Trappistes Rochefort 8
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #1
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #487
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 9.63%
Reviews:
2,007
Ratings:
5,569
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Brasserie de Rochefort
 
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SCORE
97
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aleigator from Germany

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clouded dark brown color with a noisy, spongy, medium sized head. After a short glance, the head is gone entirely.

Smells of cocoa pulver, molases, scented wood among glazed caramel and milk chocolate.

Has a lighter and refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to a prominent, bubbly carbonation.

Tastes of rock sugar, bakers chocolate and gingerbread among grain hulls and toffee. Turns a bit drier then, as well as sweeter, with a noble hop quality, waffles and old coffee topped off by a drop of honey. Finishes a little oily, with more spices, light black pepper and maintaining hops, entangled into caramel chunks and muscovado sugar.

Although I tend to like my beers bitter or sour rather than sweet, this one certainly is an exception. The beer is very well balanced and complex, resulting in a unique, thoughtful flavor composition.

Feb 13, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark amber with a think cream head

Smell: malt, raisin, yeast

Taste: follows the nose with plum/raisin, nice maltiness, and a good yeast

Feel: sort of prickly carbonation, nice

Feb 11, 2021
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summitsix from California

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

L: opaque brown, healthy head of foam
S: Belgian yeast galore
T: chocolate notes, complex citrus and spice notes, bready, dry finish
F: velvety
O: amazing, a perfect dessert beer, worth every penny

Dec 31, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Funny, as I had reviewed both 10 & 6 probably about 8 years ago Never got around to the middle child. Oops. Well, 8 pours a dark, clear brown. Amber's angry sibling. HUGE head that grows like bread. I poured out the entirety of the beer and the bottom coughed out some yeasty detritus. It now adorns the humongous heads like a puff of cinnamon on a latte. Aroma almost seems hidden by the 2.5 inches of foam. It smells of caramel, dark bread, molasses, toffee and some light Belgian yeast. Not absurdly aromatic. Flavor immediately hits the calm part of my nervous system. This is one of those beers where the mouthfeel and flavor shouldn't be separated. Soft, cushions of sweetness and brown nuance! Like laying face first into a well-worn leather loveseat. It feels and tastes welcoming and warming, yet confident. 'Tis good!

Dec 24, 2020
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Robinshutedrums from England

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is an amazing beer :) dark brown with white head. Smells sweet, complex and of dried fruits. The main notes I taste are dried fruits, especially dried pums and dried dates. This is slightly sweet, has a oak aged taste, it's bold in flavours and tastes fairly strong (well it is 9.2% so expected). This is a very mature and well made beer, it's got to be up there with the best beers in the world. A must try for darker beer drinkers and anyone that can just appreciate a master beer :)

Nov 19, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy chestnut reddish-brown with a very tall, active yet densely compacted khaki to tan head that's happy to stand over the glass before slowly collapsing from air pockets expanding underneath, leaving tons of coral lacing on the glass. I'm just floored at how hazy this is, it's almost opaque, but quite turbid.

Smell is quite spicy and phenolic compared to the 6, also exuding that apple pie character, as well as cooked pear, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.

Taste seems to temper the spice with a sting of alcohol right on the tip of the tongue which then recedes to a silky medium-light body where the carbonation is fine and only faintly expansive, especially relative to the head. The malt bides its time, only coming out towards the nearly wet yet semi-dry finish and exhale, emulating more of a zucchini bread with some pumpernickel accents. This ale overall leans semi-bitter of moderately herbal spice. However, hints of dark fruit develop as it warms.

Oct 30, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Restrained pour into chalice producing a cloudy brown brew sporting a 1 finger parchment head. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing. Beautiful.

S - Malt, yeast, sweet/sour fermentation, chocolate.

T - A little sour, chocolate, a little coffee hint, bitter, salty malt. Unbelievable. Delicious. Absolutely nothing artificial or synthetic.

M - Clean, crisp, dry. No lingering mouthfeel. Pure.

D - One of the best beers I've ever tried. I'd say, most likely, top three. This is an absolutely fantastic offering by any standard. It's a must try.

Oct 29, 2020
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a soapy head. Color is of a spiced cider. Autumnal. Looks like an apple cinnamon candle. A thin head sticks around for an impressively long time.

S: Smells like a fruit cake. Fermented dark fruit, raisins, rum, breadiness

T: Incredibly complex. Has some nice roasted characteristics, but it's not the main character. Cocoa is definitely present. Dark fruits abound, providing a semblance of tartness to balance out the strong flavors though it's so well done that it's hard to tell it apart. All the flavors mix so well and wraps up with a short malt stint and finishes clean.

O: Incredible Beer. This beer encapsulates what it's like when the weather starts to turn a bit chilly.

Oct 19, 2020
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frostyFLAKE from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At time of writing, best beer I've ever had. All the depth of a strong belgian, but without some of the heady esters that I, personally, can easily find overpowering. Also quite pleasantly dry compared to the other similar beers I've had, with a surprisingly bitter and clean finish.

Oct 11, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz 330ml bottle, fresh bottle vs being aged

Dark purplish color. Fizzy thin head that receeds instantly, root-beer-esque. Smells exactly like sweet and savory raisin dessert bread. A very bready and sweet beer, like eating (drinking) an alcohol soaked slice of cake. Overly carbonated - ready to age

Supreme ale. Very sweet compared to some of the other beers in this category that I prefer

Oct 11, 2020
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BriancChristensen from California

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a deep brown color with a tight, thick, deep tan head

Smell: Not terribly aromatic even after agitating, but does give off some wonderful fresh bread, toasted nuts and seeds as well as trickle and aged pot still rum character.

Taste: The relatively subtle nose is replaced with a massive hit of flavor. Perfectly smacks the pallet with delicious caramelized banana, toffee, dried cherries and prunes, desiccated blood orange rind and candied walnuts. A zip of alcoholic bite at the finish and a light hoppy snap to wrap it all up.

Feel: Just incredible, maybe where the beer really shines the most. Smooth and comfortable, coats the mouth but has enough carbonation to keep it from feeling cloying or overly sweet. It has enough viscosity to linger long enough for the flavor to be enjoyed but doesn't stay so long that the palate is overwhelmed.

Overall: A WONDERFUL Belgian ale that holds it's own with other greatly respected beers of the style. A perfect beer if you desire belgian quad flavor and complexity ( such as rochefort 10 or westevleteran) but don't want to commit to the alcohol or the huge sweetness. Good till the last drop, BUY IT TODAY!

Oct 11, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle best by 22.01.2025. Dark brown color with a thick layer of off-white head. Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, and raisins. Light body and smooth feel. Roasted malt flavors with moderate sweetness and some dried fruit notes. Excellent and deserves its high rating

Oct 03, 2020
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xander10 from England

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Honey with an off white 2 finger head that is very frothy and persistant, lots of lacing.
Smell: Malty, Sweet, rest I can't really explain, it's too complex for words from a guy like me.
Taste: Sweet with a slight alcohol burn, it doesn't really come across as a particularly hoppy beer but it does have some dark fruit notes.
Feel: one word. Smooth.
Overall: Top Quality beer, if you like your strong and dark ales, this is for you.

Sep 18, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 8. Caramel, smoked pepper, fresh yeast, herbs and spices. A very great body, well balanced and complex, delicate. Lovely trappist with a very unique character.

Aug 13, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Really thick foamy head at first pour, which slowly dissipates to a half-finger head.
Crystal clear in the beginning (w/o the yeast slur at the bottom), amber/copper/brownish in color.

S: Nuts, toffee, caramel/candy sugar, warm alcohol notes. Some dried raisins and dark plums, a bit of spices, but not that prominent as the caramel and toffee.

T: Smooth sweet caramel, hits most of the flavour/smell notes as described above.

F: As told, quite smooth. Alcohol is well hidden, albeit the warmth of the drink can be felt during drinking.
Well balanced and frighteningly easy to drink.

O: The middle brother of the family of Rochefort. Bit better than the youngest, Rochefort 6,
but mostly remains the same - huge caramel/toffee, nuts, and some dark dried fruits in the background.

Aug 08, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle -ruddy and muddy dark brown with thick khaki head leaving significant foamy lacing.Nose is mildly earthy ,yeasty and spicy. Taste follows with hints of candy sugar and dark stone fruit. Not really any alcohol creep.Finishes on the dry side. Very mellow and balanced ,a fine example of the style.

Jul 11, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

*Bottled on: 03/27/19*

The look on this beer had the classic dark Belgian beer look that I love. This had a thick two finger pillow-y khaki colored head, mod-low retention, and a murky dark brown color. Nice looking, but nothing special or out of the ordinary.

Fresh cracked black pepper, caramel, toast, and a sharp phenolic aroma are the notes that I got from this beer upfront. All of these aromas were well balanced with each other, with the exception of the rubbing alcohol band-aid aroma which stuck out to me. There was also some notes of raisins and plums in this, possibly due to the age of this beer.

The taste gave me big notes of caramel, biscuit, pepper, and phenol in the front-end. These notes eventually developed towards the middle to a hop-like bitterness and finished with the aforementioned bitterness coupled with notes of toast and biscuit.

This beer felt dry and smooth and the booziness on this was definitely felt. With a medium boy and high carbonation, I thought that this was very nice and drink-able.

Overall, I thought that this was a very nice and tasty beer. This is definitely the best representation of the beer style, and I'm curious to see how this beer ages after a year or two.

Jul 04, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 3/4/24

Damn, another Belgian beer that’s the #1 example of the style, that’s 2 in the same night for me!

Pours a chocolate like dark brown with 3 fingers off light brown tinted head that very slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

I immediately pick up earthy spice, lots of pepper and clove from the yeast. Some mild green apple, orange zest, and brown sugar balance out the spice

This starts off almost a bit tart with that apple character coming through strong. Mid palate, this becomes more malty, but notes of pepper and citrus help ot from being a full on malt bomb. The aftertaste brings notes of raisin, plum, and brown sugar without being too sweet

Medium-full bodied with almost no carbonation, this drinks dangerously easy for the abv. Incredibly smooth and finishes sightly sticky and sweet

Goddamn that was good. After having this, I only have the Rochefort 6 to try. I’ll be on the hunt for that now

Jul 03, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy deep brown with a large tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind a nice frothy tan cap
S - Belgian yeast and sweet malt along with dark fruit notes, caramel, and some nuttines
T - Follows the nose - the Belgian bready yeast character up front and throughout followed closely by dark fruit, nuts, figs, raisin, some brown sugar, and caramel
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O - A fantastic representation of the style

Jun 28, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: murky brwon and dark ruby red. a hint of dark mahogany. head is 2 finger silky tan

s: sweet malts, caramel, nuts. figs, dates, tobacco, leather, prunes, a hint of spicy Belgian yeast. huge bready notes. clove and coriander as well. seriously awesome smelling beer

t: follows the nose. clove, coriander, cardamom are some initial spices upfront. big bready note. sweet caramel, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, and some brown sugar. a hint of lemongrass in here as well. finish is sweet and malt. great stuff

m: fuller side of medium, high carbonation

o: just an excellent beer. benchmark for the style, it has all the notes of the classic Belgian tastes. nothing but priase for this

Jun 19, 2020
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DannyBoy15347 from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice light brown almost amber color, with lots of foam that slowly dissolves over a couple minutes. Pick up a lot of the malt in the aroma, smells almost like a fresh loaf of bread. Taste reflects much of the same with a pleaseant bitterness and kind of a smooth boozy finish. All around an excellent brew. This is the first Trappist/Belgian I've had since I more or less swore them off in college (no idea what my problem was looking back now) but I absolutely love this one and am excited to further explore the various styles.

Apr 12, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a totally yummy Belgium Abbey ale! I did not think I would like it more than Chimay but I may have to reconsider that opinion. It is really smooth and has a fine body and taste for the style. I recommend it!

Apr 12, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, best before 14/06/2023, poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a kind of dark brown, with about 3cm of bubbly and foamy off white head, which slowly subsides, leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly burnt toffee, fruit, raisin, dried fig, I'm getting dried apricot as well. Smells good.
Taste: Malty straight up, brown sugar, burnt toffee, dark fruit, a little bit of dark dried fruit, maybe raisin and fig, some hints of berry flavours as well.
Feel: Mid bodied, feel the carbonation of the front of the palate, quite sweet, but not cloying, a tiny bit of bitterness right at the end.
Overall: Year, its great. I loved it.

Apr 11, 2020
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PatrickPadiernos

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are like me and love dark malty beers this is a killer beer. Like eating a piece of dark rye.
Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into a conical pint. I'd recommend pouring into a Goblet or chalice because the head on this caught me off guard. It was 2-3 fingers thick with a smooth, slightly rocky and a beautiful light sepia tone. The body was a dark russet and slightly hazy.

It has a great aroma. Like I mentioned above this is a very bready malty Belgian. With notes of caramelized sugar and mild fruitiness.

The taste is heavy on the malt and has a slight bitterness that dissipates quickly. The aftertaste is nice and filling. How I imagine beer from the shire would taste.

The mouthfeel was sweet and quick. Slight fullness. Overall this hits the spot for a good clean malty beer. Be careful because it goes down too well for something that is ALC 9.2%. The maltiness and carbonation balance well with the alcohol content which makes this an easy drinker in my book.

Mar 26, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 3/20/2020.
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark cloudy brown with 3 fingers of beige head with good retention. There's a nice cap. It's easy to underestimate this bad boy if you've not poured it before. Your glass will overflow faster than a Sunday afternoon. 4.75
The aroma is medium in strength and of fruit, wheat bread, and sweet malt. 4.00
The taste is medium-high in strength and just wow! There's a big range of flavors that seem to climb and uplift the spirit. I taste dark complex fruits, and a ton of malt. 4.75
The feel is thick, extremely silky, creamy, and has a medium-low level of astringency. 5.00
Overall, it's an amazing beer. The 10 is almost too much flavor for me sometimes. I could drink the 8 every day if the alcohol level didn't clobber me. 4.75

Mar 23, 2020
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 5569 ratings