Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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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1,891
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5,177
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
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Photo of JonMich13
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = Deep, dark and cloudy. Obviously unfiltered. Nice 2 finger creamy head with what looked like cinnamon sprinkled on it.

S = Aroma was an experience in itself. Malty and fruity smells blended perfectly.

T = Oh the wonderful taste. Perfect balance of maltiness and an endless array of fruit notes that reveal themselves.

M = Creamy smoothness that can't get much better. Abundant carbonation.

D = Extremely drinkable. This one is a troublemaker.

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Photo of Brandt
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

part of a 6, 8, 10 tasting

this beer poured a med-dark brown with a rocky light tan colored head

the smell is that of figs and alcohol, but not to be outdone a brown/candy sugar comes into play with some over-ripe fruits.

the taste is started off by fig and a trace of a nutty character followed by a candy sweetness that follows the beer off the tongue

the finish here is warming from the semi high abv and followed up by a subtle sweetness and trace of nuttyness again. this is a wonderful beer and could be enjoyed day in and day out for me, a truly wonderful belgian

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

Poured into tulip

A- Bubbly 1/2 inch head settles to a creamy 1/4 inch tan layer. Sediment floating in a translucent brown body.

S - sweet malt, candied nuts upon settling. Caramel, biscuit batter.

T- Honey, nutty, burnt sugar. underlying alcoholic taste in the last bit of the finish.

M - Creamy with a gassy carbonation.

D - Warming in the throat, pleasant. Mighty drinkable.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown color with good head. Good balance of hop bitter and malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate and spicy with a slight bitterness. Finishing is slightly hoppy with a long lasting chocolate and malt flavor. Easily one of my favorite Trappist beers.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle

A - Near black/murky brown appearance, with good amount of head, which quickly dissipated, leaving behind a slim skim at the top. Little retention with minimal lacing

S - Warm malts and caramel, with a slight round bitter and hidden, but present, alcohol.

T - Holy cow. Medium carbination off the top, giving way to super smooth, roasted malt with a little bitter for presence, with long lingering perfect blend of malt and alcohol.

One of the nicest beers I've had to date. Unfortunately not available where I'm from.

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Photo of Biffster
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma starts with big banana esters that give way to spicier phenols. It also gives a malty, even toffee like impression, with raisin and plum notes and vanilla lingering.

The beer is a deep mahogany, with ruby and amber highlights and a dense and slightly tawny head.

It starts fruity and malty but quickly gives way to a pleasant nuttiness that fades to a lightly bittered, spicy and warming swallow. The finish is to malt with spiciness (anise and pepper notes) that linger.

The body is medium, with a medium high carbonation with the slightest touch of astringency. the finish is spicy and warming.

My sample was only 7 months old, according to the bottle. This is an intriguing and sublime beer that I will buy again, this time to cellar.

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Photo of Seru1
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Chocolaty and completely opaque with a very light tan corona and a medium bodied head. Beautiful beer.

Nose- A meat scent, with milk chocolate and nutmeg aromas. I there's alot to sniff here.

Taste- Divine malty goodness, there's notes of milk expresso and sweet chocolate. This is a beer thats just mindblowingly good.

Mouthfeel- For such a malty beer it cuts through fat like a chain saw. It fills the mouth and lasts a decent amoutn of time without overstaying it's welcome.

Drink- I could drink this heavenly beer all day long till the break of dawn.

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Photo of tdexterc
2.62/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this beer anticipating a life changing experience due to the massive amount of reviews.

A- Dark mahogany brown. Big head which quickly fades to a ring of carbonation around the glass. Totally opaque with bits of yeast floating around.

S- Dark ripe fruit, plums and figs with a massive detection of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet.

T- Huge malt profile. Alcoholic flavors predominate. Reminiscent of dark liquors.

M- Very smooth. Surprisingly volatile carbonation for the amount of residual head. The huge malt presence gives it a thick and chewy texture.

Overall, I can see how this would appeal to certain people, but in the end, for me, it’s just not my thing... at all. Perhaps my palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to truly enjoy this beer.

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

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle of Rochefort 8 into a Westmalle chalice. I decent light brown head formed initially and then quickly dissipated. The color is a deep chestnut and cloudy with a few small bubbles rising. Almost no lacing as the head turned into the thin covering.

The first smell is like chocolate malt with a hint of alcohol. The initial taste hits me immediately with an alcohol then quickly fads into a very nice roasted malt flavor. It finishes with a fruity, almost cherry aftertaste. The aftertaste is a little thin and that would be my only disappointment. The lingering flavor is a yeasty, fruit flavor. Very nice beer with a medium mouth feel and carbonation. I would say this is one of the great beers in world, not the best, but up there.

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

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into a wine goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a finger thick, frothy head that left nice rings of lace down the glass.

Aroma: A bit of malt surrounded by fruity esters (banana mostly) and some phenolics. A trace of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I'm getting some grainy malt flavors as well as the candi sugar caramel usually found in these types of beers. A bit of chocolate as well. Esters ride on the back of the malt, with some very pleasant fruitiness. Passion fruit? Some spicy and earthy yeast flavors come through a bit before the balanced finish.

Notes: A thoroughly enjoyable brew from Rochefort. I think I could drink a lot of this if it weren't for the 9.2% ABV.

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Photo of johnwarne
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Rochefort, oh so fine!
Standard bearer for the ale;
Drink one and be blessed".

Without doubt, one of the world's finest ales. More difficult to find than even a year or two ago, but if you see one or two 'pounce': the price is worth the enjoyment that you will receive from this beauty.

Cheers!

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

Just a first rate Belgian in every way. Wonderful smell, and unlike so many beers, the taste matches up to the smell. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the mouthfeel encourages you to sip and savor. This beer would be the top-shelf flagship offering of almost any other brewer, but amazingly it runs a close second in its own house to Rochefort 10.

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Photo of saltydog
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown, dark, slightly cloudy. But head is pale, and rocky. Aroma: Candy sugar, dark malt and spices (including coriander). Big sweet aroma. Flavor: MaltyMalty, raisiny carmael malt flavors. Spices evident.Finish: Very dry, because of nicely balanced spices. Drinkability: is quite high for such a strong beer, added immeasurably by dry finish.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance, a slightly muchy weak coffee colored, beautiful ivory quater inch thick head with slight dregs in bottem

Aroma, Dates, legumes(fresh peeled beans), and caramel dominate

Flavor, Caramel malts hold strong with a husky malt character and aged hop flavors of pine coming through

Mouthfeel is deep and full

Drinkability is ok, I could drink one or two, but very good beer

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Photo of uawildcat
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours with a very large head that falls quickly. It bubbles like it is still alive. The beer is cloudy brown about the color of cola. It is obvious that it was bottle conditioned since there it seems as though the cloudiness comes from yeast. It looks like a brown ale. Some brown stuff settled on the bottom of the glass, it can't be yeast its too dark.

S – It smells fruity and sweet with notes of toffee and caramel. It has an acetone like smell underneath.

T – Tastes of toffee and carmel with a slight wine flavor. Slightly acidic tasting. Very sweet for such a high alcohol beer. This isn't something that I would have multiple of, which is a good thing considering the price.

M – The beer feels medium in body with a prickly bubble feel in the mouth. Maybe a tad too carbonated. Could just be the individual bottle however.

O – A very, very interesting Belgian ale. Like nothing I have ever had before. This is my first introduction into the Trappistes. Originally was going to rate a 3.5, but then I wanted another one so I'll give it a 4.0.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Nothing really bad to say. Excellent flavor. Good overall look, taste, smell, feel. Fruity taste, without being a fruity beer. Hint of sweetness. No bitterness. Malty, brown sugar. Very nice!

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Photo of aluskungs
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big bubbled head floats and stays on top of this dark brown brew. Looks very medieval! Has the color of a brown ale.

Not much of a smell. Alcohol (9.2%) burn, roasted malts are present.

Well carbonated. Heavy beer. This one needs to be drunk slow... Has an alcohol burn that hurts my thought, a little unbalanced in that sense. Could use some more malt sweetness to take off the edge (in my opinion). Muddled mixed flavors, like some failed home brew experiment, a train wreck. Prune and plum flavors are present, would probably go great with turkey and gravy (today is thanksgiving).

Not impressed, this beer is way too heavy, bitter alcohol, and lack of good flavor makes this a bland beer.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped with 190814 and 07:48. No idea what it means, but there it is.

Beer pours a nice hazy dark amber/brown with a fluffy white head that rises and settles quickly. A very thin but present layer of whispy foam persists. A gentle swirling brings the head back to life.

This beer has a very pleasant fresh aroma of bee pollen, and dandelion blossoms. Aromas and flavors of honey, graham cracker, toffee, and caramel meld together. Higher fruity alcohols add an eggnog/slight banana/dark rum profile. There is a buttery, volatile acidity (ethyl acetate?) that is too present in the trailing end of aroma. The bitterness is very subdued and a higher finishing gravity supplies quite a sweet experience.

This beer is very complex and quite nice, but a bit too sweet/lacking in bitterness to be my favorite BSDA. Something about the balance is a bit off kilter for me.

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Photo of Redteketed
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just after the 6.
BB 5-10, still a little fresh I guess.
Appearance is a little poor, lively, not lasting, but according ABV not unuseal. Most barley wine don't produce must of a head.
Like 6 nice smell, almost equal; candy-sugar, some raisins, spicy, even a bit malty and certainly port.
Taste: initial taste bitter/light sweet containing hop bitterness, medium full body.
Mouthfeel: warm alcoholic, bit dry, normal carbonation. Aftertaste: spicy and hoppy.
Drinkability: very good brew, enjoy one, drink the second later.
My local shop has plenty on the shelf, lucky me!

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a bottle of this in an SAQ of all places, a wonderful surprise.

This beer pours a muddy brown color, impossible to see through. A hard pour produces a crescendo of frothy tan head which shrinks and leaves half a centimeter for the rest of the experience. Lacing is very nice.

Very rich fruits, figs, bananas and the like, there is a very sumptuous malt presence as-well as sweet alcohol notes, reminiscent of port.

Follows the nose but more-so, huge malt character. There is also a strong presence of chocolate and mild coffee.

Extremely creamy, on the heavier side of medium bodied.

Feels rather thick in the mouth, I found it less drinkable than other reviewers.

Very good, but no surprises here.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pous a chocolate color with lots of carbonation. There is quite a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle so thank goodnes I was paying attention. The carbonation quickly escapes the beer, forming a huge tan head of foam. As the drink is quaffed, the head receedes leaving behind a lot of lace. The flavor and aroma are both very complex. I don't even know how to properly define the flavors. A beer like this makes a person want to get trained in sensory analysis. The beer is quite heavy with a good creamy and warming sensation as it goes down. This is a very good beer!

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - More translucent than most Belgian Strong Dark styles. Thin bubbles layer the top.
S - Being a newer home brewer I can smell residual sugars from the dark belgian candi sugar.
T - Yeasty. Sugars are delcious. Is this alcoholic? Oh yes there it is.
M - Effervescant and carbonated. Great balance.
D - Why do they only make this in small bottles? I'd like a keg please.

Not a big fan of the sediment at the bottom. I know it's kind of a novelty and it's not bad for you but it bothers me towards the end of a glass.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in tulip at nearly room temperature (no thermometer today).

A: Huge fluffy head, a very light pinkish brown in color. Body is a deep molasses. Quite a sight. Head settles to a thin covering.
S: Cherry flavored bubble gum, some caramel.
T: A wondrous concoction to be sure. Fennel, caramel, cherries, and some flavors that I just cannot place at the moment.
M: I had forgotten how great this felt in the mouth, perhaps unbeatable. Super creamy but not without a tangyness and carbonation to keep the tongue alive.
D: Yes yes and yes.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Appearance is very similar to the Rochefort 6, cloudy amber with some sediment, however the 8 has better retention on the head. The nose on the 8 is also much more robust, with belgian yeast and dark fruits. After a few sips, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol are the primary flavors that jump out. Also notes of spice and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than the 6, with a medium carbonation. Drinks nice and smooth, with a touch of warming from the alcohol. A great beer!

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

The ole Trappistes Rochefot numero Ocho! Dug the hell out of numero diez, so I think I'm gonna enjoy this one, as I hear this one's a bit more on the bubbly side.

Pours into a nice cider rich look that makes you feel nice and comfy. *looks around for snuggly blanket and lights fireplace* Anywho, the head didn't last very long, and continues to dissipate as it sits; nothing to write home about.

Like his bro, number 10, this beer smells divine. Led by a pungent fruit that makes you want to sip immediately. Really a strong and alluring scent that most should enjoy. And by the looks of the reviews...they do!

Yep, it's bubbly, and delicious. I think Wine *burp*...raisiny - in that vicinity...I want to say sour apples. Nevertheless, you know of it's reputation, and it delivers.

The carbonation and fizzy feel is something I love, but you may not. As I drink I reminisce about warm gatherings, romance, intimacy....fig newtons. It has a lovely sting that feels...ohhh, old school and slightly refreshing.

This is a beer you want to drink. This is a beer you want to share with people. It's high alcohol content brings smiles fast, it's welcoming look, smell and taste will have brows raising. This is a beer that you'll look forward to having time and time again. Instantly became one of my favorites, and makes me want to go back to big brother number 10 to see if I missed something.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,177 ratings.
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