Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,295 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Total Beverage in Murfreesboro, TN. Poured into Duvel Tulip glass.

Large off white head due to aggressive pour, some lacing, dark brown mocha color.

Smells of dark fruits, rasins, sweet prunes, figs, bread, apple, a lot similar to the smell of a Rochefort 10.

Taste: Very sweet. I wanna say this is sweeter than the 10. Very sweet apple, dark fruit initial taste, followed by notes of plum and raisin, the finish is somewhat sour. As with other trappist beers, the complex flavors really come through when it warms up a little bit. Very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, so sweet to the taste buds it tingles.

Overall: I prefer the Rochefort 10, perhaps due to similar tastes but it has a higher ABV. This one is very similar, and a very good beer, but I don't think I would buy this if a 10 is available. THis one is jsut too sweet, and the alcohol seems like it's brought out a bit more because of it, even though the ABV is lower. With that said, this is an amazing beer. It's hard to rate this fairly when you just want to compare it to a World Class Rochefort 10, and this one is almost there, but just not AS good. Still better than about 99.5% of every beer out there. Decide for yourself, I have a Rochefort 6 waiting in my basement as well!

General rule of thumb: You will never be disappointed with a beer that's made by monks.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Im a belgian fan an this beer is a decent strong beer. As a unique taste, initially cold it was a bit sour aftertaste but quickly dissolved once it warmed.

Had this beer after thr Rochefort 10, so this beer wasnt even in same ballpark. But this beer is quite good


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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in occasion of the choice of the new Pope. A dark-brown beer, with a well-retained brown neck, forms a beautiful Belgian lace in the chalice. The aroma shows pears, apples, as well as many floral tones, together with a caramelized malt and, perhaps, plums. The taste brings a medium-body, extremely carbonated feel, with a caramelized malt backbone, and hops well present. There's a great harmony between the carbonation and the malty body, and the silkiness of the beer is impressive. Besides, the strong 9.2% ABV is not that perceptible. The aftertaste leaves both the delicious malt, a theme during the whole tasting, as well as hops. Despite being too strong for my personal taste, it was a great choice for the day!

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A: Pours a fairly dark amber/brown with two fingers of thick off white head. Amazing head retention.

S: Spicy yeast esters, orange zest, and peppercorn. I get a touch of dark fruit, but the beer seems dry for the style.

T: Quite dry, I get strong peppercorn, orange zest, and a bit of dark fruit. Boozy.

M: A bit thin with very strong, prickly carbonation.

O: The flavors go pretty well together, but I'd like some more sweetness with a thicker mouthfeel. Decent beer.

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A-Deep ruby almost brown, two finger off white head.

S-Dark fruits cherries, banana and caramel

T-Very similar to the nose, good balance of darker fruits and cherries.

M-Medium bodied, creamy and nicely carbonated.

O-The middle of the Rochefort beers, a solid well rounded Belgian.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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