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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,267
Reviews:
1,911
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
423
Gots:
1,078
For Trade:
21
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Photo of Macko
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle sitting outside, clear skies, little bit cool, dark, time to relax.

Appearance: Brown with Red Hues. Large head didn’t hang around too long.

Nose: Brown sugar and toasted malts

Taste: Bursting with flavor. Dark fruits and whatever grains you care to mention,
but beyond all that a subtle sugary aftertaste.
Then a tiny little sourness. Just to keep you on your toes!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation yet with a creamy aftertaste. Some warming afterwards, though not significant for a 9.2% beer.

Overall: Truthfully, to review this beer is the reason I joined beeradvocate.
This is just the nicest beer I’ve ever tasted.
Perhaps not the best, you can debate that, but it’s my favorite of all time. Yet.

For info: My Belgian buddies (who prefer the Rochefort 10), say to check the date on the Rochefort bottle ... it always shows a date 5 years after it was created. The closer you are to that end date the better, they reckon. Mine still shows almost 5 years from now, beer was still superb.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista CA
Use by date: 4-7-18

A: Poured into chalice. Very deep bronze-brown and very effervescent. Head developed some big bubbles started at about 2 inches and settled to a quarter inch and held as I waited for the beer to raise in temperature.

N: sweet, light toasted malt. Subtle biscotti tones

T: strong raisin fruit up front, pleasant syrupy and easy spices along the edge of the tongue. Clove, nutmeg. Taste quickly gives way to a clean, yet silky aftertaste and mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced, alcohol is present and warm but only detected slightly

Very pleasant beer, a new favorite now. Would try pairing it up with a thick smokey pork chop

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz (330mL) bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 5.49. Best by 04/07/18- I assume bottled 4/7/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours muddy red hued brown with three fingers of beige head. Keeps a modest layer that laces well.

Smell starts dry and earthy before revealing spice, cherries and yeast. The nose really opens up as it warms with more dark fruit, malty bread and caramel.

After a near-abrasive initial burst of spice and alcohol while still cold, it warms to reveal notes of raw cane sugar, bing cherries, fruity yeast, dates, banana, caramel, clove, nuts and raisin bread. As the chill fades the balance and layers of flavor really flesh out and moderate the alcohol.

Supple, medium body with abundant carbonation. Aftertaste of dark fruit, yeast and bready malt.

I'm much more familiar with 8's big brother but this is quite solid in it's own right. Once it reaches a proper temperature this delivers an outstanding drinking experience on all levels.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of John656
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy head that slowly dissipates.

S - Figs, plum, brown sugar and pine.

T - Plum, raisins, and dark fruits. The complex flavors evolve through the palate with a pleasant caramel finish. There is a slight hint of booze and the intensity of the sweetness grows as the temperature rises.

It goes without saying for this style (Strong Dark Ales/Quads), but you will not fully appreciate this beer if served at a cold temperature.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth texture. There is a medium carbonation element present that I would prefer was a little lower.

O - One of the best beers on the market for good reason. Not as complex as the 10 but a well balanced beer with a dark fruity flavors that never fails to disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,267 ratings.
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