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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 birdyone
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice rich brown. Bubbly and opaque. It almost looks like Coca-Cola; could be because that's the glass I'm using. (don't laugh, the shape makes for a good tasting glass, and they at the dollar store).

It's a good smell. If you've had the 6, it's like that, only better? It's got what the 6 was missing. It's a mild smell; it doesn't hit you hard in the nose. That make it much more approachable.

It's hard to describe the taste as anything other than great. To compare it to the 6; it has everything that was missing. I'm enjoying it more and more with every sip.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth. Very clean too. There's no linger. Very impressive for a 9.2%

Drinkability only suffers from price. The ABV would prevent me from approaching it with the mind set to drink it all night, but after a couple I would forget.

This is just good beer. I was afraid it wasn't going to live up to the hype, but I'm thoroughly enjoying this, and regretting I only bought 1.

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

A - Clear ruby brown with a thick, foamy whitish tan head. Long lasting, with tons of lacing throughout.

S - Sweet pilsner malts, light dark fruity esters with a subtle corriander aroma. Light alcohol comes across as perfumy and quite pleasant.

F/M - Rich sweet pilnser malts, dark fruity esters reminiscent of plums and a touch of apples or pears. Light corriander flavor is balanced quite nicely. Medium low bitterness but quite dry and clean on the finish with the help of a very nice alcoholic bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a nice moderatley effervescent carbonation. Lingering complex malty sweetness.

D - Very easy to put down. Clean, dry, refreshing and very flavorful. A very well balanced and delicious beer. Certainly world class.

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

A - Pours brown with a head that leaves no lacing. I can see yeast floating around in this beer.

S - The smell is fruity reminds me of raisins.

T - Sweet taste that masks the alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - This is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I have ever had. I guess the Monks know what they are doing.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying the Trappistes line...

A - Pours an opaque black, two fingers of off-white head with relentless retention that doesn't settle and stays throughout.

S - The scent is quite bready with scents of bitter rye and sour lemon and a sort of cardboard scent as well. Weird.

T - A very fruity ale with plums and grapes followed by toffee and some dark cocoa malts. A little bit of a chalky flavour also comes through and the sweetness of the ABV also comes through.

M - Medium bodied, but feels quite light on the tongue. Goes down smooth and leaves the tongue nice and wet.

D - I really enjoyed this one, and I am really glad I scored a bottle in the beer exchange. I will most definitely be trying the rest of the Trappistes line and would highly recommend this to any fan of Belgians.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow now this is a beer!

Pours a dark brown with an amber hue. Great head that becomes thick and stays the whole way down.

The smell is faint but mainly of chocolate and slight alcohol.

The taste is incredible. A creamy feel on the way in that quickly changes to chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. The alcohol blends perfectly and adds a great flavor on its own.

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

Huge amount of head after pour. Maintains good amount of head throughout that adds smoothness to the mouthfeel. Cloudy dark color. Brilliant clean, crisp taste. Dry with sweet and sour notes reminiscent of dry champagne. Very drinkable. The high alcohol level is hidden behind a very easily downed brew. Amazing!

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into stemmed tulip. Thanks to PittBeerGirl!

As I poured this beer, a nice tan head formed just to the top of the glass, it was really fizzy and the head dissipated very quickly. The colour of the beer is a murcky, swamp watery brownish. The smell was of sweet caramelly malt with figs, plums, other dark fruits, some spiciness, and alcohol. The taste was about the same. I did have a problem with the alcohol taste, it tasted more like a shot of liquor in there (vodka) than the usual you get in beers. I also picked up some metallic taste and mouthfeel. I think I will revisit this one again.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this with the wife on our visit to NYC. Not quite a Westy, but comparably well made for sure. The monks have this type of brew perfected for sure.

Appearnace is dark brown like the inside of a fig newton or sweet apple butter. Large head that fades to a fluffy cap with textbook lace.
Smells and tastes of dark fruits, cark caramel malts, toffee, candied nuts, maybe some fig fruits also. Well integrated Belgian yeast character with all the dark fruit support of the finest Dubbel.
Full bodied falvor with slick moutfeel and semi sweet finish.

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

11oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Green hue to a tan body with a big head.

S: Herbal and grassy with slight notes of caramel.

T: Sweet, grassy malts with some nutmeg and honey in there.

M: Honey-ish feel on the palate, but light and watery. Refreshing.

D: Well rounded, very enjoyable. Its not the 10, but its still very good.

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

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet, and stopped pouring just after I saw the first globs of yeast enter the glass.

A: nearly opaque, fig-colored, wonderful 2-finger head floats atop the beer and falls into a persistent cap with good lacing (even the sound of the pour was exceptional!).

S: figs, raisins, caramel, cherries, pecans, faintest hint of earth, candied dates.

T: all of the fruit flavors mingle up front -- there is so much going on with this beer it hard to single out flavors - the nuttiness and sweetness hit big time in the middle, there is a plummy, raisin-like note that hits big in the middle, too, the finish is sweet and yet somehow drying at the same time, with nutmeg and clove spiciness, and there is a barest hint of grassy hop holding the finish together. I barely tasted the alcohol in this beer; this would be dangerous if it were less expensive!

M: full-bodied, luscious and creamy, moderately carbonated (perfect for the style). Perfection.

D: this is a perfect dessert beer, or perfect if you just like incredible beers! Nobody does it quite like the Belgians. This really makes me want to try a Westy.

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Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip


a very dark brown beer with a huge amount of head held up to the light it is a murky caramel color. About 3 fingers worth of root beer float like head.


brown sugar, caramel...some dark fruits and sweet bread....almost has a little caramel apple smell to it. Very good!!


Similar to nose, but MUCH boozier. Didn't really smell the alcohol that much but you can definitely taste it. Has that typical Belgian ale smell. A touch of bitterness in there to finish it off as well.


about medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for my taste. A little dry finish at the end.


A little expensive and boozy so drinkability will go down a bit. It's a good beer, but doubt I'll be rushing to grab me another one. It's pretty accessible but I'd rather go for the 10. Still good none the less but the smell is it's best trait IMO.

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Photo of Hopittome15
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: pours a dark walnut brown with a 1/2" head that quickly dissapates into great lacing

smell: strong grape and raisin aroma, a slight caramel malt smell but overall very fruity

taste: a very well balanced mixture, great caramel roasted malt with flavors of raisins and almost no tracable hop bitterness, somewhat fruity but not as much as the smell

feel: a light-medium body and fairly smooth

drinkability: fantastic belgian, it was a little young (brewed in 2010) but overall one I will always go back to.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown color with good head. Good balance of hop bitter and malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate and spicy with a slight bitterness. Finishing is slightly hoppy with a long lasting chocolate and malt flavor. Easily one of my favorite Trappist beers.

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Photo of heebes
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a fizzy carbonated head that recedes quickly, no lacing. Particles floating..? The nose is bready malt, sweet dark fruits and strong phenol. On the sip I get a great tasting, smooth beer that tastes of a well balanced yeast and malts and the dark fruits. Very easy to sip, medium bodied. The high ABV is well hidden. Great looking label/bottle, perhaps not worth the high cost/bottle though.

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark walnut, though slightly murky, brown with a decent head that comes down to a fluffy and very sturdy clouds that float above the beer for the remainder of your drinking. Lacing is moderate to low. Notable sediment visible from the bottom of the glass.

S: Absolutely fantastic here. Very strong alcohol notes here, but in a very well balanced way. The alcohol works well with the fruit notes. I especially get banana and a bit of apple. Yeast esters are a nice background.

T: Huge malt character with roasted notes all over it. I'm getting warm bread and molasses. Strong alcohol notes that carry along a strong fruitiness that while sweet has a high level of tartness. A nice bit of cloves spice and the lingering effects of the fruitiness level out with a slight onset of stronger alcohol in the finish.

M: Creamy and medium to heavy in body. Moments of powderiness toward the finish, and an onset of alcohol that dries up the finish quite quickly. Leaves you wanting another sip.

D: If not for the price tag, I could see myself sipping this for hours on end. While an excellent beer for sipping, it would fill you up quickly if you just knock them back, so this high drinkability rating comes specifically with the style in mind.

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Photo of pgaveau
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Trappist Rochefort Chalice.

Dark brown color with very little head that disappeared quickly. Slightly sweet carmel taste. The taste became sweeter and fruitier as the beer warmed to nearly room temperature. Extreemly easy drinkability. This is my favorite Trappist beer (thus far).

I would drink this more often if I could afford to.

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Photo of bamojr
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big tan head with huge retention. Smells wonderful. Very spicy and fruity flavor, this is a perfect example of a well executed trappist ale. This is very fizzy brew with some subtle sweet chocolaty or brown sugar notes. One thing is for certain, Belgians know how to make beer!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a hazy chestnut hue with two fingers of frothy beige head. Great retention.

Smell -- Rum raisin, plum, applesauce (yeah), buttered dark bread, gentle spice.

Taste -- Like the nose, dark and dried fruits are in the forefront: rum-soaked raisins, plum, apple and pear. Some dark bread flavor still persists, but is quite muted. A little bit of candi sugar flavor toward the finish. Alcohol is prominent and sharp.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a hair lighter, with an abundance of prickly carbonation. Really not where it should be. Also, alcohol is a bit too sharp, even for the style.

Drinkability -- Honestly, a bit of a letdown. How is this the top-rated BSDA? Depth of flavor isn't really there, a few off flavors, and the mouthfeel is too light and spritzy.

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Photo of jlandis
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour produces a huge fluffy tan head and a chunky murky dark mahogany. Maybe I poured a little too aggressively, because there is a lot of yeast in this glass.

Subtle dark fruits and brown sugar. I was expecting a little more from the nose, but maybe my cold is hitting me more than I thought.

Right up front I'm hit with sweet rich dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate. There is a brown sugar sweetness that is followed up by a crisp dry finish. This is a beautifully complex beer and all of the flavors mesh well together. There is a nice alcohol burn that reminds you that you're drinking a powerful beer from Belgium.

Moderate mouthfeel with huge carbonation.

This is a great beer, and I'm thoroughly impressed. This beer has lived up to its reputation and I will be sure to pick this one up as often as I can. Although this beer is close to 10% I just can't stop drinking it. I'm trying to savor it nice and slow, but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for another sip, another drink. I suppose that might be due to the dry finish, but I have been won over by this one.

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

Poured from bottle into goblet. Nice light tan two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a light foam on top. Dark amber color that does not permit light to pass through.

Light aroma of dark fruit and some chocolately notes.

Lovely taste. Very rich and deep in complexity. Noticeable raisin and plum flavors along with dark chocolate. Some subtle bready yeast flavor.

Smooth moutfeel with good level of carbonation. Too sweet to make it highly drinkable for me, but only by a small margin. Outstanding belgian brew.

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Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the bottle date this is about 2 years old. The age has done no harm to this bottle.

Hazy, red-amber colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Amazing aroma. Lots of cotton candy, peaches, lemon and lime candy. Slightly spicy with an almost cola note. I don't give 5s easily but this is right there for me.

Smooth and malty flavour with nice Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt notes. There's a touch of breadiness too. The same fruity sweetness from the aroma comes through. The alcohol is very well hidden. I really like this.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. It works well and assists the flavours to shine but is still a touch prickly for me.

The flavours here are just about perfect and the beer really shows it. This is a pleasure to drink and one of the best crafted Belgians I've had.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber color with a somewhat quickly diminishing fluffy head. Very hazy/cloudy. Not a hint of light passes through this biere. Smell is like nectar of the gods, yeast, honey, fruity. The taste is wonderful-fruity and yeasty and somewhat sweet. I guess I am feeling dates or raisins and maybe pears in this. Mouthd=feel is medium bodied. I would have expected more from the pour but it suits the beer. Drinkability is fine considering the high ABV. I guess this beer is good until May 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM.
Update, I have compared this with 5 of 7 of the Trappiste ales and I can't say anything is close, yet...
That's what it seems to say on the bottle...

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Photo of Tabni
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle at Stop n Shop in the Gables

Appearance - Dark like the night, cloudy heaven going on in my glass.

Smell - Malts mixed with fruits. Exclusive belgian ale smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Is a strong push in the face. Great caramel feeling. Sweet and delicious, warms up throat slowly.

Drink-ability - I could drink a lot of this in a cold January night.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, deep brown and active pour with a 2 finger off white or light brown head. Very nice retention.

S: Smells definitely of dark fruits. Maybe some grape juice in there with the expected banana scents.

T: Very interesting and complex taste. Dark fruits and maltiness start it off. Cherries, grapes, and plums could be the culprit. A warming feeling from the alcohol closes it out.

MF: Very full bodied and aggressively carbonated. Feels great on the palate.

D: The complexities and full bodied nature of this drink hurt the drinkability, but the masked alcohol bring it back up.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm guessin this bottle is about 2 years old

A- pours a dark plum color with a bit of yeast sediment. the foam is all belgiany and trappisty... a beige, active lather whose edges slope up to meet the walls of my chimay goblet. this is a high abv beer, and so the foam doesn't last too long but does maintain a sheen of sudsy membrane over top the body.

S- extremely fruity, mostly blackberries and plum, raisin, fig, date, chocolate, grape juice, pineapple alcohol, banana, tart cherries, black pepper, brown sugar, and toffee. also a woodsy earthy side like sandalwood and mineral water, yeast funk, old barn.

T- the perfect mix of fruit and funk layered over a very dry, crisp, brown whole grain bready malt backdrop. peppery spice, nutmeg and clove, allspice, dried hardwood, dark berries, date, fig, dark leather, dense old whole grain bread like german style pumpernickel. faint chocolate flavors hide in the background with banana and band aid. hop bitterness is crisp and clean, with merely a vinous and lightly lemon pith flavor. the hop bitterness balanced everything out to the utmost degree, never allowing a sugary or cloying situation and the flavor does nothing to stand in the way of the deeply complex malt and yeast strings that are being hit HARD by their respective piano hammers. all the above mentioned flavors hit hard but are fleeting, not quite staccato, but not quite the one chord stop pedal either. they rise, peak, then drop sharply and linger for a bit as they level off then fade away. this happens in transition, with each layer of funk then fruit then grain then spice then cocoa then funk again then grain again then hops then alcohol (only after it has warmed a great deal) and these things are all orchestrated beautifully. and once the beer warms, there becomes apparent a green, clorophyl leafy earthy herbal sort of flavor that naturalizes this whole thing. i don't know i think it's puttin a buzz on me. finishes dry, crisp, exquisitely balanced, sweet-tart-grainy with lingering bitterness and spicy burps.

MF- when cold and fresh out the bottle, the carbonation reacts with whatever pH is in saliva to form this burst of foam explosion. ever ate a Tums or Rolaid then took a swig of soda or beer? same thing, just not as violent. once aerated and warmed a bit, the body is lush and silky with some heft, perfectly prickly and tightly carbonated as if this babe, even who though i know has been treated with neglect and misfortune (see reviews from other high proof belgians i've bought from questionable retailer), she has held up bravely and with sincerity and integrity and still wears a pure white dress in my eyes. if this beer could talk, she would tell my girlfriend i'm not so shallow after all. that's how nice she is. dry on the cheeks, sticky on the lips, clean otherwise and perfect.

D- so. here we sit. more or less halloween saturday. no spooky beers or creepy beers or vampire stuff or nosferatu that my distributor has been out of all f***in season and instead something i've been saving for a special occasion and this is it. too drinkable, not the fainest hint of alcohol except a pineapply essence that has my head light and lifted. the monk on my shoulder chimes in and says 'trappist excellence'.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,330 ratings
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