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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark murky brown with hints of red, big carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is great, booze, dried fruits, mainly dark ut I did taste grapes? Taste followed the nose very closely but the taste was incredible, spice, fruits, booze. Drinkability is perfect and spot on.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown color with a hint of red. Has a nice quarter inch head. Has a mild fruity and maly smell. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated yet smooth. Taste is unbelievable. It's lightly hopped and the spices and malts are perfectly balanced. The alochol is well hidden and very deceiving. You'd never guess it's 9.2 abv. This is one spectacular beer. It's just as good as Rochefort 10. No beer drinker will want to miss this one.

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Photo of xodin
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown hue, lots of sediment. Just over an inch of head, but lingering only temporarily. Aroma is not very evident for some reason, which is a true misnomer for what's to come. Very complex taste, full of fruits, esters, some caramels, chocolate, and vegetation. Dances on the taste buds with dozens of flavors. Sweet, slightly carbonated, and smooth in the swallow, with a shy bit of warming character in the finish. Relatively full body, yet deceptively mild for 9.2% ABV. Obviously a brew that has had decades or centuries worth of knowledge imbued in its character. Highly recommended for a commercial dark strong belgian.

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Photo of burnstar
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky persistent head. Smell is mild notes of dark caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with dark caramel with touch of deep roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Background sweetness. Grapes and raisins. Apples. Some earthy yeastiness. Some booziness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian beer.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm finding that good beer is both complex and drinkable at the same time. This came to my local bar and I figured I'd try it while I could. I decided to try the 8 because the 10 seemed to imposing on my young palet, but after trying this I think the 10 could be much more aproachable. This astes quite good you do notice the extra alcohol but it's not over powering. If you get the chance, even if you don't like darker beers give this a try.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is odd...

It pours a medium amber colour, a light murky brown with sediment floating about. A huge creamy flowing head. light lacing

smells like a belgian ale, hard to explain. A spicy, breadlike, with a hint of dates or golden raisins.

taste - a bit spicy, not nearly the bite of other belgian ales of this abv (9.20). A tiny bit of breadlike taste. There's something really good in there, I just can't figure out what it is.

mouthfeel - It's perfectly carbonated, medium but very smooth body. Goes down beautifully. A warming feeling in the mouth too, cuz of the alcohol.

Drinkability - pretty high, it's very smooth and tastes really good, simply. The only thing that would stop you from drinking a lot of these is it's abv and hefty pricetag. A great beer. Of course it is, It's a Trappist beer.

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Photo of BillyB
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy,reddish/brown. Slight tan head.

Aromas of spices, hazelnut, bready, yeasty,musty grassiness. Sweet malt and dark fruit aromas as well.

Taste is very complex. Smooth, sweet, chocolatey malt taste with nutty, spicey characteristics. Slight hop bitterness brings it all together.

Mothfeel is incredibly smooth, malty and fizzy. Definite alcohol warmth is noticeable.

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Photo of Lupe
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color that allows no light to pass through. Liquid is topped by a a thick and frothy tan head that lasts. Sheet of foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

Malty aroma starts things off with toffee and raisins. Yeast comes through as well, adding some banana scents. Mild rum-like alcohol and a touch of spice round things out. Excellent aroma.

Rich sweetness that has a starts off with caramel & toffee going to dark bread to mild coffee. Fruit steps up next adding fig and raisin flavors. Alcohol comes in adding a spiciness that matches well with the sweetness - reminiscent to rum cake. Has the Belgium mustiness you come to love in these beers. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm. The sweetness is not cloying at all - very well balanced by the alcohol and spice. Lingering sweetness and clove spice.

Silky smooth, rich and creamy - yet has an element of champagne lightness from the carbonation. Full-bodied and glides through the mouth and down the throat.

So smooth, so good. Easy to drink but at 9.20% it will do some damage before you know it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, bloodred beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam. Looks nice with quite a bit of sediment left in the bottle.

Smell is immense! Fruits (oranges, pears and pineapple) comes on powerfully and is balanced with malt, bread and a sugarlike sweetness. Smells like a plate of fruit, very very nice.

First on the tongue comes malt. Then som spicyness together with alcohol and a bready thickness. Some sugar blends together with fruit which is mainly ripe pears and banana. Finishes somewhat bitter and sour with citric traces and a warming alcoholic feeling.

Great beer, very complex and long lasting. Tastes better a little warmer than out of the fridge.

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Photo of TacoShark
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay branded goblet.

A: Rich brown Belgian ale color, somewhat disappointing head retention and little lacing downgrade its appearance somewhat.

S: Rich and malty, with a surprising fruit character bringing to mind notes of grape or plum.

T: The fruit notes from the aroma fade in the taste, and left it tasting mostly creamy and malty, with just a bit of deliciously refreshing sweetness. Ends with a warming, alcoholic finish. Just a really enjoyable beer.

M: Again, very smooth, creamy and malty. Fairly effervescent as well, with little bubbles that pop on your tongue. It's a fairly full-bodied mouthfeel for its type, but it works!

D: I only bought the one bottle from John's Marketplace in Portland. I wish I had more. This is a very tasty, very refreshing ale. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a Brugs challice

Pours with a murky brown body, lots of little yeasty floaties. Creamy tan head, good retention and slight lacing on the side of the glass

Smell, strong whiff of rum, raisins, little bit of vanilla. Some brown sugar, some fruity esters

Taste, crisp bready initial mouthfeel. Spicy alcohol only not overwhelming, sweet thick dark malty body, some hint of vanilla again

The middle child in the rochefort family. This stands up next to the 10 and comes almost on par, very drinkable and so much depth

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Photo of Gajo74
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a big bubbly head. When it settles, the creamy lace tops the surface for the rest of the drink.
In the aroma there are dark fruits, plums, prunes, raisins and figs. There is a mild phenolic and alcoholic scent that is pleasant and not overpowering. Also, the toasted malt reminds me of warm brown toasted bread.
Silky and velvety smooth in the mouth. The dark fruit are there, as is a chocolate and creamy coating that is also evident in the finish. Spicy and almost bitter in the mouthfeel.wonderfully balanced and complex. Medium to full bodied; somewhat of a sipper, but a fast sipper at that, it's that drinkable! The alcohol warmth us there but not boozy; beware, it can catch up to you.
Excellent overall! I've now had the Trappistes Rochefort 6, 8,and 10. Hard to rate which one is best, they are that good.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz. bottle

Pours hazy opaque rusty brown with a dense creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like fresh plums, black cherry, musty fig, dates, rich dark molasses, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark toast, mild chocolate, coffee, malty grain, sweet spice, apricot, pears, raisin, with some earthy grassy pine. Tastes like black cherry, plum, tart fig, dates, apricot, raisin, pear, sweet spice, rich dark molasses, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, charred toast, mild chocolate, slight coffee, some boozy malty grains, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with low carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep murky copper-brown. Excellent head, though quickly dissipating. A fine sticky lacing throughout.

Aromas of grains, Belgian yeast, banana, dried dark fruits, brown bread, and dark sugars of multiple layers (brown sugar, molasses, and toasted marshmallow). Clean alcohol on the back end.

Well-rounded and complex flavors that match the nose. Fruitiness on the front, with phenolic but not medicinal herbal notes and clean and warming (not burning or biting) alcohol. But perhaps the best part is the ever-present grainy yeasty notes from the unmistakable Belgian yeasts. A rustic, grainy, wonderful presence.

Moutfeel is maybe a bit thin compared to the expectation, but is very light and effervescent, with strong carbonation that sticks out the whole ride. The carbonation provides just the crisp finish that is needed to keep the malts from overwhelming.

Overall, a simply fantastic presentation of the style.

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Photo of A7Zulu
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing dark ale.

Appearance: Pours a nice creamy tan 1 inch head, medium-light brown body

Aroma: Carmel and toffee

Taste: Wood and nut flavoured tones

Mouthfeel: Light to drink, but with a slight bite at the end

Drinkability: Robust in flavour, subtle natural flavours; slightly alcoholic on finish

Very enjoyable

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The ole Trappistes Rochefot numero Ocho! Dug the hell out of numero diez, so I think I'm gonna enjoy this one, as I hear this one's a bit more on the bubbly side.

Pours into a nice cider rich look that makes you feel nice and comfy. *looks around for snuggly blanket and lights fireplace* Anywho, the head didn't last very long, and continues to dissipate as it sits; nothing to write home about.

Like his bro, number 10, this beer smells divine. Led by a pungent fruit that makes you want to sip immediately. Really a strong and alluring scent that most should enjoy. And by the looks of the reviews...they do!

Yep, it's bubbly, and delicious. I think Wine *burp*...raisiny - in that vicinity...I want to say sour apples. Nevertheless, you know of it's reputation, and it delivers.

The carbonation and fizzy feel is something I love, but you may not. As I drink I reminisce about warm gatherings, romance, intimacy....fig newtons. It has a lovely sting that feels...ohhh, old school and slightly refreshing.

This is a beer you want to drink. This is a beer you want to share with people. It's high alcohol content brings smiles fast, it's welcoming look, smell and taste will have brows raising. This is a beer that you'll look forward to having time and time again. Instantly became one of my favorites, and makes me want to go back to big brother number 10 to see if I missed something.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, beautiful white head. The smell is super sweet. Loads of raisins, plums, and dried black cherries. No yeast (thank god). I really dig the booze laden sweetened cherries that just dominate the nose.

Now the taste rivals and compares to Westvleteren 8. Light body, but very sweet. Mostly those cherries and just a bit more dark fruits. Slight hint of all that booze come late, but in a great way. Yeast and bubbles make it feel effervescent, and make the flavors pop on the tongue.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 330 ml bottle into chalice.

L- Big, thick off-white head that sticks around. Huge carbonation is apparent. Dark ruby amber color with slight haze.

S- Beautiful bouquet of fruity esters and dried/stone fruit character from specialty malts. Minimal hop presence.

T- A spectacular balance of cherry, raisin, prune, bready malt, and yeast-driven esters with clove and nutmeg character. Again, hop presence is minimal.

F- Huge carbonation. Dries out beautifully in the finish.

O- What a beer. No flaws, great complexity, and strong. A classic example of Belgian Dark Strong/Quad.

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Photo of Tabni
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle at Stop n Shop in the Gables

Appearance - Dark like the night, cloudy heaven going on in my glass.

Smell - Malts mixed with fruits. Exclusive belgian ale smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Is a strong push in the face. Great caramel feeling. Sweet and delicious, warms up throat slowly.

Drink-ability - I could drink a lot of this in a cold January night.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: June 21, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: Father' Day celebration, part three--third good beer! APPEARANCE: dense, dark plum-brown body that sports a white, half-finger head; sediment floats in the head;... AROMA: earthy plum early, with leafy, wet cigar hints as well; cherry, port, and berry--complex and promising... PALATE: dry, lively, yet monkish in its assertion; creamy and smooth; warming and tart, with a lengthy yet controlled finish that welcomes the next sip; surely, as drinkable a 9.1 ABV as could be... TASTE: prune, cherry, cranberry, subdued citrus fruit, dry malts--this beer is "special" indeed; pepper, anise and other spices... OVERALL: a fruity, masterful experience; flavorful, full and filling...

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Photo of Dubbledown
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14.9 oz nonic. Serving temperature 52 degrees. Color is a very dark, cloudy brown. Tremendously large head which quickly recedes to about 3/4-inches, leaving excellent lacing. Smells like a spring forest. Medium mouthfeel with excellent evaporation. Flavor is of many dried and fresh fruits, spiced caramel and vanilla with a great clean alcohol finish. As the brew warms in the glass, you may notice even more flavors: burnt sugar, cinnamon, clove and raisins. Since we can't get Westvleteren 8 around here anymore, I think this is the best Abbey Dubbel available.

Grade A Purchased at Stoney's -- $5.99 each

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Photo of Sigmund
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml bottle). This superb Trappist ale pours with an enormous thick head, colour is cloudy dark brown. It has a lovely aroma of oak, leather, dried fruits and a hint of cigar tobacco. Flavour is malty and spicy with a warming mouthfeel, otherwise alcohol is well hidden. Dangerously drinkable! Moderate bitterness, rounded aftertaste. This ale truly belongs in the Premier League of Beers!

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Photo of potownbill
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave M. for carrying the Trappist Rochefort three pack back from Belgium. You are forgiven for liking wine more than beer. But this is no ordinary beer.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head that popped up over the edge of my glass.
Smell: Yeast (which my wife could smell from across the room), Malt, Raison, Single malt scotch,
Taste: first sip right out of the fridge was heavy alcohol. Patience, Patience, Patience. 5 minutes later all the complexity was there.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, fizzy, creamy, slight alcohol burn
Drinkability: Only one bottle, so I drank it sssllllooowww. Can't wait to try the 10!

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Photo of tjd25
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful head, perfectly dense and creamy, lasting on the dark mahogany color body. The smell is very enjoyable: yeasty with notes of pineapples, mangos and red fruits. Slightly nutty too, with pleasant notes of chocolate. The taste is great: red fruits with some exotic notes and smooth an creamy dark chocolate flavor. The thickness of the hops appears in the aftertaste but in a great harmony with the other elements of this great brew. The alcohol is superbly hidden. The mouthfeel is very rich and bready, nicely smooth and round. Such a good beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on 08/20/2010 into an English pub (real) pint glass, in high altitude Colorado, and again in Ghent, Belgium, and again in Castle Rock, Colorado (I revisit my absurdly high reviews to make sure they're in check). This review largely reflects the bottle I had in Ghent, which was substantially different than the bottles I purchased in Colorado.

Appearance: 3+ finger head retains well. The head sits there for a long time tempting you. Slight carbonation judging by the bubbles. As to be expected from this beer style, it's a very dark caramel-brown, but while clear in its own right, you can't see through it. It isn't a solid colour, but it's not hazy, murky, or even particularly cloudy either.

Smell: Not a bold scent. Has an unpleasant yeasty smell, but overall not an unpleasant character. Not a clean aroma per se. A bit murky. Candied sugar. Caramelized malts. A light raisin aroma. Maybe a hint of nuts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

Taste: First the core of it hits you - a strong pleasant assault of dark (but not in a stout kind of way) deliciousness, then you get the finish - a kind of nutty but crisp and refreshing blast of goodness that leaves you wanting another sip. It's cleanly and carefully balanced. Lovely biscuity yeast complements, and rides through to the finish. The caramelized malt is pleasant as well. No alcohol comes through. Slight spice on the finish - but not a 'hot' spice, more a neutral cooking spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a touch of teasing coarseness on the finish. Not quite heavy - but moderate. Not overly carbonated, but not flat. A bit dry on the finish. Perfect.

Drinkability: I'd buy me a case if it didn't cost so much. The finish leaves you aching for another. This is a treat to be enjoyed in any season.

As far as strong ales (or Dubbels) go, this may be the best offering I've had. I'd give the Colorado bottles a B rating, but the Ghent serving was definitely an A+.

A+ (4.7)

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,238 ratings.
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