Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep brown color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rich and complex with aromas of rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, ripe bananas, and fig preserves. Taste begins with a bit of brown sugar and dark caramel followed by a bit of Belgian spice and notes of chocolate covered cherries. Simply delicious—a marvelous brew.

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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $6

A: Looking at the bottle, there is a fine amount of sediment on the bottom. Pours a viscous deep auburn color, with a rocky dense eggshell color head. Retention is excellent. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom as well as yeast chunks floating around.

S: Rum soaked dark fruits (raisin, fig, date, pear?), toffee, caramel, molasses, and a delicious yeast character that really pulls everything together. The malts blend together very well. A waft of alcohol is present, along with some herbal/earthy spices that I can't put my finger on...possibly cardamom or light ginger

T: Wow! Really fruity. Rum soaked over-ripe fruit; raisin, fig, and apple in front. Toffee, caramel, a touch of lactose, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and an awesome woody note (almost a port like character)- The malts tie everything together and add new layers of complexity to the mid-palate, also providing a balancing breadiness. Finally, the tasty yeast profile... The yeast seems to add some spicy esters and an UNBEATABLE crispness, along with some phenolic cloves. I'm not sure that I have come across this particular yeast before (outside of the Rochefort's) but it amazing. It adds a soft buttery note that compliments the esters and really plunges this beer from good to outstanding. Alcohol is dangerously well concealed.

MF/D: Viscous, creamy, amazingly drinkable! There is a long-lingering woody/rummy fruit finish. Far from dry. Carbonation is spot on.

This beer (in my opinion) trumps Rochefort 6 (and every other BSDA I've tried so far), and is on the same level as the 10. Amazingly complex, delicious, and highly addicting!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy brown with a very large tan head with a easy pour that holds to a quarter inch but not much lacing on the glass. sweet fruity nose with some caramel and spice also. taste is complex and the alcohol is strong but goes down very smoothly. medium body with a excellent carbonation. price was a little prohibitive at 6.95 for a 11.2 oz bottle otherwise its just great.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. A large luxurious light tan head sits on top with good retention receeding to leave some lace on the glass and a clumpy mass later on. Aroma is slightly sour. A slight vengar aroma with some smokiness. Strong malty profile. Dark fruits, chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky, and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is fair. Easy to drink, but strong flavors and high alcohol limit the amount of consumption.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark brown with a thin tan colored head.

S: Smells very sweet, with dark fruit, raisin, and lots of yeasty, bready aromas.

T: Very, very sweet brown sugar up front with a deep flavor of licorice, alcohol and raisin buns. The finish brings out some dark cherry flavors and also some uncooked bread dough. Very interesting.

M: The mouthfeel is on the light side and very carbonated and spicy. The alcohol leaves some warmth on the tongue.

O: Very good beer. Definitely one to sip and enjoy. I noticed that the flavors started changing when the beer warmed a little. Would be nice on a cold night.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an elegant ruby-brown color, with a very thick and creamy/foamy light tan head (which eventually becomes a thick film that stays for eons).

Smell: The aroma is very complex and it is difficult to describe the overall sense it gives. Very rich and warm, replete with spices, banana, and dried fruits. Alcohol is definitely present, but it is married with the spices (such as brown sugar and other less-apparent ones, including cloves) and the other flavors remarkably well.

Taste: The beer has a strong, warm, dark bready flavor, with diversified malts, an abundance of spices (yet not overdone), and a variety of fruits, including pears and the aforementioned dried fruits. A mild alcohol taste is affixed to these other flavors, but never becomes an independent entity. Finishes with a slight tartness, seguing into a warm and spicy aftertaste. A beautifully complex flavor, while not being over-done at all.

Mouthfeel: Has a luscious thickness to it. With a rich creamy and silky smooth feel it is quite impressive.

Drinkability: A joy to drink, so no problems here! Sure, it's strong, so don't drink too much... but the alcohol taste that is often obvious in strong beers never sticks out here. Instead it remains as an integral part of the overall taste.

This is, quite frankly, my favorite beer. Drinking it is almost a religious experience. Quite difficult to find near where I live now, but I managed to get a few for New Years. Never fails to disappoint; in fact I become more fond of it over time. Complex and amazing on all fronts, this is a beer that people should at least try once.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a huge head.

Smells delicious, fruits and spices.

Taste is full of spices (clove, cinnamon) and fruits (apple) as well as caramel. Alcohol warming in the finish. Fairly complex, though I still found the 10 more to my liking.

Mouthfeel good, coats the mouth nicely.

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4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm guessin this bottle is about 2 years old

A- pours a dark plum color with a bit of yeast sediment. the foam is all belgiany and trappisty... a beige, active lather whose edges slope up to meet the walls of my chimay goblet. this is a high abv beer, and so the foam doesn't last too long but does maintain a sheen of sudsy membrane over top the body.

S- extremely fruity, mostly blackberries and plum, raisin, fig, date, chocolate, grape juice, pineapple alcohol, banana, tart cherries, black pepper, brown sugar, and toffee. also a woodsy earthy side like sandalwood and mineral water, yeast funk, old barn.

T- the perfect mix of fruit and funk layered over a very dry, crisp, brown whole grain bready malt backdrop. peppery spice, nutmeg and clove, allspice, dried hardwood, dark berries, date, fig, dark leather, dense old whole grain bread like german style pumpernickel. faint chocolate flavors hide in the background with banana and band aid. hop bitterness is crisp and clean, with merely a vinous and lightly lemon pith flavor. the hop bitterness balanced everything out to the utmost degree, never allowing a sugary or cloying situation and the flavor does nothing to stand in the way of the deeply complex malt and yeast strings that are being hit HARD by their respective piano hammers. all the above mentioned flavors hit hard but are fleeting, not quite staccato, but not quite the one chord stop pedal either. they rise, peak, then drop sharply and linger for a bit as they level off then fade away. this happens in transition, with each layer of funk then fruit then grain then spice then cocoa then funk again then grain again then hops then alcohol (only after it has warmed a great deal) and these things are all orchestrated beautifully. and once the beer warms, there becomes apparent a green, clorophyl leafy earthy herbal sort of flavor that naturalizes this whole thing. i don't know i think it's puttin a buzz on me. finishes dry, crisp, exquisitely balanced, sweet-tart-grainy with lingering bitterness and spicy burps.

MF- when cold and fresh out the bottle, the carbonation reacts with whatever pH is in saliva to form this burst of foam explosion. ever ate a Tums or Rolaid then took a swig of soda or beer? same thing, just not as violent. once aerated and warmed a bit, the body is lush and silky with some heft, perfectly prickly and tightly carbonated as if this babe, even who though i know has been treated with neglect and misfortune (see reviews from other high proof belgians i've bought from questionable retailer), she has held up bravely and with sincerity and integrity and still wears a pure white dress in my eyes. if this beer could talk, she would tell my girlfriend i'm not so shallow after all. that's how nice she is. dry on the cheeks, sticky on the lips, clean otherwise and perfect.

D- so. here we sit. more or less halloween saturday. no spooky beers or creepy beers or vampire stuff or nosferatu that my distributor has been out of all f***in season and instead something i've been saving for a special occasion and this is it. too drinkable, not the fainest hint of alcohol except a pineapply essence that has my head light and lifted. the monk on my shoulder chimes in and says 'trappist excellence'.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, murky, brown like really cloudy tea. Nice thick slightly off-white head with a nice sticky lacing. Very attractive. The smell was quite strong of yeast and spice. Like a very faint clove/nutmeg spice. The taste was very good with plenty of the same spice in the smell, some caramel and a very slightly noticeable cooked fruit taste in the background of the finish. The mouth feel is awsome on this one! Very smooth. Heavy, but smooth and with a nice warming effect from the 9.2%abv. Not overpowering at all, but you certainly know what kind of brew you're dealing with. I really enjoied this one and to tell the truth, I think I liked this one better than I liked the #10.

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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cL bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: First pour causes a huge three and a half finger beige head with decent retention. Takes a bit for this to settle and I can pouir the rest of teh bottle. Dark brown in color and very thick. Leaves a nice lacing of foam around the glass.

Aroma: Figs, brown sugar and fused alcohol. A noticable bready note and cloves there as well. The alcohol is a bit strong for my liking.

Taste: The malt really gives good brown sugar, fig and raison notes. Warming alcohol throughout. A nice spiciness and breadiness in here too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Really rich, but great for sipping.

Drinkability: For a beer of this strength, it nevers feels like a chore to drink. Smooth and creamy, just not something to have too much of duw to the ABV.

Overall, a really nice trappist beer. The warming alcohol mixed with the smooth maltiness really make this worthwhile. I definitely recommend this.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,331 ratings
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