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 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

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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Photo of davidperez
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a deep dark brown with a very slight orange hue. It forms a one-finger ecru head, sudsy, with low retention. No lacing.
Despite the head's low retention, you can see this beer is highly carbonated, as bubbles are noticed breaking the clean surface.

What a delightful bouquet.
So sweet and delicate. It gives notes of overripe apple, brown pear, plum, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee and slight booze in the form of sweet fruit liquor.
A little more assertiveness would have been perfect.

Nice expressive carbonation upfront, followed by a delicate yet assertive sweetness and the thrust of alcohol. It's not that Rochefort 8 is hot, but rather, the alcohol is so refined in its taste that it becomes one more flavor to appreciate. This sweetness and the alcohol start to wane while the other notes emerge, but they remain as undertones all throughout.
The flavor follows the nose: lots of overripe apple and brown pear, dates, plums, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and very noticeable are some new notes not identifiable in the bouquet, as milk chocolate, clove, caramel and wood. The milk chocolate and wood become more prominent while reaching the finish.
Rochefort 8's aftertaste is as complex and assertive as its midpalate, and lingers for long. The alcohol note metamorphoses into a very refreshing and sweet liquor, and its refreshing trait is as delicious as it is unexpected.
It's not that this beer is only sweetness, the hoppy bitterness can be felt all throughout as well, with highs and lows, balancing the flavor artfully, as a display of exquisite dexterity.
At the end, a bit of dryness coats your palate, compelling you to have another sip.
Light body, expressive carbonation.

A world class beer, a finesse.

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Photo of whynot44
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy, murky brown color that looks a bit like Missouri river water with a fluffy, foamy tan head that persists and produces nice lacing.

The aroma is much better than river water, hints of various fruits - bananas, pears, plums, raisins, citrus and other tropical fruits - very malty, slightly sweet, notes of alcohol. The taste is similar but more so, with the addition of cloves, sorghum molasses, brown sugar and more. Malty and sweet but balanced by the spice and alcohol notes, it's sometimes hard to remember this is a beer rather than some exotic mixed drink.

It is medium bodied and extremely smooth and almost creamy in the mouth, the alcohol is noticeable but in a very pleasant way, not at all harsh.

Altogether this is a really great and enjoyable beer, something for a special occasion, or anytime you can find it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours - dark brown with tan head that seems to never go away, great lacing wonderful pour.

Smell - Oak, caramel, sweet malts, banana and plum.

Taste - Dark fruit, oak, banana and clove just a warming hint of alcohol. Little bit of citrus and caramel.

Feel - Medium feel, little burn from the alcohol, excellent carbonation.

Overall - An amazing beer, very smooth the alcohol is well hidden great flavor.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown, with a hint of red. Smells clean, sweet, malty, and can definitely smell the booziness. Creamy bock-ish taste, but lighter; very smooth, sweet, drinkeable, and can taste the booziness.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Dense looking when poured, with a thick mouth-feel as well. On taste: rich notes that make me think of raisins, prunes, and roasted nuts. Some alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy rusty brown color with a thick foamy light tan head. The foam eventually settled into a persistent thin cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, banana, vanilla, and toffee. The taste was largely similar with lots of fruit - plum, raisin, banana, raspberry. Eventually moved to a nice slight sweet maltiness with a few earthy notes. Dry finish and lively carbonation. Wonderful.

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Photo of twage04
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark ruby with fizzy prickly carbonation. Smell is of dark fruit, booze. Taste is pretty smooth, lots of dark fruit and a hint of bubblegum from the yeast. This is a good alternative to chimay blue but can't stand up to quads like rochefort 10, three philosophers, etc.

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Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Rochefort 8

15.10.2019 best before date

A: Pours a murky brown color with a beige half finger head that sticks around quite nicely in my goblet. Very active carbonation upon pouring that dies away after a few minutes.

S: Semi-sweet, bright fruit including unripened banana, white raisins, pear, plum. Soft sweet alcohol on the nose. A touch of spice.

T: Sweet fruit notes up front that also resemble banana, white raisins, pear and plum, with underlying waves of woody/nutty qualities. Finishes with some plum, and dries out a bit reminiscent of a nutty brown ale.

M: Wonderfully creamy, yet pillowy soft mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D: It's never too sweet, and never too boozy. At over 9% it's insanely (and dangerously) drinkable. Overall a highly drinkable beer with nice flavors.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight murky but beautiful dark mahogany rust red with a finger of bubbly off-white foam that disssipates quickly leaving a thin ring of foam around the edges.

Roasted malt, dark fruits, apple peel, caramel, toffee, and zesty Belgian yeasts.

Apple, slight lemony citrus note, mildly spicy Belgian yeast, caramel/toffee, biscuits, roasted malts and subtle chocolaty note.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, crisp, nice mouthfeel, smooth.

Overall, this is just another superb beer that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of FBarber
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark hazy reddish-brown with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates leaving a thin tan film along the top of the beer with a thick tan ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of banana, figs and raisins with notes of earthy damp wood and a slights sweet boozy scent - kind of like rum would smell, but its not rum.

Taste is very smooth almost buttery. Lots of malts up front, like freshly baked brown crusty bread with butter. As the taste develops in your mouth notes of figs, prunes, banana, and spice come through. Undertones of coffee and clove are present at points, but not super noticeable. There is a spicy flavor that is ever present while drinking the beer, but very balanced. It adds a very nice complexity and depth to the beer. This beer certainly is not hiding the alcohol with a pleasant warming sensation coming from the pleasant and ever present but mild flavor of alcohol.

Feel is buttery smooth, medium carbonation, light and crisp, but not watery. Appropriate for the style.

Overall a world class offering that certainly lived up to the hype. Must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber bordering on brown. Head is off white and billowing. Quickly dies off to nothing. Raisin, prune and brown sugar on the nose, which follows through to the flavour. Alcohol is present and warming. The finish is a little rum like, spicy and woody. Excellent as is their other beers

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 330-ml. bottle (11.2 oz.)
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist glass
From: San Diego Wine Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 23, 2016
Consumed: April 27, 2016
Misc.: Best before July 23, 2019

Thanks, Tom!

My wife’s uncle, Tom, brought this as a gift, along with Founder’s KBS and Acoustic Ales Instant Triple Karma. Unbelievably nice as I hadn’t had the chance so have either. Have always wanted to try these Trappistes Rochefort beers, but this will be my first.

Poured an auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal wet lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled that 9.2 pct. ABV right away. Once that settled, got spoiled plum, toffee, some candied caramel, red apple, purple grape, raisins, prunes and more dark fruits. Funky overall. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was a bit better, but still on those funky notes. Got roasted toffee, candied caramel, spoiled plum, raisins, prune juice, dates, rye bread, purple grape, red apple, some blackberry, hints of rum, light notes of chocolate and some wintry spices. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really wanted to like this one but probably ended up overrating it as a result. It was good, but not something I would need to try again. It’s not like I’ve never tried a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (this was my 12th) but it was just good, not great. Maybe this is supposed to be the standard, but I reviewed it as is. (Overall - 4.00)

4.03 | 90 | A-

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Photo of constantine_272
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark chocolate color but a little murkey. The head foamed up nice but only retained a small amount. Smells of cocoa and cream and some co2. The beer tastes great. It starts of with a light fruity date that quickly turns a dark amber syrup with alkaline cocoa powder. An herbal prickly licorice finishes light and crisp. One of the best out there on feel. This beer has everything; its light, its full of malt its crisp with just the right sweetness on the aftertaste.

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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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