Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BA SCORE
4.33/5
5,317 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#401
Reviews:
1,927
Ratings:
5,317
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.79
 
 
Wants:
433
Gots:
1,108
Trade:
23
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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Deep, murky brown, very opaque, with a little bit of floating sediment. Off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The initial nose is quite a treat - very complex and hard to put an exact finger on. I'm getting quite a bit of dark fruits and brown, burnt sugar, as well as vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Maybe even a little bit of chocolate.

And then you taste it - this beer has so much going on. Sip after sip after sip, I would discover new flavors and little nuances that came out - it was really quite nice. It starts with black cherry, plums, and little bit of rubbing alcohol warmth on the tongue and transforms into a "deeper", more dense flavor with brown sugar, figs, and dates. I also picked up hints of grapes (wine-like), earthy esters, black licorice, chocolate-milky tones, raisins, ripe banana, and toffee.

The end hits with a subtle hint of kitchen spices, including clove. Aftertaste leaves the mouth with some sweet malts and buttery, bready yeast. The carbonation is plentiful and bites the tongue with enough sharpness to notice, but not too much to be distracting. Medium-heavy body with a super creamy mouth feel. Swish this one around your mouth for a minute, it's incredible.

Definitely my favorite of the Rochefort trio. The flavor profile really unlike anything I've tasted up to this point. So many flavors can be identified, however the beer never seems overwhelming or hodge-podge, it's very well balanced and put together nicely. Great brew.

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Photo of Gtg642
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jiffymon
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tinfang
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Maakun
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted was about 7 months old (if best-before date is 5 years after bottling).

Pours a dark brown, looks murky even though I kept the yeast in the bottle when pouring. About 1 cm head (in Orval glass) that stays for a while. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell is toffee, malty, milkchocolate. Nothing too heavy.

Taste: wow, reminds me a lot of chocolate flavoured soy icecream. Sweet, lots of cocoa and some malts/cake taste. Creamy. Then some tutti-frutti, at least the dried plums and apricots, after that a light bitterness. There's a lot going on, and the flavours complement eachother really well. After a bit of warming up in the glass there's a lots more fruit, and the chocolate fades a bit to the background. Aftertase is fresh, slightly bitter and more soy icecream.

Mouthfeel is really enjoyable. Just thick enough, creamy, and with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Despite the 9.2% of alcohol and the darkness of the beer, this is remarkably fresh and balanced, while still very complex. The best of it's kind I've had by far.

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Photo of h4ger
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brandywine
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark burnt orangish brown. 3 fingers worth of a tan head with tight champagne bubbles. Totally opaque. Massive carbonation coming off the bottom.
Smell: bright cherries and raspberries, some sweet and slightly sour notes, some caramel, sugary bread notes, just tons of fruit and malty sweetness.
Taste: very pleasant and complex herbal flavors, sweetness isn't cloying but binds the flavors together nicely. There is a nice breadiness with a little hint of yeastiness, a malty sweetness. Unfortunately those fruits that I got in the nose isn't present in the taste but there are plenty of other good things going on in this beer.
Mouthfeel: very smooth. More towards the full end of medium.
Overall: this is a very tasty beer and deceptively easy to drink. The smell alone was fantastic. I didn't find it terribly complex but that didn't detract from the great flavors that are present.

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Photo of JOhioBeer
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of bambam2517
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation is tight and tingling. Huge resistant, cakey head.

Fairly robust dark fruit aroma. Toasty grains. Nutty, yes. Root beer. Sweet dark syrups. None of this is heavy-handed. Very articulate.

Flavors are dead on with the nose, minus nuttiness. Add spicy. Warm. However, I'm surprised at how light the body is, at least compared to what I expected. Carbonation is tight. Body is moderate and highly quaffable; outstandingly so for a 9.2% abv. I guess these Rochefort fellows earned their reputation.

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Photo of bman_85
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of N3ptune
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz served in an Orval Chalice.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with an active off-white head.

S - Bready malts, alcohol soaked dates, very spicy, sweet malts, dark candy sugar.

T - Spicy fruit upfront, dried dates and red figs, nutty, deep caramel malts, dark candy sugar, alcohol seems to stimulate the tongue with a tingling sensation. The finish is dry, earthy, and woody.

M - Aggressive carbonation creates a very airy feel, after the beer sits the carbonation mellows out and becomes more creamy but it's still on the thin side.

Not your typical Dubbel here. Lots of earthy mysterious flavors in this one. Drinks way better with the yeast sediment poured in. The thin component threw me off a bit.

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Photo of kbrown
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of DBosco
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DonDirkA
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours more black than the 10, same cream colored head but it settles a bit thicker, around 1.5 fingers. Nose is dry spice, figs, more fruity than 10, some grapes, a hint of cherries and definitely some burnt sugar. The taste is somewhat sweeter. Fruity, cherry, grape, plum, apricot, malty, clove, slightly smokey, a hint of chocolate and maybe just a bit of pears in the far back. No alcohol heat on this one. There is pretty strong carbonation, the body is medium, it goes down smooth and gives a slight sting on the tongue. Definitely better than the 10 in my opinion but they are both excellent. Gooo Monks!

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of pbass78
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of markgoodman10
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of TexasZach
2.25/5  rDev -48%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pappetros
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of badgerman
1/5  rDev -76.9%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings
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