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 Fuller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a cloudy dark brown color with a big beige head that recedes quickly down to just a skim on top. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smells of spice, sweet fruit and roasted malts. Also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tastes like it smells - sweet dark fruits, some spice, and roasted malts with a little bit of warming alcohol at the end. A very rich and complex beer but also very smooth and balanced. All the different flavors come together perfectly making this a very good beer.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Slow pour still produced a full two finger beige head that slowly gave way so moderate sticky lacing. Appearance is an opaque mocha colored brown with a slight reddish tint to it in the light and nearing the edges. Aroma smells sweetly of malt, dried fruit, warm sugary alcohol and has a yeastiness about it. The alcohol is far from hidden in the nose as it makes itself known in both the nose and in the finish. Taste starts sweet and rich of dried dark fruits, then nicely progesses towards a stronger yeast flavor than first introduced in the nostrils. This brew is able to keep one guessing when the alchol will emerge from the sweet earthiness and bite as it tends to fade and reapppear with passing sips. One sweet and seemingly innocent and then the next you might think you're dealing with far higher than 9.2% abv. Mouthfeel is medium body with an aptly paired moderate carbonation, slight roughing of the tongue as it then washes off towards the gullet with a more smoothing feeling. Finishes with a sweet dryness in the mouth, much like a dark espresso, alongside a minimal sweet fruity aftertaste. Drinkability is scored a little lesser given the seeming omnipresence of alcohol in this ale, either way, overall an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown. Dense, frothy, khaki head. Lots of ifne lacing. Spicy aroma. Clove and coriander. Very yeasty nose. Luxurient malt and candy sugar.

Taste is rounded molasses and candy sugar. Faint ginger. Black currant and plum. Alcohol is very apparent in the finish and keeps the mouth drier than expected. Medium bodied, feels sticky at first and then the alcohol just dries it the hell out. A sipper and a good beer in its own right, not just as the 10's little brother. This beer screams for steak. And more than six-months aging.

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Photo of Damian
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful copper reddish-brown. The fluffy head left copious amounts of lacing.

Smell was somewhat herbal, bready and medicinal.

Taste was rich, malty and spicy. Alcohol was very noticeable.

Body was quite thin. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

Overall, this beer was a disappointment.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of it's 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Quickly dissapearing white head forms on top of a murky dark brown body. Smell is fruity with bananas, pears, dough and sweet malt with a noticable strong alcohol presence in the nose as well. Mouthfeel is rather light and highly carbonated. Taste is absolutely incredible! Taste is dry with fruity notes, spices and chocolate that is followed by a long warming alcohol presence. High alcohol character hurts the drinkability a bit. As the beer warms up it gets even better. Overall, this is simply a sensational brew.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with slightly cloudy amber accents. Light tan head that sticks to the glass and refuses to leave the beer. Aromas of phenols, yeast, and some figgy fruits. Coffee, vanilla-rum and chocolate notes are laid over some light hops (styrian goldings?). On the palate, fruity (figgy) sweetness up front and throughout, along with rich yeast and mild alcoholic burn. The fruitiness is surprisingly scant. Aside from the alcohol burn, the mouthfeel is only medium-bodied, but very smooth on the palate. This is an excellent dubbel... a little stronger than usual, but wonderful flavors and good mouthfeel more than make up for that.

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Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with a 1 inch tan, densely textured head. Smell is fruity - dried figs, plums. Taste is yeasty with hints of fruit coming on strong. Feels prickly on the tongue due to the tight carbonation. Date code on the bottle reads 29 06 10

Most definitely a sipping beer, one that needs to be slowly savored.

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Photo of kkipple
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet 'cause I don't have a Rochefort one -- yet. The 8 is opaque orange-brown, with large white yeast bits in the bottom of the glass and a foamy, dirty-white head about 3cm tall. My overall impression is of a natural, earthy, beer

The smell is intense when properly warmed. Very strong malt, dark fruits, exceptionally evident alcohol, figs, hops, yeasty and roasty malt character. This may be the most alcohol-forward beer I've ever smelled. No mistaking the 9% on this one.

Taste holds up well. Roasty malts balanced with a fruity sweetness – figs, prunes, a bit of a cocoa and slight sourness. This leaves a coffee aftertaste and is rather drying. Not too warming, oddly enough. Classic Belgian dark ale! Earthy, alcoholic and yeasty... come to think of it, maybe a bit too heavy on the alcohol. It's rather harsh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, tingly and dry.

Final thoughts: This is a fine beer, but it's certainly a sipper. Points off for the overwhelming alcoholic presence... I prefer my beers a bit more subtle. Everlasting head. Despite the high alcoholic content, I expected this to be more warming and, well, inebriating. Odd. Definitely a brew seeking out if you’re a fan of Belgian darks.

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Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the third of a liter bottle a completely dark and light blocking dark brwon colour. big frothy tan head with lots of blegain lace. yummy yeasty and doughy aroma with a fig and plum aroma; other dark and ripe fruitiness definitely present. big maltiness present...caramel and chocolate flavours mingle nicely with some ever present cherry, plum, raisin, and other assorted ripe fruitcake notes. big alcohol notes come off yeasty, bold and spicy. i love the spiciness. it feels weird to review this in june rather than the holidays of december. mouthfeel is fullish with lots of tongue tingling carbonation. deadly drinkability because i'm sipping this way too fast trying to get every nuance i can out of this first try at this trappist. good thing i bought two bottles.

love the spicy alcohol burn play with the malty fruit tones. this is a slendid belgian trappist concoction.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a great two finger head with a very thick and everlasting foam for the duartion of the entire 11.2 oz of beer. Colro is a leather brown that is almost completely opaque when held to the light except for some highlights of beige and/or tan. A decent oamount of bubbling is noticed, but is hard to see with such a deep brown throughout. Brussells lacing is a standard lot.

Smell- Pretty sugary and malty. It literally smells brown, just like it looks. Some great malts come through the nose with a mild, bitter hop/malt mix finish.

Taste- Starts out with a lightly burnt malt that gives notes of chammomile, vanilla, dark fruits, and hints at smoked wood. The finish is a light, grainy bitterness of Belgian hops. But a very clear and bright finish.

Mouthfeel- Very clear, almost sunny comes to mind as an adjective to decribe this beer. Almost reffreshing too for a beer with such a high abv. Very malty, but with lots of other nuances to divert your attention away from just the malts.

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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 surfadelic23
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this when I bought a bottle of the 10. I actually liked this one a lot more!
In my Duvel chalice, it pour a darkish chestnut/rubyish color with a very pretty bone/offwhite head. Has a subtler aroma carmelly and fruity with no hint of alcohol.
I sat in sipping this one slowly and really savoring it. As it warms up, boy does the taste get big. Kinda reminds me of how a tube amp takes a while to hit it's sweet spot... I loved the mouthfeel on this one and found it very easy to drink. I will pick up two bottles of this and leave the ten for someone who may appreciate it more than me...

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into mini Chimay chalice.

A: Nice dark brown opque color. Big lasting creamy white head, and really nice lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, spice, and alcohol.

T: Dark fruit and spice, but the alcohol is there. Aftertaste is a bit sweet initally, but fades into bitterness.

M: Full Creamy, just the right amount of carbonation. But it is quite dry.

D: I think the high abv, which I tasted, along with the dryness bring down the drinkability.

I like this, but not as much as the Chimay blue, which I had just recently. I will revist this later, maybe a side by side is in order. This was very good, but also expensive.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours deep brown, cloudy with sediment, huge tan head that has very good retention, some of the best lacing I've seen, champagne-like amount of bubbles continually floating up

s - spicy and yeasty aroma, hints of fruit, alcohol evident also

t - slightly sweet bitterness up front, bitterness lingers and turns into a toasty malt flavor, alcohol is evident throughout, but not overpowering, nicely balanced

m - lots of carbonation, crisp, light-bodied, very dry finish

d - I could drink a couple of these if I could afford it, not an overly drinkable beer however due to both the abv and dryness

This lived up to the hype for me. Not one of my favorites, but a very solid, enjoyable Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz

A: Poured with crazy head. Head overflowed in a nice white cone shape when I poured the 11oz into a 24oz mug... Very nice lacing throughout. Deep dark and murky. Lots of yeast sediment all over the place.

S: Smells spicy and has hints of bannanas. Yeasty and a bit sour. Kinda subtle though, not the great pungent smell of the 12.

T: Spicy notes, with some kinda spicy fruits. Rasins I think. Catch some brown sugar in there also. Pretty good for a belgian, but I am a bit biased because I had the 12 first.

M: Very carbonated and a silky mouthfeel. A bit too carbonatated. But not by much. Light bodied for the style I think.

D: I drank this a little too fast. The 9% abv is not very apparent, and the taste is very nicely balanced. Will drink again and again.

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Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 8 pours a dark mahogany color with an off white head from a brown 33cl bottle. Aroma has mild hints of banana, clove and dark fruit. Alcohol also seems apparent from the aroma. Taste definitely has some dark fruit flavors. Estery. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Recommended.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very deep chesnut brown color. Very large very thick head that stayed for a long time. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles. Lacing was unbalanced, but thick in the spots it held.

Malty base to the aroma with a complex set of other scents. I disticntly picked up toffee, carmel and chocolate. These were accompanied by scents of tangerines and lemons. Slight hops aroma. Considering the ABV, pleasently surprised I wasn't overtaken by an alcohol aroma.

Very malted flavor that was smooth on the taste buds. The citrus in the aroma was weak in the flavor, but still slightly noticable. Very nice balance of all the flavors. As with the aroma, I was surprised by a lack of noticable flavor despite the ABV.

This was a nice hearty beer, and lingured on all surfaces of my mouth. Carbonation dance all around while tasting.

A fantastic brew. All around balanced flavor and aroma, with a nice appearance. A good choice on a nice rainy day. I would enjoy this a lot with a hearty meal, something like pot pie or shepard's pie.

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Photo of f12
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 330ml bottle into a large tulip glass.

Appearance is a cloudy dark red/brown fading to dull brown/orange as the glass empties. Fairly large tan head quickly dissipates into a few small patches of light threading.

Sweet, very complex smell including alcohol, toasty dark sugar/molasses, and ripe fruit.

Alcohol and fruit flavors carry into taste; I can distinctly make out molasses and fresh plum beginning and middle, as well as slight nutty flavors and bitter, hop-like flavors at the end. Strong alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very slick with a very long finish. Agree with other reviewers who mention a strong, prickly carbonation. You will definitely want to taste something else between sips as the bitter aftertaste and strong carbonation can numb the tounge farily significantly. Also recommend that you let the beer sit in the glass, not only because it is decidedly better when it warms up a bit, but because allowing the carbonation to die down a bit will make some of the more subtle flavors come through much better.

The Rochefort 8 goes down quite heavy, heavier even than some quadrupels I have had (Three Philosophers, Allagash Four) but is still very drinkable, though one will almost certainly be sufficient for a single sitting.

Overall, a very nice, very complex brew, damaged only slightly by a somewhat too aggressive mouthfeel. Recommended with meats, cheeses, or low-sugar chocolates. A bit sweet for anything but the very dark chocolates.

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Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

Edit 11/26/06: Opened up a fresher bottle next to a Westy 8. The Westy barely edged it out IMO but this one is just so nice and complex that it's hard live up to something like that. I found the Westy to just be a bit more smooth. Pricewise??? C'mon, there's no need to argue. I think I paid $4.50 for this bottle and I think the Westy was $18.

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Photo of elricorico
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The head is not very thick, and fades some, ending up as a thin cap.

The smell is full of ripe banana, berries, raisin and a touch of alcohol. Altogether a very enticing mix.

The taste is heavy on malt, plenty of caramel sweetness. Berries also make an appearance up front. I find a lingering finish of burnt molasses. Alcohol is apparent, though not as strongly as the 10. Taste really blossoms as it warms, becoming much more full.

There is some weight to the beer, but I find the carbonation a bit prickly. Overall mouthfeel is above average though.

A very nice beer, though I think I prefer the 10 in the end. This one is very sensitive to temperature. If it is a touch too cold it is quite disappointing.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle(best by 07/08) a cloudy dark brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity and yeasty with strong notes of plum and fig.

The taste has sweet malt up front and fruity notes, mostly plum, midway through and right through the finish. There's also some molasses tones that I noted in the Rochefort 10 but here, in comparison, they are much subdued. And.... the abv doesn't come in to play at all. This is one very tasty BSDA!

Bottom line: A very tasty brew of its style that I can thoroughly recommend!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When first poured, it showed a nice medium dark hazy brown with some tight tan foam with a medium amout of lace of the side of the glass.

The smell of roasted malts, along with spices and fruit filled the nose with a pleasant aroma.

The taste was kind of average, until it slighty warmed up and then the true flavor of roasted malts, spices and fruit really became evident. I kind of got just a hint of toffee/caramel at the very end.

Finally, this ale had a hint toasty toffee/caramel with layers of soft malts and hops. A very nice beer without being heavy. Extremely well-ballanced.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into new style Rochefort chalice. Label stamped 08 09 04.

Body is reddish-brown with visible yeast floaters. 1 finger of surprisingly thin head.

Nose is spicy-sweet. Plenty of both, a real treat for the nose.

Flavor is rich and complex. Sweet, but not overly so like many Belgian brews. Spice is very much there. A rich dark malt with dark fruit contributions. Brown sugar. I get a distinct flavor of prunes in the finish. Slight astringency, may be traceable to ABV. No other hint of the true alcohol level. A brew of great nuances. I am in awe of the monks.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Low to medium levels of natural carbonation. Some zip on the lip from the spice level.

Drinkability is much better than expected. I could sit and sip this all night, and every sip brings something new.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 29.04.08; this bottle is 3 years 1 month old.

Pours 15% head into westmalle chalice. Dark, spicy, coriander-like nose, powerful and heavy.

Taste is heavy, sweet, and spicy, making the tongue tingle. I don't know if this beer contains spices but I feel coriander distinctly in the taste. It fades slowly, leaving a bitter malty flavor with some overhang of coriander. This particular bottle reminds me a lot of traquair jacobite.

Great beer, has improved greatly with age since this batch was purchased. At this age I do prefer the 6 or 10 better though.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,226 ratings.
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