Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

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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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Photo of cbaz
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GentleKnight1
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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.

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 -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cartdan
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 11.2 oz bottle into the goblet with a very murky brownish red appearance. A lot of little Belgian yeast floating was observed around in the glass. The head was about an inch in height and died down pretty quickly. There was a generous amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet-sour with cherries, licorice, molasses, and Belgian horse blanket smells wafting through. The taste was a balance between dark skinned dried fruits and dry peppery spiciness. The malt exhibited a roasty burnt quality, but not to a degree found in a stout or a porter. A more pronounced hop bitterness than that typically found in Belgian strong ales was also detectable. The beer was medium thick on the palette, and never felt watered down compared to its bigger and bolder brethren. This is one masterful brew thanks to those Trappist monks. If they did not require celibacy, I’d have joined the order a long time ago.

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Photo of uconnalum2
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a big head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is rich with dark fruit, spices, and alcohol. The taste is a complex blend of malt, dark fruit, spices and alcohol. A tartness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation tingle. Drinkability is high for a 9.2% ABV. It would be easy to get carried away with this one so you have to show restraint. Overall, a great beer that should be savored. The flavors and smoothness really come out as it warms.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum. Pours brown with some floaties and an awesome thick off-white head. Aroma is stacked with malts, fruits, and some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is mostly darker fruits, malts, and some earthiness, but everything is subdued and in balance. Sweet and warm.

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Photo of jp62099
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into tulip, dark brown, huge head. Smell is malty, bread, some fruit and alcohol. Taste is malt, biscuit, with a raisony acloholic back. Mouthfeel is relatively light although alcohol hits and lingers. Need to study the style some more don't have much experience with it. Overall impression is good, pretty pricey, an occasion brew.

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Photo of CraigPWalker
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rallison
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly bready aroma with lots of apple and raisin. Yeasty. A touch of apple cider.

Good size creamy off-white head that doesn't die. Light lacing. Cloudy brown body.

Relatively sweet. Lots of fruit - raisins, apple, dried fruits - with a pleasant brown sugar sort of malt body. Very well integrated. Nice finish.

Medium/full body with a wonderful creaminess. Medium to low carbonation - very pleasant for this beer. Low alcohol presence. Very drinkable.

All in all, a very tasty beer. Not as complex as the 10, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a snifter glass with a medium sized off-white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light aroma of dark fruits and spices that becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between malty sweetness, the fruits and spices and bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part it is fairly well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, bubbly and a little boozy. The finish feels dry.
D: It's very easy to drink for the high level of alcohol content.

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Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this poured a hazy, deep brown color with a thick and dense cream colored head. The nose has an up front doughy character followed quickly by a spicy touch that blends quickly with citrus hops. The taste has the spicy character immediately accented by a caramel malt. The doughy character is not present in the flavor. The hops are there, more as an accent than a distinguishable flavor of it’s own. This has a very “layered” character. Smooth, slightly oily mouth feel and a mild alcohol warming lend to a high drinakbility,

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Photo of constantine_272
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark chocolate color but a little murkey. The head foamed up nice but only retained a small amount. Smells of cocoa and cream and some co2. The beer tastes great. It starts of with a light fruity date that quickly turns a dark amber syrup with alkaline cocoa powder. An herbal prickly licorice finishes light and crisp. One of the best out there on feel. This beer has everything; its light, its full of malt its crisp with just the right sweetness on the aftertaste.

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Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 14/09/10.

pours a deep reddish orange with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. date. bit of raisin. dried cherry. light anise. yeasty spice. bready malt. bit of toasted character.

taste is good. alcohol. dark fruit - raisin and date. bit of dried cherry too. lightly toasty. bittersweet chocolate. yeast. bit of spice. bread and cracker malts.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low bitterness level. medium body.

drinkability is good. i really love all the fruit. well balanced. a really great beer. i think this is my favourite of the rochefort lineup.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,347 ratings
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