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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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/16/11.

Dark mahogany pour into my St. Bernardus goblet with a lush, inch-thick tan head. Decanted well, with a half-an-inch of beer left in the bottle.

Dusky and spicy yeast, fusel alcohol, prune juice, cinnamon, clove, fried banana, dark chocolate, roasted grain, and vanilla extract. Very complex nose.

Plummy dark fruits with loads of cakey yeast. Lighter spice notes flavor-wise (cinnamon, clove, caraway); bolder spiciness from the booze. Black cherry and plaintain. Chocolate and light vanilla. Hint of tartness in the finish. No hops to speak of.

Creamy and full. Highly effervescent, and somewhat coarsely carbonated, to boot. Velvety feel, overall.

An incredible-smelling beer. One of those beers that amazes you in what beer can be. The 8 is exceptionally good, but I look forward to re-visiting the 10.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 to tulip, cool. No idea how old.

A - 3.5 - Medium translucent cloudy brown, or as someone below aptly put it, mahogany. Fizzy off-white head that dissipates to a thin broken cap quickly.

S - 3.5 - Somewhat faint, malty, light fruity candi

T - 3.75 - Malty, caramel, dark fruits, a little spice. I get something like apple cider.

M - 3.0 - Medium bodied but really carbonated, so seems lighter. Finishes slightly dry.

O - 3.5 - After Westmalle, this is the second of the big name Belgian dubbels to disappoint. I loved Rochefort 6 and am looking forward to Rochefort 10 so I was hoping for a clean sweep, but it was not to be. Like Westmalle, it's got some good flavors, but also like Westmalle, it feels like it had its butt removed. There's no substance to anchor it. The flavors fleet along the topside and don't sink in. It's thin and fizzy. The flavors are there but faint. I'd like to boil this down until it was more concentrated and then try it again. It's like a sauce that's too thin. My face is pleasantly warm afterwards, which is nice, but I would not buy this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one after a nice Indian meal. Got this one in my Christmas stocking. Excited about this one. Heard good things.

Nice mahogany pour. One finger head, that subsequently never goes away. Very effervescent. That s the Trappist yeast.

Smell is of dark fruit. Strangely like a Dr. Pepper. Couldn't place it at first. Very rich

Tastes of black cherries, caramel. Has a slight bitter finish. Slightly sour.

Very spritzy. Thin. Boozy. Not sure here. Was expecting creamy touch to this one.


I know the reputation this beer has. I wouldn't say that this would be a favourite. Was thrown by the thin body, or maybe the carbonation. Almost over carbonated. Just my opinion but I think that this one is a bit overrated. Good, not great. Not a touch on Chimay Red

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4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Merely brown with a nice off white head that lingers for a bit Not much lacing

Smells of nice toasted mals, banana like, bready

Wow that's good it's bready, toasted malt the alcohol play a nice role here as well it's yummy!!!

Medium bodied med-high carb

Taste isGREAT

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle 070715 exp date

A: Pours a dark ruby brown colour. Minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. With second pour, dark black yeast sediment settles in the bottom of the glass

S: Deep, toasty malt. Caramel with a bit of molasses. Smells mildly of white wine grapes.

T: Deep and toasted flavour. Fig/Plum taste is prominent. Tastes like a fruity quadrupel. Banana, strawberry flavour is lightly apparent. Grape and caramel, almost candy notes.

M: Booziness is apparent. Fairly smooth, but warming and fairly spicy.

Overall: Was perhaps a bit congested while sipping this, so didn't get overall amazing experience. Still, when I swished it around in my mouth a bit I was able to get some of the deeper, more complex flavours, and that made the drinking experience great, instead of good.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

A: Dark murky brown/tan in color with some yeast floaties. Nice amount of carbonation.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol, definite spices.

T: Starts with those dark fruits up front, turning slowly into the thick brown sugary notes on the nose. Finishes a little dry, with very little detection of alcohol present. Lingering taste is again heavy on the malt and fruits.

M: Medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation. Feels really smooth on the tongue.

O: This is an incredible beer. Has a little bit of something for everyone in it, and the 9.2 abv is hidden well. A must try brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, trappist night at the house 6-8-10 consumed sequentially

appearance: all of the rocheforts have fantastic pours - the 8 is a rich auburn body, creamy beige lace

smell: robust dark fruits and spice, raisins, brown sugar

taste: probably my least favorite of the 3 rochefort's, which isnt necessarily a bad thing...dark fruit, deep toasted malt, sweet brown sugar, earthy belgian yeast, cherry cola. A strong dubbel, but there are other offerings that provide a better quality : cost ratio

mouthfeel: rustic, medium body, smooth

overall: strong

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4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled on June 23, 2010 (coded 230615).

A: Beautiful two finger khaki head. Slowly settles to provide a generous cap throughout consumption. Body is cola brown.

S: Whoa...very complex! Some of the best dark fruit aromas I’ve experienced in a beer. Too many to pick them out individually but they work wonderfully together. I detect some fresh berry, spices, and acetic vinegar qualities as well. Chocolate too. Makes me want to drink this very badly.

T: Wonderful. The chocolate is more evident now than it was in the aroma. The dark fruits and berries are combined to provide a full-frontal estery experience. Cinnamon provides a sense of warming comfort rather than overpowering the experience. Some roasted malt provides a bit of earthy smokiness. Finishes with a nice alcoholic touch.

M: Creamy and smooth. Body is fairly full but nothing extreme. Carb is lively...maybe a little too fizzy. Finishes a bit chalky and dry but nothing offputting.

O: I’m really impressed with this. Dubbels haven’t traditionally been my favorite style but this is a masterpiece in brewing. Crazy complex and undeniably satisfying. I will be revisiting this one many times.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,296 ratings.
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