Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
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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

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

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Photo of mscudder
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying all the Rochefort brews this evening. On to round 2! Into a snifter.

A - Again, some lovely smoke coming from the bottle. A ruby inspired brown hue with an explosive four finger head. Watching this beer slowly recede is nothing short of a pleasure; little bubbles popping and lacing sticking onto the edge of the glass.

S - Figs, sweet malts, unsweet chocolate and some nuts. Not prominent but nice.

T - Wow some intense fruit knocks me to my knees at first sip. The fruit of choice here is the lovely cherry, not to be dismissed by some other notes backstage. Super tasty with minimal chocolate on the rear. Slightly warming alcohol at the finish.

M - Medium body with above average, fizzy, carbonation.

O - This beer is just a huge dose of awesome. Balance and drinkability are top notch. The lower ABV than the 10 makes this one a bit easier to throw back. One of few I never hesitate to grab at $5/11.2oz

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Photo of MakeMeATaco
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Raven3464
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark red, almost brown, body with a big fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet Belgian malts, booze, and raisins are most apparent right away. There is a touch of caramel after a few minutes and it takes on a "smokey" aroma as the beer warms. Unfortunately, the booze and malt smell subdue the other flavors.

Taste: Wow! The flavors are even more aggressive than the smell. Sweet Belgian malts are followed by brown sugar, licorice and raisins. A hint of alcohol then finishes with some dry hops. The after taste is sweet, almost resembling cola. The alcohol is somehow better hidden in the taste than the smell.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied but feels almost creamy; carbonation is very refreshing.

Overall: This is a very aggressive, yet balanced, brew. It is a little expensive but definitely worth having from time to time. I would definitely label this beer world class.

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Photo of JMad
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a glass goblet...

It's a murky brownish reddish color with a loud off white head that quickly dissipated. The smell has lots of raisin and sweet caramel along with some clove and more dark fruit. Tastes nice and sweet, I noticed clove and banana with hints of grape and candisugar. It's surprisingly light with active carbonation and a dry finish. This is an amazing beer but not a 100 in my opinion.

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Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, from Sammy. Into a tulip.

Mahogany with a small but solid cap of offwhite head. Nose is potent, loads of nutty liqueur, dark fruits, plums, currants, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste has some more nutty liqueur with some harsher than anticipated ethanol, oxidized in a light cardboard-y kind of way, and retains only mild dark fruit and brown sugar qualities. Watery feel, and ethanol (almost tequila-like alcohol) comes out again in the finish. Over the hill, and unfortunate. I'll need to try this much younger for reassessment.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brick red. Slightly hazed. Head is off-white and leaves a small bubbly head. Some retention on a super thin cap. Collar is a bit chunkier. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Holy Belgian yeast Batman! Booze soaked raisins. Clove. Sharp bite of alcohol over it all. Candi sugar. Biscuity malts and caramel malts. Caramelized madness. Slight roasty character. Peppery. So much alcohol in the back. Phenols. Cookies.

Taste: More of the same. Sweet in that Belgian way. Nice layers of caramelized malts push some caramel and toffee flavors. Candi sugar pushes through. Loads of clove. Some minor banana. Phenols run rampant as the beer warms. Booze! Caramelized malts. Some darker fruit as well. Fig mostly. Raisins too.

Mouthfeel: A little dry with a slightly above average carbonation. Minor lingering yeast flavor. Smooth with a backing alcohol burn.

Overall: Congratulations, it's a Belgian Dubbel!

Yeast is aggressive to the point of absurdity. Phenolic and ultimately lacks the depth I like to see. So much alcohol.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky dark variegated copper to light gold color with two fingers of tan, soapy, fizzy head. No lace but excellent retention.

S: Candied dark cherry, plum flesh and raisin, fruitcake. Big flavor.

T: Fruity malt, brown sugar, dark bread and a little toffee, finishing dry and yeasty. Milder than the aroma.

M: Medium-full body and medium-high carbonation, higher than I would expect for the style. Milky texture.

O: Very good dubbel, though not quite as good as Rochefort 10. Hits a lot of the right notes.

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Photo of jisom123
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Amber with a one and a half finger tan head that stays and stays. Thick lacing.

S: Belgian funk through and through. Malts, smokey, peat, chocolate.

T: Malt, raisins, apricots, light fruits, smooth, clean. Peppery finish. Just terrific.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Bubbles dance on my tongue.

O: An outstanding dubbel. (It'd better be for that price.) A great celebration ale. Even smoother as it warms.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brunthe
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. September 2011 bottling date.

A: Pours a woody amber with a fluffy white head.

S: Crisp, yeasty and fruity, with notes of apricot, grape, plum, fruitcake.

T: Leather, prune, chocolate, raisin, a bit of boozy heat, dark grain, dry yeast.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice chewy feel.

O: Smooth and complex, and very drinkable.

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Photo of ZinFanDave
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ReeseMax3
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of RobinLee
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NorCalBeer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BS-
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Woody brown with a thin, pale head. Rather unassuming. The head does last forever, though.

S: Grapes, brown sugar / candy hints of bread crumbs and sweet wood.

T: This is hard.. It’s like angels decided to descend upon my tongue and frolic around my tastebuds. Absolute perfection. When this sweet nectar from the heavens first touch your tongue, you are confronted with a sweet, malty candy body with a brilliant balance from the dark fruits (plums) and slight spice brought slowly to your attention at the sides of your tongue. The malty sweetness endures well into the aftertaste, but the fruitiness gives way to a hint of hops and bread crusts, which makes you almost want to chew on the beer. Alcohol is present, but it hits your head more than your mouth.

M: Rather full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation. As close to perfect as it gets, although it goes down slightly too easily. Almost watery.

O: Sweet nectar of the Gods. I would rather die than to live without this beer in my life. It’s an absolute must-try for every self-respecting human being. Easily one of the best beers around. This is a very stripped-down review. The tastes in this beer is so complex, I can't even begin to imagin how to describe them all. If, like me, you aren't a huge fan of the Rochefort 10, do give the 8 a try. I'm sure this one will work for you.

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Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of taigor
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beerohio
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,306 ratings
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