Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
5,317 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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

Photo of Dave1999
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of pajfuwen
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. $8.

L: Medium brown and hazy verging on opaque. Huge, creamy, light-tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

S: Complex, malty-sweet and vaguely sour aroma with dried fruits, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very nice balance between the bready malts, the hop bitterness and the alcohol. Strong fruity esters, particularly cherries, as well as raisins and a touch of banana. The aftertaste is also complex and a little spicy with a moderate lingering bitterness.

F: Moderately carbonated, with a medium body and a marvelously soft alcohol warmth.

O: The apearance is a little off-putting, but overall, this is an outstanding sipping beer.

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

Photo of tim007007
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This is one active brew. Pours a gigantic head from the measly 11.2 ozr into my 20 oz glass, billowing foam that takes its time to settle into an impressively thick, stolid ceiling. Oddly organic lacing that looks unsettlingly close to gothic monsters. A warning to take it easy with this one! Appearance is not as gorgeously impressive as some, a muddy brown with uncontainable sediment.

Smell is lovely; darkly alcoholic with brightish notes of sour fruit looming in reserve. Seems to swim in a possibly oversweet malt fume but we will just have to see.

Taste: I love a confident strong ale but this one seems to muddle in between a dressed up ethanol vibration and bready sweets. Nonetheless, a depth-charge of flavor with surprisingly dry notes despite its sugary feel. Shit am I in some kind of beer paradox?

Not exactly cloying, but more-so than preferred. Rochefort is quite impressive, but I can't see drinking more than one. Too sweet, unfortunately.

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

A-a hazy deep orange brown with a fingers worth of light tan head

S-malt is not as strong as expected from the color, dark fruits, and alcohol

T-much more impressive than the smell, taste is very big with rich malts, chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and some alcohol warming

M-medium body, high carbonation, smooth

Overall I was not very impressed with the smell but the taste complexity more than makes up for it. Very smooth for such a high abv.

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

330ml bottle bought at Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA

A: deep mahogany color with a slight orange hue typical of the style. visible fizzyness, very slightly viscous when pouring. HUGE creamy off white tan head, almost 3 fingers worth! Head sticks to the side almost immediately leaving intricate sticky lacing.

S: very malty but with a noticeable hop balance. minimal alcoholic presence, and somewhat phenolic. Nice mix of spices and sweet dark fruit.

T: this is incredibly malty. aftertaste is very sweet. it's complimented by a slight bitterness from the hops, but still feels overwhelmingly sweet. I also detect a roasted nutty essence. earthy and spicy and somewhat vinous but mostly malty.

M: smooth, refreshing, a very slight chewiness about it, but all around a great beer.

D: dangerously drinkable, this is like fizzy grown up juice.

Overall impressions: I was really looking forward to this beer, but after having a Unibroue Maudite, it just doesn't quite stack up. Don't get me wrong this is a GREAT beer, but if we're rating it and comparing it to others in the same style, Maudite is the clear winner.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy white 1 1/2 finger head. Reddish-Brown color, and very murky and mysterious. Black speckles of the yeast give it a peppered appearance.

S: Sweet, sugary, malty smell with a hint of vanilla with strong bourbon and alcohol aromas.

T: Sweet at first, then develops the vanilla and bourbon flavors, leaving your mouth bitter. Leaves you craving another drink for a rush of brown sugary sweetness.

M: Chewy but not too filling. really fizzy

Overall, First beer of the night and I'm already feeling the warmth. The alcohol flavors are strong but this beer brought back memories of drinking Jim Beam with a friend a few years ago.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FRESH: Pours copper/ruby with a large but rapidly diminishing head.
Aromas of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, pears, yeast. Very perfumy. Bready, sweet cookie dough. Alcohol is just noticeable as a pleasant, slightly spicy note. Later on figs/prunes and caramel become apparent. There is so much going on here!
Similar flavours, but not as much complexity. Alcohol is much more apparent, especially in the harsh finish.
Carbonation is too high for my liking, but otherwise mouthfeel is good.
Absolutely fantastic aroma, it’s a pity this didn’t follow through to the flavours.
AGED (3 years): Amazing aroma as before, more concentrating on honey, toffee, caramel, and chocolate though. Very complex. Flavours seemed to have dried out, but the alcohol is reasonably well integrated now.

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Photo of humanawho
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - good head and a strong dark ruby color

S - tight noise with a very earthy base and some sweet notes

T - nice earthy spicyness, very strong yeasty flavor and nice malty backbone

M - nothing bad; solid heavy body good bubbly carbonation

D - very high drinkablity, the earthyness balances the sweetness

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very good, nice heavy viscosity, fig coloured and small creamy hair cut. The hair cut like many is gone fairly rapido, and indicates a high effervescence.

Aroma is subtle and none offensive, solid but not as good as say the delirium nocturnum (its like for like benchmark).

Taste is lovely, an almost honey and fig flavour and a real hit of the 9.2%abv on the tongue.....don't be lighting your pipe while drinking this one!

The feel does have a touch of excess gas, but again it doesn't detract massively from what is a superb beer.

I'm not sure it's quite as good as the 5000+ ratings, but hey maybe I'm wrong.

Overall, very very good beer, but not quite on my top shelf.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyR305
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lipa
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The darkest brown you can imagine with a massive offwhite, creamy head that I had to wait for to finish pouring, even after a careful pour.

Smell: This is one of the most complex aromas I've ever come across. What first appears mildly hoppy explodes into a crazy, fruity, tangy aroma of raspberries, currants, candy sugar, caramel malt, and a number of other notes that I couldn't place my finger on.

Taste: Almost underwhelming after the fantastic aroma, but lives up to the hype. Subtle introduction of malt and some dark fruit, but all the flavor comes in the finish, during which the powerful yeast makes itself known, as does a certain earthy, spicy character. Alcohol also has a presence here with a slight burn on the midpalate, but actually kind of pleasant. Surprisingly subdued and also very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth and full bodied as it just slides down the back of the throat. Slight alcohol burn and numbness after each sip, but not in a bad way.

Drink: Amazing richness, yet hides its alcohol content well. Could have a couple of these.

Overall: This is a highly complex brew. The taste and aroma have such depth that it takes some time to work everything out. Pretty amazing.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Mug

A - A cloudy appearance almost muddy appearance. Nice two finger head

S - Malts and sugar, fruits and chocolate

T - The alcohol is there but not overpowering like a shot of vodkka. Malts, chery and a touch of chocolate. A very nice beer, but I must admit that I like the #6 better.

M - A slight after taste as the warming sensation slowly grows. It's a sweet, very smooth beer. nice carbonation

D - to me it is the high alcohol that keeps this rating down. a very nice beer, but I do prefer #6 better as it has a better balance.

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Photo of akk14
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreizhen
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Dark brown, caramel. Thick head that lingers.. Good carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruits, malt, chocolate, slight bitterness. Made me think baked cherries.

Taste: Warm chocolate initially with a dark fruit finish. Middle is slightly lacking in flavor, but the chocolate lingers and the fruit starts to kick in. A pleasant tinge of bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, a little foamy. Silk. Good carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer. I've based my rankings on three different bottles and I think my overall impression has gone down since I tried a bottle of the 10. Still fantastic and worth trying, especially if you're in Belgium where it can be found dirt cheap.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings
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