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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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5,295
Reviews:
1,923
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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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 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 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 grumpygerman
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 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 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 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 kwkdmk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -7%

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 Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 nitter
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,295 ratings.
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