Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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

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1,887
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4.3
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Photo of tkarsies
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 11.2 oz bottle into wine goblet during the Super Bowl.
Poured dark brown with 1/2 inch beige head that lasted throughout glass. Ruby tones when held to light. Clear with few suspended yeast particles.
Sweet, fruity, malty. Alcohol not present on nose.
Huge sweet malty, yeasty, complex taste that is complimented by spicy alcohol flavors. Alcohol burn was present throughout but did not interfere with the taste. [Note: when second half of bottle was poured, it had warmed more and alcohol was less evident.]
Lively carbonation that only slightly lessened as it sat. Gave feeling of lighter mouthfeel than otherwise would have been.
This is a potent brew with obvious alcohol taste and effects. Very filling. One in a sitting will do for me, but this is a beer that deserves being revisited for another great drinking experience. $6 a bottle is the limiting factor.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a coarsely carbonated head. Toffee and raisin aroma; no hint of hops. Flavor is multilayered; not as much as the 10, but much cleaner on the palate and more drinkable. Carbonation is medium and there is a slight bite in the finish. Absolutely incredible drinkability for a 9.2 % abv ale.

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Photo of ajr24
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a deep and cloudy brown with a light brown head. I'm a big fan of the velvety smooth lacing that slid down the side of the glass.

S- I have to state the obvious and comment on the brown sugar smell, plus I noticed some toffee and caramel undertones.

T- Caramelized brown sugar and toffee- indicative of the smell.

M- Impressive mouthfeel considering its high ABV, I'd say it blends well with the brown sugary and toffee tastes.

D- For a high ABV beer I consider it highly drinkable because it's simply delicious.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this with dinner and it was Amazing. Thick, lustrous head with a dark red-walnut coloring. The smell is complex, ranging from yeasty bread to dried fruit. The taste is supple and deep, assaulting you with crusty bread, dates and raisins, apples, chocolate, caramel, bananas, and everything else you'd expect in a great dubbel. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, and still fantastic. This is a great one, and not too expensive either. Get it.

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Photo of KKB
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice tan/orange/brown color with a huge off-white head that climbed up the glass and stuck around forever. The very definition of retention. Extremely intrigued considering the hype surrounding this beer.

S - Deep and complex with a lot of fruit present. Some apricots and figs, definitely some spice; I'm getting some slight cherry as well, also perhaps some sugar/caramel.

T - A carnival ride of flavors. Just jaw droppingly good. You get a heavy dose of the fruit right off the bat as well as an earthy/lightly smoky element with a unique belgian yeast flavor. Perhaps even some vanilla/tobacco/bubblegum/chocolate going on in here? My mouth's head is spinning. This beer is SO good. Only gets better as it warms as the flavors become more prominent, in here I start to notice some apples/pears as well. **NOTE: This only continues for so long, once it hits near room temperature it becomes somewhat bland. Definitely want to drink this cool, no harm in letting it warm, but don't want it to quite get around 65-70 degrees, then it loses it's flavor somewhat.

M - This has a light to medium body to it, great carbonation that makes it pleasantly harsh upon the tongue but only serves to increase the conveyance of flavor. Very smooth overall, you don't even notice the ABV, and still you get the alcoholic warmth with this one right with the first sip.

D - Very drinkable, even given it's high ABV, I feel like I could take down a pile of these but I wouldn't want to. These need to be cherished. Each and every one.

O - Just wow. Everything I had hoped for and way more. Maybe even the best belgian I've had yet. YUM!!!

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful brunette. Dark brown at that, with a nice big puffy head that subsides to elegant lacing. The smell is of chocolate and/or roasted barley and molasses. The taste is of roasted barley and/or caramelized chocolate malt with maybe something similar to a peat smoked malt. There is definitely some smoky character to this beer. It could just be from the long Belgium boils producing a burnt/caramel taste from the malt. Or more simply just the roasted barley. Whatever the reason this beer has a complex taste. This beer has a medium body with vigorous, but on the softer side, carbonation. Those silly monks did a great job disguising the alcohol content of this beer, however the trade off is the pronounced burnt/smokey/roast, which also makes the beer go down a little slower. Regardless, great beer.

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Photo of BatDaddy
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a snifter. Begins as an almost clear dark brown, but even with a delicate pour the yeast still manages to find its way to the bottle. Turns murky brown with a creamy bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Wish I could get the yeast to stay in the bottle but there's an abundance of it and I might just be out of luck. I'll manage.

S - Sweet dark malts. Mashed ripe bananas and a hint of clove. Undercurrent of sweet alcohol underneath, present but not at all overpowering.

T & M - I think maybe I've died and gone to heaven. Dark over-ripe fruits - raisin and plum. More ripe bananas and notes of clove. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish in the throat but that very quickly gets masked and smoothed out with all the sweet malt. The sweetness is dominant but very mellow. Hints of prickly spices here and there. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth I might be drinking cream. Touches of powdery Belgian yeast here and there, which is not surprising.

D - Excellent, even for a high abv beer. Delicious and uber-smooth.

What more can I say? If I could afford it, I would drink this every chance I could. How many ways can you say "delicious?"

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Photo of machostacos
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/4/15.

A: Deep ruby-hued brown - very pretty color. Towering, soapy cream-colored head that shrinks down to a small cap on top of the beer. Very effervescent. Much clearer than its little brother (my fault on the pour of the Rochefort 6 - waaay too much crud floating around.) Zero lacing.

S: A milder Rochefort 10 ha. Rich butter, toffee, caramel, dank cave-like must, prunes and dates and some slightly rotting dark sweet cherrie, a little nuttiness, and some cotton candy. So complex and wonderful - I could curl up inside this glass! There was a slight metallic twinge at first, but it seems to have disappeared...hmm.

T: Beautifully rich; buttery burnt caramel, sticky sweet stone fruits, nuts, old leather and rich tobacco with that very slight metallic edge. Hmm...I wonder if there's something wonky with this bottle that's causing that metallic-ness.

M: Creamy and rich. Not quite as sticky as its rich flavors might suggest, though it makes me smack my lips in delight. Mouth-coating and chewy.

O: Undoubtedly Rochefort 10's little brother - it's (obviously) a milder spitting image of Trappistes Rochefort's flagship 10. Richness and high ABV limits you to one or two, but that's really all you need. An exceptional Belgian Dark (heck, this could stand up to any Quad and do just fine), and certainly a benchmark for either style. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle.

Poured dark, caramel brown with a two-plus finger off-white head. Had to be a little gentle with the pour because the effervescence was very active. Lacing starts with a coating on the side of the glass, but quickly recedes - no significant retention.

Wow. This one has a nose on it. Figs up front, along with some powerful rum-soaked fruit smells. Strong alcohol coming through and smelling up the room.

Super complex, spirited flavors. Robust malty sweetness, figs, and a spiciness that lingers. Makes Chimay Blue seem like a straightforward ale. Brown sugar and sweet, spiced fruity desserts come to mind.

Super smooth mouthfeel. Full-bodied, but carbonated enough to not feel heavy.

This is a really complex beer, even for a complex style. I have another bottle that I plan to store for a while and see what happens with a little bit of age. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark opaque amber, almost brown. One-inch head that dissipates quickly. Head is cream colored with small bubbles.

S - Prunes, malts, hints of citrus.

T - Very sweet and malty with no bitterness.

M - Rich and creamy with some alcohol burn.

O - One of my favorites. The sweet and malty taste is very pleasing.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappists Rochefort pours a murky brown which won’t let any light through. The head is fluffy looking, tan in color and holds for a very long time. Smells like dark fruits, banana and rum.

Smooth. Damn smooth. It is a little spicy, but not too much. It tastes of apple and fig. Definitely a hint of phenol, but again, not too much. It is a warm beer with hints of grain and bread and brown sugar.

This beer is very complex. Lots going here, but perhaps a little too sweet. Very good, even better when cellared. Try it if you can get your hands on it. Watch out for that ABV though, it can kick you in the butt if you aren't carefull.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogony in color with a medium-thick head of medium-sized off-white bubbles. There were aromas of raisins, chocolate, orange pulp, plum and dark caramel. There is a lot of carbonation in the mouth keeping this very light and fresh. The flavors remain on the "dark side", similar to the nose but lack a bit of concentration. I love the 10, but this just feels like a watered down version, which should be expected but leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with creamy foam.

Fresh and bright caramel biscuit w. hints of pear and nuts. There is some mocha and cream along with really faint traces of hops.

Medium bodied and refreshing but with a considerable maltiness on the finish. It is light yet rich, not quite syrupy but almost. Very enjoyable beer with many layers of complexity that emerge as the beer warms in the glass.

Nice and soft beer which certainly seduced me.

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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 BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with full body and a high carbonated, bottle-conditioned type head. Tall, frothy and creamy light tan-white head that stays onto a dense, thick top foam. Burgundy and plum appearance that is clear with residues from conditioning.

A - subdued malt and specialty malts come through with raisin, prune aromas that meld with a rounded alcohol aroma. Earthy and low floral aromas. Not sharp but a forward nose.

T - the alcohol is present in this one that readily completes with the primary tastes of sweet raisin and prune. Is not cloying yet it covers the entire palate with a rich, full belgian taste. Dextrins give a good support to filling out to the finish when the alcohol becomes more apparent and finishes like a fine candy. Bitterness is present both from some hopping; most from spec malts.

M - creamy and smooth. Rolls well across the tongue. A touch of astringency but expected.

Great beer. As Belgian as it gets.

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

From the bottle it pours a murky brown into a tulip glass with very little head. There is a big alcohol and candied fruit aroma with some bread yeast.

The first taste brings sweetened dried fruit, alcohol, and a hint of apple, prunes and currants. It numbed the roof of my mouth with the spiciness and the complexity just kept on going for a long finish and changing depth the more it warmed with time and touch.

Rochefort 8 is an excellent bottled beer that is probably even more divine served up on tap in the town of the monestary with the appropriate accompanying cheeses.

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Photo of KingG
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark-brown colored brew with a huge soapy tan head. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Smell is very good. Rum soaked raisins, Belgian yeast, Belgian candy sugar and bubblegum. Very pleasing aroma.

Taste is good. Much like the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor which knocks a point off. Chocolate-covered hazelnuts and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied. Soft and delicate on the palat with a slight burn from the alcohol. Above-average level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. An easy drinker with a flavor that makes you go back for more. Another one would be very welcome.

Overall:
A very nice Trappist brew that is a must if you like the style. I think some age will take away the alcohol burn and mellow out the bitterness.The 10 will get more attention from me but the 8 is still an awesome brew.

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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 kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a pillowy two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Subtly boozy aroma. Some plum and figs are most noticeable. Floral aroma in the background with a rich and somewhat yeasty smell too.

T: Sweet and boozy, like the nose, but subtle and refined. Aforementioned fruits are able to be tasted up front. Carmel and brown sugar notes immediately thereafter. I only detect a hint of floral and citric hoppiness before the taste fades to a lingering malt taste.

M: Velvety smooth, but very rich and somewhat viscous. Moderate to high carbonation, but it fits here.

D: Exceptional beer, and I would not want to ruin it by having too many. This is a special beer that is meant to be savored occasionally, and it is very clear. The smell and taste beg for you to defy this, however, and the alcohol gently reminds you not to.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent brew. Pleasantly spicy and dryish, but balanced. Pours a beautiful color with a ponderous head and foamy lacing. Carbonation level is a little higher than I expected, which suits this beer wonderfully. Many layers of flavor that I'm sure others could detect better than I, but suffice to say that an entire bakery of rich, biscuit/muffin flavors can be found here. I really enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle. I opted for this rather than the 10, not sure whether I would like what Rochefort was working with. I'll probably try the 6 and 10 having sampled this.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rochefort. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. 6, 8, and 10.

To date, the best beer I've ever tried is Rochefort 10. I think it might have ruined me for all other beers. But the 8 comes close. It's like the 10s little sister.

It's a beautiful dark brown with a small, clumpy head, and less suspended sediment. Not as aromatic as the 10, but still very nice. I could small prunes and spices. Maybe cloves?

It tasted very similar to the 10 as well. Very nutty, but a bit lacking in the "banana" department.

Still a truly excellent brew. The 2nd best I've ever tried.

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

Without adoubt, the best beer I've had n 2010! The smell reminds me fine French Champagne, doughy änd soft. The taste is simply magnificent, toasty, malty, it simply hits all the right chords. Mouthfeel is very smooth but not dull or flat . I would drink it every day if I could afford its steep price.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110314. I kept it two weeks. Couldn't wait...

A - Dark brown but lighter than the 10. Massive head simmered down in about 2 minutes. Light reveals settling sediment within the brew. Giving it a few minutes to settle down.

S - Fantastic, as expected. Dark fruitiness dominates. Is that plum? Black currant? Raisins? Figs? Aroma of alcohol peeks timidly through all this plentiful fruit.

T - Sweet fruitiness followed by alcohol mid- to late-taste. Hops sneak in subtly at the back, then carry the aftertaste. Warming brings out a chocolate quality.

M - Heavy, heavenly brew; pleasantly thick; perfectly carbonated; Dry finish.

D - "Meal in a bottle..." Not inclined to over-indulge, but only because a second would be less appreciated than the first.

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Photo of JonMich13
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = Deep, dark and cloudy. Obviously unfiltered. Nice 2 finger creamy head with what looked like cinnamon sprinkled on it.

S = Aroma was an experience in itself. Malty and fruity smells blended perfectly.

T = Oh the wonderful taste. Perfect balance of maltiness and an endless array of fruit notes that reveal themselves.

M = Creamy smoothness that can't get much better. Abundant carbonation.

D = Extremely drinkable. This one is a troublemaker.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.
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