Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,288 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a deep, nut-brown, mahogany. Sizeable head that stays around a little while. Very hazy and opaque. Good lacing.

S- Sweet malts are prominent on the nose. Underlying floral and a slight mossy scent. Maybe a slight dark fruit profile in there. Very complex, I'm having trouble describing it.

T- Very much like the smell. Complex and tough to nail down accurate words to describe. Sweet malty profile with hints of molasses. Some definite floral qualities from some hops are present. Ends with some slight sour notes.

M- Actually very light for a brew with such a high ABV. A little heat from the alcohol. Adequate carbonation and very sessionable.

Overall, this is my first trappist beer and very promising for the genre. It is basically my first dubbel. I'm looking forward to trying more of the Belgian styles.

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Appearance: Nice dark brown with a one finger head the recedes very quickly leaving behind no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits dominate the aroma. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. Amazing flavor. Very smooth and well balanced. Great dark fruit flavor that is not overly dominant. Some caramel as well. Hops are very mild.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Great body.

Overall: An amazing beer that lives up to its reputation.

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Poured into Chimay goblet/

Pours like a proper Belgian, 3 fingers of off-white head, good retention but not much lacing. Dark cola with yeast floaties so you know IT'S ALIVE!!

Smell is heavenly - bready yeast, slight Belgian funk, banana phenols, rum soaked raisins, dark figgy fruit and alcohol hardly suggests 9% ABV.

Layers of flavor are so well integrated it's hard to single them out. Candi sugar, dark bready malt, earthy/spicy yeast, dark fruit soaked in rum tart apple, just enough alcohol warmth, bittersweet chocolate & cinammon, cloves. Each sip is like a new experience, especially as it nears room temp.

Full in the mouth but not cloying, goes down easily but sticks to the palate just enough and has the heat to warm me up on a chilly night. A little bit of oaky tannins come out too.

Overall an amazing experience, now I feel like I've been missing out but at the same time I can really appreciate something like this. Big and bold, but in the well-rounded Belgian tradition. A great sipper that makes you feel like a king as you drink it from a goblet.

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From notes, reviewed 1/28.

Bottle code before 8/25/2015?

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a red wine glass.

A: Pours with an insane rocky, almost ice cream-like head...awesome retention. Beer itself is pond water brown and murky...I poured in the yeast on purpose.

S: Dry fruity yeast esters jump out, lots of crisp malty sweetness as well. Faint nutmeg, dried apple skins, toffee, bread crust, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Malt shines here as well; sweeter dark malt with lots of bready notes. Faint carob & biter bakers chocolate, muted cinnamon, distant earthiness...figs, plums, currants. You pick up on a little warmth from the alcohol.

MF: Full bodied creamy palette...lighter carbonation, and its mostly right at the front. Dry on the back end.

O: This beer didn't do it for me...I'm sure its a shining example of the style but to me the flavor profile isn't enjoyable...malty sweetness, darker fruitiness, chalky yeast.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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