Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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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Reviews: 1,959 | Ratings: 5,445
Photo of octortus
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL Bottle. ABV 9.2%.
Appearance: Strawberry red/light brown (sun-lit), One and a half fingers of light tan/barely light pink head, Decent retention, Thin cap remains, Medium carbonation, No sediment off of a careful pour.
Aroma: Yeast, Dark fruit, Prune, Raisin, Funk, Slight banana.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Somewhat slick, Soft prickly carbonation, Noticeable booziness (well hidden), Off-dry finish.
Flavour: Prune, Raisin, Yeast, Sweet bready malts, Brown sugar, Phenols, Fairly complex, Well balanced.
Overall: Pretty solid and enjoyable offering from Rochefort. I would like to revisit this one.

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

330ml bottle served in a big snifter. Poured some of the sediment into my glass on accident. L.06.12.2022 11:40:14 is printed on the label.

Pours a mahogany brown with a medium size very pale head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is light, yeasty, lots of dates and raisins.

Taste is bitter in a way that's a little hard to describe, sweet like dates, maybe a hint of cloves or something similar. There's no doubt, this is a classic.

Mouthfeel is medium and quite effervescent. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber body; clear; thick, sticky white head. Some candi sweetness along with a roasted grain scent in the smell; some spiciness. Well-balanced blend of dark grain overtones with an earthy sweetness and spiciness; some dark and dried fruit qualities poking through. Medium bodied; dry sweetness; a bit effervescent and prickly on the palate.

This beer delivers some nice dark beer notes without the heaviness of a stout or porter. The alcohol is pretty well tamed. Nicely balanced and flavorful overall.

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Photo of MKV
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours orange-tinted brown. Decent white head. Fruit nose, some wort almost. Fairly sweet and fruity taste. Reasonable mouthfeel, not too full bodied but not lacking anything obvious. Honeyed aftertaste that's extraordinarily pleasant.

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Photo of WA_Brian
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (best before 21/09/2022) poured into a snifter at 51°F.

L: Pours a hazy, dark amber. Big tan head but didn't last too long.
S: Dark fruit aromas with a hint of bread. Mild aroma.
T: Bready with a light raisin flavor. Similar to Rochefort 10 if the fruit was very dialed back, but still quite good.
F: Good carbonation well integrated into the beer. Medium-full bodied with a dry finish.
O: Excellent beer but it's hard not to compare it to the Rochefort 10. I prefer the fruit-forward flavors of the 10 and its a more complex beer overall, but if the 8 was the only beer available I would never be disappointed.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From old tasting notes just rediscovered.
L- Very dark brown. Opaque even in a narrow glass. Thick head that holds.
S- Hoppy, malty, toasty. slight citrus zest at the end.
T- A mouth-full. Rich but light (!). Toasty. Malt, spice, Xmas pudding-ish.
F- Very nice, surprisingly light for a 9.20% beer.
O- Very nice, I could finish off a 'paired flight' meal with this and something like blue cheese and crackers.
BB: 21/5/19, 330ml bottle

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Photo of BGDrock
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber body, like maple syrup, hazy; big cloud of head forms rapidly, fluffy, almond flesh coloured, holiding its form for ages.
Aromas of dried fruit (apple, pear), butterscotch, wintery spices, owing to the yeast; mild overall.
First impression is that it's more watery than expected, and less full-flavoured; has the dark, caramel malt, flavours of the style, fruity (raisin, prune, apple sauce) and accompanied by spice...but quite light, and with weak length. Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body. Whispers of alcohol in the finish.

Quite disappointed, as I love the 10. The appearance was spot on, so don't know if it could be blamed on a pour batch. Lacks punch and simply put, doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany. There's plum, dates, and faint alcohol on the nose. There's a little plum, some dark fruits, dried fruits, a little almond, and chocolate. There's also a faint hint of booze, which is not unexpected, but also, makes it harder to take down easily. An enjoyable beer.

I also made delicious carbonnade with this, so I can't go too hard on it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium brown with a one inch beige head that dissipates quickly to a ring and leaves no lacing. Smells of yeast, caramel, dark fruits and bread. Tastes follows the nose with additional sourdough like taste, alcohol and toffee. Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation, drinks more like a wine or port than a beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really delicious Belgian Ale

Look: Black with a one inch off-white head (in tulip)

Aroma: caramel, dark fruit

Taste: The flavor is dark raisin bread, some caramel, dark fruit like figs and raisins.

Feel: medium-full, thick

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of caramel and toffee. I'm tasting cola, toffee, caramel, and marzipan. The mouth is lightly sticky and yet smooth and hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of sabojik
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Trappistes lineup in order, for convenience and comparison. Forgive the constant references to the other two styles.

Look: Dark amber, with a bit more lacing and a slightly darker hue than the Rochefort 6. Head is a bit longer-lasting, but ultimately still dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: When chilled, it hardly has a nose to it at all. Though upon warming, it opens up into a (still-mild) bouquet of plums, figs, and fresh bread. Some phenol scent in the nose, and more as it continues to warm. A bit scaled back, but otherwise virtually identical in scent profile to the Rochefort 10.

Taste: An order of magnitude more complex than the Rochefort 6. Where the 6 tends mostly toward its candi sugar base and only dabbles in the complexities of its recipe (a criticism I frankly have of most dubbels) the 8 has clearly been fermented with flavor in mind. Not nearly as fruit-forward as the 10 — here, bread dominates — but still an outstanding example of the strong ale style.

Feel: Thicker and less carbonated than the 6. A much more enjoyable beer to sip, heading toward the wine-like qualities of a quad without letting you forget that it's an ale. Relatively little alcoholic burn compared to the 10, but a hint here and there — especially with big sips.

Overall: While the Rochefort 10 is a near-perfect iteration of the quad style and is hard to match, the 8 is still a remarkable brew unto itself, and manages to hold its own in the lineup far better than does the 6. (Not that the 6 is a bad beer by any means, but it feels thoroughly underbaked by comparison.)

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Ruby color with a white head that quickly dissipates. Smell is dark fruit (plum, prune, dark cherry) and generally sweet. Not a terribly effervescent or strong aroma. Taste is similar with dark fruit leading the way but also incorporates grassy, earthy notes. For the ABV, the alcohol was well hidden and barely noticeable if at all. Feel is highly carbonated with a light to medium body.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) This was good but still left me a little disappointed; maybe I expected too much. I would have liked a heavier mouthfeel and the taste/smell both seemed a little subdued. I drank this and a Rochefort 6 in succession there are a lot of similarities, which I suppose is to be expected.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber brown with a huge, foaming tan head that threatens to overrun any glass or even the bottle when first opened.

Smell: Yeasty bread, spices, a little hops.

Taste: Very bready, like sourdough. Bittersweet, but little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick and well carbonated.

Overall: I feel like it's unbalanced in the sweet, sourdough bread side of the flavor and needs more complexity.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle in Au Bon Vieux Temps, Brussels (€5):
Very pleasant stuff from Rochfort like both of their previous offerings that I've tried, although this don't quite hit the height of their Rocherfort 6 & 10 offerings sadly. The beer was a smooth one that came through lighter than expected for such a beer but still had some darker fruits coming through with dates & prunes both making an appearance. There was some nice caramel malts adding to the sweetness & the balance of the beer was a good one but I felt it was missing that something extra to make me want to rush back & have another whilst still being a good beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a teku.

A- Deep mahogany, with some more reddish hues. Head is tan. Delicate, but dense and hangs on well. Effervescence fuels the head. Nice delicate rings line the glass.

S- Subtle dark and dried fruits: cherry, prune. Caramel sweetness, light bread with a prominent yeast. Spice, and some alcohol sting. Great depth.

T- Sweet and bready at the forefront. Caramel. Delicate dark fruits, and some alcohol comes out more.

M- Body is medium full. Carbonation tingles, with a dry finish. Alcohol warms the palate well after.

O- Another classic from Rochefort. Nice range of flavors and feels. From sweet to dry to warm. Depth is nice throughout this beer.

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Photo of timon
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy red/brown. Lots of light head that dissipates quickly. Nice cherry-chocolate smell. Tastes of caramel and malt with a nice cherry-rose flavor to balance it out--pretty boozy too. Better than Rochefort 10, imho, due to better balance.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kind of feel like I woke up in a foreign country; all of a sudden Raul is tasting flavors he hasn’t tasted before... But as they say, variety is the spice of life. And Raul is glad to hop on the Rochefort express. A woo! Woo! It’s like the gingerbread man on acid; dark fruits, the best bread you have ever tasted... It’s glorious, it’s beyond glorious, it’s ethereal. And this is one beer Raul wouldn’t mind dreaming about every night.


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Photo of puck1225
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy brown color with a rich fluffy beige head and nice curtain lacing. Pleasantly fragrant, smell of slightly sour apples and baked pears. Wonderful taste, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg. Slightly boozy and warming. Comforting beer!

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had Rochefort 6 and wasn't impressed. Having Rochefort 8 and find it to be worse than 6. Hopefully 10 will live up to its name. Anyway here's my take on Rochefort 8:

Murky, chocolate brown dirty rain puddles appearance with slight chocolate watery cinnamon flavor and thin mouthfeel. supposed to be good til 2020 and it's 2018 and find it very bland. Not worth $7 I paid that's for sure.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is dark brown with a two finger beige head. Aromas consist of apple, pear, a hint of cinnamon, caramel, allspice, and raisins. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of Nass
3.39/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

This is quite a bold style of beer. It's definitely better than Chimay Blue that I had recently but not by much. I can't seem to see why people would rant & rave about how outstanding this beer is, I guess to each is their own anyways, Cheers! B-

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber with a two finger foamy white head. Very minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is raisins, figs, caramel and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is raisins, brown sugar, caramel and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - A classic Belgian. Definetly a beer everyone should try at least once.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/1/17, consumed 1/27/18

Poured hazy brown cola with a small fizzy head that left quick with no lacing.

Aroma is sweet raisin and dark fruits, malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste follows aroma, sweeter, less yeast, and stronger malt.

Feel is medium-full with a lot of carbonation, really making each sip full-flavored.

Overall a pretty great, strong Belgian ale. Plus you're supporting God's work when you buy and drink this. Good job.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange/brown color, medium carbonation and a thick heavy feel. Aroma is dried dark fruits, yeast, malt. Taste is very similar, a little sweet but not sickly sweet. Had a small dry bitter taste which balances out the sweet malt and dried fruit. Absolutely nothing to complain about with this beer and would definitely seek it out again

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,445 ratings