Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
5,316 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 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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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle 13 10 09 on label

Reddish brown color. Huge bubbles, think head. Smell is sweet, slightly over ripe fruit and alcohol. Slight musty smell. Lightly sweet flavor. Dry, bitter aftertaste. Unexpectedly light flavor. Nothing overpowers. Notes of ripe apricot and plum, brown sugar, then a hint of burnt/roasted flavor (not exactly coffee though…). Nice lacing. As the beer warmed, the blend of flavors was enhanced. Nicely complicated. Drink this one at cellar temp, not refrigerator.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. best before november 27, 2018. enjoyed on april 5, 2015 (a little over a year and four months old)

a: a disgusting but strangely beautiful murky, 300% opaque caramel-mahogany with two fingers of tan-coloured foamy head

s: earthy yeast, red wine, rich & sweet caramel-like malt, fig, raisin

t: earthy, heavy caramel & bread up front. red wine, raisins and figs follow. a slight pinch of alcohol. lingering sweet malt flavours at the end, but balanced by the earthy bitterness that has enveloped the entire tasting. the malt flavours dominate as the beer warms

m: on the lighter side of medium. harsh carbonation initially that mellows out as the beer warms

o: sweet, rich, complex, such a wonderful brew. be sure to let this warm up before you drink it. often available at the LCBO at a very affordable $3.50/bottle which is great too

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4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely murky red-brown, like a dingy bronze metal. Forms a relatively thin head of almost-white bubbles, which dies fairly quickly into a ring and a patchy cap. Lacing is adequate, somewhat patchy islands which slowly sink back down into the body of the beer.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar entwined with caramel and toffee wells out of the glass, bringing along some very faint hints of what might possibly be fruit - banana, raisin.

Taste: Caramel and toffee swirl to form the core of this beer, with slightly sour cherries filling in the lines where they twist together. Raisin and fig can be found as well, playing along the edges, with occasional cameo appearances by some faint banana notes. There is a sharp edge to the flavors, courtesy of the carbonation levels, but no real alcohol heat involved. The finish leaves behind a lingering ghost of caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: This beer is loaded with incredibly prickly carbonation, and is quite lively indeed. Beneath the carbonation, there's a creamy, medium-bodied beer.

Overall: A tasty, tasty beer.

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

Photo of atomlane
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Amber with a one and a half finger tan head that stays and stays. Thick lacing.

S: Belgian funk through and through. Malts, smokey, peat, chocolate.

T: Malt, raisins, apricots, light fruits, smooth, clean. Peppery finish. Just terrific.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Bubbles dance on my tongue.

O: An outstanding dubbel. (It'd better be for that price.) A great celebration ale. Even smoother as it warms.

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

330 ml bottle, served just below cellar temperature in a chalice. Pours a deep garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head of variable sized bubbles, looking pillowy soft while subsiding to a half inch of very fine foam that leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Smells fruity sweet - like a fruit roll-up (black cherries?, currants?). Tastes very much the same but with notes of alcohol and medicinal phenols, anise, chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness, caramel?, melons?, apples?. A lot of guesswork on this beer - the flavors are hard to pinpoint, but they smell and taste kinda like a sweet candy. It has a body that is thick and smooth, and although it is a good beer, after the 10 I had really high expectations for their other beers or thought they might taste similar. This one's good in a different way than the 10, but still doesn't compare to it.

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Photo of Gubnutter
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GraniteBrew
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev -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 -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 -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 -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 -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 -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed cola color with a rich head and decent lacing. Smells of dry fruit (plum/raisin) and malt. The taste is very good, lots of dry fruit notes, sugary malt, little smoke, some wine notes. The feel is medium, very easy drinking, zero bite. Overall this is a very nice beer and great depth of flavors, gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zknight
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,316 ratings
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