Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of BobThomas
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost black with a nice light lacy head.

Smells nice and creamy, malty, and alcoholic for sure.

Tastes and feels big and creamy with deep rich flavors. The first sip was absolutely delicious. In later sips however, I noticed the presence of alcohol more and more. What a shame. Half way through the glass, the memory of the delicious flavor was erased by alcohol.

If the alcohol was a little more in balance, this would be a just about a perfect beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an elegant ruby-brown color, with a very thick and creamy/foamy light tan head (which eventually becomes a thick film that stays for eons).

Smell: The aroma is very complex and it is difficult to describe the overall sense it gives. Very rich and warm, replete with spices, banana, and dried fruits. Alcohol is definitely present, but it is married with the spices (such as brown sugar and other less-apparent ones, including cloves) and the other flavors remarkably well.

Taste: The beer has a strong, warm, dark bready flavor, with diversified malts, an abundance of spices (yet not overdone), and a variety of fruits, including pears and the aforementioned dried fruits. A mild alcohol taste is affixed to these other flavors, but never becomes an independent entity. Finishes with a slight tartness, seguing into a warm and spicy aftertaste. A beautifully complex flavor, while not being over-done at all.

Mouthfeel: Has a luscious thickness to it. With a rich creamy and silky smooth feel it is quite impressive.

Drinkability: A joy to drink, so no problems here! Sure, it's strong, so don't drink too much... but the alcohol taste that is often obvious in strong beers never sticks out here. Instead it remains as an integral part of the overall taste.

This is, quite frankly, my favorite beer. Drinking it is almost a religious experience. Quite difficult to find near where I live now, but I managed to get a few for New Years. Never fails to disappoint; in fact I become more fond of it over time. Complex and amazing on all fronts, this is a beer that people should at least try once.

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Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle, properly served in a Rochefort glass, at Cafe 28 in Minneapolis. I've been on a dark belgian kick lately and compared to some fine beers, this didnt disappoint. This beer wasn't perfect mind you, I couldn't get much aroma out of it and the carbonation was a bit much unless I was eating. However, while I was eating (spicey pork) it was one of the best pairing I've had in ages.

The flavors of chocolate and caramel blended perfectly with my pork's dark and spicey sauce. There was a hint of fruit in the tase, but I mostly got cocoa and caramel. Like some of the other trappists I've tried, this seemed a mellow but very tasty brew. Could have passed for a quad in my book. I'll have to put this head to head with the 10 some time soon. You should too.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a huge tan head and a pretty redish brown body. Great lacing.

Smell: Fermented fruit like raisins and rye bread come through. I have a cold though...

Taste: Alchohol. Wow I don't know. It's definitely one of the strangest tasting beers I have ever had. It's sorta like brandy almost really. I imagine this would be great with a nice fatty ribeye!

Mouthfeel: Thick and soft followed by some alchoholic bite: excellent.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would only drink one of not just because it costs way to damn much in the States but it's really thick. I mean I guess it's like a stout but I don't drink many of those often. It has twice the alchohol though...so

Nota bene:
I think you have to pour this differently cause the head rises on itself way after you pour it.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even chilled to a medium-cool serving temp (~50F), poured ridiculously foamy. Head is huge, rocky, and just a tad off-white towards beige. Body is deep amber/copper with a touch of haze, not especially cloudy. Aroma is caramelly sweet and resinous, with a prominent floral hop component; maybe even edging towards lavender-soapy. Waiting several minutes for the head to die down so I can take a taste... Carbonation is very prominent, a sharp buzzing on the tongue throughout each sip. The initial taste is round and floral, with a somewhat abrasive and alcoholic bitterness. Then fruity sweet with a hint of prunes, and finally a sweet smoky finish. Hmm. Honestly it kind of tastes like someone poured Mad Dog 20/20 into a hoppy brown ale.

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Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a reddish/brown color with a three-finger head. leaves great Belgian lace.

S - Smell of dried fruits, malt and some citrus.

T - It had a nice spiciness along with malt and dried fruits. The alcohol taste was also quite noticable.

M - It is very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an outstanding beer. The flavors are really amazing.

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Photo of drseamus
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer has a beautiful deep brown color and a thick off-white head. The beer has a great malty scent. The taste is very smooth and creamy with the classic sweet malty flavor typical of belgians. There is a slight break in the smoothness with some of the roasted malts and a slight hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It feels smooth and full, just like a beer should. The drinkability is extremely high. I will certainly go and find more of this beer and drink some now and age some for later.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown/mauve, reddish-purple color with an inch of foamy head that displayed fairly good retention.

S: A fruity and floral bouquet with a sweet and medicinal malty background, slightly alcoholic and yeasty.

T: Surprising smoke-like malt flavor up front paired with a Belgian sugar and fruit sweetness, coupled with a surge of warming alcohol that dissipates to a somewhat dry finish. Segues to a brief hop cameo, leaving a pleasant trail of lingering maltiness.

M: Syrupy and bubbly, yet smooth. Carbonation gives this brew an interesting texture, very pleasing on the palate.

D: The abv makes this one to watch out for, but the taste and its complexity warrants another round, if not more. Excellent selection, would highly recommend.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin creamy head over a deep mahogany body. Strong aromas of plumb, tart cherries, rich caramel and a hint of yeast. Flavor is similarly complex—where to begin? Subtle dark berries, raisons, plumbs and a bit of pear combine with a more substantial malty sweetness. Toward the finish a bit of a spicy hop bitterness shines through, although its still not very substantial—just enough to balance things out. The body is surprisingly light for the hefty flavor and appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crispness toward the end. The alcohol lets you know its there, but does not detract from the flavor.

A masterpiece. This ale deserves its reputation as one of Belgium’s finest. The waves of complexity seem as though they’re being actively directed across the tongue. Suprisingly smooth. A great cold weather sipper!

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Photo of tjthresh
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Huge beige head formed atop of a beautiful dark rubyish body. Tons of lace. Aromas of rum raisin, black cherry, and plenty of candi syrup. Very malty and rich, yet light on the tongue. Syrup, molasess, exotic sugars, peppery. Slight alcohol burn. World classic in every sence of the word.

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Photo of Morris729
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep brown color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rich and complex with aromas of rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, ripe bananas, and fig preserves. Taste begins with a bit of brown sugar and dark caramel followed by a bit of Belgian spice and notes of chocolate covered cherries. Simply delicious—a marvelous brew.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle goblet, initial strong release of carbonation to a short but distinct 1/2 inch head, burned copper/red tinted dark cherry color. Very light lacing, but dissapointing head retention. Although a nice swirl of the glass in a large goblet releases substantial flavor/re-creams the head (I recommend to continuously swirl the glass as you consume)... and releases the smell of bitter sweet pear/apple pie/faint cinamon and sugary infested yeast/alcohol remints. The smells definitely diminish quickly, but to get the initial glimse of them is well worth it. I liked the slightly creamy, and strong mouthfeel, heavy and bubbly to the tounge with a nice leftover taste to the side of the cheeks and roof of my mouth. Fantastic drinkability, could definitely sit down relax by a fire and drink several of these. For a beer with 9,2% alcohol, I think it has a very nice subdued sweetness and nice bite, without any overpowering alcohol smell/flavor.

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Photo of aluskungs
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big bubbled head floats and stays on top of this dark brown brew. Looks very medieval! Has the color of a brown ale.

Not much of a smell. Alcohol (9.2%) burn, roasted malts are present.

Well carbonated. Heavy beer. This one needs to be drunk slow... Has an alcohol burn that hurts my thought, a little unbalanced in that sense. Could use some more malt sweetness to take off the edge (in my opinion). Muddled mixed flavors, like some failed home brew experiment, a train wreck. Prune and plum flavors are present, would probably go great with turkey and gravy (today is thanksgiving).

Not impressed, this beer is way too heavy, bitter alcohol, and lack of good flavor makes this a bland beer.

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Photo of MVassar
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one sit in the glass for at least ten minutes, or until it reaches room temperature. Like a fine wine, it really needs to breathe.

Gorgeous orange/mahogany color. A rich, creamy head that lasts forever. Incredibly enticing.

Not much going on in the nose initially, though with time some sweet fruit and malt comes through.

Tastes of bread, caramel, and slightly burnt raw sugar...delicious.

Very smooth, with an appropriate hint of carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable in the wee small hours.

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Photo of crwills
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Bois Cereste in Akasaka. I've had it before, but this is the first time I've reviewed it.

Poured at almost room temperature into proper glassware. Mahogany coloured, with a thin eggshell head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is all dark fruit and alcohol, with a little bit of coffee or espresso. Raisins, plums, prunes, dried figs, and overripe berries dominate over a caramel sweetness.

Very thick, oily mouthfeel. Liiiittle bit of alcohol, with a lot of the dark fruits sticking around. Brown sugar, sherry, and dark rye bread are also present. Not much carbonation at all. Thick, semi-bitter aftertaste that gets a little cloying after a full bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

date on bottle 29-06-10???

Pours a hazy red/brown with almost 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays murky, good head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & raisin up front, then a little alcohol as it warms

T: Rich fruittyness & a lottle chocolate up front. Oakyness & dryness comes through as it warms. Alcohol warmness, but no burn. Hints of raisins & toast with a dry, fruitty (dates) finish

MF: A bit sharp with a little too much carbonation

Drinks fine, just a little too young ( I think)

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Rochefort, and I opted for the 8 instead of the 10. If this is the 8, I cannot wait to try the 10.

This is a great looking beer, with a dark purple almond colour and an antique white head with less than superb retention. Pretty traces along the glass. One sniff of this sucker leaves little doubt of it's country of origin. A hearty note of plum and chocolate accompany the usual suspects.

The taste is as one would expect of a brew with this smell. The surprise is the finish. Really dry, and with almost no residuals. Alcohol is evident, and it warms very well. It feels teriffic in the mouth, and despite it's high alcohol level, is quite quaffable. Do yourself a favor and savor this one for awhile. I didn't do a very good job at this, but it did stick around long enough for me to know that she warms really well.

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

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into a wine goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a finger thick, frothy head that left nice rings of lace down the glass.

Aroma: A bit of malt surrounded by fruity esters (banana mostly) and some phenolics. A trace of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I'm getting some grainy malt flavors as well as the candi sugar caramel usually found in these types of beers. A bit of chocolate as well. Esters ride on the back of the malt, with some very pleasant fruitiness. Passion fruit? Some spicy and earthy yeast flavors come through a bit before the balanced finish.

Notes: A thoroughly enjoyable brew from Rochefort. I think I could drink a lot of this if it weren't for the 9.2% ABV.

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

Dark, chocolately looking beer poured strongly to achieve two fulffy fingers of creamy head. Head lingers forever and leaves pretty lacing. Although I've had a lot of darker beers, this does not let any light through for the life of it.

Fruity and full aromas and tastes. So much going on. Malty heaven. Complex and wonderful. Gets better and better as it warms. Tasty and filling. Can't distinguish individual flavors and don't want to waste my time doing so, it's so great as a whole.

Very easy to drink for something so strong. Poured it fresh out of the fridge (much too cold). As it has warmed up to room temperature it is disappearing faster and faster.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pous a chocolate color with lots of carbonation. There is quite a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle so thank goodnes I was paying attention. The carbonation quickly escapes the beer, forming a huge tan head of foam. As the drink is quaffed, the head receedes leaving behind a lot of lace. The flavor and aroma are both very complex. I don't even know how to properly define the flavors. A beer like this makes a person want to get trained in sensory analysis. The beer is quite heavy with a good creamy and warming sensation as it goes down. This is a very good beer!

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with an off-white three-finger creamy head. As it dissipates it leaves good lacing and settles at a thin cap of ultra-creamy foam on top of the beer. The color is a very dark mahogeny-amber and fairly hazy.

Smell - Reminds me a lot of the Chimay Red. Definitely a lighter version of the 10. Has rich scents of dates and fig right up front balanced nicely by a pudding-like malt character behind this. Little spice, but it is there: slightly peppery/clovy. Some brown sugar sweetness is also mixed in. Has some surprisingly fresh and crisp smelling hops, although they aren't bitter; floral and somewhat herbal.

Taste - Mild metallic taste from the malt, with some raw bready character. Also some powdery yeast right away, that stays all through the finish. Raw-like floral hops and some herbal notes as well. Light molasses sweetness also behind these flavors. Dark ripe fruits again are very present. There is moderate alcohol warmnth throughout.

Mouthfeel - Has a wonderful carbonation character. It is refreshing yet has no unpleasantness at all to it. The body is medium and is quite smooth. It finishes somewhat dry but also has a slight oilyness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Moderate flavors but has a nice mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation. I could easily down several of these in a night, and the wonderful flavor helps that of course.

A very good Belgian strong dark. Much like Chimay Red in my opinion, but it still has better and stronger flavors, and a superior mouthfeel. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Close to being completely opaque the body is a muddy brown reddish color. Tan silken head with great retention and lace. Very little carbonation.
The scent has strong sweet and alcoholic notes. Some plum and raison. Brown sugar and almond as it warms.
Nutskin and molasses tastes along with raison and almonds. Hoppy aftertaste with a pretty dry finish.
Medium mouthfeel, no coating with was abit strange.
Ok drinkability, but not something I'll seek out again. Maybe if it wasn't so damn dry.

-Oelergud

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Photo of SudNut
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat! I picked this one up while getting the Mrs. some more margarita mix. Pours to an intriguing murky brown with plenty of carbonation and a finger and a half head that just never went away. MMM suds!

Nice smell, I detect malt, alcohol, a hint of hops, and some sort of spice. I also smell a small whiff of something fruity, plumbs perhaps?

The taste was similar to the smell, starting out with the sweet malt and fruit. The alcohol was a little stronger than expected but it finished with a nice hopy bite.

Mouthfeel was almost creamy with lots of suds. I am a sud fan!

Drinkability was good, I gave it a lower mark because of the ABV. It would only take a few of these and I would be loopy.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown body with a few fingers thick off-white head. Fruity smell, though I'm not sure which fruit. Some spice also. Malty taste with some fruit... Chocolate? Fairly full-bodied. A nice complex ale, as one might expect... Fairly enjoyable, but not my favorite trappist ale...

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Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a muddy brown color. It is quite cloudy. It sports a thick, fluffy, tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells of prunes, and figs. It also smells spicy. It has a nice earthy yeast aroma also. It has a sweet, caramel malt aroma. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

This beer has a strong malty flavor. Caramel and molasses mostly. It has a slightly spicy flavor also. Coriander, and maybe grains of paradise. It has a slight fruity taste also. Mostly plumbs, and some figs. Not much alcohol flavor.

This beer is quite full bodied. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated, going well with the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is easy enough to drink. The only problem is the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I will buy it more often.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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