Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
5,317 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of afrokaze
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to my Duvel tulip glass. Pours a murky brown with a 1 finger foamy white head. Some retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is rather mild but pleasant: dried fruits, figs, malty sweetness, and light yeast character. The flavor follows suit with an immediate rush of fruit flavor that melts to the malty sweetness. Yeast provides a delicate character and works well with the sweetness.The beer finishes very smooth. Medium bodied. Overall, this was a good beer and I would easily drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of rodney45
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bought all three of these at B and B beverage in Bayside. Allowed to cool to a 50 degrees cellar temp before pouring into a tulip.

A: Dark hazy crimson red, with a huge reddish tan head. Lacing is etched into the side if my glass as if the monks came to my house and did it themselves. Simply beautiful. Great head retention, lasts throughtout the whole experience, and i was savoring very slowly.

S: Big malt punch with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Chocolate and plum as well. Alcohol esters are present.

T: First notes are chocolate malt, honey and cloves. Secondary notes are cinnamon, roasted coffee and macintosh apple. Tertiary notes are of banana, noble hop and corriander. Beuatiful "wet" and smooth finish

M: Very smooth Medium body, with light carbonation. More sweet than bitter, and no alcohol warmth detected, even at 9 + percent.

O: By far the best dubbel ive tried to date. Like the rochefort 6, this was almost a religious experience. Im very excited for the 10.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Dan3279
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 11.2.oz bottle into my St.Feuillien snifter to find a nice full foamy white one and a half inch head. The aroma was mellow but complex with dark and dried fruit, yeast, and brown sugar.

The taste was very enjoyable, the dark dried fruits hit you upfront and quickly lead into the sweetness, I also enjoyed the yeast throughout each sip.

This one was smooth and very easy to drink. The body was just right too, not too heavy or light.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and actually enjoyed it much more than the Rochefort 10 I had earlier today.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Docrock
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice thick head, good retention, nice amber color

S-Decent Malty nose,slight caramel, hint of raisin

T- Caramel, full body, wonderful

Mouthfeel. Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic beer.

Temp-Served a bit cold, consumed slowly and when at about 48F flavors began to expand..much better

Serving type: bottle poured in to Chalice.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Pour is dark brown with a huge light tan head that almost spilled over the goblet and was quick to dissipate.

Smell is Belgian, spice, yeast, slightly booze, plum and raisin.

Taste is complex fruitcake. Caramel, molasses, coriander, and a touch of fruity booze.

The medium body had plenty of carbonation and is very consistent. Not to boozy on the feel, and a great texture.

I liked this way more than the 10. The booze are under control, the spice is nice. It feels bigger than a dubbel, and in my opinion, it is more than a dubbel in experience.


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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings
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