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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,288
Reviews:
1,920
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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427
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1,084
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Photo of dcmchew
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured brown in color with a frothy tan head filling the rest of the glass. The head had some nice retention to it as I drank.

The aroma shows caramel with a little cocoa coming through. Some spice and yeast come through as well. A little dark fruit but not as much as the taste has. Very nice aroma overall

The taste has some cherry and other dark fruits along with some caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Some spice comes through along with the yeast in the finish. Very flavorful and balanced beer overall. Excellent tasting beer for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. The carbonation was much higher then I expected and slightly sharp on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was a nice treat to sip on after dinner tonight. Very good beer overall and one of the best of the style.

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Photo of smithj4
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, clear, reddish-brown body topped by a large, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly spiced aroma with notes of caramel, breadcrusts, six flowers, dried fruits, a bit of booze, and freshly brewed white tea.

Taste: Flavors of toasted bread and sweet carmael with brown sugar-coated bananas and a hint of dried cherries. Savory yeast character. Slight bitterness, but it's generally on the sweet side throughout. Toasty finish with a hint of that warming booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. After some fizzing, after some fussing, it settles to a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, I won't lie to you.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

date on bottle 29-06-10???

Pours a hazy red/brown with almost 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays murky, good head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & raisin up front, then a little alcohol as it warms

T: Rich fruittyness & a lottle chocolate up front. Oakyness & dryness comes through as it warms. Alcohol warmness, but no burn. Hints of raisins & toast with a dry, fruitty (dates) finish

MF: A bit sharp with a little too much carbonation

Drinks fine, just a little too young ( I think)

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, still a sizable light beige head. Very muddy look of neutral brown, but no light can pass through. Coats the glass with lace that slides back into the head.

Pleasant balance of sugary malts, warming alcohol (strong even for the style), and prickly hop in the background.

Caramel and candy sugar sweetness cover an otherwise very warming beer. Lots of spritz here: The neutral body and high carbonation leads to a "thin" beer. The finish reminds me of a double bock--it's sweet and coats the back of my throat even though it doesn't last as long as I'd like.

A very potent offering with a strong darker malt sweetness.

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

Drink by date of 4/21/2015

A: Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a large beige colored head on top. Really nice retention and lacing down the sides. Good amount of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: On the sweet side with lots of dark fruits - raisins, dates, and plums mostly. Some brown sugar and a bit of molasses as well as some bready malt.

T: Some caramel up front which transitions to some raisins and fig as well as some bready malt. A little bit of sugary sweetness and a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation. Can't taste the alcohol, but there is a warmth as it goes down.

O: Really nice beer. I can see why its the top in its style, just classic. Easy drinking with a great flavor profile.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange infused with coral red and butterscotch. Backlight this beer and you will be rewarded. The attractive beige crown isn't the typical Belgian masterpiece, but it's more than worthy of praise. As are the scattered splotches of sea foam lace. A classic BSDA look.

Just like the color, the aroma isn't as dark as some beer of this style. That doesn't mean that it's anything less than good. Medium-dark fruit (dates, figs) leads the way. There isn't enough roasted maltiness to bring the darker fruits into play. Yeasty spice is on the low end.

I'm not floored by Trappistes Rochefort 8. Since the 'best by' date is approximately one year away, this bottle is now four years old. I appreciate the fact that the monks think it can last that long (and in ideal conditions it probably can), but it tastes a little long in the tooth. It isn't bad, but it isn't the world-beater that was expected.

The malt backbone has almost certainly taken a hit because it isn't as sturdy as it should be. There's slightly more dark fruitiness now, with a mixture of golden and dark raisins joining the party, in addition to the fruits noted above. There's also more ground clove and a hint of black licorice. Breadth of flavor is there, depth of flavor is not (which is often one of the casualites of age).

No way is this beer, this classic Belgian ale, where it needs to be on the mouthfeel front. It's no larger than light-medium and is slightly too fizzy. There is none of that perfectly bubbled, supremely silky, lightly lush... lusciousness... that makes Belgian brewers the undisputed kings of mouthfeel.

At the risk of overstating the case (and despite the fact that it's well within the monks' wishes for proper consumption) this bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 has seen better days. It's definitely good beer, but I was expecting great beer. I hereby resolve to purchase a fresher sample and give it another review.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 2019, opened Apr 2015

A - Dark mahogany cider brown body. Old paper off-white head with a mixed bubble structure. Outstanding retention and great lace.

S - Caramel, cardamon, musky potpourri, allspice, clove, dust, hay, and cardamon.

T - Surprisingly sharp up front with a shot of bold bitters and a kick of acidity. A caramel and nutty sweetness quickly rises up and overtakes the opening punch. Fruity finish with banana, papaya, vanilla and toffee.

M - Medium light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice BDA on the lighter side of the style with great versatility when it comes to food.

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Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown bottle, consume before date on the front label. “Authentic Trappist Product” on the label.

Appearance: Fluffy light tan lace foams up during pouring but the lace struggles to hold together. Murky brown colour with a hazy that blocks out any chance of light.

Smell: Mild rum alcohol in the nose, fruity with ripe banana, pear and fig. Vague phenols with mellowed out alcoholic esters give a hard whiff of alcohol again.

Taste: Silky smooth, creamy alcohol and malt mouth feel that glides through the mouth and down the throat. Grain, phenols and alcohol form to a head at first taste with a spicy character that does not take things over but is more of a showing of what is in store. Maltiness is close to huge going from brown sugar to brownies, dark bread to mild coffee. Alcohol runs the gamete with a sweet and spicy flavour to a fruitiness of ripe tropical fruit … fig and apricots come to mind. Phenolic but not to the point of being medicinal, clove spiciness rounds and balances the sweetness far into the finish.

Notes: Hard line in the aroma and flavour with a mellowed aged flavour from a bottle that has been around for a while, this age has not taken way from the beer at all other than its head retention perhaps. Ripe and fruity, malty and alcoholic. The complexity alone is staggering for the taste buds.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this ale w/ me!poured from the 11.2 oz into a corsendonk christmas glass.

A - A turbid cocoa brown from inclusion of bc yeast. The head is wispy - a small 1/2 inch w/ a very tight bead.

S - A fantastic fig w/ nutty creamy and spiced cake aroma. The scent is light w/ chocolate and caramel w/ very subtle aromas of alcohol and vanilla bean

M - A sweet malt like dessert w/ dry spiced notes and a creamy yeast feel which is smooth and the layers are all blended w/ grace.

T - A caramel smoothnesss w/ sweetened nuts, toffee and a light honeyed fruit flavor. There is spice and breadiness like a moist bread pudding w/ chewy dark malt and finishes dry w/ a slight hop taste which is herbal and compliments the sweetness of the ale.

D - A great Belgian trappist ale, superb quality and flavor w/ a deep fruit and complex malt that makes the 9.2% seem like half that. I would savor this repeatedly - Outstanding drinkability

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured a hazy brown color with 2+ fingers of light brown head that quickly turned into about an inch of head. Lots of carbonation evident when held up to the light.

s - Smells of sweet malts, yeast, and molasses, as well as a little fruit and some spices. Not getting any alcohol smells as some other people have noted.

t - Taste is similiar to the smell, mostly sweet malts and some yeast. Also hints of fruit and spices in the aftertaste. A tiny hint of alocohol, but not much at all.

m - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. All the carbonation causes some stinging of the tongue and mouth.

d - Overall this was a good solid dark ale. It did not have an overpowering smell or taste, but had a nice mixture of sweet malts, yeast, and molasses. Considering it is over 9% ABV it is very easy to drink, the high carbonation being a small factor in that. Would definitely try again and look forward to trying Rochefort 10.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: Reddish brown in color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Figs, dates, cherries and some other unidentifiable dark fruits. Caramel and yeast, with some spice as well.

T: Sweet dark fruits, especially cherry, some mild chocolate flavor in the background. A bit of a cola taste.

M: Dry, creamy on the tongue, nice carbonation.

D: Another fantastic Rochefort beer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany with about a finger of light ecru head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is delightfully sweet, with hints of orange, grapefruit, molasses, sugar, and figs. The taste is a.lso sweet, but in maltier sense; hints of syrup, apple-cinnamon, figs, nutmeg, and brown sugar are all present. The body is nicely medium and smooth, making this brew very drinkable and highly enjoyable, no matter how high the ABV wants to say it is.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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