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 joshautry
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from LCBO for $2.55 CDN poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color, Massive 3 fingers of creamy off - white head that leaves beautiful lacing as the head retreats.

Smell- Chocolates and other roasted malts dominate, caramel and toffee are also present. Hints of dark fruit and a floral aspect are slightly noticeable as well. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste- Taste is actually quite similar to the smell, rich, complex and also boozy on the back end. The chocolate aspect of the beer is more prevalent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, rich and the ABV is hidden really well. Dry-ish finish.

Overall- An absolutely delicious beer, definitely more of a sipper than anything else. And while many beers do have recommended serving temperatures, in most cases I have found that the difference between a cold beer and a slightly warmer beer is small. However, in the case of Rochefort 8, the difference is large, and I would recommend that consumption take place after letting the beer warm for some time.

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Photo of Recondopf
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy101
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty, cherry with a touch of chocolate and brandy. A full bodied trappist ale. Big malt flavors. Chocolate, cherries and toffee. Touches of banana, vanilla and raisins. Well balanced. Extremely well balanced. Hides the 9.3% alcohol very well. I think I like this one better than the 10. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type and glassware: 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Rich rosewood color with a cream-hued head that it thick and frothy. Head retention and lacing are incredible. Carbonation is very fine.

S: Lots of caramel, molasses, spice, and dried dark fruits on the nose. A floral, grassy note is faint in the backround.

T: Wow! Talk about a kaliedescope of flavor. Nutmeg, toast, cinnamon, raisin, brown sugar. It's all there. Along with spicy, fruity hop notes that give the beer a very intense finish.

M: Thick and chewy, with a finish that doesn't disappear. It's been a few minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it.

D: Hands down, Rochefort's brews are amongst the best I have ever tasted. This beer, despite it's body and strength, is extremely easy to enjoy. Certainly DOES NOT SUCK!

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DBosco
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bombelsky
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Clear, deep amber. Getting hazy after pouring last inch. Some yeast particles floating. Big 3 fingers, off-white, frothy head. Very persistent and good lacing.
High aroma of malty, bready notes upfront. Moderate peppery notes and some esters like figs, raisins.
Moderate-high malty sweetness. Moderate high bready flavor. Some moderate ester flavor, prunes, raisins.
Moderate-low bitterness. Moderate yeasty spiciness. Very complex but everything plays very well together. Perfumy alcohol flavor makes a good job and gives a lot of balance to an overall malty-sweetness.
Full body, average carbonation, creamy (then oily) moderate dry long lasting warm spicy, bit alcoholic finish. Smooth in general.


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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy chestnut brown and orange hues mix together, topped by very finely bubbled .5 finger off white head, carbonation is apparent with each swirl of the glass

S: Doesn't hit you over the head, light belgian yeasty aroma, biscuit malt, hints of rum-like alcohol, some fruit, fig and light banana

T: LIght yet amazing depth of flavor, starts pretty straight forward with the characteristic belgian spicy yeast, but its as the flavors linger in your mouth that this beer really shines, it just seems to coat your mouth with sweet bready goodness combined with brown sugar, rum, and a slight spice like clove, the flavors are so smooth and silky

M: Highly carbonated but doesn't burn too badly, body remains light, not dry but definitely not cloying

O: An amazingly crafted beer all around. The depth of flavor and aroma is mind-boggling when you really sip it and try to take notice. A casual beer drinker could miss the subtleties and just taste a strong rum-like Belgian beer, but this is truly a world class beer if ever there was one. One of the best Belgian beers out there.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Intense bready, rich malt, spiced yeast, raisins, alcohol kick to the finish. Complex spice bread and boozy nose.
Dark copper brown, mostly unfiltered, with large foam head and some broken ring lace on glass. Medium/Full to Full body.
Warming and hearty as too style.

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Photo of younger35
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my 99th and 100th reviews I decided to do a side by side tasting of Rochefort 8 & 10. I’ve had these both before in bars but never at home. Comes in a nice 11.2 oz bottle that is a bit more festive and informative that the Westvletern 12. Labeled with a stamp that reads L130612 07:46 (no clue). Drank out of my Rogue Überfest Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky russet brown with hues of amber and yellow. HUGE tan head that spills out of the top of my glass. This thing is creamy, frothy, foamy and O so beautiful. Looks like a root beer float. Leaves a great cap the entire brew and foamy lacing randomly sticks all over the glass. Looks exactly like the 10.
Smell- Lot’s of dirty Belgium yeast fills the nose. Very fruity under the mustiness remenicent of banana’s and ripe dark fruit. Sweet toffee from the malt shows more as it warms. Nice and spicy with big whiffs of liquor like alcohol.
Taste- Very rich sweetness that has a subtle caramel/chocolate start. Light fruits and brown sugar help round out and cover the rum cake alcohol. Has the Belgium mustiness but not to the extent that the nose leads you to believe. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and super smooth. Has a very heavy feel, yet is deceptively airy. Couldn’t possibly have a better feel. Perfection!
Drinkability- This is just a fabulous brew. Looks great in the glass, smells fantastic and tastes even better. You could sit and easily drink six or seven of these before you knew what hit you. I like this version of Rochefort slightly more than the 10. I think it’s a bit more balanced and easier drinking. Both excellent brews that are a must try!

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from Systembolaget. A dark red/brown beer with a clear body and a good sized lasting head that matches the label. Streams of bubbles trail up the glass toward the surface. This is at this point in time probably the best aroma of any beer I've had. It's simply amazing: raisins, cherries, grapes and yeast come leaping out at you, and then an extremely potent cotton candy/toffee aroma last till the very end. The flavor is not as complex, but is very inviting, with porty/winey character. It's sweet, but not cloying, with very restrained bitterness. Maybe the best part is that its not to thick; a little syrupy, but overall finishes clean and easy. I would drink a few more of these if I could, which is dangerous considering the alcohol, which only makes itself known with a warming in the throat. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. Simple and old looking. This beer’s gimmick is that is has no gimmick. Label says drink by 2009, just how strong is this beast???

The 8 pours a weak coffee brown with vivacious internal tsunamis but almost no head. Looks kind of like the Wisconsin River during an august storm. Loads of suspended, unsettling sediments. These little yeasties are pissed and they’re not going to sit down and let you drink them. They’re going to swim about like drunken frogmen until you down the last gulp.

The aromas are umpteen. Bananas attack the nose straight away. Surprisingly there’s a touch of citrus in the 8, which is weird since this is such are darkish beer. The rest of the nose is pear schnapps, dirty figs, and booze.

Texture is Smooth and lotiony like the wax in a sweaty hobo’s ear, only in a good way. The malts are practically behemothic with about a kilo of brown sugar. I’m getting a bit of sweet potato tempura in here too and plenty of all that stuff that I found in the nose. This beer plays with my tongue like the first older woman I ever kissed, professional and experienced. Slightly medicinal with a pinch of cloves or some other spice. Perfectly balanced.

I could drink this one into the new year and I might since I’m heading to Europe for the new year.

My first experience with Rochefort and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to try the 10 that’s waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Orval chalice.

Appearance was very hazy dark brown. Not much light getting through. Thick tan head that left quite a bit of lacing as dissipated.

The smell reminded me of mulled apple cider and banana's. Dried fruits such as figs and ever present alcohol.

The taste was up front notes of cider as well. Sweet without being cloying. Very layered. Mulled cider, baked apples, dried figs and raisons. Spices such as nutmeg. Also a healthy dosage of hops to balance out the hefty amounts of malt and candy sugars. Warming alcohol loomed in the background.

Mouth feel was thick and velvety. Almost chewy with some biting carbonation.

Very drinkable. The alcohol, while present, does not detract from the flavor. It is a bit filling, but still one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Mdez
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 33cl bottle. Appeared as a slightly hazy brown color with a light cocoa head and inticate lacing. Nose is wildly exciting with alcohol up front, a good rum perhaps. Banana, raisin, and tropical fruit notes are also asserting themselves here. Velvety taste, as the alcohol retreats in the beginning. Meduim-bodied malt character, slightly exotic and spicy. Again, spiced rum comes to mind. Some sweet darkchocolate flavors erupt as well ... blended with the fruitiness of the malt/yeast chemistry. Alcohol is assertive throughout, with a medium, to heavy mouthfeel. Sweeter than dryer finish. Little carbonation. In every respect, a great beer. Very, very complex flavor profile. and the smell is epic. One of the best for sure, and one that needs to be in every beer lovers adventures. I prefer drinking this one alone ... that is, without the accompaniment of any food. Fine to drink with other beer lovers!

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Photo of JMad
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle into a glass goblet...

It's a murky brownish reddish color with a loud off white head that quickly dissipated. The smell has lots of raisin and sweet caramel along with some clove and more dark fruit. Tastes nice and sweet, I noticed clove and banana with hints of grape and candisugar. It's surprisingly light with active carbonation and a dry finish. This is an amazing beer but not a 100 in my opinion.

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Photo of cliffjord
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paincane
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque mahogany body with a tan head. Head has nice lace & retention.
S: Figs, brown sugar, clove in gorgeous blend of aromas.
T: Dark fruits, sweet figs, brown sugar, yeasty presence & clove combine to provide excellent flavor.
M: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with warming presence of ethanol as it warms.
O: World class brew.

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark walnut, though slightly murky, brown with a decent head that comes down to a fluffy and very sturdy clouds that float above the beer for the remainder of your drinking. Lacing is moderate to low. Notable sediment visible from the bottom of the glass.

S: Absolutely fantastic here. Very strong alcohol notes here, but in a very well balanced way. The alcohol works well with the fruit notes. I especially get banana and a bit of apple. Yeast esters are a nice background.

T: Huge malt character with roasted notes all over it. I'm getting warm bread and molasses. Strong alcohol notes that carry along a strong fruitiness that while sweet has a high level of tartness. A nice bit of cloves spice and the lingering effects of the fruitiness level out with a slight onset of stronger alcohol in the finish.

M: Creamy and medium to heavy in body. Moments of powderiness toward the finish, and an onset of alcohol that dries up the finish quite quickly. Leaves you wanting another sip.

D: If not for the price tag, I could see myself sipping this for hours on end. While an excellent beer for sipping, it would fill you up quickly if you just knock them back, so this high drinkability rating comes specifically with the style in mind.

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Photo of marksto
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber-brown with a subtle reddish tinge. Thick, fluffly head and large beads of carbonation visible along the sides of a tulip shaped-glass, cascading up and keeping the head thick and full.

Aroma is magnificent. Clearly noticeable with the glass not even close to the nose. Essences of maple, nuts, and cinnamon dominate, with some dark fruit in the background.

Flavor continues many of the flavors found in the nose. Maple, light cherry, and raisin essences explode with the a powerful carbonation. Alcohol is there but hardly noticible with all the flavor essences going on.

A marvelous dark Begian strong ale, full of the wonderful complexity exempletive of the best of this style. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Blee911
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. Had this at Delirum in Brussels. Deep flavor full of structure. Definitely rivals the best of the darks. Something to say about an awesome dark that doesn't need chocolate nor coffee.

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Photo of AndrewSmith
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,355 ratings