Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
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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
Reviews:
1,908
Ratings:
5,248
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a dark brown sugar body with massively foaming tobacco stained head that pretty much sticks around
Dry sherry and Christmas cake aroma
Nice rich rye and fruit flavour
Pleasing

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Photo of pajfuwen
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. $8.

L: Medium brown and hazy verging on opaque. Huge, creamy, light-tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

S: Complex, malty-sweet and vaguely sour aroma with dried fruits, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very nice balance between the bready malts, the hop bitterness and the alcohol. Strong fruity esters, particularly cherries, as well as raisins and a touch of banana. The aftertaste is also complex and a little spicy with a moderate lingering bitterness.

F: Moderately carbonated, with a medium body and a marvelously soft alcohol warmth.

O: The apearance is a little off-putting, but overall, this is an outstanding sipping beer.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into snifter. Pours thick opaque brown with a huge puffy tan head. Head doesn't last long and leaves very little lace, and once settled looks almost like a cola. Great smell of dark fruits, banana and a little alcohol. Fairly carbonated (fizzed when I popped the cap) and oh so smooth. One of the best Belgian dark ales I've had. I like the 10 a little better, but this is very good.

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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 tekstr1der
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having both 10 and 6 expectations were sky-high as they are the two finest of each style I've yet had. The 8 did not disappoint. Pouring hazy brown with a lasting tan head, aroma are immediate candi sugars and cooked sugar. Very sweet nose yields to a pleasantly slightly less sweet flavor of molasses bread and some yeast spiciness. Delicious example of the style. Finish is clean and not cloying given the relative sweetness overall. Just fantastic.

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Photo of M3TAPHYS1CA7
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just reviewed the 6. Tonight I bought the 6, 8, and 10. I've had the 8 and 10 before and the 10 is by far my favorite beer on the planet — to date. I really liked the 6, for what it is. Which is darn good beer!

Okay, while the 6 looks like a sexy strawberry blonde, the 8 is more of a dark ginger nerd.

Smells like your one-night stand's candy coated panties, with less plum than the 6.

It's not much richer than the 6, taste wise...it's bit fuller, but not enough to really distinguish it from the latter.

O-Good beer? Absolutely. It's great. My beef is that if I had to choose between having the 6, 8, or 10 I'd either have the 6: for a lighter, summer type beer; or the 10: for an all out it's-the-end-of-the-world-zombie-apocalypse-so-drink-up-while-you-still-can type ;)

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

Pours a dark brown color with light tan colored head. Figs, bananas, dark fruits, cherries, berries and sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more dark fruits.

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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 Jsteez
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this bottle in January 2014. Best by date is September 2017.

The pour was brown and murky with some dark red highlights; a nice creamy head that disappeared quickly to a little ring around the edge.
It smelled like molasses, rum, slight alcohol, some almond, figs, dates, and wood.
Taste: wood barrels, molasses, burnt sugar, some slight spice and a little dry; some earth, dates, a little bit of alcohol, and figs.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and easy to drink. Light carbonation.
It held up well after sitting for 3 years in my cellar. I'll have to try a newer one to compare it to and see if there are any other flavors I can pull out of it. Happy Winter everyone!

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Photo of dro7
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heavily carbonated, fizzed out of the bottle. Belgian candi, figs and plums, strong Belgian yeast. Dark, sweet, and full flavored. Carbonation dances on your tongue. This is one of the best dubbels I've had

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Photo of Taybeh
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl single into a tulip. Huge creamy khaki head that dissipates in a minute or two, over a murky reddish brown. The nose is superb...rum-soaked raisins, banana, tobacco, bread, slightly burnt caramel. Taste follows, but not quite as complex as the nose. Nice body, not too heavy and hides the alcohol quite well.

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Photo of singletary
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with a red hue to the color. The smell is more of a alcohol than a malty beer aroma. The taste is more alcoholic with a malty background. The mouthful is heavy but good. Overall a wonderful drink with a large alcohol taste.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden rich appearance. Very smooth fruity taste without any strong alcohol. A little to carbonated for my taste but a little aging may help this become an even better beer

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Photo of Bhawks10
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a generic Belgian Ale glass. Look is dark and cloudy. Nice thick head that disperses too soon. One of the most interestingly complex flavors I've had. Definitely a little boozy, but it doesn't mask the the dark and warm flavors of caramel and fruit. Feels light but different from other Trappists. Not as bubbley as others. Feels dark but not thick. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of zuun
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colored, just enough head on the top.
I could feel quite alcoholic when i smell it. It has various flavors when i taste it. Especially fruity smellw as nice and charm. Overall very satisfied.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**
02/03/2013
LOOK: Brown Cloudy Color. Slight Green Tint.
AROMA: Banana, Pumpkin, Cloves, Bread, Apple
TASTE: Banana, Pumpkin, Cloves, Bread, Apple
FEEL: a bit "sticky" on the palate, but the beer is lively.

Pretty good, but I liked this less than both the "6" and the "10".


**

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Photo of jamesroses
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle

Appearance: murky brown with reddish hues. Tons of carbonation, 3 to 4 finger head.

Aroma: surprisingly it smells boozier than her sister the 10, less fruity and more chocolatey and dried fruits like figs and raisins.

Taste: cocoa, chocolate, the mentioned dried fruits, tobacco and cherry. Nice.

Mouthfeel: full presence on the palate, high and loud! carbonation, but goes down excellently.

Overall: great beer but liked the 10 more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It may hit the mark for style, but for me almost anything in this ruddy brown murky floatie appearance isn't going to be beautiful. Aroma was boozy and kinda neutral, which often I will take instead of a band aid heavy aroma.

The taste is a little different, instead of phenolic it came in a little sweeter than expected. Nice light body, alcohol stays out of the way. I'm impressed. It doesn't give you all that banana, clove and band aid shit. There isn't a ton of dark fruit bitterness or pervasive alcohol. Its definitely there in a red wine kind of way, but lacks the harsh overripe bitterness sometimes they fall into.

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Photo of beermachine1680
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Trappist beers in the planet. Rochefort10 may have an overall higher rating, technically a bit better (as intended) but imo the 8 hits the sweet spot. The 10 to me is just a little too dark complex, and 6 just not good enough (in the trappist arena) . But the 8 is just right. After the first zip it is like magic in the mouth. It is complex but smooth, clean and no offensive aftertaste. Hard for your taste buds to get tired of and actually keep wanting to drink it to try to "figure" it out. I still haven't been able to figure it out and actually don't want to. Unlike many other trappist beers i have tried, this one stays "fresh". Highly drinkable and goes really well with different kind of food, cigar, cigarettes, chocolate you name it .... or just by itself. Bless this beer

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Photo of Vader444
2.69/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle pour into tulip.

Man I am disappointed with this one! Predictable murky brown colour with tonnes of sediment. Head disappeared entirely after a couple of minutes but could be revived with some gentle agitation. No real nose to speak of, just booze with none of the anticipated complexity. Tastes as it smells, just boozy warm. Mouthfeel, to be fair, is pretty good.

I vaguely recall enjoying this when I tried it a few years ago but admit that it may have been one of it's siblings. I'm going to be generous and suggest that this bottle may have been a dud.

Cheers anyway

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

See: Tawny brown, hazy and murky, with a good amount of either sediment or yeast on the bottom (not sure which). Sadly, the head disintegrated as I poured, collapsing in on itself and leaving no trace whatsoever. Strange, as I've read many reviews of this beer that described it as frothy and sturdy... my glass was definitely clean. Could it be an off bottle?

Smell: huge aromas of dried plum, other concentrated dark fruits, with some rum-like alcohol whiffing around in there and a good yeasty character.

Savor: Fruit cake, more prunes, rum-soaked raisins, very mild sweetness, dried figs, some cherry jubilee. Bready notes wrap it all up nicely, almost like a fig newton in liquid form. Yum! There is a mild boozy note and some warmth, but nothing suggesting it's 9.2% payload.

Feel: Very wine like. Plum brandy, almost. Yet, even with no head, there was plenty of soft carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, but very drinkable, even though

Overall: a terrific Belgian beer, well worth repeats. I've heard a lot of people making comparisons of Rochefort to Westvleteren, so I did a side-by-side taste test of Rochefort 8 to Westy 8. I preferred Westy 8 overall, but there were some aspects I liked better about Rochefort, in particular the plumy and more overtly fruity character.

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Photo of Zalmo
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this into my recently purchased La Trappe 25th Anniversary goblet and it maintained and even foam until I took the last sip. Very tight lacing with few large holes, it coated the glass. I smelled a little berry, tasted a little too, with caramel notes and a very warm finish, it's a little boozy, but in a good way, I like booze, it's why I drink. Picked this up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee a few weeks ago, had to battle through a cold before I could give it a proper opening. I'd buy this one again, even though it isn't a dubbel, and I was searching for dubbels at the time. On to my Westmalle and Maredsous, both true dubbels, and the reason for my trip and purchase of fancy-schmancy goblet. I'm ready for "Game of Thrones" S7, my wife will have to be coaxed into calling me "M'lord" when it airs. That could be a hard sell, much harder than selling me another bottle of this fine brew.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Lekkerbier. Pours with a large head which dissipates quickly. Cloudy brown color. Sweet creamy caramel and bananas flavor with light carbonation. Little aftertaste. Very nice brew.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 330 mL bottle () poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Nealry clear, tawny brown; cloudy as the last of the bottle pours. Lush head of khaki foam with streaky lace.

Smell: Deep caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and baked dark fruit.

Taste: Toasty malty body ranging from caramel and chocolate to figs, cherries, rum and cola. Earth and mineral notes chime in to balance the sweet and sour fruit.

Mouthfeel: Lighter medium body, smooth and lively but fine effervescence.

Overall: Full and complex; layers of malt and fruit flavors - like a boozy, sparkling fruit cake.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,248 ratings.
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