Trappistes Rochefort 8
Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #933
4.33 | pDev: 9.7%
Sunday at 11:20 PM
Oct 12, 2001
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Reviewed by dhebert87 from Texas

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Chimay chalice. Medium copper color with an initial high carbonation and a two-finger cream-colored head. Smooth malts with hints of dried fruit and banana. Exceptional for my first try from this brewery.
Sunday at 11:20 PM
Rated: 4.89 by mushycake from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2024
Rated: 4.53 by Supper1

Jan 30, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by arjanm from Netherlands

Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Clear medium brown, 2 finger foamy off-white head, foam has good retention and leaves good lace.
S: Rich malt and candied sugars, notes of banana.
T: Rich and malty with some spicy hops and alcohol lending a bit of sharpness, dark sugars and dried fruit but fairly well attenuated, more Belgian yeast than in the nose
F: Medium body with high carbonation, crisp and frothy but it becomes more creamy as the carbonation off-gases.
O: Great Strong Ale.
Jan 22, 2024
Rated: 4.83 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jan 15, 2024
Rated: 4.4 by SeanP99 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2024
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Reviewed by solok from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Gently dark, pecan color. Dubbel-like chestnut smell. Light head. Cocoa bean flavor. Pervasive but light effervescence. Very approachable for a Belgian strong dark.
Jan 03, 2024
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Reviewed by evanwoertz from California

4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
clove and tobacco. richest brown color, opaque, with a touch of micro foam at the rim. bourbon finish on the nose. the feel is perfect. it starts out a little dense and thick, then suds gently and lightens up.
Oct 31, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2023
Rated: 5 by BrisLoganite from Australia

Oct 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
10/3/23 Poured from a 330ml bottle purchased and drunk at Apothecary Ale House.

Paid a premium price, but have been wanting to try this one!

Oh, sweet Belgian goodness from a hazy golden coppery beauty! Cinnamon, sour, apple cider, and of course the banana!

Smooth with a carbonation bite and sweet enough to be excellent, but not cloying.

Most excellent special treat!
Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by woemad from Washington

Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by Tylergodin from Massachusetts

Sep 14, 2023
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Reviewed by DFred from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow--been working my way through Belgian Ales--only drinking 90+ here on Beer Advocate--this one was exceptional--really enjoyed it--excellent Trappist Ale!
Sep 10, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by QueenSac from Colorado

Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by shadowslink7 from Illinois

Jul 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
11.2 oz acclimated to 58°F and poured into a goblet.

Pours a murky cedar brown with lighter flecks of sediment drifing around. Has a 1 finger foamy white head, dissipating quickly and leaving a nice film of lacing.

Initial aroma is rum extract and general dried fruit (primarily prune). Maybe chestnut or something else that's nutty? Also present is a sweet dairy smell, combining with the rum extract smell I can't help but think it eggnog or custard. A general Christmas spice can be found, as well as a hint of vanilla. This is a lovely and inviting smell that immediately brings to British/Christmas desserts, wonderful. Agitating conjures a creamy dairy aroma, followed by that rum smell.

Initial taste before swallowing is peppery, vaguely fruity, and slightly sweet, building into some alcohol burn. After swallowing a mellow maltiness comes forward, accompanied by a rum extract note and nutmeg notes, quickly a sweetness builds, joined afterwards by a moderate alcohol burn. I pick up a note of bourbon vanilla further in in the exhale and aftertaste, as well as brandy or whiskey or similar later. The aftertaste remains mostly sweet and dried fruit flavored. Throughout the whole experience I couldn't shake the feeling I was drinking eggnog, which personally I am largely in favor of.

Feel is creamy, almost like drinking thin milk. I find that it flows effortlessly. The carbonation doesn't last, unfortunately, but otherwise the mouthfeel is very nice.

Overall, superb. The only gripe I have is that I found it a tiny bit lacking in flavor. Odd, considering the alcohol content, and I think the flavors present are magnificent, but I yearn for just a smidge more. Otherwise there's nothing negative to say. The whole experience was very enjoyable and I look forward to trying it again.

Will certainly buy again for special occasions, just need to determine which of the 4 by the brewery is my favorite. Will absolutely recommend the 4 as well.
Jul 22, 2023
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 5704 ratings