Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,267 Ratings
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 Everydayoff
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

Great looking dark brown opaque color with hint of orange amber hue, the pour yields thick fluffy tan head with exceptional retention. The foam is soft and delicate yet full of lively carbonation.

Esters contain ripe banana, plum and mellowly mingle with dark bready malt, caramel, dark candy sugar, mild phenol, dark chocolate, coffee and some creamy note.

Base by a solid malty goodness, estery and sweet dry up the palate by lending a mellow ripe dark fruits touch when caramel and dark candy sugar sweep throughout. Phenolic spice and clove are much more bolder than in the aroma as leverage and make balance. Hop bitterness is vague just ghost-like and at the very end. Phenol and sweet last for long as the tail of taste after finished.

Rich body with velvety smoothness and good crisp from fine lively carbonation, finish is dry.

Solid yet delicate, complex yet easy to access, great quaffable quality yet hiding an evil trait, this beer is totally remarkable.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of DARIVA
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent above average beer.
Looks good and has a nice mouthfeel.
During the aftertaste remains the foam feeling very long in the mouth.
In terms of taste, he is reasonable and there is no specifics on that.
The beer is a little bit dry in the mouth, but drinks easily.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, very dark, brown, with a creamy beige head that builds to half an inch and lasts a long while in a Rochefort chalice. There is some sediment and lots of carbonation as well as a dense coating of lacing.

Rich and complex with dates, fresh figs and brown sugar. Layers develop with warmth, though do not add complexity. This is an earthy beer and the adjective, rich, hardly does it justice.

Rochefort 8 is well balanced and avoids being overly sweet, which is a tendency of the style. There is some light toasted malt that grows amazingly with warmth. Warmth also brings out hints of honey.

This is a luscious beer that is clean, with a full body and vigorous carbonation. Texture is velvety and alcohol is as expected.

This is an ideal beer to sit back and relax with. I enjoyed it while watching the NY Giants.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a brilliant shade of dark ruby red with near perfect haziness. The head is an incredible light gray color with top caliber retention and lacing, and how the carbonation rises up from the body to form the head just looks right. It's almost impossible to fault the aesthetic presentation of this one.

S: Pear, clove, coriander, raisins, figs, and a hint of chocolate create an incredibly complex and grand aroma.

T: Taste follows the aroma, with impressive complexities yet top-notch balance. Tart pear, raisins, figs, black currants, touches of dark chocolate, and I swear there's some cherry notes in there somewhere. It's true hallmark is how each sip yields a subtle change in flavor. Also, the yeast profile is just right, it gives a backing contribution to the body's complexity without getting too much in the way and becoming overly chalky. As great as this beer is, I kind of expected a little more, to be honest.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with a smooth, vaguely dry finish. The yeasty astringency is kept perfectly in check, giving it surprising drinkability factor. Lowish carbonation.

O: A fantastic creation - but it isn't the life changing revelation I expected it to be. This is the classic example of expecting raw perfection and only getting brilliance instead. Still, highly recommended for everyone to try at least once.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nout72
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, but not in the same league as the similar priced (in the Netherlands) Chimay Blue and Rochefort's bigger brother the nr. 10.

In general I think this beer is a bit too 'boozy', the alcohol is very prominent.
The sweetness, although not as sweet as Rochefort 10, leaves a weird aftertaste, as if an artificial sweetener like aspartame is added to the beer.
This odd aftertaste I noticed with a three bottles I have drank this last month, so I guess it's there in all Rochefort 8s

Maybe 4 for taste is a bit harsh, because there is so much to like about this beer, it has most of the qualities of its bigger brother: big on flavor, smooth, full, umami and rich and complex like a three course meal concentrated in one, but it's this sweet aftertaste that ruins it for me.

For now the Rochefort 10 and Chimay blue as a lighter, a bit spicier and less sweet alternative to the Rochefort 10 are my favorite (Belgian) beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ckollias
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brown hazy hue with a huge, fluffy, 5-finger, off-white, head that slowly dissipates, leaving a partial trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong toffee and caramel aroma with a zip of spices and dark fruits in the backgrounds.

T: Lots of complex flavor here. Smooth caramel and dark fruit flavors followed by roasted malts.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and high carbonation

O: Excellent beer. Very smooth and well balanced and just enough alcohol to balance it out.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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