Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,258 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this when I bought a bottle of the 10. I actually liked this one a lot more!
In my Duvel chalice, it pour a darkish chestnut/rubyish color with a very pretty bone/offwhite head. Has a subtler aroma carmelly and fruity with no hint of alcohol.
I sat in sipping this one slowly and really savoring it. As it warms up, boy does the taste get big. Kinda reminds me of how a tube amp takes a while to hit it's sweet spot... I loved the mouthfeel on this one and found it very easy to drink. I will pick up two bottles of this and leave the ten for someone who may appreciate it more than me...

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into mini Chimay chalice.

A: Nice dark brown opque color. Big lasting creamy white head, and really nice lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, spice, and alcohol.

T: Dark fruit and spice, but the alcohol is there. Aftertaste is a bit sweet initally, but fades into bitterness.

M: Full Creamy, just the right amount of carbonation. But it is quite dry.

D: I think the high abv, which I tasted, along with the dryness bring down the drinkability.

I like this, but not as much as the Chimay blue, which I had just recently. I will revist this later, maybe a side by side is in order. This was very good, but also expensive.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours deep brown, cloudy with sediment, huge tan head that has very good retention, some of the best lacing I've seen, champagne-like amount of bubbles continually floating up

s - spicy and yeasty aroma, hints of fruit, alcohol evident also

t - slightly sweet bitterness up front, bitterness lingers and turns into a toasty malt flavor, alcohol is evident throughout, but not overpowering, nicely balanced

m - lots of carbonation, crisp, light-bodied, very dry finish

d - I could drink a couple of these if I could afford it, not an overly drinkable beer however due to both the abv and dryness

This lived up to the hype for me. Not one of my favorites, but a very solid, enjoyable Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz

A: Poured with crazy head. Head overflowed in a nice white cone shape when I poured the 11oz into a 24oz mug... Very nice lacing throughout. Deep dark and murky. Lots of yeast sediment all over the place.

S: Smells spicy and has hints of bannanas. Yeasty and a bit sour. Kinda subtle though, not the great pungent smell of the 12.

T: Spicy notes, with some kinda spicy fruits. Rasins I think. Catch some brown sugar in there also. Pretty good for a belgian, but I am a bit biased because I had the 12 first.

M: Very carbonated and a silky mouthfeel. A bit too carbonatated. But not by much. Light bodied for the style I think.

D: I drank this a little too fast. The 9% abv is not very apparent, and the taste is very nicely balanced. Will drink again and again.

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Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 8 pours a dark mahogany color with an off white head from a brown 33cl bottle. Aroma has mild hints of banana, clove and dark fruit. Alcohol also seems apparent from the aroma. Taste definitely has some dark fruit flavors. Estery. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Recommended.

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

Poured a very deep chesnut brown color. Very large very thick head that stayed for a long time. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles. Lacing was unbalanced, but thick in the spots it held.

Malty base to the aroma with a complex set of other scents. I disticntly picked up toffee, carmel and chocolate. These were accompanied by scents of tangerines and lemons. Slight hops aroma. Considering the ABV, pleasently surprised I wasn't overtaken by an alcohol aroma.

Very malted flavor that was smooth on the taste buds. The citrus in the aroma was weak in the flavor, but still slightly noticable. Very nice balance of all the flavors. As with the aroma, I was surprised by a lack of noticable flavor despite the ABV.

This was a nice hearty beer, and lingured on all surfaces of my mouth. Carbonation dance all around while tasting.

A fantastic brew. All around balanced flavor and aroma, with a nice appearance. A good choice on a nice rainy day. I would enjoy this a lot with a hearty meal, something like pot pie or shepard's pie.

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Photo of f12
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 330ml bottle into a large tulip glass.

Appearance is a cloudy dark red/brown fading to dull brown/orange as the glass empties. Fairly large tan head quickly dissipates into a few small patches of light threading.

Sweet, very complex smell including alcohol, toasty dark sugar/molasses, and ripe fruit.

Alcohol and fruit flavors carry into taste; I can distinctly make out molasses and fresh plum beginning and middle, as well as slight nutty flavors and bitter, hop-like flavors at the end. Strong alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very slick with a very long finish. Agree with other reviewers who mention a strong, prickly carbonation. You will definitely want to taste something else between sips as the bitter aftertaste and strong carbonation can numb the tounge farily significantly. Also recommend that you let the beer sit in the glass, not only because it is decidedly better when it warms up a bit, but because allowing the carbonation to die down a bit will make some of the more subtle flavors come through much better.

The Rochefort 8 goes down quite heavy, heavier even than some quadrupels I have had (Three Philosophers, Allagash Four) but is still very drinkable, though one will almost certainly be sufficient for a single sitting.

Overall, a very nice, very complex brew, damaged only slightly by a somewhat too aggressive mouthfeel. Recommended with meats, cheeses, or low-sugar chocolates. A bit sweet for anything but the very dark chocolates.

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Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

Edit 11/26/06: Opened up a fresher bottle next to a Westy 8. The Westy barely edged it out IMO but this one is just so nice and complex that it's hard live up to something like that. I found the Westy to just be a bit more smooth. Pricewise??? C'mon, there's no need to argue. I think I paid $4.50 for this bottle and I think the Westy was $18.

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

Poured from 33cl bottle(best by 07/08) a cloudy dark brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity and yeasty with strong notes of plum and fig.

The taste has sweet malt up front and fruity notes, mostly plum, midway through and right through the finish. There's also some molasses tones that I noted in the Rochefort 10 but here, in comparison, they are much subdued. And.... the abv doesn't come in to play at all. This is one very tasty BSDA!

Bottom line: A very tasty brew of its style that I can thoroughly recommend!

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

When first poured, it showed a nice medium dark hazy brown with some tight tan foam with a medium amout of lace of the side of the glass.

The smell of roasted malts, along with spices and fruit filled the nose with a pleasant aroma.

The taste was kind of average, until it slighty warmed up and then the true flavor of roasted malts, spices and fruit really became evident. I kind of got just a hint of toffee/caramel at the very end.

Finally, this ale had a hint toasty toffee/caramel with layers of soft malts and hops. A very nice beer without being heavy. Extremely well-ballanced.

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

33cL bottle poured into new style Rochefort chalice. Label stamped 08 09 04.

Body is reddish-brown with visible yeast floaters. 1 finger of surprisingly thin head.

Nose is spicy-sweet. Plenty of both, a real treat for the nose.

Flavor is rich and complex. Sweet, but not overly so like many Belgian brews. Spice is very much there. A rich dark malt with dark fruit contributions. Brown sugar. I get a distinct flavor of prunes in the finish. Slight astringency, may be traceable to ABV. No other hint of the true alcohol level. A brew of great nuances. I am in awe of the monks.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Low to medium levels of natural carbonation. Some zip on the lip from the spice level.

Drinkability is much better than expected. I could sit and sip this all night, and every sip brings something new.

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

Bottle dated 29.04.08; this bottle is 3 years 1 month old.

Pours 15% head into westmalle chalice. Dark, spicy, coriander-like nose, powerful and heavy.

Taste is heavy, sweet, and spicy, making the tongue tingle. I don't know if this beer contains spices but I feel coriander distinctly in the taste. It fades slowly, leaving a bitter malty flavor with some overhang of coriander. This particular bottle reminds me a lot of traquair jacobite.

Great beer, has improved greatly with age since this batch was purchased. At this age I do prefer the 6 or 10 better though.

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Photo of Phocion
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Rochefort goblet, very deep, dark brown with just a hint of red. Fairly small, but very stubborn head flowed kept trying to flow over the edge of the chalice. Leaves excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. This thing just looks incredible.

The initial smell is fruity, with a sweet molasses and slightly malty scent trying to poke through. No trace at all of the alcohol or hops.

First sip... maltier than it smells, not nearly as sweet. Sort of a toffee taste. Hoppy undertone, but very light. The alcohol taste is also very well hidden, especially for a 9.2%. Gets more complex as it warms; it tastes both fruitier and maltier, and the alcohol eventually begins poking through, but it's still not overpowering.

Very smooth medium-body. Lots of carbonation.

I finished this glass in no time. If it wasn't for the price, I could pound back quite a few of these in one night, but at nearly 10% I'm not so sure that'd be a great idea.

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

This beer is so very much in balance, I expect this to be the result of years of experience and
Appearance was perfect, reddish brown color with a stable head and a steady stream of carbonation.
Smell was herbal with some chocolate notes, also some clove and anise smells.
Taste was fresh, non sticky , pretty hop bitter and maltbitter, the chocolate malt was very apparent. Alcohol is hidden perfectly, but certainly warmes the throat. Oooh what a perfect balance!! Prickly from the carbonation
For some reason this does not seem to be the same beer, I tasted a couple of years ago. This beer used to have a little more body and was more outspoken. Nevertheless a good beer!

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Photo of haz77
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown with 2 inches of head which falls to form a thin layer. Looks to have low carbonation.

S - Some dark fruit, mild phenols, banana, sweet spice.

T - Sweet malts upfront along with mellow but nice dark fruits. Chocolate too. Mild phenols the spicy alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body but feels smooth and rich. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for the ABV. Highly enjoyable and definitely worth a revisit soon.

Edit: 31 May 08

Have recently re-reviewed the 10, so thought it would be a good time to take another look at the 8.

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with a foaming light-tan head. The 10 is definitely more opaque. Head drops to a thin film, but can be easily refreshed to about a finger depth.

S - Date, prune, vinous notes, chocolate, rum. A whisker off rating it 4.5 as it's not quite as good as the 10.

T - Immediately the vinous elements are out, but they're gently swept aside by the dark dried fruit. Chocolate flavour is in the background along with this and slowly creeps to the front towards the finish. Chocolate/toffee linger in the aftertaste. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol until right at the end of the aftertaste, when there's a slight warmth in the roof of the mouth. Very special.

M - Medium/full bodied. Becomes creamier and smoother the longer it's held in the mouth as the carbonation fades.

D - Too easy to drink. Alcohol is pretty much nowhere to be seen and a very moreish sipper. I'd rate the 10 as just a shade better, but both are absolutely superb beers.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 110209.

Pours a hazy muddy brown with a dense two finger head, that fades slowly to a thick cap that never entirely fades, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; lots of dark fruits present with figs and prunes, with some apples and pears. Molasses and chocolate are present, as well as a bunch of spices.

Taste; good malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and molasses, with a little bit of candied sugar. The fruits become more pronounced once this warms, with prunes, figs, apples and some apricots. This finishes with a bit of a peppery spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rochefort 8. I love the 10, so let's see how this stacks up. Bottle dated 3/23/10 which means it was bottled 5 years before that...about 14 months ago. Pours a pretty dark copper color with a beautiful cream colored head that never fades and leaves tons of lacing. What is it with those Belgians and their excellent foam?

The smell is full of ripe fruit - much brighter than the 10 with some dark fruits like raisins, but also some apple and tropical fruit. The spicing is incredible - I don't know if they use any in the brewing process, but there is definite clove flavor in here probably from the yeast, and possibly others, maybe some cinnamon. I get some vanilla too.

On tasting, the complexity of this beer is incredible. The malt manifests itself in that great ripe fruity flavor, some breadiness, and cookie dough. The spiciness which I smelled is there in spades, along with some vanilla. Brown surgar makes itself known. Just an incredible taste. Unfortunately it is marred by some detectable alcohol, as other reviewers have noted. As the beer warmed, I felt that the alcohol taste wore off, perhaps because my palate got used to it, but it definitely dropped my rating from a 5.0 to a 4.5 here, as it keeps me from enjoying the otherwise excellent finish of this tasty masterpiece. Another negative note is the too-thin body. If the thickness were boosted just a little bit, this would be incredible. I will still certainly be purchasing much more.

Note: yeast pour doesn't affect the taste much and adds slightly to the body. I recommend pouring it in immediately.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with massive carbonation - the head continues to rise long after the pour and actually over the edge of the chalice. Aromas of cherries, raisins, caramel, pepper, licorice, and toffee, with a rumlike alcohol smell as well. The head just does not want to quit: retention like meringue.

Taste: Incredibly complex spiciness at first, which mellows into a caramelly sweetness, and then fades into a slightly alcoholic finish, leaving a drying sensation on the palate from the carbonation and a hint of hops. Think classic Belgian yeast flavors, but without any one spice flavor poking out - it all melds together so that it is hard to define one particular dominating flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation.

Drinkability: As Belgian strong darks go, this one is easy to drink. If you like spicy esters, this is a great beer for you.

Glad this beer made its way down to Texas, and glad I finally decided to pick one up.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional example of my favorite style. Pours a dark chestnut with glints of ruby. The off-white head is perfect - not small, not overly large. Aroma is immediately of bready yeast and ripe, dark fruit. Plum, caramel, perhaps some banana bread are evident in the taste, with maybe some dark grapes. The taste grows more complex as the ale warms, bringing out flavors too numerous to begin to describe. As far as mouthfeel, the phenolic oilyness makes a perfectly smooth balance to the ample carbonation. Excellent ale. Very drinkable, except that more than a few pints of this will leave you on the floor.

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

Deep purple-ish brown in color, big rocky white head. A wealth of aromas unfold: fruity esters, moderate spice, malt, alcohol. Spicy malt is at the fore, mingling with creamy caramel and then a good dose of alcohol heat, giving balance. Chocolate and toasty malt also figure into the finish. The alcohol begins to warm the body's core. By mid-glass, the lively carbonation has subsided nicely, lending a smoothness that complements the harmonious flavors of this fine beer.

Not quite the powerhouse that Rochefort 10 is, but there's still very little to complain about here.

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

05/08/06- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date of '07. Had this for about two years now. Poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Murky pond scum color. Not sure how to describe it. I guess on the thick brown side. Bits of brown yeast that looks like, as my wife describes it, as tobacco spit. Good likening there. Bottle overflowed as it opened, but didn't lose any of it. About a 3/4 inch head topped of the glass nicely. Head dies down soon and really doesn't leave much of any lacing.

Smell- Malty mixture of caramel, dark fruits, nuttyness and some dark chocolate.

Taste- Extremely mellow. Dates and raisins with a lightly alcohol soaked taste. Kind of a milk/dark chocolate mixture. Kinda thin though. In fact much more than I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel- A bit watery, but super smooth. Really low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Was a bit disappointed, but it's still above average. I would buy several others over this one, but would in no way, shape or form, turn one down if offered to me. For the $5 I paid for it though, seems like I was a bit let down.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in an 11.2oz bottle bearing a 29.06.10 date on the label. Poured from said bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Had a murky dark brown color, ruby edges, modest carbonation and a thin bubbly light tan head that settled out at a thin cap.
Heady alcohol fumes are the first thing I catch as I park my nose in the glass. Also lots of yeasty malt, dates, figs, molasses, and what might have been nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Smells like a rum-soaked fruitcake.
Hmm, tastes like it, too. Long-lasting and strongly entrenched malt bill along with tons of dark fruit flavor. Lesser doses of yeast than in the nose. Moderate spices and even smaller amounts of dark chocolate flavor bring out a subtle hops bittering that's rather overwhelmed by the rush of alcohol that warmed the throat with each swallow. Feel was lighter than expected and a tad watery.
Overall, a fine beer worthy of it's pedigree. While BSDA's aren't my favorite style, I do recognize the excellence and craftsmanship exhibited in brewing this beer. Quite nice.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky dark brown to deep amber color. Head starts as a busy finger and a half of sudsy tan foam. Head fades to a cap. Lace is suprisingly thick and sticky, for the higher ABV.

Smell is apricot juice, sweet dark molasses, bubblegum, and the alcohol is well hidden. As it warms the alcohol asserts itself more boldly.

Taste is malty goodness, a somewhat semi-sweet dark fruitiness, a bit of dry bitter finish and the ever warming alcohol.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than I had expected for the style. A wine-like mouthfeel.

Overall, damned good. I could see myself sipping a few of these around a roaring campfire. Excellent as a mellow nightcap. The complexity is something to be enjoyed.

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

Pours large, lasting head, slowly giving way to layers of lace. Hazy dark ruby/brown. Forward, sweet aroma, predominantly anise & molasses. Also shows sassafrass/earth, candied orange, raisin, and some alcohol as it warms. Flavor is complex malt. Rich, robust licorice/maple/molasses. Malt balanced with dark candi sugar, smooth, even, and lasting. Flavors and aromas mature as it warms in the glass. Fantastic. Can’t (afford to) drink enough.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,258 ratings.
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