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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 4,937
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 367
Gots: 876 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 tjd25
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful head, perfectly dense and creamy, lasting on the dark mahogany color body. The smell is very enjoyable: yeasty with notes of pineapples, mangos and red fruits. Slightly nutty too, with pleasant notes of chocolate. The taste is great: red fruits with some exotic notes and smooth an creamy dark chocolate flavor. The thickness of the hops appears in the aftertaste but in a great harmony with the other elements of this great brew. The alcohol is superbly hidden. The mouthfeel is very rich and bready, nicely smooth and round. Such a good beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on 08/20/2010 into an English pub (real) pint glass, in high altitude Colorado, and again in Ghent, Belgium, and again in Castle Rock, Colorado (I revisit my absurdly high reviews to make sure they're in check). This review largely reflects the bottle I had in Ghent, which was substantially different than the bottles I purchased in Colorado.

Appearance: 3+ finger head retains well. The head sits there for a long time tempting you. Slight carbonation judging by the bubbles. As to be expected from this beer style, it's a very dark caramel-brown, but while clear in its own right, you can't see through it. It isn't a solid colour, but it's not hazy, murky, or even particularly cloudy either.

Smell: Not a bold scent. Has an unpleasant yeasty smell, but overall not an unpleasant character. Not a clean aroma per se. A bit murky. Candied sugar. Caramelized malts. A light raisin aroma. Maybe a hint of nuts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

Taste: First the core of it hits you - a strong pleasant assault of dark (but not in a stout kind of way) deliciousness, then you get the finish - a kind of nutty but crisp and refreshing blast of goodness that leaves you wanting another sip. It's cleanly and carefully balanced. Lovely biscuity yeast complements, and rides through to the finish. The caramelized malt is pleasant as well. No alcohol comes through. Slight spice on the finish - but not a 'hot' spice, more a neutral cooking spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a touch of teasing coarseness on the finish. Not quite heavy - but moderate. Not overly carbonated, but not flat. A bit dry on the finish. Perfect.

Drinkability: I'd buy me a case if it didn't cost so much. The finish leaves you aching for another. This is a treat to be enjoyed in any season.

As far as strong ales (or Dubbels) go, this may be the best offering I've had. I'd give the Colorado bottles a B rating, but the Ghent serving was definitely an A+.

A+ (4.7)

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Photo of mcallister
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great color, deep burgundy with tine bubbles that are very hard to notice unless held up to light that race to the off white head that is light and spritzy.

Dark fruits galore, prunes, licorice, red currant, winey aromas, earthy with mushroom esters, dark, deep aromas much much more going on.

What unique flavors to this beer. Again very deep dark and complex. Reminds me of some Pomerol Bordeaux wines I've had. Black fruits, black cherry, black and red currants, anise, mushrooms, black truffle, prune, fig, burnt caramel, dank wet earth. So much going on christ. Carbonation is very lively but not in negative way. Man I'm amazed.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, good beige head. In the first moments after opening, this has an intense tropical fruit smell very much like an Alsatian white wine. This diminishes quickly, but remains in the background as it is increasingly overshadowed by fig, brown sugar, forest, chocolate cake, yeasty crusty bread. Hints of cinnamon and something like fresh egg yolks or custard. Not an incredibly strong smell, but complex and delicious.

Taste basically matches the nose, but with more tropical and stone fruit, a bit of hops, and bourbonlike alcohol. Full, rich, complex flavor - and most importantly, good. Really good. Mouthfeel gets a bit thin, surpisingly.

I can imagine Friar Tuck brewing this, with the smell of the forest right in the beer. Anyway, this is really excellent stuff.

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Photo of mfkr
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark Brown, with a nice off white head that pretty quickly dissapears.

S - Malty, nuts, caramel, some spices, yeast, hints of fruit and some alcohol is detectable.

T - Dark fruits, nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some yeast, alcohol.

M - Smooth and creamy body, the carbononation and the alcohol creates a slight stingy sensation that transforms into a nice warm sensation.

D - Not as good as its "big brother" in my opinion but still a great beer.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained like crazy and produced a limited amount of lace. The body is a deep brown the scarlet notes that falls just short of being entirely opaque, boasting that tell tale Belgian aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Warming really helps this one come out, but even when cool the beer has a rich thick dark caramel malt smell backed by notes of plums and figs, which as it warms brings out notes of berries, orange peel, vanilla and a herb I can't quite place.

Taste: In a word, wow. This beer starts exceptionally strong as chewy malt sweetness backed by dates, plum and raisins come forward shifting to a quick spicer note of cloves, anise, grapes, cranberries and a hint of citrus zest, ending with more of that malt backed by a mild berry taste and a slight dry yeast touch. Perfect score.

Feel: Marvelous transitions, nice chewy malt aftertaste that doesn't cling, not too dry, not too moist, ample head, the only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the carbonation is a tad too aggressive at the start of the beer for my liking, and not around enough for the middle transitioning.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, it's flavorful, it's refreshing, it's on the lighter end of medium bodied, it hides it's alcohol masterfully. Give me a barrel of this stuff, and I'd be out cold in a matter of hours it's so good. A little gassy and a little too classy but hey, it's Trappist beer, what do you expect?

Final Thoughts: The Trappist monks seldom disappoint, and this one is certainly no exception. This is currently my highest ranked Trappist Beer and my 3rd highest rated beer as of the time of this review. I can't say enough good things about it, and you owe it to yourself to track this down and try. Two thumbs and two big toes up!

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Photo of benclimbs
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours dark and beautiful with a nice head and a bit of lacing through the glass.

smell is just so classic - dark rich fruit, leathery earth, a bit of molasses and a touch of cloves. mmmm

taste is more of the same - an amazing balance of malts, spicey, exciting tounge-tingling yeast character with a solid backbone of hoppy goodness. this is an absolute classic belgian beer to the max.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible, it maintains all the body of a belgian quad or strong with none of the stickiness, so much carbonation, but not too much - refreshing, leaves an amazing feeling after the sip is done...i almost never give 5s for mouthfeel but holy crap this is legit.

overall, this is an exceptionally enjoyable, complex but together brew - doesn't attack the senses, just caresses them...damn good.

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Photo of jlandis
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour produces a huge fluffy tan head and a chunky murky dark mahogany. Maybe I poured a little too aggressively, because there is a lot of yeast in this glass.

Subtle dark fruits and brown sugar. I was expecting a little more from the nose, but maybe my cold is hitting me more than I thought.

Right up front I'm hit with sweet rich dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate. There is a brown sugar sweetness that is followed up by a crisp dry finish. This is a beautifully complex beer and all of the flavors mesh well together. There is a nice alcohol burn that reminds you that you're drinking a powerful beer from Belgium.

Moderate mouthfeel with huge carbonation.

This is a great beer, and I'm thoroughly impressed. This beer has lived up to its reputation and I will be sure to pick this one up as often as I can. Although this beer is close to 10% I just can't stop drinking it. I'm trying to savor it nice and slow, but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for another sip, another drink. I suppose that might be due to the dry finish, but I have been won over by this one.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Appears with lively head which quickly settles down to leave a small patch of continuously bubbling lacy foam, a characteristic of the Rochefort series - lively carbonation. Colour is a dark brown, almost black colour with perhaps a slight orange tinge to it.

Smells pungently alcoholic, almost like a spirit, with some fruits and very vague hops coming through.

The taste is strong and complex - another Rochefort characteristic - very alcoholic, but with a huge malt flavour coming through, balancing it out with a dark, not quite but almost burnt sweetness. Dark fruits and a tiny bit of hops.

Overall an excellent beer, a good diplomat of the style. Now i'm anxious to finish this so I can go and finish the drink!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium dense and creamy beige head. Particles floating around. Medium to low retention and some nice lacings left in the glass

S: A little bit less complex than the 10 but still quite fruity and bready. Strong notes of raisins and plums. Candy sugar. Caramel malts and earthy Belgian yeasts

T: Sweet and fruity upfront. Notes of chocolate biscuits, candy sugar, malts, Belgian yeasts, brown bread, candy sugar. Nice hops profile, not too bitter. A bit boozy

M: Full creamy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation. Belgian-style bittersweet aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. Simply delicious. A winner, ever!

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Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in June 2005 and consumed later that same evening. Pours a two finger light brown head over a brown, slightly cloudy, liquid. Smells chocolate brown sugar, alcohol, licorice, and molasses. Tastes wet sweet and silky smooth. Rummy bread, with chocolate, licorice and a gentle alcohol presence. There is candi-sugar, but it's like I'm munching on a crystal of rock candy. Interesting. While this beer is extraordinary, it really does taste like a tamed down version of Rochefort 10. Medium thick body and mildly carbonated. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a murky chestnut with sediment and a thin creamy light tan head. the smell at first was sour. then some alcohol. this disapated after a minute or so. very smooth fruit esters dark fruit, and the sourness of an under ripe plum. some pear too but mainly fig. not particularly sweet. the palate was smooth as ever. with a light but rich leathery wallnutty malt and a hint of toffee. the fruit was figs, apple, blackberry, plum, and a grape finish. fig straight out of a tree. the mineral the apple/pear. the sourness and richness of fruit all at once. absolutely wonderful accent with malt leather blend. the density was wonderful throughout. not too much not too weak. no heavy alcohol resonating. this is a must for anyone that is interested in beer. great for sipping. i would have two or three even. but it really shines best with food.

its best for game meat. or a great steak... well seasoned. but it works for fish too. had it with leg of lamb over potatoes and greens and some pickled white anchovies.

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Photo of KKB
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice tan/orange/brown color with a huge off-white head that climbed up the glass and stuck around forever. The very definition of retention. Extremely intrigued considering the hype surrounding this beer.

S - Deep and complex with a lot of fruit present. Some apricots and figs, definitely some spice; I'm getting some slight cherry as well, also perhaps some sugar/caramel.

T - A carnival ride of flavors. Just jaw droppingly good. You get a heavy dose of the fruit right off the bat as well as an earthy/lightly smoky element with a unique belgian yeast flavor. Perhaps even some vanilla/tobacco/bubblegum/chocolate going on in here? My mouth's head is spinning. This beer is SO good. Only gets better as it warms as the flavors become more prominent, in here I start to notice some apples/pears as well. **NOTE: This only continues for so long, once it hits near room temperature it becomes somewhat bland. Definitely want to drink this cool, no harm in letting it warm, but don't want it to quite get around 65-70 degrees, then it loses it's flavor somewhat.

M - This has a light to medium body to it, great carbonation that makes it pleasantly harsh upon the tongue but only serves to increase the conveyance of flavor. Very smooth overall, you don't even notice the ABV, and still you get the alcoholic warmth with this one right with the first sip.

D - Very drinkable, even given it's high ABV, I feel like I could take down a pile of these but I wouldn't want to. These need to be cherished. Each and every one.

O - Just wow. Everything I had hoped for and way more. Maybe even the best belgian I've had yet. YUM!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 30 05 06, served at cellar temp.

26th birthday beer, October 21, 2004

Wow, what a beautiful looking beer! I seem to get easily wowed by Belgian (especially Trappist) ales. The 8 has a murky (yeast), garnet-brown body with a big, towering, light-tan dollop of head. Wonderful lacing.

Aromas of rich, sugary plums, candy, spicy yeast, brandy, oak, and champagne tang greet my 26 year old nose. Nice.

Taste starts with notes of lightly sweet fruit (raisins) and oak. Other fruits chime in—grapes, apples—with an underlying base of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel gets chewier mid-palate. As it moves into the finish, caramelized sugar and yeast take over. Finish is yeasty, and sticky with an underscored tangy bittersweetness. Slightly alcoholic, and warming.

A very nice beer to kick off my birthday night.

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Photo of atrus138
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. Dark, murky brown with just shy of a two inch fluffy head. Thick lacing. The smell was wonderful. "Full" would be the best word for it. Lots of fruits - dark, citrus, and tropical. Very sweet. The taste was delicious and complex, delivering lots of fruits, especially when warmed to room temperature. The carbonation was definitely higher here than in Trappistes Rochefort 10, though not unpleasant by any means. The alcohol is noticeable, but well-hidden compared to the actual ABV. Very warming without doing any damage, especially since you will want to savor every last drop of this as long as you can.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a slightly murky caramel brown color, though I managed to keep most of the yeast chunks in the bottle. Very light tan head a couple fingers thick with the careful pour. After quickly subsiding by half, the rest of this head aint goin' anywhere. It sticks to the side, but there is not a lot of lacing - the head just sort of silkily slides down the glass en masse as I enjoy this brew.

Nose is fruity and boozy. Currant and orange come to mind. Less prune/berry/cherry than the 6. An undefined spiciness too.

Taste is quite complex, but I immediately note that the alcohol isn't overpresent despite the %. There is some warming in the mouth/throat by mid glass, but it never detracts from the great flavors. Everything I smelled is present here, plus maybe some apple and vanilla. Nice breadiness in the malt profile too, and quite a bit of brown sugar. Spices linger into the aftertaste, and flavor as a whole improved as it warms.

Initial carbonation is higher than I would like, and masks some of the silkiness of this beer. It improved from OK to very good by the bottom of the glass. Just a bit lower on the initial carbonation and I think this is in my personal top 10.

Ya gotta be sober enough to pour carefully, it is powerful ABV-wise, and can be expensive...so I'll have to leave it just short of a 5 for drinkability.

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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 eric5bellies
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Rochefort chalice.

A - Pours a very nice Mahogany colour with a two fingered tanned head that outlasts the beer and laces.

S - Aromas of plum and dark fruits as well as some malt and yeast.

T - Nice dark fruits and a little balanced sweetness, has nice yeasty bread flavours as well. A very well balanced brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation, that is perfect for this style.

D - This is almost as good as the 10 and a very well balanced brew that I would seek out again.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black beer that's entirely lacking in highlights - almost opaque in it's blackness. A delicious looking frothy inch and a half of foam on top. This one looks fantastic. Nose is fairly mild, although still quite tasty. Strong on sweet molasses malt and crazy spices. Taste is exquisite: tons of buttery caramel malt, lots of cherries and raisins, along with some citrusy hints. Taste continues to transform as the beer continues. Chocolate and some light coffee show up as well as more roasted malt. Feel is full-bodied and creamy. This one was fantastic. Incredibly tasty and a pleasure to drink. Really fantastic - an unlimited budget would find me drinking these daily.

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

I've been saving this one for a while. The first day of a long Christmas weekend seemed to be a great time to break it out. Deep brown color with a huge tan head. The head clumps and forms mountains of foam on the top of the beer. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a bunch of yeast floaties are visable through the haze.

Smell is malty with a slight fruity note. Some rum like alcohol smells also. No bitterness to speak of. Taste is where it really starts to get good. Just a great chocolate malty flavor with the touch of fruit and a little bit of spice. Also some bread/cake notes but really the malt is the prominant feature. The real high point is how smooth it is. The carbonation is lively on the tongue and it just goes down so smooth. The alcohol is well hidden but does make a more prominent appearance as things go on.

My first taste of a true trappist and I am not dissapointed. If it was only a little more afordable I would drink all the time. A great treat to have once in a while. If you have not tried this, what are you waiting for? Search it out and try it. Can't wait to try the 10 in the cellar.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a tinge of red. Voluminous cream colored head which dissipates semi-quick with minimal spider web lacing left behind.

Fruit and malt in the aroma. Plum, raisin, dark cherry, caramel, and toffee. Mild Belgian yeast. Candied sugar.

Pleasant fruit in the taste. Overripe plum and dark cherry. Malty caramel, cane sugar, vanilla, brown sugar, anise, and green apple. A bit of clove at the end.

Medium body and mouth feel. Crisp from medium+ carbonation. A bit of sweetness on the tongue followed by a semi-dry finish.

This is one of my favorite Belgian ales. Wonderfully balanced aromas and flavors. Easy drinking despite its richness. Good for sipping in front of the fire on a cold winter night as well as for quaffing on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of Byeast
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a deep, mostly opaque reddish brown, with a creamy tan head broken up, with a patch in the middle, when swirled it turns into a spiral galaxy.

Smell: Rich dark fruity aromas, some grape, fig, hint of yeast,plum and pear, some alcohol as well.

Taste: A lively carbonated body with a bubbly then creamy feel, big malty quality with some chocolate and bread, then lots of fruity complexity some dark like plum/grape, some more like yellow fruits..., faint phenols, and some alcohol and a bit of yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: lively, creamy, full

Drinkability: A great trappist brew, very nice feel and complexity. So much different flavors everytime i take a sip, kinda hard to pick them out but thats great! Thank you very much monks, and god.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance was a nice solid brown color, with a cream colored head. Didn't have the proper glassware to pour into, so I had to use a regular pint glass.

S: Smelled of fruits and some fairly sweet flavors.

T: The taste was out of this world. I rated it a 5 for a reason. I'm very impressed with how this developed in my mouth, and made me want my next drink even more than the last. An almost bittersweet blanket was on the back end of my pallet at the end.

M: The mouthfeel was full bodied, but carried over the bittersweet blanket.

D: This beer, was amazing, and if it wasn't $7.00 for 11.2 FL OZ, I'd surely drink this more often. However, you get what you pay for, and this beer, I'm more than willing to pay more for.

Overall, if you can get your hands on it, which I know you can if you try, please do yourself a favor and grab it and savor it. Cheers.

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Photo of Jon
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, muddy brown hue with a sticky, creamy head that leaves great lace and sticks around for the duration of the brew. Aromas of yeast, sweet, candied malt, chocolate and esters revealing dark fruit fill the air. One sip reveals a wonderfully complex brew. Dried apricot, chocolate, dates, and sweet malt enlighten the palate while traces of alcohol and delicately spicy hops linger on the finish creating a somewhat vinous character. Wonderfully smooth, immensely creamy mouthfeel. It doesn't get much better than this. Incredibly drinkable, this is one awesome beer from the masterful monks at Rochefort. Like the Rochefort 10, this is simply a must-try.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is an opaque dark brown with a resemblance to mahogany. There is a decent amount of very light brown head with is very frothy and sticks around. No lacing on the glass.

Smell – Very nice and so fruity. Prunes, dates, and dark grapes arise with touches of spice and sugar. I could not stop sniffing this one.

Taste – Up front there is a nice sweetness which is accompanied by some spice and alcohol. The dark fruits appear as in the smell with the additions of pears and plums. There is also that dark sweet maltiness combined with Belgian yeast which makes this beer absolutely wonderful to swoosh around the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Very high carbonation which hits hard as this type of beer should. This one has enough body to makes it feel great as well.

Drinkability – This is a sipper for sure as it has strong robust flavors. It is well balance however which just makes it that much easier to enjoy.

This is among my favorite beers to date. Drinking this was an absolute experience.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.