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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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1,842 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,842
Hads: 4,941
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 368
Gots: 881 | 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 spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
A- Pours a dark hazy brown with a nice white head that settles quickly to a flat cap.
S - Funky aroma of yeast and banana.
T - Wow that is really good. The flavor is complex - a little caramel, some dark fruit.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - This is really good and deserves its world class rating. Might be as good as the 10. Can't wait to buy more.

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

Pours a dark brown, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, floral, with some chocolate and cherry. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful taste. I get some caramel, a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is low because of high ABV. Went nicely with a big grilled steak. A wonderful brew from the monks I continue to admire.

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

This beer is exceptional in just about every way. It pours a dark brown color into a snifter glass. The aroma is warm, sweet, almost sherry-like. The taste is wonderfully balanced. There is a hint of sherry, chocolate, and a fruity tart flavor. Despite it's 9.2 percent alcohol content, other than a certain warming quality, one can barely taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel is just exactly right, not too heavy and not too thin. As long as one treats it with respect(no gulping here), this is a sublime beer and one of the very best anywhere.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep red-brown, you know typical of this style. lots more foam that with the 10 though. incredibly rich smell.
taste-malty goodness, sugar, sweet, extremely deep and complex. just damn good.
mouthfeel perfect. drinkability excellent. ive had the 10 lots of times but this is my first try of the 8..its hard to say this one is lacking in any way, these Rocheforts are simply some of the best damn beer you will ever put in your mouth.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a pillowy two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Subtly boozy aroma. Some plum and figs are most noticeable. Floral aroma in the background with a rich and somewhat yeasty smell too.

T: Sweet and boozy, like the nose, but subtle and refined. Aforementioned fruits are able to be tasted up front. Carmel and brown sugar notes immediately thereafter. I only detect a hint of floral and citric hoppiness before the taste fades to a lingering malt taste.

M: Velvety smooth, but very rich and somewhat viscous. Moderate to high carbonation, but it fits here.

D: Exceptional beer, and I would not want to ruin it by having too many. This is a special beer that is meant to be savored occasionally, and it is very clear. The smell and taste beg for you to defy this, however, and the alcohol gently reminds you not to.

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

Thanks Vintage, this is always a real treat...

Had with some seared Scallops while watching the Steelers work on the Eagles during the preseason...Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

A--Deep ruby-brown, darker than the 6 but not as dark as the 10, lacing that lasts, nice but not huge head.

S--Fruits. A scent that is appealing and warming

T--One of the best beers you will ever taste, smooth with hints of caramel, this is a real winner.

M--Much less carbonation than the 6.

D--I really love this beer. To me, there a very few that compare in terms of overrall quality, I know it is way too much to expect, but I could drink this every day of my life. If you have never tried this or the 10, it is a must. Belgian beer is the best beer in world and the Rochefort "Trappist" beers are at the forefront!

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

pours a cloudy brown with a very large tan head with a easy pour that holds to a quarter inch but not much lacing on the glass. sweet fruity nose with some caramel and spice also. taste is complex and the alcohol is strong but goes down very smoothly. medium body with a excellent carbonation. price was a little prohibitive at 6.95 for a 11.2 oz bottle otherwise its just great.

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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 josanguapo
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In Wesvleteren glass. Watching "Circuito Cerrado". Great beer but I have to low its score because I still remember the Westy 12 I took yesterday and this is a step below. It as a bit less body

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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 PainterChi
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep brown, murky, high carbonation, creamy, 2.5 finger head, dense tan colored head that dissipates quickly, natural looking lacing, lots of sediments in the bottom 4/5
S: prune, apricot, persimmon, dark bread, darkfruits, dried fruits, alcohol 4.5/5
T: date palm, prune, apricot, plums, brown bread, slight nutty flavor, brandy, a little bitterness, long aftertaste 5/5
M: full bodied, creamy, dry, warm 5/5
O: It is a 5 year old bottle, well matured, smooth and well balanced. almost good as its older brother Rochefort 10, similar but not as intense.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.