Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,280 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Winter
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The date on the bottle is 27.07.10. I've had this beer for a year in my cellar waiting for the right time to enjoy it. Thanksgiving night seemed as good a time as any.

Pours a murky dark brown with a stone colored khaki head. Aroma of dark rum, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation. Caramel malt and brown sugar on the forefront. The middle has a nice dark fruit-like quality to it. Some yeast and candy sugar. Molasses and the arrival of alcohol remind me of dark rum, but by no means overpowering. Goes down extremely smooth for its 9.2% abv. Rochefort 8 is an amazing offering. I think I need to go find myself another bottle to keep for the future.

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Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 090216. Poured into tulip.

A- Dark caramel pour with ruby highlights. Two finger light beige head that drops to a half inch cap. Lacing is decent.

S- Stone fruits and brown sugar. Vanilla with a touch of fruit cake. Alcohol is minimal but noticeable. Very doughy smelling.

T- Figs and dates, brown sugar with a hint of fruit cake and alcohol. Slight metallic taste I get from all Trappist beers.

M- Slightly thin, lively carbonation, almost no trace of the booze.

O- Very good, I found the Rochefort 10 to be a little hot, this one was spot on.

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Photo of valianes
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of McNazz
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of robertjskelton
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of marburg
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed dark brown body with fizzy cream-colored head. Practically opaque through the direct center of the glass. Generously spiced and fruity: stewed cinnamon apples in brown sugar pop off the top of the glass and directly into the nose. Mingles with banana puree and a touch of cloves.

Equally delightful in its flavors. Yellow raisins and tropical fruits blend with spiced alcohol and a distinct cinnamon/nutmeg flavor. Very exotic and enticing. Alcohol hits you pretty well, but even as this warms, the full intensity remains caged, unlike this guy's big brother.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle pours cola brown with a very bubbly white head. You could swear that it was Coke. The head is quite persistent.

Aroma is actually reminiscent of a Scotch ale. It's quite malty and has subtle sweetness. Not at all what I was expecting, but not a bad thing.

The taste is also going against my pre-conceived notion of what a Belgian strong dark ale should taste like. I was expecting something like Maudite, but this is far more subdued. It's pretty malty. In fact, it's really malty It's only vaguely spicy. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. It's also borderline sweet. Interesting stuff.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. It's creamy and smooth, but with good carbonation. Nearly perfect in this regard.

If you were to plunk down a glass of TR8 and tell me to have a guess at what the alcohol content is, I would never in a million years suspect this of being 9.2%. Never. This is one of the most deceptive beers I've ever had. The price and the abv keep this sucker from being anything remotely sessionable, but I'll return for one again sometime down the road.

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Photo of Tafyob41
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This stuff is ridiculous! It's moderately dark brown, but this a bit of light around the circumference of the glass. The body of the beer blocks any light out. Foam is incredible and 1/4 inch remains long after the pour. Lacing is also excellent. Looks a bit like a chocolate wine.

Smell: Earthy caramel tones for the most part. Some raisin or plum smells resonate after swirling. No smell of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely mild flavor. I mostly get faint medicinal hops. Whatever it is, it's definitely very herbal. I love how subtle this is...and there is NO alcohol present in the flavor, which surprises me given that this is over 9%. Mouthfeel is very active and yeasty. A bit too much of the bittnerness seeps through, and I think that hurts the feel a bit.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favorite Belgian, but there's no such thing as a bad Belgian.

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

Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Can't go wrong with this one, but I wasn't blown away like I was the 10.

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Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Stimack
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew poured to a deep brown color with a big medium tan colored head that broke down quite quickly, no lacing. A lot of yeast floaties in the glass. The aroma is nice and extremely dynamic, strong malt aroma with a great mix of fruit, cherries and figs. Also has a musty brandy scent that goes along with things very well. The flavor is absolutely incredible, I thought that the flavor was dynamic, the flavor takes it to a different level. Picking up the malts, they give a chocolate like flavor that was not noticeable in the nose, cherry is there as well with an ever so slight coffee flavor. What is probably a little crazy is it somewhat reminds me of a root-beer float with the end flavors and carbonation. Extremely drinkable, the alcohol does not come through one bit as it is hidden in the complexity of this brew. Oh so good!!!

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Photo of kkipple
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet 'cause I don't have a Rochefort one -- yet. The 8 is opaque orange-brown, with large white yeast bits in the bottom of the glass and a foamy, dirty-white head about 3cm tall. My overall impression is of a natural, earthy, beer

The smell is intense when properly warmed. Very strong malt, dark fruits, exceptionally evident alcohol, figs, hops, yeasty and roasty malt character. This may be the most alcohol-forward beer I've ever smelled. No mistaking the 9% on this one.

Taste holds up well. Roasty malts balanced with a fruity sweetness – figs, prunes, a bit of a cocoa and slight sourness. This leaves a coffee aftertaste and is rather drying. Not too warming, oddly enough. Classic Belgian dark ale! Earthy, alcoholic and yeasty... come to think of it, maybe a bit too heavy on the alcohol. It's rather harsh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, tingly and dry.

Final thoughts: This is a fine beer, but it's certainly a sipper. Points off for the overwhelming alcoholic presence... I prefer my beers a bit more subtle. Everlasting head. Despite the high alcoholic content, I expected this to be more warming and, well, inebriating. Odd. Definitely a brew seeking out if you’re a fan of Belgian darks.

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

Pours a deep brown with two fingers of head and decent retention.

Aroma is sweet caramel, candied cherry, banana bread, spices, and floral notes.

The flavor is led off my some caramel and toffee sweetness and a dose of peppery spice. Banana bread finish. Some lip gloss.

The body is a bit fuller than medium and carbonation is spot on.

Overall this beer is a classic for a reason. Well constructed, flavorful, deep, and still easy to drink.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elricorico
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The head is not very thick, and fades some, ending up as a thin cap.

The smell is full of ripe banana, berries, raisin and a touch of alcohol. Altogether a very enticing mix.

The taste is heavy on malt, plenty of caramel sweetness. Berries also make an appearance up front. I find a lingering finish of burnt molasses. Alcohol is apparent, though not as strongly as the 10. Taste really blossoms as it warms, becoming much more full.

There is some weight to the beer, but I find the carbonation a bit prickly. Overall mouthfeel is above average though.

A very nice beer, though I think I prefer the 10 in the end. This one is very sensitive to temperature. If it is a touch too cold it is quite disappointing.

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Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with amber notes and a huge fluffy tan head. very well carbonated, it's bubbly like a champagne which is visible despite it's dark color. smell of caramel, dark fruit and dark malts. taste is similar and very smooth. the taste is not overpowering and is almost like a "light" BSDA, but in a good way. Nice offering from Rochefort, perhaps my favorite of the three.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with slightly cloudy amber accents. Light tan head that sticks to the glass and refuses to leave the beer. Aromas of phenols, yeast, and some figgy fruits. Coffee, vanilla-rum and chocolate notes are laid over some light hops (styrian goldings?). On the palate, fruity (figgy) sweetness up front and throughout, along with rich yeast and mild alcoholic burn. The fruitiness is surprisingly scant. Aside from the alcohol burn, the mouthfeel is only medium-bodied, but very smooth on the palate. This is an excellent dubbel... a little stronger than usual, but wonderful flavors and good mouthfeel more than make up for that.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a very dark mahogany, a solid finger of head of foam, settles to a thick film, swirling with my swirling, lacing in thick branching arms. Once the aroma warmed, oh man.... oh, man, what a treat. The alcohol is warm, brandy and rum swirl within, the fruits delicious, plums and figs, the malts fantastic, spices of a Belgian persuasion. Perfect. The taste isn't quite up to the nose, as been my experience with Trappists, but still, lovely... lovely spices, great sweet malts and alcohol, the fruits, a nice dry finish. In all, not my favorite Trappist, but nevertheless, a gold standard.

As a side note, serving temperatures should definitely be followed... I poured this up right out of the fridge, and it definitely wasn't nearly as good as when it warmed to the right temperature.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,280 ratings.
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