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 Arenbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Dating- 110214, 08:33

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a huge 2 finger head and tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. No lacing but leaves some really nice alcohol feet on the side.

S- Up front you get tons of floral fruity aromas and a nice yeast profile that gives a nice bready note and an almost buttered popcorn aroma hah. Also getting plenty of toffee notes and paler malts.

T- up front you get a nice strong champagne fruity like yeast thats fades to some creamy toffee and pale malts. So complex, honestly i cant figure it out. Definitely finishes heavy with a nice alcohol fullness. Dont know that i was ready for this beer being my first trappist 8. Overall its extremely bready and yeast forward with the slight floral and fruit profile.

M- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice wet and more sour funk finish than bitter.


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Photo of kohoutek
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped with 190814 and 07:48. No idea what it means, but there it is.

Beer pours a nice hazy dark amber/brown with a fluffy white head that rises and settles quickly. A very thin but present layer of whispy foam persists. A gentle swirling brings the head back to life.

This beer has a very pleasant fresh aroma of bee pollen, and dandelion blossoms. Aromas and flavors of honey, graham cracker, toffee, and caramel meld together. Higher fruity alcohols add an eggnog/slight banana/dark rum profile. There is a buttery, volatile acidity (ethyl acetate?) that is too present in the trailing end of aroma. The bitterness is very subdued and a higher finishing gravity supplies quite a sweet experience.

This beer is very complex and quite nice, but a bit too sweet/lacking in bitterness to be my favorite BSDA. Something about the balance is a bit off kilter for me.

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

Completely fills your mouth with taste -- it's all encompassing! Pours with a stunningly beautiful head, unusual in my experience for a beer this dark and with such high alcohol content. The carbonation is very delicate, creating a satisfying experience as it interacts with sensors throughout your mouth. Kind of strange, but the dominant flavor in my opinion is banana. Excellent beer!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a huge head.

N: Earth, bubblegum and spices.

T: Plums, figs, red grapes, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, hay, some floral spiciness and finishes with an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium bodies, nice carbonation and incredibly smooth!

D: I could drink a lot of these pretty easily.

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

11.2oz bottle, not exactly sure on date but its been in my collection at least a year now. served in a Chimay chalice.

A - pours with a generous, almost inch of very thick and frothy light tan colored foam, some speckled sediment on top. the beer is murky brown/amber in color, with some visible floating yeast.

S - sweet caramel, candi sugar, molasses, honey, and cola. slightly spicy yeast and cloves.

T - some dark fruits come alive right from the first sip, melding nicely with caramel, dark candi sugar, and chocolatey sweetness. second consists of slightly spic esters and booze attempting to balance the sweetness.

M - medium bodied with typical tight, frizzy active Belgian carbonation. beer lingers for a bit before disappearing into fizz. lingering coating sweetness and a moderate alcohol burn.

D - lovely. one to appease the biggest snob yet also accessible enough for a great intro for an inspiring advocate.

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Photo of aasher
1.38/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer poured a muddy, murky dark raisin brown in color with a light khaki head which laced the glass. I don't know what to think of the aromas. It's like nothing I've ever smelt from a Belgian dark. It is incredibly "spicy", astringent, and kind of hard to deal with. It's like rubbing alcohol mixed with Thai food. I'm thinking this could be a bad bottle? Possibly infected? I don't know. The flavor too, like rubbing alcohol and spicy, giving me a headache. Oh my god I can't believe this. I'm sooo disappointed! It's nauseating. This bottle is awful, downright awful. It kills me to drain pour. I've had the others before but this is my first "8". Apparently I'll have to try this again. When that time comes I'll revisit this review but WTF. $6 for this experience was horrible, and on my birthday? Come on.

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Photo of deschutesGROWN
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm moving through a series of Trappist ales, and after trying the Rochefort 10 yesterday, here I arrive on the Rochefort 8.

Similar in color to the 10, the 8 is a dark reddish brown, perfect amount of carbonation and head upon the pour. Those monks have something down! Its clear through the glass and is definitely alive following the pour.

This beer is quite a bit sweeter on the nose, with a mix of caramel/nutty notes. I would also say quite a but florally as well for a beer of this color and type.

The taste is what loses me somewhat. It was overpoweringly sweet on the back of my tongue and lingered through at least half the glass. Since the alcohol was peppery at best, it did balance out over time. Give it a chance, and it rewards.

Since its a heavy beer on the palate, as most belgians are of this character, it feels amazing when lolling it around. Perfect amount of carbonation is of no complaint.

I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, not as drinkable as the Rochefort 10, but if you like a slightly more sweet/aromatic brew, this one is one of the best beers in that category.

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

A- A good brown color with a muddy look to it

S- Sweet with subtle hints of citrus

T- A little underwhelming a little sweet at first and then the taste just trails off

M- very bubbly, the carbonation causes the beer to dance across the tongue

D- Easy to drink, you wouldn't even know that it was 9.2 ABV

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Photo of BatDaddy
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a snifter. Begins as an almost clear dark brown, but even with a delicate pour the yeast still manages to find its way to the bottle. Turns murky brown with a creamy bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Wish I could get the yeast to stay in the bottle but there's an abundance of it and I might just be out of luck. I'll manage.

S - Sweet dark malts. Mashed ripe bananas and a hint of clove. Undercurrent of sweet alcohol underneath, present but not at all overpowering.

T & M - I think maybe I've died and gone to heaven. Dark over-ripe fruits - raisin and plum. More ripe bananas and notes of clove. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish in the throat but that very quickly gets masked and smoothed out with all the sweet malt. The sweetness is dominant but very mellow. Hints of prickly spices here and there. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth I might be drinking cream. Touches of powdery Belgian yeast here and there, which is not surprising.

D - Excellent, even for a high abv beer. Delicious and uber-smooth.

What more can I say? If I could afford it, I would drink this every chance I could. How many ways can you say "delicious?"

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Photo of benclimbs
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours dark and beautiful with a nice head and a bit of lacing through the glass.

smell is just so classic - dark rich fruit, leathery earth, a bit of molasses and a touch of cloves. mmmm

taste is more of the same - an amazing balance of malts, spicey, exciting tounge-tingling yeast character with a solid backbone of hoppy goodness. this is an absolute classic belgian beer to the max.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible, it maintains all the body of a belgian quad or strong with none of the stickiness, so much carbonation, but not too much - refreshing, leaves an amazing feeling after the sip is done...i almost never give 5s for mouthfeel but holy crap this is legit.

overall, this is an exceptionally enjoyable, complex but together brew - doesn't attack the senses, just caresses them...damn good.

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Photo of sfz
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a deep, murky brown that let no light through at all. Modest head with good retention.

S - Smells nice. Almost like champagne, with balanced fruity notes.

T - This is where it turned sour. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or I just have no appreciation for this style, but the only discernible taste I got from this beer was an overpowered red vinegar flavor. This almost became a drain pour after about 5 sips, because it barely tasted like beer.

M - Moderate carbonation. The taste was just too unpleasant to keep it in the mouth for long enough to fully embrace the mouthfeel though.

D - I stuck it out, but struggled the whole way through. Not enjoyable in the slightest.

Overall, a disappointment. A shame, because I saved this bottle for last after splurging on a number of other trappists and more exotic ales. Might re-review at a later date.

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Photo of Willamette
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I finally had the opportunity to try a beer out of my price range that i normally wouldn't drink, thanks to a dear friend.
It poured into my tulip a slightly lighter than rootbeer color with a frothy head and abundant gyrating protein chunks. The smell was subdued but very pleasant with minimal distinct notes. The taste was crazy good. If only I could brew a beer that is as balanced as this I might never brew another style. Nothing was overpowering - not the yeast, not the grains, not the hops but the overall package was very flavorful. Again, the balance was incredible! The mouthfeel was just fine; not slick or sticky and only slightly dry, leaving the palette desiring another mouth full. Drinkability is addictive with barely a hint of the high alcohol content. This beer deserves its high marks regardless of what my numbers produce.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy chestnut color with a creamy off white head. It has lots of floaties.

S-Spicey, hint of clove, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. The nose was the highlight of this for me.

T-To be honest the flavors were very subtle to almost non-existent. What I could pick up included milk chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. For the most part these flavors seemed to come through in the aftertaste. The initial taste was very watery and mostly consisting of alcohol flavors. Very disappointed in the flavor.

M-Thinner than expected, but still creamy.

D-The drinkability suffers due to its lack of complexity. I couldn't drink more than one of these because there is just nothing there.

Overall, this was a major disappointment. I drank this a couple of years ago and remember it being good, but this time it was a major disappointment. The flavor was just bland, mostly consisting of alcohol. It looks good, smells good, and has a nice mouthfeel, but the flavor was just not good. I don't think it is worth the price so I doubt I will purchase this again anytime soon.

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Photo of TacoShark
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay branded goblet.

A: Rich brown Belgian ale color, somewhat disappointing head retention and little lacing downgrade its appearance somewhat.

S: Rich and malty, with a surprising fruit character bringing to mind notes of grape or plum.

T: The fruit notes from the aroma fade in the taste, and left it tasting mostly creamy and malty, with just a bit of deliciously refreshing sweetness. Ends with a warming, alcoholic finish. Just a really enjoyable beer.

M: Again, very smooth, creamy and malty. Fairly effervescent as well, with little bubbles that pop on your tongue. It's a fairly full-bodied mouthfeel for its type, but it works!

D: I only bought the one bottle from John's Marketplace in Portland. I wish I had more. This is a very tasty, very refreshing ale. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass. I dont see a bottled on or bb date.

The beer pours a nice dark murky brown with a ton of light fluffy tan head that explodes as it hits the glass. Had quite a bit of carbonation as well.

The smell is that of alcohol and fruit. I get grape, orange, grapefruit, and fig. I nice blend of hops and malt.

The taste.... Just beautiful. For how the brew smells, it delivers in taste. I love the beginning a nice tangy hop taste covers the pallet and finishes strong with fruit and citrus.

The M&D are great. I could drink this beer forever if i could afford it. It had a medium texture with a taste that makes you not want to take it down. I cant wait to try the 10!

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky gray brown, looks like dirty sink water. Pour produced one finger of beige head which had average retention.

Smell - lots of alcohol and yeast upfront. Also toasted grains, caramel, and dried fruit, raisins and plumbs.

Taste - massive alcohol presence accompanied by yeast, dark biscuity malt. Big esters and some phenols. Full and round beer with a long finish.

Mouthfeel - aggressive carbonation, heavy bodied, prickly feel. Champagne esque.

Drinkability - not my favorite style but an excellent representation of a Strong Dark Ale and a good beer despite my bias. Its big brother (#10) is much better IMHO. The alcohol in this brew overwhelms some of its more subtle aspects, that said its still fantastic. Well worth a try.

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

11.2 oz bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to warm up for roughly half an hour before opening. poured into an ommegang goblet. best before 070415 indicates it was bottled in april of 2010.

pours out nearly black, reveals a ruby red in the light. a fizzy finger and a half of light biege colored head that settles to a nice retentive creamy 1/2 inch layer. some decent webby lace.

the aroma is a bit lack luster at first, but starts revealing itself more and more as it warms. lots of interesting dark maltiness. fudge brownies, bits of molasses, slightly sweet ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, slightly sharp phenols, and light spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. solvent alcohols come in the more it warms.

again lots of interesting maltiness going on here. fudge brownies, molasses, a bit of solvent alcohol, spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of ginger, dark candied sugars, bread crusts, ripe fruits such as apples and pears, and a bit of dark dried fruits. sharp phenols towards the finish. complexity shows.

light and fluffy mouthfeel with still quite a bit of body. lots of fizzy carbonation.

a nice slow sipper that should be savored and the changes should be noted as it warms. i could definatly see myself drinking this again, and i highly recommend. to me, no american attempts even come close to any trappist product. thinking about the history and the monks that brew this while drinking even make it that much more of an expierience.

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

33cl bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2014

A - Rich, hazy dark brown with a decent tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving quite light lacing.

S - Very rich, malty smell with some alcohol presence, almost rum-like with a lot of fruity undertones.

T - Smooth roasted malts with an alcoholic spicy tang at the start, slight bitterness and fruity notes, goes down like silk with a little alcohol warmth at the end.

M - Very smooth, rich and creamy, with a silky smooth, warm finish.

D - Extremely drinkable beer, though with the alcohol content this is definitely one to savour rather than session.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a deep, dark brown, almost black with a huge head, dark beige and creamy, that settles to about 1 finger width before dissipating with a little latticework left on the surface.

S - not as big an aroma as I expected; needed to take a deep whiff to get a good read; smell is alcohol, roasted malts, dark fruits and a hint of coffee; the coffee notes come through stronger as the beer warms to room temp.

T - subtly smooth and discriminating; mild chocolate, dark roasted malts, dark fruits (plum, prune, fig?), coffee, and an ever so slight sweetness; the aftertaste is smooth with subtle hops and a floral touch.

M - good; medium with a little carbonation; gets a little sharp as it gets really warm.

D - high; this one goes down easy; if it weren't a higher abv, I'd want 3-4 in a row.

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Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Darkness tulip. Dark brown slightly translucent body, slightly hazy, with a one and a half finger off white mocha head, good retention and some lacing. Smells of spicy belgian yeast, some dark fruits, raisins, slightly bready. Taste follows pretty closely, but is much more fruit. Lots of fig, raisins, bread crust, yeast esters, light cloves, a little bit of alcohol in the finish. Medium light body with a medium heavy carbonation. Although a bit expensive, this is one of the best dubbels around. This and Rochefort 10 are two of my go-to Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Good stuff.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9.20% ABV. .33L bottle poured into a dimple glass. Pours very dark, cloudy brown with a big, pillowy cream-colored head. The aroma is clean and fruity: banana, berries, mild hops, and smooth malt. Big flavors in this beer including candy sugar, dark fruit, milk chocolate, caramel/ toffee, and bourbon. Phenomenal. The hops are a bit more present than other Belgians, and it makes an interesting complement to the rich vinous flavors. Another incredible and tasty beer from the St. Remy monks! I'd take this over the 10 any day.

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Photo of BFrost
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured deep opac mild chocolate color with two fingers of dense tan head which fades rather quickly, leaving a thin lace behind.

Smell fruit aromas, banana, citrus, dark cherry, grape, fig and malt. Tastes those aromas with raisins, a bit of caramel, and brown sugar. A rum aftertaste is definitely noticed, and I quite like it.

This beer is very creamy on the tongue and superbly smooth and malty as it goes down, although the alcohol is still very present, giving a warming sensation.

This beer is very complex and alcoholic, yet pleasantly smooth and easy to drink. Tis a true beer lover's delight and an ideal representation of the style!

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy dark brown with foamy cream colored head, fades to a thin layer, spotty lace.

Smell: diacetyl upfront and strong, overshadowing whiffs of dark bread, pear, and date.

Taste: dark bread, ripe black plum with just a touch of acidic cherry, dark brown sugar, a little diacetyl, out of nowhere comes a mild nutty-flavored coffee in the finish along with clove. A mild spicy hopping provides some balance. A little rum in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: medium bodied but overcarbonated.

Not a fan of the buttery component of the nose and it's too fizzy, but it's pretty tasty. Bottling code seems to indicate best by 4/15 i.e. bottled in 4/10.

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Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH laser etched chalice... Pours a dark mahogony color with a nice thick creamy head with nice retention and lacing

S- Smells very malty, dark fruits, cinnamon, phenolic

T- Very smooth tasting... malty sweet, cinnamon, nutmeg with a hint of bitterness and alcohol

M- Full bodied with light carbonation... leaves a great malty flavor lingering in your mouth

D- Very nice, though not as great as I had anticipated. None the less, a great Belgian Strong that I'm sure I'll drink again


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Photo of nickthetick
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured gently into a chimay goblet, hazy brown. Two fingers of tan head that don't leave much lacing. Even with a gentle pour a good bit of sediment managed to sneak into the glass.

S: sweet fruity malt, a lot of dark pitted fruit and figs. Brown sugars and a bit of cinnamon spice.

T: same dark fruit but with a little more of the biscuity roasted malt. Also a tad grape in the front and earthy and leathery in the back. A spiciness lingers and the alcohol isn't at all noticeable.

MF: medium body and chewy, the alcohol isn't that noticeable but it does warm a bit.

D: an exceptional beer and what the monks are all about make it that much more drinkable however it isn't an easy beer to find and that cuts down on it a little.

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