Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 S7R4nG3
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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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  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort Goblet.

A- Hazy dark brown almost the same color as a beer bottle, head
dissipates moderately, leaving no lacing.
after taking a drink the lacing quickly falls back to the top of
the beer. Yeast settles on the bottom of the goblet.

S- Caramel, sweet dark fruits.

T- almost the same as the nose. got some light roasted coffee
with cream and sugar taste. lots of sweet caramel.

M- good carbonation. not too heavy.

O- Very good beer. would drink it again. not sure how it would go
with dinner. its so sweet it would be better to enjoy after
dinner as a dessert.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sharkophile
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Hazy dark brown color with a big tan head that dissipates quickly. You can tell this beer is heavily carbonated just by looking at it, with a ton of bubbles breaking the surface.

S: Smells fruity, with some spicy yeast and alcohol. Very inviting.

T: Mirrors the smell, with dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig), faint roasted flavors (coffee), a clove-like spiciness from the yeast and some alcohol. Finishes pretty dry.

M: Medium body with a ton of prickly carbonation. Very airy mouthfeel, which makes the flavors a bit more subtle.

O: A terrific Belgian ale. Would love to have this with some food next time.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of t420o
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Trappistes rochefort 8

A- pour produces a 2 finger tan head resting on a hazy brown head with amber hues. Head recedes quick leaving spotty lacing 

S- candied brown sugar, Belgian yeast, alcohol, toasted bread. Not the best smelling belgian abbey or even close 3 

T- brown sugar, over ripe dark fruits, belgian yeast, slightly boozy 4   

M- nice active carbonation with good viscotity 4.5

O- a good Belgian abbey but not the best I have had. 3.5


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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a dark brown, almost mahogany color. The head is unusual. It is a very fizzy tan color that starts at over 2 fingers and quickly dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around forever.

Dark fruit scents accompanied with lots of spices and herbs. There is also plenty of caramel malt and brown sugar.

Taste is very sugary. The malt and sugar are most forward, placing the complexity of the spices and fruit in the background.

There is a very high level of carbonation, producing a fizziness that is a slight distraction from the taste.

Overall, this was a slight disappointment after having Rochefort 10, which was the best Quad I've had. Not a poor beer, by any means, but the carbonation and high level of sugar was a bit off.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 090216. Poured into tulip.

A- Dark caramel pour with ruby highlights. Two finger light beige head that drops to a half inch cap. Lacing is decent.

S- Stone fruits and brown sugar. Vanilla with a touch of fruit cake. Alcohol is minimal but noticeable. Very doughy smelling.

T- Figs and dates, brown sugar with a hint of fruit cake and alcohol. Slight metallic taste I get from all Trappist beers.

M- Slightly thin, lively carbonation, almost no trace of the booze.

O- Very good, I found the Rochefort 10 to be a little hot, this one was spot on.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a mini-weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly non-transparent dark burnt caramel color. The tall, off white, 3 finger head lingers for 10+ minutes, and leaves nice cream lacing.

S - Full bready, biscuity yeast, dark fruit esters, raisins, currant, caramel, candy, and some spicy notes. Wonderfully complex and inviting.

T - Lovely dark fruit and raisins counter the caramel, candy, and almost smoky toasted malt. Yeast flavors prevail throughout, building to a spicy finish. Strong bold yeast and malt flavors play nicely with the many subtle ones.

M - Medium bodied, coarse throughout, and slick on the finish.

D - Exceptionally built, subtly complex. A great beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: Pours a very hazy brown with slight amber hues and a one finger head with very fine bubbles that lingers very nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: slightly sweet malty character, not much else is discernible here
T: very nice malty and nutty character throughout, leaves a nice nutty taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, smooth as can be, leaves a bit of a warming feeling on the palate
O: just a perfect representation of the style, hits everything spot on, i still think that it is just slightly below omeegang abbey ale but we shall see how the numbers pan out

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,374 ratings