Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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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 cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to treat myself tonight for the "holiday." Been waiting on the 8 and 6 for a long time, the 8 goes tonight. 21.04.15 means this is almost a year old (I think).

Opens with probably the loudest burst of air I have ever heard from a 12oz. I immediately imagined bottle bomb but I am lucky tonight.

A- Dark brown body with a massive, foamy light tan head. This thing almost bursts out of my snifter! It falls to about one finger and retains there for a long time. Some suds stick and a few spots of lace.

S- Sweet brown sugar deep caramel malt comes to mind immediately, I feel like it will be extra sweet. Candi sugar? I also get some nice dark fruit, raisins, yeast spices, fresh bread and that signature Rochefort yeast profile. Some vanilla with warmth, making it very nice.

T- Once again I get a lot of sweetness, brown sugar feel. Raisins and fig/dark fruit work their way in along with spice, bread, vanilla and caramel.

MF- Silky feel with smooth carbonation at a moderate level. Certainly some alcohol warmth but it works out nicely.

DB- I like the overall flavor but it is just too sweet in my opinion. I usually never complain about sweetness either, cloying to me. Either way, it is a well made beer with one flaw that drags it down a bit.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, served cool in a St. B goblet. A casual pour yielded a finger of light beige head situated atop a cloudy brown liquid the color of cider in the fall. The head faded fast leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma was rich with sweet malt, candied dark fruit and an earthiness that invoked images of being outdoors in a forest. The taste followed the nose closely - figs and plums, sugary sweet malts and a slight spiciness with a light alcohol finish.

The mouthfeel was pleasant. It was full bodied, with medium (but pronounced) carbonation. Overall it was a very satisfying beer to sit and slowly enjoy.

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Photo of Stang895
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is delicious. Its actually milder than many of the Belgian Ales. Its rich mahogany color and 1/8th in head has created a very nice looking beer. Small particles of yeast have affixed themselves to the bottle. Its very drinkable and a must have for the beer aficionado.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beige head on top of a murky body with floating sediment throughout. Wonderful looking beer.

S- Malts, sweets, dark fruit.

T- Oh how good it is. Belgian yeasts and sweet dark fruit just as the smell. Malty caramels. These monks know what they are doing over there in Belgium.

M- Has a medium thick creamy texture that is just as smooth as ever.

D- Very.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, based on the "good until" date -- if I'm reading it correctly -- this is actually quite fresh. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Clear oxblood brown with a tan, fizzy head. Retention is OK, but it quickly recedes to a thin skin of froth.

Smell: Surprisingly bright and spicy. The malt is actually in the background, instead overcome by apple fruitiness and a rather run-of-the-mill clove spice; there just doesn't seem to be much here. I'm also getting an odd tobacco aroma that I can't really place.

Mouthfeel: Again, a bit underwhelming. The mouthfeel, given the big ABV and style, is very light and crisp -- perhaps even a bit overcarbonated.

Taste: Well, on the plus side, the alcohol is very nicely disguised. However, the taste is, wow, I really can't believe I'm saying this, but a bit bland, frankly. There's a vague caramel maltiness, a bit of fruit (fig, raisin, apple), some dextrose sugar sourness, but as was once famously quoted, "there's no there there." It's just all ends and corners; there's no middle.

Drinkability: I'm stunned. The 10 is a marvel, one of the richest, most complex, absolutely delicious beers the planet has to offer; it's amazing. This -- which I assumed would be its little brother -- is an entirely different animal. And that's not good, because it's a fizzy, thin, somewhat drab animal, and it ain't cheap.

It is spring, so perhaps my sinuses are a bit compromised, but I just don't think this is quite what I hoped it would be. I'd pony up the extra two bucks and go for the mindblowing 10 instead.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a challace

A: deep amber, beige head, looks sexy.

S: bright not as rich as the 10 but thats not always a bad thing.

T: spicy, yeasts come through, there is no booze what so ever just a complex enjoyable drink.

M: perfect.

D: smooth smooth. and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of peensteen
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown with light mahogany hues in the light, 1 1/2 fingers of tight white head, fluffy, good retention and good lacing. Smells of rich dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, light candy sweetness, yeast, dark bread and a hint of alcohol. Taste is of Dark fruit, brown sugar, fig, plum, raisin, sweet sugary notes and a touch of warming alcohol. Medium, slightly creamy, smooth as silk and a good feel on the palate. Excellent stuff, rich and complex but still subtle and approachable, ABV well hidden, lush and enjoyable. Truly a world class beer.

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

Hazy metallic brown with a tan to off-white, three finger head. The head remains through many sips.

Very yeasty and fruity aroma. Overripe fruit and doughy bread. Dates, pears, bananas, apples. Alcohol is present too.

Taste follows the aroma but slighty more mellow and dry. Crisp and full. More bready than fruity but the fruit is very present. Mutligrain sourdough with baked apples, raisins and dates.

Delicious and complex. Fruity and refreshing. Drinks fully but not heavy.

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Photo of 7UCK
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- The appearance of this is something of a Brown/ Autumn red hue. Nid 2 finger head.

Smell- Smell of something of a mixture of plum or raisens, almost something of a cherry.

Taste- Vewry unique and amazing taste. Something or a fruity, and spicy flavor.

Mouthful- Wonderful, the carbonation was very pronounced.

Drinkablity- I would drink this all ay everyday. Very satisfying.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out of the bottle a hazy brown. The head is huge, tan, super fluffy and is here to stay.

The aroma is bread, a hint of caramel, brown sugar, pear and fig.

Very smooth and a bit creamy. This beer packs an unbelievable amount of complex flavors. There is apple cider, black cherries, chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar and still more. The flavor then transitions to where the dark sweet flavors are in the background and the alcohol, phenols, clove like spice and an earthy semi-dry finish bring the sip to its end. The aftertaste has a character similar to a highly sweetened, light roast coffee. Three people drinking this beer would probably identify fifteen different flavors. It's altogether sweet and complex in the beginning but then earthy, spicy and dry in the finish.

This is a great beer. Anyone that loves Belgian strong darks will love this beer. Anyone that is a fan of dark, complex flavors will love this beer. Anyone that's a fan of beer should love this beer.

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a unfiltered muddy brown with bits yeast particles floating in it with a large light brown creamy head that had excellent lacing. The aroma was quite intense of sweet chocolate malts and an earthy yeast with notes of molasses, figs and plums. It tasted smooth and sweet with a slight acidic-alcohol flavor in the beginning and ended slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, dried friut and a mild alcohol aftertaste that lasted quite a while. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and very creamy yet oily in texture with a surprisingly lively carbonation. Overall I can sum it up in one word, YUM!!!!

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

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam on top of a dark brown body with little light showing through. the head actually seems to grow rather than settle and it develops large bubbles and meringue like peaks that leave thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - Spicy notes of caramel and dark brown sugar with a bit of plum.

T - Lots of toffee up front with allspice and some clove. More caramel notes come out in the middle along with a bot of brown sugar and some light molasses. The beer finishes with toffee and darker caramel as well as a hint of chocolate. Lingering toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, complex, and surprisingly dark. There is a whole lot of toffee throughout both the aroma and flavor with spicy notes that are not quite as fruity as I would have expected. The clove in particular is quite strong and blends well with the toffee and brown sugar. The beer finishes very dry, but with just enough sweetness to keep the caramel from tasting burnt. Not as intense as the 10, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with two fingers of head and decent retention.

Aroma is sweet caramel, candied cherry, banana bread, spices, and floral notes.

The flavor is led off my some caramel and toffee sweetness and a dose of peppery spice. Banana bread finish. Some lip gloss.

The body is a bit fuller than medium and carbonation is spot on.

Overall this beer is a classic for a reason. Well constructed, flavorful, deep, and still easy to drink.

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

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle says 250613

A: Pours a darker brownish color, with a small amount of white foam that dissipates after a minute or two.

S: Smells of malts and yeast, with a dark fruits, figs specifically. There is a hint of toffee in there too. No noticeable alcohol on this 2.5 year old bottle.

T: Super smooth and complex. Age has done this beer well. The malts and yeast are present, but doesn't dominate the beer, hints of figs and toffee can be discerned, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M/D: This beer had a perfect amount of carbonation, super smooth, even with as complex as this beer was, nothing dominated the overall flavor of this beer. It was one of the most well balanced beers I have ever had. Get a bottle with some age on it and enjoy this.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cola-colored, very cloudy. Two finger off-white head, no lacing.

Smells musty and woodsy. Less strong than I would have thought, but it is complex. Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, etc., with some alcohol underneath.

This beer hits the mouth first with fizziness and feels a bit like soda, but then bursts into thick flavors that mimic the nose and linger for awhile. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming the whole way, and also lingers afterward.

Mouthfeel is pretty great and mercurial--it knows how to be fizzy to accentuate the flavors without feeling overcarbonated.

This is very, very easy drinking for a beet above 9 percent ABV. I have to try the other two Rocheforts.

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Photo of enfield249
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy reddish brown, with a slightly off white head

S - Dusty, with a hint of fruit, maybe plums.

T - Funky, dark fruit, raisins, slight anise flavor, and candy sugar.

M - Full, with not to much C02.

D - Not bad, but I wouldn't want it every day. Very much a desert beer.

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

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - thick head that lingered. It's a dark, almost chocolately color. Definitely opaque. A bit of foam lingers around the edges and over the top of the beer.

S - Alcohol is definitely present (at 9.2%, not a surprise). Sweet fruit and some bitterness/hoppiness as well.

T - Initially, a strong pop of carbonation as it hits the tongue. After the initial taste, smooth, silky fruit. Raisins & chocalate undertones. There's a bit of an alcohol taste on the finish.

M - medium bodied, smooth, awesome.

D - It lived up to the hype. A delicious, outstanding beer.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer was a dark red color with a little brown. There was a light tan head on top that lasted a long time.

S: Like Rochefort 6, I smelled a dried fruit aroma, but the smell was more robust in Rochefort 8. I also noticed some of the alcohol as well.

T: I mainly tasted the dried fruit flavor, similar to Rochefort 6. However, this beer was sweeter and more complex overall. There was a strong roasty flavor that I guess would be from the type of malt used. The alcohol was blended well with the other flavors.

M: This beer had a good level of carbonation- somewhat on the lower side. The carbonation combined with the head foam created a smooth-drinking beer.

D: I really enjoyed this beer overall. While I noticed similarities to Rochefort 6, I definitely liked Rochefort 8 more. It seems the extra time utilized in making this beer made it better fit my taste preferences. If a longer brewing time brings about improvements for Rochefort's beers, then I am excited to try Rochefort 10 soon.

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Photo of steven9000
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer actually exploded on me when i opened it up.

appearance- Very murky brown color with small off white head

smell- dark fruit, Belgian yeast just a touch of alcohol and i actually kind of get a flat coca-cola smell also

taste- Again dark fruit some Bready notes spice and some alcohol. obviously taste the Belgian yeast and i also get some caramel notes also.

mouth-feel- Medium mouth-feel and the carbonation is pretty high on this one

drink-ability- Its pretty drinkable you can still taste the alcohol in it but yeah its not hard to drink by any means.

This beer definitely tastes like an old world beer.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Rochefort Chalice

A: Pours dark brown/mahogany, very hazy. Small 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S: Alcohol soaked dark fruits; slight prune, raisins, plum. Brown sugar, almost a bit of spiced apple cider glaze.

T: First the dark fruits rocket out on the high end, led by the fairly high, crisp carbonation, fizzing out to a smooth spiced malt base. The malt character is similar to a christmas spiced bread, with that apple cider glaze like flavor coming through a bit. Finish is light, smooth sweet bread. I do feel while I like the flavors, everything is very "high" in the palate, a nice low thud seems to be missing a bit (probably a lot to do with the carbonation). Other than that, this is terrific.

M: Fairly high carbonation, medium body. Once past the initial crescendo of crisp carbonation, the body smoothes out in the middle to create a luscious, almost viscous mouthfeel with a smooth and easy finish. Pretty chewy and dry. I could use just a little less carbonation and a bit more body.

D: This is the kind of beer I won't ever "not be in the mood for". Delicious, "soft", smooth, and not overbearing. I do prefer the 10, but this is still one awesome beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First impression is a toned down version of Rochefort 10. Which is good and bad in my opinion. Good, in that some flavors aren't so strong, bad in that some flavors are still there.

Appearance: Dark brown opaque, with a lighter brown head, can be voluminous, but dissipates fast, no lacing

Smell: Not as much of a distinct alcohol smell here, which is a plus. Other than that, plums, raisins, other fruit, and malt.

Taste: More plums, raisins, fruit, and malt, with a toned down version of that rum finish I noted from the 10.

Mouthfeel: Thick with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Needs to be sipped, but it is much more drinkable than the 10, you could actually have a second if you felt inclined.

Overall, I would go for this over the 10, but I still don't love it. I will try the 6, but I probably won't have the 8 or 10 again. Either they are just not my cup of tea, or they don't live up to the expectations I get when I see they are rated higher than Chimay Grand Reserve.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes like an ancient medieval potion. It brings to mind robe wearing monks slaving over giant metal kettles on an open fire. A murky fog hangs over the bog, a dark drippy forest lurks in the distance. Robin Hood is coming by with his thirsty band of merry men.

Pours a brown black with a big tan head that doesn't stick around too long. The mouthfeel is brothy with just enough carbonation. The bitterness level is low and there is no real hop aroma -- this is a malty, earthy beer. What can you say, it's an old school brew with mild pleasing flavors and a nice pleasant alcohol kick. Not an everyday beer... but one that is worth re-visiting every now and then so you can keep in touch with the long tradition of beer making.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/28/11

Appearance: Brown with orange hue, 2 finger mokah colored head that dissipates fast.

Aroma: Malts, dark fruits, some alcohol

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: very sweet not a beer I would recommend drinking all the time. but something that I would bust out ever now and again to drink. Very nice complexity


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

Poured into a wine glass at 47 degrees.

A- Slightly off white head with large bubbles and good retention. The beer is a hazy brown with slight red tints.

S- Fruity and woodsy with a bit of alcohol, sourness, and roasted nuts.

T- Dark fruit and a nice malty/bread flavor. There are definitely tannins, and though I'm not sure I would guess this had at least some time in oak.

M- High carbonation, the high alcohol gives it a medium body and a long finish that is warming and slightly bitter from the tannins.

D- I would definitely drink this again, paired with food it would be a real treat.

I would serve this with smoked meat, or something baked on a wooden plank, but nothing to acidic or sweet.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this one tonight with schmittymack at Rack and Rye in Denver (awesome food). Poured a murky brown color with a big tan head. Aromas of raisins, Belgian yeast, brown spices and dark bread. Medium bodied on the palate, with flavors of Belgian yeast, brown spices, raisins, dark fruits and chocolate. An excellent beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,375 ratings