Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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#702
Reviews:
1,950
Ratings:
5,406
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of gopens44
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of PrynneCabin
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Weston64
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really delicious Belgian Ale

Look: Black with a one inch off-white head (in tulip)

Aroma: caramel, dark fruit

Taste: The flavor is dark raisin bread, some caramel, dark fruit like figs and raisins.

Feel: medium-full, thick

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Photo of cmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bullywee
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of caramel and toffee. I'm tasting cola, toffee, caramel, and marzipan. The mouth is lightly sticky and yet smooth and hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of sabojik
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Trappistes lineup in order, for convenience and comparison. Forgive the constant references to the other two styles.

Look: Dark amber, with a bit more lacing and a slightly darker hue than the Rochefort 6. Head is a bit longer-lasting, but ultimately still dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: When chilled, it hardly has a nose to it at all. Though upon warming, it opens up into a (still-mild) bouquet of plums, figs, and fresh bread. Some phenol scent in the nose, and more as it continues to warm. A bit scaled back, but otherwise virtually identical in scent profile to the Rochefort 10.

Taste: An order of magnitude more complex than the Rochefort 6. Where the 6 tends mostly toward its candi sugar base and only dabbles in the complexities of its recipe (a criticism I frankly have of most dubbels) the 8 has clearly been fermented with flavor in mind. Not nearly as fruit-forward as the 10 — here, bread dominates — but still an outstanding example of the strong ale style.

Feel: Thicker and less carbonated than the 6. A much more enjoyable beer to sip, heading toward the wine-like qualities of a quad without letting you forget that it's an ale. Relatively little alcoholic burn compared to the 10, but a hint here and there — especially with big sips.

Overall: While the Rochefort 10 is a near-perfect iteration of the quad style and is hard to match, the 8 is still a remarkable brew unto itself, and manages to hold its own in the lineup far better than does the 6. (Not that the 6 is a bad beer by any means, but it feels thoroughly underbaked by comparison.)

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Photo of Mclusal
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rdmcnrmk
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHDoyle
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Ruby color with a white head that quickly dissipates. Smell is dark fruit (plum, prune, dark cherry) and generally sweet. Not a terribly effervescent or strong aroma. Taste is similar with dark fruit leading the way but also incorporates grassy, earthy notes. For the ABV, the alcohol was well hidden and barely noticeable if at all. Feel is highly carbonated with a light to medium body.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This was good but still left me a little disappointed; maybe I expected too much. I would have liked a heavier mouthfeel and the taste/smell both seemed a little subdued. I drank this and a Rochefort 6 in succession there are a lot of similarities, which I suppose is to be expected.

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4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber brown with a huge, foaming tan head that threatens to overrun any glass or even the bottle when first opened.

Smell: Yeasty bread, spices, a little hops.

Taste: Very bready, like sourdough. Bittersweet, but little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick and well carbonated.

Overall: I feel like it's unbalanced in the sweet, sourdough bread side of the flavor and needs more complexity.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ehurst
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle in Au Bon Vieux Temps, Brussels (€5):
Very pleasant stuff from Rochfort like both of their previous offerings that I've tried, although this don't quite hit the height of their Rocherfort 6 & 10 offerings sadly. The beer was a smooth one that came through lighter than expected for such a beer but still had some darker fruits coming through with dates & prunes both making an appearance. There was some nice caramel malts adding to the sweetness & the balance of the beer was a good one but I felt it was missing that something extra to make me want to rush back & have another whilst still being a good beer.

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Photo of slatsfeldo25
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,406 ratings