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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1,887
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4.3
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Photo of ThirdCoast
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 330ml bottle. Authentic Trappis Product Label. Printed numbers : 071210 Date? 07:44 Time?

A: Dark brown, very little light is let through, large particles throughout, nice head.

S: Light aroma, Bananna, faint alcohol smell, complex

T: Coffee, chocolate, liquid silk, malty, extremely complex taste.

M: Stings the tounge, yet creamy as it goes down.

D: This is one of the best, but i have a 10 sitting here so we will see. :)

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I felt like cracking a special beer last night, so I reached for the Rochefort. I don't know if the timing was right, but I really enjoyed this beer. It looked great, smelled delicious, and tasted like a divine dessert.

Appearence- Poured into my Westy chalice. It started with a 2" pillowy tan head but it soon dimished to the point where I could fit the rest of the bottle in. Beer was a Chocolate Lab sort of color. Head had spices in it. My guess would be cinnnamon.

Smell- This is one of those beers that you hold under your nose the entire time. It smelled of raisins, chocolate, cinnamon. . . but at the same time
it wasn't overwhelming or too sweet.

Taste- As above, this is one well balanced, delicious brew. Heavy malt backend with a dry cinnamon finish. I love this one.

Drinker? I could drink this for the rest of my life. Delicious and a great end to a day.

Top 5 material.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review so thought I'd make it something special.

A- Pours a dark creamy mahogany with a nice white head that leaves quickly with little lacing.

S- Quite interesting...peppery, herbal, slightly sweet.

T- Dry and nicely hoppy. Very well balanced with a malt sweetness that gives it a nice complexity. Well carbonated. Peppery hops come through at first, increased by the carbonation. Sweet malts take over in the middle and it has a very clean, sweet finish.

M- Big carbonation, clean and dry.

D- Fills you up pretty fast with the carbonation, but with the very nice complexity every sip is a new experience.

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

Poured from the 330ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep mahogany color topped by a hige, sticky, creamy light brown head that hangs around for a while, leaving creamy lace on the glass as it recedes. Aroma is rich and complex - lots of peppery spice and coriander, sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and a touch of milk sugar, tempered by a generous whiff of alcohol as it warms. Simply amazing.
Palate seems to lack focus. It is at once sweet from a wonderful blend of dark and sweet caramel malts, spicy and peppery from the yeast, and mildly herbal from the hops. A slight letdown from such a wonderful aroma, but still quite nice. Body is rich, smooth, and creamy, almost perfect. A thoroughly pleasurable experience to drink - very slowly - over the course of the evening.

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

8 September 2006, Best Before Jul 2010

Garnet brown colour. Large stable dense head with lacing on the glass. Fruit and chocolate aroma. Surprisingly, the aroma seems to have some kind of citric and zesty hop character to it as well. Tastes of citrus fruit, spices and chocolate. Rich roasted malt flavour and some sweetness. Alcohol is masked well but contributes a nice warmth. Mouthfeel is prickly and full bodied. Very drinkable and tasty dark ale.

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Photo of downes51
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I write this the morning after a session last night with 5 bottles of this excellent beer.

Where to start? This is a rich, complex, treacly, perfectly balanced, strong dark ale with a hop aroma perceptable behind the strongly chocolate flavour.

And the alcohol fumes (it's a 9 percenter after all!) remind you that this is a real drink... It's not like (for example) a Duvel which can sneak up on you without warning. I'd forgotten just how good this beer was.... it had been in my cellar for at least a year which might have helped.

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Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/6/2006 $5.99 11.2 oz. 9.20% Best by 1/12/10.

Appearance:

Pours an extremely dark brown with faint tinges of ruby when exposed to the light. Topped by a quarter inch of tight off-white foam that is slow to settle, and laces the goblet nicely as it goes.

Aroma:

A touch of smoke, rich ripe plum, a hint of alcohol, warm and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is good, and what I expected out of the 10, but was letdown. Rich chewy mouthfeel with vibrant ripe fruit exploding in the mouth. Drupes dominate with cherries and plums battling it out for control of the main flavor. A cognac like presence is felt towards the finish, as the alcohol makes itself known. Aeration reveals even further depths of cocoa and toffee. A beautiful and exceptional beer, this is what I had hoped the 10 would be.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had an opportunity to enjoy one of these a couple days ago. Where to start...

It poured a rich, opaque mahogany color with small champagne like bubbles making their way to the 1-2 finger thick & creamy head. The smell was my favorite part. Drank out of a glass chalice at the recommended temperature (55 degrees), I immediately got pounded with a wave of dark, decadent scents including molasses, raisins, prunes, figs, cane sugar. After sitting in my glass for about 20 minutes, I smelled the raw alcohol come out. The favors mentioned in the smell carried into the taste – complex and superb.

Who needs desert with a beer of this grandeur? In my opinion, this is fantastic sipper to be enjoyed after a good steak dinner or with a full stomach.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that wants to try a piece of Belgium brewing at it’s greatest.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with some friends. Best-by date of 3/23/10. Poured a lovely cloudy caramel color with a small, brownish-head. Looks like someone melted the caramel off a caramel apple into a glass. And what do you know - smell dominated by caramel apple, alcohol, yeast. Taste centers around the caramel as well. Malty, toasty, licorice, similar to a good Scotch Ale. Mouthfeel was bright and fizzy; plenty of tiny bubbles. Packs a bit of a punch, but makes for wonderful sipping. Highly recommended.

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

Color: Amber with small to medium bubbles in a thin persistent head.

Aroma: Chocolate and alcohol, herbal, a bit doughy, fruity sugar and spices (yeast and malt), unrefined sugars, cherries (with a hint of cranberry?).

Taste: Spicey and fruity, mostly darker and/or drier fruits (plums, dates etc...), but very dry with a slight round wet note in the middle, followed by a long dryness displaying a pure, clean alcohol note that shines out above the faint background of chocolate and spice.

Body: Medium/Medium light

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 33 cL bottle of Rochefort 8 purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank, NJ and served in a Troegenator seidel.

A: The ale has a hazy, gravy brown color with a thick head and extensive lacing.

S: Alefruits and alcohol domoinate the nose. Fruits in particular resemble darker fruits like raisins and figs.

T: The taste is formidable. Alcohol warmth is the first sign, followed by raisins, apples and figs. The taste is somewhat hot due to carbonation. Beer is fairly chewy but pales in comparison to 10.

M: The mouthfeel is strong, with a lot going on in terms of alefruits.

D: The ale is a well made, very drinkable ale, but I find that it does not hold up to either the 10 or the 6.

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

Finally gettin around to trying the 8.

A: Murky caramel brown, with a massive 1 inch frothy head that just doesnt want to go down for me. Man that head is pretty though

S: Dark fruit and toasted brown sugar are up front and strong, can smell this from 5 feet away. I like it.

T: Dark toasted malts, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, toasted brown sugar, and alcohol. Quite a complex beer.

M: Smooth, rich, and warming. The alcohol packs a punch on this one.

D: Gonna buy some more of this and the 10 here soon and drink em side by side. I am really digging this and will get it again for sure.

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

Pours out very dark with just a bit of residue at the bottom of the bottle. Not a lot of foam here but lacing is very evident.
The smell is way too complex for my nose to discern but I smell the yeast and fruits and caramel. Almost a brandy like smell
The first taste is very thin and subtle. Coffee and caramel and cherry. No hops and very little malt aroma. I have never tasted this flavor before.
Very clean in the mouth. The flavor leaves quickly but the alcohol remains for just a moment.
I could drink a few of these at a sitting.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, don't kick me out of BA because of this. But.... Rochfort 8? ehhh... not a fan.

My experience with the 10 was amazing. The 6 was memorable. But the 8? ehh.

The 10 is extreme. Intense sweetness and maltyness and complexity. The 6 is comparitively tame. The true flavors of the beer really shine through. The alcohol doesn't interrupt the party.

But in the 8, I found that the alcohol drowned out the intricate flavours. The flavours wern't as intense as they are in the 10 and were unable to compete against the alcohol. I just found it unbalanced.

So that's that. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I made the mistake of seeing the ratings for this one that raised my expectations to far. Rochy was a darn fine brew, but nothing outstanding, and at $5 for a 33cl bottle, there are better tasting brews available at a better price.

Very nice chestnut brown pour, on top of sheets of sticky ivory lace. The pour went from clear to cloudy as I progressed down and starting swirling. Notes of Belgium yeast and brandy in the aroma. The taste? Yes, a fine mixture of sherry, brandy, plums and raison – but mostly notes, nothing outstanding. Crisp and fizzy, actually on the thin side.

The 9%+ is well hidden, with a touch of medicine alcohol burn – not unpleasant. Very nice, but not at the high import price.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, good beige head. In the first moments after opening, this has an intense tropical fruit smell very much like an Alsatian white wine. This diminishes quickly, but remains in the background as it is increasingly overshadowed by fig, brown sugar, forest, chocolate cake, yeasty crusty bread. Hints of cinnamon and something like fresh egg yolks or custard. Not an incredibly strong smell, but complex and delicious.

Taste basically matches the nose, but with more tropical and stone fruit, a bit of hops, and bourbonlike alcohol. Full, rich, complex flavor - and most importantly, good. Really good. Mouthfeel gets a bit thin, surpisingly.

I can imagine Friar Tuck brewing this, with the smell of the forest right in the beer. Anyway, this is really excellent stuff.

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Photo of medic25
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour's a hazy brownish-ruby color, with a couple of centimeters of white head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is complex; raisins, yeasty, a little sweet. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Feels like a mouthful; almost chewable, but in great way. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of A7Zulu
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing dark ale.

Appearance: Pours a nice creamy tan 1 inch head, medium-light brown body

Aroma: Carmel and toffee

Taste: Wood and nut flavoured tones

Mouthfeel: Light to drink, but with a slight bite at the end

Drinkability: Robust in flavour, subtle natural flavours; slightly alcoholic on finish

Very enjoyable

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Photo of dfried
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark in color, the entire body is a deep ruby if the light hits it right. 2 cm off white head forms, but falls to about 1 cm and lasts that way until the end of the beer. Awesome. Very sweet and fruity aroma, ripe raspberries, strawberries, banana, plum, and some brown sugar/molasses there as well. The taste was still very sweet, but revealed more dark fruit flavors, plum, raisin, dates, blackberries. Definitely some yeasty flavors, but the esters were more noticeable. The mouthfeel was sweet and dry, great drinkablility for a 9.2% beer. The alcohol was noticeable, but not off putting. I did try the Trappist Rochefort 10 before I tried this one, I was far from disappointed with the 8, but if I could go back I would have flipped that order, the 10 was a bit more complex and outstanding.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown - black in the middle, with ruby tones on the edges Big 1 inch head, lots of lacing and suds cover. Low/medium viscosity. Outstanding to look at.

Aroma: Lavender and lemon zest, molasses nuttiness, chocolate developments, with some late-breaking caramels and sour cherries.

Taste: Roasted espresso, a little booze, some vegetal notes. Chicory, coffee and licorice moments. Toffee, brown sugar and plum developments. A little more bitterness in the finish than I found in the 6. It would be hard to live up to the aroma and appearance of the beer, but this more than manages it.

Mouthfeel: Good - lighter finish despite malts and the booze. A little bite in the finish balances everything out.

Drinkability: Light body, heavy flavor, perfect drinking. Probably the highlight for me of the trappist tasting. A beer I'll make a point of coming back to. Simply wonderful.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz bottle poured into a large tulip glass.

Pours a vibrant Red/Brown color with a massive foamy head that forms lacing around the edge but the center remains large ans stable. Leaves very thick lacing from top to bottom right til' the end.

This has a sweet/sour, slight fruity and alcohol nose.

Taste's include: A Tart & Bitter slightly sweet malt fllavor; slightly sour, bready and yeasty. Finishing with a very green-leafy taste. "grassy" Even! The 9.2 % ABV is pretty detectable and up-front in the taste. A Bitter/leafy hop aftertaste.

Feels dry and thin, seems to evaporate on the tongue. Appears more active than it feels.

Well, this one is pretty strong and feels srong too. THis one was meant to be enjoyed slowly, with a max of maybe 2.

This was a bit of an overall let down after savoring every last drop of the Rochefort 10. Perhaps this bottle was not 100% of what it could be?? It will worth another shot down the road.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany brown hue with a huge foamy head and tiny bubbles racign to the top. A very attractive pour to say the least.
S - Sweet, ripe fruit, apple tartness, and caramel were most present.
T - Sweet smoky malt flavor, caramel, tart hops in the finish, and alochol
M - Slick oily mouthfeel with a nice hoppy finish.
D - A very tasty beer that is definatly easy and enjoyable to drink. It was very complex and I am looking forward to re-reviewing this beer a few times.

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Photo of BabaJohn
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally get to use my Trappistes Rochefort glass for what is made for: drinking Trappistes Rochefort.

Pours a deep, dark brown, permitting light only around the edges, and forming a consistent, light brown head. Visible carbonation and a good deal of sediment was noted. Smelled sweet and grapey. Up front, the taste was neutral followed by a blast of sweet malts, then grains in the aftertaste, with very warm alcohol throughout. Midway through, the hop presence was greater than in other similar Belgians. Towards the end the malts took over again, which was more enjoyable in this case. There was also a tartness to the sweet flavors, reminding me just a tiny bit of sour apples and some berries. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. A good beer, but not my top choice, though I have a feeling that this beer could vary quite a bit from glass to glass. I will certainly be up for multiple tastings.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 5 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: a black-hole burst from opaque and murky in the middle to ruby/garnet along the perimeter under an inch or rocky oatmeal cookie foam.

Nose: lavender/lylac perfume, spicy nuts, brandy raisins and plum wine.

Taste: the roasted yeasty malt body of Chambly Noire comes to mind at first sip, followed by deep, sweet fruits, peaty smoke, chicory, brandy raisins, and sourdough bread.

Feel: medium body, yeasty grit, boozy vapors singe the nostrils.

Drinkability/Overall: amazing "sneaks up on you" development from dark, roasted yeast and floral notes to rich, sweeter fruit and liquor. The big winner of Trappapalooza/Trappaganza '06, knocking off his big and little brothers and a host of other Trappists for the crown.

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Photo of LifeIsGood
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a nice head, the beer itself is brown and cloudy. The head lasted for several minutes. The smell is of a strong malt. The taste is that of a creamy malt flavor, with a slight hoppy taste. The mouthfeel is thick, but smooth. This is certainly a drinkable beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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