dark fruit flavors, light sweetness, earthy
- perfect not syrupy, not to carbonated, a perfectly smooth beer, that has a light lingering that is pleasant as hell
-a very well crafted strong dark ale, amazing and one of the best beers i have had

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a nutty brown coloring, opaque and muddled, with a low profile, tightly bubbled, cream colored head. Aromas of berries and cherries forward, heavy fruity esters, with some apple and pear in there, as well. Roasted notes, with a toffee and caramel backbone, some subtle spicing of nutmeg and coriander, and some notes of candi sugar. Smells delicious. Flavors are richly sweet and sugary forward, with a roasted toffee backbone supporting a more muted fruit blend of apple and berries, as well as some subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spicing. Fruit cake-ish, but better balanced and unbelievably drinkable. The body is light and smooth, with a subtle carbonation ruffle in the undertones. Candi and fruit aftertaste blending on a caramel linger into the smooth, slick, slow finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of MrDell
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Trappistes Rochefort 8
Belgian Strong Dark Ale - 9.2% - 330ml Bottle - Bottled 06.01.15 – (Almost 9 months old)

Appearance: Mahogany coloured beer with a slightly off white lively head, soon dropping off and becoming creamy and patchy but compact where there is head. One thing that always fascinates me about the Rochefort beers is that when served in the correct trappist chalice with the etching in the centre of the inside of the glass, there is a noticeable change in the density of that creamy head. One can clearly see the carbonation fizzing upwards from the etching towards the surface of the beer creating a patch of head with slightly lesser density then the surrounding area, which is perfectly round and about the size of a penny. It’s like a fountain, fizzing up from the centre of the glass. The head also reforms and changes, going from patchy then covering the beer and back again. It's as if the beer is reacting upon being released into the air. Some beautiful thick lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Strong smell of Sherry. Dark fruit and toffee also present. There is a very slight aroma and taste here that I have also noticed in the Rochefort 6, and in the 10. I have, in the past, found it to be a little undesirable but here is so slight that it is not affecting my enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful dark ale. I think it comes from the yeast and I have found that it fades fairly quickly and is not detectable at all after 10 months in the bottle. The best way I can describe it is as being a pasteurised type flavour (this beer is obviously not pasteurised though!).

Taste: Slightly smokey, wood. Sweet, complex and fantastic! Alcohol goes undectected in the mouth, comes in very late - as it enters the stomach, just to remind you this is a 9.2% brew. Getting liquorice and dark fruits as this bad boy warms up. Slight perfumed taste, which I don't usually like but here it’s ok. Moist dark red liquorice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, ever so slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: This beer really does feel like it's reacting to being let out of the bottle - it's really lively when poured then it settles down quickly and is constantly changing and evolving as it warms up. This is a truly amazing beer, so much better than I remember it being, I suspect due to this one being a few months old, rather than fresh. This is perfectly balanced in every way. 11/10!


Trappistes Rochefort 8 – Update.

After being disappointed by a fresh Rochefort 10 recently I decided to revisit the 8, same bottle date as above, now 10 months old, to see if it really is as good as the above review, and it is! The ‘pasteurised / perfumed’ taste, that is mentioned in my review of the almost 9 month old bottle, has now completely gone. It seems that that the Rochefort yeast strain needs at least 8 months on it to smooth out flavour-wise. This big, dark beer truly does improve with age and is now an absolute favourite.

I happen to know that the shop that these came from have a fairly big stock with this date code. Looks like I’ll be stocking up my cellar with a load of them!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. best before november 27, 2018. enjoyed on april 5, 2015 (a little over a year and four months old)

a: a disgusting but strangely beautiful murky, 300% opaque caramel-mahogany with two fingers of tan-coloured foamy head

s: earthy yeast, red wine, rich & sweet caramel-like malt, fig, raisin

t: earthy, heavy caramel & bread up front. red wine, raisins and figs follow. a slight pinch of alcohol. lingering sweet malt flavours at the end, but balanced by the earthy bitterness that has enveloped the entire tasting. the malt flavours dominate as the beer warms

m: on the lighter side of medium. harsh carbonation initially that mellows out as the beer warms

o: sweet, rich, complex, such a wonderful brew. be sure to let this warm up before you drink it. often available at the LCBO at a very affordable $3.50/bottle which is great too

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 2019, opened Apr 2015

A - Dark mahogany cider brown body. Old paper off-white head with a mixed bubble structure. Outstanding retention and great lace.

S - Caramel, cardamon, musky potpourri, allspice, clove, dust, hay, and cardamon.

T - Surprisingly sharp up front with a shot of bold bitters and a kick of acidity. A caramel and nutty sweetness quickly rises up and overtakes the opening punch. Fruity finish with banana, papaya, vanilla and toffee.

M - Medium light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice BDA on the lighter side of the style with great versatility when it comes to food.

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Photo of drmeto
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-dark fruits,spices,caramel,toffee
-Follows the nose
-slight alcohol warming
-full body,high carbonation
My favourite Rochefort.Balanced and tasty

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Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh wow yes. Velvety sweet and so smooth and rich. What to say? Perfection. "The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs." You know -- they say stuff like this but I feel like these don't always come out strongly. I'll have to try again and specifically look for those flavors.


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Photo of dukeandduke
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3/15/15 (Bottle) - Very nice dark brown pour, nice tan head, very thick texture. Nice fruit and caramel aroma, intense toasted malt smells . Excellent tasting beer, nice kick while drinking. I still prefer the 10 to this 8, but these are among the top few beers I've ever had. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers worth of vibrant lively lop-sided light khaki colored crisp fizzy froth... Really good retention gives way to a lush slightly creamy thick veil of lacing... The color is a murky light-to-medium brown... Loads of quickly paced micro bubbled carbonation streaks rise throughout... In addition, a bunch of medium to large side carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... Effervescent... The nose is highlighted by loads upon loads of sweet dark fruits... Cherries... Figs... Plums... Raisins... Some brown sugar... Light Belgian yeast notes... Faint notes of vanilla as well... A very subtle booziness... World class aroma... The palate is a slightly more muddled version of the aroma... The brown sugar is a bit more pronounced and the dark fruits recede a tiny bit... There's also the addition of smoke and tobacco on the finish... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Loads of prickly carbonation to start before turning much more soft and delicate... A bit of a chalky finish... A really really good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but a bit shy of the world class offering that I was expecting...

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite trappist to- date. The 10 brings too much "tart" while the 6 doesn't seem to be enough flavor. At ~ $5 a bottle... hard to not move on to other great beers, but a great treat to offer a friend out of a frosty goblet... and at 9.2%... you don't need to drink to many to feel content.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date 12/10/2016. Poured into a goblet.

Copper, ruby, and brown in color, a bit murky, with a fairly large light tan head. Aroma of plums and figs with malty sweetness. The sweetness carries over into the flavor with a bit of spice coming through in the finish. Lots of carbonation which keeps the body more medium than full. Very smooth.

In comparison, this beer is miles ahead of Rochefort 6 and only a notch below the 10. A classic beer that I somehow had not tried until now. Recommended to anyone who loves Trappist beers.

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Photo of ChazBoner
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/22/09...this beer is almost 6 years old!

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a creamy 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like candied dark fruit, sweet malt, rock candy

Tastes just like it smells . Alcohol is present at the end of the swallow. Mouth feel is medium-full and satisfying. Fantastic!

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Photo of interzen
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Dark brown, slightly hazy pour and the murkiness is more apparent when held up to the light - fairly vigorous head which settles down to a thin, foam ring and some capping. No lacing to speak of. Reminds me a bit of cold tea.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar and more than a hint of alcohol. Granted, it is 9.2% but quite a few beers of this strength (or stronger) have less, or even no, ethanol whiff about them. Faint hints of dark, stewed fruit.

Taste: Definitely far more dark fruits in the taste - it has that 'fermented fruit cake' thing going for it. Strangely, the alcohol isn't quite as obvious in the taste but it's definitely there. A bit of yeastiness too, more than likely due to the sediment that made it into the glass. Not at all bad, although quite 'malty'.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth with a nice, warming alcohol burn to it. Manages to be sweet and malty without being excessively sticky.

Overall: It's good. Not great, merely good - there are other beers in the Rochefort repertoire that are, IMO, far better. Not to say that this isn't worth trying though, it most definitely is.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly strong ethanol aroma on the glass I had, but very smooth feel with a primarily malt caramel flavor. Not too overwhelming or spicey which you find sometimes with the style but not as complex as I thought it would be, mostly raisin & varying light toasted malt

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Dark brown pour with burnt siena hues. Fine-bubbled tan head retains at a half inch in the wide-brimmed glass. Thin slip of lacing slides back down into the glass, leaving a thin ring behind.

S: Molasses, dark spiced rum, brown cocoa, roasted nuts, fruit cake. Suggestions of plum, blackberry, and fig. Dusty and musty yeast and a lot of yeasty spice. Tobacco/herbal dimension too. Hugely complex nose.

T: Rummy, molasses, rich and sticky fruit cake. Roasted nuts. Cocoa. Fruity notes of plum, blackberry, fig, and even some lighter pear tastes brieflly. Tangerine comes out after a while too. Musty yeast. Yeasty clove-like spices. Herbal undertones. Alcohol is stiff and serious. Drying finish of fruitcake, brown sugar, and dried herbs.

M: Medium heft, rich malt textures are velvety smooth and not sticky at all. Carbonation is very active and scrubs gently but thoroughly and provides a lot of lift at the same time. It seems to evaporate off of the palate. Soothing warmth from the alcohol.

O: As close to perfect as it gets. A captivating beer in all respects. Ponder its complexity sip by sip for a most rewarding experience. By far my favorite in the Rochefort lineup, though the 10 seems to overshadow it in popular opinion.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is hazy iced tea brown with red highlights. One finger head quickly fades to a ring. Bit of a bubble show with sediment resting on the bottom. Aroma is raisin, vanilla, fig, alcohol, light molasses, and grains. Taste is sweet malt and yeast with mild clove phenol, pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, and fig. Alcohol is prominent with fruit and spice notes. Medium-plus body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation, spicy and sweet finish.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark brown, very little light escapes. The head is beautiful, slightly over a finger of caramel colored foam with swirls of burnt toffee brown that resemble cinnamon on top.

S: The aroma is slightly boozy on this one, with figs and malt shining through.

T: This is an altogether stronger, more full bodied, albeit less complex, offering. It has a pretty strong alcohol character, and relies much more heavily on its fruity, figgy notes to carry it throughout. There is a subtle toffee sweetness on the finish. 

F: Good body, pleasant and thick with good carbonation. 

O: Another super solid offering from this brewery. I really enjoyed 6, and this one as well, but for different reasons. It's simple, fruit and booze in a well balanced presentation. Very well done and worth the price of admission. 

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Photo of waterbuffalo
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was very excited to try this and very disappointed. Looks great in the glass, tastes bland. No complexity at all. I will try one more to see if this is a dud.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ox bottle into a westmalle goblet.

Kept at fridge temp until ready to drink but improves greatly as nears room temp. Would recommend letting it sit for 20 minutes or so before starting. This is a near prefect example of its style. Complex esters and dark belgian dried fruit flavor. No raisin which is a plus. EtOH taste is masked by malt flavors. Very little if any hop flavor or aroma. Slightly too carbonated for my taste, but this improves as it is left out warming up. Will buy again and again.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.