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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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5,288
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Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10%
 
 
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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

Photo of Avatar113
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours cloudy brown with a strong head that lasts a long time. It has a slightly fruity aroma with spices earthly tones and bread. It is highly carbonated with flavors of fruit, spices, earthy yeast, with a dry finish and alcohol warming.

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

Photo of cbaz
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GentleKnight1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Lekkerbier. Pours with a large head which dissipates quickly. Cloudy brown color. Sweet creamy caramel and bananas flavor with light carbonation. Little aftertaste. Very nice brew.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/15/10- Had a 33 cL bottle of this (110314 09:20).
A: Murky brown with a nice cream head that died to a good lace and collar.
S: Raisin, brown sugar, very earthy, wood, and scotch.
T: Sweet malt, rock sugar, brown sugar, slight raisin, gin and scotch finish, green,
M: Slightly syrupy, nice chewy froth.
D: Very good.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a dark brown sugar body with massively foaming tobacco stained head that pretty much sticks around
Dry sherry and Christmas cake aroma
Nice rich rye and fruit flavour
Pleasing

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S---golden raisins and other dried fruit, brown sugar, yeast

T--heavily carbonated, bites right away and soon gives way to a sweet but earthy aftertaste

M--quite light for this much alcohol, almost seltzer-like

D--very drinkable....the alcohol is masked very well and the brew has a solid, "standard" Belgian taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany with about a finger of light ecru head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is delightfully sweet, with hints of orange, grapefruit, molasses, sugar, and figs. The taste is a.lso sweet, but in maltier sense; hints of syrup, apple-cinnamon, figs, nutmeg, and brown sugar are all present. The body is nicely medium and smooth, making this brew very drinkable and highly enjoyable, no matter how high the ABV wants to say it is.

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Photo of animal69
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time i got around to this one;Pours a hazy deep garnet brown, with a exceptionally large tan head and lacing that clings to my glass; Wow smell is unbelievable great sent of hops, and as it warms a bit many complex smells occur, mainly a fruity, almost hot alcohol smell but a pleasing one,a darker fruit and caramelized malt undertone, some hop aroma present as well, a faint bubble-gum too ; a sweet, spicy, crisp taste, not what i'd expected however, i may need to age a bottle a decent belgian malty flavor, i taste a bit of plum/licoriceish in that, but something not as pleasant (cardboardish ?) after the initial taste, a nice aromatic effect tho, i'm not sure how to describe a blend of bread and toasted kiwi ; a dry, surprisingly light body w/ mad dextrins, and awesome co2 ; an extremely drinkable beer, i really wish i had more, although i think this one may be a bit overrated

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 10/11/04 I believe makes this bottled in 1999. Decanted into a goblet because this has more sediment in the bottom than the typical Rochefort offering. This brew appears brown in color with a frothy finger of a cap that quickly dissolves and holds around the edge of the glass. A constant slow stream of bubbles makes its way to the surface and forms a leggy pattern across the top that moves to the outer sides of the glass. When held to the light, this brew shows deep ruby clarity through the body and an orange to yellow coloration along the thinner sides.

The smell of this brew is sweet like candy. Dark sugary scents of belgian candy sugar come to mind mixed with undertones of chocolate. More sniffs reveal more fruited quality like dates, raisins and prunes. As it warms up, a light spice somewhat like clove evolves. For being something like 12 years old at this point, this offering still smells quite filled with alcohol. The collective arrangement of scents coming out of my glass reminds me of almost some kind of amazing cake batter.

The taste picks up where the nose lets off. This brew tastes boldly of alcohol still with a spiced aspect expected of a solid belgian offering. The spiced aspect is minorly reminiscent of clove before dissolving into a flavor of chocolate malt and fruits like raisins/plums. There is a faint aftertaste of oxidation which finally shows this brew's age. It is not distracting by any means, it provides a nice contrast and depth to this brews flavor. The aftertaste is lightly fusel with alcohol mixed with a deep earthy flavor and some herbal bitterness of hops which balances out the sweetness and keeps the alcohol in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew leaning more towards medium. It is modestly carbonated which is pleasant. The alcohol really hits home with a flavor and warmth typical for nearly double-digits in strength. Dare I say this brew could hold out for several more years? This is not only a wonderful example of the style (that goes without saying) but this is also an offering that when treated right can really withstand the test of time as well. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours - dark brown with tan head that seems to never go away, great lacing wonderful pour.

Smell - Oak, caramel, sweet malts, banana and plum.

Taste - Dark fruit, oak, banana and clove just a warming hint of alcohol. Little bit of citrus and caramel.

Feel - Medium feel, little burn from the alcohol, excellent carbonation.

Overall - An amazing beer, very smooth the alcohol is well hidden great flavor.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This wonderful Trappiste ale pours a murky brown with ruby highlights under the light. As customary of Belgian ales this features a voluminous head with an off white color and creamy consistency.

Smells of dark fruits such as figs and a wonderful bouquet of various spices, yeast, and hint of alcohol. The sweet smells is well balanced by the spices so that everything comes off well balanced.

Starts off tasting sweet then moves to figs and raisins. Finishes with a spiced kick. The alcohol becomes more evident midway through the glass and I'm reminded to sip, but the alcohol remains well hidden. Closer to room temperature the sweetness recedes and the dark fruits move to the forefront showing the power and complexity of this dark ale.

Like other fine Belgian beers the carbonation produces a surreal creamy consistency that serves to deliver maximum taste. This also creates wonderfully food pairings as the carbonations serves to sweep away each bite of food and reset the taste buds. Drinkability is dangerously high, but I will happily stop at one, but look forward to the next another day.

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Photo of KingG
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark-brown colored brew with a huge soapy tan head. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Smell is very good. Rum soaked raisins, Belgian yeast, Belgian candy sugar and bubblegum. Very pleasing aroma.

Taste is good. Much like the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor which knocks a point off. Chocolate-covered hazelnuts and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied. Soft and delicate on the palat with a slight burn from the alcohol. Above-average level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. An easy drinker with a flavor that makes you go back for more. Another one would be very welcome.

Overall:
A very nice Trappist brew that is a must if you like the style. I think some age will take away the alcohol burn and mellow out the bitterness.The 10 will get more attention from me but the 8 is still an awesome brew.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cartdan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown, slightly opaque. Leaves a tall head with some lacing that dissipates quickly. Smell is very slight fruit, with the alcohol being evident. The taste isn't as impressive as the 6 or 10, a little spicy, maybe a little malty, but not much more there. Mouthfeel is medium. I wasn't as impressed with this one as the 6 or 10, but it is still a very nice beer...

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick two finger head, lightish brown color and slight lacing patterns. Aroma of fig, raisin, and plum, with a fair amount of yeasty funk. Tastes of dried fruit with a bit of caramel and bread, also something like vanilla and the slightest touch of mulled spice and anise. A fair amount of effervescence in a medium body that leaves a a slight spicy note on the tongue. Very satisfied with this, a great step from the 10!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/16/11.

Dark mahogany pour into my St. Bernardus goblet with a lush, inch-thick tan head. Decanted well, with a half-an-inch of beer left in the bottle.

Dusky and spicy yeast, fusel alcohol, prune juice, cinnamon, clove, fried banana, dark chocolate, roasted grain, and vanilla extract. Very complex nose.

Plummy dark fruits with loads of cakey yeast. Lighter spice notes flavor-wise (cinnamon, clove, caraway); bolder spiciness from the booze. Black cherry and plaintain. Chocolate and light vanilla. Hint of tartness in the finish. No hops to speak of.

Creamy and full. Highly effervescent, and somewhat coarsely carbonated, to boot. Velvety feel, overall.

An incredible-smelling beer. One of those beers that amazes you in what beer can be. The 8 is exceptionally good, but I look forward to re-visiting the 10.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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