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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3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 070715 08:30
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

I didn't really enjoy Rochefort's 8, and I was hoping for a show-stopping beer that would complement this very cold winter day. The ethanol was too pronounced, while other flavors were too muted. Perhaps this doesn't age as well as thought, because with two years of age on it, this is not a particularly good beer to me (if it ever was). One I might try again at some point, but only due to the songs of praise others drop upon it, and the ever-increasing price point for a single bottle is certainly not conducive to further experimentation.

Pours a 2cm tall head of beige colored foam, constituted by small bubbles, with above average retention, lasting over two minutes. The head fades to a 1cm cap atop the body of the beer, where it remains for the duration of drinking. Lacing is present, of moderate accumulation along the glass' sides, in various small shapes and lines. The body is a very dark garnet color, nearly opaque due to darkness, but slightly transparent when brought to light, which also lightens the hue of the dark red-brown coloration. Carbonation is active and visible, streaking up along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of sweet amber Belgian candi sugar, obvious ethanol, faint raisins, and dried brown figs. Overall, the scents are rather faint, and the only easily discernible ones are the sweet sugar influences and ethanol.

The flavor of the beer is primarily sweet, with hints of Belgian yeast and fruit esters, until the ethanol hits, which makes this come across as much harsher. Age has not, perhaps, been kind to the beer. Front of palate picks up mild sweetness and fruit esters (plum, grape, raisin). Mid-palate is of slightly musty Belgian yeast, amber Belgian candi sugar, ethanol, heavily faded raisins and plums. Back of palate is slightly bitter and astringent (ethanol and hop presence?) with ethanol, ghostly fruit esters, and sweetness that reminds me a bit of heavy, old-style cough syrup. Closes in a flash of hot, burning ethanol, leading to an aftertaste of more ethanol and some rum-soaked (heavy on the rum) raisins with Belgian yeast flourishes.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a fizzy mouthfeel that gradually settles to a calm, smooth, slightly foamy flow. Ethanol is easily, aggressively felt in the nostrils, on the tongue, and the back of the throat. Not impressed at all. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickines lingering across the palate.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Smell: pure cream and subtle maraschino cherries

Taste: slightly burnt Belgian waffles with maple syrup and topped with fresh picked, extremely ripe, blueberries with chocolate sauce on top; chocolate mousse whipped cream would be on the side

This is my favorite Trappist ale and should be paired with the finer things in life, such as filet minion, smoked goose, aged white cheddar and black grapes, and thanksgiving dinner

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a opaque fizzy medium brown with a tan head that bubbles up, then fades.

S - Booze, dark fruit, raisins.

T - Rum soaked raisins, sweet carmel malts in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and lots of dark fruit. It's like a dessert in a glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a muddy brown with a 2" tan head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- candi sugars, faint chocolate, raisins and prunes.

T- light chocolate, slight roast, candi sugar, raisins, dark fruits, slight metallic flavor.

M- medium body and carbonation. Faint syrup feel with some acidity.

O- nice beer, has nice candi sugar and dark fruit notes.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never even tried this one before. Cheers!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Dark brown-red color, infinitely cloudy, with about a 1/2 finger off white head there. Yeasties, yeasties, yeasties!

S: Musty Belgian yeast strain for sure, along with figs, prunes, and other entries in the dark fruit realm.

T: Sure, the Belgian yeast strain is there, but this one has a nice refreshing, complex quality as well as brown, sugar (but not too). The finish just kinda fades away into the distance... love it... awe-stricken...

M: Like most true Belgians, this one is not too sugary at all. The lacing was non-existent and the head was about 1/2-1/4

O: I needed this one to help me on my almost complete quest towards trying all the "Beers of Fame." I see why this is one there. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of vitALEity
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, amber color - lighter then you would expect but very full. Tan lace after a full thick head of foam

Smell: Sweeet, fruity, banana, dates and brown sugar. Very little alcohol on the nose for a 9.2% beer.

Taste: Light, smooth and creamy. Some mild spice like clove along with the banana and tropical fruitish flavours.

Notes: IMO there is a big difference b/w this and its older brother the 10. While some people find this to be a better, smoother, mellower alternative I find it to be a bit too lite on the eyes and the palate for a strong "dark".

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,269 ratings.
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