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

BEER STATS
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5,269
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Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of bbtkd
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 8, 9.2% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and walnut brown, with a four finger off-white head that left little lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity sweet, taste follows though luckily not as sweet as it smells. Great mouthfeel, overall outstanding. This is style #97 of 104 for me, and after drain-pouring most of #96 earlier tonight, this one is a treat.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark murky copper color with a thick foam head that sticks around for a while. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.

S- Lots of spice and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some toffee and a slight buttery aroma as well.

T- I was a little let down by the nose but the flavor more than makes up for it! Rich brown sugar and dark candied fruit flavor with some oak and roasted hazelnuts. Lots of fruity esters and a touch of caramel with a warm alcohol burn in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O- Overall the appearance and nose made me doubt this brew for a second but the flavor came through in the end. A truly nice beer.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL. Pours a hazy dark brown with some yeast sediment and a giant, thick, off-white head that dwindles down. Aroma is Belgian estery yeast, mild alcohol, clove/nutmeg. Taste has a lot of brown sugar, dark cherry, spice medley, and warming alcohol. Dense mouthfeel with warming, brown alcohol finish.

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Photo of Freshie
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark as death colour with large head. Lacing is very good.

Smell was very fruity with phenol alcohol aroma.

Very strong molasses taste. Fruit esters with strong warming alcohol burn. though it does go down smooth, and finshes rather clean, only leaving a slight bitterness lingering in the back of the palette.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Small bottle poured into a flute. A nice unfiltered and unfettered look. Dark brown in color with a nice head and lace.

S. Dark fruits, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts.

T. A nice trappist yeast flavor, fruity esters bording on peach and apple. Sweet sugar and caramel malt. Ghost like hop adds balance.

M. Fuller bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is a rare treat. Wouldn't drink it all the time, but good to end a session with. Next time I plan to share a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy brown color pour with lively carbonation and a two finger offwhite head.Aroma of wine grapes,cherries apples and oaky vanilla.Flavor is dry and fruity at the start,as it warms you get more of the sweet side of the malt,some brown sugar and a touch of peppery spice.A crisp mouthfeel. Very good !

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Photo of paterlodie
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell starts with a lot of maltarome, slightly roast followed by some fruit and a little hops. Taste is slightly roasted but mostly fruity and a nice bitterness follows afterwards. The aftertaste is mostly straw but pleasant. A good beer that doesn't taste to much alcohollike, like I would expect for a 9,2% beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours brown with a head that leaves no lacing. I can see yeast floating around in this beer.

S - The smell is fruity reminds me of raisins.

T - Sweet taste that masks the alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - This is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I have ever had. I guess the Monks know what they are doing.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this one tonight with schmittymack at Rack and Rye in Denver (awesome food). Poured a murky brown color with a big tan head. Aromas of raisins, Belgian yeast, brown spices and dark bread. Medium bodied on the palate, with flavors of Belgian yeast, brown spices, raisins, dark fruits and chocolate. An excellent beer.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, served cool in a St. B goblet. A casual pour yielded a finger of light beige head situated atop a cloudy brown liquid the color of cider in the fall. The head faded fast leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma was rich with sweet malt, candied dark fruit and an earthiness that invoked images of being outdoors in a forest. The taste followed the nose closely - figs and plums, sugary sweet malts and a slight spiciness with a light alcohol finish.

The mouthfeel was pleasant. It was full bodied, with medium (but pronounced) carbonation. Overall it was a very satisfying beer to sit and slowly enjoy.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Portsmouth Tulip.

A: Pours deep brown in color with a finger thick off white head that slowly dissipates with not much lacing.

S: The scent has bready malts present, as well as a raisin aroma. Very malty smell, not much sweetness, a little dark fruit.

T: The taste has the bready malts upfront with a slight raisin flavor as well. Much sweeter than the smell leads you to believe, it's not incredibly sweet but more than expected. The finish has some spice to it along with the malts.

M: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is malty and spicy.

D: Very well balanced beer, hardly any alcohol is noticeable, malty but sweet and spicy as well. This is a very good beer and a must try Trappist. Looking forward to trying 10.

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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle 13 10 09 on label

Reddish brown color. Huge bubbles, think head. Smell is sweet, slightly over ripe fruit and alcohol. Slight musty smell. Lightly sweet flavor. Dry, bitter aftertaste. Unexpectedly light flavor. Nothing overpowers. Notes of ripe apricot and plum, brown sugar, then a hint of burnt/roasted flavor (not exactly coffee though…). Nice lacing. As the beer warmed, the blend of flavors was enhanced. Nicely complicated. Drink this one at cellar temp, not refrigerator.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. best before november 27, 2018. enjoyed on april 5, 2015 (a little over a year and four months old)

a: a disgusting but strangely beautiful murky, 300% opaque caramel-mahogany with two fingers of tan-coloured foamy head

s: earthy yeast, red wine, rich & sweet caramel-like malt, fig, raisin

t: earthy, heavy caramel & bread up front. red wine, raisins and figs follow. a slight pinch of alcohol. lingering sweet malt flavours at the end, but balanced by the earthy bitterness that has enveloped the entire tasting. the malt flavours dominate as the beer warms

m: on the lighter side of medium. harsh carbonation initially that mellows out as the beer warms

o: sweet, rich, complex, such a wonderful brew. be sure to let this warm up before you drink it. often available at the LCBO at a very affordable $3.50/bottle which is great too

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Photo of tmclain
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely murky red-brown, like a dingy bronze metal. Forms a relatively thin head of almost-white bubbles, which dies fairly quickly into a ring and a patchy cap. Lacing is adequate, somewhat patchy islands which slowly sink back down into the body of the beer.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar entwined with caramel and toffee wells out of the glass, bringing along some very faint hints of what might possibly be fruit - banana, raisin.

Taste: Caramel and toffee swirl to form the core of this beer, with slightly sour cherries filling in the lines where they twist together. Raisin and fig can be found as well, playing along the edges, with occasional cameo appearances by some faint banana notes. There is a sharp edge to the flavors, courtesy of the carbonation levels, but no real alcohol heat involved. The finish leaves behind a lingering ghost of caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: This beer is loaded with incredibly prickly carbonation, and is quite lively indeed. Beneath the carbonation, there's a creamy, medium-bodied beer.

Overall: A tasty, tasty beer.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atomlane
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Amber with a one and a half finger tan head that stays and stays. Thick lacing.

S: Belgian funk through and through. Malts, smokey, peat, chocolate.

T: Malt, raisins, apricots, light fruits, smooth, clean. Peppery finish. Just terrific.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Bubbles dance on my tongue.

O: An outstanding dubbel. (It'd better be for that price.) A great celebration ale. Even smoother as it warms.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, served just below cellar temperature in a chalice. Pours a deep garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head of variable sized bubbles, looking pillowy soft while subsiding to a half inch of very fine foam that leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Smells fruity sweet - like a fruit roll-up (black cherries?, currants?). Tastes very much the same but with notes of alcohol and medicinal phenols, anise, chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness, caramel?, melons?, apples?. A lot of guesswork on this beer - the flavors are hard to pinpoint, but they smell and taste kinda like a sweet candy. It has a body that is thick and smooth, and although it is a good beer, after the 10 I had really high expectations for their other beers or thought they might taste similar. This one's good in a different way than the 10, but still doesn't compare to it.

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Photo of Gubnutter
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GraniteBrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I loved the #10, so I thought I'd try this one too. Damn, it pours dark, dark, dark. A lot of carbonation. I get a whiff of bread, a little alcohol, and a slight amount of sweet fruit in the background. The taste is excellent, if a little carbonated. It tastes sweet, malty, with just a little alcohol going down. Am I getting a little toffee here as well? Whatever, it's really tasty, just like the 10. I wonder if trying the #6 next will be anticlimactic?

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Photo of vobr0002
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium brown with tan head, very clear.

S- slight alcohol, raisin, plum, sweet.

T- similar to the smell, with some caramel and spicey notes from the yeast.

M- very smooth yet fuller body

O- out of 6, 8, 10, I think that this one is my favorite one. good flavor and a little smoother than the rest. Very tasty

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Photo of jooler
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a lot like bananas. Great ester scent. Taste is like an octoberfest marzen.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour falls somewhere between tan and cloudy copper. Powerful aromas of red licorice, alcohol, and spice. Caramel features prominently in the flavor profile, along with more licorice, wood, raisins, and other fruits. It has quite the heavy palate as well. A huge beer, yet still very drinkable.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,269 ratings.
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