Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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

Single bottle poured slowly (to keep sediment out) into a Rochefort goblet.

Appearance: Barely translucent brown beer with a thin light tan head. The head was very persistent but not a lot of lacing on the glass. A tiny island here and there but not much else.

Smell: Very rich dark fruit (plums) combined with a very nice sweetness. Towards the end there are some buttery smells adding to the richness of the whole beer. Really enticing.

Taste: Wow is this a good one. Starts off with a rich malt flavor that is plum and prunes, then moves quickly into a burnt sugar and caramel sweetness with some peppery and very mild bitter finish. Towards the end of the glass there are some buttery tastes mixed in there, but they're mild. Despite the richness the beer finishes crisply - it does not linger. There is some hint of boozy sweetness in there every now and then, but it's not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy crisp carbonation on the tongue with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very balanced - nothing ever overwhelms or takes away from the taste.

Drinkability: Tastes insanely good, but due to the high ABV, I think to have another I'd have to pair it with the right dish to counter the way this one sneaks up on you. A great sipping beer and one to savor all on its own, but I think this would pair fantastic with the right dish. I've had this before but did a hard pour before I knew better and all the sediment came along for the ride. This time I poured carefully and some sediment came along, but I think minimizing it allows the greatness of this beer to shine through. I will definitely have this one again someday.

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Photo of Choppr
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful well balanced sweet Rochefort. It is very dark amber/brown, though not opaque and has a noticeable amount of sediment floating around. Full two finger head with a solid lacing as it disappears from the glass... when you turn it up you see a nice wall of tiny bubbles (can you tell I am enjoying it?). As I poured it into the glass the head started to foam over, so I slurped the head (grow up! lol) as not to spill any (it's not cheap) and the sweetness hit me right up front with the alcohol flowing mildly several seconds later. The sweetness gives it solid mouthfeel but not too heavy a to make it unsavory in any way. This is a dangerous beer in respect to drinkability as it goes down soooo smooth and balanced that the 9.2% could easily sneak up on you! This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted - ever! Enjoy and savor it.

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Photo of gskitt
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Stormy and dark, almost grey pour, foamy head, sticks around for a bit.
S- Rich ripe fruit, dark fruits, figs and even apricots, super malty.
T-Stringent alcohol up front then layered malt the rest of the way. Lots of dark sugars, toffee flavors as it warms.
M- Fizzy and biting. Alcohol is not hiding. Not as smooth as I expected. Beginning to wonder if this bottles bad.
D- Not more than one. Very boozy alcohol and at 9% not too many can be consumed.
Not sure what I expected. Know this is supposed to be great. Maybe i just received a bad bottle or maybe my palate is not refined enough yet. Either way it leaves me disappointed.

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Photo of CourteManche
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A -- Very deep, dark brown color; thick, two-finger light brown head; carbonated; floating sediment; head dissipates throughout drink; nose develops a hint of heat as beer warms.
S -- Fruits right up front; subtle malts in the back; hint of citrus.
T -- Fruits and bananas; subtle malt on the finish with a pinch of bitterness; touch of heat on the linger, but very subdued.
M -- Light-to-medium bodied; cool and carbonated.
D -- Super smooth and well-balanced, but potentially hard to come by. Very drinkable.

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

Appearance: A deep opaque brown that is covered by quick-to-disappear light tan head.

Smell: Complex. Fruit, honey, malts, and some other things I can't quite recognize. Chocolate perhaps.

Taste: Exquisite. The immediate flavor is that of a malty honey, tied in fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: An enjoyable experience to say the least.

Drinkability: Not too dark. Not a sipper but definitely something one should drink slowly if not to just enjoy the beer.

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Photo of obywan59
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Use by date: 070415.

Pours a huge 4 finger head into my Duvel tulip. Thick dark mahogany to dark brown in color. The recedes quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma of sweet fruity citrus. A whiff of rum and coke. Some dark fruit and caramel. A bit of Belgian spice.

Tart and sweet with a bit of a prickle reminded me a couple of times of ginger ale. Tastes of dark cherries and Belgian yeast as well. Alcohol flavor to me conflicts with the sweet malts.

Smooth and creamy. Some light prickle, but no real bite. A bit of alcohol burn in the throat.

The sweet malt/high alcohol/Belgian trio damped it a bit for me, but with over 4 years to go, this may well improve with age.

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

Thank you to TCHopeCraver for this gift!

Pours a dark reddish brown with a contrasting white head. The lacing is nice and I enjoy how the head is non uniform across the surface of the beer.

The smell reminds me of a red wine as it matches its rich, dark, grape aroma. To match the smell, mix the red wine with some plum, dark cherries, and some funk. The smell is very rich and wonderful.

A lot of plum with subdued cherry provide the fruit profile of this one. The yeast flavor is a dingy basement like taste. The taste is quite a bit different than what the smell leads me to believe.

The mouthfeel is medium-light and does not match the 9.2% billing. The aftertaste is clean providing a nice touch.

This is a solid beer and is drinkable. I believe that I like 10 a touch better.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Riedel stemless snifter

This beer pours a dark murky brown color topped by an off white foam on the surface. The aromatics are heavy on the floral notes from the yeast producing a woodsy fig note not overly bouquet. This beer tastes lightly of plums and woodsy notes. There is a nutmeg and clove spice that sits on the tongue and seems a little to much for my buds, though it's still pleasant. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but the carbonation is a little on the strong side. I'm pretty pleased with this beer, but I do however feel that it's slightly overrated.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a muck-brown, reddish color with lots of sediment floating around. 1-finger head disappears quickly

S: Fruity malts really stand out along with some spices

T: A good, interesting mix of fruits and spices with almost no noticeable alcohol. Some nice buttery diacetyl notes at the very back that balance out the spiciness

M: Medium body with high carbonation

D: The fact that the alcohol is hidden so well make this a candidate for having a few, until you realize that the 9.2% is definitely there

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Photo of Fernans
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without adoubt, the best beer I've had n 2010! The smell reminds me fine French Champagne, doughy änd soft. The taste is simply magnificent, toasty, malty, it simply hits all the right chords. Mouthfeel is very smooth but not dull or flat . I would drink it every day if I could afford its steep price.

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Photo of nhindian
2/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice.

I have a few Trappist beers that I am going to tackle in the coming days. This is the first.

A - Pours a dark brown, incredibly murky, with tons of sediment chunks in it. I was careful with this one and even left more than the usual in the bottom of the beer to avoid this, but instead I was greeted with this repulsive sight. Builds little head, almost a half-finger's worth, but it lasts a long time. No lacing. Not sure if something's wrong with this or not...

S - Smell is strong in raisin, figs, and alcohol. Some chocolate and unfortunately its also a bit buttery. Disappointing.

T - Taste is as bad as the smell. Tons of diacetyl and butterscotch. Some raisins, a bit vinious and tannic, but I can't shake the diacetyl.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation. Almost flat. Leaves a lasting alcohol finish.

D - Drinkability is low and almost non-existant. Unfortunate that my first encounter with this Trappist is a fail, but at least it's (relatively) available, just a bit expensive. My first encounter with a butter-bomb and it's not pleasant!

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is 1 month shy of 2 years.

A: Poured into my tulip, this brew pours a unique brown hue with a tan capped head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: The aroma on this brew is a little lacking for what I'd expect. Complexity is just not there in the typical Belgium/Trappist spice. Dark fruit notes are present with a small note of chocolate.

T: The flavor is also less than I expected, but as the beer warms a tad, the complexities shine on the back of the pallet. Belgium cloves and dark fruits. Surprisingly there is a small alcohol presence .

MF: Mouthfeel is not as full as it should be, but not bad.

D: Drinkability is good, getting better with the increase in temperature.

Overall, I love the beers that Rochefort puts out. I prefer 8 with less than a year on it now, but this brew remains one of the best of the Trappist.

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Photo of cudmud
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby color with a fawn rocky head that produces major lace. A wonderful looking beer.

Smell: Very fruity and yeasty. Smells of raisins, dates, and fruitcake.

Taste: Lots of malt and yeast balanced by a nice level of hops. Tastes of rum, cider and sherry.

Mouthfeel: Full body and dry.

Drinkability: An awesome beer and something I wish I could drink everyday.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a gift pack for Xmas. This beer will mark the third trappist brewery I have tried. I've been tempted to buy it at the store, but it seems to run about $7 a bottle...Pretty pricey!

Served in a Rochefort glass.

It pours a dark cloudy red. Almost opaque.

The smell is nice. Chocolate, caramel and dried fruits. A bit alcoholic smelling.

Tastes fantastic. Slightly tart and sweet fruit with bit of chocolate/coffee bitterness that give way to an bitter orange finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall, a really excellent beer. I had trouble finishing one glass, considering it is very heavy, but also very tasty! I still have 3 more bottles, and I'm excited to see how the flavours mature over time.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not generally a fan of Trappestes, the initial aroma of this beer is outstanding! Pours with a frothy foam that sustains for a good while. Good feel and solid taste- I could enjoy this at any time. Enjoyable enough to make me rethink my feeling towards the maker.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a snifter, it poured a cloudy brown, with two fingers of tan head, decent retention, and good lacing. Smelled of lemon, strawberry, melon, caramel, and slight alcohol presence, but overall of lighter fruits, which was a bit surprising, given the dark appearance. The taste was a nicely blended mix of melon, strawberry, and tangerine, followed by cocoa/coffee, and then finished on a dry bitter orange peel note. Alcohol was better hidden in the flavor than in the nose. The feel was smooth, and not as carbonated, with a very bitter and dry finish. Very pleasant and complex yet balanced flavor profile make this one a keeper. Would love to age some.

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Photo of jayavery
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

| Presentation |
33 cl bottle poured into an hexagonal glass:

| Appearance |
I poured this one a little too aggressive and it hit me with a 5 inch billowy head that took about a minute to dissipate. Lacing doesn't hold on to the glass very much and is gone by the time I get around to pouring the remainder of the beer. It's a swampy brown that cries, "I dare you" from its murky depths.

| Smell |
A clean phenolic smell with hints of fig and a light buttery hott like the kind that's melting off pound cake with a whiff of a sweet dark rum shot.

| Taste |
Like the Alstrom Bros say "alcohol runs the gamete" but in a perfect harmony. The flavors swim across like a swishing river of spiced cloves, hints of wild ripe bananas hanging from tropical trees mixed with a semi sweet cinnamon finish.

| Mouthfeel |
Feels like a low carbonation belgian dark trippel, dangerously drinkable for the abv!

| Drink-ability |
Well, it's about 2:30pm and I'm drinking this on an empty stomach so halfway through the glass I'm already catchin a little buzz. This one boasts a 9.2% abv and it's not kidding. It's one of those perfect beers that will keep you warm on a rainy winter day like today. Only downside is that the price has gone up from $4.99 to $5.49 for a 330ml / 11.2 oz bottle. But, if you can find one - I highly recommend it. I saw some on the shelf today and bought the entire stock. (they only had 8, go figure)

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy brown purplish, thick tan head that never left, unbelievable
S - wheaty grains with a grape phenolic, plumb fruity yeast
T - bready grain malt with fruity yeast notes of dark fruit, nutty and musty, complex
M - solid carbonation, creamy smooth with an alcohol drying finish
D - the flavours are distinctly Belgian and very rich, at 9.2% this stuff is dangerously delicious, an exceptional strong beer

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cL bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: First pour causes a huge three and a half finger beige head with decent retention. Takes a bit for this to settle and I can pouir the rest of teh bottle. Dark brown in color and very thick. Leaves a nice lacing of foam around the glass.

Aroma: Figs, brown sugar and fused alcohol. A noticable bready note and cloves there as well. The alcohol is a bit strong for my liking.

Taste: The malt really gives good brown sugar, fig and raison notes. Warming alcohol throughout. A nice spiciness and breadiness in here too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Really rich, but great for sipping.

Drinkability: For a beer of this strength, it nevers feels like a chore to drink. Smooth and creamy, just not something to have too much of duw to the ABV.

Overall, a really nice trappist beer. The warming alcohol mixed with the smooth maltiness really make this worthwhile. I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Code 210415 on the bottle. Whatever that means.

Enjoyed this beer in my Chimay Chalice. Pours with a nice 2 finger light tan head with a slightly maroon tone to it. The beer is a deep amber with the same maroon tones. Slightly hazy. Nothing in the lacing department.

Aroma is of grape. Just wonderful. Overall mostly nice fruity esters.

A decent tasting beer, but a touch more muted than I expected. The aroma seemed more assertive than the flavor. Very nice and nothing wrong here, but a bit more subtle. Raisins, fruity, layers of nice malt and a lasting sweetness. The aftertaste gets a little dry and the finish is reminiscent of a diet cola. Almost asking for a touch more sweetness at the end. There is a slight sense of the alcohol right at the end.

As mentioned above, rather dry on the tongue. Not crisp though. Very subtle and tiny carbonation.

It's a good beer, but I was a touch underwhelmed vs. some of the other Belgian classic brands.

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