Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,269 Ratings
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 arturorg
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Westmalle chalice at 12 degrees Celsius

A: dark red brownish, almost no head, slight to no lace.

S: Brown sugar, spices, dark sweet malts, bread.

T: Sweet, bitter, kind of buttery taste, the alcohol it's very present, raisins.

It's a very good beer kind of strong for me the alcohol make me feel like I'm drinking a hard liquor, but it's a round beer that it's going to need a couple of tries before the final verdict.

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is very rich. Carmelized sugar, dark fruits and rich malt. Very deep. If an aroma can be thick, this is it.

Pours a deep, cloudy amber color. Head is about a half an inch thick....quickly dissapates.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. The body is primarily made up of dark fruit...raisins....brown sugar. Fairly sweet from front to back, there isn't much deviation on the flavor profile throughout. The alcohol is noticeable from the first sip, even when cold. It isn't to the point of being detracting, but it is certainly there. Very little hop bitterness here at all. Finish is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not quite as thick as I had expected.

Reminds me of a dopplebock with some sweetness reduced, higher carbonation, a thinner consistancy, and with a boozier finish.

I thought it was a pretty good beer, although for the price I can't see myself returning to it for the simple fact that I believe I can get beers that are similar to this for a lot less money. That said, I did enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of Offa
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is absolutely incredible and one of the shining stars among Belgian beers in my opinion: complex, full-bodied, balanced and characterful with full flavour yet lots of subtlety.

Hazy brown-red amber, it has a huge tan head steadily shrinking to a lasting tin foamy top and leaves some foamy lace.

Aroma is incredibly wonderful - lots of toast, caramelised bread crust, ginger bread, caramelised plums, raisins & golden figs, then fresh plums, wood, and more. It is rich and complex.

Taste is similarly incredible, complex with lots of zingy herbal wood, rich caramelised bread & spices, lots of rich fruit, esp. plums, caramelised dried fruits. Mostly balanced, it has a faint lean to the sweet side. Despite strong flavour and rich complexity, it is incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, a nice dark mahogany body with a tan head that sits about an inch thick and quickly settles into a nice lace around the glass.

Smells a bit estery with a dark fruit presence. Opens up at bit as it warms, giving of more spicy notes.

Taste is a bit estery and noticeably spicy. These monks really know what they're doing here. A light toasted malt backbone before the yeast really comes in and takes over. Alcohol gives a warm presence without being harsh.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body feel. Overall a great BSDA there really defines the style.

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Photo of aepb1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to vapodge for sharing
Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet

A- red/brown, darker than the 6 with a creamy white head

S- malty breads just like the 6 with a bit more of the alcohol in the nose

T- Sweet bready malts at first, fruit works its way in there, nice complexity

M- Smooth, creamy, good carbonation (right on the edge of too much/enough) to balance out the creaminess

D- complex flavor mixed combined with the mouthfeel is awesome!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

updated review:

bottle stamped 070715. appearance the same. aroma is better, more malty aroma- but still a bit of that odd "scented dishsoap" smell. I still think the taste is a bit one-noted, but it's better. mouthfeel is the same.

updated score: 5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

330ml bottle. stamped 141014, which I understand to be "best by October 14, 2014". based on research, they are dated 5 years out from bottling.

initial pour into snifter is limited to 2/3 of the bottle, as the creamy head builds to about 3 inches thick and threatens to overflow the glass. a dark chesnutt brown color, but competely opaque, even when held to the light. smell is a wierd boozy soapy aroma.
oddly, the taste seems to lack the typical complex flavor of the style. raisin is the only flavor I pick up. not terrible, just very dissapointing.
mild carbonation and medium body.

based on the discriptions in the other reviews, I really wonder if I got a bad bottle. I'll try to pick up another one when I get the chance and re-review. I'll just give it the average 3 on drinkability for now.


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Photo of bbkd3b
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, after trying the 10, I waited patiently to try this again. Now I have... Wow. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice, dark brown. Very foggy brew, I can't see through the glass at all. The head pours nice, creamy, and frothy. Very thick. It dissipates a little, but what's left behind are layers of lace sticking to the glass.

S: Delicious maltiness. Caramel, brown sugar, candy.... Heck, it smells kind of like freshly baked cookies. WOW! After this, I can't wait to taste the darn thing. Very deep and complex.

T: Oh my God. Very sweet brew at first. Tastes almost like cinnamon bread when it touches my tongue. Incredibly sweet, with so much going on I'm playing catch-up with my palate. It doesn't end there, though. After a few moments, it gives way to spicy cloves and just a slight, alcohol twist at the finish. Amazing, really.

M: The body is creamy, albeit kind of light. There's a vague warming that happens thanks to the booze. Perfect carbonation.

D: If this were more affordable, I'd buy it all of the time. Alas, I'm stuck with buying Rochefort by the bottle, and normally only one. That's the beer's biggest downside... I'll take it.

Overall/notes: Once again, Trappistes Rochefort absolutely blows me away. Perhaps it's a notch down from their 10, but it's not a big difference. This is a must for any beer drinker, really. It made for great company while I was doing my homework.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice because I don't have a Rochefort one. Best by 4-7-15, enjoyed on 8-25-2010. 1cm light tan head quickly reducing to thin layer of bubbles. Hazy brown color with light purple tint. Maybe the width of the chalice is adversely affecting the perception of clarity.

Aroma of raisins, fresh pine needles and pine bark, toasted cracker/bread, just a hint of charcoal smoke somehow too. Taste initially grapefruit and light pepper, then dried figs, dates, and sweet malt slowly pop up and lasts through a drying bitter aftertaste on the roof of my mouth.

Carbonation feels very crisp but passes quickly, a bit like a quick shot of grapefuit soda. Finishes feeling very nicely balanced. The 9.2% ABV is superbly hidden in the flavors and lingering aftertaste. This would be quite drinkable except for getting plastered from the high ABV. Great stuff, which there had been more than just 1 bottle left at the store when I got it!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy amber brown with little chunks floating around. Tastes of burnt brown sugar with bready malts lingering. Very delicious. The mouthfeel and finish was quite smooth and so damn easy to drink. I was very impressed with this beer. I would love to try more again soon.

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Photo of bala747
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful, beautiful beer, probably the best Trappist I can find in Singapore.

A: Pours a rich, deep brown into a goblet glass with little head and no lace. In fact this was the 'worst' part of this beer because pretty much everything else about it was exceptional.

S: Warm, rich smell of charcoal, candy and some cinnamon, and lots of wholegrain bread. I almost detected butterscotch and shortbread. The complexity of smells is simply amazing.

T: This is easily one of the best tasting beers in the world. For a beer that packs 9.2% of alcohol it tastes of everything else but alcohol. It tastes a lot of shortbread and rye bread with hints of butter. Imagine a rich, well spread meal with lots of starchy foods. No wonder the monks call this 'liquid bread' because it tasted of pumpernickel, rye bread and brezel. I Was just blown away by the taste. As my friend put it, 'my tongue just had an orgasm tasting this beer'.

M: For a beer this strong it was exceptionally smooth. If it didn't cost S$18 a bottle I would have easily downed a few of these.

D: Do I even need to say anything at this point?

Overall: BEAUTIFUL. Simply BEAUTIFUL. A spectacular, world class Trappist that you know right from the first sip, that this beer is a labour of love by the Trappist monks. I raise my half-empty glass to them in respect.

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Photo of foogerd
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark murky brown with a luxurious tan head with tightly packed bubbles
S- sweet bready malts rather quiet smell
T- a bold thick sweet taste of cherries brown breads some spice i think its cloves which balances out the sweetness, really tasty, a bit of a boozy finish. Theres a bit of complexity here that i just cant decipher but a really tasty
M- really pleasant carbonation n thickness to this brew
D- i feel the alcohol but this drink redeems itself with its taste
Go out and get one right now I havent tasted something this good in awhile

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Photo of racer2k
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into my favorite tulip glass

A - dark brown ruby colored beer with a very dense three finger cake batter colored head that sticks around. Lot's of yeast sediment swirling around in my glass. Beer leaves a light impression of lacing around the glass.

S - Freshly baked bread, malt and a strong fruity yeast profile are present. Be sure to drink this beer on the warmer side of your comfort zone as the flavors really improve the warmer the beer gets. Hints of clove, spices are present with a peppery aroma to the beer. Very complex.

T - Cloves, fresh baked bread, yeast and spices are all present in this complex profile. There is a detectable malt backbone underneath which finishes in the taste. Warm alcohol presence is front and center with this 9.20% beer.

M - Medium body beer that is thick but carries a light to moderate carbonation. Beer is very sticky and bubbly to the tongue.

D - Drinkable beer that masks the 9.20% alcohol very well but it should be quite obvious that sippng this beer and letting it warm up over time will provide more enjoyment and quite an interesting roller coaster of flavors. Very dynamic and complex flavor profile to this beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall thin glass.

A: Despite my best efforts to keep the pour calm, it still created a whopping 4 1/2 fingers of head, or in other words as much head as body. This very slowly dissipates as the body builds underneath it. Back-lit this beer looks like orange flame fossilized amber; not totally clear but resonant in a nearly mystical way- a true Trappist ale.

S: Almost no hop profile, but a substantial malt platter makes up the core of this nose. I detect some sweet sugary cherries, and something like artificial lemon, which is interesting but almost detergent-like.

T: One word dominates this flavor: Sweet. There is no initial hop rush or anything but sugary malts and candied dark fruits for the first half of this flavor experience. The sweetness lasts throughout the ENTIRE taste and is still there when the aftertaste is fading. Near the end some toasty malts rise but never really take over. Some minimal hops are noted near the end, but they are quenched in the malts and drenched in sugar.

M: Warm, very smooth, and the slightest bit prickly with alcohol. Beautiful.

D: Highly drinkable, but it lacks any moments of dryness that invite the mouth to come back for more.

Overall: I was blown away by 10, but I am not by 8. This is a well crafted beer, but it seems to overly sweet to me. Maybe I am drinking it to warm, I don't know. Certainly something I will keep trying, and still worthy of the Trappist name. Perhaps it is my own lack of understanding or appreciation that causes my reaction to this beer, for I have hesitation in doubting the monks' ability to craft incredible ale at the Rochefort monastery.

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

Poured on 08/20/2010 into an English pub (real) pint glass, in high altitude Colorado, and again in Ghent, Belgium, and again in Castle Rock, Colorado (I revisit my absurdly high reviews to make sure they're in check). This review largely reflects the bottle I had in Ghent, which was substantially different than the bottles I purchased in Colorado.

Appearance: 3+ finger head retains well. The head sits there for a long time tempting you. Slight carbonation judging by the bubbles. As to be expected from this beer style, it's a very dark caramel-brown, but while clear in its own right, you can't see through it. It isn't a solid colour, but it's not hazy, murky, or even particularly cloudy either.

Smell: Not a bold scent. Has an unpleasant yeasty smell, but overall not an unpleasant character. Not a clean aroma per se. A bit murky. Candied sugar. Caramelized malts. A light raisin aroma. Maybe a hint of nuts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

Taste: First the core of it hits you - a strong pleasant assault of dark (but not in a stout kind of way) deliciousness, then you get the finish - a kind of nutty but crisp and refreshing blast of goodness that leaves you wanting another sip. It's cleanly and carefully balanced. Lovely biscuity yeast complements, and rides through to the finish. The caramelized malt is pleasant as well. No alcohol comes through. Slight spice on the finish - but not a 'hot' spice, more a neutral cooking spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a touch of teasing coarseness on the finish. Not quite heavy - but moderate. Not overly carbonated, but not flat. A bit dry on the finish. Perfect.

Drinkability: I'd buy me a case if it didn't cost so much. The finish leaves you aching for another. This is a treat to be enjoyed in any season.

As far as strong ales (or Dubbels) go, this may be the best offering I've had. I'd give the Colorado bottles a B rating, but the Ghent serving was definitely an A+.

A+ (4.7)

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Engish (real) pint glass at around 6,000ft. altitude on 8/19/2010.

A: Very large head with very good retention. Opaque brown color in the glass.

S: Rather unpleasant yeast-like smell with few other notes.

T: Some of the alcohol comes through a bit in the beginning, but the finish has a nutty flavor. Great taste experience overall.

M: Smooth, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Leaves a bit of dryness that has me coming back for more.

D: I could drink bottles of this and enjoy it the whole way through.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle drank right before i drank the rochefort 8. out of a st bernardus chalice. ill try not to compare the two that heavily, but its going to be hard not to.

A- the beer comes out of the bottle a murky brown colored body with reddish brown highlights when held near a light. a smallish beige head forms and leaves more quickly than i would have expected. nice rings of lacing get left behind.

S- sweet brown sugar and burnt caramel. lots of dark fruits. figs, dates, plums, raisins, and cherries. pretty typical of the style. a little bit of clove form the spicy yeast.

T- the burnt caramel and sweet brown sugar come back just as expected. the dates and figs lead the parade of dark fruits, with cherry, fig, raisin, and plum behind. a little banana too. weird. the alcohol makes an appearance. a little bit of clove in here too.

M- light bodied. high carbonation. about what i was expecting mouthfeel wise. theres a slight warming from the booze.

D- easy to finish this bottle. i think i prefer this one to the rochefort 10. oh well. i really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a big bubbly beige head that recedes to a thick rocky cap with bubbles feeding from underneath.

The aroma is sweet with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and plenty of dark fruits, raisins and figs especially. Thick sugary malts and spices are also present.

The taste is a step above the aroma with an array of flavors hitting me all at once. There is an initial sweet fruit and yeasty sweetness which gives way to the chewy malts and candi sugar forming the backbone. The finish is sweet and rich with a boozy presence and a lightly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is lively with lots of carbonation which aids in keeping the body from getting to heavy.

Creamy and dessert-like, this is an after-dinner sipper to say the least. Complex and damn tasty.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 300mL Krusovice chalice.

Appearance: Purs a dark caramel color with a very large tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind some tiny lace spots. Many bubbles around the inside of the glass. Also has lots of visible pieces of sediment floating around.

Smell: Weak smell overall- plum and slight yeast with alcohol.

Taste: Begins with sweet/tart grape and plum flavors, finishing alcoholic with a hint of yeast. Also has hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy body with sharp carbonation and a dry, warming, alcoholic finish.

Drinkability: This beer was actually a disappointment to me. I was looking for a nice, smooth, trappist ale and that is not what I got. This one lacks aroma, isn't very deep flavor-wise, the alcohol dominates a bit too much, and is too heavily carbonated. This is a good beer, but I don't see it as up to par with other trappist brews. I would have it again, though not if other trappist ales were available ahead of this one.

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Photo of joeland
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a dark brown color with and of white head that sits two fingers high.

s: a sweet carmeal/ choclate taste

t: simialr to the taste you get sweet choclate but then the beer ends with a mix of fruit and spices

m: a heavy body that sticks around in the mouth, with a medium carbanation.

d: for having the 9.2 abv it goes down easy, but it is thick just like the appearnce. over all a very good beer, that is a must have.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for dark borwn body w/ minimal tan head that died quick. A thick malt presence in the aroma with caramel, cocoa, hints of toffee and roasted malts along with some breadiness and a touch of yeast. Fruit flavors are barely noticeable. Very sweet is the first impression I get. Creamy and smooth with a chocolate, caramel, toffee, and something akin to maple giving off sweetness and some bread/roasted malts balance and give off a dry edge. Some carbonation thanks to minor hop bitterness also lead to dry finish and there is a touch of fruit, like candy fruit or something, that is also in there (I keep thinking orange and grape). Touch of peppery spice as well. A real sweet but balanced ale that has a little bit of something for everyone and is just a must-try for anyone.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle to tulip.

A: I had to pause at the pour to let the head settle a bit. Resuming the pour slowly still results in a sizable head. The dark ale is just that -- chocolate and caramel tootsie roll hues. The head slowly dissipates from a big beige fluff. Interesting patterns of retention, and a nice bit of lacing.
S: Aromas are, like its big sibling beer -- Rochefort 10 -- complex. There's a lot coming in and out, most of it good. First is a biscuity malt layer, then comes the dark fruitiness and a toasty note that quickly pushes it aside. A little wet cardboard, maybe oxidized a bit? A slightly soured chocolate note. I'm not sure what that is, but it's interesting, too. There's a twang of alcohol to boot.
T: Flavors are just the slightest bit astringent, but subtleties are still recognizable. Hints of barely sweet chocolate, and vinous, though more raisin than wine grapes. Mouthfeel is ok. Seems a tad overcarbonated, but the body is heavy enough to stick around on all parts of the palate. Dark fruitiness makes this beer reminiscent of an after-dinner beverage, like a port or even a brandy. More heat comes out with warmth.
D: There is potential in this beer to be a lot more complex and bold, but I guess that's what 10 is for...

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Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep dark reddish brown, magnificent tall head slowly recedes leaving clinging large bubble froth.

Aroma is special with bready malts, banquet of ripe dark fruits, spices and candied dark sugars. No hint of the alcohol. The scent is not as thick as the 10.

Taste is the aroma plus a few notes as the finish tastes toasty and slightly dry. The alcohol is very restrained even as it warms, the hint is the warmth. While the head was tall the feel of carbonation is low.

Abbaye St. Remy is in complete command of their art. I can't help but compare this to the 10 and it resides a notch below - this is somewhat unfair as the 10 is in a class of its own to which few can compare. Don't do it, compare it to other strong darks!

Side note: Some belgins I pour the entire contents all at once such as a Duvel, others I save the bottom for when my glass is nearly empty which applies to the 8. Adding the yeasty dregs changed the taste of this brew more than any other brew similarly poured - not for better or worse, just a new taste.

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Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with a very faint ruby tint. Has a 2 finger foamy tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of sediment floating around. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Dried fruits and light roasted malt are the dominant aromas with light hints of alcohol and phenols.

Taste: Delicious. Dried fruit, bread and light caramel up front followed quickly by a nutty flavor and a fairly strong alcohol bite in the middle then ending with a mix of sweetness, a hint of spice and very mild phenols at the finish. Very mildly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a distinct alcohol bite.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is one to savor and enjoy.

Overall: Top notch beer. They don't get a whole lot better than this. Buy it when you see it. It won't disappoint.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark ruby brown with a dense, thick, off-white head that stayed around forever and left some spots of lace as it reduced into a thick, dense film. A few small particles of yeast came out with the end of the pour.
S: Creamy scents of dark fruits, vanilla, doughy yeast and a touch of alcohol.
T: Subtle and complex, yet rich flavors. Notes of dark malt, vanilla, black cherries, whipped cream, nutmeg, alcohol, black figs, nuts, grains and spices.
M: Ample yet soft carbonation that froths up in the mouth. Slight alcohol warmth and slickness is comfortable over a medium-full body.
D: Very rich and delicious. Fruity and complex but not overly sweet or syrupy. 10 is better, but this is world class. Great to sip in the evening.

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Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my much-loved Duck-Rabbit snifter

A - Dark, brown-red with a thick, creamy tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a slight haze on the surface.

S - Dark dried fruits (raisins and figs), medium-heavy roasted malts and a little bit of brown sugar.

T - More raisin and fig. Black cherry notes get stronger and stronger as this one warms up. Roasted malt and a little bit of cocoa powder. Bit of alcohol floating around.

M - Medium-heavy body with surprisingly high carbonation that really makes this a dangerous beer. Dry finish.

D - Amazing and complex brew, could sip on this all night! I do, however, prefer the 10 to this, the 10 being more of a dessert in a bottle. Still, this is a delicious beer and one of the benchmarks of the style.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,269 ratings.
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