Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

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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1,908
Ratings:
5,249
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled la Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out an opaque dark caramel color...almost a dark honey color like a locust or spring mix honey. Nice, 1/2" head quickly faded, leaving a foam on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Lovely nose on this beer. Acetone scents along with a sharp, fruity tartness help to somewhat cover up the scents of Belgian yeast, a hit of boozy bubblegum and a certain scent of corn.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry. Almost non-existent. Middle is where this really unique taste of toasted grains, malt, noble hops -all perfectly balanced and wonderfully smooth-- seeps in from the edges of the palate and then washes over the center of the palate only to quickly fade away into dryness. Finish is wonderfully warming and slightly sweet with a deep taste of noble hops, barley malt and sweet adjuncts (corn, rice, etc.).

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced and complementary to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. The taste levels, the bouquet, the mouthfeel all combine to make this a brew worth tracking down. These Belgian Darks I have been reviewing all represent many hundreds of years of brewing acumen and this lovely brew is no exception. This beer would be excellent for sessioning or simply savoring in fron of a roaring fire. Recommended.

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

Had this beer again very recently, 2-12-09. I found it to be much more complex and well rounded than my first tasting. A lot more depth of character in aroma and taste. Subtle but delicious. A more mineral character than I first recalled and something I found that I first very much loved in Chimay's beers when I first had them some 15 years ago. The sugar and malt dry out to a chalkiness combined with dry fruit tones. A beer worth cellaring and tasting as it ages.

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When I first really began getting into beer in the mid 90s living in Manhattan, Belgium came my way via Chimay, Corsendonk and an occasional St. Sebastians.

This is actually the first time I have had a Rochefort 8 as over time I became skeptical of almost all European imports and their freshness in the bottle.

Poured in a Chimay goblet, the beer is dark, muddy brown with a faint but evident light cream white head that manages to stay on top the whole drinking experience, likely from the nucleation points.

My honker was having a hard time last night, first things picked up seemed like some staling cardboard oxidative notes, but as the beer warmed and the alcohol rose out of the glass, light herbal notes, earthy grains, some light raisiny and dried fruit. Kept hitting a sniff all the way through, some malty tones begin to rise up but most dominant is the rose like alcohol combo.

Flavor and mouthfeel was more complex with a predominate alcohol warming, but not overbearing. Smooth, drinkable no hot tang, but seemed to be missing a little magic touch from a great Belgian.

Other flavors are of burnt brown sugar, maple, light chocolate notes, sour cherries and some caramel and cream notes.

Not knocking this beer by any means, this is one I will visit again, would love to try it on draft or get to a definitely fresh or well stored bottle. Even with some slight handling flaws evident this beer is still to be examined multiple times.

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

A: Chestnut Brown, murky. Off-white head. Low Retention and thin lacing.

S: Malty smell like roasted caramel, complex with hint of oak.

T: Almost pungent, toffee-like, malty with spices & hops. Even a sweet chocolaty note that finishes very dry.

M: Effervescent, carbonated, full-bodied and dry.

D: The high alcohol content, dryness and astringency make this more of a sipping brew. it would go nicely with a hearty meal.

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

Smell: sweet and somewhat "smooth" smell; dried fruits, some almonds, some spices (almost like Orval?).

Taste: sweet taste of dried fruits (raisin, plum), almonds and sugar, and figs as well. Some bitterness, but this beer has a soft and smooth character, except for the alcohol.

This is great stuff, but the alcohol is a bit annoying.

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Photo of Maltser85
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing. This was my first Trappist beer. Bready notes, peppery notes. Dark fruits. Super Complex. Pours a murky brown color. Nice head if poured correctly. I haven't had this beer in a while, but I don't know why it got logged as a one so I am updating! It is excellent!

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

Received this one for Christmas in a gift pack with a Rochefort chalice. Thin, 330 ml brown bottle, green cap with an 8 on it.
Pours out a deep brown, large dark tan head. Foam shrinks down to a 2 finger thick cap, left thin, but steady amount of lacing. Aroma of dark, sweet malt, raisins and prunes. Lots of flavor, like dates, fruitcake. Nice warming alcohol fills your mouth. Dark malt, almost a bit smokey, woody, almost scotch-like. The mouthfeel is full, but not as heavy as expected.
A pretty solid example, but really need to do a side-by-side tasting. Very good on its own, but tough to rank against some other classics.

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

Appearance: walnut brown with a quickly receding cream colored head that thinly coats the beer

Smell: sugary sweetness, very malty, nutty, subtle fruity esters and some alcohol

Taste: initially spicy, tart fruityness, nutty, some candy sweetness, bready yeast, peppery , very spicy with a warming alcohol finish, a bit bland overall

Mouthfeel: very highly carbonated

This beer has been a big disappointment, given other reviews and word of mouth. I have one more waiting in the cellar, I hope it proves to be better.

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark-brown coloured, almost no light shining through, big cream-white head that is turning into a thin head that stays until the last sip

S: Sweet, slightly fruity, a little bit of malt

T: Very sweet, lots of fruit, minimal malt, almost no hoppy bitterness

M: Thick and heavy feeling in the mouth, medium carbonation, not too much, but not feeling flat.

O: This is a very nice, fruity and sweet beer, heavy feeling in the mouth, intense flavours hide the alcohol, probably my favourite of the 6, 8 and 10 of the Trappistes Rochefort beers due to its good drinkability. I like it as a beer after a good meal, or paired with a dessert.

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

Besides the Westy 12, I would say that these are the highest rated Belgian beers in the world. I picked up both the 8 and 10 to compare the two. This is my review of the 8:

A: Pours a real murky brown color. The enormous head fizzes away and leaves a nice film over the beer. Nice lacing. There are also quite substantial white flakes floating around in this brew.

S: Smell is unique. Lots of dark fruit like cherry and plum. I also get a woody character in the smell. Smells sweet and almost Coca-Cola like.

T: Very unique and very complex. The dark fruit is present with the cherry, plum and currant notes. It does taste a little oaky as well. Some toffee. There is also a bit of chocolate in there as well. I also get some citrus fruit. Beer is not bitter at all. A little sweet, but nothing major.

M: Its got a pretty bubbly mouthfeel. A little fizzy. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat creamy.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable. The alcohol does come through in the finish, which detracts a little. This is a sipper. Very rich and complex.

Overall, I think this is one of the more complex Belgian ales I have had. Lots of unique flavor and every sip is a little different. I will review the 10 tomorrow to see how they stack up against one another. Overall, a pretty solid brew, even though I am not the biggest Belgian ale fan. Recommended.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet
A: Dark cinnamon brown color with a huge frothy head that clings for days. Great presentation.
S: Sweet touches of sugary dates or raisins. A minimal hop character but it is there. A whiff of alcohol kick on the back end.
T: Starts mildly sweet that yields to reveal multiple fruit esters that concludes with a warming kick. Complex without being over the top.
M: Medium feel with silky smooth viscosity. Perfect for the style.
D: ABV limits this to maybe a 750, but a great beer. I'm really enjoying exploring these Belgians. Can't wait to try the 10.

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

Pulled this one off the shelf in the basement where its been hiding for too long. Poured into a goblet at about 60-65 deg. Fizzy off-white head fell quickly leaving a film of tiny bubbles clinging to the surface. Colored a deep reddish brown that is not quite opaque when held to the light. Tiny bits of yeasty sediment show up suspended in the liquid. Smells of caramel with a hint of butterscotch, maybe some vanilla and raisons. A taste reveals a light mouth feel and a ton of carbonation. The 9.2% Abv listed on the label is barely noticeable though. Bitterness come though for a second then fades quickly to a warm malt aftertaste. Quite a bit lighter than Rochefort 10. I could drink several of these in a sitting. Not as flavorful as 10 but still very good; refreshing on a beautiful fall day. I’ll think I’ll get some more of this.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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