Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of stof0048
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Watou chalice... Has a nice deep amber brown color with light tan head that gives way to a thinner creamy looking head. Lacing on the glass is very prominent.

Smell: Has a fruity, sweet smell with a touch of spice.

Taste: Taste is good, but not as good as I was hoping. With the Rochefort 10 as an alternative, I don't see myself drinking this one often. That's not to say it's an unpleasant taste. Subtle fruitiness at the beginning fading into a caramel aftertaste. There are also some spices in this that remind me a bit of Gouden Carolus Noel. Perhaps a faint hint of anise? While noticeably present, the alcohol does not overpower this beer.

Mouthfeel: The way this beer glides over your tongue is quite good. Starts out a little bubbly then fades into a creamy texture as it goes over your tongue.

Drinkability: A pretty easy to drink beer, though I could see myself needing something to cleanse the palette before having a second.

Overall, not a bad beer though not quite as good as I was hoping for after trying the 10.

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Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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 AndyBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moretta
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StuMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with bubbly clean white head. Very large bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S - Dark fruit sweetness. Maybe some raisins? Also a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malts and alcohol. Has a nice little spice to it as well. Caramel and plums in the taste. Very flavorful brew.

M/D - A little on the thin side but a full flaovred very dinkable brew.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappists Rochefort pours a murky brown which won’t let any light through. The head is fluffy looking, tan in color and holds for a very long time. Smells like dark fruits, banana and rum.

Smooth. Damn smooth. It is a little spicy, but not too much. It tastes of apple and fig. Definitely a hint of phenol, but again, not too much. It is a warm beer with hints of grain and bread and brown sugar.

This beer is very complex. Lots going here, but perhaps a little too sweet. Very good, even better when cellared. Try it if you can get your hands on it. Watch out for that ABV though, it can kick you in the butt if you aren't carefull.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: A medium brown color with a one finger off white head. Minimal lacing and low carbonation.

S: Spicy sweet smell, with hints of dried fruit and a fairly heavy spicy musty like smell.

T: Flavors of dried fruits, raisons, malt, bread and a spicy yeast flavor. I almost thing I got some dirty and earthly flavors like wood and maybe must/dust. Just nothing besides the spice really jumped out at me.

M: Heavy with a fairly high alcohol feel. The beer seems to coat the mouth fully7.

D: For me the drinkability is low. I finished the 10 ounce (I think it was 10) bottle in about half an hour and I had enough.

Overall I guess Belgians are just not my bag. I don't see what all the hype is about if this is a typical Trappist beer. For me, they are just sort of....dull. I'm sorry I didn't care for this one, I really wanted to try to branch out enjoy some Belgians and I thought this may be the one.

***Updated 10/3/2011***

So I am re-reviewing some of these beers now that my Belgian palate has been refined a bit. I looked back and realized how much I didn't know when I first reviewed this beer. So let's try again.

Poured into a snifter glass from a 33cl bottle (11.2 oz).

A: A medium brownish murky color with a big 2 finger off white billowy yeasty head. Yeast pours from the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love bottle conditioning. Not much glass lacing.

S: These Trappist ales are so distinctive, I can see that now. Smell is sweet fruits with grape bubblegum, dark fruits, candy sweetness, mustiness and some earth tones.

T: Follow the nose. I get a huge amount of grape bubblegum, raisin, cherry, fig and plum mixed with a huge Trappist yeast flavor that yields sugar sweetness plus some mustiness, hay and some earthy notes. Finish is sweet, but smooth and very enjoyable. Much less alcohol than the 10.

M: Full, coating, sweet but enjoyable, earthy and the nice yeasty carbonation. Alcohol is there, but very enjoyable and welcomed.

O: A classic. I enjoyed this more than the 10 because the alcohol and sweetness are far less. This makes the beer more drinkable and enjoyable, but maybe a bit less complex. So be it.

Well, this is now a fair review. A very solid beer that I truly enjoyed and would drink anytime. Classic.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice glass.

A. It is a deep amber color with a couple fingers of off white head.

S It smells incredibly sweet with some ripe fruit, grape, cherries and finishing with some malt.

T. The taste is less sweet but still some fruit and malt and some spiciness. I can taste some alcohol as it warms.

M. It has a medium mouthfeel with noticable carbonation.

O. It is a very nice beer and I will definitely try again I enjoyed the balance of fruit and spice though it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of Sulty
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thecasehead
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pioppo
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown with a good beige foam.

S - A very intense aroma of fruit. Not so dark as i expected: fruits of the forest, strawberry, cherry in a first moment.. then turn on figs and plums. There are also notes of ethylic and chocolate.

T - The fruits over all (strawberry is evident!!)

M - Very sweet and alcoholic with a medium body.

D - A good beer but it's hard to drink it another immediately!!

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Photo of
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours murky brown with a large crackling head that fizzles away almost immediately.

Smell - Extremely complex aroma. Notes of caramel, cocoa, figs, banana, candied nuts, ripe plums, and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly light bodies and very highly carbonated. Mnages to be somewhat refreshing despite the high ABV and rich flavour.

Taste - Rich and nutty with hints of dark chocolate, muted stone fruit, more figs, and a subtly minerally bitterness.

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Photo of Thedraftdoctor
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, very dark, brown, with a creamy beige head that builds to half an inch and lasts a long while in a Rochefort chalice. There is some sediment and lots of carbonation as well as a dense coating of lacing.

Rich and complex with dates, fresh figs and brown sugar. Layers develop with warmth, though do not add complexity. This is an earthy beer and the adjective, rich, hardly does it justice.

Rochefort 8 is well balanced and avoids being overly sweet, which is a tendency of the style. There is some light toasted malt that grows amazingly with warmth. Warmth also brings out hints of honey.

This is a luscious beer that is clean, with a full body and vigorous carbonation. Texture is velvety and alcohol is as expected.

This is an ideal beer to sit back and relax with. I enjoyed it while watching the NY Giants.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, dark purple; big, fuzzy, funky head. Wondrous nose: cherries, berries, bananas, sugar and spice, some citrus. On the tonque, something of a challenge. Pounds and pounds of flavor! Is it supposed to be a Tripel? The strength and the rather firm, full texture are a drawback to drinkability.
Other drawback is that the only place I've been able to buy this was in a wine shop that overprices and undersells it's quality beer. It was in a clearance bin, marked down. Maybe a better cared for bottle would have tasted differently?

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Photo of Libationguy
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with tawny hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium retention.

Brown bread, light brown sugar and citrus zest.

On the palate graham cracker, light soy, brown bread, rich malt.

Medium+ bodied with aggressive carbonation in the mouthfeel. Rich texture that is a little sweet on the finish.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowersdm
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet

A - dark brown, nice head (it's only 1cm or so, but because it's in a chalice, i think that'd equate to a nice head)

S - yeast, alcohol, spice, grass, apples, bananas. it's very sweet.

T - essentially the same as above. the spice and apples is more pronounced and the alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't at all make the beer unenjoyable. it doesn't seem that complex and i don't find it as enjoyable as the 6, but it's still great.

M - mmm...rochefort. nicely carbonated as most trappist beers seem to be.

D - without question, i'd drink this again.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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 corbs
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of julian89
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm, drinking and rating this beer side by side with the Trappistes Rochefort 10

Appearance-It's a dark purple in the light. Not translucent at all, a lighter color than the 10.

Smell-A very pronounced brown sugar smell, fruits are strong too, these belgian brews have a plum raisin smell and taste.

Taste- The flow of the taste is not as balanced as the 10 was, but the taste of the 8 attacks you right off the bat in the 8. Excellent flavors and very well pronounced. It has a smoky and sweet base with hints of raisin, plum, pear, and dates.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall-A perfect Belgian, sweeter than the 10. Excellent beer again.

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Photo of TeBeer
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beercar
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Dubbel I've had and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sweet and moderate carbonation are the first adjectives that come to mind. Maybe not my favorite style but Damn good! Very drinkable despite the ABV. Slight Booziness is masked well by the sugars. Ripened fruit...bananas maybe. Smell is slight citrus but mainly plums, figs, brown sugar. Wish I bought more than one! No real hoppiness detected.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,367 ratings