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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4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jonmikel
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look is very dark. It's fully opaque.
There's a lot of foam in the beginning but It fades away quite soon.
Smell isn't great, in my opinion.
Taste and feel are superb, though. In spite of the high alcoholic content, the taste is smooth and fresh. It has a lot of body but doesn't feel too heavy.

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Photo of zimm421
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice brown color that lets almost no light through, just a hint around the edges. The head is a solid three fingers. Very foamy and frothy with a nice off-white coloring. Not a lot of lacing left by the head.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel and cherries. Definitely malt-forward in the nose, not a lot of anything else going on... The taste is much more balanced with the same notes as the nose, with the dark fruit and caramel dominating. There is also a nice bittering effect as well as a slight alcohol burn. Not as one dimensional as I expected, and actually quite well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Finishes slightly dry, but also a little sticky, an interesting effect. Overall, this is a great brew with nice complexities, a good combination of flavors and something enjoyable to consume.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought my pursuit of better beer would have prepared me for this experience, but I suspect my tastebuds still aren't entirely up to the task.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed this beer — I'm just not sure if I can adequately describe what I drank. I had three bottles (during separate sittings) and this beer's complexity still baffles me a bit.

There was no mystery about how it looked and smelled, though: a beautiful tan head over a hazy, dark brown body. The aroma was sweet brown sugar, raisin bread and lightly roasted malt. Definitely inviting.

When I took my first sip, however, I lost all perspective. I mainly tasted the alcohol, which wasn't entirely unpleasant: it had a nice warming effect. What taste I was able to pick out consisted mainly of malty sweetness with hints of blackcurrant, figs and some fruitiness.

It all went down with a creamy smoothness and a nice finish despite the high ABV. I tasted this without any food, but I suspect it would be incredible with a grilled steak. I'm looking forward to unravelling its mysteries with future tastings!

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown colour with a thick frothy head and sedimentation evident with a large pile of yeast residing in the bottom of the glass.

The scent continues the high quality first impression of the beer, dark fruits aplenty and malts both are there, and beg you to have a sip.

Taste is wonderful, a full bodied sweet yet spicy flavour greets you up front, the dark fruits (raisins, plums) hit you, and a delightful malty flavour with a slightly smoked alcohol burn on the very back end, but actually quiet smooth when you take the high ABV into account.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, as it should be, while drinkability is good and on par with other high quality Belgians.

Very high cost at 7$ for a small bottle, but well worth it, I'd be glad to have this again!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJR
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rustic mahogany with hints of orange around the edges. The body is opaque, with no light getting through. The rich, creamy tan head starts out hefty, then shrinks a bit to a small cap with fantastic lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and nutty with an undercurrent of alcoholic warmth. I pick up on a bit of banana and a phenolic note as well.

Taste: Like the 10, this brew has a bittersweet balance with lots of dark fruit flavors. There's a faint phenolic touch that adds to the spiciness, which has a suggestion of black pepper. A whift of breadiness adds even more depth. Adding the yeast sediment oddly gives a bit of sharpness to the flavor and highlights the sweetness. The aftertaste disappears rather quick, but that's forgivable.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a rich and chewy mouthfeel. Adding the yeast sediment adds a bit more body. Finishes with a touch of alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite good for it's strength. This brew would match really well with a cold night and a good book. Strange that I finally get around to reviewing it in June...

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/26/12

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with some deep reddish amber - pours with a large, creamy, uniquely Belgian, beige-colored head - head sticks around forever, leaves gobs of lacing

Smell: Interesting, lots going on - dark fruits, like raisins and figs - cooked malts, caramelized malts - candi sugar, molasses, and chocolate - spicy Belgian yeast, phenols, and some alcohol

Taste: Matches the nose, with plenty of dark fruits - cooked, yet dry malts - sweet, with candi sugar and molasses - more spice than the smell suggests, with some clove from the yeast - very phenolic - tasty, but lacks the malt depth I look for in a Dubbel

Mouthfeel: Medium body, extremely smooth, nicely carbonated, a touch of alcohol heat

Overall: A very Belgian Dubbel

I had a bottle of this a few years ago, but I don't remember it being so interesting. It's a bit too phenolic for my taste, and it lacks some complexity in the malts, but it is charming nonetheless.

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Photo of krunchie
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark, chocolatey tar colour - dark brownish murky black. Tan hat, which stays thick and creamy for a long time - perfect, about 1-1½ fingers thick.

S: Rich and fresh. Hint of raisins and some alcohol. Somehow a bit smokey, like fine tobacco in a good pipe.

T: Belgian(!), sweet yet powerful. More attitude than the classic dark abbey ale you expect from a belgian brew. Sweet first sip and a very gentle finish. Really fine flavour and a feeling of relaxation and content. Dark fruits, plums. Complex and hard to describe but it sure is satisfying.

F: As mentioned before: very satisfying and smooth.

D: Easy and nice to drink, yet not as easy as other belgian dark ales (Gulden Draak comes to mind). I like this one, it's more of a classy beer. I always recommend and let people taste my Rochefort stock at nice parties and most people find it very exciting and spicy. Some have even said exceptional. It's one fine beer, it sure is one of my top 5 at the moment.

Serving: from bottle into a tulip glass

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Photo of obywan59
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Use by date: 070415.

Pours a huge 4 finger head into my Duvel tulip. Thick dark mahogany to dark brown in color. The recedes quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma of sweet fruity citrus. A whiff of rum and coke. Some dark fruit and caramel. A bit of Belgian spice.

Tart and sweet with a bit of a prickle reminded me a couple of times of ginger ale. Tastes of dark cherries and Belgian yeast as well. Alcohol flavor to me conflicts with the sweet malts.

Smooth and creamy. Some light prickle, but no real bite. A bit of alcohol burn in the throat.

The sweet malt/high alcohol/Belgian trio damped it a bit for me, but with over 4 years to go, this may well improve with age.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a hazy brown color with visible carbonation and a big, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer was full of yeast notes, bread, grapes, dark fruits, and some sweet malts. The flavor was very, very rich. It included buttery bread notes along with a crisp fruitiness, and also a bit of caramel. Excellent velvety, creamy mouthfeel with fizzy, active carbonation stinging your tounge along with a nice alcohol warmth. All I can say is...awsome!! A must try. This is one top notch ale that is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very deep amber with finger thick tan head the drops to nothing after 20 minutes.
the aroma is sweet, fruity, malty, spicy, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty, spicy, citrus, minerally, soft, very balanced, refreshing, smooth.
this is awesome, i want to drink this everyday.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried back to back with the 10, would recommend doing so as well!

A - Same color as the ten dark mahogany brown, thick very light tan head that is semi-creamy looking. Very much unfiltered.

S - Semi-sweet with hints of toasted bread, candied sugar, sweet figs, and caramel. Quite complex just not as aromatic as I had hoped.

T - A little spicier than the 10 and there is a slight slight hop presence. Lots of sugars and yeast esters throughout the beer with complex flavors of toffee, biscuits, and dates.

M/D - Medium body, slightly more carbonation "harshness" than the 10, and finishes semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a bit funky with flavors of burnt bread, roasted malts, and cooked sugar. Still very drinkable and a very good beer.

Definitely the little brother to the Rochefort 10 but still a solid brew all around.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle 070715 exp date

A: Pours a dark ruby brown colour. Minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. With second pour, dark black yeast sediment settles in the bottom of the glass

S: Deep, toasty malt. Caramel with a bit of molasses. Smells mildly of white wine grapes.

T: Deep and toasted flavour. Fig/Plum taste is prominent. Tastes like a fruity quadrupel. Banana, strawberry flavour is lightly apparent. Grape and caramel, almost candy notes.

M: Booziness is apparent. Fairly smooth, but warming and fairly spicy.

Overall: Was perhaps a bit congested while sipping this, so didn't get overall amazing experience. Still, when I swished it around in my mouth a bit I was able to get some of the deeper, more complex flavours, and that made the drinking experience great, instead of good.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 8, 9.2% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and walnut brown, with a four finger off-white head that left little lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity sweet, taste follows though luckily not as sweet as it smells. Great mouthfeel, overall outstanding. This is style #97 of 104 for me, and after drain-pouring most of #96 earlier tonight, this one is a treat.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark murky copper color with a thick foam head that sticks around for a while. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.

S- Lots of spice and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some toffee and a slight buttery aroma as well.

T- I was a little let down by the nose but the flavor more than makes up for it! Rich brown sugar and dark candied fruit flavor with some oak and roasted hazelnuts. Lots of fruity esters and a touch of caramel with a warm alcohol burn in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O- Overall the appearance and nose made me doubt this brew for a second but the flavor came through in the end. A truly nice beer.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL. Pours a hazy dark brown with some yeast sediment and a giant, thick, off-white head that dwindles down. Aroma is Belgian estery yeast, mild alcohol, clove/nutmeg. Taste has a lot of brown sugar, dark cherry, spice medley, and warming alcohol. Dense mouthfeel with warming, brown alcohol finish.

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Photo of Freshie
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark as death colour with large head. Lacing is very good.

Smell was very fruity with phenol alcohol aroma.

Very strong molasses taste. Fruit esters with strong warming alcohol burn. though it does go down smooth, and finshes rather clean, only leaving a slight bitterness lingering in the back of the palette.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Small bottle poured into a flute. A nice unfiltered and unfettered look. Dark brown in color with a nice head and lace.

S. Dark fruits, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts.

T. A nice trappist yeast flavor, fruity esters bording on peach and apple. Sweet sugar and caramel malt. Ghost like hop adds balance.

M. Fuller bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is a rare treat. Wouldn't drink it all the time, but good to end a session with. Next time I plan to share a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy brown color pour with lively carbonation and a two finger offwhite head.Aroma of wine grapes,cherries apples and oaky vanilla.Flavor is dry and fruity at the start,as it warms you get more of the sweet side of the malt,some brown sugar and a touch of peppery spice.A crisp mouthfeel. Very good !

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Photo of paterlodie
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell starts with a lot of maltarome, slightly roast followed by some fruit and a little hops. Taste is slightly roasted but mostly fruity and a nice bitterness follows afterwards. The aftertaste is mostly straw but pleasant. A good beer that doesn't taste to much alcohollike, like I would expect for a 9,2% beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours brown with a head that leaves no lacing. I can see yeast floating around in this beer.

S - The smell is fruity reminds me of raisins.

T - Sweet taste that masks the alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - This is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I have ever had. I guess the Monks know what they are doing.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this one tonight with schmittymack at Rack and Rye in Denver (awesome food). Poured a murky brown color with a big tan head. Aromas of raisins, Belgian yeast, brown spices and dark bread. Medium bodied on the palate, with flavors of Belgian yeast, brown spices, raisins, dark fruits and chocolate. An excellent beer.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, served cool in a St. B goblet. A casual pour yielded a finger of light beige head situated atop a cloudy brown liquid the color of cider in the fall. The head faded fast leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma was rich with sweet malt, candied dark fruit and an earthiness that invoked images of being outdoors in a forest. The taste followed the nose closely - figs and plums, sugary sweet malts and a slight spiciness with a light alcohol finish.

The mouthfeel was pleasant. It was full bodied, with medium (but pronounced) carbonation. Overall it was a very satisfying beer to sit and slowly enjoy.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Portsmouth Tulip.

A: Pours deep brown in color with a finger thick off white head that slowly dissipates with not much lacing.

S: The scent has bready malts present, as well as a raisin aroma. Very malty smell, not much sweetness, a little dark fruit.

T: The taste has the bready malts upfront with a slight raisin flavor as well. Much sweeter than the smell leads you to believe, it's not incredibly sweet but more than expected. The finish has some spice to it along with the malts.

M: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is malty and spicy.

D: Very well balanced beer, hardly any alcohol is noticeable, malty but sweet and spicy as well. This is a very good beer and a must try Trappist. Looking forward to trying 10.

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Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,387 ratings