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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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

I will not hide that this is one of my favorites, if not my favorite beer.
Pour it gently, because the bottle fermentation will fill the glass with nothing but head and it will flow over. Besides, I like to pour slowly to watch the rosy brown of the beer swirl with the carbonation to form a rocky, off white head that leaves lace on the sides as you sip. Leave 1/4 inch in the bottle, then tip it down like the monks used to do! The yeast and sediment is rich in vitamins.

The aroma is of pears and figs ( a blend of soft and dried fruits), bread dough in various stages of rising and baking, a bit of alcohol soaked fruitcake (?) and roasting grains. It smells like a memory of home to a weary traveler. Sorry, got carried away!

Like the aroma, the taste a parade of dark and soft fruits like fig and pears with crusty bread and yeast that blends a softly prickly feeling on the tongue with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. There is a gentle spice, but it is subtle and weaves among the other flavors. It tastes slightly different every moment it is on your tongue.

This beer takes me to my happy place.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hue of amber-red, with a thick and foamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Wonderful head retention and lacing that I would expect from a top notch Belgian Ale. Dark fruits, a bit of yeast, and sweet malts in the aroma. Dark fruits, toffee, sweet malts, and a bit of yeast in the flavor. Really robust flavor that leans heavily on the sweet side, but that's apart of this style. Mouth feel is smooth and easy to drink, while feeling a bit thick. Overall, a fantastic beer that adheres to standard beer qualities without anything fancy, in other words, exceptionally Belgium, and in the best of ways.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Reddish/brown color, plenty of sediment, thick medium brown head.
Smell: Mild aroma of fruits, sweet malt, yeast
Taste: Spice, raisin, brown sugar/caramel, bread, alcohol
Feel: Very smooth and creamy, lots of carbonation, warm, somewhat astringent.
An excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of anon
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, deep brown/Amber hue with a glow around the edges when in the light. Small head that appears almost khaki, retaining itself very well with lacing that doesn't quite stick, but slides it's way down the walls of the glass. Attractive.

Light malt scent with lots of candy and fruity goodness. Excellent taste following through; sweet candy, malt, toffee, plum, apricot, fig, raisin, pear, earth, honey, white grape, very light hop, coffee roast and biscuit notes. A slight lingering of woodiness. Complex and clean tasting. Not much to nitpick about this one. Just a very well done brew.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excited to try this, definitely one of my top 4 brewers. Though I will not let this affect the review and luckily I managed to find this page without seeing its rating so far :)

Drinking at the suggested temparuture of 12 degrees, though myself I usually like beers after about 30 mins in the fridge, or 30 out of the fridge, the same as with white wine.

Deep beautiful copper brown colour, nice amount of head.

Aroma has some nice fruitiness, apricot seems to dominate. Not too malty, very pure and natural.

Taste is not up there with the 10. It has that brown beer flavour that is common (even is Newcastle Brown..!), it does not blow me away like the 10 did when I had that.

The balance of maltiness, hops, fruitiness, deepness is not working with this. Neither aspect shines through, and nothing is quite perfectly balanced in my view. A bit too heavy for the overall taste.

I seem to find that the brown beers tend to be the least nicest out of the Belgian ones. The blacks are usually the nicest, followed by the blondes/amber ones. It seems to me that very roasted barley and slightly roasted barley tastes the nicest, though when in the middle it does not form the right balance with the hops.

Will try the 6 next.

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Photo of Blee911
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. Had this at Delirum in Brussels. Deep flavor full of structure. Definitely rivals the best of the darks. Something to say about an awesome dark that doesn't need chocolate nor coffee.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, burnt copper color with a moderate head of fine, cream-colored froth that borders on nitrous consistency. Luxurious aroma smells of honey, toffee, apples, pears, muscato, and warming, medicinal alcohol. Head retention is impressive--in fact, it almost appears to swell slightly in the early going.

Bold taste consists primarily of raisins, bread, clove, coriander, and honey, augmented by notes of bubblegum, muscato, and warming alcohol. The sweetness is almost excessive, while the spices overextend themselves in an attempt to preserve balance. Medium body and carbonation make for a super smooth mouthfeel that enhances the luxurious vibe promoted by the presentation.

Overall, this is a pretty decadent, flavorful brew, but over-the-top sweetness and present alcohol leave it falling short of being truly great in my estimation.

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Photo of Spike
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A careful pour leaving the sediment in the bottle. Reddish brown. Dark amber when held to the light. With a slight haze. No carbonation visible. One finger, tan head that recedes to a fine cap.

Spicy nose. Complex. Difficult to describe. Fino sherry, sloes, fresh sawn wood.

I'm new to trappist beer, and this is very different to anything I've drunk previously. It's more a spirit than an ale. Spice, wood, ginger beer, raisins.

Alcohol is evident. Slight alcohol sting merging with some carbonation. Difficult to tell which is which. Thinner than I was expecting but very dry. Sour aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant.

This is a sipper. It's a very complex beer. Lots going on. A beer to be savoured.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am humbled by reviewing this beer.
If God drinks beer, St. Peter would give you points for serving this.

Lacking a Rochefort glass, I served this in an exquisite chalice from their brethren at La Trappe.

Rarely at a loss for words, nothing I can say can describe how excellent this beer is.

Reference page 286, Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium" for a loving review of these brewers.

Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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

330 ml bottle 'best before 7/15/2020'. Poured from bottle a murky brown with lots of yeast sediment.

Big lively cream colored head settle down to a nice layer that persists. Tons of carbonation.

Smells of yeast and kind of soapy. Mostly fruits and light breadiness. Mouth is chewy and sticky, long finish with sweet tastes of raisins and candy.

Overall, I decided to try this side by side with the Rochefort 10, and while both are excellent and drink very smooth while hiding their abv, the 10 is just has more going on.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from tulip glass after poured from a bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with large amount of foamy tan head. Sediment on bottom of glass was noticed after I finished most of it.
Smell: Mild fruity aroma
Taste: Extremely smooth with hints of raisin and other fruits with no aftertaste. This beer has 9.2% ABV, but it is extremely well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation
Overall: It's not difficult to see why many consider this a "world-class" beer. Certainly a beer for special occasions or celebrations.

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

The pour is light-medium brown. More like a dubbel. Sticky, sweet Belgian candi on the nose with ripe apple and brown sugar. Taste is smooth and delicious! Light and fruity plums with soft backdrops of sweet cocoa/chocolate. Very subtle. Nothing cloying even though, true to the style, it rounds out to a great quaffable beverage. A once a year treat.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown-red, essentially opaque, with great looking light tan head. Lots of lacing, and persistent.

S - Those esters deliver such depth! Floral elements, bubble gum and spice. Allspice. Cardamom. Steeped tea. And a hint of alcohol.

T - The flavors follow the nose, but with a warm buttery note that is not at all unpleasant. Sweet hints of fruit with plum, prune, and raisin. Tea notes introduce mild bitterness.

M - A bit sticky. Mild carbonation. Very light on the tongue given how big this beer is.

O - Great stuff. And so easily available, it makes a chase seem somewhat pointless. Lovely, delicious.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown, big slightly tan head. Subtle nose - yeast; slight hint of dark fruits. Compact flavor - malt, dark caramel, raisins. Nice balanced and smooth taste, just a touch of bitterness at the end. Nice warming feel. Richness comes out more as it warms. Above average carbonation. This is an extremely tasty and unique drinking experience.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely world class. Smooth, rich, and delicious in a way that most beers can only imagine. Beautiful in the glass, sweet and yeasty on the nose, rich and sneaky boozy on the palate. Truly in a class of its own.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a lasting, chunky head. Noticeable sediment in the bottom of the glass. I get grapes, vinous notes, and that signature Belgian yeastiness on the nose. The taste is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. Less intense than 10, but maybe to its benefit. If you are a fan of Belgian strong ales, you may find this is one of the smoothest. The alcohol is very well-masked, and there are really no bitter or off-putting notes. Tastes of dark fruits but is brighter and slightly sweeter than 10.

I have a bottle of 10 aging and really need to give it a proper review down the line. I paired my first bottle of 8 with a nice medium rare sirloin at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Las Vegas, and it was a heavenly combo. Up there with the best beers I've had. I appreciate the subtlety and smoothness when compared to 10 (which is a bit more prune-y and rich) but will have to try both side-by-side to decide which is "better".

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: brownish amber hazy color. Lacy dense head. coriander, brown sugar on the nose and taste follows. Effervescent, medium viscosity. This is an amazing beer and seems most aligned with a tripel.

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Photo of kdevore
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not much more to add to what has already been stated. It's really, really good, especially if you like this style. Certainly World-Class. Dark color, barely see through it. A little sediment in the bottom. Smell is raisin, bourbon, etc... Tastes the same, GOOD! Nice alcohol warmth. Don't know what else to say. Get one!

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Photo of Shilnikoff
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 330 ml | Best before end of 07-04-2020 | Bar code 5 412858 000081
Served in snifter glassware

Appearance: Dark, Brown, Foggy, when lighted up - the color is amazing, try it - Foggy Light Orange | 20 mm foam head (stabilized at 10 mm) | Very small bubbles
Smell: Immediately after opening of the bottle - fruit gardens aromas, in snifter - roasted barley
Taste: Roasted barley, porter like style, moderately carbonated, stable
Mouthfeel: Balanced, easy bitter taste at the end
Overall: Very nice taste, I am surprised with absence of alcohol feeling, but I prefer 6 to 8

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

Look - Murky brown/burgundy type color. Sediment floating around
Smell - Amazing. Dark fruits for days. Plums, raisins, figs, cherries, some sweetness, banana type esters
Taste - Follows the nose perfectly w/ a wonderful assortment of dark fruits. Some spice. Alcohol well hidden for 9.2%

Overall - Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

a: Vibrant plum colored body which, with the haziness, appears more on the brown side. 1 1/2 finger beige head fizzes away quickly leaving a ring of week lace.

s: Rum mixed with big roasted malts and sugar candi yeild to huge fruit aroma as it warms. Ripe banana, spices, figs and currants are in perfect balance. A slight earthiness at the end.

t: Taste follows the nose and it is perfect. Malts and fruit throughout. Spicy dry finish. Rum, spices and alcohol presance on the end.

mf: big bodied floozy of a beer. The perfect amout of carbonation compliments the creamy body.

o: I will never pass this over for the 10 again.

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Photo of Benish
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky brown; no translucence. Foam dissipated quickly with a lot of carbonation coming to the surface.

Smell: brown sugar, banana, some kind of baked goods, yeast, cola

Taste: pleasantly sweet and malty with some bitterness dispersed. Dried fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. Flavors stick around but seem a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated and medium bodied

Overall: its good, just nothing overboard. I much prefer the Rochefort 10 - although it is a different style.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into the official Rochefort chalice it goes, its the only way! I have had numerous bottles of Rochefort 10, I love it, its my favorite trappist ale or favorite beer, ever. But I always saw the 6 and the 8 on the shelf next to the 10's. I am giving this a try as I am typing this, about to crack the bottle open.

In the chalice, she's dark, she's fizzy, nice carbonation, not quite like her bigger sister, Rochefort 10. The head came fast, only 1 finger of head, and disappeared fast. Seems this one isn't as carbonated as the 10, which is good, a few times the 10 assaulted my mouth and tongue with carbonation. Now the verdict, overall.

L: dark, fizzy, nice carbonation, calmer than Rochefort 10, fast 1 finger head that disappears quickly.

S: oohhh so good. Quite identical to 10, heavy on the dark fruits. Yep, the figs, the plums, the raisins, the dates, all that good stuff. But seems to smell sweeter, less alcohol presence. This could be a good thing to many.

T: I just ate a turkey summer sausage before this. Now the moment of truth comes. WOW. Its really unreal how much smoother and sweeter this is than 10. The first sip hit me with sweetness of dark fruit flavors, raisins, dates, figs, only less alcohol presence and honestly no bitterness. This is really, really delicious and definitely a world class ale.

F: Perfect. The carbonation is just right. It doesn't burn my mouth at all, there is no alcohol presence, its very smooth. This is the perfect all around beer and I can't believe I am saying this. I felt Rochefort 10 for the time I was drinking it was just that. I may have to say this tops it in the aspect of drinkability. It is smoother, less carbonation and sweeter. So much tastier.

O: Rochefort 10 Light? Maybe. Oh who am I kidding? The little sister holds her own perfectly. Right in the middle between Rochefort 10 and 6. The sweetness is divine, the carbonation is perfect, this is it. This is the BEST trappist ale I have ever had. Well done, monks, well done.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth textured ale with fine carbonation. Almost a frothy/milky midsection to it with heavy amber undertones and coffee-esque notes. I'll tell you one thing - there is certainly not any other ale out there like it. Very unique flavor and experience - just a hair too expensive IMO.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's talk about the head retention on this. It sits forever. Even after a few sips it shows no sign of leaving. It doesn't take a hint and I'm good with that.

Smells floral with dark fruit and some booze and I feel there's something like a raisin wine, a port, or even a barleywine. Regardless of the connection, it's enticing. 4.25

Spicy and peppery and yeasty with a solvent bite in flavor and feel, then earthier tones and dark fruit. As with the nose, the flavors here reach liquor levels as I feel I'm drinking a cocktail with vodka and some other ingredients. It's tasty enough but odd and both a bit thin and solvent-y for what I desire. T- 4 M- 3.75

Not sure what the deal is with it. It's not mind-blowing by any means and that's certainly what I was expecting. I'll have to give it another run.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.