Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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

Served in a Westmalle chalice at 12 degrees Celsius

A: dark red brownish, almost no head, slight to no lace.

S: Brown sugar, spices, dark sweet malts, bread.

T: Sweet, bitter, kind of buttery taste, the alcohol it's very present, raisins.

It's a very good beer kind of strong for me the alcohol make me feel like I'm drinking a hard liquor, but it's a round beer that it's going to need a couple of tries before the final verdict.

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

a: deep maroon with very slight columns of bubbles and a frothy off-white head that coats the top of the glass and leaves light lace

s: strong grain with light fruits; some light alcohol and caramel; dust

t: tart fruits; strong grain; red wine; banana bread; light alcohol; dark toffee malts; yeasty bitterness

m: smooth light carb

d: i have had this beer before a couple of times and remember it as being a little bit more fruity but it is still quite good

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

11.2oz. bottle.

Pours a dark plum color with brown hues. One and a half cream colored pillow like looking head has excellent retention. Sticky thick lacing down the glass. Burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, and a touch of chocolate notes round out the nose. Spicy yeast with an excellent malt profile of dark fruits and brown sugar. Plums, prunes, and molasses. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a residual sweetness left on the tongue. Abv goes unnoticed in the flavor, but apparent in the aroma.

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

Pours a hazy, murky dark brown to deep amber color. Head starts as a busy finger and a half of sudsy tan foam. Head fades to a cap. Lace is suprisingly thick and sticky, for the higher ABV.

Smell is apricot juice, sweet dark molasses, bubblegum, and the alcohol is well hidden. As it warms the alcohol asserts itself more boldly.

Taste is malty goodness, a somewhat semi-sweet dark fruitiness, a bit of dry bitter finish and the ever warming alcohol.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than I had expected for the style. A wine-like mouthfeel.

Overall, damned good. I could see myself sipping a few of these around a roaring campfire. Excellent as a mellow nightcap. The complexity is something to be enjoyed.

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

pours a dark brown orangish muddy color that is heavily particulate. Fair white head, fair lacing and average carbonation. smell is caramel and nutty. taste is the same with some chocolate burnt toasted hints. medium body and long flavor duration. sweet chalky finish. alcohol is well hidden but will creep up on you. probably not worth the ten dollar price tag i paid for it, but none the less delicious.

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

I had this at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium. Poured from bottle into proper glasware.

A - Ruby brown, with a creamy head that really lasts, nice lacing.

S - A very yeasty dubel with nice hints of malt sweetness and caramel

T - Solid malty body witha very presant yestiness. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. Alcohol appears slightly as it warms.

Very drinkable with a nice smooth mouthfeel. An unoffensive nicely rounded dubel, though nothing exceptional. Just solid.

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

Pours a deep murky ruby/brown, almost the colour of redwood bark, or a homemade root beer. Fluffy off-white head lingers, but doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is primarily the sweet brown sugars, with an underhint of almost fruitiness, but I don't pick up the strong raisins or caramel that others seem to be getting.

The taste follows suite, but in a very accessible manner. It starts with belgian yeasts, progressing through brown sugar with hints of dark fruits, but not as defined as other belgians I've had (I actually prefer this, it feels better blended, and I'm not super huge on the overwhelming plum/fig/raisin flavours that can come with other similar brews). There's almost an apple cider crispness lurking somewhere, and it finishes with a nice rum spiciness on the back end.

You notice the carbonation, but it's not distracting. The 9.2 is hidden amazingly well, I kept forgetting I was drinking something so big.
Overall I'm not the hugest Belgian fan, but this one is amazingly well executed and definitely sets the standard as far as I'm concerned within the style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all it was a good beer, but not up to my expectations. Plums,pears, bananas and spices all appeared, but none stole the show in the aroma department. Malty with a nice bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden, appearance was good...not much else to say. There are better examples of the breed.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a cloudy dark brown color with a big beige head that recedes quickly down to just a skim on top. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smells of spice, sweet fruit and roasted malts. Also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tastes like it smells - sweet dark fruits, some spice, and roasted malts with a little bit of warming alcohol at the end. A very rich and complex beer but also very smooth and balanced. All the different flavors come together perfectly making this a very good beer.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,210 ratings.
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