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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 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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Photo of Flashsp2
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 8 into wide goblet

Pours a murky mahagony with tangerine highlights and a one finger
beige head that trails delicate lace.

Nose is fig, rum raisin, orange zest, spice, earth. Lots of similarity
to the 10, but not as pronounced.

Lots of dark fruit and spice, white pepper, tangerines, dark candi,
earthy hops, alcohol heat, chalky yeast. Starts off with a soft malty
sweetness and ends with a tangy bitterness.

Medium body with brisk carbonation, feels fluffy and refined.

Super elegant beverage that I could easily consume way too much of.
Shares lots of similarities with its more potent brother #10, but is a
bit softer. While it lacks some of the complexities, it makes up for
it in overall beauty.

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

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark hazy brown color, with a large, frothy two-finger head that is tan in color. The beer is pretty murky and tough to see through, but where I can see light, there is a good deal of sediment bouncing around. Ridiculous head retention on this one; much more so than the Rochefort 6.

Smell: The aroma is similar to the Rochefort 6. Very malty and rich with a good deal of spicy yeast. Almost smells like a spiced rum, but much more mellow and fruity. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, bread notes, raisins, plumb, and maybe a touch of banana.

Taste: The flavor is pretty darn close to perfect. Extremely smooth and creamy, with a richness that lulls the taste buds into submission. Big malt flavor is off-set by wonderful spiciness, and the complex dark fruit flavors are quite a treat for the senses. This beer manages to be incredibly malty and rich without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with a good deal of carbonation. Great warming sensation from the alcohol, but a nice dry finish that keeps it from being to heavy.

Drinkability: Considering the near 10% ABV, this one is very drinkable. Very smooth and complex and not overpowering in the least.

This is probably now one of my top two or three favorite beers. I loved almost everything about it; the large chunks of sediment were a bit strange, but with a beer that tastes like this, I really don't care!

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

Single bottle poured slowly (to keep sediment out) into a Rochefort goblet.

Appearance: Barely translucent brown beer with a thin light tan head. The head was very persistent but not a lot of lacing on the glass. A tiny island here and there but not much else.

Smell: Very rich dark fruit (plums) combined with a very nice sweetness. Towards the end there are some buttery smells adding to the richness of the whole beer. Really enticing.

Taste: Wow is this a good one. Starts off with a rich malt flavor that is plum and prunes, then moves quickly into a burnt sugar and caramel sweetness with some peppery and very mild bitter finish. Towards the end of the glass there are some buttery tastes mixed in there, but they're mild. Despite the richness the beer finishes crisply - it does not linger. There is some hint of boozy sweetness in there every now and then, but it's not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy crisp carbonation on the tongue with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very balanced - nothing ever overwhelms or takes away from the taste.

Drinkability: Tastes insanely good, but due to the high ABV, I think to have another I'd have to pair it with the right dish to counter the way this one sneaks up on you. A great sipping beer and one to savor all on its own, but I think this would pair fantastic with the right dish. I've had this before but did a hard pour before I knew better and all the sediment came along for the ride. This time I poured carefully and some sediment came along, but I think minimizing it allows the greatness of this beer to shine through. I will definitely have this one again someday.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Total Wine and More in Union... this is certainly a world-class, top-notch brew... one of the better Belgians on the market for sure... the overall quality and character of this brew is a step-above most other representations in the category... Great prune-colored, dark-brown, mahogany hue with am impressive frothy head that exhibited nice staying power and lingered for a bit... smell is very intense, with a strong suggestion of roasted malts, candied sugar, and caramel... taste was ultra-rich and thick, sweet, but not cloying, with a strong presence of figs, prunes, dehydrated fruits, malts, caramel, toffee, and a slight vanilla... Mouthfeel was equally rich, filling, and satisfying, with a very easy drinkability that went down smooth, crisp, and clean... An excellent sample... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Swill5786
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110314. I kept it two weeks. Couldn't wait...

A - Dark brown but lighter than the 10. Massive head simmered down in about 2 minutes. Light reveals settling sediment within the brew. Giving it a few minutes to settle down.

S - Fantastic, as expected. Dark fruitiness dominates. Is that plum? Black currant? Raisins? Figs? Aroma of alcohol peeks timidly through all this plentiful fruit.

T - Sweet fruitiness followed by alcohol mid- to late-taste. Hops sneak in subtly at the back, then carry the aftertaste. Warming brings out a chocolate quality.

M - Heavy, heavenly brew; pleasantly thick; perfectly carbonated; Dry finish.

D - "Meal in a bottle..." Not inclined to over-indulge, but only because a second would be less appreciated than the first.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.2% ABV, Best Before 04.04.2018

A - This Merlot-hued firebrick amber beer pours clear with sediment left in the bottle allowing the exodus of thousands of carbonation bubbles to be witnessed. The tall light khaki head slowly lowers, fed constantly by the carbonation but leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Heavy fruity complexity of dark cherries, figs, and a touch of white raisin all come from the ester-producing Belgian yeast which carries with it just a pinch of spicy notes but rather develops into notes of old and dusty wood shed. A kiss of candi sugar sweetness comes to life behind the unsweetened caramel malt.

T - Dark candi sugar and caramelized malts really play out strong here giving the beer a toasted bread quality that works well with the dark fruit. Fig and prune hints blend nicely with dark cherries and some maple syrup-like sweetness almost like jam spread across toast.

M - While the alcohol has hidden thus far, it comes out in the body where, after the swallow, it's perceived retro-nasally and, while there's a bit of sweetness in the flavor, the alcohol dries this beer out giving its medium-full body a smoother finish that's accented by carbonation.

O - An excellent beer across the board, Rochefort's 8 is pleasing to all senses and without a flaw. Alcohol is an afterthought when you're deep in the nuances of mild spiciness, dark fruit pleasantries, and a base of malt complexity!

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