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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,833
Hads: 4,880
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 354
Gots: 833 | FT: 25
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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 chanokokoro
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl (11.2 oz) bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort branded chalice

Pours a murky mahogany with a one finger fluffy bone white head. Exceptional retention, lacing that sticks to the side of the chalice and slowly slides down to rejoin the creamy head. Fruity nose; fig, date, hint of apricot, and perhaps some pear joined by phenol alcohol. Big malty body; spicy, dry, with yeasty pumpernickel bread crust. Brown sugar and pear, apricots, rich fig and date. Alcohol is ever-present but always perfectly balanced. The complexity of this brew is simply stunning and the balance is just as impressive. Medium-bodied, smooth with lively carbonation that pokes through here and there to tickle the palate. Truly world-class.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this case to the tune of $140 about a year ago. I'm sure it sat in the store for probably another year beforehand. Dated best before 9/8/04. The bottles we have where I work are dated sometime in 2007. Decants a deep ruby brown with lots of flaky protein coagulation and yeast suspended. Pillowy beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the Rochefort goblet. Complex aromas of yeast, esters, carob (almost chocolate) and gourmet caramel. This beer transcends words. It's malt profile is a bit reminiscent of a chocolate-like character, but more tame and subdued. Yeasty in the sense of it's unique yeast strain. Aging this beer really mellows it's characterisitcs. Velvety mouthfeel as well as being very drinkable for it's alcohol strength. Very smooth, or should I say smoov.

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Photo of kmkryah
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark brown, thick, and cloudy.

Smell: Alluring near-caramel smell, banana and ester notes.

Taste: Thick yet smooth taste. Malty at first impression, but with a rich and diverse range of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, bubbly, alternately sweet and spicy.

Overall: Complex, strong beer that will treat you well if you appreciate it.

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Photo of Sumo_Steve
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

In the interest of full disclosure I love strong dark ales of most every stripe. This is no exception, although I must say slightly drier than I had anticipated. The malts are still very much front and center, taste a bit like the other famous abbey product the fruit cake, but it is balanced by a a slight bitterness and the aforementioned dryness. When cold the high carbonation makes for a very refreshing sensation, as the brew warms the more caramel notes come to the forefront. There is little alcohol character, a truly dangerous trait in a beer this tasty. Complex and lovely.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on Christmas evening along with a few others. This is a review from notes.

A - poured a cloudy cherry brown with a thin, off-white cap in my chalice. Continuous bubbles kept the cap there the entire session. No lace. Yeast settles in the chalice after a little while so keep it swirling.

S - aroma was a tad on the light side but there were notes of sweet caramel malts, toffee, hints of figs, prunes, and raisins. A touch of alcohol in the end gives it a somewhat port-like aroma.

T - sweet maltiness in the beginning blended with some concord grape juice, figs, caramel, and port. Finishes bittersweet with a tiny touch of hops (whoa.... hops!) and an alcoholic kick. I also detect some cocoa... complex and excellent.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very smooth but a bit too carbonated for my liking.

D - For such a big beer, highly drinkable. Can definitely do a couple of them in an evening.

Overall - $4.99/bottle of this stuff at Hegedorn's was a STEAL!!! I bought out their entire stock of this and the Rochie 10's when I went. This is my first time having a Rochie 8 and it is absolutely phenomenal! Great tasting, excellent drinkability. The only thing keeping me from giving the smell a perfect score was the fact that it was a bit less pronounced that I expected. The mouthfeel was a bit over carbonated. One of these is most certainly not enough for an evening but I can never bring myself to drink more than one for a special occasion (this occasion was Christmas so of course I had to). Anyway, this is an exceptional beer and should age quite well. I'm looking forward to seeing what a few years will do to this. I believe it pairs well with some aged sharp cheddar or swiss cheese.
A must try for any Belgian beer lover. Simply divine.

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Photo of marburg
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed dark brown body with fizzy cream-colored head. Practically opaque through the direct center of the glass. Generously spiced and fruity: stewed cinnamon apples in brown sugar pop off the top of the glass and directly into the nose. Mingles with banana puree and a touch of cloves.

Equally delightful in its flavors. Yellow raisins and tropical fruits blend with spiced alcohol and a distinct cinnamon/nutmeg flavor. Very exotic and enticing. Alcohol hits you pretty well, but even as this warms, the full intensity remains caged, unlike this guy's big brother.

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Photo of chalsk
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Interesting beer. Has a complex aroma. Notes of fruit, malt, and caramel hit the nose. Good sweet and bitter balance, with the carbonation preventing the sweet from overpowering. The carbonation also gives the beer an interesting finish, which fades nicely. The only knock for me is the body, the beer is just a bit thin for me.

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Photo of dnichols
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort challis at the Tony Roma’s bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It is a very dark orange-brown murky beer with an abundant sticky dark caramel head. It has the color of a coke with a swirl of coffee. Once it settled, the interior of glass was covered with lacing and the beer itself stayed coated with small bubbles.

S: The aroma is awesome. It has a fruity (burnt orange and figs) aroma that complements the toasted malts and caramel sugars. It does not so much hide the odor of alcohol as merge the odor in a well balanced aroma that is very pleasing.

T: Complex balance of sweet and spicy flavors accented by the bite of alcohol. It is reminiscent of a mixed drink more than a beer. The malts taste of coffee, coco, and caramel. There is a slight hint of peppers and cloves.

M: Smooth and creamy with a rich full mouth feel that glides through the mouth like silk on a young woman’s freshly shaved legs. It is very lightly carbonated.

D: I had a hard time stopping. The tastes are so enticing it is difficult to pull away from this superior beer.

Comment: I love the Rochefort 10 (it is my beer of choice) but the 8 is a strong companion and stands on its own as an excellent beer. Awesome…what a beer should be.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a colleague who brought this back from a conference in Brussels.

A dark mahogany color with a deep brownish-orange hue when place up to light. Off white and big head which diminishes to a cloudy lace. I get a lot of date, raisins, chicory...maybe even candied apple in the aroma. There's a lot going on here. Flavor combines a strong presence of chocolate cake and a spicyness reminiscent of Anchor's OSA from 2007, warming to the back of the throat. Lightly carbonated, but lively on the tongue when swished around.

Much more entertaining than Chimay and most of the other doubles I've had out there.

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Photo of emsoud726
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw the review on BA and just had to try it. Did not disappoint.
Had this by the bottle. Poured dark brown with a very thin head into a tulip glass. Small amount of sediment at the bottom, but not entirely visible until the glass was finished.

Very flavorful - sweet but not overpowering. Surprisingly light for its strength and darkness (palatable, not too filling).

In short, despite the intensity of the beer overall, it kept me wanting another (which I unfortunately did not have at my disposal). Fantastic beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptionally smooth for being at 9.2. This one, like the 10, is all about the malt. It has an expectional dark red/brown color, it has a nice body but is significantly lighter than the 10, along with a higher more prickly carbonation. Promenant sweet plum like flavor. If you thought the 10 was too thick and rich this may be more to your liking being lighter in body and brighter / fruiter in flavor. I'm going to do a side by side against 8 and Chimay Red and 10 and Blue for fun.

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Photo of MrDell
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Trappistes Rochefort 8 – 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 on the inside of the glass, above the stem, there is a noticeable change in the density of that creamy head. One can 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. The head has also now reformed to cover the beer and is half a finger high and very dense and creamy. It's as if the beer is reacting upon being released into the air. Some beautiful thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Strong smell of Sherry. There is an aroma and taste in this one that I also get in the 6. In the 6 I don't like it, it's overpowering and I cannot put my finger on what exactly it is. It's nowhere near as strong in the 8 and it is not present in the 10. It's like a pasteurized aroma / taste if that makes sense. I can live with it in the 8 though as it is so slight.

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 fits. Moist dark red liquorice.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy, ever so slightly bitter 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 the 8 being. I think this is down to it being served too cold in the past. It is perfectly balanced in every way. 11/10!

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Photo of bbdog
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Rochefort goblet (damn sexy glass) drank over the course of 20 minutes so it warmed from fridge temp to perfection. Complex flavor through out. If there was ever a reason to become a monk this would be it. I am a Beer Advocate and I advocate this beer with 2 hearty thumbs up!

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Photo of drseamus
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer has a beautiful deep brown color and a thick off-white head. The beer has a great malty scent. The taste is very smooth and creamy with the classic sweet malty flavor typical of belgians. There is a slight break in the smoothness with some of the roasted malts and a slight hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It feels smooth and full, just like a beer should. The drinkability is extremely high. I will certainly go and find more of this beer and drink some now and age some for later.

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Photo of alamode
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- murky rown, off-white head of tiny bubbles...a little yeast in the pour, as I was trying to get every bit of liquid I possibly could...

S- fruit, some caramel sugars, a little booze too

T- malt, bitter, yeast, dark fruits & spice...carries the booze very well..does not taste as big as it is...taste is excellent!

M- full feel in the mouth, very pleasent...perfect carbonation on the tongue...cleans up in all areas of the mouth.

D- Very balanced! solid flavors that cooperate and make this extremely easy to finish...definitive for its style. This ale was a pleasure to consume.

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Photo of BS-
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Woody brown with a thin, pale head. Rather unassuming. The head does last forever, though.

S: Grapes, brown sugar / candy hints of bread crumbs and sweet wood.

T: This is hard.. It’s like angels decided to descend upon my tongue and frolic around my tastebuds. Absolute perfection. When this sweet nectar from the heavens first touch your tongue, you are confronted with a sweet, malty candy body with a brilliant balance from the dark fruits (plums) and slight spice brought slowly to your attention at the sides of your tongue. The malty sweetness endures well into the aftertaste, but the fruitiness gives way to a hint of hops and bread crusts, which makes you almost want to chew on the beer. Alcohol is present, but it hits your head more than your mouth.

M: Rather full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation. As close to perfect as it gets, although it goes down slightly too easily. Almost watery.

O: Sweet nectar of the Gods. I would rather die than to live without this beer in my life. It’s an absolute must-try for every self-respecting human being. Easily one of the best beers around. This is a very stripped-down review. The tastes in this beer is so complex, I can't even begin to imagin how to describe them all. If, like me, you aren't a huge fan of the Rochefort 10, do give the 8 a try. I'm sure this one will work for you.

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Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, reddish-brown with a medium-density thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells of cloves, raisins, plums, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a sweet, caramel malt, followed by the crisp spices and a warming alcohol finish. A bit brighter than the 10, but similar. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, with nice carbonation. Having downed a number of these during a marathon bocce tournament, I can attest to the drinkability. It may be a bit much for those that prefer their beer light and refreshing, but if its flavor you crave, you can sip these all day long.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What I wrote about Chimay I'll "ditto" with Trappistes Rochefort 8. Smooth, creamy and extremely tasty. By far an absolutely fantastic beer. My friends would "second" my opinions for they got to share in our beer drinking exploits when we brought back many a bottle of Rochefort 8. In the Brussels grocery stores this beer is plentiful in supply at a very reasonable price. Getting them home is a chore but well worth it.

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Photo of illidurit
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rochefort goblet. This beer is the color of that brown waterproof wood stain and nearly as thick. Gritty hazy body with a monumental tan head. That famous Belgian lace is everywhere here.

The aroma is really complex. Booze soaked fig, spicecake, brown sugar, and yeast.

Taste is also very complex. Dark malt and yeast provide a foundation while several flavor notes dance upon it, including caramel, raisin, fig, pepper, exotic nuts, caramel, chocolate, and peat.

Mouthfeel takes a hit because it's too carbonated. The 6 and the 8 have this problem, while the 10 seems to have it under better control. The carbonation is distracting, yet fine enough to make the beer go down quite smoothly. Great full body.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330cl/11.2 oz. bottle, dated "20 09 11". Split with my wife, pre-dinner, to a pair of small goblets (rather unevenly I should add...she got the bigger pour).

A: Fuzzy-looking with fine sediment, a caramel brown that glows auburn in the light. Plenty of rising carbonation beneath an ample eggshell-colored head, maybe a finger that fizzes busily, reducing to a thicker cream. Surprisingly, very little lace sticking...

S: Huge aroma of raisins and sweet, dried fruit. Unmistakably 'Belgian' yeast aroma. A slight bit nutty and some spice - oddly reminds me of one of those Pecan Swirl snack cakes. After the pour, this could be smelled from at least 5 feet away...

T: Terrific spicy zest, loads of sweet fruit, apples, honey pears, figs and dates. Caramel and maybe some butterscotch. Drying toward the finish with traces of black pepper and alcohol. A tremendous blend on spices and sugars, with a balanced bittering. Harmonious.

M: Heavily carbonated at first, producing a big prickliness early. That zing mellows very nicely with some warming in subsequent sips.

D: Whew, it's been far too long since I've enjoyed one of these - perhaps since Belgium, some 18 months ago... we both agreed this is a phenomenal beer, way too easy to drink. One we'll be sure to have more often; now with 2 in reserve - recent New Seasons pick-ups at a reduced/liquidation(!) price - it's sure to happen sooner.

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Photo of intensify
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 11.2 oz bottle. First off..the name of this beer is prestigious so while reviewing i told myself i would keep it honest.
Poured a dark brown color with a 2 finger head which faded quickly. Small particles caught my eye as they made their eay to the bottom of my glass. Nice presentation indeed.
The aromas are crazy. So many different things going on here. Dried fruits such as raisins, maybe dried purple grapes. Cinnamon and a touch of booze. The taste is as explosive and complex as the smell. Starts of with dried fruits then slowly fades into a sweet flavour very similar to wine. Finishes nice with a warm touch of alcohol. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to dry, but leaves a nice adtertaste which makes you go back for more. Nothing complements the palate more then the finiah of this ale.
Overall i was impressed. Complex and delicious. If you can get ahold of one of these, please do. I know i will.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into a chimay goblet

A: Poured a hazy dark brown with floaters and a big, foamy, cream colored head that didn't hold.

S: Excellent aroma - fruity w/ alcohol present - somewhat like rum. Malts jump to the forefront as it warms. Still excellent.

T: Big complex flavor - both sweet and spicy, malty, with just a hint of alcohol. Next sip is of caramel & bread. This is wonderful, and getting better as it warms.

M: Smooth on the intake with just the right carbonation. Dry finish.

D: The abv is the only limiter. Would love another - right now! The worst part about drinking this beer is that you're closer to the end of the bottle with each sip. Why do I never remember to buy more than one at a time?

This tasting was shortly after a Chimay Blue (to see if my initial notes stood up to another really good B.S.D.A.). My initial impressions were correct - this beer is fantastic - the monks are freakin' geniuses.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - More translucent than most Belgian Strong Dark styles. Thin bubbles layer the top.
S - Being a newer home brewer I can smell residual sugars from the dark belgian candi sugar.
T - Yeasty. Sugars are delcious. Is this alcoholic? Oh yes there it is.
M - Effervescant and carbonated. Great balance.
D - Why do they only make this in small bottles? I'd like a keg please.

Not a big fan of the sediment at the bottom. I know it's kind of a novelty and it's not bad for you but it bothers me towards the end of a glass.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep brown, golden undertones, with a tan head settling into pools; ultra fine bubbles and lacing in sheets.

The smell is pure Trappist- the undeniable malt and yeast smell, somewhat sweet and funky, often times described as tropical fruits; also the bright aroma of grapes.

The first taste is freshly brewed coffee, mixed with lavender- like a super slick herbal refined Doppelbock, but so much more. The alcohol warms beautifully in the end of each sip and then there is the wonderful lingering aftertaste of sweet brown Easter breads, cappuccino foam and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is so perfect, the body do round and creamy, this is perfection and gives up nothing to the higher alcohol quadruples.

If you have not tried this, get it as soon as possible, have it after dinner in a Trappist chalice, sip, drink deep, whatever. You will not be disappointed.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.