Trappistes Rochefort 8
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
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4.36 | pDev: 9.63%
Brasserie de Rochefort
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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown ale pours with medium body. Definite licorice and molasses flavors come through. It has nice complexity, with flavors taking their turn pleasing the palate. This was my favorite of the Trappistes Rochefort triptych.

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Photo of The_Beerded_One
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most dangerous beer in the world. For 9% alcohol there was only a delicate alcohol presence. Sweet malty nose with dark fruits that end up delighting the pallet with a presentation of spiced bread and dark fruits (raisins, etc) playing accent.

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Photo of Magnificent_Bastard
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We all know this one, but it is just such an interesting ale that another review wont hurt it
pours middle brown, little head

Nose: very very nice aromatics, initially there is licorice, cinnemon, clove, some sour overripe apple, stewed apples, boiled apples, overripe fruit (in a good way) very sweet. dark roasted malt and caramel. brown sugar as well.

taste. flavorful and full bodied, with alcohol perfectly integrated and balanced. Taste is very much licorice and tobacco leaf. some caramel, plums, prunes, molasse as well. as it warms up the licorice takes more and more over. finish is sweet and malty with dark caramel and honey. texture is thick, syropy , yet with enough carbonation and acidity that the beer drinks easily. Darn good.

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Photo of gvickery
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a murkiness. Large white head that doesn’t last long. Smell was subtle, a little sweetness at best. Taste is very complex, way different than anything you’ve probably had. It’s sweet but not overly, caramel, malt, are predominant. There’s an almost candy-corn type flavor, in a good way. The alcohol is present but it’s not too bad. It’s really enjoyable, sip it and reflect on all the ways you screwed up in life and what could’ve been. Just kidding it’s superb. At the half way point make sure you swish the bottle around so you get all the settlement from the bottom of the bottle. Don’t be scared of it, it adds a lot of flavor. Best by date is 11-15-2022 Cheers

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Photo of clausthaler
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The deep mysterious fruits come out stronger when it's a bit colder, it's maltier as it warms up-- I understand there's an ideal temperature for this one but I think it's worth trying on the colder side too. Malty, but there's so much depth to the malt-caramel, chocolate, very complex. It's very carbonated compared to NEIPA styles so that takes a little getting used to but it's quite nice. Onto the 10!

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a single bottle from Keg Liquor, Clarksville IN. Label says 11/20/2022, 11:25:19.

A: Poured into an appropriate glass at the correct temperature. Pours dark, held up to the light there is a slight reddish tint, like a slightly watered down coffee. Three finger white head that dissipated, light lacing.

S: Dark, ripe fruit. Bready malt. Molasses. Some banana. The yeast has done its job.

T: Bready malt. Raisins. Prune. Clove and spice. Some fig. Very ripe. A trace of spice on the finish. Hides the ABV but still warm and cozy in the mouth.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Warm.

O: An extremely pleasing beer. Complex. Lighter than a stout but far more satisfying. World-class. I will be sure to try the 10 next.

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Photo of OlaB
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color with a big top of beige head that dissolves slowly. Aroma is of caramel, ripe fruits, dates, raisins, spices and some slight chocolate notes. The taste is sweet with notes of dried fruits and burned sugar with a deep malty background. Nice and strong notes of dark malts and caramel nicely ballanced with the sweet and fruity notes. It then finishes with some spicy notes and some slight bitterness ballanced perfectly with the malty back. Very long and strong aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium carbonation and a medium body. An amazing belgian dark ale. A real classic. Not far from being better then rochefort 10.

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Photo of Lanas
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What amazing beer.. For sure i don't expecting such a monster beer.. This beer is absolute insane.. Has anything you want.. Aroma, Taste, Mouthfeel, Aftertaste, Appearance, Heavy body that fill your entire body.. Really hands down.
Anyway despite all these good words this beer is very common with "Rochefort 10" .. You taste many common things here.. Is like "Rochefort 10" but with little more soft profile on alcohol and on the carbonation.. But it has the best parts and for some people that don't want so strong beers with high alcohol like "Rochefort 10", this beer it suit perfectly for them..
Here i can feel insane and juicy milky chocolate in my mouth.. The taste is so warm and juicy for real.. Second and this beer is very strong like "Rochefort 10" and hit you on the palate with the high carbonation and alcohol.. And the aftertaste burn you very well and leave you one amazing bitterness in your mouth that difficult can forget..
Overall i believe this beer is more balance than "Rochefort 10" or any other Trappistes i have taste until today.. Is super strong but don't burn you or hit you like some the others strong "Quadrupel" and "Strong Dark" beers.. It gives you what you need.. Fill your mouth with amazing bittersweet notes and in the end you are smiling from nowhere.. Perhaps the best "Strong Dark Belgian" beer i have taste and in general..

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Photo of BeerManAZ
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Surprisingly different from the 6. This beer has a much more bold, complex flavour. Still on the sweeter side, but malts are more noticeable.

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Photo of harrypowers
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old friend died yesterday.. his ex-wife asked me to have a beer for Jim. I picked this one.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a crisp tall quickly diminishing head.

Tastes of Belgian yeast and raisins. Light bodied and hides its alcohol content well.


Farewell Jim....

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Photo of KentT
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Raisin, meets molasses, meets brown sugar, meets caramel, meets malt. Very smooth to be such high alcohol. Rich, and complex flavors, very rewarding to sip slowly and enjoy the ride. Excellent overall mouthfeel, fruity notes and smooth aftertaste. Trappist ale goodness on a very high level. And so good, it needs to be revisited again every so often. Overall a 5 rating in it's class.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped w/ Best By End as : 14.11.2023, 12:53:59.

Murky siena brown pour, with close to three fingers of frothy ivory lace that builds heavily and falls slowly. As it settles, large amounts of residual lace cling to the inside of the glass. Over-poured slightly, so some yeasty sediment is also seen slowly drifting towards the bottom.

The nose is dominated by bready malt and raisin, with undertones of caramelized brown sugar and molasses. There is a very slight metallic twang, but I'd imagine that's a by-product of the yeast and not of anything off.

Many of the same flavors as were found on the nose. Bready malt leads the way, with raisin serving the backbone. The major difference on the palate was the Belgian yeast influence. Estery, but not in a bad way, with subtler notes of cherry, and mild baking spices. Good complexity, as I'm happy to find in many Belgian ales.

A tad thinner than expected, but doesn't really take away from the overall experience. But while I'd prefer a bit more body, the effervescent carbonation and smooth finish to this works really nicely. Dangerously drinkable for 9.2%, with only a touch of warming booze on the tail.

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful brew here. As much as I love Rochefort 10, the 8 is nearly as interesting and delicious.

So easy drinking for nearly 10%. Maybe the best nose of any beer I've had. Tough to describe, but sort of raisin-warm sour dough-fresh plum scent. Delightful.

If I ever find myself in Belgium, sipping several Rocheforts at the source...I will know I've made it!

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Photo of IKR
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly murky coca cola brown with a huge foamy light beige head of fine bubbles. Slightly sloppy pour resulted in a 2+ finger head.

Smell: Prominent Grape/raisin aromas, with moderate sugar and bready malts aromas.

Taste: The Grape/raisin aromas from the nose feature upfront in the taste profile. The beer has some mild pepper spiciness and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation and a medium body, a combination that works well for the style.

Overall: For me this is a classic prototypical Belgian strong Dark Ale. The Belgian yeast comes through with tasty esters, the carbonation sparkles, there is nothing to change about this one. I wouldn't even mess with trying to clean up the murkiness for fear it would change anything else.

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Photo of jkblr
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle Best before end L13.11.2019 poured into a Rochefort chalice at just above fridge temp 9.2% ABV. The beer pours light brown with cherry colored highlights and a steady stream of bubbles rising from the nucleated glass. The head is light khaki in color and recedes to a thin ring and puffy island. No lacing to speak of, but the head maintains throughout the session. The aroma is very noticeable with brown sugar, cherry, red grape, raisin, plum etc. The taste is rich semisweet malt with notes of brown sugar, raisin, cherry and faint phenol from the yeast. As it warms, barely oxidized notes of leather & tobacco come through. No noticeable bitterness, but not cloying. No trace of the ABV in the taste or aroma. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with well above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, excellent. This beer was purchased at least 3 years ago and stored in my 55°F mini fridge until now. I would be hesitant to purchase a warm bottle this close to the best by date. I will also drink these a bit younger from now on.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Best before March 2023"; drank 6/30/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy brown/orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a big khaki head; nice lace.

Clove, caramel & cinnamon notes in the nose; reminiscent of a winter warmer to this stunted palate.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Clove & mild caramel flavors up front; mild cinnamon bite on the finish.

A bit clove-y for my tastes, but overall a nice brew.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I need to repeat the TR#10 for sure to see how my tastes have evolved, but I just tried the #6 and #8 side by side and feel that the 6 was more balanced and more complex. The 8 for me is caramel, damn near a scotch ale, and lacks the tartness and raisin quality of the 6. One note.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11-15-2022. Cloudy mahogany pour. Toasted grain, dark bread, brown sugar, almond, raisin, banana, peppery spices. Mild, soft, simple, easy drinking Belgian. Well rounded and pleasant, though a bit muted for my liking.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mahogany, an exact match for my furniture. Moderate white head. Pleasant aroma: dark fruit, raisin, date, brown sugar & alcohol. Nice balance of sweet & bitter. A bit weak flavorwise, same as nose with addiction of bread. Medium body, slightly lacking carbonation. Lots of alcohol heat. Mildly disappointed but still. A really good beer

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Photo of octortus
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL Bottle. ABV 9.2%.
Appearance: Strawberry red/light brown (sun-lit), One and a half fingers of light tan/barely light pink head, Decent retention, Thin cap remains, Medium carbonation, No sediment off of a careful pour.
Aroma: Yeast, Dark fruit, Prune, Blueberry, Raisin, Funk, Slight banana.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Somewhat slick, Soft prickly carbonation, Noticeable booziness (well hidden), Off-dry finish.
Flavour: Prune, Raisin, Yeast, Sweet bready malts, Brown sugar, Phenols, Fairly complex, Well balanced.
Overall: Quite solid and enjoyable offering from Rochefort.

Review: 28

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Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a big snifter. Poured some of the sediment into my glass on accident. L.06.12.2022 11:40:14 is printed on the label.

Pours a mahogany brown with a medium size very pale head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is light, yeasty, lots of dates and raisins.

Taste is bitter in a way that's a little hard to describe, sweet like dates, maybe a hint of cloves or something similar. There's no doubt, this is a classic.

Mouthfeel is medium and quite effervescent. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber body; clear; thick, sticky white head. Some candi sweetness along with a roasted grain scent in the smell; some spiciness. Well-balanced blend of dark grain overtones with an earthy sweetness and spiciness; some dark and dried fruit qualities poking through. Medium bodied; dry sweetness; a bit effervescent and prickly on the palate.

This beer delivers some nice dark beer notes without the heaviness of a stout or porter. The alcohol is pretty well tamed. Nicely balanced and flavorful overall.

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Photo of MKV
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours orange-tinted brown. Decent white head. Fruit nose, some wort almost. Fairly sweet and fruity taste. Reasonable mouthfeel, not too full bodied but not lacking anything obvious. Honeyed aftertaste that's extraordinarily pleasant.

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Photo of WA_Brian
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (best before 21/09/2022) poured into a snifter at 51°F.

L: Pours a hazy, dark amber. Big tan head but didn't last too long.
S: Dark fruit aromas with a hint of bread. Mild aroma.
T: Bready with a light raisin flavor. Similar to Rochefort 10 if the fruit was very dialed back, but still quite good.
F: Good carbonation well integrated into the beer. Medium-full bodied with a dry finish.
O: Excellent beer but it's hard not to compare it to the Rochefort 10. I prefer the fruit-forward flavors of the 10 and its a more complex beer overall, but if the 8 was the only beer available I would never be disappointed.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From old tasting notes just rediscovered.
L- Very dark brown. Opaque even in a narrow glass. Thick head that holds.
S- Hoppy, malty, toasty. slight citrus zest at the end.
T- A mouth-full. Rich but light (!). Toasty. Malt, spice, Xmas pudding-ish.
F- Very nice, surprisingly light for a 9.20% beer.
O- Very nice, I could finish off a 'paired flight' meal with this and something like blue cheese and crackers.
BB: 21/5/19, 330ml bottle

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 5494 ratings