Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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96
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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
Ratings:
5,279
Reviews:
1,919
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
424
Gots:
1,078
For Trade:
22
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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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Photo of drseamus
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer has a beautiful deep brown color and a thick off-white head. The beer has a great malty scent. The taste is very smooth and creamy with the classic sweet malty flavor typical of belgians. There is a slight break in the smoothness with some of the roasted malts and a slight hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It feels smooth and full, just like a beer should. The drinkability is extremely high. I will certainly go and find more of this beer and drink some now and age some for later.

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Photo of dgeebs07
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olafphysics
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- best by Oct. 14, 2014 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours rusty copper, penny looking shade of brown. It's pretty darn opaque -- even before the yeast gets poured in -- but you can just make out the significant streams of carbonation screaming up to the top. The effervescence on this beer is very apparent. A gentle pour yields three fingers of frothy, but also loose and soapy, buttermilk colored head. The lacing is a touch restrained given the size of the head, but that may be a glassware cleanliness issue more than anything. A very, very nice looking beer.

Rochefort 8 has one of the more intriguing noses I've come across in a long time in the BSDA style. I immediately get a strong array of botanical flavors being thrown off by the yeast. Aromas of lilac bushes and lavender bars of soap come across pretty clearly. After my nose gets used to those smells, it keys in on the more familiar malt scents: caramel, boiled peanuts, a bit of cocoa powder. There's some dates, some nutmeg. A bit of a fruitcake component. All in all, it's a malt-forward BSDA whose subtle botanical aromas lend it the complexity needed to earn a 4.0 score.

That malt-forward nature definitely carries through on the palate. Baked dark bread and a not-insignificant amount of caramel provide the beer's spine. Of course there are some fruity esters: dates and cherries most prominent. Most interesting to me is a particular herbal-meets-sweet flavor that I haven't tasted in any other beer. It took me a minute to place that flavor, but then it hit me: horehound candies. Rochefort 8 strikes a good balance between spices (nutmeg, clove) & phenols, herbs, malt and ester. The only issue that I have with it is that the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

The effervescence is off the charts on this beer. The carbonation feels very active on the tongue, but it's not prickly. It's soft; the beer feels like a cloud in your mouth.

Overall, this beer is a very nice BSDA. It's nearly in the elite tier of the style. It is subtle and complex and unique. That says a lot.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Suprisingly mild for such a high ABV. Mixed six from Uncle Mike.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ian_B
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, beautiful white head. The smell is super sweet. Loads of raisins, plums, and dried black cherries. No yeast (thank god). I really dig the booze laden sweetened cherries that just dominate the nose.

Now the taste rivals and compares to Westvleteren 8. Light body, but very sweet. Mostly those cherries and just a bit more dark fruits. Slight hint of all that booze come late, but in a great way. Yeast and bubbles make it feel effervescent, and make the flavors pop on the tongue.

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Photo of stealth
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a slightly murky caramel brown color, though I managed to keep most of the yeast chunks in the bottle. Very light tan head a couple fingers thick with the careful pour. After quickly subsiding by half, the rest of this head aint goin' anywhere. It sticks to the side, but there is not a lot of lacing - the head just sort of silkily slides down the glass en masse as I enjoy this brew.

Nose is fruity and boozy. Currant and orange come to mind. Less prune/berry/cherry than the 6. An undefined spiciness too.

Taste is quite complex, but I immediately note that the alcohol isn't overpresent despite the %. There is some warming in the mouth/throat by mid glass, but it never detracts from the great flavors. Everything I smelled is present here, plus maybe some apple and vanilla. Nice breadiness in the malt profile too, and quite a bit of brown sugar. Spices linger into the aftertaste, and flavor as a whole improved as it warms.

Initial carbonation is higher than I would like, and masks some of the silkiness of this beer. It improved from OK to very good by the bottom of the glass. Just a bit lower on the initial carbonation and I think this is in my personal top 10.

Ya gotta be sober enough to pour carefully, it is powerful ABV-wise, and can be expensive...so I'll have to leave it just short of a 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of JakeDebus
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of npachl
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nitter
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/6/2006 $5.99 11.2 oz. 9.20% Best by 1/12/10.

Appearance:

Pours an extremely dark brown with faint tinges of ruby when exposed to the light. Topped by a quarter inch of tight off-white foam that is slow to settle, and laces the goblet nicely as it goes.

Aroma:

A touch of smoke, rich ripe plum, a hint of alcohol, warm and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is good, and what I expected out of the 10, but was letdown. Rich chewy mouthfeel with vibrant ripe fruit exploding in the mouth. Drupes dominate with cherries and plums battling it out for control of the main flavor. A cognac like presence is felt towards the finish, as the alcohol makes itself known. Aeration reveals even further depths of cocoa and toffee. A beautiful and exceptional beer, this is what I had hoped the 10 would be.

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Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,279 ratings.
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