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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Spike
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A careful pour leaving the sediment in the bottle. Reddish brown. Dark amber when held to the light. With a slight haze. No carbonation visible. One finger, tan head that recedes to a fine cap.

Spicy nose. Complex. Difficult to describe. Fino sherry, sloes, fresh sawn wood.

I'm new to trappist beer, and this is very different to anything I've drunk previously. It's more a spirit than an ale. Spice, wood, ginger beer, raisins.

Alcohol is evident. Slight alcohol sting merging with some carbonation. Difficult to tell which is which. Thinner than I was expecting but very dry. Sour aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant.

This is a sipper. It's a very complex beer. Lots going on. A beer to be savoured.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am humbled by reviewing this beer.
If God drinks beer, St. Peter would give you points for serving this.

Lacking a Rochefort glass, I served this in an exquisite chalice from their brethren at La Trappe.

Rarely at a loss for words, nothing I can say can describe how excellent this beer is.

Reference page 286, Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium" for a loving review of these brewers.

Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle 'best before 7/15/2020'. Poured from bottle a murky brown with lots of yeast sediment.

Big lively cream colored head settle down to a nice layer that persists. Tons of carbonation.

Smells of yeast and kind of soapy. Mostly fruits and light breadiness. Mouth is chewy and sticky, long finish with sweet tastes of raisins and candy.

Overall, I decided to try this side by side with the Rochefort 10, and while both are excellent and drink very smooth while hiding their abv, the 10 is just has more going on.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from tulip glass after poured from a bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with large amount of foamy tan head. Sediment on bottom of glass was noticed after I finished most of it.
Smell: Mild fruity aroma
Taste: Extremely smooth with hints of raisin and other fruits with no aftertaste. This beer has 9.2% ABV, but it is extremely well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation
Overall: It's not difficult to see why many consider this a "world-class" beer. Certainly a beer for special occasions or celebrations.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour is light-medium brown. More like a dubbel. Sticky, sweet Belgian candi on the nose with ripe apple and brown sugar. Taste is smooth and delicious! Light and fruity plums with soft backdrops of sweet cocoa/chocolate. Very subtle. Nothing cloying even though, true to the style, it rounds out to a great quaffable beverage. A once a year treat.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown-red, essentially opaque, with great looking light tan head. Lots of lacing, and persistent.

S - Those esters deliver such depth! Floral elements, bubble gum and spice. Allspice. Cardamom. Steeped tea. And a hint of alcohol.

T - The flavors follow the nose, but with a warm buttery note that is not at all unpleasant. Sweet hints of fruit with plum, prune, and raisin. Tea notes introduce mild bitterness.

M - A bit sticky. Mild carbonation. Very light on the tongue given how big this beer is.

O - Great stuff. And so easily available, it makes a chase seem somewhat pointless. Lovely, delicious.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown, big slightly tan head. Subtle nose - yeast; slight hint of dark fruits. Compact flavor - malt, dark caramel, raisins. Nice balanced and smooth taste, just a touch of bitterness at the end. Nice warming feel. Richness comes out more as it warms. Above average carbonation. This is an extremely tasty and unique drinking experience.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely world class. Smooth, rich, and delicious in a way that most beers can only imagine. Beautiful in the glass, sweet and yeasty on the nose, rich and sneaky boozy on the palate. Truly in a class of its own.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a lasting, chunky head. Noticeable sediment in the bottom of the glass. I get grapes, vinous notes, and that signature Belgian yeastiness on the nose. The taste is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. Less intense than 10, but maybe to its benefit. If you are a fan of Belgian strong ales, you may find this is one of the smoothest. The alcohol is very well-masked, and there are really no bitter or off-putting notes. Tastes of dark fruits but is brighter and slightly sweeter than 10.

I have a bottle of 10 aging and really need to give it a proper review down the line. I paired my first bottle of 8 with a nice medium rare sirloin at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Las Vegas, and it was a heavenly combo. Up there with the best beers I've had. I appreciate the subtlety and smoothness when compared to 10 (which is a bit more prune-y and rich) but will have to try both side-by-side to decide which is "better".

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: brownish amber hazy color. Lacy dense head. coriander, brown sugar on the nose and taste follows. Effervescent, medium viscosity. This is an amazing beer and seems most aligned with a tripel.

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Photo of kdevore
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not much more to add to what has already been stated. It's really, really good, especially if you like this style. Certainly World-Class. Dark color, barely see through it. A little sediment in the bottom. Smell is raisin, bourbon, etc... Tastes the same, GOOD! Nice alcohol warmth. Don't know what else to say. Get one!

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Photo of Shilnikoff
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 330 ml | Best before end of 07-04-2020 | Bar code 5 412858 000081
Served in snifter glassware

Appearance: Dark, Brown, Foggy, when lighted up - the color is amazing, try it - Foggy Light Orange | 20 mm foam head (stabilized at 10 mm) | Very small bubbles
Smell: Immediately after opening of the bottle - fruit gardens aromas, in snifter - roasted barley
Taste: Roasted barley, porter like style, moderately carbonated, stable
Mouthfeel: Balanced, easy bitter taste at the end
Overall: Very nice taste, I am surprised with absence of alcohol feeling, but I prefer 6 to 8

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Murky brown/burgundy type color. Sediment floating around
Smell - Amazing. Dark fruits for days. Plums, raisins, figs, cherries, some sweetness, banana type esters
Taste - Follows the nose perfectly w/ a wonderful assortment of dark fruits. Some spice. Alcohol well hidden for 9.2%

Overall - Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

a: Vibrant plum colored body which, with the haziness, appears more on the brown side. 1 1/2 finger beige head fizzes away quickly leaving a ring of week lace.

s: Rum mixed with big roasted malts and sugar candi yeild to huge fruit aroma as it warms. Ripe banana, spices, figs and currants are in perfect balance. A slight earthiness at the end.

t: Taste follows the nose and it is perfect. Malts and fruit throughout. Spicy dry finish. Rum, spices and alcohol presance on the end.

mf: big bodied floozy of a beer. The perfect amout of carbonation compliments the creamy body.

o: I will never pass this over for the 10 again.

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Photo of Benish
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky brown; no translucence. Foam dissipated quickly with a lot of carbonation coming to the surface.

Smell: brown sugar, banana, some kind of baked goods, yeast, cola

Taste: pleasantly sweet and malty with some bitterness dispersed. Dried fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. Flavors stick around but seem a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated and medium bodied

Overall: its good, just nothing overboard. I much prefer the Rochefort 10 - although it is a different style.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into the official Rochefort chalice it goes, its the only way! I have had numerous bottles of Rochefort 10, I love it, its my favorite trappist ale or favorite beer, ever. But I always saw the 6 and the 8 on the shelf next to the 10's. I am giving this a try as I am typing this, about to crack the bottle open.

In the chalice, she's dark, she's fizzy, nice carbonation, not quite like her bigger sister, Rochefort 10. The head came fast, only 1 finger of head, and disappeared fast. Seems this one isn't as carbonated as the 10, which is good, a few times the 10 assaulted my mouth and tongue with carbonation. Now the verdict, overall.

L: dark, fizzy, nice carbonation, calmer than Rochefort 10, fast 1 finger head that disappears quickly.

S: oohhh so good. Quite identical to 10, heavy on the dark fruits. Yep, the figs, the plums, the raisins, the dates, all that good stuff. But seems to smell sweeter, less alcohol presence. This could be a good thing to many.

T: I just ate a turkey summer sausage before this. Now the moment of truth comes. WOW. Its really unreal how much smoother and sweeter this is than 10. The first sip hit me with sweetness of dark fruit flavors, raisins, dates, figs, only less alcohol presence and honestly no bitterness. This is really, really delicious and definitely a world class ale.

F: Perfect. The carbonation is just right. It doesn't burn my mouth at all, there is no alcohol presence, its very smooth. This is the perfect all around beer and I can't believe I am saying this. I felt Rochefort 10 for the time I was drinking it was just that. I may have to say this tops it in the aspect of drinkability. It is smoother, less carbonation and sweeter. So much tastier.

O: Rochefort 10 Light? Maybe. Oh who am I kidding? The little sister holds her own perfectly. Right in the middle between Rochefort 10 and 6. The sweetness is divine, the carbonation is perfect, this is it. This is the BEST trappist ale I have ever had. Well done, monks, well done.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth textured ale with fine carbonation. Almost a frothy/milky midsection to it with heavy amber undertones and coffee-esque notes. I'll tell you one thing - there is certainly not any other ale out there like it. Very unique flavor and experience - just a hair too expensive IMO.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's talk about the head retention on this. It sits forever. Even after a few sips it shows no sign of leaving. It doesn't take a hint and I'm good with that.

Smells floral with dark fruit and some booze and I feel there's something like a raisin wine, a port, or even a barleywine. Regardless of the connection, it's enticing. 4.25

Spicy and peppery and yeasty with a solvent bite in flavor and feel, then earthier tones and dark fruit. As with the nose, the flavors here reach liquor levels as I feel I'm drinking a cocktail with vodka and some other ingredients. It's tasty enough but odd and both a bit thin and solvent-y for what I desire. T- 4 M- 3.75

Not sure what the deal is with it. It's not mind-blowing by any means and that's certainly what I was expecting. I'll have to give it another run.

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Photo of PainterChi
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep brown, murky, high carbonation, creamy, 2.5 finger head, dense tan colored head that dissipates quickly, natural looking lacing, lots of sediments in the bottom 4/5
S: prune, apricot, persimmon, dark bread, darkfruits, dried fruits, alcohol 4.5/5
T: date palm, prune, apricot, plums, brown bread, slight nutty flavor, brandy, a little bitterness, long aftertaste 5/5
M: full bodied, creamy, dry, warm 5/5
O: It is a 5 year old bottle, well matured, smooth and well balanced. almost good as its older brother Rochefort 10, similar but not as intense.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In Wesvleteren glass. Watching "Circuito Cerrado". Great beer but I have to low its score because I still remember the Westy 12 I took yesterday and this is a step below. It as a bit less body

19 Sep 2016: In La Trappe chalice. Playing Terra Incognita Ch1. At 1€ in Hipercor's last units section I couldnt resist had to take home the last 4 units

20 Sep 2016: Watching Los Soprano 3x04-05. In La Trappe chalice. Repeating beers so soon can be a pleasure if its with such quality

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Photo of jonmikel
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 hman43
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours cloudy brown with a strong head that lasts a long time. It has a slightly fruity aroma with spices earthly tones and bread. It is highly carbonated with flavors of fruit, spices, earthy yeast, with a dry finish and alcohol warming.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 330 ml bottle into chalice.

L- Big, thick off-white head that sticks around. Huge carbonation is apparent. Dark ruby amber color with slight haze.

S- Beautiful bouquet of fruity esters and dried/stone fruit character from specialty malts. Minimal hop presence.

T- A spectacular balance of cherry, raisin, prune, bready malt, and yeast-driven esters with clove and nutmeg character. Again, hop presence is minimal.

F- Huge carbonation. Dries out beautifully in the finish.

O- What a beer. No flaws, great complexity, and strong. A classic example of Belgian Dark Strong/Quad.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like Coca-Cola. Dark and fizzy with a small amount of head.

Smell: Not a ton here. Currants and yeast. Small amount of caramel.

Taste: A lot going on here though. Currants, raisin, and grape tastes are prominent. Toffee and candy as well.

Feel: For a 9.2% ABV I don't get any alcohol from this one at all. Very high carbonation and a medium-body.

Overall: Awesome beer. They have obviously perfected this one over the years.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque dark copper color with a strong amount of activity. Extra creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting more than 20 minutes, with some good leggings.

Flavors of dark fruits, roasted grains, ester fruits, floral and herbal spices. Highly resinous, vinous, and acidic. Cellar like taste of oak.

Slick medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with a thick smoky wood feel, dry vinous fruits, and a nice lingering peppercorn spiciness.

Overall extremely well crafted having incredible flavors and a perfect finish. Super complex and fresh. Nice balance with a highly sugary feel that is still pleasant with a good amount of sharpness. Warming although highly boozy, and the smell is not very inviting and too faint.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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