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:
5,288
Reviews:
1,921
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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427
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1,085
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Photo of corbs
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of julian89
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Best before 16-08-12. Relatively fresh. Dark amber brown body with an enormous, 3 1/2 finger head that fell ridiculously slow, becoming dense and rocky, and left some nice, webby lacing on the glass. Smell is fantastic. Big time yeast and grass, floral, apple cider, dark fruits and a hint of boozy rum. Flavor is very nice. It's not overpowering like some BSDAs, but has a nice medium body. Flavor mostly consists of bruised apples and spice, hints of rum, dark sugar, raisins, banana, and has nice, dry, herbal and grassy finish. This beer is complex and very well-balanced. So far, I'm liking it better than the 10. It gets better and better as it warms. What a fantastic brew. I'm loving sipping on this one slowly even though the alcohol is barely noticeable. Way to go monks of Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a huge head.

N: Earth, bubblegum and spices.

T: Plums, figs, red grapes, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, hay, some floral spiciness and finishes with an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium bodies, nice carbonation and incredibly smooth!

D: I could drink a lot of these pretty easily.

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

Dark brown with a huge head.

Smells delicious, fruits and spices.

Taste is full of spices (clove, cinnamon) and fruits (apple) as well as caramel. Alcohol warming in the finish. Fairly complex, though I still found the 10 more to my liking.

Mouthfeel good, coats the mouth nicely.

Can't go wrong with this one, but I wasn't blown away like I was the 10.

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

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

This is a ruddy, earthy, dark-brown beer. It presents a blanketing foam-like head…truly foam-like…it’s solid and full like a polyurethane cushion or acoustical foam (in a good way). Malty aroma, mixed with fruits…plum, cherry, rasin. Less phenols than I expected….yeasty, with a fresh bread-like smell, and slightly sweet-smelling. Serious carbonation in this brew: never ending streams of little bubbles crawl up the sides of the glass. Taste is sweet and slightly peppery. Very faint hoppiness, and very malty. The carbonation seems to help the beer spill throughout your entire mouth. Very full and rich. This is an extraordinary beer. I don’t think it’s one of the best of the Trappist ales, but it can’t be missed, and is certainly world-class.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown, roughly the color of a Hershey's chocolate bar when held to light. Head in slightly tanned and lasts at half a finger. Not much lacing though on an otherwise impressive looking brew.
S- Dried plums and figs, pumpernickel bread, and just a bit boozy in the nose.
T- Opens with a heavy dark fruit flavor. Really thinking dried figs. Somewhat sweet, and really picking up that pumpernickel bread, especially near the finish. There is a bit more booziness in the finish than I would like, enough to be a detractment.
M- Super smooth, with just enough carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O- A solid beer that I am impressed by. Definitely in the realm of very good, though I don't know that it's necessarily the paragon of the style for me. That said, I'd gladly drink another.

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Photo of Bristopher89
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thirdeye11
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amietaj1 for this beer that I acquired in a trade. Unfortunately no Rochefort in Texas.

Presentation: Poured from 330ml brown bottle into Duvel tulip. I believe this one is about 4 or 5 months old. I poured and drank this one starting at 40 degrees.

A: Pours a nice light brown with a beautiful light tan 3 finger head. Like the Rochefort 10 the head rests like a blanket atop the beer and stays at 1 finger thick for at least half the drinking session and there are always a nice layer of bubbles on top. Nice yeasty particles throughout as well. Laces the glass really well too.

S: Smells strongly of raisins, maybe little funk but very modest. As the beer warms the raisin aroma only intensifies; I really like it, but not as complex as I expected.

T: Taste is pretty fruity, but not sweet at all. I wish it was actually slightly sweeter. Somewhat dry, no aftertaste at all, hops are extremely well balanced, and some spiciness as well. This one is very solid and I don't think I'd ever tire of it.

M: Almost perfect. Very well carbonated, somewhat creamy (could use a little more), and just the right weight.

D: I could have these all night, the 9.2% alcohol is present and I can taste/smell it which is probably what lowered my taste/smell scores, but regardless it's highly drinkable as no flavor is completely overpowering here.

A very solid offering. I think I like in order the Rochefort 10, then 8, and then 6.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Intro: Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Plenty of head, but dry, and ample carbonation on the inside of the glass. Caramel color with a head that is slight tan. The lacing seems to stay and it does not appear quite as oily as the Rochefort 10. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass

Smell: The aroma is slightly subdued but still layered, and complex, with a host of different ingredients. Initially, I detect dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, malts, and spice. As the pour warms, the bouquet opens up slightly. The alcohol is hidden rather well but is still detected.

Taste: Like the smell, I taste dark fruits, brown sugar, and the sharp taste of spice. I could also taste the roasted flavor of the malts which also added a certain sharpness to the palette. The taste of alcohol is present and not as well hidden in this beer. This beer is much like the 10 although slightly less complex in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with moderately high carbonation without an aftertaste. Only a very slight oiliness is perceived. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

Overall: Very smooth and leaves you wanting more. Went down pretty fast for being a rather high ABV. The alcohol is not overpowering but the beer should still be a sipper. A dessert beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown or dark amber, topped with a two finger creamy light tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lace.
Sweet, fruity aroma, grape, raisins and wine notes.
Sweet, syrupy taste, molasses, brown sugar, even a corn like touch. Peach, pear, flowers and grass.
Full bodied, syupy and lip tingling.

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Photo of bogus564
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As I poured this into a tulip glass, I was struck by the dark caramel color. Held in front of a lamp, I could not see the finger that I held right behind the glass.

The pour gave me a rather large head (half the volume of the glass, poured slowly), which left a bit of lace after a few minutes.

There was quite a sweet nose to this beer, but I really had to give it a good whiff.

There's a very strong taste to this beer; right off the bat, there's a huge brown sugar taste. After that comes the citrus taste and carbonation - after the basic citrus, I detected a pruny sensation to it. I thought I wouldn't like that, but it was just right, and in the right proportion. The very last gulp I had revealed the chocolaty vibe - yum.

This is not something I'd want to drink all day or night, as it's quite strong. This is something with which I'd wish to finish off an evening. I think it would be great with steak, ribs, or perhaps a nice pulled pork doused in spicy barbeque sauce.

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

Enter the green cap Rochefort: 8, at 9.2%. Exact same bottle and label as the rest except the green coloured cap and number 8. I am anticipating this one as much as I did the 10. Here we go.

This poured out into my chalice a touch lighter than the 10, showing more ruby and brownish deep red hues. Light purple in some light. The head is a fine layer of bone-white foam, consistent and solid, leaving screens of lacing. The aroma follows the pattern of the 10. The difference is more sourish dark malts here, pronounced more under less alcohol than the 10. The 8 seems a little more spicy as well, prehaps cinnamon or tree bark. Big hits of phenol and alcohol from the 9.2%, and light hints of ground coffee and dark bready malting. All the dark fruits are here, though less noticeable than in the 10. There are some leafy green smells in here too: celery, lettuce and roasted green pepper. Hits of charcoal above the rim. The aroma is always creamy and a bit lactosy with a sweetness akin to raisins. A complex aroma, though not quite on par with the 10 for sheer variety of aroma. Woody tastes at first in the mouth, followed by a big hit of warmth from the alcohol and intense spiciness combined. The finish is very malty and bready, like a handful of barley. There is a perfumey character to the whole taste, as well as a spritzy hair-spray bitterness from the alcohol. Some sourish malts at first too, and the best of the beer's taste is on the middle of the tongue, where the sweet malts combine with a delicate carbonation and a little bitterness. A bit of saltiness in the aftertaste, and very strong grainy/woody tastes. The carbonation seems a little higher than the 10. The beer warms the innards quickly and nicely. Full-bodied, though not extremely thick in the mouth. The 9.2% is masked well and this presents an extremely drinkable strong Belgian dark ale. Fantastic, but not quite as inspiring as the 10 for me.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, hazy, beer with a three finger high, beige head.

Nose: Brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit, Belgian yeast and banana. Not that strong smell.
Taste: Ohh... This is pure love! Caramel malt, brown sugar, bread, dried fruit, nuts, honey, malty and grainy notes, chocolate, plum and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Thick texture. A little bitternes that takes over by the sweetness.

This is so great! This is absolute a favorite! So easy drinking still ABV on 9.2% !

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

Dark in color, the entire body is a deep ruby if the light hits it right. 2 cm off white head forms, but falls to about 1 cm and lasts that way until the end of the beer. Awesome. Very sweet and fruity aroma, ripe raspberries, strawberries, banana, plum, and some brown sugar/molasses there as well. The taste was still very sweet, but revealed more dark fruit flavors, plum, raisin, dates, blackberries. Definitely some yeasty flavors, but the esters were more noticeable. The mouthfeel was sweet and dry, great drinkablility for a 9.2% beer. The alcohol was noticeable, but not off putting. I did try the Trappist Rochefort 10 before I tried this one, I was far from disappointed with the 8, but if I could go back I would have flipped that order, the 10 was a bit more complex and outstanding.

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Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A= This ale poured a very cloudy, murky brown color with loads of sediment in suspension. The dirty tan head started a bit over 1/2" and quickly dropped to a thin cap. Very little lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas were EXTREMELY muted. I practically had to snort this thing to get a sense of what it was all about (and it was at cellar temp). What I did find was a bit of estery banana bread, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol. That was about it.

T= This is where this ale started to win me over. I found flavors of rich malty sweetness up front, followed by notes of carob, brown sugar, figs, and fruity esters. Some spiciness present as well. The middle and finish were wrapped in a heavy alcohol warmth that was both pleasant and large.

MF= This ale had a medium body with a low-medium carbonation, giving this one very smooth feel.

D= This bottle had a bit of age on it, but not anywhere near its outer limit. Very drinkable but not without its faults. Still, this is a great tasting beer, I just wish it had a better aroma profile.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth. This beer went down surprisingly smooth. Poured a dark, dark, dark amber in color. Some red light peeked around the edges. Thick foamy head that receded to a sheer veneer of bubbles. Lace coated the inside. Flavor is very malty with a quick hit of some spices that does a great job concealing the alcohol--which there is a lot of booze. But that booze is tough to pick out. Little roastiness in the middle, but there is some nice fruit (black cherries and prunes). Even a slight hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit creamy. Very drinkable, plus it is nice that the ABV is so high but when drinking you would never realize it.

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

Photo of Dave1999
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid reddish brown, with a huge white foamy head.

The smell is very yeasty and earthy, sweet and malty and some alcohol.

The taste is dark fruits, dark malts, slightly sweet and quite a bit of alcohol. You definately have to drink this at 50F or more to get all the flavours.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a very tasty beer, you can taste the alcohol but this works. This is definately a sipper, so take it slow and the flavours really become more complex as the beer warms.

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

Poured in a tulip
A: dark amber to mohogany in color w/ an off white fairly thick head that lingered for quite a bit.
S: Raisins dominate w/ a slight bubble gum and cherry aroma
T: rainsins, dates, banana with alcohol warmth and sweetness at the finish
M: medium carbonation w/ alcohol warmth at finish
D: Although the alcohol is present, it is fairly pleasant and deceiving considering it is 9+ %(one would never know). Overall a great beer and I'd love another.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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