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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

1,883 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle 13 10 09 on label

Reddish brown color. Huge bubbles, think head. Smell is sweet, slightly over ripe fruit and alcohol. Slight musty smell. Lightly sweet flavor. Dry, bitter aftertaste. Unexpectedly light flavor. Nothing overpowers. Notes of ripe apricot and plum, brown sugar, then a hint of burnt/roasted flavor (not exactly coffee though…). Nice lacing. As the beer warmed, the blend of flavors was enhanced. Nicely complicated. Drink this one at cellar temp, not refrigerator.

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

33 cl. bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Purchased for around $5 at Carytown Wine and Beer in Richmond, Virginia.

Appearance: Huge emission of gas upon popping the cap off the bottle. One of the best heads I've ever seen: huge, thick, foamy, lightly mocha-colored, leaving a tenacious, sticky lace clinging to the glass. Hazy orange and amber color, with amazing amounts of tiny bubbles floating to the surface. Head stays around 1/4" upon refilling the glass. Amazing.

Smell: Ridiculous things going on here. I chilled it for about an hour before finally opening it, so at first of course the chilliness of it diminished the aromas. But as it began to warm up gorgeous stuff started coming through. I don't know exactly what was coming through upon each wave of warming, but here's a rundown: licorice, cherry and cranberry tartness, honey, heavy bread and yeast (of course), tropical fruit, plum, faint hints of candi sugar, faint chocolate / coffee / mocha, citrus, lemon and orange zest, pepper and ginger-like spice, hints of vanilla, maple, and caramel. I'd suggest doing what I did, chill it, then spend a lot of time with it.

Taste: Also exceptional. Fruit tartness -- apricot, grape, plum, tropical fruit. Wheat bread. Faint black licorice. Orange and lemon zest. A faint wood / smoke flavor at the end. Also chocolate / dark chocolate soaked berries at the end. The alcohol is evident at first, then quickly melds into tons of flavor. The aftertaste is amazing, beautifully tart, complex, and changing as it reaches the back of the tongue. The balance is stupendous -- the sweetness and malt and the heavy nature of the yeast combine beautifully for a complex and exceptional brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as velvet. Perfect levels of carbonation and slight bubbles to a perfectly balanced silk swallow. To be savored.

Drinkability: I hate to not make it a 5, but for me, as I've said with many brews, with something like this, you need to take a long time with it, or at least that's what I'd suggest. It took me an hour and a half to finish the bottle, and not only did I have a fantastic and slightly euphoric small buzz going, but it was highly enjoyable. Because of that, the drinkability in my opinion can't be a five. But goddamnitt it's close.

Pick up at least one of these up if you can. I have another one in the cellar. Two bottles of Rochefort 10 are waiting for me, and I'm confused at how this can get better, and I really can't wait to try it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown, with good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet esters and fruits. Not as overpowering as the 10.

Taste: Immediate punch of sweetness, very unique flavor. It defines the limit of sweetness I want in a beer (the stronger 10 goes way over the line).

Notes: It was OK and strange, but not close to my favorite Belgian...

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bliss in a glass. I often forget how a good Belgian pours such a huge fluffy head, wow! There is a big fruity profile in both the aroma and the taste, like dried fruits. I detect plums, raisins, and figs with a bit of fresh sweet cherries thrown in and the whole thing is wrapped in a caramel coating and baked like some kind of old world dessert.
Great beer but between the availability, price, and abv I don't think I can rate this as an exceptionally drinkable beer, but highly recommended.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was just about everything I had hoped the Chimay dubbel would be and it came through with flying colors (mostly a deep ruby red with an offwhite fluffy head in a tulip glass).
Looks and smells delicious.
Also happens to taste that way.
Plenty of dark fruit stuff going on... reminds me of Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Gru in overall flavor profile but less cloyingly sweet, more pleasant, better balanced and more drinkable.
The concealment of the alcohol content is a masterpiece.
Spent over $5 for an 11.2 ounce bottle... so I won't be getting this everyday...
though this could end up on my christmas list.

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Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours the color of a dark ice tea with an off-white head. The head was nice and fluffy but fizzled down to a ring around my glass in short time. The smell reminds me of beef bullion mixed with a sweeter candy aroma. The taste is different than what I would have thought. It seems to have a flavor that holds the had of the bullion smell I mentioned. There is also a decent alcohol presence. Not that great for a monastic brew but still good. The mouthfeel is good, give it a swish to get those lesser flavors to show themselves. It's a good beer. I think I had higher hopes for this beer.

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

Purchased a 33cl bottle from Papago Brewing back in March for $7.42.

Pours a dark brown with hues of ruby red throughout and a big beige head that sustained well. Nose is sweet smell. It is comprised of bananas and caramel. Taste starts malty with a hint of the caramel. In mid stream the fruity flavor kicks in. Mouthfeel is very good for this style, fairlly full and creamy smooth. Overall it is an extremely drinkable beer as the high ABV is well masked.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Adventures of South Carolina Guy at Brickskeller in DC:

This is the one I was waiting for.
Poured nice and dark into a goblet, with a foamy white head. Looks perfect.

Smell is ultra-inviting. My nose isn't too keen, but the smells here are wonderful: fruits, candies, chocolates, and more. Too many and complex to discribe.

Brilliant taste. Absolutely outstanding. Extremely complex, and yet at the same time, very balanced. The presiding taste is sweetness, and I can't even begin to describe the flavors. Fruits, breads, spices, chocolates...I don't even know.

Wow. Smooth and creamy...I've never experienced a beer like this before. The high alcohol content is masked nicely. Only thing that would keep me from drinking more is the price.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent brew. Pleasantly spicy and dryish, but balanced. Pours a beautiful color with a ponderous head and foamy lacing. Carbonation level is a little higher than I expected, which suits this beer wonderfully. Many layers of flavor that I'm sure others could detect better than I, but suffice to say that an entire bakery of rich, biscuit/muffin flavors can be found here. I really enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle. I opted for this rather than the 10, not sure whether I would like what Rochefort was working with. I'll probably try the 6 and 10 having sampled this.

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Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in June 2005 and consumed later that same evening. Pours a two finger light brown head over a brown, slightly cloudy, liquid. Smells chocolate brown sugar, alcohol, licorice, and molasses. Tastes wet sweet and silky smooth. Rummy bread, with chocolate, licorice and a gentle alcohol presence. There is candi-sugar, but it's like I'm munching on a crystal of rock candy. Interesting. While this beer is extraordinary, it really does taste like a tamed down version of Rochefort 10. Medium thick body and mildly carbonated. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a wonderful dark brown ale that had a one finger head... unfortunately, it was so lively that it began foaming as soon as I broke the seal of the cap, and lost a little before I was able to get the cap off.
Sampled in the St. Bernardus chalice provided by GClarkage.

Smell was complex and intriguing... sweet rich malts, dark fruits (dates and plums, mostly)... a hint of banana, as many have noted, but very far down... and the intriguing scent of milk chocolate.

The taste was likewise multi-layered. Rich malt with a slightly roasted character, chocolate and fruit... tremendous. Alcohol was nonexistent.

Mouthfeel was in-freaking-CREDIBLE... creamy, smooth, and silky. It went down SO easy, it was deceptive. You have to be careful with this one.

Drinkability I take off a little bit... mostly because of price and availability, as of the three places I know of that carry Trappistes Rochefort, only one had any of the 8.

I found this one much more enjoyable than the 6... and I look forward to trying the 10, on the next special occasion when I crack open a great one.

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Photo of GarethYoung1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head which diminishes to a thin layer and remains throughout. Aromas of Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, liquorice and plums can be found. very well bodied, with a long dry finish. I was expecting a lesser version of the Rochefort 10, but the chocolate comes through stronger here and i was able to appreciate the 8 in a different way, a superbly crafted beer.

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

Bottle has a drink by date of 12/28/05. Pours a dark murky brown with hues of ruby red throughout and a big beige head that dies pretty fast. Minimal amount of lacing. Big sweet smell --a mix of bananas, candied sugar, and caramel. Taste opens strong and malty, with a bit of a caramel bite, but quickly transitions into a big fruity flavor--bananas, cantelope, pumpkin, cherries. Towards the end of the beer the alcohol creeps in, but just a little. Medium bodied, this has a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent and tasty beer, however still a bit short of the masterpiece that is Rochefort 10.

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Photo of maek228
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sincere thanks to BigLove for getting me this fine brew

Appearance: A murky, hazy brown with very light hues of amber and burnt orange in it. A beastly one finger head sat atop it when I poured it and it took its grand old time going down. The head stayed more than half a finger tall for the rest of the beer...i give huge respect to that. This beer is just downright a sight to behold. Thank you Belgium.

Smell: Utterly lust-worthy. Huge sweet malts that have a ripe banana coated in brown sugar thing going on. I would have given it a perfect score but the smell wasn't as strong as I would have hoped for.

Taste: One word: COMPLEX. Caramelly malts just explode into all sorts of fruity (namely bananas) and estery flavors. The carbonation is is smooth and with a nice touch of grain to it. There are some toasted and burnt malts I'm picking up on too. The alcohol is definitly present, which is awesome. It gives the beer a raw feel. Overall, excellent taste..I was so tempted to give this beer a perfect score in taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, and lusciously smooth

Drinkability: F#&% 9.2% alcohol...this beer goes down with ease.

Conclusion: One of the best

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Photo of watermelonman
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark brown and red color, with a small head that faded. Lacing is pretty minimal.

Alcohol actually comes though pretty strong in the smell, on top of dark fruit flavors and a hint of chocolate. Malts don't really come through until the taste, where they are joined with another blast of dark fruit. Alcohol is also apparent but very well blended with other flavors. The mouthfeel is very rich, while the drinkability is good.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass with sediment and all.

Appearance: Very dark brown fluid with very little light coming through. Off-white head with even bubbles and excellent retention.

Smell: Big malty aroma with scents of sour cherries and sweet alcohol. The alcohol aroma is strong and nips at the inside of my nose. Very strong alcohol nose.

Taste: Stong malty opening with alcohol following closely and strongly behind. Very sandy and earthy with some non-descript fruit flavors. Grainy sugars, redwood bark, oak, dry leaves, and grass. Sort of a vinous flavor as well followed by a brown paper bag-like carmel flavor. Light phenolic flavor lingers at the end but is consumed by the malty sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Gritty but very smooth. After a few sips the texture settles into my palette and it feels very soft.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful. The alcohol is strong but the earthy flavors cover it well. Very pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


appearance: much darker than the 6, best described as a deep, blood red with substantial body and cloudiness. not much in the way of foam... more subdued, a thin wisp of bubbles punctuated by small clusters on the surface. lacing is thin yet resilient, and the overall look exudes dubbelness.

aroma: 8 yields a buttery malt sweetness in the nose, almost milky. vanilla and wood are quite pronounced- overall, the mildest trappist scent left of a tripel

taste: rich, chocolatey malt character with a smooth vanilla kicker. fruity too, raisins and juicy overripe dates here. the sweet spice of cinnamon makes an appearance. faint pumpkin notes and the smooth taste lingers in my mouth. alcohol comes later, doesn't interrupt the flavor. ommegang without the tart youth. delicious.

mouthfeel: light and bubbly. smooth. drinkable. a near perfect beer, comparable to the best.

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

I love the 10, and this one is very good - but not nearly as good as it's big brother. Tasty for sure, good balance. Not too sweet. Fruity notes, but lighter than the 10. I had a Westy 8 after this, and the Westy was better. This is a good beer, but I can't see any reason to buy this instead of the 10. The Westy 12 and 8 are very different in character, the Rochefort 8 seems to be a less potent version of the 10.

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

Served in an Ommegang chalice on 5/19/05 at cellar temp. Date on the bottle reads 02.09.08

Pours a rum raisin color with a nice two-finger head that settles for the duration. Nice viscocity that leads me to believe this will be worth it.

The smell, while intriguing at first, only gets better as the beer warms. Aromas of fig, cane sugar, butterscotch, caramel, and candied fruit punctuate the malt backbone of this delicious brew. There is virtually no suggestion of alcohol even approaching one hour after the initial pour.

In the mouth, expect a congruent comparison to the nose. All that I have described, with a sweet maltiness that finishes among the best of this style. The alcohol will make its presence felt by the end of your journey, but not long before. Outstanding and recommended highly.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, floral, with some chocolate and cherry. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful taste. I get some caramel, a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is low because of high ABV. Went nicely with a big grilled steak. A wonderful brew from the monks I continue to admire.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Rochefort 10 the other day, and I must say that I prefer this beer more.

Now this is how a beer is supposed to look. Poured in to a Duvel glass (which seems to accent the colors) leaving a wonderfully balanced head above a deep red/brown melding. The beer must be right on; it looks as if t came form a tap.

I am picking up chocolate, cherries and peaches. Malt is prevalent, seemingly overpowering it's healthy dose of alcohol.

This beer is one tasty beverage. The alcohol, which was disguised before, is now very prevalent. Very sweet and warming, if there was ever a reason to look forward to winter this is it.


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

Pours ahazy orange-brown with a huge, creamy head. Great retention and nice lace for the eyes.
Smell is sweet, roasted malt, fruit (apple and grape) and spice.
Taste is malt, fruit, spice, light hops, alcohol and a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a medium-full body. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms.
Drinkability: Oh, yeah. A great session beer, a wonderful closer on a night's quaffing.

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

Comparative tasting with Westvleteren 8.

Dark, almost black. Not persistent and scarce foam.
The smell is more alcoholic than the W8, with notes of plum, and raisin. Hazelnut and green wood. Cherry in alcohol. Touches of liquorice. In any case, fresh and inviting.
The taste is perhaps less harmonic and "soft" than in the tasting sister. Good maltiness, with plum, and even a ripe fruity (peach, but pear over all). Tending to a dry and clean finish. More prickly.
Good body.
The aftertaste: a sharp liquorice, sweet, not present before, that makes all very inviting.
There are again the fruity notes (pear), and plum.
Overall: more complex than the W8.

But in any case, two great beers.

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

pours with a 1/2 in. head and a dark brown hue. A bubble gum, some fruity notes, chocolate, and roasted coffee nose.
Kind of a lingering tingling burn, A very peculiar finish! Some chocolate, apples, and sweet candy flavors. A nice balance and mouthfeel overal

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

Appearance: walnut brown with a quickly receding cream colored head that thinly coats the beer

Smell: sugary sweetness, very malty, nutty, subtle fruity esters and some alcohol

Taste: initially spicy, tart fruityness, nutty, some candy sweetness, bready yeast, peppery , very spicy with a warming alcohol finish, a bit bland overall

Mouthfeel: very highly carbonated

This beer has been a big disappointment, given other reviews and word of mouth. I have one more waiting in the cellar, I hope it proves to be better.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.
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