Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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
Ratings:
5,280
Reviews:
1,919
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
424
Gots:
1,079
For Trade:
22
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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beautiful signature Trappistes Rochefort chalice. The pour is a clear, very dark reddish brown color with a thin creamy-looking head. The nose is noticeably more assertive than that of Rochefort 8. I get notes of sweet berries, candy, a little bit of alcohol, and even some chocolate.

The beer tastes a lot like Rochefort 6, but there is more going on here. There are more bready, cakey, biscuity flavors in the front of the mouth and the high level of carbonation doesn't overwhelm the notes of fruit, jam, and figs you get at mid palate. This beer hides its alcohol well, but there is a very faint warmth on the finish. You also get some sweet tea and honey flavors which linger nicely with the fruit notes.

I definitely taste and smell the difference between this and Rochefort 6. The nose is more assertive and there is added depth to the flavor which allows it to support the high level of carbonation a bit better than the 6. This beer is definitely worth the price difference.

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Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bnes09
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prune brown in color and opaque with floating yeast. Pours a thick head which has a soda-like appearance. Good retention nonetheless without much lacing.

Aroma is complex and sweet. Black cherries in the forefront with a sweet, tart character. Raisins and dates in the mix as well.

Big malt flavor throughout, buttery and bready with a hint of roastiness. Then the sweetness come in like a dark fruit jam spread over wheat toast. Other than the warming sensation, the alcohol is indetectable. Can't taste any hops but it doesn't matter. Awesome flavor!

Medium to full-bodied. Thickness and slick texture from the sugar balanced the dryness of the alcohol. Carbonation hits the tongue with aggressive, soda-like bubbles which ruin what would otherwise be a perfect mouthfeel.

Great stuff! Complex and delicious!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/11/2016. Pours super murky dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, grape, banana, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, toasted grains, and huge yeast spices. Incredible aromas with a ton of complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, plum, raisin, biscuit, banana, clove, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, banana, pepper, and yeast spice on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink at 9.2%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel. Big complexity and balance; and extremely enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BigCheese
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml date 080616 not sure what that means.

A: Pours a ginamormous head (had to pour this in phases) thats a dockers beige. Finally died down a bit. A cloudy deep caramel, cinnamon/brown color, really beautiful color. A healthy head stays with brew. Leaves a patchwall of lacing.

S: Sweet hard candy. Brown sugar, touch of spice (i never know what spices), some dark fruits too. Not overly pungent.

T: Initially a pixie stick like sweet burst, then a more caramel/toffee hard candy mixed with banana/strawberry/candy apple/Oranges fruitiness. A rasin/molasses rich malt backbone. These monks sure like sweet beers. Little alcohol bite, like a nice dark rum. The tiniest hint of floral hops comes through with finish. Lotta layers here, tough to pick them out. Well balanced, nothing overwhelms.

M: Pretty high carbonation, heavy body, a nice mix of syrupy/creamy. Incredibly rich. No session beer. Great dessert beer (alone), probably would pair well with shrimp cocktail or shelfish too.

O: This style (and most trappists) seem to be a bit sweet for my palate, but their complexity of flavors is absurd. So many notes, none overwhelming.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,280 ratings.
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