Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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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 julian
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought at Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA

A: deep mahogany color with a slight orange hue typical of the style. visible fizzyness, very slightly viscous when pouring. HUGE creamy off white tan head, almost 3 fingers worth! Head sticks to the side almost immediately leaving intricate sticky lacing.

S: very malty but with a noticeable hop balance. minimal alcoholic presence, and somewhat phenolic. Nice mix of spices and sweet dark fruit.

T: this is incredibly malty. aftertaste is very sweet. it's complimented by a slight bitterness from the hops, but still feels overwhelmingly sweet. I also detect a roasted nutty essence. earthy and spicy and somewhat vinous but mostly malty.

M: smooth, refreshing, a very slight chewiness about it, but all around a great beer.

D: dangerously drinkable, this is like fizzy grown up juice.

Overall impressions: I was really looking forward to this beer, but after having a Unibroue Maudite, it just doesn't quite stack up. Don't get me wrong this is a GREAT beer, but if we're rating it and comparing it to others in the same style, Maudite is the clear winner.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy white 1 1/2 finger head. Reddish-Brown color, and very murky and mysterious. Black speckles of the yeast give it a peppered appearance.

S: Sweet, sugary, malty smell with a hint of vanilla with strong bourbon and alcohol aromas.

T: Sweet at first, then develops the vanilla and bourbon flavors, leaving your mouth bitter. Leaves you craving another drink for a rush of brown sugary sweetness.

M: Chewy but not too filling. really fizzy

Overall, First beer of the night and I'm already feeling the warmth. The alcohol flavors are strong but this beer brought back memories of drinking Jim Beam with a friend a few years ago.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FRESH: Pours copper/ruby with a large but rapidly diminishing head.
Aromas of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, pears, yeast. Very perfumy. Bready, sweet cookie dough. Alcohol is just noticeable as a pleasant, slightly spicy note. Later on figs/prunes and caramel become apparent. There is so much going on here!
Similar flavours, but not as much complexity. Alcohol is much more apparent, especially in the harsh finish.
Carbonation is too high for my liking, but otherwise mouthfeel is good.
Absolutely fantastic aroma, it’s a pity this didn’t follow through to the flavours.
AGED (3 years): Amazing aroma as before, more concentrating on honey, toffee, caramel, and chocolate though. Very complex. Flavours seemed to have dried out, but the alcohol is reasonably well integrated now.

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Photo of humanawho
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - good head and a strong dark ruby color

S - tight noise with a very earthy base and some sweet notes

T - nice earthy spicyness, very strong yeasty flavor and nice malty backbone

M - nothing bad; solid heavy body good bubbly carbonation

D - very high drinkablity, the earthyness balances the sweetness

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very good, nice heavy viscosity, fig coloured and small creamy hair cut. The hair cut like many is gone fairly rapido, and indicates a high effervescence.

Aroma is subtle and none offensive, solid but not as good as say the delirium nocturnum (its like for like benchmark).

Taste is lovely, an almost honey and fig flavour and a real hit of the 9.2%abv on the tongue.....don't be lighting your pipe while drinking this one!

The feel does have a touch of excess gas, but again it doesn't detract massively from what is a superb beer.

I'm not sure it's quite as good as the 5000+ ratings, but hey maybe I'm wrong.

Overall, very very good beer, but not quite on my top shelf.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyR305
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lipa
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The darkest brown you can imagine with a massive offwhite, creamy head that I had to wait for to finish pouring, even after a careful pour.

Smell: This is one of the most complex aromas I've ever come across. What first appears mildly hoppy explodes into a crazy, fruity, tangy aroma of raspberries, currants, candy sugar, caramel malt, and a number of other notes that I couldn't place my finger on.

Taste: Almost underwhelming after the fantastic aroma, but lives up to the hype. Subtle introduction of malt and some dark fruit, but all the flavor comes in the finish, during which the powerful yeast makes itself known, as does a certain earthy, spicy character. Alcohol also has a presence here with a slight burn on the midpalate, but actually kind of pleasant. Surprisingly subdued and also very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth and full bodied as it just slides down the back of the throat. Slight alcohol burn and numbness after each sip, but not in a bad way.

Drink: Amazing richness, yet hides its alcohol content well. Could have a couple of these.

Overall: This is a highly complex brew. The taste and aroma have such depth that it takes some time to work everything out. Pretty amazing.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Mug

A - A cloudy appearance almost muddy appearance. Nice two finger head

S - Malts and sugar, fruits and chocolate

T - The alcohol is there but not overpowering like a shot of vodkka. Malts, chery and a touch of chocolate. A very nice beer, but I must admit that I like the #6 better.

M - A slight after taste as the warming sensation slowly grows. It's a sweet, very smooth beer. nice carbonation

D - to me it is the high alcohol that keeps this rating down. a very nice beer, but I do prefer #6 better as it has a better balance.

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Photo of akk14
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreizhen
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Dark brown, caramel. Thick head that lingers.. Good carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruits, malt, chocolate, slight bitterness. Made me think baked cherries.

Taste: Warm chocolate initially with a dark fruit finish. Middle is slightly lacking in flavor, but the chocolate lingers and the fruit starts to kick in. A pleasant tinge of bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, a little foamy. Silk. Good carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer. I've based my rankings on three different bottles and I think my overall impression has gone down since I tried a bottle of the 10. Still fantastic and worth trying, especially if you're in Belgium where it can be found dirt cheap.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark, opaque brown pour with a constantly rising sediment, which is also visible speckled across the top of a 1-finger head which laces nicely.

S: A somewhat difficult smell to decipher, but it seemed rather sweet, probably from a blend of spices and maybe some dark fruits.

T: A strong taste (though not as strong as TR10) that reveals hints of figs and raisins (and possibly some caramel?). A very earthy tasting beer.

MF/D: Not an overly-filling mouthfeel but smooth on the way down with little carbonation, which leaves a lingering tingle of persisting flavor at the back of the throat following each sip. A very good Trappist ale, will continue to get occasionally to fill a mix/six.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to warm up for roughly half an hour before opening. poured into an ommegang goblet. best before 070415 indicates it was bottled in april of 2010.

pours out nearly black, reveals a ruby red in the light. a fizzy finger and a half of light biege colored head that settles to a nice retentive creamy 1/2 inch layer. some decent webby lace.

the aroma is a bit lack luster at first, but starts revealing itself more and more as it warms. lots of interesting dark maltiness. fudge brownies, bits of molasses, slightly sweet ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, slightly sharp phenols, and light spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. solvent alcohols come in the more it warms.

again lots of interesting maltiness going on here. fudge brownies, molasses, a bit of solvent alcohol, spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of ginger, dark candied sugars, bread crusts, ripe fruits such as apples and pears, and a bit of dark dried fruits. sharp phenols towards the finish. complexity shows.

light and fluffy mouthfeel with still quite a bit of body. lots of fizzy carbonation.

a nice slow sipper that should be savored and the changes should be noted as it warms. i could definatly see myself drinking this again, and i highly recommend. to me, no american attempts even come close to any trappist product. thinking about the history and the monks that brew this while drinking even make it that much more of an expierience.

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Photo of JoshJ
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vdefiesta35
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jonmikel
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look is very dark. It's fully opaque.
There's a lot of foam in the beginning but It fades away quite soon.
Smell isn't great, in my opinion.
Taste and feel are superb, though. In spite of the high alcoholic content, the taste is smooth and fresh. It has a lot of body but doesn't feel too heavy.

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Photo of zimm421
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice brown color that lets almost no light through, just a hint around the edges. The head is a solid three fingers. Very foamy and frothy with a nice off-white coloring. Not a lot of lacing left by the head.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel and cherries. Definitely malt-forward in the nose, not a lot of anything else going on... The taste is much more balanced with the same notes as the nose, with the dark fruit and caramel dominating. There is also a nice bittering effect as well as a slight alcohol burn. Not as one dimensional as I expected, and actually quite well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Finishes slightly dry, but also a little sticky, an interesting effect. Overall, this is a great brew with nice complexities, a good combination of flavors and something enjoyable to consume.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought my pursuit of better beer would have prepared me for this experience, but I suspect my tastebuds still aren't entirely up to the task.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed this beer — I'm just not sure if I can adequately describe what I drank. I had three bottles (during separate sittings) and this beer's complexity still baffles me a bit.

There was no mystery about how it looked and smelled, though: a beautiful tan head over a hazy, dark brown body. The aroma was sweet brown sugar, raisin bread and lightly roasted malt. Definitely inviting.

When I took my first sip, however, I lost all perspective. I mainly tasted the alcohol, which wasn't entirely unpleasant: it had a nice warming effect. What taste I was able to pick out consisted mainly of malty sweetness with hints of blackcurrant, figs and some fruitiness.

It all went down with a creamy smoothness and a nice finish despite the high ABV. I tasted this without any food, but I suspect it would be incredible with a grilled steak. I'm looking forward to unravelling its mysteries with future tastings!

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown colour with a thick frothy head and sedimentation evident with a large pile of yeast residing in the bottom of the glass.

The scent continues the high quality first impression of the beer, dark fruits aplenty and malts both are there, and beg you to have a sip.

Taste is wonderful, a full bodied sweet yet spicy flavour greets you up front, the dark fruits (raisins, plums) hit you, and a delightful malty flavour with a slightly smoked alcohol burn on the very back end, but actually quiet smooth when you take the high ABV into account.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, as it should be, while drinkability is good and on par with other high quality Belgians.

Very high cost at 7$ for a small bottle, but well worth it, I'd be glad to have this again!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJR
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rustic mahogany with hints of orange around the edges. The body is opaque, with no light getting through. The rich, creamy tan head starts out hefty, then shrinks a bit to a small cap with fantastic lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and nutty with an undercurrent of alcoholic warmth. I pick up on a bit of banana and a phenolic note as well.

Taste: Like the 10, this brew has a bittersweet balance with lots of dark fruit flavors. There's a faint phenolic touch that adds to the spiciness, which has a suggestion of black pepper. A whift of breadiness adds even more depth. Adding the yeast sediment oddly gives a bit of sharpness to the flavor and highlights the sweetness. The aftertaste disappears rather quick, but that's forgivable.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a rich and chewy mouthfeel. Adding the yeast sediment adds a bit more body. Finishes with a touch of alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite good for it's strength. This brew would match really well with a cold night and a good book. Strange that I finally get around to reviewing it in June...

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings