Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 fenshefenshe
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance- Dark reddish brown color and a slightly tan colored head. Pours a 4 finger head on a straight pour.

aroma- Sweet caramel, light fruits, and candied sugar sweetness.

taste- Rich toffee, mild dark fruit flavors, mild yeasty spice, and candied sugar sweetness that rounds out the finish.

feel- High carbonation, medium/full bodied, and surprisingly clean in the finish.

overall- Well desrved status as a world class beer with amazing bright fruit and candied sugar sweetness. And despite all the sweetness the beer remains incredibly balanced and avoid any cloying sweetness at all.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Muted brown and nearly opaque, with a good head that settles quickly

S: Deep Belgian richness with a potent alcohol sweetness rising above.

T: Much sweeter and smoother than the 10. Fruity rich elements go straight for the tongue and stay there, adding a pleasant sweet to each stage of flavor. It tasted like something ancient or steeped in brewing tradition (though less so than the 10). Overall, amazing. Much more versatile flavor than the 10. Makes me look forward to the 6!

M: Spectacular. Coats your mouth like paint (but in a good way, haha)

O: Not as arcane-tasting as the 10, but nearly perfect in its own right! A great beer for any fans of the style. I'll definitely buy again!

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Photo of anon
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, deep brown/Amber hue with a glow around the edges when in the light. Small head that appears almost khaki, retaining itself very well with lacing that doesn't quite stick, but slides it's way down the walls of the glass. Attractive.

Light malt scent with lots of candy and fruity goodness. Excellent taste following through; sweet candy, malt, toffee, plum, apricot, fig, raisin, pear, earth, honey, white grape, very light hop, coffee roast and biscuit notes. A slight lingering of woodiness. Complex and clean tasting. Not much to nitpick about this one. Just a very well done brew.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into St. Bernardus glass

Pours a amber color with a 1 1/2 off white head spotty lacing. Great aroma and taste of malt, yeast, caramel and plum. Great carbonation in mouthfeel well balanced.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Ruby garnet with a 1.5 finger ecru bubbly head with some sticky lacing and moderate head retention

S - Dark fruits, alcohol, maple syrup, caramel, raisins, dates, malt, bready yeast.

T - Follows the nose, pretty fantastic dark fruit flavors at the apex with a strong warming alcohol finish and a bready yeast backbone and sweet caramel malt throughout.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Sticky.

O - A really great dubble. The tend to vary from bottle to bottle in my area. I like them with more dark fruit and less alcohol, but you never know what you are going to get. Always a great import and fantastic on a cold day or for dessert.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Deep dark brown with just slightly off white head, leaves moderate lacing

S=some dark fruits, bread and yeast alcohol not too noticeable

T=similar to smell, very nice and balanced, some dark fruits, light alcohol

M=nice gentle tingling, slight oilyness

D=very good, not an overpowering taste, light sweetness, gentle aftertaste all lend to good drinkability

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Photo of evlu1441
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a gift pack for Xmas. This beer will mark the third trappist brewery I have tried. I've been tempted to buy it at the store, but it seems to run about $7 a bottle...Pretty pricey!

Served in a Rochefort glass.

It pours a dark cloudy red. Almost opaque.

The smell is nice. Chocolate, caramel and dried fruits. A bit alcoholic smelling.

Tastes fantastic. Slightly tart and sweet fruit with bit of chocolate/coffee bitterness that give way to an bitter orange finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall, a really excellent beer. I had trouble finishing one glass, considering it is very heavy, but also very tasty! I still have 3 more bottles, and I'm excited to see how the flavours mature over time.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paddez
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favourite beers of all time.

Pours a murky, dark brown beer with a thick, large and stubborn head. Chocolate, dark/plummy fruits and Spices batlle it out in the smell. There's is also a faint alcohol smell present. The taste is dark, rich and rather malty. Deifinitely not as sweet as you would think though. The 9,2% Alc. 'hits pretty hard' and warms the throat somewhat. Pairs excellent with 'Stoofvlees' and other meat dishes as well.

Definitely on par with the Rochefort 10 and very close to the Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue Cap/Label) wich I still like little better than this one. Nonetheless, ... a world-class beer!

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a snifter, it poured a cloudy brown, with two fingers of tan head, decent retention, and good lacing. Smelled of lemon, strawberry, melon, caramel, and slight alcohol presence, but overall of lighter fruits, which was a bit surprising, given the dark appearance. The taste was a nicely blended mix of melon, strawberry, and tangerine, followed by cocoa/coffee, and then finished on a dry bitter orange peel note. Alcohol was better hidden in the flavor than in the nose. The feel was smooth, and not as carbonated, with a very bitter and dry finish. Very pleasant and complex yet balanced flavor profile make this one a keeper. Would love to age some.

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Photo of twilight
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark plum color with a head of fine bubbles. Looks spectac in my St. B glass. Aroma is of chocolates, plums, fruits, yumminess. Taste is big chocolate, a sweetness and fruitiness do die for and a finish that is akin to dark chocolate and a dryness that is completely unexpected. It's almost tart and vinuous. Yeah, it's dry and chocolatey and a bit sour and bittersour in the dry finish. It's complex and... I don't know. I can't tell, but it's very fascinating. No notes of spices, but it's quite spectacular. Mouthfeel is good, fine bubbles dissipating on the tongue and leaving the chocolate. Drinkability? One could kick these back all night... Excellent overall.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown/mauve, reddish-purple color with an inch of foamy head that displayed fairly good retention.

S: A fruity and floral bouquet with a sweet and medicinal malty background, slightly alcoholic and yeasty.

T: Surprising smoke-like malt flavor up front paired with a Belgian sugar and fruit sweetness, coupled with a surge of warming alcohol that dissipates to a somewhat dry finish. Segues to a brief hop cameo, leaving a pleasant trail of lingering maltiness.

M: Syrupy and bubbly, yet smooth. Carbonation gives this brew an interesting texture, very pleasing on the palate.

D: The abv makes this one to watch out for, but the taste and its complexity warrants another round, if not more. Excellent selection, would highly recommend.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle with best before date stamped on the label. Poured into a chalice.

Deep reddish-brown with a tan head that bubbles up to almost two fingers, then falls to a 1cm sheet of uneven foam. Not much lacing.

The nose is awesome. Belgian yeast and spice with dark candied fruits and just a whiff of rum. Strong and mouthwatering.

The taste and mouthfeel are equally bold. Sweet malts paired with dry hops and a dry finish that slowley fades into warming alcohol. Very complex and satisfying.

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Photo of sevopie
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown, bordering on black. Brownish head with a fairly good amount of lacing.

Raisins, brown sugar, some breadiness and spiciness, and some candy and alcohol on the edge.

Sweet bread with raisins is very prominent, some mild other fruitiness, and some alcohol on the bite. It doesn't seem quite as complex as the 10, but I am enjoying the taste more so.

Oily, carbonated but not immensely so like a fair amount of Belgians. Overall, right where it should be.

Doesn't have quite the boozy kick of it elder statesman '10,' and comes off better for it. The bready sweetness comes off very well balanced here - and I think I ended up enjoying it more than 10.

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Photo of Iguana
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally gettin around to trying the 8.

A: Murky caramel brown, with a massive 1 inch frothy head that just doesnt want to go down for me. Man that head is pretty though

S: Dark fruit and toasted brown sugar are up front and strong, can smell this from 5 feet away. I like it.

T: Dark toasted malts, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, toasted brown sugar, and alcohol. Quite a complex beer.

M: Smooth, rich, and warming. The alcohol packs a punch on this one.

D: Gonna buy some more of this and the 10 here soon and drink em side by side. I am really digging this and will get it again for sure.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark mahogany color, with a thick belgian head, with amazing retention, of course far too dark to note any carbonation or sediment, but there is some left in the bottle

S - mmmm.... its been too long.... that dark fruit molasses combination that a great belgian trappis has, with that sweet woddiness to it as well, with very faint hints of vanilla

T - the taste is a reflection of the aroma, only intensified, supersweet molasses-raisin dark flavors with vanilla and toffee woodiness underneath

M&D - the flavors are layered well, and blended masterfully, even the girlfriend enjoyed it enough to request a second sip, that says more than anything i can write here. a sweet mouthcoat that goes the whole way down, theres a reason why these true trappists are rates so dang high, because they should be

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Photo of grittybrews
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy mahogany into a tulip with four fingers of creamy, slow-receding head. Bold aroma of sweet toffee, fig, banana, and clove. Just a hint of floral and dark fruit notes as well.

Moderately high carbonation and a full, prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol and vanilla up front followed by nutty caramel, brown sugar, and banana. Dry finish with a bit of leather, raisin, and coffee bitterness. Full, sweet flavor profile without becoming too syrupy.

Excellent brew overall, enjoyed more than Rochefort 6 and--according to my rating--more than the Rochefort 10. Guess that means I'll have to revisit the 10...!

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Photo of Luigi
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a full tan head that like the Rochefort 10 goes over the rim but does not spill over. Rick brown, almost garnet colors clouded by yeast particles. The head settles down to a thin lace around the glass but does not have great retention. I know this is not apart of it but this beer does have soda like sizzle to it from the carbonation.

The aroma is rich with ripe fruit, alcohol sweetness, wheat bread malt, and yeast.

The flavor is just as complex and the aroma. Ripe fruit, yeast, wheat bread, toasted malt, sweet alcohol, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Top it off with a dry slightly hopped finish with the toasted malt lingering for a bit as well as my buzz.

Medium slightly carbonated body, and easy to sit back a sip for while. Because overall this ale is full of flavor.

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Photo of Nace4
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark red and brown, with almost a plum characteristic to it as well. Lots of spotted sediment can be seen tumbling down to the bottom of the glass and swirling throughout. A massive, finely bubbled khaki head that lasts...and lasts...and lasts.

Rich dark fruit aromas: plums (prunes), raisins, cherries, dates, along with caramel, warm baking bread, Belgian yeast spice, black pepper. Wonderful!

Rich and divine flavors, consisting mainly of dark cherries and prunes, caramel and bread, a touch of sun-dried or candied citrus. Spectacular.

Rich, full, yet light and airy mouthfeel--distinctly Belgian; distinctly perfect.

My favorite Rochefort. This beer is so incredibly light yet drinkable, yet substantial and flavorful at the same time. I could see myself enjoying this in 100 degree heat or in the middle of a snow storm.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a huge tan head and a pretty redish brown body. Great lacing.

Smell: Fermented fruit like raisins and rye bread come through. I have a cold though...

Taste: Alchohol. Wow I don't know. It's definitely one of the strangest tasting beers I have ever had. It's sorta like brandy almost really. I imagine this would be great with a nice fatty ribeye!

Mouthfeel: Thick and soft followed by some alchoholic bite: excellent.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would only drink one of not just because it costs way to damn much in the States but it's really thick. I mean I guess it's like a stout but I don't drink many of those often. It has twice the alchohol

Nota bene:
I think you have to pour this differently cause the head rises on itself way after you pour it.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort trappist is a beer for the soul.
This 8 is a dark strong ale like the best out there. Very dark beer with such a pale head, it's hoppy bitter, fruity sweet, nice roasted grains and coffee taste.

Enjoying the mix of floral, herby and spicy notes that is so characteristic of this trappist.
Plus it's very chewy with a great long finish.

The Abbaye St-Rémy monks must really love to brew.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,387 ratings