Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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5,267
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Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp.

Just a shade darker than Trappistes 6. This is a dark ochre beer with a pale khaki head. Beer is actively carbonated. Having already had the 6 I decanted the 8 so that most of the sediment stayed in the bottle.

Aroma of rich brown bread with just a hint of chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel: decent

Taste: Similar to the 6, although not quite as sweet; brown sugar and a faint taste of plums.

Notes: My 2nd Trappiste. Decent but ultimately disappointing.

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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 MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of nitter
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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%

Photo of markcp
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of hero27
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Rochefort 10's little brother pours a muddy, brown color with an enormous head, even with a careful pour. Retention is phenomenal as well.. however, the oily consistency doesn't leave much behind for lacing.
Aroma is mostly dark fruits, but touches of spices as well (not overdone, like in too many Belgians, imho). The taste is malt, malt, malt...Rich, bread & butter sweetness...the alcohol is almost completely disguised in this brew. I think I could convince people there was no alcohol in this at all, that's how well masked it really is..at least until they finish a bottle, and it hits them. Lip-smacking good.. the only downfall is that the price of this brew puts it in borderline "elite beer" status.
A must try for any beer lover...Brasserie de Rochefort makes heaven in a bottle with this one.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 11.2oz. brown bottle, a dark hazelnut brown with two fingers of lofty eggshell colored foam. The head dissipates slowly and the lace slips down into the liquid.

Sweet fruity nose consisting of dark ripened plum, raisen, pear and honeysuckle. Light, earthy phenols rise from the brew as it warms, adding more depth to it's aroma.

Tasting much like the smell, this is a very sweet and strong tasty ale that just seems to lack the refinement of the Rochefort 10....not quite as complex if you will. None the less, this is yet another delightful ale that the Trappists so skillfully brew.

Just a little to much fizz in the feel of this medium bodied, otherwise smooth beer.

Highly drinkable for a more potent type brew, enjoy it slowly for what it's really worth.

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Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev -7%

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04.04.2018

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep amber brown with a large slightly tanned head on top. Taking quite a long time to dissipate the head leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not an enormous nose on this one. Belgian qualities are evident with dark fruits and maybe some candied sugar. Anything that does come through is pleasant.

T: Flavor is much more impressive than the aroma would lead you to believe. Real nice blend going on here. Loads of dark fruits with a mildly sweet toffee like character. Such a smooth brew. Alcohol is well hidden. Once the yeast is poured in it becomes more mellow.

M: Smooth and creamy body that retains a nice carbonated feel. Certainly isnt hot but will warm you up nicely. Finish is clean, making this dangerously drinkable.

Overall this beer puts the craft in craft beer. Remarkable quality and a complex blend of flavors. Always impresses me when I have one of these.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel goblet. The bottle presents the classic Rochefort label, with the number 8 being the only evident difference.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 inch of off-white head. This slowly settles into a thin layer of foam. The beer itself is an almost muddy brown. Difficult to see through, but appears to be relatively clear.

Smell: This has been one of the few Belgian style ales in which I can smell hops. Granted, not overwhelmingly hoppy like a DIPA, but the scent is a mix of molasses, brown sugar, a slight tang and the herbal notes of aged hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Undertones of dried fruit; raisins and plums. Yeasty and bready notes. A slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Great body.

Drinkability: A wonderful example of the style. I had some Chimay last night, and while both good, I think this one is more complex and subtle.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Distictly brown. The pour produced almost 3 full fingers of sand colored head that receeded slowly to a quarter inch and retained for the entire glass. A lot of sediment in this one. Some spotty lace also make an appearance.

A: Begian yeast, bread, raisin, caramel, and maybe some pear. Caramel malt shines, but there is an underlying citrus tone.

T: As the beer warms, the flavors explode. I notice first off, how sweet the brew is. Very caramely. As the beer makes it's way over my palate, the strong raisin and figs hit the tounge. Then come the biscuits and bread. Very complex. The beer finishes with a pronounced alcohol heat.

M: Medium to heavy, but with aggressive carbonation. Very tinglely at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just ok for me here. It is just overly sweet. Overall, very good example of the style. The appearance will take a hit from the abundant sediment, but when I'm in the mood for a belgian, which isn't that often, I'll look to pick this one up. Skal.

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Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JellyJacket
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,267 ratings.
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