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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

1,883 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of waterbuffalo
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was very excited to try this and very disappointed. Looks great in the glass, tastes bland. No complexity at all. I will try one more to see if this is a dud.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ox bottle into a westmalle goblet.

Kept at fridge temp until ready to drink but improves greatly as nears room temp. Would recommend letting it sit for 20 minutes or so before starting. This is a near prefect example of its style. Complex esters and dark belgian dried fruit flavor. No raisin which is a plus. EtOH taste is masked by malt flavors. Very little if any hop flavor or aroma. Slightly too carbonated for my taste, but this improves as it is left out warming up. Will buy again and again.

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Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This looks dirty and is as clear as mud. It looks like cola mixed with grape juice. Nice sediment. I actually like particles in my beer. The smell is exclusively of mostly grape juice and perfume. I like it. Taste is similar to the smell. Grapes, some perfume, cola, and background fruit. The carb is immediate, light, and crisp.

Overall - A nice smelling, crisp tasting Belgian, with a full carbonation, and snappy mouth feel.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into St. Bernardus glass

Pours a amber color with a 1 1/2 off white head spotty lacing. Great aroma and taste of malt, yeast, caramel and plum. Great carbonation in mouthfeel well balanced.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Very cloudy, brownish red color with a 2 inch finger head, lots of bubbles streaming off the bottom, the head is creamy, tan, looks like a hearty beer. Nice lacing.

A: Smells like caramel, sugar, plums, dates.

T: Wow, there's a lot going on, very complex, caramel, sugary, some bitterness, the aftertaste is like plums, dates, getting some bread, biscuity flavors as the beer warms. I did get some alcohol burn.

M: Very frothy, creamy mouthfeel, bubbly.

O: Very impressed, really complex, so much going on, lots of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, did not expect this will definitely have to try 6 and 10, and some more Belgian ales.

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Photo of Logan12321
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark rich color, lots of head that could be to my pouring. Low retention on the head. Slight aroma. Taste is deep, rich and flavorful, has kind of a sweet finish on it. Surprisingly the alcohol is barely noticeable for being a 9%. Very smooth to drink. Overall I can see myself purchasing again.

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Photo of Spipenger
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown almost burnt peach color. The head poured a little thick (probably my fault). I was surprised it didn't have a stronger aroma, but I distinctly smelled a sweet peach. The taste, well, the taste. Exquisite, subtle, yet rich. Hint of vanilla and a strong fruity taste (not citrusy). Just a pleasurable drinking experience.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
A- Pours a dark hazy brown with a nice white head that settles quickly to a flat cap.
S - Funky aroma of yeast and banana.
T - Wow that is really good. The flavor is complex - a little caramel, some dark fruit.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - This is really good and deserves its world class rating. Might be as good as the 10. Can't wait to buy more.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is hazy mahogany with a huge head of large bubbles that dissipates into clumpy islands of foam with minimal lacing. Nice smell - yeast, malt, dark fruit, banana, a touch of phenol and booze - very complex. Flavor is delicious - fruity and malty with barely a hint of the alcohol it contains. Body is medium, just a touch of carbonation - very drinkable. Goes down way too easy.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would like to compare the 10 and 8 side by side. I think I might like the 8 better.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured a cloudy brown with medium-coarse bubbles; the head dissipated quickly. The mouthfeel followed: The lively, coarse carbonation was almost objectionable, and the body was a bit thinner than expected. The taste is wonderful, though: malty, sweet fruit (dried dark fruit) with little hops presence. Will look forward to trying this again to see if my perception of the body & carbonation change.

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Photo of Advocaate
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%

Full disclosure: This is my absolute favorite beer. The 10 is also fantastic, but this is just a bit better. Would be a 5 if not for the hope I'll one day taste something better. So a little biased; I've been drinking this regularly and with enthusiasm for years.

L: Moderate head with abstract, short-lived lacing. Earthy, cloudy and almost muddy.

S: Sharp: over-ripe bananas, cloves and yeast. Much more pleasant than that description allows.

T: Very strong, very malty, definite caramel notes, and much less sweet than you'd think. A rich, yet clean finish. Not dry at first, but increasingly so as you drink it. Quite acidic on the tongue. A combination of flavours I can't even begin to describe; try, and savour, it yourself.

O: This is the standard upon which every Trappist and Trappist wannabe should be judged. There most completely drinkable yet complex brew that I've tasted yet. Please, Unibroue: release something like this (Maudite doesn't compare) so I don't have to pay $6/bottle!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark hazy brown with a great tan head.
Smell - sweet fig toasted bread banana and clove.
Taste - Taste like it smells but very strong
Feel - medium thick body with lots of carbonation
Overall - fantastic strong dark ale

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Photo of Rhubbs
5/5  rDev +16.3%

I discovered this beer by accident about 2 years ago and haven't regretted it.

Pours a reddish brown with about half to 3/4 inch of creamy white head. poured into a Rochefort chalice(got it for christmas last year!)
Taste is of malty sweetness with cherries, raisins, and figs. a hint of spice. letting this beer warm and open up makes a word of difference to it's flavour profile(drank mine between4-6 C)
the carbonation is a nice mouth feel.
overall one of my favourite beers, I always have 2 bottles cellared for special occasions.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

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Photo of TheHammer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained like crazy and produced a limited amount of lace. The body is a deep brown the scarlet notes that falls just short of being entirely opaque, boasting that tell tale Belgian aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Warming really helps this one come out, but even when cool the beer has a rich thick dark caramel malt smell backed by notes of plums and figs, which as it warms brings out notes of berries, orange peel, vanilla and a herb I can't quite place.

Taste: In a word, wow. This beer starts exceptionally strong as chewy malt sweetness backed by dates, plum and raisins come forward shifting to a quick spicer note of cloves, anise, grapes, cranberries and a hint of citrus zest, ending with more of that malt backed by a mild berry taste and a slight dry yeast touch. Perfect score.

Feel: Marvelous transitions, nice chewy malt aftertaste that doesn't cling, not too dry, not too moist, ample head, the only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the carbonation is a tad too aggressive at the start of the beer for my liking, and not around enough for the middle transitioning.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, it's flavorful, it's refreshing, it's on the lighter end of medium bodied, it hides it's alcohol masterfully. Give me a barrel of this stuff, and I'd be out cold in a matter of hours it's so good. A little gassy and a little too classy but hey, it's Trappist beer, what do you expect?

Final Thoughts: The Trappist monks seldom disappoint, and this one is certainly no exception. This is currently my highest ranked Trappist Beer and my 3rd highest rated beer as of the time of this review. I can't say enough good things about it, and you owe it to yourself to track this down and try. Two thumbs and two big toes up!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

A: mild lacing, little to no head, light cola color, muddy brown
S: rich, malty fruity aroma, not overly boozy like the other rochefort beers
T: malty, a tad briny, some dark fruit, subtle sweetness, dry acidic finish, carbonation is not so much visible at tastable, it is very sharp in this way, expect a lot of ambiguous esters from this beer (flavors that are fruity but not pertaining to any discernibly specific fruit)
M:intensely sharp and watery(not watery in a bad way necessarily)
O:very good though to any of those trying it I would say, ice cold is not best, I think it probably softens your ability to perceive some of the more subtle flavors

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours brown with white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malt. Taste of vanilla, spices, and a slight hint of chocolate. A wonderful Trappist beer. Awesome beer and maybe my new favorite Trappist.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle best by 2018 poured into a goblet
A: Dark brown, somewhat muddy but a latte-colored head that slowly settles to a thin lacing
S: Malt, caramel, brown sugar, some fruit esters, all in great balance
T: Matches the nose but not quite as complex as I expected
F: Medium-bodied but again quite balanced. No hint of alcohol, not too sweet/thick
O: Great beer, now I'm interested to grab a few more from the same batch to follow as they age

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Photo of AngEo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Color is a dark rusty brown. Light test yields a dark caramelesque color. Pours with a bit over 2 fingers of head which slowly settles into a thin ring of foam. Smells very malty and of dark fruits with a lingering hint of alcohol. Initial taste is very malty with strong spices and the same dark fruits. The alcohol is detectable but less noticable than the smell led on. Very good overall.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty brown color. Hazy. Mondo head. Bitchin'!

Smell - Malty. Baking chocolate. Musty. A whiff of Belgian sour.

Taste - Malty. Baking chocolate. Herbal. Peppercorns. Slightly bitter. Slightly sour.

Mouth - Moderate carbonation. Moderate body. Silky.

Overall - This beer taste great! The combination of bread, sweet, bitter, and spice is both unique and amazing. I could chug multiple Rochefort 8s if it weren't for the high alcohol content and even higher cost.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

P- murky brown, with no translucence; 1f of off-white head, that recedes to a small foam cap within a couple of minutes; lots of yeast chunks noticed at the bottom of the glass
N- bold brown sugary sweetness paired with dark fruit notes (black cherries come to mind), all over bready malt; pleasant and inviting
T- follows the nose; brown sugar up front, sweet dark fruits mid-palate, and a chewy yeasty finish, with moderate alcohol presence; solid bready malt backbone; very well-balanced
MF- medium-full bodied with medium carbonation; silky smooth and creamy
O- a great example of the style!

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Photo of jcruelty
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as the 10, but still a crown jewel of Brasserie de Rochefort. Heady dark luscious apple raison notes and it drinks so smooth and good, Booze restrained flavors bursting under the head. YUM

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Photo of kmkryah
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark brown, thick, and cloudy.

Smell: Alluring near-caramel smell, banana and ester notes.

Taste: Thick yet smooth taste. Malty at first impression, but with a rich and diverse range of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, bubbly, alternately sweet and spicy.

Overall: Complex, strong beer that will treat you well if you appreciate it.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a murky pond like raisin brown. Some sediment slowly settles to the bottom. 1 finger of light tan head then settles to a thin film. Scent is of dark fruit, raisons, plums, prunes, cherries and figs with light spices and alcohol esters. Taste follows the scent with dark alcohol soaked fruit, christmas spices, brown sugar and alcohol esters. Snappy carbonation makes this go down faster than you would expect. Delicious.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.
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