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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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1,841 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 4,937
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 367
Gots: 878 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter.

This beer just looks awesome. Murky, pond-water brown with a big pillowy head and tons of lacing. It smells even better. I get hints of very flower hops, slight lavender, grape juice, and molasses. I pick up more of the molasses after I give it a good swirl in my glass. Smelling this beer would not get old.

Upon tasting, I pick up much more of that lavender, along with a bitter roasted characteristic similar to Orval is some respects. The maltiness of it is just twisted, wrung out by the yeast character. Alcoholic phenols abound. A sweet, grape taste lingers on the tip of my tongue. This beer is one-of-a-kind delicious.

This is obviously not an every-day drinker, but this stands out as one of the best beers I've ever had, and while, at about $6 a bottle in the states, I don't see myself buying this often, I would be incredibly grateful to take it off any of my friends hands if they happen to have a few sitting around.

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

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

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

Wow this was good.

Poured out a tan/brownish color with a light tan head that was quite big and that lasted for a little bit.

Smell consisted of various items. It was quite musty with a little bit on yeast, dough, chocolate, some slight bananas as well, and some alcohol in the background as well.

Taste was great. Starts off with some nice malt flavors with some chocolate and fruit notes blend in as well. Some spiciness mxes in as well to give it that big complexity that this beer is known for. It all lasts into the aftertaste and you can most likely name 15 other items that can be tasted in this beer as well.

Mouthfeel was so soft and smooth. You want to savor every sip for this beer. I'll have to revisit this during the holiday time, the spiciness is pretty good.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-A very murky dark brown with some hints of red. A beige fluffy 3 inch head rests on top and slowly reduces to a light film. Some nice lacing rests along the side of the glass. Also some yeast floating around as the bottom of the glass.

Smell-Instantly I get two aromas, booze and fig. No matter how many times I go back that booze is really coming through. Some spice and banana in there as well.

Taste-This beer very much tastes like rum off the bat. Booze, lots of dark fruits and lots of sweet malts as well. Although the booze is very predominant it is extremely smooth and balanced. This is an incredibly tasting beer thats so simple, but complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel-Light-Moderate carbonation that coats the tongue and mini flavor morsals burst all over. So smooth and balanced.

Overali-Ya, this beer deserves the hype, it's very nice. I just love the complexity and the fact that it's easy to drink and goes down easy. Definitely going to seek out the 6 and the 10.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Smell: pure cream and subtle maraschino cherries

Taste: slightly burnt Belgian waffles with maple syrup and topped with fresh picked, extremely ripe, blueberries with chocolate sauce on top; chocolate mousse whipped cream would be on the side

This is my favorite Trappist ale and should be paired with the finer things in life, such as filet minion, smoked goose, aged white cheddar and black grapes, and thanksgiving dinner

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

The beer comes out of the bottle a hazy brown. The head is huge, tan, super fluffy and is here to stay.

The aroma is bread, a hint of caramel, brown sugar, pear and fig.

Very smooth and a bit creamy. This beer packs an unbelievable amount of complex flavors. There is apple cider, black cherries, chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar and still more. The flavor then transitions to where the dark sweet flavors are in the background and the alcohol, phenols, clove like spice and an earthy semi-dry finish bring the sip to its end. The aftertaste has a character similar to a highly sweetened, light roast coffee. Three people drinking this beer would probably identify fifteen different flavors. It's altogether sweet and complex in the beginning but then earthy, spicy and dry in the finish.

This is a great beer. Anyone that loves Belgian strong darks will love this beer. Anyone that is a fan of dark, complex flavors will love this beer. Anyone that's a fan of beer should love this beer.

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

Merely brown with a nice off white head that lingers for a bit Not much lacing

Smells of nice toasted mals, banana like, bready

Wow that's good it's bready, toasted malt the alcohol play a nice role here as well it's yummy!!!

Medium bodied med-high carb

Taste isGREAT

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

Pours out to what can best be described, as a cloudy, iced tea appearance in the glass with a very, decent head. Aroma is that of fruit, with figs, plums and raisins prominent. The taste is excellent and exhibits the yeast profile that it shares with with the "6" and the "10" offerings. Extremely drinkable for a beer that clocks in at over 9% ABV, although the price prohibits drinking this in copius amounts. The ABV is exceptionally well-hidden. Another fantastic offering from this brewery and a must try.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown with a lot of carbonation, like a soda.

S: Yeasty and malty. Definitely very sweet.

T: Very sweet and very light. The carbonation makes it taste kind of airy, but in a good way. The aftertaste is kind of like fennel.

M: Very light, high amount of carbonation.

O: You would never know that this beer has such a high ABV. It is delicious. I highly recommend it.

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

Cloudy, deep brown in appearance with a generous head. Unsure if beer is naturally hazy or if I disturbed the yeast a bit too much

Nose is the real treat with this beer. Reminds me of a clean brewery, some unfamiliar smells along with the yeasty bready aromas that you love. Take that and combine it with many desert spices that are elusive, maybe brown sugar, nutmeg, Christmas pudding, and Irish bread pudding with amaretto topping.

On the palate the beer is noticeably thin bodied and carbonated well but you're just so enchanted by the nose that you don't care what else there is. Yes, I can't get past the nose. No need to comment on taste.

Finish is somewhat sour and reminds me of burnt apples. Can I just nose the beer? Is that permitted?

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours more black than the 10, same cream colored head but it settles a bit thicker, around 1.5 fingers. Nose is dry spice, figs, more fruity than 10, some grapes, a hint of cherries and definitely some burnt sugar. The taste is somewhat sweeter. Fruity, cherry, grape, plum, apricot, malty, clove, slightly smokey, a hint of chocolate and maybe just a bit of pears in the far back. No alcohol heat on this one. There is pretty strong carbonation, the body is medium, it goes down smooth and gives a slight sting on the tongue. Definitely better than the 10 in my opinion but they are both excellent. Gooo Monks!

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Photo of hotstuff
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, I very, very much liked this brew versus the Rochefort 10. This was a much smoother tasting Rochefort than the 10. It poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles. It had a fruity aroma to it and the lacing on the sides of my glass was fair. The body was light brown, yeasty, and murky. This was one fine smooth and enjoyable drink. However, I still prefer a Westy 12 over a Rochefort.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable. I somehow knew that I would love Rocheforts, and all that is left on my quest is the Westies...

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Photo of brurevu
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: This is a step down from their 10, but it was still phenomenal. It poured an opaque brown with a decent head and lots of spices, sweet malts, and caramel in the aroma. The taste was deep and complex, while not as intense as its bigger brother it was still big and bold. The 8 is still ranked as one of the best beers in the world and it was mmm mmm good.

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Photo of marc77
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy deep chestnut hue, topped by an formidably thick, almost animated light tan head supported by prodigious bubbles. After what seems to be an eternity, the head settles and leaves signature lace. Tart cherries and mellow chocolate upfront in aroma, along with raisiny notes and caramel from the dark candi sugar. Buttery malt becomes noticeable as the beer warms and breathes. Mild chocolate and banana are perceptible at first in flavor and are ensued by notes of darkly caramelized fruit and a date - like sweetness. Hop bitterness is only indirectly noticed by its offsetting of malt sweetness. Full in body, w/ a dextrinous, liquid velvet mouthfeel. Finishes w/ waves of dark caramel lingering. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges as an afterthought. Rochefort 8 is fabulous. The residual sweetness is well controlled and the combination of chocolate notes and fruit is superlative. Although very flavorful, Rochefort 8 maintains a elegant mellowness. Outstanding to say the least. Rochefort 10 should be a treat!

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours deep Ruby brown with a rich,foamy head with a surviving half inch lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,chocolate,plums,grapes and malts. The taste is chocolaty,sweet,earthy,malty,fruity and phenolic. The alcohol is there and yet it is so well masked.The mild spices are so well balanced with the complex taste. So complex,so rich!
The overall feel is creamy,rich,great carbonation,crisp,smooth,bubbly and some mild bitterness in the finish. The stinging alcohol is not too overwhelming yet it lets you know -RESPECT ME,I AM HERE!
Seriously, So complex and special.

Notes: I do not buy into hype,but this is another example of why Belgium is so unique in the beer world. The brew is memorable in every sense of the word. Expensive,but worth it.

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Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep reddish brown with a thin light tan head that lasts forever.

Aroma is sweet, reminds me of brown sugar or cinammon, spicy.

Tastes of dark spiced fruit, warm brown sugar, spiced rum, very complex with alcohol presence just noticeable. Finishes with a sweetness only tongue that I've never tasted before.

A good amount of carbonation give s this an effervescence and keeps it drinkable. I think it also brings some of the sweetness out.

Overall, a wonderful brew, I haven't tried the 6 or 10, but I certainly will.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown color, sediment appears at the bottome fo the glass. Head is absolutely magnifacent and perfect, forming a billowing dome on top of the Chimay chalice I am drinking it out of.

Smell: Zesty and fruity, raisin and alcohol.

Taste: Served a bit too chilled, but has a robust malty flavor, highlighted by some nice raisin flavor, a smooth drinker indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, perfect.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, I enjoyed it about as much as the 10.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 330mL, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, tart and fruit, raisins, plums, hints of pear/peach, light hop presence, light alcohol, earhty, perfumy

Ap: Clear medium amber, mousselike tan head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Crisp nutty/toasty malt, raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, toffee, fruity/floral notes are unique, very dry and crisp, light alcohol, dry earthy malt, mild chocolate, dark but not roasted, very nice fruit (perfumy, almost tripel-like), peach, pear, candy sweet, bitter and alcohol at end, evolving complex taste

M: light warming/hot alcohol, high fine smooth carbonation, very well attenuated, slightly rough alcohol end

O: unique fruitiness, very dry, could be lower in acohol, great beer

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Photo of putnam
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It displays quite an attitude...all towering egg-like brown spun sugar dome... evil-looking beer ..."not-beer"
The first sip is more like a first "chew." The smell is one of dank, sweaty, super corn. There is mocha on the attack together with baked berries, cream, beans and roasted bees.
Not-"B" flavors include soda, caramel, industry, fantasy, universe ...
Someone touched Cooper's Sparkling Ale with steamed hops and broiled toast!
What a parcel of humancana!
These are super fresh and obtained at Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of velkyal
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is from my blog, so forgive the repetition:

The Rochefort 8 weighs in at a very respectable 9.2% ABV and pours a wonderful rich dark caramel colour, almost opaque but with a silken quality.

So powerful is the aroma of burnt sugar, that even before I put my nose anywhere near the glass I can smell the delights to come. The Rochefort 8 shares the quality of being sweet with undertones of bitterness that was the overriding sensation with the 6, however this one is altogether far smoother.

I found that the initial tastes make you want to simply sip the beer, as if in some perverse manner this will help you to savour the flavours.

However, after about the third taste, I couldn't help but taking decent sized mouthfuls to just enjoy the fullness of the beer.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 330ml brown bottle.

Pours dark...no light shines through when holding the glass up to a light. A rich creamy tan head with lots of bubbles at first. Head disappears after a while but leaves some good lacing near the top.

Aroma is sweet and malty. I can detect caramel possibly molasses with a hint of spice.

First sip is WOW....a hint of chocolate, lots of malt and spice. There is an aftertaste of fruit and molases. Can't put my finger on the fruit..possibly orange or fig....lot's of complex flavors. You can feel the alcohol with the first sip as it warms your cheeks but it is not overpowering. It has a creamy texture as you swish it in your mouth. A great Dark Ale...

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good deep brown color with some red hues. Tan head dissapates quickly to a nice silk cover.

Sweet nose with pitted fruits, vanilla and caramel. Some alcohol tones and a slight citrus hop character.

Taste also very sweet but not out of balance. Spicy fruits and chocolate.

Nice full body and dry mouthfeel finishes this ale well.

Considering the complexity and size, this is quite a drinkable brew. Highly suggested.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured root beer brown with a humongous three finger head of tan thick foam.

S: Damp forest, wood, dates, root beer.

T: Dates, cinnamon, dark oat bread, herbal tea, slight honey, root beer, alcohol. Transitions effortlessly between the candy sweetness of dried fruit and bready flavors. Enough spice to accent the highs and lows but not overpower. Balanced and hides the booze well.

M: Lively, well carbonated, medium and smooth.

O: Phenomenal. So interesting and enjoyable to drink. Nothing overwhelms.

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