Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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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 Oleg85
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carried home by-hand, from Belgium.

I actually prefer this to the 10.

A= nice brownish-red with a bit of off-yellowed head.

S= little alcohol evident, surprising for its ABV. Nice fruity-plum-prune-raisin conglomerate.

T= exceptional flavor, complexity, balance with the same fruity plum-prune-raisin conglomerate, slight sweetness and yet profound depth.

M= possibly some ABV after-numbing but you're too busy savoring the aftertaste.

D= very drinkable depending on your ABV tolerance, and how much your stomach can take before feeling bloated.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark maroon-brown with barely any head or lacing. Looks very deep.

The nose is full of caramel malt, fig, raisins and plums.

Flavors consist of a ton of dark fruit, sweet and bready malts and some caramel.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, full and sticky.

Overall, super smooth for the abv and very tasty.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tertullian007
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of straightlambic
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourde a cloudy chocolate with a nice head and very good lacing. Smell was a nice blend of raisins, bisuits and light hops. I was hoping for more on the tatse level, considering its ratings. However, it was above averag, but not outstanding. Taste was brandy-like with amalt and molasses elements...slight hop presence also. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good with dryness and slight bitterness being the main components.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 1 month shy of 2 years.

A: Poured into my tulip, this brew pours a unique brown hue with a tan capped head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: The aroma on this brew is a little lacking for what I'd expect. Complexity is just not there in the typical Belgium/Trappist spice. Dark fruit notes are present with a small note of chocolate.

T: The flavor is also less than I expected, but as the beer warms a tad, the complexities shine on the back of the pallet. Belgium cloves and dark fruits. Surprisingly there is a small alcohol presence .

MF: Mouthfeel is not as full as it should be, but not bad.

D: Drinkability is good, getting better with the increase in temperature.

Overall, I love the beers that Rochefort puts out. I prefer 8 with less than a year on it now, but this brew remains one of the best of the Trappist.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scottyshades
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $6

A: Looking at the bottle, there is a fine amount of sediment on the bottom. Pours a viscous deep auburn color, with a rocky dense eggshell color head. Retention is excellent. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom as well as yeast chunks floating around.

S: Rum soaked dark fruits (raisin, fig, date, pear?), toffee, caramel, molasses, and a delicious yeast character that really pulls everything together. The malts blend together very well. A waft of alcohol is present, along with some herbal/earthy spices that I can't put my finger on...possibly cardamom or light ginger

T: Wow! Really fruity. Rum soaked over-ripe fruit; raisin, fig, and apple in front. Toffee, caramel, a touch of lactose, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and an awesome woody note (almost a port like character)- The malts tie everything together and add new layers of complexity to the mid-palate, also providing a balancing breadiness. Finally, the tasty yeast profile... The yeast seems to add some spicy esters and an UNBEATABLE crispness, along with some phenolic cloves. I'm not sure that I have come across this particular yeast before (outside of the Rochefort's) but it amazing. It adds a soft buttery note that compliments the esters and really plunges this beer from good to outstanding. Alcohol is dangerously well concealed.

MF/D: Viscous, creamy, amazingly drinkable! There is a long-lingering woody/rummy fruit finish. Far from dry. Carbonation is spot on.

This beer (in my opinion) trumps Rochefort 6 (and every other BSDA I've tried so far), and is on the same level as the 10. Amazingly complex, delicious, and highly addicting!

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Morris729
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep brown color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rich and complex with aromas of rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, ripe bananas, and fig preserves. Taste begins with a bit of brown sugar and dark caramel followed by a bit of Belgian spice and notes of chocolate covered cherries. Simply delicious—a marvelous brew.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ahommell
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of sirhc3034
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ben1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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 dbc5
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of robertjskelton
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings