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 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 Matthew
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Pours out of the bottle into my ommegang glass a light brown with slight hints of dark reddish rusty around the edges in the light. A beautiful
fluffy off-white rocky head. The perfect looking beer.
Smell:
Lots of carmalized brown sugar, nice bready spice wrapped with prune, fig, and chocolate raisons. A touch of alcohol is present in the nose but is subtle and
takes a back seat to the huge sweet bready and fruity malt complexities.
Taste:
The smoothest beer that I have ever laid my lips to. Creamy sweet bready malt character flow over my taste buds
and gives way to hints of spice, dark sweet ripened fruits. The finish is light warming alcohol character flavored with sweet
malt, spice, fruit and a light chocolate like flavor. Incredibly lusicious and smooth.
Mouthfeel:
A wonderful full bodied, creamy, and smooth beer. It just slides over your taste buds down your throat leaving incredibley complex
and incredibley delicious flavor. Carbonation is at a perfect level for the style.
The head retention and lacing with this beer are fantastic. Sticky frothy head remains and the last thing left in my glass is a little
bit of frothy head and a whole lot of lacing. This is one of the finest beers I have ever drank.

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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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Photo of czechsaaz
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful and complex yeasty and malty aroma. I get chocolate and brown sugar from the malt and tons of dark ripe fruit and bread from the yeast. Added in there are some spice notes (a little Anise and maybe some cinnamon) that may be the yeast or it may be added.

Deep brown with a big thick creamy head. Very clear considering how dark it is.

Flavor is right off a big hit of sweet malt with the same chocolatey notes that I get in the smell. Then there's a pretty solid hop bitterness but no resiny or spicey hop flavor. Very fruity fermentation character with added spicey complexity. There's a slight bitter alcohol bite lingering in the aftertaste.

Nice and full bodied. Very creamy carbonation that adds a little refreshing kick.

A dangerously drinkable strong beer. There's a ton of flavor but it's not at all heavy like the 10 which I feel compelled to sip (and love). This you could conceivably down quickly. Yummy!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, deep brown in appearance with a generous head. Unsure if beer is naturally hazy or if I disturbed the yeast a bit too much

Nose is the real treat with this beer. Reminds me of a clean brewery, some unfamiliar smells along with the yeasty bready aromas that you love. Take that and combine it with many desert spices that are elusive, maybe brown sugar, nutmeg, Christmas pudding, and Irish bread pudding with amaretto topping.

On the palate the beer is noticeably thin bodied and carbonated well but you're just so enchanted by the nose that you don't care what else there is. Yes, I can't get past the nose. No need to comment on taste.

Finish is somewhat sour and reminds me of burnt apples. Can I just nose the beer? Is that permitted?

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Photo of bonbright7
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank my friend for his tip on this beer as I enjoyed it very much after dinner at Whole Foods this evening.

The Rocheforte 8 poured with a tremendous head into my pint glass. I tasted the interesting coffee and dark malts right away as I sat down to see what a little oxygen would do to it. Somehow the smell of apples came through in the mix as the ale level went down and I also could taste a strange cream to it.

I thought this would be a great ale for tailgating to a college football game with a mix of cheeses and heros as it could be served to anyone easily.

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Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale, muddy rbwon with a bit of sediment (mine is 2nd glass from this 350). A thing tan cap of creamy head sticks around. Minus the sediment, the first glass gains a deep garnet hue.

Smells of slightly tangy prunes and red wine, fairly strong nose overall.

Flavor is not as powerful as I would've liked. Starts out sweet, almost cloying, but softly so. Slightly tangy plum and prune leads into grape and pear juice with a hint fo spicy phenol. A warming sensation in the throat just hints at the 9.3% abv, and perhaps a bit of fusel alcohol. Bittering hops? If you say so...

Body is moderately light, lighter than expected, and slick.

Admitedly, this style is not my bag, however this ale goes down super-smooth!

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Photo of geetlord
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a dark cloudy amber full of yeasts. It had a nice white head of average consistancy that subsided to very nice lacing.
The aroma was fully of berries, grapes, dark cherries and black currants, some mollasses malts and yeasts smelling like fresh baked bread.
the flavor matched the aroma perfectly witht eh berries being very prominent flavor. the finish was slightly smoky with some mild alcoholic touches.
overall I enjoyed this beer very much and would seek it out again.

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Photo of Fuller
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. The body is a cloudy dark brown color with a big beige head that recedes quickly down to just a skim on top. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smells of spice, sweet fruit and roasted malts. Also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tastes like it smells - sweet dark fruits, some spice, and roasted malts with a little bit of warming alcohol at the end. A very rich and complex beer but also very smooth and balanced. All the different flavors come together perfectly making this a very good beer.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Slow pour still produced a full two finger beige head that slowly gave way so moderate sticky lacing. Appearance is an opaque mocha colored brown with a slight reddish tint to it in the light and nearing the edges. Aroma smells sweetly of malt, dried fruit, warm sugary alcohol and has a yeastiness about it. The alcohol is far from hidden in the nose as it makes itself known in both the nose and in the finish. Taste starts sweet and rich of dried dark fruits, then nicely progesses towards a stronger yeast flavor than first introduced in the nostrils. This brew is able to keep one guessing when the alchol will emerge from the sweet earthiness and bite as it tends to fade and reapppear with passing sips. One sweet and seemingly innocent and then the next you might think you're dealing with far higher than 9.2% abv. Mouthfeel is medium body with an aptly paired moderate carbonation, slight roughing of the tongue as it then washes off towards the gullet with a more smoothing feeling. Finishes with a sweet dryness in the mouth, much like a dark espresso, alongside a minimal sweet fruity aftertaste. Drinkability is scored a little lesser given the seeming omnipresence of alcohol in this ale, either way, overall an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought my pursuit of better beer would have prepared me for this experience, but I suspect my tastebuds still aren't entirely up to the task.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed this beer — I'm just not sure if I can adequately describe what I drank. I had three bottles (during separate sittings) and this beer's complexity still baffles me a bit.

There was no mystery about how it looked and smelled, though: a beautiful tan head over a hazy, dark brown body. The aroma was sweet brown sugar, raisin bread and lightly roasted malt. Definitely inviting.

When I took my first sip, however, I lost all perspective. I mainly tasted the alcohol, which wasn't entirely unpleasant: it had a nice warming effect. What taste I was able to pick out consisted mainly of malty sweetness with hints of blackcurrant, figs and some fruitiness.

It all went down with a creamy smoothness and a nice finish despite the high ABV. I tasted this without any food, but I suspect it would be incredible with a grilled steak. I'm looking forward to unravelling its mysteries with future tastings!

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

Pours an opaque brown. Dense, frothy, khaki head. Lots of ifne lacing. Spicy aroma. Clove and coriander. Very yeasty nose. Luxurient malt and candy sugar.

Taste is rounded molasses and candy sugar. Faint ginger. Black currant and plum. Alcohol is very apparent in the finish and keeps the mouth drier than expected. Medium bodied, feels sticky at first and then the alcohol just dries it the hell out. A sipper and a good beer in its own right, not just as the 10's little brother. This beer screams for steak. And more than six-months aging.

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Photo of Damian
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful copper reddish-brown. The fluffy head left copious amounts of lacing.

Smell was somewhat herbal, bready and medicinal.

Taste was rich, malty and spicy. Alcohol was very noticeable.

Body was quite thin. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

Overall, this beer was a disappointment.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of it's 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Quickly dissapearing white head forms on top of a murky dark brown body. Smell is fruity with bananas, pears, dough and sweet malt with a noticable strong alcohol presence in the nose as well. Mouthfeel is rather light and highly carbonated. Taste is absolutely incredible! Taste is dry with fruity notes, spices and chocolate that is followed by a long warming alcohol presence. High alcohol character hurts the drinkability a bit. As the beer warms up it gets even better. Overall, this is simply a sensational brew.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with slightly cloudy amber accents. Light tan head that sticks to the glass and refuses to leave the beer. Aromas of phenols, yeast, and some figgy fruits. Coffee, vanilla-rum and chocolate notes are laid over some light hops (styrian goldings?). On the palate, fruity (figgy) sweetness up front and throughout, along with rich yeast and mild alcoholic burn. The fruitiness is surprisingly scant. Aside from the alcohol burn, the mouthfeel is only medium-bodied, but very smooth on the palate. This is an excellent dubbel... a little stronger than usual, but wonderful flavors and good mouthfeel more than make up for that.

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

Pours an opaque brown color with a 1 inch tan, densely textured head. Smell is fruity - dried figs, plums. Taste is yeasty with hints of fruit coming on strong. Feels prickly on the tongue due to the tight carbonation. Date code on the bottle reads 29 06 10

Most definitely a sipping beer, one that needs to be slowly savored.

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Photo of kkipple
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet 'cause I don't have a Rochefort one -- yet. The 8 is opaque orange-brown, with large white yeast bits in the bottom of the glass and a foamy, dirty-white head about 3cm tall. My overall impression is of a natural, earthy, beer

The smell is intense when properly warmed. Very strong malt, dark fruits, exceptionally evident alcohol, figs, hops, yeasty and roasty malt character. This may be the most alcohol-forward beer I've ever smelled. No mistaking the 9% on this one.

Taste holds up well. Roasty malts balanced with a fruity sweetness – figs, prunes, a bit of a cocoa and slight sourness. This leaves a coffee aftertaste and is rather drying. Not too warming, oddly enough. Classic Belgian dark ale! Earthy, alcoholic and yeasty... come to think of it, maybe a bit too heavy on the alcohol. It's rather harsh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, tingly and dry.

Final thoughts: This is a fine beer, but it's certainly a sipper. Points off for the overwhelming alcoholic presence... I prefer my beers a bit more subtle. Everlasting head. Despite the high alcoholic content, I expected this to be more warming and, well, inebriating. Odd. Definitely a brew seeking out if you’re a fan of Belgian darks.

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