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

A: The beer pours a medium brown in color with a big 1.5 finger tan head that develops very quickly and fades equally as quickly. There's not too much lacing.

S: The smell is of a lot of strawberries and a little bit of booze. There's a little bit of caramel in there as well.

T: There's a lot more balance from the hops than I anticipated. The start is a lot of toasted malts with a little bit of caramel and roast. The finish is that of light bitterness, booze, and toasty. The booziness isn't that strong.

M: I felt that the viscosity was appropriate, but that the beer itself was a little over carbonated.

D: At 9.2% this beer is very drinkable. It's too bad it doesn't come in bombers and is so expensive for a single bottle. The balance is outstanding and the flavors complex and interesting.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is nothing too special - brown with no head. Smell is great - fig, molasses, and booze. Taste is great too and is appropriately balanced. This beer gets even better as it warms. Nice bitterness and roasts in the finish. Mouthfeel is very high and ABV is not noticeable.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy tan head.

The scent is of various fruits, roasted malt, spice and alcohol.

The taste is of roasted malts, banana and other fruit, alcohol, bread, spices, notes of licorice and coffee.

Medium bodied, smooth and a little creamy, moderate carbonation.

One of the best beers I've ever had easily, there was so much to taste and all perfectly balanced. This was also a very easy drinker.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.
Bottled august 2009
A-amber and very cloudy with sediment flying everywhere. Nice tan head that sticks around
S-definetly belgian. You can smell sweet malt and makes me want to try it even more
T-very mellow. Sweet, Almost like carmel.
M-very smooth and medium bodied
D-very nice. Almost too nice

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

Bottle from August 2009

Pours an orangish brown with a good amount of head off the initial pour. The head disipates fairly quickly and leaves a lot of carbonation. Smells yeasty and strongly of apple and spices. Tastes sweet and thick. Tons of spices and fruit flavours. Vry full bodied and tasty. A top notch beer

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle - Code on bottle 141014 08:13

Poured a translucent dark brown with two finger head that seems to linger longer than most beers, decent carbonation.

Smell - Malty with light chocolate notes.

Taste - malts are upfront with some mild earthy oak notes,some nutty flavors ,light chocolates.

Drinkability - This is a great beer , well balanced and blended,nice creaminess with a great aftertaste. I'll be seeking out some more.

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

So excited for this...Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Rich brown, opaque, with a big tan head. Some carbonation bubbles visible. The head just keeps hanging on.

S: Rich, honey and fruity sweetness with some nuttiness. A bit of smoky coffee and chocolate.

T: See Smell. It's all there. A late hop bite to go with the other flavors. The alcohol and light carbonation have a way of carrying the flavors up to the nose.

M: Unbelievable! Simultaneously light and creamy.

D: Perfect aftertaste. Alcohol is pleasant but in no way overpowering. I could drink this every day!

The best beer I've had in a long time! Complex but mellow.

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

This pours a really deep copper with a one finger head that dies down to a ring of bubbles with no real lacing. On the nose I'm getting a really complex mix of caramel, toffee, figs, bananas, and some yeasty stuff underneath. On the tongue it's a sneaky one, with nothing really jumping out at first, but then a mellow smorgasbord of the fruitier notes of the nose, mostly fig. In the mouth, it's a medium body but has a really pleasing alcohol note that hangs out for a good long while. It's not abrasive, just comforting. It's definitely drinkable but I wouldn't sit down and drink this all night. It's like an occasional pleasure for me. I like this beer a good deal.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very opaque dark brown beer with a big and creamy looking tan head. Retention is correct and lacing is very very good.

S: Strong sweet malts come upfront with this. Toffee, dark honey and molasses are there. There is also spiced bread. Some fruits like: banana, dried pineapples, figs, raisins and pears. Some spices like: cloves, light cinnamon and cardamom. Not overly complex, but very inviting.

T: Spiced bread is the main ingredient in this, think banana bread mostly. Strong nutty notes in the taste in the forms of almonds, hazelnuts. Also, there are a lot of spiced like: nutmeg, cardamom, allspice and very little cinnamon. Finally, there are fruits: banana, figs and little bit of raisins. Delicious and complex.

M: Full bodied but not sticky. Medium carbonation. Good feel and it was what Iexpected.

D: Very strong tasting brew with amazing taste. Easy to drink due to its balance but because of the "heavy tastes (nuts and spices)", maybe not as easy to drink as fruitier brews.

Must be a divine mix with strong cheeses.

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Photo of Squelch
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: not much to look at. dark brown. opaque. minimal tan head. no lacing

smell: Winey smells. no hops . Very nicel

Taste: wine flavors followed by toffee and coffee. very nice.

mouthfeel: light and bubbly. smooth. slightly sour. enjoyable.

Drinkability: a great sipper. this is a very nice beer.

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

One of those beers I have passed by a thousand times. Finally picked it up as a tick for the top 100 (yeah yeah, judge away).

Appearance - Pours into my LadyFace Tulip with a beautiful dark brown, almost black color. Held up to the light it shows just a hint of ruby color shining through. A finger and a half of head is achieved with a moderate pour, and hangs around just forever, leaving great lacing.

Smell - Not as strong as I would have expected, though I can easily pick out the aromas. Dark fruits such as ripe plums and raisins, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc. Some alcohol presence becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste - A fantastic plum taste up front (along with prunes) that fades to the sweet brown sugar/molasses backbone. The spices come up next - clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The beer finishes with some buttery diacetyl notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, higher prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - The alcohol is damn well hidden in this, and I feel like I like this more than the 10 (I'll have to revisit it). Easy to down, and not overpowering as I would have thought. I will pick up another one or two to age.

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Photo of Brunite
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a hazy brown with 3 fingers of nice head. Tetention fades after some time. No significant lacing.

Smell -- Banana & some apple. Maybe clove. Some malt.

Taste -- Much like the nose.Mostly faint banana and some spice. As the beer warms....more sweetness is evident. Alcohol is evident and sharp.

Mouthfeel -- Medium thickness. Lots of sharp carbonation. Also; alcohol is a bit too sharp for my liking.

Drinkability -- Honestly, a bit disappointed seeing as this is the top-rated BSDA. Complexity of flavor isn't there and too much carbonation and alcohol. There are others I much prefer.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,387 ratings