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 ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of jkane101
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nout72
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +9.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ckollias
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of kuhndog
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of javiernano
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of archey
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Whiskeyjack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Deep brown with amber/red tones....similar to bottle brown. A thin beige head receded to a constant blanket. The glass produced a steady stream of fresh bubbles and foam to the center of the glass. Cloudy and attractive.

Fragrances were of sweet ripe dark fruits, brandy, some clove, brown sugar. Nice and complex with new features emerging as temperature changed. Some mineral coming forth at warmer temp.

Sweet dark fruits and sweet malts dominate the palate, with heavy dose of banana bread, malts, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth toward the end. Nice evolution of flavors.

Mouthfeel was well balanced, right amount of carbonation to scrub away any excess slick sugary residues. Long finish terminating in a brandy feel.

Overall, very nice. complex and well balanced. No single flavor is over the top leaving a nice balance to keep you sipping and searching for more.

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Photo of bearishparrot
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bladman
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of vobr0002
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium brown with tan head, very clear.

S- slight alcohol, raisin, plum, sweet.

T- similar to the smell, with some caramel and spicey notes from the yeast.

M- very smooth yet fuller body

O- out of 6, 8, 10, I think that this one is my favorite one. good flavor and a little smoother than the rest. Very tasty

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Photo of TVolt1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great red/brown color with white head. The red color to it is cery appealing.

S: Smells of raisins, molasses, and caramel. Very sweet smelling malts with a small about of alcohol smell to it. Not a very strong smell to me. Hard to detect smelsl in this one.

T: Very sweet taste consisting of raisins, sugar, and a lot of malt. There is a small amount of alcohol aftertaste.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium thickness and a small amount of carbonation.

O: OVerall, this is a good beer. I enjoy it. Not my favorite style but I would recommend it.

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Photo of BillGreenhaw
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

5/5  rDev +15.5%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,307 ratings
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