Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
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94.4%
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4.33 w/ 5,306 ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#401
Reviews:
1,924
Ratings:
5,306
Liked:
5,011
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
4.79
 
 
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433
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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head is big and tan colored. As it settles there is some light lacing on the glass left behind. The aroma is earthy with a mix of coffee. The taste resembles coffee as well along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and not really heavy like some dark beers. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall I though this beer was pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a snifter glass with a medium sized off-white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light aroma of dark fruits and spices that becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between malty sweetness, the fruits and spices and bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part it is fairly well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, bubbly and a little boozy. The finish feels dry.
D: It's very easy to drink for the high level of alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Nice to be able to try these Trappist offerings without an indeterminate trip to the brewery itself, knowhutimean?

This beer pours a cloudy, very dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of audibly fizzy, lightly foamy pale beige head, which contains a few black, roaming specks, and leaves an undulating wall of painted lace as it lazily recedes. There is also some persistent, rising effervescence swirling about and upwards after the fact.

It smells weirdly (not in a bad way) of woody, earthy, noble hops, and very little yeast - expectations are a bitch, I suppose, as the fruity, dark caramel-tinged malt kind of has to approach this from a lower position, but this is not a problem whatsoever. The taste is more forward with the raisin, toffee, caramel, and mild dark fruit (plums, blackberries, most evidently), and some moreover earthy, fruity hops, and a very even, less than obvious alcohol dryness.

The carbonation is quite mild, and generally effusive, the body displaying a solid state smoothness, and a certain hefty density, finishing with an undeniable heaviness, and a well balanced melange of malt and hops, yin and yang, as it were. The big ABV is so well integrated, I almost forgot to mention it.

I've been holding on to this bottle for a while, but after having sampled a number of other Belgian and German offerings of late, and getting out of my IPA-leaning comfort zone, it seemed appropriate to bring out the heavy guns - so what the hell was I really waiting for?

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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on 08/20/2010 into an English pub (real) pint glass, in high altitude Colorado, and again in Ghent, Belgium, and again in Castle Rock, Colorado (I revisit my absurdly high reviews to make sure they're in check). This review largely reflects the bottle I had in Ghent, which was substantially different than the bottles I purchased in Colorado.

Appearance: 3+ finger head retains well. The head sits there for a long time tempting you. Slight carbonation judging by the bubbles. As to be expected from this beer style, it's a very dark caramel-brown, but while clear in its own right, you can't see through it. It isn't a solid colour, but it's not hazy, murky, or even particularly cloudy either.

Smell: Not a bold scent. Has an unpleasant yeasty smell, but overall not an unpleasant character. Not a clean aroma per se. A bit murky. Candied sugar. Caramelized malts. A light raisin aroma. Maybe a hint of nuts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

Taste: First the core of it hits you - a strong pleasant assault of dark (but not in a stout kind of way) deliciousness, then you get the finish - a kind of nutty but crisp and refreshing blast of goodness that leaves you wanting another sip. It's cleanly and carefully balanced. Lovely biscuity yeast complements, and rides through to the finish. The caramelized malt is pleasant as well. No alcohol comes through. Slight spice on the finish - but not a 'hot' spice, more a neutral cooking spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a touch of teasing coarseness on the finish. Not quite heavy - but moderate. Not overly carbonated, but not flat. A bit dry on the finish. Perfect.

Drinkability: I'd buy me a case if it didn't cost so much. The finish leaves you aching for another. This is a treat to be enjoyed in any season.

As far as strong ales (or Dubbels) go, this may be the best offering I've had. I'd give the Colorado bottles a B rating, but the Ghent serving was definitely an A+.

A+ (4.7)

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good pouring into a wide-mouthed chalice. Not a huge amount of foam, and it subsides fairly quickly. Body is a deep chestnut color, sort of murky with sediment suspended within it.

Smells a little intoxicating, alcohol blended with fig and plum.

Taste is pretty rich, sweet at first, with the alcohol and fruit notes coming through and hanging on the palate. Finish is earthy, roasty malt, with a slight bitterness of mild cocoa. First sips seemed a little one-dimensional, but as it warms it shows more depth.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, easy to sip and enjoy. Sweetness hinders the drinkability a bit, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try, but Rochefort 10 is still my favorite from this Trappist brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a tan head that shows good retention and leaves a few wisps of lacing

Smell: A very unusual semi-sweet phenolic aroma, unsweetened chocolate, hazelnuts, balsa wood and figs

Taste: Starts with a modest earthy, unsweetened chocolate backbone and builds upon that with layers of herbal bitter flavors that add complexity and keep it from the sweetness that is present in so many Belgian Strong Dark Ales; the finish provides alcoholic warmth that is otherwise disguised on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit lighter in body than most BSDAs, a nonetheless satisfying sipper

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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a reddish/brown color with a three-finger head. leaves great Belgian lace.

S - Smell of dried fruits, malt and some citrus.

T - It had a nice spiciness along with malt and dried fruits. The alcohol taste was also quite noticable.

M - It is very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an outstanding beer. The flavors are really amazing.

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

Dark brown colour going a little bit on the red. Nice head when pourred that does not disapear too quickly. Roasted malts and higher alcohols are first impression. Very hearthy beer with a caramalized aftertaste. As usual with Trapist, a very fine beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut, faintly translucent. The large tan head takes a few minutes to settle before it's drinkable. Retention is very good.

Smell: Very fruity, plum or fig perhaps, and touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and very nutty, a bit of coffee and dark fruit in the background. The alcohol has a spicy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as chewy as Rochefort 10. Carbonation is ample but very soft.

Drinkability: Not sessionable, but highly drinkable for such a high gravity beer. While this isn't as talked about as Rochefort 10, it's nearly as good and has enough of its own character to make it worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/11/2016. Pours super murky dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, grape, banana, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, toasted grains, and huge yeast spices. Incredible aromas with a ton of complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, banana, clove, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, banana, pepper, and yeast spice on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink at 9.2%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel. Big complexity and balance; and extremely enjoyable.

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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass. Huge head, almost 2 fingers. Tan, good retention and lacing. Color is a deep mahogonay/brown. A lot of yeast sediment in this beer.

Aroma is of dried fruit and spices. There is cherry aroma as well as some clove. Some earthy hops present as well. Taste is a lot of dried fruit as well. A strong alcohol taste is present (a little overpowering, but it is 9.2% abv). Definitely have that same cherry taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter, which is surprising. Smooths out a tad and leaves a pretty dry aftertaste. Seems decently carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very expensive, but worth it to try it once. I would definitely have another had I had the wallet. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort 8 streams from the bottle a crystal clear chestnut before filling the goblet to a greater volume and appearing as a deep mahogany. Carefully poured it remains clear, and reveals glistening crimson-ruby highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy antique-white head holds exceptionally well and it keeps a short veil of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is rich with a fruity, spicy, cake-like maltiness and a waft of alcohol.

In the mouth it's initially brisk before settling down as it warms a bit becoming more smooth and dextrinous. And although it seems a bit thin initially, once it warms the body 'appears' a bit bigger.

The flavor delivers an even richer flavor than the noses suggests, with an added note of milk chocolate; more spice (nutmeg, cardamom, licorice); and a touch more fruitiness (strawberry). It finishes surprisingly short and dry given the fullness of the flavor, with very little left behind but some warming alcohol and a dull residue of the spice that just passed.

Once it warms it's quite nice, but the alcohol can be distracting.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,306 ratings
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