Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of EStreet20
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - I like this look in a beer. Very deep reddish color approaching brown with a fluffy two finger head that's barely off white. No light gets through this beer whatsoever. Lacing sticks to the glass like crazy.

S - Smell delivers a lot of alcohol with a fruity aroma in there. Can;t put a finger on the fruits coming at me. A nice blend of aromas though. Great smell overall.

T - Very malty, bready taste. A nice little alcohol kick that blends perfectly from start to finish. Some fruity flavor in there, less than I expected from the smell but a great blend with the dark bread taste. A bit of spiciness in there balances everything out perfectly.

M - A very nice amount of carbonation for a strong dark ale and a smooth feel all around, excellent.

D - Goes down amazingly smooth and easy. The only thing preventing a five here is the 9.2 percent. Very drinkable

Notes: Excellent. I may have a new favorite here. Definitely one of the best beers I've ever tried. I recommend it to any fan of Belgians or fans of any dark beer in general. Enjoy!!

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Photo of colebenoit
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this at random at my usual beer store and was appropriately excited. There was no date which was dissapointing as I would have liked to know its age...anyways the review.

Appearance: We poured the beer into appropriate Belgium chalices(Orval and Leffe) and was very impressed. The beer itself had a deep, rich amber brown colour that was only slightly hazy. A decent amount of light tan head that was fairly light and fluffy.

Smell: One of the greatest aroma's I've ever smelt on a beer. It completely exploded while pouring and I could smell it from a foot away. It had a very intense bubblegum aroma with a hint of fruit, spice, and a touch of yeast.

Taste: The taste was wonderful with definate hints of chocolate, a banana like fruitiness, and just a touch of spice. The finish lingers with an almost anise-like flavour and hints of the aforementioned bubblegum aroma. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overpowering, adding a gentle warming to the mouth.

Mouthfeel: This beer had a very creamy texture that feels rich in the mouth, while retaining a gentle but definate carbonation.

Drinkability: I definately enjoyed drinking this beer and took my time savouring its flavours and complexity, however it does throw a lot at you at once and therefor I could only drink a bottle or two at a time.

In the end this beer is definately in my top ten of beers, due a lot to the aroma and flavour. A noble beer to sip on a Sunday afternoon.

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

Pours a ruddy brown with golden highlights. Little yeast creatures take up residence in my glass. They seem happy, so they can stay.
Smells of brown sugar and dark fruits. There's a rich, sweet fig flavor that blends well with the slight warming efffect of the alcohol content. The alcohol taste never overpowers the other flavors, but it makes it's presence known through a nice belly warming. Very nice mouthfeel. Thicker than usual, but very smooth. Seems to dry out slighty as temperatures increase. Simply put, this is just a wonderful beer. One of those drink any time brews.

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Photo of stof0048
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Watou chalice... Has a nice deep amber brown color with light tan head that gives way to a thinner creamy looking head. Lacing on the glass is very prominent.

Smell: Has a fruity, sweet smell with a touch of spice.

Taste: Taste is good, but not as good as I was hoping. With the Rochefort 10 as an alternative, I don't see myself drinking this one often. That's not to say it's an unpleasant taste. Subtle fruitiness at the beginning fading into a caramel aftertaste. There are also some spices in this that remind me a bit of Gouden Carolus Noel. Perhaps a faint hint of anise? While noticeably present, the alcohol does not overpower this beer.

Mouthfeel: The way this beer glides over your tongue is quite good. Starts out a little bubbly then fades into a creamy texture as it goes over your tongue.

Drinkability: A pretty easy to drink beer, though I could see myself needing something to cleanse the palette before having a second.

Overall, not a bad beer though not quite as good as I was hoping for after trying the 10.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A total classic and world class beer. Poured out to a cloudy hazed dark cider color that turned to an almost raspberry like color when held to the light. Thick foamy head was cream colored and about 1 inch and consistant. Rings of lace surround the interior of the glass. Aromas fo dark fruits, huts, earth and malts blend well, hinting at the flavors to soon follow. Taste was wonderful; flavors of spice, malts, dark fruit and a touch of warm alcohol mesh in a plethora of delight for the consumer. Mouthfeel was excellent; perfect carbonation balanced with superior smoothness and body. Good drinkability; this brew has got it all. Highly recommended.

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

330 ml brown bottle. authentic trappist product and best by date of 3/23/10.

pours a dark brown that yields a fantastic head with fair lacing, but not all that much. the nose is of various different phenols and malts reminding me of plums and dates. for some reason the smell of this makes me think of an APA or IPA. tastes highly carbonated with alcohol and malts and a bit of hops sealing the deal. this is a light heavy bodied brew with a fairly good finish. as great as this is i probablly won't be getting it all that often. doesn't seem like something i could drink much more than once every few months.

bottle opened 1/23/10

pours a deep brown with fluffy head that recedes quickly leaving very little lace. there is a pool of bubbles on top leading me to believe that it's going to be very carbonated, maybe even over carbonated. smells of musty dark fruits, brown sugar and something that almost reminds me of mud. tastes of molasses, malts, raisins, some hop bitterness in the finish. there's a sweetness from the alcohol that is very pleasant and not at all hot. this is a very good beer that i should drink much more often than i do.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth. This beer went down surprisingly smooth. Poured a dark, dark, dark amber in color. Some red light peeked around the edges. Thick foamy head that receded to a sheer veneer of bubbles. Lace coated the inside. Flavor is very malty with a quick hit of some spices that does a great job concealing the alcohol--which there is a lot of booze. But that booze is tough to pick out. Little roastiness in the middle, but there is some nice fruit (black cherries and prunes). Even a slight hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit creamy. Very drinkable, plus it is nice that the ABV is so high but when drinking you would never realize it.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to find this at Rick's in Alexandria on my bi-weekly beer run. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, muddy brown with visible yeaties. Big, thick, creamy head that dissipates into a tightly bubbled foam. Almost no lacing on the chalice.

Smell: Rich caramel, hints of sweet fruit, earthy, a little alcoholic.

Taste: Starts with a slight fruitiness that transitions to a malty, almost roasted middle, finishes earthy, almost biscuit/bread like. Alcohol very well masked.

Mouthfeel. Pretty well carbonated, thick and creamy.

Drinkability. This one is a sipper for sure. Goes down easy with a nice warming alcohol glow. A beer to enjoy slowly. Very good, worth seeking out.

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Photo of battlekow
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 8 is an opaque dark brown with a beautiful off-white head that lasts and lasts. Looks almost like a draught stout head, impossibly creamy and long-lived.

Smells quite strong, alcohol, dark fruits, and licorice.

Tastes of sweet and tart dark fruits upfront, finishes slightly toasty. The spicy alcohol is present, but not obnoxious.

Smooth velvety mouthfeel with warming alcohol.

Rochefort 8 is an excellent sipper, perfect for sitting around at 11 in the morning and watching a Jesse James biography oh the History Channel while waiting for a job to fall into your lap. Oh, and my cat likes the way it smells--Fancy Feast beer!

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Photo of Darkale
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful and typically Belgian explosion of thick, tight-bubbled tan head. Aroma at this point of the review is very faint, no doubt due to the coldness of the beer... let's see where it ends up.

Deep malt taste, strong carbonation, a bit thin in the mouth, but smooth and slick.

Head is amazing. I had some left in the bottle, and just poured some more into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, and the head has exploded again, and is now fully one half of my glass and, if I don't disturb it, I'm not sure that it will ever die off.

Alcohol is not overpouring, but you certainly can taste it. A fine sipping beer.

Aroma is rising now as the beer warms. Raisins and malt... a touch of bread...

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Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour falls somewhere between tan and cloudy copper. Powerful aromas of red licorice, alcohol, and spice. Caramel features prominently in the flavor profile, along with more licorice, wood, raisins, and other fruits. It has quite the heavy palate as well. A huge beer, yet still very drinkable.

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

This beer is exceptional in just about every way. It pours a dark brown color into a snifter glass. The aroma is warm, sweet, almost sherry-like. The taste is wonderfully balanced. There is a hint of sherry, chocolate, and a fruity tart flavor. Despite it's 9.2 percent alcohol content, other than a certain warming quality, one can barely taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel is just exactly right, not too heavy and not too thin. As long as one treats it with respect(no gulping here), this is a sublime beer and one of the very best anywhere.

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Photo of Wasatch
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best brew I've had. Pours a dark reddish color with a really big head which dissappears quickly. Lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, and fruits. 8 has an awesome taste the alcohol content is hidden very well. Mouthfeel is a medium body with a great after taste. This trappist brew is very drinkable. I will buy more of the 8 and get some 10's as well.

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Photo of inebrius
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Akwardly spills dull cold coffee colored into a Holiday Inn glass tumbler. Perhaps a bowl might have charmed more foam; I'm just happy to have glass. On the bill it's all nuts, like Iron Chef, a dozen nut dishes, black walnuts in maple over baklava over pecan logs over marzipan. A dose is creamy, sweet, a little hot, fused. I rather like it.

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

Now that be a fine pour. The soapy head goes on for days atop a wonderfully hazy brown and gold.

Perfect warm fruit and spices. All too often these Belgians can be too harsh. Not so right here. The fruit and malt is zippy and delightful but still allows a good amount of floral hops to shine through. Fantastic.

More of the nose in the mouth. Jiminy Christmas! Perfect hops ride down onto your tongue, these are met with wonderful dubble fruits--plums and raisins--along with a zip of alcohol. The flavors dance and jump with each other. There's some candy in there, too. Cotton candy. And skittles. And concentrated yummy.

This is miles ahead of even Rochefort 10. Easily the best trappist I've ever had!

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

Murky dark brown colour with a light brown head that forms a ring around the glass and leaves some lace as it settles. Light fruity aroma with sweet malt, light alcohol and a bit of yeastiness. Kind of mellow. Malty and chocolatey flavour with a dryness from the grain. Light fruitiness as well and it finishes with some alcohol warming. Again, sort of mellow. Full, round body with plenty of carbonation that gives it a bit of an airy texture. This is a great, drinkable trappist ale. Highly recommended.

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

Poured a very deep mahogany red, almost brown, with a very fluffy tan head.

Aroma is of dark fruit, a bit of roast and a slight hint of spice.

Flavor is more dark fruit with some alcohol warmth. Slight roastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with prickly carbonation.

All in all a good beer.

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

from arrowine

darker than the 6: far from black, but not much light gets through. when it does it's a black cherry color
the head fizzled quickly, but that's from the alcohol, i take it (however, a thin head does survive the whole time). splotchy lacing
the nose is slightly airy, which appears to be from a heavier carbonation, and i notice a raisin aroma like in the lighter version, and its corresponding flavor is even more noticeable in the 8. some alcohol heat comes through; enough to warm and nothing more. there's a light nuttiness in there too

the 6 and the 8 are clearly two children of the same parents: similar flavors and aromas, though in varying characters. this one is carbonated a little more generously, perhaps to offset the alcohol's head-killing tendency

i prefer the richness of the other, but still very nice

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

Pours a dark brown, hazy and opaque, little bit of red is visible, small off white head and lots of lace. Smell is cherries, chocolate, molasses, apples, some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malts, some liquorice near the end, then some more chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, very warming with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty.

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

Very dark mahogany in color. Beautiful tan head that after a while reduces to a very pleasant tan cover. Tiny bubbles cover the sides of the glass making up spectacular lacing. Yet carbonation is minimal. Malty and fruity aroma. Somehow only plums and raisins come to mind, but there's a lot more than that. The taste is, dare I say, sinister with its darkness. It's everything that is in aroma and more. Nice full flavor with a pleasant "alcohol" bite and dryness to finish. Medium body with a sticky sweet mouthfeel to it.

Once I opened the bottle, I thought "hey, this is good". Then it progressed to "hey, this is wonderful". Finally, as the glass was getting empty, it ended with "hey, I have to get a few bottles for my cellar". Very enjoyable trappist ale. It will be high on my list.

Presented in a 330 ml brown bottle with a best before date.

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Photo of hero27
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Rochefort 10's little brother pours a muddy, brown color with an enormous head, even with a careful pour. Retention is phenomenal as well.. however, the oily consistency doesn't leave much behind for lacing.
Aroma is mostly dark fruits, but touches of spices as well (not overdone, like in too many Belgians, imho). The taste is malt, malt, malt...Rich, bread & butter sweetness...the alcohol is almost completely disguised in this brew. I think I could convince people there was no alcohol in this at all, that's how well masked it really least until they finish a bottle, and it hits them. Lip-smacking good.. the only downfall is that the price of this brew puts it in borderline "elite beer" status.
A must try for any beer lover...Brasserie de Rochefort makes heaven in a bottle with this one.

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

07 07 04 Poured dark brownish/crimson color with a thin foamy head and some nice lacing. Sweet, fruity, some alcohol as well in the aroma. Dark cherries and chocolate taste. Finished rather spicy (cinnamon) that was nicely carbonated with a moderate alcohol burn.

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

330ml bottle, poured into a Brugs challice

Pours with a murky brown body, lots of little yeasty floaties. Creamy tan head, good retention and slight lacing on the side of the glass

Smell, strong whiff of rum, raisins, little bit of vanilla. Some brown sugar, some fruity esters

Taste, crisp bready initial mouthfeel. Spicy alcohol only not overwhelming, sweet thick dark malty body, some hint of vanilla again

The middle child in the rochefort family. This stands up next to the 10 and comes almost on par, very drinkable and so much depth

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Photo of karst
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3.3 cl bottle from Corral Liquor-Grranite City, Ill. $6 "dated" 25 02 09 pours a deep murky chestnut brown with a persistant 1" dense head with strong beading keeping a 5 mm dense cap til the end. Unbelievable sheets of lace on the sides of a 0.4 L Rastal New Belgium sniffer. Decanted all but the last rusty brown fine sediments and served at 55°F.

Aroma of brandy-like alcohol with fruits suggesting Banannas, pairs, carmelized plums, figs and baker's chocolate along with Spices ( nutmeg, caramom, anise and ginger that desguised a floral hop bitterness). Malt aromas sugested brownies, dark malts brown sugar and a cookie dough that emerges with warming. A musty yeast also present. Both aroma and flavor are ultra-complex and echoed in the flavors! Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and dextrinous. The body was full. Taste ends with the spices pricking the tongue and palate and finishes dry almost woody with the alcohol warming in the end.

Trappist 8 is truely World Class! (Ranks in top 50 Best of BA list with the lowest rating of 3.95)

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

The Rochefort 8 streams from the bottle a crystal clear chestnut before filling the goblet to a greater volume and appearing as a deep mahogany. Carefully poured it remains clear, and reveals glistening crimson-ruby highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy antique-white head holds exceptionally well and it keeps a short veil of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is rich with a fruity, spicy, cake-like maltiness and a waft of alcohol.

In the mouth it's initially brisk before settling down as it warms a bit becoming more smooth and dextrinous. And although it seems a bit thin initially, once it warms the body 'appears' a bit bigger.

The flavor delivers an even richer flavor than the noses suggests, with an added note of milk chocolate; more spice (nutmeg, cardamom, licorice); and a touch more fruitiness (strawberry). It finishes surprisingly short and dry given the fullness of the flavor, with very little left behind but some warming alcohol and a dull residue of the spice that just passed.

Once it warms it's quite nice, but the alcohol can be distracting.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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