Trappistes Rochefort 8
Brasserie de Rochefort

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #1
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #458
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 9.63%
Reviews:
1,974
Ratings:
5,479
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Brasserie de Rochefort
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
97
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Reviews by dro7:
Photo of dro7
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heavily carbonated, fizzed out of the bottle. Belgian candi, figs and plums, strong Belgian yeast. Dark, sweet, and full flavored. Carbonation dances on your tongue. This is one of the best dubbels I've had

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. Simple and old looking. This beer’s gimmick is that is has no gimmick. Label says drink by 2009, just how strong is this beast???

The 8 pours a weak coffee brown with vivacious internal tsunamis but almost no head. Looks kind of like the Wisconsin River during an august storm. Loads of suspended, unsettling sediments. These little yeasties are pissed and they’re not going to sit down and let you drink them. They’re going to swim about like drunken frogmen until you down the last gulp.

The aromas are umpteen. Bananas attack the nose straight away. Surprisingly there’s a touch of citrus in the 8, which is weird since this is such are darkish beer. The rest of the nose is pear schnapps, dirty figs, and booze.

Texture is Smooth and lotiony like the wax in a sweaty hobo’s ear, only in a good way. The malts are practically behemothic with about a kilo of brown sugar. I’m getting a bit of sweet potato tempura in here too and plenty of all that stuff that I found in the nose. This beer plays with my tongue like the first older woman I ever kissed, professional and experienced. Slightly medicinal with a pinch of cloves or some other spice. Perfectly balanced.

I could drink this one into the new year and I might since I’m heading to Europe for the new year.

My first experience with Rochefort and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to try the 10 that’s waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark orange-brown with a gorgeous head. Once it settled, the interior of the glass was covered with lacing and the head itself fell in “pits.” It looked like lava formations at the beginning of time.

Smell – The aroma of malts and (mostly) fruits are hit hard with the 9.2 ABV. This almost smells like hard liquor. The fruity (orange, cherry, apple, pineapple, cranberry) aroma that is awesome.

Taste – This is very interesting. The complex mix of fruits, along with the strong alcohol, gives this aspect of the beer a “mixed drink” kind of flavor. I make a party favorite drink with orange, cranberry, pineapple-apple juice, and rum and this is similar on the front end of The Eight.

The malt kicks in though and you know this is a beer. This brew is also loaded with sugar that comes out (even more so) at the end. This is one helluva beer.

Mouthfeel – There’s not a lot of carbonation here, but this is smooth considering the ABV. It’s more like taffy on your tongue then beer.

Drinkability – Way too drinkable for such a strong concoction. This one went down like silk.

Comments – I liken this beer an organic fresh fruit mix poured into fine Belgian malt. I don’t feel that I’ve done it justice in my review. There are a myriad number of other flavors that I can’t pick up. This is in a class all by itself.

Update: The 2004 vintage is more of the same. Recently, I was able to pick up more complexity in the nose. In particular I found some darker fruits like dates and figs and raised the Smell rating by 0.5.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange/brown color, medium carbonation and a thick heavy feel. Aroma is dried dark fruits, yeast, malt. Taste is very similar, a little sweet but not sickly sweet. Had a small dry bitter taste which balances out the sweet malt and dried fruit. Absolutely nothing to complain about with this beer and would definitely seek it out again

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Photo of tmryan21
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like Coca-Cola. Dark and fizzy with a small amount of head.

Smell: Not a ton here. Currants and yeast. Small amount of caramel.

Taste: A lot going on here though. Currants, raisin, and grape tastes are prominent. Toffee and candy as well.

Feel: For a 9.2% ABV I don't get any alcohol from this one at all. Very high carbonation and a medium-body.

Overall: Awesome beer. They have obviously perfected this one over the years.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened this beer from a bottle with best by date of 6.06.18. Poured into snifter to review and enjoy. Massive foamy off white head that lasts quite a long time. Cloudy copper amber in color.

Smells of plum, pear, banana and spicy, peppery phenols. Some underlying caramel notes with some noble hops. Alcohol warmth is virtually nonexistent.

Tastes sweet upfront with caramelized brown sugar that leads to lingering bitterness. Dark fruit flavors like fig, dark plum, grapes, dark cherries. Really fruity and complex. Alcohol notes are held well in check with no hot or solvent notes.

Feels medium to full bodied but finishes very dry due to the lingering bitterness & high carbonation. Prickly finish.

A very nicely done beer. Holds up well to some aging. Would definitely look for this one again. I prefer this one much more over Rochefort 6.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

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

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

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Photo of stewart124
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Hazy mahogany in color and light tan head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Little lacing to speak of.

Dark candied fruits in the nose. Some toffee and dark caramel as well.

Whoa. Plenty of depth. Layers of caramel with tobacco notes. Some vanilla and oaky characters come through. Little traces of alcohol but nothing that takes away from overall beauty of this Belgian strong ale. Dark candi sugar comes through in a slight sweetness.

Finish is exactly what you would expect, bone dry. Lingers on the tongue but it is a stone fruit/tobacco note.

This is really a spectacular example of the style. Comes across beautifully.

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Photo of jmalex
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'd been saving this for several months in preparation for opening this and the 10 on my birthday. Well it's 2 days later and I've still got 'em in the fridge. So it's now the 8 tonight and the 10 tomorrow for what I assume will be one of the best vertical type tastings imaginable.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium amber brown with light brown highlights. The huge off-white head is rocky and loose. It shrinks to a half inch, but had tremendous staying power at that point. Lacing is there, but scant.

SMELL: Yeasty, bready, peppery, spicy, caramel, this has it all. Smells just like Belgium in a glass. Nicely subdued, balanced, understated.

TASTE: It starts out very bready with somewhat bitter flavors. Spicy and peppery with a wee bit of a hop presence. Then the sweet Belgian caramel maltiness comes in. The vague fruitiness melds perfectly with the flavors from the beginning, and it becomes a wonderfully complex beer. The finish does not disappoint, finishing remarkably clean with a bit of lingering yeastiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and almost syrupy with a lower than expected carbonation but still appropriate. Quite good.

DRINKABILITY: This beer goes down so incredibly smooth and easy. 9.2% alcohol is unthinkable judging by the taste. The finish is so clean, you can almost say this is a thirst-quencher. I'm insanely impressed by this beer.

Thinking about it now, I've realized this is the first authentic Trappist beer I've ever had. It certainly did not disappoint. Those monks seriously know what they're doing. The best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'humble'. It doesn't try to be over the top or something that it isn't. It lets it's amazing craftsmanship speak for itself. I can't wait to try the 10, or anything from the other 5 Trappists.

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Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of pheggeseth
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into my brand new Surly Darkness goblet.

A: dark burgundy brown, large tan bubbly head

S: subtle alcohol up front followed by lots of sweet fruit, the sweetness melds into buttery toffee, very inviting

T: again, sweet fruit, but followed by echoes of woody malt rounded out by alcohol

M: not too thick, but still coats the mouth, a little too carbonated for me, but as this is my first "Trappist" beer, I can't detract for that

D: I like Belgians, but they're distinctive character and potent flavors limit their repeated drinkability for me. That said, this one is quite refreshing, with balanced flavors and decent complexity

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Photo of ControlledBurn
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of stbfan
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

opaque brown with a big tan head.lots of sediment.

smells great! too complex to explain. great!

tates like honey.smooth, medicinal, sweet, malty, yeasty. very complex taste.

wow! the mouthfeel is wonderful.

nice belgian lacing! this beer is great!

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer was a dark red color with a little brown. There was a light tan head on top that lasted a long time.

S: Like Rochefort 6, I smelled a dried fruit aroma, but the smell was more robust in Rochefort 8. I also noticed some of the alcohol as well.

T: I mainly tasted the dried fruit flavor, similar to Rochefort 6. However, this beer was sweeter and more complex overall. There was a strong roasty flavor that I guess would be from the type of malt used. The alcohol was blended well with the other flavors.

M: This beer had a good level of carbonation- somewhat on the lower side. The carbonation combined with the head foam created a smooth-drinking beer.

D: I really enjoyed this beer overall. While I noticed similarities to Rochefort 6, I definitely liked Rochefort 8 more. It seems the extra time utilized in making this beer made it better fit my taste preferences. If a longer brewing time brings about improvements for Rochefort's beers, then I am excited to try Rochefort 10 soon.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of lawlerj
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - thick head that lingered. It's a dark, almost chocolately color. Definitely opaque. A bit of foam lingers around the edges and over the top of the beer.

S - Alcohol is definitely present (at 9.2%, not a surprise). Sweet fruit and some bitterness/hoppiness as well.

T - Initially, a strong pop of carbonation as it hits the tongue. After the initial taste, smooth, silky fruit. Raisins & chocalate undertones. There's a bit of an alcohol taste on the finish.

M - medium bodied, smooth, awesome.

D - It lived up to the hype. A delicious, outstanding beer.

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Photo of 1rushfan
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak. Worth the $15 bottle...definitely lived up to its rep.

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Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of robieobie1
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of sanitarium16
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Benish
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky brown; no translucence. Foam dissipated quickly with a lot of carbonation coming to the surface.

Smell: brown sugar, banana, some kind of baked goods, yeast, cola

Taste: pleasantly sweet and malty with some bitterness dispersed. Dried fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. Flavors stick around but seem a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated and medium bodied

Overall: its good, just nothing overboard. I much prefer the Rochefort 10 - although it is a different style.

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

We had it with blue Chimay and Gulden Draak, and it was the most complex one. Dark brown, almost black in colour, dark and dried fruits on the nose and palate, pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. It deserves to be on the top of the list of this beer style, right there with blue Chimay. Don't drink it cold!

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Photo of BeerBhoy7
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 5479 ratings