Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of davidperez
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a deep dark brown with a very slight orange hue. It forms a one-finger ecru head, sudsy, with low retention. No lacing.
Despite the head's low retention, you can see this beer is highly carbonated, as bubbles are noticed breaking the clean surface.

What a delightful bouquet.
So sweet and delicate. It gives notes of overripe apple, brown pear, plum, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee and slight booze in the form of sweet fruit liquor.
A little more assertiveness would have been perfect.

Nice expressive carbonation upfront, followed by a delicate yet assertive sweetness and the thrust of alcohol. It's not that Rochefort 8 is hot, but rather, the alcohol is so refined in its taste that it becomes one more flavor to appreciate. This sweetness and the alcohol start to wane while the other notes emerge, but they remain as undertones all throughout.
The flavor follows the nose: lots of overripe apple and brown pear, dates, plums, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and very noticeable are some new notes not identifiable in the bouquet, as milk chocolate, clove, caramel and wood. The milk chocolate and wood become more prominent while reaching the finish.
Rochefort 8's aftertaste is as complex and assertive as its midpalate, and lingers for long. The alcohol note metamorphoses into a very refreshing and sweet liquor, and its refreshing trait is as delicious as it is unexpected.
It's not that this beer is only sweetness, the hoppy bitterness can be felt all throughout as well, with highs and lows, balancing the flavor artfully, as a display of exquisite dexterity.
At the end, a bit of dryness coats your palate, compelling you to have another sip.
Light body, expressive carbonation.

A world class beer, a finesse.

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Photo of whynot44
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cloudy, murky brown color that looks a bit like Missouri river water with a fluffy, foamy tan head that persists and produces nice lacing.

The aroma is much better than river water, hints of various fruits - bananas, pears, plums, raisins, citrus and other tropical fruits - very malty, slightly sweet, notes of alcohol. The taste is similar but more so, with the addition of cloves, sorghum molasses, brown sugar and more. Malty and sweet but balanced by the spice and alcohol notes, it's sometimes hard to remember this is a beer rather than some exotic mixed drink.

It is medium bodied and extremely smooth and almost creamy in the mouth, the alcohol is noticeable but in a very pleasant way, not at all harsh.

Altogether this is a really great and enjoyable beer, something for a special occasion, or anytime you can find it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours - dark brown with tan head that seems to never go away, great lacing wonderful pour.

Smell - Oak, caramel, sweet malts, banana and plum.

Taste - Dark fruit, oak, banana and clove just a warming hint of alcohol. Little bit of citrus and caramel.

Feel - Medium feel, little burn from the alcohol, excellent carbonation.

Overall - An amazing beer, very smooth the alcohol is well hidden great flavor.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown, with a hint of red. Smells clean, sweet, malty, and can definitely smell the booziness. Creamy bock-ish taste, but lighter; very smooth, sweet, drinkeable, and can taste the booziness.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Dense looking when poured, with a thick mouth-feel as well. On taste: rich notes that make me think of raisins, prunes, and roasted nuts. Some alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy rusty brown color with a thick foamy light tan head. The foam eventually settled into a persistent thin cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, banana, vanilla, and toffee. The taste was largely similar with lots of fruit - plum, raisin, banana, raspberry. Eventually moved to a nice slight sweet maltiness with a few earthy notes. Dry finish and lively carbonation. Wonderful.

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Photo of twage04
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark ruby with fizzy prickly carbonation. Smell is of dark fruit, booze. Taste is pretty smooth, lots of dark fruit and a hint of bubblegum from the yeast. This is a good alternative to chimay blue but can't stand up to quads like rochefort 10, three philosophers, etc.

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Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Rochefort 8

15.10.2019 best before date

A: Pours a murky brown color with a beige half finger head that sticks around quite nicely in my goblet. Very active carbonation upon pouring that dies away after a few minutes.

S: Semi-sweet, bright fruit including unripened banana, white raisins, pear, plum. Soft sweet alcohol on the nose. A touch of spice.

T: Sweet fruit notes up front that also resemble banana, white raisins, pear and plum, with underlying waves of woody/nutty qualities. Finishes with some plum, and dries out a bit reminiscent of a nutty brown ale.

M: Wonderfully creamy, yet pillowy soft mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D: It's never too sweet, and never too boozy. At over 9% it's insanely (and dangerously) drinkable. Overall a highly drinkable beer with nice flavors.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight murky but beautiful dark mahogany rust red with a finger of bubbly off-white foam that disssipates quickly leaving a thin ring of foam around the edges.

Roasted malt, dark fruits, apple peel, caramel, toffee, and zesty Belgian yeasts.

Apple, slight lemony citrus note, mildly spicy Belgian yeast, caramel/toffee, biscuits, roasted malts and subtle chocolaty note.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, crisp, nice mouthfeel, smooth.

Overall, this is just another superb beer that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of FBarber
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark hazy reddish-brown with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates leaving a thin tan film along the top of the beer with a thick tan ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of banana, figs and raisins with notes of earthy damp wood and a slights sweet boozy scent - kind of like rum would smell, but its not rum.

Taste is very smooth almost buttery. Lots of malts up front, like freshly baked brown crusty bread with butter. As the taste develops in your mouth notes of figs, prunes, banana, and spice come through. Undertones of coffee and clove are present at points, but not super noticeable. There is a spicy flavor that is ever present while drinking the beer, but very balanced. It adds a very nice complexity and depth to the beer. This beer certainly is not hiding the alcohol with a pleasant warming sensation coming from the pleasant and ever present but mild flavor of alcohol.

Feel is buttery smooth, medium carbonation, light and crisp, but not watery. Appropriate for the style.

Overall a world class offering that certainly lived up to the hype. Must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber bordering on brown. Head is off white and billowing. Quickly dies off to nothing. Raisin, prune and brown sugar on the nose, which follows through to the flavour. Alcohol is present and warming. The finish is a little rum like, spicy and woody. Excellent as is their other beers

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 330-ml. bottle (11.2 oz.)
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist glass
From: San Diego Wine Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 23, 2016
Consumed: April 27, 2016
Misc.: Best before July 23, 2019

Thanks, Tom!

My wife’s uncle, Tom, brought this as a gift, along with Founder’s KBS and Acoustic Ales Instant Triple Karma. Unbelievably nice as I hadn’t had the chance so have either. Have always wanted to try these Trappistes Rochefort beers, but this will be my first.

Poured an auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal wet lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled that 9.2 pct. ABV right away. Once that settled, got spoiled plum, toffee, some candied caramel, red apple, purple grape, raisins, prunes and more dark fruits. Funky overall. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was a bit better, but still on those funky notes. Got roasted toffee, candied caramel, spoiled plum, raisins, prune juice, dates, rye bread, purple grape, red apple, some blackberry, hints of rum, light notes of chocolate and some wintry spices. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really wanted to like this one but probably ended up overrating it as a result. It was good, but not something I would need to try again. It’s not like I’ve never tried a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (this was my 12th) but it was just good, not great. Maybe this is supposed to be the standard, but I reviewed it as is. (Overall - 4.00)

4.03 | 90 | A-

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Photo of constantine_272
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark chocolate color but a little murkey. The head foamed up nice but only retained a small amount. Smells of cocoa and cream and some co2. The beer tastes great. It starts of with a light fruity date that quickly turns a dark amber syrup with alkaline cocoa powder. An herbal prickly licorice finishes light and crisp. One of the best out there on feel. This beer has everything; its light, its full of malt its crisp with just the right sweetness on the aftertaste.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a big bubbly head. When it settles, the creamy lace tops the surface for the rest of the drink.
In the aroma there are dark fruits, plums, prunes, raisins and figs. There is a mild phenolic and alcoholic scent that is pleasant and not overpowering. Also, the toasted malt reminds me of warm brown toasted bread.
Silky and velvety smooth in the mouth. The dark fruit are there, as is a chocolate and creamy coating that is also evident in the finish. Spicy and almost bitter in the mouthfeel.wonderfully balanced and complex. Medium to full bodied; somewhat of a sipper, but a fast sipper at that, it's that drinkable! The alcohol warmth us there but not boozy; beware, it can catch up to you.
Excellent overall! I've now had the Trappistes Rochefort 6, 8,and 10. Hard to rate which one is best, they are that good.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a murky, ruddy brown with a finger of bubbly, off-white head that lasts surprisingly long. Incredible and complex nose of toffee, fig, cherries, maple and buttered bread. The taste follows, with a mixture of maple butter, light rum, cherry Coke, spruce tips and just a kiss of alcohol on the backend. Fairly hefty mouthfeel with perhaps overly-strong carbonation.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: unfiltered brown color with over 3 inches of head and very nice lacing.
taste: dark fruits like figs, prunes, and raisins.
smell: musk
feel: medium bodied, smooth,and easy drinking
overall: the monks never make a bad beer, so its delicious.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Brown colored beer, opaque, though carbonation is visible in the glass. Head is transient, huge and frothy at first though it settles out to a film that is only maintained by the rising carbonation.
S: Very sweet and tart, almost wine like in its aroma. First on the nose is the dark fruit notes, grapey and like wine. Also bits of raisin, plum, and fig. There are toasty malt notes as well that come off as toffee and caramel.
T: Once again, lots of dark fruit. Actually quite sweet, remincient of prune juice in a way. Tons of raisin. Alcohol is detectable.
F: Very rich, coats the mouth. However carbonation provides relief, giving the beer an airy quality. Not dry but also not refreshing, certainly a sipper
O: Really awesome beer. Incredibly complex, a beer to sit back and ponder life to.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby or light brown in color with aggressive, tan head that retains and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is richly malty and sweet. Dark fruits and a bready quality are also present. The taste is malt forward and bready. On the swallow, raisin, plum, and a peppery spice appear. A slight alcohol bite is also present. Body is medium with high carbonation and a balanced, somewhat dry finish. A really excellent beer!

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Photo of Ferb
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will not hide that this is one of my favorites, if not my favorite beer.
Pour it gently, because the bottle fermentation will fill the glass with nothing but head and it will flow over. Besides, I like to pour slowly to watch the rosy brown of the beer swirl with the carbonation to form a rocky, off white head that leaves lace on the sides as you sip. Leave 1/4 inch in the bottle, then tip it down like the monks used to do! The yeast and sediment is rich in vitamins.

The aroma is of pears and figs ( a blend of soft and dried fruits), bread dough in various stages of rising and baking, a bit of alcohol soaked fruitcake (?) and roasting grains. It smells like a memory of home to a weary traveler. Sorry, got carried away!

Like the aroma, the taste a parade of dark and soft fruits like fig and pears with crusty bread and yeast that blends a softly prickly feeling on the tongue with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. There is a gentle spice, but it is subtle and weaves among the other flavors. It tastes slightly different every moment it is on your tongue.

This beer takes me to my happy place.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hue of amber-red, with a thick and foamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Wonderful head retention and lacing that I would expect from a top notch Belgian Ale. Dark fruits, a bit of yeast, and sweet malts in the aroma. Dark fruits, toffee, sweet malts, and a bit of yeast in the flavor. Really robust flavor that leans heavily on the sweet side, but that's apart of this style. Mouth feel is smooth and easy to drink, while feeling a bit thick. Overall, a fantastic beer that adheres to standard beer qualities without anything fancy, in other words, exceptionally Belgium, and in the best of ways.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Reddish/brown color, plenty of sediment, thick medium brown head.
Smell: Mild aroma of fruits, sweet malt, yeast
Taste: Spice, raisin, brown sugar/caramel, bread, alcohol
Feel: Very smooth and creamy, lots of carbonation, warm, somewhat astringent.
An excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of anon
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, deep brown/Amber hue with a glow around the edges when in the light. Small head that appears almost khaki, retaining itself very well with lacing that doesn't quite stick, but slides it's way down the walls of the glass. Attractive.

Light malt scent with lots of candy and fruity goodness. Excellent taste following through; sweet candy, malt, toffee, plum, apricot, fig, raisin, pear, earth, honey, white grape, very light hop, coffee roast and biscuit notes. A slight lingering of woodiness. Complex and clean tasting. Not much to nitpick about this one. Just a very well done brew.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excited to try this, definitely one of my top 4 brewers. Though I will not let this affect the review and luckily I managed to find this page without seeing its rating so far :)

Drinking at the suggested temparuture of 12 degrees, though myself I usually like beers after about 30 mins in the fridge, or 30 out of the fridge, the same as with white wine.

Deep beautiful copper brown colour, nice amount of head.

Aroma has some nice fruitiness, apricot seems to dominate. Not too malty, very pure and natural.

Taste is not up there with the 10. It has that brown beer flavour that is common (even is Newcastle Brown..!), it does not blow me away like the 10 did when I had that.

The balance of maltiness, hops, fruitiness, deepness is not working with this. Neither aspect shines through, and nothing is quite perfectly balanced in my view. A bit too heavy for the overall taste.

I seem to find that the brown beers tend to be the least nicest out of the Belgian ones. The blacks are usually the nicest, followed by the blondes/amber ones. It seems to me that very roasted barley and slightly roasted barley tastes the nicest, though when in the middle it does not form the right balance with the hops.

Will try the 6 next.

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Photo of Blee911
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. Had this at Delirum in Brussels. Deep flavor full of structure. Definitely rivals the best of the darks. Something to say about an awesome dark that doesn't need chocolate nor coffee.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, burnt copper color with a moderate head of fine, cream-colored froth that borders on nitrous consistency. Luxurious aroma smells of honey, toffee, apples, pears, muscato, and warming, medicinal alcohol. Head retention is impressive--in fact, it almost appears to swell slightly in the early going.

Bold taste consists primarily of raisins, bread, clove, coriander, and honey, augmented by notes of bubblegum, muscato, and warming alcohol. The sweetness is almost excessive, while the spices overextend themselves in an attempt to preserve balance. Medium body and carbonation make for a super smooth mouthfeel that enhances the luxurious vibe promoted by the presentation.

Overall, this is a pretty decadent, flavorful brew, but over-the-top sweetness and present alcohol leave it falling short of being truly great in my estimation.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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