Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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5,267 Ratings
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:
5,267
Reviews:
1,911
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
423
Gots:
1,078
For Trade:
21
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet. This pours a dark tea color, hazy, with a small tab head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of dark fruit, chocolate, sweet malts, alcohol. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is good dark fruit, the unexpected chocolate flavor (not dark), sweet malts, and a little alcohol burn, excellent.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to giving this a go after having the Rochefort 6 not too long ago. I"m not a huge fan of this style since it tends to be too strong for me but as soon as I poured this out, I knew that I would be proven wrong! Yes, this is quite strong and was a bit of an adjustment for me, but the wonderful hue, head, and subtle flavors were more than enough to win me over!

It's not often that I say this but I absolutely adored the pour to this. It was plum in hue with slightly brown edges that shone when held up to the light, a cloudy appearance, and without a doubt, the longest-lasting head that I've ever seen on a beer. It was so full that it looked like a solid and not a liquid, as if it was plastic and would never fizzle away. Much of it clung to the edges of my pint glass and there was still a little bit of it left when I took my last sip. The aroma wasn't that strong but the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it, with nice and subdued notes of plum, currant, and apricot melding together wonderfully. This was quite strong and the alcohol could easily be felt in the aftertaste once the fruits subsided.

This has all the characteristics of a Dubbel and even though this isn't what I usually drink, a beer like this is so easy to appreciate. The strength of this makes it tricky to enjoy quickly but I have a feeling that most people have this for the wonderful flavors, full body, and beautiful appearance. There's no doubt there's a lot to like about this!

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

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep amber-brown with two+ fingers off-white head.

Smell. Caramel, brown sugar, green apples, and a little spicy yeast.

Taste. Caramel, light toasty grains, chocolate, a little cherry and booze and maybe a hint of woody smoke.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantastic beer.

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*Best by date of 29-06-16, so bottled 6-29-11
A: Very dark mahogany, brownish red with a big pillowy light tan head. A bit of lacing trying to grasp the sides, it's got that "camo lace" thing going on.

S: Figs, dates, dark cherries with spice, carmel and bread crust. Boozy and a little phenolic too.

T: Light coco and hints of carmel malt up front with dried fruits (figs, dates and cherries). Big maltiness, has brown sugar, molasses and chocolate fudge like richness to it, but the spice balances that all out. Has an underlying sweetness that kind of reminds me of a cherry pop, I mean this in a good way and it is not overly sweet at all. A hint of alcohol on the backend. Pretty complex.

M: Medium body, not nearly as carbonated as the 6. The carbonation that is there is super soft, not prickly at all. Smooth and a bit creamy. Nice.

O: Very nice indeed. A big step up from the 6. Great drinkability and the abv is hidden very well. Goes down fast and easy.

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As one of the Trappist breweries, I felt obligated to start sampling and happened to start with the classic Rochefort 8!

A: Pour was a very nice dark cloudy chocolate brown allowing a nice amount of light through yet and a nice thin creamy head.

S: Very complex aroma with some definite choc./caramel along with some malty sweetness combined with nice dark fruit tart scent with a hint of citrus cloaked in the background.

T: Amazing flavors in this brew, the choc./caramel flavors immediately hit along with the amazingly balanced dark dried fruit tart flavors with nearly no bitterness and an amazing alcohol heat to finish.

M: I personally loved the feel, has the excellent Trappist carbonation with a syrupy smoothness that left an excellent coating and complementing the flavors perfectly!

This is definitely one of the best brews I have tried thus far, and am anxiously awaiting a good time to break open a bottle of Rochefort 10! If you want a world class ale, turn to the Trappists!!

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,267 ratings.
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