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:
5,267
Reviews:
1,911
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
423
Gots:
1,078
For Trade:
21
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Photo of GraniteBrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I loved the #10, so I thought I'd try this one too. Damn, it pours dark, dark, dark. A lot of carbonation. I get a whiff of bread, a little alcohol, and a slight amount of sweet fruit in the background. The taste is excellent, if a little carbonated. It tastes sweet, malty, with just a little alcohol going down. Am I getting a little toffee here as well? Whatever, it's really tasty, just like the 10. I wonder if trying the #6 next will be anticlimactic?

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Photo of vobr0002
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium brown with tan head, very clear.

S- slight alcohol, raisin, plum, sweet.

T- similar to the smell, with some caramel and spicey notes from the yeast.

M- very smooth yet fuller body

O- out of 6, 8, 10, I think that this one is my favorite one. good flavor and a little smoother than the rest. Very tasty

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Photo of jooler
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a lot like bananas. Great ester scent. Taste is like an octoberfest marzen.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour falls somewhere between tan and cloudy copper. Powerful aromas of red licorice, alcohol, and spice. Caramel features prominently in the flavor profile, along with more licorice, wood, raisins, and other fruits. It has quite the heavy palate as well. A huge beer, yet still very drinkable.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Trappist, Not as great as the Rochefort 10, but a lighter and dryer representation from the brewery. Still the medium viscosity mouthfeel and tightly packed fine carbination, but with more drinkability, well, relativaly since this is still 9%. perhaps losses some of the complexity of the 10,especially with the much dryer finish, but steller in its own right. There is a huge spicy Gingerbread note on the finish, and some light yeast, malt,and a big earthyness also. quite enjoyable, almost tastes like a christmas brew to me.

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Photo of -DF-
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An eruption of fizz bursts into the glass with near deafening effervescence. The bubbles erupted to the top of a cloudy, unfiltered, mahogany hue.

The scent is varied with a tangy scent of cranberry and dried fruits. Hints of plum, date and raisin mix with a touch of pear and breadiness. Even bits of maple can be found buried in the diversity.

The taste is tangy and sour with apple, pear and plum. Hints of cherry skirt across the palate as an alcohol warmth spreads through the chest. The feel is a touch sharp on the tongue without an alcohol taste but certainly a feel. The ale slides down the throat with ease and is light on the stomach.

Rochefort 8 is short of 10 in taste alone but still measures up to be an excellent brew.

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Photo of Stefko
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of safaricook
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a opaque fizzy medium brown with a tan head that bubbles up, then fades.

S - Booze, dark fruit, raisins.

T - Rum soaked raisins, sweet carmel malts in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and lots of dark fruit. It's like a dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Jame515
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonb5
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50th Belgian beer review.

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark amber, hazy,
small tanned head which disappeared very
quickly, didn’t leave much lacing.

S: Grape, yeast and unlike the 10 it was boozy.

T: Biscuit, grape, plumb, molasses, had a slight burn from the
booze.

M: Medium body, the booze gave it a
coarse edge, went down fairly well for the high
ABV.

O: Compared to the 10, this is the less
sophisticated younger brother. A a very good
beer, rather than a world class offering, actually
reminded me of St Bernardus abt 12.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date 12/10/2016. Poured into a goblet.

Copper, ruby, and brown in color, a bit murky, with a fairly large light tan head. Aroma of plums and figs with malty sweetness. The sweetness carries over into the flavor with a bit of spice coming through in the finish. Lots of carbonation which keeps the body more medium than full. Very smooth.

In comparison, this beer is miles ahead of Rochefort 6 and only a notch below the 10. A classic beer that I somehow had not tried until now. Recommended to anyone who loves Trappist beers.

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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can see, approximately 3 years old.

A: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in there. Big fizzy and frothy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty fast. Minimal splotches of fluffy lacing and decent retention.

S: Sweet and heavy candied dark fruits. Lots of raisin, grape, cherry in particular. Even a little bit of non-distinct berry.

T: Loaded with sweet dark fruits. Nice brown sugar mixing with the raisins, grapes and cherries as mentioned. Kind of a yeasty bread malt backing it all up. Hints of cloves and spice in the finish but not a huge amount. Altogether reminds me of a sweet spiced bread. Just enough to let you know this is a real belgian brew.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: Great BSDA. Very malty and sweet. Well integrated flavors, perhaps a byproduct of the age. Super fruity, definitely a standout in this category. Well balanced and drinkable. Fantastic.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Belgian Beer Cafe in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured almost black, but more like a very dark brown. Extremely hazy making it look opaque. Half finger khaki head from the pour with weak lacing and no head retention as it was gone fast.

S - Nice and boozy with some fruitcake and lot's of rich, dark fruit. Really inviting with the dark fruit mix. A hint of sugar is there too.

T - Delicious with dark fruits and a nice cherry or plum note. Not too sweet. No alcohol in the flavour. Straight dark fruit makes this very nice.

M - Soft feeling with mild to medium carbonation and a medium body. So very soft and delicate with a slight chew. Feels great.

O/D - Very tasty beer from Rochefort. Nothing they make has been close to average for me. Very drinkable and complex. Nothing to complain about at all.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a dense and creamy mocha head that has remarkable retention. I chose to pour in the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, which created a nutmeg-esque swirl in the center of the foam. Some sediment settled to the bottom, and fine bubbles consistently rose to add to the perpetually creamy head.

From the pour, the alcohol and yeast immediately became present, and once in the glass, the initial notes of raisin and earthy dark fruits and some licorice became very noticeable. The malt delivers a strong sweetness, followed by yeasty earth tones of oak and vinous quality, followed up by sweet raisin and prune coming through as the focus. There is no hop presence in bittering, aroma or flavor, which is expected for the style. The residual sweetness from the candi sugar and full mouthfeel makes this beer an incredible dessert choice.

The mouthfeel of this beer is amazing. The dense foam gives way to a pleasant and natural feeling carbonation that is deliciously creamy, and reminiscent of a root beer float. There is not much heat, which is surprising for a 9% abv beer which made this one go down pretty easy.

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Photo of itsscience
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a rich brown color with fizzy, soda-like head that dissipates quickly. The smell is spicy yeast with big plum notes, raisins, cherries, candied sugar, and bready malt. The first thing that struck me when I tasted it was the blistering amount of carbonation. After holding in your mouth for a bit, the beer will PRY OPEN all of your taste buds, delivering a flavor profile of candied sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. I also get a lot of the bread malts in the aftertaste. It's a more artfully crafted beer than most but I think Rochefort 10 topples it.

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Photo of Simon212
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Pours dark brown/gray with creamy head. Bit of sediment. Notes of fig and slight cocoa on the aroma. Taste is mild dark fruit, some light chocolate sweetness. Figs, raisins, pears. Thinner mouthfeel than the 10, but still pretty full bodied for the style with medium carbonation. Good stuff. Like, really good stuff.

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Photo of BRami127
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdenham
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,267 ratings.
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