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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

1,883 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of BruceWineworks
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Green hue to a tan body with a big head.

S: Herbal and grassy with slight notes of caramel.

T: Sweet, grassy malts with some nutmeg and honey in there.

M: Honey-ish feel on the palate, but light and watery. Refreshing.

D: Well rounded, very enjoyable. Its not the 10, but its still very good.

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Photo of TVolt1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great red/brown color with white head. The red color to it is cery appealing.

S: Smells of raisins, molasses, and caramel. Very sweet smelling malts with a small about of alcohol smell to it. Not a very strong smell to me. Hard to detect smelsl in this one.

T: Very sweet taste consisting of raisins, sugar, and a lot of malt. There is a small amount of alcohol aftertaste.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium thickness and a small amount of carbonation.

O: OVerall, this is a good beer. I enjoy it. Not my favorite style but I would recommend it.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip, this beer pours a reddish-earth color with a blonde head; It rises up half of the tall tulip neck and gradually settles into a thin layer with edges that try to cling to the glass but don't quite hang on.

The beer is completely opaque despite leaving the yeast behind in the bottle; No point of light can be seen when held in front of a bulb. Tiny bubbles are barely visible rising to keep the head afloat.

The nose is cinnamon and clover honey, with slight dark fruitiness and background notes of candi sugar and alcohol rounding it out.

The flavor is less raisiny and cloying than many in this style; There's a slight sweet apple, smooth alcohol esters and just a hint of spice. It's quite smooth, without any hop bitterness at all - rather, the hops do a fine job of holding the sweetness in check.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The amount of carbonation provided by the secondary fermentation is close to spot-on. There is no fizziness on the tongue, but the carbonation can be felt spreading the liquid over the palate.

Overall, a fine Monk-brewed beer, and one that fits well with its mates in the Rochefort range. It is very finely balanced and hides its ABV well.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Kingdom Liquors in Brandon FLA. Deepak had a few bottles stashed in the back room for anyone who asked for this. Pours a cloudy brown with a white head. Aroma is full of brown sugar and dark fruits. A bit of dark fruit and sugar rings through on the flavor. ABV is hideen well.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a muddy brown with a 2" tan head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- candi sugars, faint chocolate, raisins and prunes.

T- light chocolate, slight roast, candi sugar, raisins, dark fruits, slight metallic flavor.

M- medium body and carbonation. Faint syrup feel with some acidity.

O- nice beer, has nice candi sugar and dark fruit notes.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Nice fluffy tan head. Dark brown body. A little lacing is left from where you drink.

Smells of bread, alcohol, and fruits.

Tastes malty with a breadiness and dark fruit flavors.

The body, carbonation, and alcohol menage feels great in the mouth.

Improves upon all the shortcomings of the 6. A fantastic brew.

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Photo of jeffboo
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy chestnut color with a tan head. Acidic aroma with some chocolate,tobacco, and alcohol on the nose. A very bubbly light to medium body with a bit of a buttery texture. Flavors of sweet dark fruits (cherries,plums) and tobacco balanced with an alcoholic finish. A nice Trappist but not a standout.

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Photo of guityler83
4/5  rDev -7%

Purchased from the Abbey the day I drank it.

A: The beer poured with an enormous head and overflowed the glass, possibly from the shaky ride it had in the backpack. After the off white head settled in the Cantillon flute glass the rest of the beer was poured and a fine layer of tiny bubbles clung to every spot of the edge of the glass. Dark marroon color with peaks of red and orange coming through. Clarity is good despite the dark complexion.

S: Sweat fruity impression in the nose with mild and unoffensive spicy phenols hiding in the background. apples, cherry blossom and raspberry are my first impression.

T: Beautiful bouquet of fruity flavors on point with the aroma, apple, pear, cherry all derived from the malt if I understand correctly. The spicey hop bitterness clings on and makes the after taste even more pleasant. The sweetness is moderate. With the esters being very mellow in the fresh version.

M: Clean with extreme drink-ability creamy mouth-feel in the finish and dry with moderate body.

O: Between the mid evil scenery, the perfect weather and the fresh beer.. once I was not a fan of this beer this one really hit the spot. The Abbey this came from was forgettable and the monks don't let you see much so it can be skipped. But the Roch 8 is the best in their 3 beer line up in my opinion.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a massive light brown head that looks light a big round rising loaf of bread. Holds shape nicely. Aroma is sweet and brown sugary. Nice dark dried fruit flavors. This tastes like raisins! This is slightly warming with some light hints of spices. Smooth and medium bodied. Yes this is great, id rather go for the added kick of the 10 though.

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful color of forest fire in Fall. Pleasing aroma of berries, fruitcake, brandy soaked malts (But not fully, just partially) along with a touch of banana. Chewy malt profile with notes of sweetened dark fruits (plums, grapes), along with a hint of chocolate and toffee. A lovely beer overall. This was my staple, my session beer while I was in Belgium and at 2 Euros a bottle can you blame me?

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is always tough to review a Trappist ale. They are primitve in the sense that they are all brewed from the same simple ingredients yet they are brewed to such a standard that they embody the all the traits of beer brewed in past centuries without recourse to fancy adjuncts or processes. They have a yeasty, fruity taste to me coupled with a malty sweetness that includes dried fruits and some honey and candy, This brew is no exception. A true sipper I enjoyed this brew over the course of an hour amd each sip remained a treat.

Color was deep mahogany/opaque with a long lasting tightly knit tan head.

Aroma was fruit and yeast notes with some caramel and honey.

Taste was complex. Fruity and sweet as well as tart and vinous. Little hint of the alcohol.

Felt surprisingly light on the palate for the gravity.

Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color; fluffy tannish head. Great lacing in the glass.

Smell is mainly deep, deep malt, with the presence of dark fruit (Fig, plum, some cherry), and molasses sweetness.

Very malty flavor. There is also quite a biting alcohol and peppery finish. Noted presence of molasses, cherry, fig, and a bit of black currant are all there as well. On the whole, however, lacking a bit in complexity due to the fact that the strong malt pull overwhelms everything else that is going on here.

Mouthfeel is marked by medium carbonation, full flavor, and stinging bite.

Overall, this beer leaves me a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it is flavorful. But on the whole there is just something missing. Mainly it is the lack of complexity commonly found among fine Trappist brews. Still, a nice beer, just not 'world class' in my opinion.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, tan head quickly dissipating. good lacing. a little bit of sediment, not sure if this is normal.

brown sugar, figs, booze, dark fruits standart smells of a strong dark belgian ale.

taste is more of the same. a little more sweetness though

creamy mouthfeel with moderate-high carbonation.

not to heavy good drinkability.

kind of an average example of the style, but i like the style so its all gravy.

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Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle at the Stuffed Sandwich.

So it's one last beer before the road, Jack. I've had all of your samples of these Xmas beers. What next?

Why not a Rochefort 8 for the road?

This beer pours into the glass with a low brown foam topping a hazy burnished orange brown beer.

The aroma is a mix of ovaltine from the malt and chocolate tones and as the CO2 evolves, a soft cinnamon appears.

The flavor at first matches the late nose, all cinnamon and ovaltine with a touch of grassy hop character, but as the beer transitions to the finish it grows progressively drier and nuttier allowing the spices to pick up and blend into the next sip.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not generally a fan of Trappestes, the initial aroma of this beer is outstanding! Pours with a frothy foam that sustains for a good while. Good feel and solid taste- I could enjoy this at any time. Enjoyable enough to make me rethink my feeling towards the maker.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a slightly cloudy dark Cola with a huge rocky head and tiny bubbles going really fast. Perdy.

S: Purple grape candy, brown fruit, and some spicyness. Really smells like this pear cake/ gingerbread thing that my wife's grandma makes. Hot out of the oven on a cold day type thing.

T: I am disappointed, but I think its more of an issue with this just not being my style than it not being a great beer. There is cognac heat and sweetness (although I wouldn't say that it is sweet. The toung wetting is there but it's not sugary or even juicy-make sense?), pepper the way raw broccoli is peppery, and the spice comes in like sarsaparilla and chewing tobbacco. All the hallmarks of a belgian dark are there too: dark fruit, rich malt, pinch of toast, warming buzzz, hops that are there but really hard to find.

M: Med to full body with plenty of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

O: Again, not my steez. Lots to think about, all well balanced and presented, but not enough of anything I really want to get. I found it to be very "dark" tasting (and I don't mean dark in the beer sense. Dark like listening to The Damed) and the spice profile didn't do it for me.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown color with a smaller head than I expect. It diminishes fairly quickly. Smell is sour cherries with some floral notes. There is also a good amount of maltiness in the aroma and on the palate too. Taste is somewhat vinous at first but finishes with a good heat. There is a nice standard Belgian effervescence as would be expected. It is a nice beer but I think this sample is not as fresh (or good) as the last one I tried.

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Photo of agent2550
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with brown-gold-yellow highlights.

Small creamy head. Slight smell: acidic, earthy, and a tiny bit of coffee.

Slightly sour/acidic taste, creamy "earthy" mouthfeel and alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: quite delicious!

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Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated best by 6/2010. Poured into a tulip with a quickly rising, mountian, jello-like head, which lasts half way through the glass. Lacing is laid down in sheets. First sniff reveals pears, granny smith apples, a hint of caramel, and the faintest hint of hops.

The flavor is very similar, exhibiting light fruits, and a slightly astringent malt character. Much drier than I anticipated. Nicely balanced all around, and almost tastes like it's already been aged for a few years... makes me wonder what a couple years would do for it. I'll have to go back and but some more. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with aggressive carbonation, and begs for another sip.
Drinkablility I'd say is high, it hides the alcohol fairly well, and is quite well balanced.

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Photo of Phenom
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown color with lots of floaters and particles. Decent tan head that stays around for a while.

S: Actually not that appealing. Smells a little like warm macro beer and even a little note of frat house basement the morning after a party. Some alcohol and fruitiness

T: The taste on the other hand is very nice. Alcohol and malts are really smoothly integrated. There is actually a little spiciness up front before the sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors from the malt kick in. Alcohol is present throughout but never overwhelming. There are also some dark ripe fruit flavors.

M&D: Very smooth and pleasing on the palate. A little warming. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of chickenm
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Hazy dark brown color with lots of sediment. Tan colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and sweet malt, with a little bit of licorice. The flavor is very malty and sweet with molasses, dark fruits, yeast, and some alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is not my favorite Trappist, but this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

date on bottle 29-06-10???

Pours a hazy red/brown with almost 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays murky, good head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & raisin up front, then a little alcohol as it warms

T: Rich fruittyness & a lottle chocolate up front. Oakyness & dryness comes through as it warms. Alcohol warmness, but no burn. Hints of raisins & toast with a dry, fruitty (dates) finish

MF: A bit sharp with a little too much carbonation

Drinks fine, just a little too young ( I think)

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 11.2oz. brown bottle, a dark hazelnut brown with two fingers of lofty eggshell colored foam. The head dissipates slowly and the lace slips down into the liquid.

Sweet fruity nose consisting of dark ripened plum, raisen, pear and honeysuckle. Light, earthy phenols rise from the brew as it warms, adding more depth to it's aroma.

Tasting much like the smell, this is a very sweet and strong tasty ale that just seems to lack the refinement of the Rochefort 10....not quite as complex if you will. None the less, this is yet another delightful ale that the Trappists so skillfully brew.

Just a little to much fizz in the feel of this medium bodied, otherwise smooth beer.

Highly drinkable for a more potent type brew, enjoy it slowly for what it's really worth.

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Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last rochefort to complete the trifecta. Poured into a boulevard Smokestack goblet. Very fizzy dark tan head that has good retention. That's pretty surprising because a lot of time something that fizzy burns out quick. color is a rich dark brown with the most minimal clarity around the edges. Very active carbonation.

Smell is predominantly malty. Roasted and slightly bitter. Dark meaty fruits and herbal spices. Taste is very sharp at first but then gradually mellows out. Medicinal and herbal spices and the alcohol is made known.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly fizzy, almost over carbonated. I wonder if aging will relax that. As a final thought, this is very good, but I think I like the 6 and 10 better.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark ruby brown with a dense, thick, off-white head that stayed around forever and left some spots of lace as it reduced into a thick, dense film. A few small particles of yeast came out with the end of the pour.
S: Creamy scents of dark fruits, vanilla, doughy yeast and a touch of alcohol.
T: Subtle and complex, yet rich flavors. Notes of dark malt, vanilla, black cherries, whipped cream, nutmeg, alcohol, black figs, nuts, grains and spices.
M: Ample yet soft carbonation that froths up in the mouth. Slight alcohol warmth and slickness is comfortable over a medium-full body.
D: Very rich and delicious. Fruity and complex but not overly sweet or syrupy. 10 is better, but this is world class. Great to sip in the evening.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.
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