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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Reviews: 1,908 | Ratings: 5,249
Photo of bigdeuce
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The pour is light-medium brown. More like a dubbel. Sticky, sweet Belgian candi on the nose with ripe apple and brown sugar. Taste is smooth and delicious! Light and fruity plums with soft backdrops of sweet cocoa/chocolate. Very subtle. Nothing cloying even though, true to the style, it rounds out to a great quaffable beverage. A once a year treat.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Nothing really bad to say. Excellent flavor. Good overall look, taste, smell, feel. Fruity taste, without being a fruity beer. Hint of sweetness. No bitterness. Malty, brown sugar. Very nice!

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

Served from an 11.2 oz bottle

A: nice tan head. Beer itself is a dark brown, quite a bit of yeast sediment in and throughout the beer

S: Heavy notes of tropical fruit, bananas, figs

T: Malty taste with serious fruity flavors. The alcohol is a presence but not in a bad way. There is a spiciness about this beer as well. Then it moves back to a fruity finish. There is a real complexity of flavors here. This ain't the beer daddy let you sip when you were a kid

M: Creamy and smooth

D: Not one I would throw in the cooler for the tailgate. Its so far above that its rediculous! This is one to really be appreciated. This is an excellent beer! One of the best I've ever had

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Photo of chinchill
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(revisited in March 2015 with a bottle that had a BB date stamp of Sept. 2017 - thanks RAH!).

A - cloudy dark amber. Semi-durable, fizzy tan head.

S - unique; highy complex, fruity, moderately strong and very inviting, with a clear note of toffee from the malts.

M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy

T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Fruity/malty finish with hints of dark bread, figs, dates, raisins and toffee.

O - superb. A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I've had, including the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Greens on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque brown color with a towering three-finger slightly off-white head. The head hangs on for a while, forcing me to pour in intervals, before finally settling down into a thin layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is decent.

Smells of Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, and spicy malt. There'

Tastes great. Belgian candy sugar up front goes along with brown sugar. There's a grainy maltiness that's joined by a bit of spice. The sweetness subsides a bit as the beer warms. There's a very, very mild amount of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is great. This is probably my favorite part of the beer. It's velvety, with a good thickness and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. The flavor profile changes with almost every sip, and it's a lighter Belgian Dark.

Overall I'm glad I revisited this beer, and as I'm drinking the 10 I think I prefer the 8. It's a bit lighter with what I think is better balance. Give this one a try if you haven't already.

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

I just finished brewing my first Belgian ale, a dubbel, and decided to celebrate (and posibly bring good luck) by drinking this classic example.

The cap on this 330ml bottle pops with authority and pours with more than enough head. It has a hazy dark brown color with red highlights. The head sticks around well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very pleasant, full of fruit esters and a very distinct yeast. Slight spice in the nose as well.

Flavor is outstanding and easily one of the best I've had in this category. It starts of with a nutty/fruity flavor that evolves into spice with clove and a hint of vanilla. The fruits are apple, pear, fig, and banana. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is typically high in carbonation for these styles and this is no exception. Not as much burn as I would expect from something this strong. Drinkability is very good for the style.

I take this as a good omen for my Belgian to be a great one as well!

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

Eleven point two oz. bottle; poured in a chimay glass, really rich copper coffee color, the carbonation seems to funnel from the center bottom of the glass, and the head was an inch that has dissipated to a quarter inch.
The smell is a roasted molasses chocolate malt with a hoppy aroma of pine and hints of a yeasty dough sweetness.
The taste is sweet with more of the roasted chocolate up front, heavy with the malty molasses lingering through with the chocolate for an average aftertaste the pine hops flavor and yeasty dough background disappears after the finish.
The mouthfeel has medium body with a dry not really syrupy texture and the carbonation is soft throughout.
The drinkability is perfect for what this was designed for which is a refreshing beverage. Not a session beer but quite an apealing change up.

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

330ml bottle

A - Near black/murky brown appearance, with good amount of head, which quickly dissipated, leaving behind a slim skim at the top. Little retention with minimal lacing

S - Warm malts and caramel, with a slight round bitter and hidden, but present, alcohol.

T - Holy cow. Medium carbination off the top, giving way to super smooth, roasted malt with a little bitter for presence, with long lingering perfect blend of malt and alcohol.

One of the nicest beers I've had to date. Unfortunately not available where I'm from.

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