Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a chalice a deep mahogany with a nice eggshell head that retains well, leaving some streaks of lace on the glass. Typically, as with many trappist brews, this thing oozes craftsmanship and tradition. Lots of sugary, dried fruits in the aroma: apricots, figs, raisins, papaya; bready with a hint of spice. Allowing to warm a bit before drinking, revealing flavors of caramel malts, toasted banana bread, apricots and figs, Belgian yeast, with a slight alcohol bite. Medium-bodied, full of flavor, and a pleasure to imbibe.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Appears with lively head which quickly settles down to leave a small patch of continuously bubbling lacy foam, a characteristic of the Rochefort series - lively carbonation. Colour is a dark brown, almost black colour with perhaps a slight orange tinge to it.

Smells pungently alcoholic, almost like a spirit, with some fruits and very vague hops coming through.

The taste is strong and complex - another Rochefort characteristic - very alcoholic, but with a huge malt flavour coming through, balancing it out with a dark, not quite but almost burnt sweetness. Dark fruits and a tiny bit of hops.

Overall an excellent beer, a good diplomat of the style. Now i'm anxious to finish this so I can go and finish the drink!

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Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet. Les Brassins. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Dark brown with a tall head of foam and nice lacing.

S: Cherries, raisins, molasses and caramel. For all the various aromas, this is superbly balanced.

T: Dried cherries, raisins, walnuts and molasses. Alcohol is frighteningly well hidden. Very smooth.

M: For such a dark beer, it has a thinner mouth feel than I expected.

D: Absolutely spectacular dark Belgian ale that I will definitely drink again. Prices here in the states aren't even much more than what I paid in Belgium.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What I wrote about Chimay I'll "ditto" with Trappistes Rochefort 8. Smooth, creamy and extremely tasty. By far an absolutely fantastic beer. My friends would "second" my opinions for they got to share in our beer drinking exploits when we brought back many a bottle of Rochefort 8. In the Brussels grocery stores this beer is plentiful in supply at a very reasonable price. Getting them home is a chore but well worth it.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter
Bottle Numbers: 210415 and 08:41

A: Pours a hazy cola brown, with a solid 1 fingers width of very bubbly off white colored head. Head dissipates very quickly to a thick film which then hangs around for a good part of the drink but leaves no appreciable lacing. All kinds of sediment floating around.

S: Strong yeasty aroma, mixed in with a nice sweetness of ripe dark fruits and plum. There is a subtle alcohol presence as well.

T: The first sip has a nutty character. There are also hints of plum, sweet malts, and a roasted flavor. The alcohol comes out towards the end of the drink, but in a very mild way. Front start to finish though, this beer just doesn’t have the strong flavor characters I was hoping for. It is not very rich, and the overall flavor profile just seems a little too subtle for my palate’s liking. It also lacks the complexity I was hoping for.

M/D: Lively and bubbly in the mouth. Too light of a mouthfeel, and slightly over carbonated for my liking. It does do a nice job of hiding the high ABV.

O: Overall I was disappointed with this beer. It’s certainly not terrible, but having recently tried the Rochefort 10, it is nowhere near the caliber beer that the 10 is, so it was a pretty big letdown. It was just too light and the flavors weren’t strong enough for my liking. I probably should have tried the 8 first, and then my opinion might be different.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown almost ruby-reddish with a tall fluffy foam head. Recedes to a rich and creamy blanket that remains for a long period of time. Very nice lacing.

S: Cherries, raisins, dried figs, dates, bittersweet molasses, caramel, some faint citrus, and some alcohol. Quite complex and well balanced.

T: Dried/candied fruits upfront with cherries, raisins, and even banana. Some nutty walnut notes. Molasses and caramel follow, with an earthy grain taste in the finish to balance everything out. Alcohol very well hidden in the taste. Very smooth and balanced superbly.

M: Nice slightly oily mouthfeel with a surprising thinner mouthfeel than expected.

D: Very good belgian strong dark ale. I'd love to drink this all night long, especially considering the hidden alcohol, but that would be dangerous. A bit pricey but worth every penny.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-06-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy walnut. The head was initially 1.5 fingers with a hard pour. The head lasted well in a Duvel glass. Mild lacing.

S - Rasin, fig, light-medium roasted grain, with some sour yeasty aroma too.

T - Raisin, fig on a sweet roll with a light, lemon-citrus glaze. Mildy sour but not funky yeast taste. The alcohol is present and pleasing.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a volcano of little bubbles that continues in the middle of the glass for many minutes. Crisp finish.

O - A very fine belgian ale. My wife and I both like it quite a lot and better than the 10. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 11.2 very hard pour gave about a 4 finger head thats shows a very light tan color and very fluffy body, deep brown color, not the best retention, recedes to solid foam on top.

A - belgian yeast, sweet dark fruits, toasted malt, maybe a touch of honey, brown sugar, almost a biscotti influence, nutty with subtle alcohol pushing through

T - there is much more of the same, sweet dark fruits, nutty flavors, raisins, yeasty ethanol is very present and quite hot, almost a dark rum flavor with less alcohol presence obviously. subtle prickle

M - medium to full body, good amount of carbonation, slightly slick, not as smooth as i thought but time maybe could change that. filling. you can definitely see how this could be a decent meal replacement with its body and filling characteristics.

O - its a very good beer, i honestly am much more of a fan of belgian pales than darks but this is the best ive had to date of the style. wouldn't mind having a very old vintage of one of these.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head is big and tan colored. As it settles there is some light lacing on the glass left behind. The aroma is earthy with a mix of coffee. The taste resembles coffee as well along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and not really heavy like some dark beers. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall I though this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy brown with a billowing tan head. There are nice snap-crackle-pop sounds while I wait for the gorgeous head to fall a bit so I can pour more. Surprisingly, almost no lacing is left on the glass. Scent is wonderfully complex - lots going on here, but I'm picking up toffee, raisin, maybe a little plum. A tasty malty sweetness (caramel, raisin, plum) comes through strongly, with a slight touch of bitterness in the finish to balance it out. It all fits together perfectly. A mild alcohol taste began to come out more as it warmed. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, chewy, and absolutely sublime. Just an outstanding beer.

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

Time to get back to Belgium.

Pours vigorously from the bottle, it's a hazy brown color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are nutty and sweet, with hints of booze and oak. Very pleasant.

Taste starts out nutty, with caramel malt sweetness, and hints of tart fruits. Finish is crisp, dry, a bit boozy, earthy, and warm. Full flavored but not strong, also with wonderful balance.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth, full bodied, yet not at all heavy.

Overall, this is superb. I glad I spent the money to buy this pricy little bottle, because this is outstanding.

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Photo of DrewV
2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. Some unfiltered residue remained in the bottle after a careful pour.

A: A 3-finger off-white head sits atop a dark brown liquid body in the glass. Not much light getting through.

S: Light fruit up front, cherries, some overripe dark fruit, lots of Belgian funk. A curious aroma, not sure if I've encountered this exact smell before.

T: Follows the aroma, only much stronger. More funk, cloyingly sweet, heavy on the malt, but not in a good way. An odd mix of light and dark fruits, in conjunction with a somewhat thin body, make this a wierd combination.

M: Thin body with less carbonation than the head would suggest. This would benefit from a heavier body and a more aggressive carbonation.

O: A decent ale, but not one I would seek out again. The combination of heavy funk and the opposing light and dark fruit flavors make this a one-and-done for me. I guess the best feature of this ale is the totally-hidden alcohol. I couldn't smell it, nor could I taste it. But strangely, I would almost welcome some alcohol flavor mixed in, because the existing flavors were not pleasing to me at all.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance - Glossy light caramel head with opaque dark brown body.

Smell - Overripe dark fruit.

Taste - Alcohol heavy. Almost a little salty. Could be FUCKING RESIDUE in my mouth due to a prank earlier tonight. But I'm assured by everyone else that this beer does taste salty...

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer but i'm a little too ruined by tonights prank, and a little too paranoid to trust the beer i'm having. i'll get back to this another day.

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Photo of ottovon
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours out a ruby brown color, with a large, light brown head that faded down to just coat the top of the beer.

S: i get brown sugar, some toffee, raisins, dark fruit, belgian yeast, and sweetness. There is also a little sting of alcohol.

T: the aroma carries through on this. toffee, brown sugar, fruit. it finishes with a slight bitterness. some roasted malt, and alcohol as well.

M: it has a medium-thin body, with medium carbonation.

O: this is a good belgian beer, that i would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westy chalice.

A- Two finger big frothy beige head, well carbonated, dark dark brown appearance; red orange hues come out, beautiful lacing. Attractive beer.
S- Wow, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, brown sugar, slight toffee aroma, very nice smell, malts, big complex aromas.
T- Big complex beer, so much going on, sweet, toffee, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, alcohol is present, but does not take away from the beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy and smooth.
O- Another great beer from the Trappistes of Rochefort. Really complex, and tasty, I prefer the 10 to the 8 but they are both amazing beers that I will be drinking for years to come.

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Photo of jmeyers78
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A-Dark reddish brown with 1" off white head that quickly settled out.

S-Plums,raisins, a little malt. Slight scent of alcohol.

T-Wow. A lot going on here. Sweet fruit flavors, mainly plums and raisins. Picking up some maltiness. Almost no alcohol flavor considering this is 9%ABV.

M-Very smooth. On the creamy side with plenty of carbonation

O-Awesome beer. One of my favorites. So complex and smooth.

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Photo of ajcobb24
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rochefort 8 has about one half a finger of head on the initial pour. C Appearance was medium to dark brown and pleasing to the eye. Some dark yeast specks could be seen floating near the bottom of the glass that I poured it into.

Smell - The smell of the beer is quite sweet and full bodied. I smelled raisins and plums.

Taste - The taste to this beer was very mellow and pleasing. All tastes were in perfect balance. I could taste raisins and plums as it went down. Very slight caramel note as well.Could not taste the alcohol content at all.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavily bodied. The beer was very smooth and pleasing.

Overall - This beer was very good. Almost perfect, but not quite there yet. I guess I am a little hard to please. A very well-brewed beer. I would have liked the taste that I experienced during the middle of my sip to have been a little stronger.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- light tan head that holds together nicely for a belgium. Hazy brown.

S- First aromas of mild rum then I pick up on fruity esters of fig and banana, and some hints of brown sugar.

T- smooth alcohol flavor. Hints of brown sugar. Fruits: banana, fig, and raisin. balanced Belgian spice.

M- Well balanced body, however on the low side. Creamy and rich.

O- Overall very pleased. I have a Belgian Dark Strong Ale fermenting now and if it is half the beer this is I'll be pleased!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by February 24, 2015 (bottled in 2010)

A - Clouded brown body with red light, a loose light tan head sits atop and quickly thins.

S - Rich dark fruits, cherries, toffee, Very nice.

T - Nice malty body, Belgian spice, good fruit profile. some chocolate and toffee in there too.

M - Very present body, feels a bit thin for the expected size.

O (D) - a great tasting and complex beer. Exquisite, not perfect. Something to keep trying for sure.

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Photo of machostacos
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/4/15.

A: Deep ruby-hued brown - very pretty color. Towering, soapy cream-colored head that shrinks down to a small cap on top of the beer. Very effervescent. Much clearer than its little brother (my fault on the pour of the Rochefort 6 - waaay too much crud floating around.) Zero lacing.

S: A milder Rochefort 10 ha. Rich butter, toffee, caramel, dank cave-like must, prunes and dates and some slightly rotting dark sweet cherrie, a little nuttiness, and some cotton candy. So complex and wonderful - I could curl up inside this glass! There was a slight metallic twinge at first, but it seems to have disappeared...hmm.

T: Beautifully rich; buttery burnt caramel, sticky sweet stone fruits, nuts, old leather and rich tobacco with that very slight metallic edge. Hmm...I wonder if there's something wonky with this bottle that's causing that metallic-ness.

M: Creamy and rich. Not quite as sticky as its rich flavors might suggest, though it makes me smack my lips in delight. Mouth-coating and chewy.

O: Undoubtedly Rochefort 10's little brother - it's (obviously) a milder spitting image of Trappistes Rochefort's flagship 10. Richness and high ABV limits you to one or two, but that's really all you need. An exceptional Belgian Dark (heck, this could stand up to any Quad and do just fine), and certainly a benchmark for either style. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of ludachris
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hazy brown body shifts to a stunning cherry amber hue when held to the light. A high level of carbonation feeds the nearly three fingers of fluffy and thick beige head with wonderful retention. This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Edit: now that I've decanted the rest of the bottle and the sediment is in the glass, the haziness has increased tenfold and the beautiful cherry amber colour is harder to make out. It's still a fine looking beer but no longer a 5 for me.

Fruitcake is one of the first things that comes to mind after a quick whiff. The nose is incredibly rich. Warm and sticky raisons are layered on top of overly ripe dates and plums which are then sprinkled with brown sugar. The alcohol character is rum like and very sugary, pairing wonderfully with the dark fruits.

A hefty punch of sugary rum like alcohol steps in immediately, spreading itself along the sides of the mouth. It's pronounced but still enjoyable. Alcohol soaked raisons and dates are smattered on the middle of the tongue. The intensity of their sweetness increases as the beer moves along and the alcohol recedes. I still get a bit of that brown sugar character from the nose and it fits nicely in the taste.

Its creaminess and density is something to be enjoyed in itself. Medium to full bodied with an ample amount of carbonation and perfect balance. The booziness in the finish gives it a dry feel in the end.

This reminds me of why BSDA's are one of my favourite styles. Rich, full, and very flavourful. One bottle is a perfect serving. The alcohol presence in the taste was a bit too much for a 4.5 from me but I will be more than happy to revisit this down the road.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Belgian Beer Cafe in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured almost black, but more like a very dark brown. Extremely hazy making it look opaque. Half finger khaki head from the pour with weak lacing and no head retention as it was gone fast.

S - Nice and boozy with some fruitcake and lot's of rich, dark fruit. Really inviting with the dark fruit mix. A hint of sugar is there too.

T - Delicious with dark fruits and a nice cherry or plum note. Not too sweet. No alcohol in the flavour. Straight dark fruit makes this very nice.

M - Soft feeling with mild to medium carbonation and a medium body. So very soft and delicate with a slight chew. Feels great.

O/D - Very tasty beer from Rochefort. Nothing they make has been close to average for me. Very drinkable and complex. Nothing to complain about at all.

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Photo of danedelman
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am editing my review as my tastes have come around a complete 180.

A-deep mahogony with a nice 2 finger creamy white head.

S-dried fruit, candi sugar and dark malts. very fruity. dryness typical to trappist ales.

T-same as the nose with the flavor. Very well done, perfectly fermented and bottle conditioned.

M-medium bodied with a high carbonation which was making for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured into a Rochefort chalice. Pours a dark, brandy colored reddish-brown. Lots of haze blocks out almost all light. A gentle pour to avoid the loads of sediment at the bottom produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Lots of sweet, fruity alcohol, dark fruits (figs or dates).

T- Amazing. A lot of alcohol at first, but not at all in a harsh way, is surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol produces an array of delicious rum and dark fruit flavors, which especially take over towards the end with lots of dates, figs, and apricot. Spiciness is consistent throughout, although it gives way to fruits towards the end. The malt character is amazing, thick, bready, and sweet like molasses. Phenols are considerable. Hops are pretty much entirely absent.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.15/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. There is a hint of funky smell coming off this one, just like the 10 I just reviewed. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, spices, and slight Belgian yeast. Again, slight funk comes through in the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely flat and thick. This does not work well for this beer at all in my opinion. Overall, this seems to be another bad beer. I just gave the 10 a horrible review and this one is pretty bad too. I bought both bottles from the same store. Both were stored in a cooler at a high end bottle shop so I am not sure what happened on these. I will have to get another bottle of this one too so I can confirm infection issues.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,280 ratings.
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