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Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

1,883 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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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Photo of BFrost
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured deep opac mild chocolate color with two fingers of dense tan head which fades rather quickly, leaving a thin lace behind.

Smell fruit aromas, banana, citrus, dark cherry, grape, fig and malt. Tastes those aromas with raisins, a bit of caramel, and brown sugar. A rum aftertaste is definitely noticed, and I quite like it.

This beer is very creamy on the tongue and superbly smooth and malty as it goes down, although the alcohol is still very present, giving a warming sensation.

This beer is very complex and alcoholic, yet pleasantly smooth and easy to drink. Tis a true beer lover's delight and an ideal representation of the style!

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

Like many Belgium's, this becomes hard for me to review outside of 'yummy', 'mmm', and 'wow', because they are so complex. Rocheort is no exception.
Poured a dark slightly cloudy mahogany in the tulip glass with an offwhite half finger head that melted to a ring of lacing. With bottle emptied completely there are little floaties around the bottom of the glass.
Aromas are dark amber malts....a little toasty....brown sugar caramel...dark fruits...and alcohol.
Taste is much like the aroma only more so. Sweet amber malt, some Belgium candy sugar, brown sugar caramel, plums, raisins, prunes, figs...and alcohol.
Nice comfortable filling mouthfeel and a very pleasant drying aftertaste.
Enough to make one consider joining a monastery.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Rochefort 10 the other day, and I must say that I prefer this beer more.

Now this is how a beer is supposed to look. Poured in to a Duvel glass (which seems to accent the colors) leaving a wonderfully balanced head above a deep red/brown melding. The beer must be right on; it looks as if t came form a tap.

I am picking up chocolate, cherries and peaches. Malt is prevalent, seemingly overpowering it's healthy dose of alcohol.

This beer is one tasty beverage. The alcohol, which was disguised before, is now very prevalent. Very sweet and warming, if there was ever a reason to look forward to winter this is it.


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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh man, this is tasty! I think this is my favorite Belgium I've ever had. Sure it's got a high ABV, but you really don't taste it (although you feel it soon enough!). It just had a nice, smooth malty flavor that went down with the greatest of ease. Tantilizing dark brown body as well with the typical overwhelming foamy head. $5 for a 330ml is a bargain at these flavors!

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Photo of MarkVegas
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark reddish color with a thick foam head that dissipates quickly with good lacing after.

S- Spicy on the nose with hints of burnt sugar/molasses.

T- Initially chocolaty with hints of the burnt sugar that was indicated by the nose. Finishes beautifully bitter.

M- Good body with perfect carbonation. Creamy.

O- Great beer. Nose was not as complex as i would have liked but the taste and and everything else about the beer make it an excellent brew.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G - The ubiquitous Delirium tulip

A - Reddish-chestnut hue, blanketing foam, sheets of lace. Exceptional for a Trappist.

S - Quite a bit of raisin, a bit of vinous alcohol, and a vague general sweetness.

T - Amazing. The very first sip reveals a world-class libation, and succeeding quaffs drive the point home. The taste is not necessarily "like" any specific flavors; it is just delicious and sophisticated despite the lack of definitively discernible descriptive nuances. There is a strong alcohol component to the flavor, and everything else about it is complementary to that element. Other than that, it shares flavor dynamics with many a Belgian Strong Dark or Quad. If were pressed for any other flavor matches, I guess I'd say it had a slight BBQ flavor or something saucy or reminiscent of torula yeast. Is that crazy?

M - Very luxurious; smooth and rich.

D - Trappist brews are one of life's finer things. Enjoy them. I do.

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Photo of MonaLisaOverdrive
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice milk chocolate brown, hazy with a very active and quickly dissipating(?) 2-finger head. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Raisin-y, date-like alcoholic kinda sweet smell. Not really what I like when I sniff a beer, but most definitely a great example of how a belgian should smell.

Taste: Dangerously smooth. So balanced, nice subtle grainy taste, perfect amount of sweetness, dark fruit flavors, and just enough alcohol flavor to remind you how strong this beer is. The aftertaste is very clean for a strong ale, almost finishes like a bud or something super light. So damn drinkable. 10/10

Mouthfeel: WHAT THE F***. This beer is so light and effervescent in the mouth, and like I state before, finishes like a light beer almost. It goes down with ZERO issues. It's got just enough body to compliment the other unique features of this beer.

Overall: Buy this damn beer. Seriously. If you've never had a belgian, I truly believe the Trappistes Rochefort line to be one of the best to be introduced to. My first Belgian was a Rochefort 10, and I've been spoiled ever since.

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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 ElGaucho
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with massively dense creamy off white head. Aroma is rather fruity, some vanilla and candi sugar sweetness, somewhat earthy. Extraordinarily well balanced, as nothing jumps out but all is blended well. Luxurious mouthfeel, rich without being heavy, smooth yet very fully carbonated, the beer finishes with a slight cocoa-like taste along with herbal bitterness and mild yeastiness. Alcohol is present, but doesn't detract in any way from the beer. Delightful, of course, as are all of their beers.

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

Pour a very dark opaque amber with a two-finger head with good retention.

S: Malty with burnt sugar and dates undertones

T: Coriander spice with hints of alcohol and dark fruit. Complex flavorings that includes roasted malts and a plethora of carbonation.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated

O: Delicious for the style. A fine crafted brew that deliciously hides the ABV and very drinkable. Very complex in taste, smell, and feel. Highly recommended

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Pours a dark hazy brown color with little to no head. Smell is surprisingly pungent and like sweet apricots and malt. The taste is exceptional. The plethora of flavors all seamlessly blended together makes for a wonderful symposium of goodness. The most prevalent of the tastes is that of candied fruit, sweet and natural spices. Its really hard to explain the large amount of flavors that are coming together to make this beer, as they are so goo together it's hard to distinguish them!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trappistes Rochefort 8. 330 ml. 9.2% abv.

At first glance, Rochefort 8 is the usual BDSA murky marroon. But place it in front of a light, and it radiates a dazzling blood-orange hue that demands respect. Clearly this is unfiltered because tiny specks a floating around, suspended in the joyous liquid and occasionally stirred by the heavy streams of carbonation surging towards the surface. The head is a light tan -- about 1" at first that settles to form a soft pillow atop the burgundy liquid. The lacing is persistent, but it doesn't clump. Rather it coats the side of my Ommegang chalice with a thin off-white film

A soft, sweet, bready smell pervades. Dark fruits -- plums, dates, and raisins -- steeped in alcohol slink in the background. Some brown sugar is also there.

The intake has a soft prickliness -- no doubt the carbonation -- followed by dark fruits: again plums, dates, raisins, figs and currant. Grains, phenols, and alcohol burst in and sweep away my taste buds, leaving behind a trail of winter herbs and spices. The maltiness is huge, dominated by brown sugar and toasty dark bread. Clove spiciness rounds off the finish with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. Surprisingly, there's very little aftertaste, so I'd say it ends clean.

Creamy and silky smooth. It's medium-bodied, but noticeably throws around its weight in about the middle of the sip. It glides lithely through my mouth and down my throat, depositing a wealth of fruit flavors and spices on its way down. Carbonation is appropriately tempered.

It's 9.2% without being overbearing. Ripe fruits and brown sugar malts work in a delightfully complex harmony that is a pleasure to drink.

Enjoyed this with brie, gouda, and whole grain crackers.

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Photo of CASK1
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birthday present from my lovely wife!

Bottle poured to a tulip glass. Rare cold night in Florida, sipping this by a fire - perfect!

A - Huge fluffy head on the pour. Fell somewhat quickly to a thin layer of tight tan bubbles. Somewhat cloudy, rich dark copper color.

S - Complex rich sweet caramel malt aroma. Lots of dark fruit - figs, raisins, prunes. No hops, low sweet alcohol.

T - Follows the aroma. Rich complex malt, with toffee and toasted bread. Quite sweet, but not cloying. The alcohol bite helps balance the sweetness. Low hop bitterness. Low spiciness, maybe from hops.

M - mouth-filling effervescent carbonation. Full body, but the carbonation makes this beer quite drinkable. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not hot or harsh.

O - Outstanding beer. Big, and I wouldn't likely drink more than one at a sitting, but that sitting would always be quite enjoyable.

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

Poured a dark murky brown with hints of red, big carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is great, booze, dried fruits, mainly dark ut I did taste grapes? Taste followed the nose very closely but the taste was incredible, spice, fruits, booze. Drinkability is perfect and spot on.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown color with a hint of red. Has a nice quarter inch head. Has a mild fruity and maly smell. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated yet smooth. Taste is unbelievable. It's lightly hopped and the spices and malts are perfectly balanced. The alochol is well hidden and very deceiving. You'd never guess it's 9.2 abv. This is one spectacular beer. It's just as good as Rochefort 10. No beer drinker will want to miss this one.

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Photo of xodin
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown hue, lots of sediment. Just over an inch of head, but lingering only temporarily. Aroma is not very evident for some reason, which is a true misnomer for what's to come. Very complex taste, full of fruits, esters, some caramels, chocolate, and vegetation. Dances on the taste buds with dozens of flavors. Sweet, slightly carbonated, and smooth in the swallow, with a shy bit of warming character in the finish. Relatively full body, yet deceptively mild for 9.2% ABV. Obviously a brew that has had decades or centuries worth of knowledge imbued in its character. Highly recommended for a commercial dark strong belgian.

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Photo of burnstar
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky persistent head. Smell is mild notes of dark caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with dark caramel with touch of deep roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Background sweetness. Grapes and raisins. Apples. Some earthy yeastiness. Some booziness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian beer.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm finding that good beer is both complex and drinkable at the same time. This came to my local bar and I figured I'd try it while I could. I decided to try the 8 because the 10 seemed to imposing on my young palet, but after trying this I think the 10 could be much more aproachable. This astes quite good you do notice the extra alcohol but it's not over powering. If you get the chance, even if you don't like darker beers give this a try.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is odd...

It pours a medium amber colour, a light murky brown with sediment floating about. A huge creamy flowing head. light lacing

smells like a belgian ale, hard to explain. A spicy, breadlike, with a hint of dates or golden raisins.

taste - a bit spicy, not nearly the bite of other belgian ales of this abv (9.20). A tiny bit of breadlike taste. There's something really good in there, I just can't figure out what it is.

mouthfeel - It's perfectly carbonated, medium but very smooth body. Goes down beautifully. A warming feeling in the mouth too, cuz of the alcohol.

Drinkability - pretty high, it's very smooth and tastes really good, simply. The only thing that would stop you from drinking a lot of these is it's abv and hefty pricetag. A great beer. Of course it is, It's a Trappist beer.

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

Pours a dark, cloudy,reddish/brown. Slight tan head.

Aromas of spices, hazelnut, bready, yeasty,musty grassiness. Sweet malt and dark fruit aromas as well.

Taste is very complex. Smooth, sweet, chocolatey malt taste with nutty, spicey characteristics. Slight hop bitterness brings it all together.

Mothfeel is incredibly smooth, malty and fizzy. Definite alcohol warmth is noticeable.

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Photo of Lupe
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color that allows no light to pass through. Liquid is topped by a a thick and frothy tan head that lasts. Sheet of foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

Malty aroma starts things off with toffee and raisins. Yeast comes through as well, adding some banana scents. Mild rum-like alcohol and a touch of spice round things out. Excellent aroma.

Rich sweetness that has a starts off with caramel & toffee going to dark bread to mild coffee. Fruit steps up next adding fig and raisin flavors. Alcohol comes in adding a spiciness that matches well with the sweetness - reminiscent to rum cake. Has the Belgium mustiness you come to love in these beers. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm. The sweetness is not cloying at all - very well balanced by the alcohol and spice. Lingering sweetness and clove spice.

Silky smooth, rich and creamy - yet has an element of champagne lightness from the carbonation. Full-bodied and glides through the mouth and down the throat.

So smooth, so good. Easy to drink but at 9.20% it will do some damage before you know it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, bloodred beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam. Looks nice with quite a bit of sediment left in the bottle.

Smell is immense! Fruits (oranges, pears and pineapple) comes on powerfully and is balanced with malt, bread and a sugarlike sweetness. Smells like a plate of fruit, very very nice.

First on the tongue comes malt. Then som spicyness together with alcohol and a bready thickness. Some sugar blends together with fruit which is mainly ripe pears and banana. Finishes somewhat bitter and sour with citric traces and a warming alcoholic feeling.

Great beer, very complex and long lasting. Tastes better a little warmer than out of the fridge.

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Photo of TacoShark
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay branded goblet.

A: Rich brown Belgian ale color, somewhat disappointing head retention and little lacing downgrade its appearance somewhat.

S: Rich and malty, with a surprising fruit character bringing to mind notes of grape or plum.

T: The fruit notes from the aroma fade in the taste, and left it tasting mostly creamy and malty, with just a bit of deliciously refreshing sweetness. Ends with a warming, alcoholic finish. Just a really enjoyable beer.

M: Again, very smooth, creamy and malty. Fairly effervescent as well, with little bubbles that pop on your tongue. It's a fairly full-bodied mouthfeel for its type, but it works!

D: I only bought the one bottle from John's Marketplace in Portland. I wish I had more. This is a very tasty, very refreshing ale. Eminently drinkable.

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

330ml bottle, poured into a Brugs challice

Pours with a murky brown body, lots of little yeasty floaties. Creamy tan head, good retention and slight lacing on the side of the glass

Smell, strong whiff of rum, raisins, little bit of vanilla. Some brown sugar, some fruity esters

Taste, crisp bready initial mouthfeel. Spicy alcohol only not overwhelming, sweet thick dark malty body, some hint of vanilla again

The middle child in the rochefort family. This stands up next to the 10 and comes almost on par, very drinkable and so much depth

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.
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