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

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

I wish I had a bigger bottle. Poured with a little yeast sediment which some was suspended in the frothy three finger head of light brown. Lace is sticky and clings from the top of the pour to the last of the glass. Color is a deep brown, a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is exquisite, with aromas of figs and dates, molasses, banana, spices, and malt. Taste is almost a good as the smell, with the sweetness of dates, molasses, honey, caramel, toffee, coffee, banana, and malt. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a punch from the carbonation, and a little mealy from the floating yeast. Plenty of punch from the alcohol hidden in the wonderful sweet flavor, a nice warming feeling from the first sip and flows over you like a large wave. Slightly pricey for every day drinking, but a great treat.

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

Poured a murky dark brown color from an 11.2oz bottle. Little light penetrates when held up to the light. A little yeast sediment is visible. Thick, luscious 2 finger head with fantastic retention that clings to a coats everything it touches. This beer gets better as it warms. Upon finishing this beer after nearly 45 minutes a thin head still entirely covered the surface of the liquid - I don't think I ever have seen this happen.

Just like the 10, the smell is stunning. Complex mixture of sweet dark fruits: chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisins. Little detectable alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell with a little of a hops bite in the aftertaste. Smooth is the word that comes to mind - creamy velvety mouthfeel that coats your palate. Little detectable alcohol on the palate, but it warms the mouth and chest on its descent.

One of the most drinkable beers for the ABV - similar to the 10. Everything about it just makes you want to drink more.

Absolutely sublime beer. I am really impressed by the Rochefort line. I can't imagine a belgian being any better, but I haven't tried Westy yet.

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

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brown hazy hue with a huge, fluffy, 5-finger, off-white, head that slowly dissipates, leaving a partial trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong toffee and caramel aroma with a zip of spices and dark fruits in the backgrounds.

T: Lots of complex flavor here. Smooth caramel and dark fruit flavors followed by roasted malts.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and high carbonation

O: Excellent beer. Very smooth and well balanced and just enough alcohol to balance it out.

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

A: dark caramel with 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades...yeasty fellas running around

S: Rich dark fruits, figs, dates, belgian yeast, a bit of alcohol

T: along with the smell but with a nice malty finish

M: a little more watery than the 10, but still silky and has a nice dry finish

D: it's a bit of a sipper, but frequent sipping is necessary...more complex than the Chimay blue, I wish I had more than one bottle

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

Pours large, lasting head, slowly giving way to layers of lace. Hazy dark ruby/brown. Forward, sweet aroma, predominantly anise & molasses. Also shows sassafrass/earth, candied orange, raisin, and some alcohol as it warms. Flavor is complex malt. Rich, robust licorice/maple/molasses. Malt balanced with dark candi sugar, smooth, even, and lasting. Flavors and aromas mature as it warms in the glass. Fantastic. Can’t (afford to) drink enough.

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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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, rusty brown with a nice two finger beige head. Well carbonated.

Smell: Bananas, dark fruit, butterscotch, subtle chocolate.

Taste: Delicious bready malt, banana, subtle berry sweetness, subtle plum. This has got it goin' on!

Mouthfeel: Good body for the style and nicely carbonated. A win-win.

Overall: One of, if not the best belgian beers I've ever had. Nothing to dislike at all, really. Well done.

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

Gorgeous cloudy, pale deep walnut in color with a plum-like purple tone, nice. If it weren't for a fast fading head it would recieve a 5 for sure, but it crumpled away pretty darn quick, it looked impressive for about 2 seconds, big, fluffy, dark ivory in color, leaves a skim and lace is in stringy patches that doesn't last either.

Aroma is quite complex of dark fruits and has a quality close to a dark wine, very rich & lush, alcohol is lightly present, I get mostly plum and figs, with notes mixing with raisins, banana, with a nice caramel candied sweetness of yummy malts with a bit of nuttyness in there as well, excellent subtlities in this nose.

Taste is super smooth and silky, a nice creamy sensation comes through right away, flows right in and starts laying down complex malts of caramel sweetness, toffee, and nuts, with a huge rich fruityness mixing in of banana bread, figs, raisins, and nice little light kick of spice hinting in a dark mandorine orange peel or similar to some kind of citrus peel, cloves maybe too? The alcohol makes a slight hindering towards the end. But especially after you get about half way through, head swimmingly goodness, ooooh yeah. One nice complex and subtle brew, amazing to think this is beer.

Very silky smooth feel, close to full, solid creamyness the whole way through. A nice mellowing pace and aged appeal to its character.
Quite a nice Belgian that stands the test of a bottle.
Excellent stuff, yum!

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Photo of kjc51478
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown color with good head. Good balance of hop bitter and malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate and spicy with a slight bitterness. Finishing is slightly hoppy with a long lasting chocolate and malt flavor. Easily one of my favorite Trappist beers.

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

330mL bottle poured into my brand new Surly Darkness goblet.

A: dark burgundy brown, large tan bubbly head

S: subtle alcohol up front followed by lots of sweet fruit, the sweetness melds into buttery toffee, very inviting

T: again, sweet fruit, but followed by echoes of woody malt rounded out by alcohol

M: not too thick, but still coats the mouth, a little too carbonated for me, but as this is my first "Trappist" beer, I can't detract for that

D: I like Belgians, but they're distinctive character and potent flavors limit their repeated drinkability for me. That said, this one is quite refreshing, with balanced flavors and decent complexity

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

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

As a quick aside, the bigger brother of this beer (Rochefort 10) is the only beverage I've ever given a perfect 5.0 out of ~330 reviews.

The bottle fills the glass with an opaque, dark amber-chocolate body capped by a light khaki head. Absolute torrents of carbonation stream upwards from all sides...5 minutes after the pour, the head is still growing, albeit slowly. Large chunks of yeast float listlessly at the base of the tulip. Like its big bro, Rochefort 8 is heavenly aromatic, with sweet berries, dark cherry, sour tart, toffee, and plum.

The flavor is not quite as complex as R-10, but still superior to most other belgians. The palate is greeted by musky, dark fruits, sweet toffee-caramel malts, and a slight nutty, chocolate finish. There isn't a hint of alcohol at first, but as the beer warms, a slight warming touch sets in. The body is well-carbonated, medium in thickness, and delivers a semi-dry aftertaste. It's smooth & heavy, but truly a joy to consume. This is definately a winner...I'd quickly cough up the $4.99 per bottle again if my budget would allow it.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Pours a deep brown, slightly hazy with some particles in suspension, probably because I let some of the lees fall in. Thick white head that clings to the sides of my Trois Pistoles chalice.

Delicious malty caramel aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla.

There is definitely a lot going on here. Starts off with rich caramel and toffee, with some vanilla notes. The sweetness quickly disappears into oaky astringency and some faint medicinal flavours. I can taste a bit of brandy in the finish, as the beer winds down with warming alcohol and a lingering bitterness/astringency. Full-bodied with fairly high carbonation.

This is a balanced and complex beer, and surprisingly drinkable for the high abv. Delicious.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,214 ratings.
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