Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

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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1,901
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5,226
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
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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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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown cloudy color with a thick persistent head that cascades down the glass when tilted. The smell is malty. The taste is malty and a bit alcoholic. The aftertaste is slightly sweet like caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and bright. This is a delicious beer that should be consumed whenever possible.

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Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening aromas of plums, grapes and hint of apple are immediately apparent. Also a light note of alcohol present in initial whiff.

Pours a deep brown with some transparency still visible. Beautiful, huge, dense enough to walk on head that lingers for darn near the entire beer.

Initial taste is a barley-grain note followed by fruit notes of apple and plums which follow immediately and finish with a pear and slight alcohol taste on the finishing rip.

9.2%? Wow, goes down dangerously easy for that.

I'll have another... and @ $4.75 a pop?... maybe I'll wait a while...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy opaque Brown with a beautiful beige head that was tight and lasting.

Rich fruitcake aroma with dark cherries, malt and yeast on the nose. Very nice.

Complex very long flavor. Starts with dark cherries and malt up front, and then seemlessly progresses to creamy cocoa, vanilla, and light spice notes and finishes with an alcohol burn. I don't find the alcohol at all unpleasant here- like a sip of cognac after a rich meal.

The mouthfeel is very nice- full and creamy. A tiny bit much carbonation for my taste.

Drinkability is high. The richness, high carbonation, and alcohol burn make it a sipper, but I'll keep sipping.

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

Poured a dark opaque crimson color with a medium tan head. There is some sediment and yeast in the bottom, as Rocheforts are not pasteurized. Decent retention and elaborate, full lacings.

Smell is of malt, assorted fruits and that familiar Belgium yeast ester.

Palate is pleasingly frothy. Tastes of sweet plum, raisin, vanilla balanced by sudden but slight bitter hop finish in the end. A warm alcohol presence can be sensed throughout but it's not overpowering.

Overall, this is a very drinkable brew and excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Personally, I prefer the complexities of the quad.

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Photo of instrumentality
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, dark brown with a one-finger creamy tan head that refused to settle.

The scent was a very hearty and sweet mix of raisin, plum, and candied apple. I felt like I was smelling not a beer, but a very potent dessert.

The first sip was unfortunately mostly overpowered by alcohol. It burned going down, and only towards the finish did some of the odors begin to translate to my palate. The flavor beneath the alcohol was much like toffee with a hint of raisin. My mouth was pummeled both by alcohol and a bit of fizziness, and the aftertaste was bitter without a whole lot else going on. Damn, what a disappointment.

Then I let it sit a bit.

Less alcohol burn. A little more flavor. A little more potential. But not a whole lot of depth. Sort of like having lemon flavored water instead of lemonade. The flavors were enticing, but they never really bloomed.

This is another case where I think aging will do a whole lot of good. In the meantime, I'll give Rochefort the benefit of the doubt given their clear potential as evidenced by the Rochefort 10.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,226 ratings.
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