Trappistes Rochefort 8
Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #1
Ranked #957
4.33 | pDev: 9.7%
Yesterday at 01:23 AM
Oct 12, 2001
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4.74 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Yesterday at 01:23 AM
4.44 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Apr 03, 2022
4.36 by Jaymgould from Minnesota on Mar 25, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

A careful pour yields a finger and a half of a large frothy white head, which dissipates leaving a white bubbly ring around the glass. A deep, chestnut brown colour that is very cloudy.

It’s got a nose as delicious as any strong Belgian dark, so you know what you’re getting. The stars for Rochefurt 8? Deep aromas of raisins and dried dark fruits, sugared and caramelized desserts and fruits, very rich and gorgeous smelling yeasty, doughy breads. A lot of spices mixing in here, I’ve never been an expert on spices but you can always recognize cloves, though I wouldn’t say that’s the major spice smell here. Cardamom? Blackcurrant?

Lovely and complex taste, which (as contrived as this always sounds) follows the nose pretty tightly. Those doughy, chewy malts are just too enjoyable. Definitely nice and sweet, the high alcohol level brings tastes of rum, raisins, and figs, as they always do for malty Belgian dark ales. Spicy cloves and peppery notes dance around, the candi sugar on the palate also gives me a gentle cinnamon impression, though it intermingles well with all the spices. Long, tasty doughy finish, very malty and bready. Nutty toffee, caramelized desserts. What else can you say? It’s phenomenal as always.

Now, while the flavours are strong for beers in general, I’m going to say they are wonderfully balanced for Belgian dark ales. Strong dark malty beers like Aventinus Eisbock is more of an explosion of these flavours, and certain other Belgian darks are more unrestrained. This works in this beers favour, for anyone who enjoys the style will enjoy the complex evolution of the flavours over time.

Medium bodied and fairly sweet, this is slightly more carbonated than others in this style, medium carbonation overall. The good carbonation coupled with the small bubbles creates a foamy and creamy sip. Semi-dry finish with well concealed alcohol that emerges just enough to breathe life into the flavours on the palate, giving them a unique dimension.

Hell of a beer. Absolutely delicious, while some lament the size of their cellar list, I am always happy I have so many Rochefurt beers in mine!

Mar 20, 2022
4.24 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Mar 02, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Weisenbeer from Ohio

Yowzer! Really do I need to say much more than it's from Belgium. Okay .... Beautiful dark caramel color, super smooth and delicious and packs a punch too .... Terrific!

Feb 08, 2022
4.58 by beerrat from Virginia on Feb 06, 2022
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4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BigGinge from New York

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light brown color with some orange hues towards the bottom. A soft pour produced about three fingers of meringue-like off-white head.

Smell: Yeast, nuts, sugar, old kitchen spices, sage comes to mind as well as allspice.

Taste: Sweet up front, raisin bread, burnt sugar, once the sweetness fades away I get a slightly toasted note along with some nuts. Can't detect any bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied, loads of carbonation, dry, can't feel any alcohol warmth.

Overall: Delicious. It hides it's abv very well.

Jan 20, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice glass, the "best before end" date is "L.03.02.2026" which I understand to be March 2, 2026. I also understand the bottled date is five years prior so that would indicate this one was bottled on March 2, 2021.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, brown color and there are larger bits of sediment floating about when held up to light, bountiful two finger head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation, a beautiful beer!

SMELL: bread, sweet chocolate, dark fruits like fig and raisin.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet bread and chocolate with dark fruits like fig and raisin, the 9.2% ABV is well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and somewhat creamy, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a great BSDA, I love this style, one of my all time favorites but hard to find, Chimay Blue is the other I can recall having and this one stacks up very well, I will buy this again and will recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Jan 09, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Beige head that fades to a rim and a bit of lace. Sugary brown color.

Nose is sweet and dates.

Taste follows with caramel, a little brown sugar and chocolate, malty sweet.

Feel is medium with a carby finish.

You already know its gonna be good, its a trappist ale.

Jan 08, 2022
4.36 by clm9 from North Carolina on Jan 07, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

L: Pours an opaque light brown with a tan 2 finger head

S: Malt, fig, raisin, spice

T: Complex mix of winter fruit and bready malts. Very smooth for 9.2%—no alcohol burn.

F: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: This is the first beer of the style I’ve tried so I don’t have anything to compare it to. Once I try more, I’ll revisit my review. Still, I’m not surprised it’s #1.

Jan 06, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Steve555 from Wales

Looks a light brown. Large head that lingers. Aroma of sweets, sugar and caramel. Taste is similar with chocolate overtones and figs and slightly dank like a dubbel.

Feel is quite light and sweet. Alcohol very well concealed. A very smooth brown ale with some dankness. Very nice

Jan 02, 2022
4.44 by Hawkfish from Washington on Dec 30, 2021
4.37 by irishevans from California on Dec 28, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a cloudy, dark amber to mahogany coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of slightly bready, caramel malt and candied fruit, with hints of brown sugar, spice and honey as well. Taste is a great balance of slightly bready, caramel malt and strong candied fruits, with notes of fig, date and plum, as well as lighter apple and apricot, distinct brown sugar and honey, with some spicy accents of clove and cardamon as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a strong sweetness and some candied fruit, brown sugar and hints of spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light carbonation.

While this certainly makes for a very rich and complex example of the style, it's just too sweet for my personal taste, which is somewhat mitigated by a light bitterness in the finish, while I can also appreciate those spicy accents, but those overwhelming caramel malt, brown sugar and honey notes are bit much for me, bordering on cloying, while the fruity notes feel quite candied as well, resembling those candied fruit bits you get in fruitcakes. This certainly has a certain feel of fruitcake drenched in honey to it overall and while some may love that, it's really not for me. I much prefer the darker and a bit more roasty and bitter Rochefort 10, which is a lot better balanced to my personal taste.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Limazulu from Idaho

A-burnt orange cloudy, with prodigious white creamy head from the carbonation. Pour gently.
S-Mild essence of yeasty brown bread, dark fruits
T-Bready nutty malts, spices, sweet but not overly. Below average bitter.
M-Luscious for a medium (-) body. High carbonation.
O-First time for the style, and this specimen is wonderful

Dec 22, 2021
4.65 by jslywiak from California on Dec 22, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a bottle today at the LCBO in Ontario 330ml at 9.2%.
Poured a 1 to 2finger head into glass.
Leaving a lace all around as you drink it.
The beer is strong just sipping on it but it seems very easy to drink it with a medium bitterness level.
Overall a great Belgium beer

Dec 20, 2021
3.5 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Dec 19, 2021
4.55 by JohnDon from Texas on Dec 17, 2021
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Joe_Canadian

Purchased at the LCBO on 11/11/21. Stored at 4 C, on it's side, and poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Pours a maduro brown, it's the spitting image of the wrapper of the cigar I'll be smoking after dinner, a CAO Flathead Carb 660, with a medium thickness white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film, a little thicker in the center.

Smell - Strong fruits with a nice nutty, malty undertone tying it all together. I'm picking up raisins, currants and it reminds me of fruitcake. In the best way possible, I like a rich, well made fruitcake.

Taste - Just a slight hint of alcohol burn at first taste, which is quickly killed by the maltyness. The above noted fruit flavours then rush in and it's a long finish more malt and baking spices.

Feel - I love the creamyness of this beer, it's full bodied with carbonation on the milder side of medium. Nicely coats the mouth, enhancing the finish.

Overall - This is one of my favourite beers. Top 3. I prefer it over the 10. The mix of the flavours and just how it's so beautiful tied together is something of beauty.

Nov 25, 2021
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ATL6245 from Georgia

Appearance: Cloudy, saddle brown. Mousse-like, tan head with great retention

Aroma: Fruity esters: plum, apricot, apple

Flavor & aftertaste: Follow aroma, plum, apricot, apple. Low bitterness

Mouth-feel: Medium to full- bodied. Moderate carbonation. A little creamy

Overall: Outstanding. Would never know this is a 9.2% abv beer. Nice looking pour with excellent head and retention. Layered fruity esters in the aroma & flavor. These beers always fool me at first. Their aromas seem one or two dimensional at first, but as you make your way to the bottom of the glass, keep swirling and sniffing and more complexity comes out. Very easy drinking. No flaws in this bottle.

Nov 13, 2021
4.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
4.11 by Rhetion from Florida on Oct 01, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

Dark raisin brown in color. Poured with a fizzy, tall, off-white foam with medium low retention. Aromas of dark fruit, sweet fig, and mellow dark malt. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Dark fruity flavors, fig and raisin, with mellow dark malts - similar to aroma. Very low spicy hop flavor followed by pleasant boozy warmth through the end. Finished dryly as the fruity and malty presence was overtaken by the booziness. A pleasant, boozy, cool weather ale. Very nice.

Sep 30, 2021
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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a single bottle from The Cellar (Troy) for $5.39. Poured into a crystal pimp chalice I got off Craigslist.

L - Pours a deep, dark brownish amber with a magnificently fluffy and well-retaining three-finger tan head.
S - Fig, stone fruit, and sweet plum with notes of toast and spice. Little bit of a boozy dried apricot and pound cake.
T - Raisin and fig are very upfront. The flavor slowly shifts from dark bread crust and plum to a symphony of red apple, cacao nibs, and gingerbread. Towards the bottom of the glass is a resonating boozy note, which backs up some concord grape and molasses. Prune and caramel finish. Well-balanced.
F - Silky, velvety. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Incredibly thick. Gives you a very warm feeling by the time you finish. Strong for sure. Satisfying to drink.
O - I've had every beer from this brewery, but I love that I can finally review them all this week! This brew for a long time was my favorite. Incredible complexity from start to finish. No doubt some of the best flavor in the world of Belgians for under $6. This is a Belgian yeast bomb, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Fruity, bittersweet, and complex. This is one of the best beers you'll ever have the fortune of drinking. I can't recommend this enough.

Sep 09, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by naikwot

Dried cherry, banana, salted caramel, cinnamon & fruitcake on the nose. Salted caramel, some peppery spice & apple on the palate. Medium body & acidity. Slightly more complex than the 6. I'd imagine it to be good with grilled carrots, and savoury cheeses. With the additional fresh fruit impression, I actually enjoy the purer warmness from the 6 a bit more.

Sep 03, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Patrickbaeki from Thailand

Rochefort 8

I drink this beer it was 12 months old.

Barley wine.

Alcohol 9.2%

Brewery : Abbaye Notre- Dame De Saint-Remy Rochefort

Foam : Foam collar white-cream colored , a lot of foam that unfortunately disappaers quickly.

Color : Dark red

Aroma : fruity , chocolade

Taste : Slightly sweet , chocolate , complex fruity , raisins.

Finish : Long soft , little bitterness.

General : A delicious beer , softly sweet , flows into subtle bitter.

Good trappist beer , inferior to Rochefort 10 .

Aug 30, 2021
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 24, 2021
4.41 by Timbru from Germany on Aug 07, 2021
4.57 by simonrgilbert57 from California on Aug 06, 2021
4.27 by Jakepitbull from New York on Aug 01, 2021
4.35 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jul 29, 2021
4.25 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jul 25, 2021
4.35 by travelguy from Ohio on Jul 09, 2021
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 5638 ratings