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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of BMoldy
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and cloudy, with a large light brown head. Retention is good but a little disappointing. Moderate lacing.

S: Characteristic Rochefort banana-like esters dominate, though are less pronounced than in the 10. Instead, a more robust sweetness from the candi sugar fills the void. A light spiciness is also present.

T/M: A sharp brown sugar-like sweetness hits first, becoming milder and more caramel-like over time. The yeast and alcohol show in the middle, adding fruity notes and a general feeling of warmth that's maybe just a bit too hot. A bit of hop bitterness and herbal flavor comes next, though it gets kind of lost amongst the other flavors. Finishes with more ripe fruit and a faint hint of dryness. The mouthfeel is full and not too cloying, while the body is about medium. A light carbonation allows all of the flavors to stand on their own and lifts the body enough to keep it from being too heavy.

O: Nice and sweet, as I expect my dubbels to be. Though it's a little too hot, what I really like about this beer is the fact that it doesn't taste like a regular beer, but something that's been crafted to be different and arguably better than the rest. That's probably the number one reason I always come back to Trappist beers. Well worth trying at least once.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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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 PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of treque
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a very nice appearance, it shows a brown color on the body, semi traslucent and ruby highlights, there is a lot of carb and it generates a creamy richy dark sand color head, with a very good retention

S: totally winy, lots of fuirts, grape, plums, is sweet but also alcohol is percieved

T: the body is lighter than expected i would say medium light, the flavour is so deep, especially the throat warming wiht the alcohol, well balanced

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

Appears a dark brown that lets little light through with big light tan head.

Dark fruity aromas, undertones of citrus, some flowery, red grapes, cherry, just the right level of sweetness in there. Intricate.

Dark fruit in the taste with cherries and berries hitting first, some grape. Some grains appear on the back end but they're sweet and intermingle with the fruit. Finishes very clean with just a pleasant spiciness left.

Great initial spice. Well carbonated but not overly. Medium body.

Overall a high quality beverage.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of agent2550
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with brown-gold-yellow highlights.

Small creamy head. Slight smell: acidic, earthy, and a tiny bit of coffee.

Slightly sour/acidic taste, creamy "earthy" mouthfeel and alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: quite delicious!

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of shoop12
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark molasses color with an impressive off white, one finger head that is long-lasting.

Smell is candy-like with nice aromas of dark fruit mostly including dates and figs.

Taste begins sweet with dark fruits and a hint of ginger. Not too spicy but not too sweet. A nice blend of sweetness and bitterness with the high ABV apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and medium bodied that finishes extremely smooth for this style of beer.

After only having a few Dubbels prior to the Rochefort 8, I was rather pessimistic about Dubbels as a whole. However, this beer changes my outlook on Dubbels and would be something I would highly recommend to beer lovers of all styles.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not necessarily a 'milestone' review, but I thought for my 888th review, I'd stick with the '8' theme. Bottle poured into my new Leffe chalice.

Pours a ruby-hued mahogany with a thick finger-width creamy beige head. Nice wispy coating of the glass after each sip. The nose is sweet with notes of cider, strawberry, and a little yeast twang.

The mouth is quite bubbly and effervescent, almost too much so. I'd rather this be a little less spritzy, but that's just me. The fruit-like qualities carry over to the flavor as well. Apple, plum flavors noted. Candy-like sweetness on the finish. Yeast quality is mellow and not overbearing at all, which is how I like it. Adds just a touch of spice on the back end. All in all, this is a good beer. A pleasant sipper and treat to be shared.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 5,306 ratings
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