Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 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.


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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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Photo of AmorousAngel
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a dark murky brown with a fluffy, off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma, with a bit of raisin or date.

Lovely caramel and roasted malt flavor with an undertone of dark fruit. Sweet and complex.

Creamy and medium-bodied with a tingle of carbonation.

Complex flavor and creaminess make this beer very easy to drink. Very smooth. It rivals the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle with numbers on the front 29 06 10 - perhaps a drink before date? This has been in my fridge for a year or so. Pours a chestnut brown with a big fluffy 2 finger head with nice lace. Aromas of sweet malts, brown sugar, sherry, raisin, and alcohol. Tastes are very similar except for the much noticeable hop presence. Alcohol has a definate noticeable presence. Lots of flavor here, but not as smooth as I would like. High carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i ordered this from an internet store along with some bottles of westvleteren and st. bernardus. until this moment, i assumed the rochefort 8 was an 8% abv dubbel, like the other 8s. anyway, after taking a sip, it is definitely a 9% abv belgian strong dark ale, and a pretty good one.

poured into a tulip, this ale is a very dark brown. a great, light tan head lasts a long time. good looking beer, but i've seen prettier examples of this style. even before given a chance to warm up a bit, there is a lot to smell here. first impression of the smell is mostly dark, ripe fruits. i don't get much of the big belgian yeast smell that dominates so many other belgian ales, and this is a good thing. after a while, the smell is still the same. sweet and fruity, pleasant, a solid good.

smooth, full-bodied, delicious. this is obviously expected from any trappist ale, especially after trying the rochefort 10. but this beer surprised me with a really strong flavor and big bitter finish. not nearly as sweet as i thought it would be from the smell. the higher abv is obvious, not hidden at all, but it doesn't bother me. not quite as complex or memorable as the 10, but this is still a great beer that should be required drinking for all BAs.

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Photo of vancurly
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/brown and hazy. Beige whipped head, that sits there like a marshmallow. Nice lacework.

Aromas of dried fruits, citrus. Tobacco leaf. Wood. Funnily enough, I got a flashback to an English old ale. Perhaps the hop profile has a spiciness that can compare.

Spice profile including musk, white pepper, ginger, preserved orange. Brazil nuts, pecan nuts, hazelnuts. There is an attractive earthiness and almost grape-spirit hint. Some very aromatic malt, biscuity & toasty.

And a lingering fresh, green hop flavour.

Not remarkably sweet. Perfumey yes, but finishes medium, with a malty aftertaste.

Very different to its big brother.

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Photo of trep
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful sight when poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Dark brown with tons of floaties in suspension. A nice creamy cappuchino head. Aroma is fiercely complex. Hints of coffee and chocolate, but dominated by fruit. Wonderful smelling, and even as it sits a few feet away I can smell it. A bit of alcohol in there also. Nice lacing as you gulp it down too.

This is such a good beer. Delicious malt that is so wonderfully complex. Raisins, pears, banana, and some chocolate all linger throughout the taste experience. Alcohol is there, but its not a hindrance.

Creamy body that I would say is Medium-Full. Carbonation is abundant. This is a pretty heavy, and expensive, beer. I'm not sure if I could put more than a couple of these down because they are so complex. It really is a meal in itself, but its a pleasure to drink it.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.
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