Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8
BA SCORE
4.33/5
5,316 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#401
Reviews:
1,927
Ratings:
5,316
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.79
 
 
Wants:
433
Gots:
1,108
Trade:
23
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Photo of JeremyJ
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of BEER88
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of C_Pel
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am humbled by reviewing this beer.
If God drinks beer, St. Peter would give you points for serving this.
Lacking a Rochefort glass, I served this in an exquisite chalice from their brethren at La Trappe.
Rarely at a loss for words, nothing I can say can describe how excellent this beer is.

Reference page 286, Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium" for a loving review of these brewers.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

6/28/17 Had again while reading through both MJ's account above and Garrett Oliver's in "Brewmaster's Table." Both are lovely reviews based on visits. While written when MJ was still alive, that passage makes clear to me that Garrett can now wear that mantle.
I rate very, very few beers this high. And I cannot find reason to reduce this. 8 is sweet and dry at once.
Magnificent !

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

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a pillowy soft looking tan head. Absolutely world class head retention and lacing. It just never seems to go away!

Wonderful aroma of raisins, prunes, and other dark fruits. Some pipe tobacco and grape juice, cherries. There is a definite sherry note that reminds me of some single malt scotches.

Huge sherry character up front in the taste that is very scotch-like. Quickly followed by cherry and grape must. Light pipe tobacco with raisins. Woody notes with a whiff of alcohol towards the finish. Extremely light bitterness with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, what an amazing beer. So much depth to the flavor and aroma and nothing off-putting whatsoever. So smooth to drink and a pleasure. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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

Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip

A: Very hazy brownish red color. Almost opaque due to the yeast and general cloudiness. Two finger head comprised of large bubbles. Bubbles were constantly streaming up the side of the glass.

S: Delicious. Sweet caramel like malts a tad of nuttiness and some dark fruits. Some alcohol is noticeable.

T: Primarily a malt orientated beer. Caramel and sweet tasting malts being dominant. There was also some nuttiness as well. The Belgian yeast character is also very evident in this beer and draws out figs, prunes, and dates. Its almost reminiscent of a red wine in its fruity complexity. Bitterness is low. Alcohol is semi present and could be perceived as lower

M: Very carbonated and bubbly providing a crisp and neat mouth feel. Pretty dry as well but that is probably due to the high alcohol.

O: All around this was just a damn good beer. I'm going through a little Belgian phase right now and this just helped me stay in it. Would definitely buy again but would look more towards pairing it with a good meal instead of on its own.

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Photo of mpmsu2003
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a stemmed goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy brown with a hint of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and some sediment. About two fingers of off white head that slowly recede to a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and somewhat boozy aroma. Belgian yeast and cloves with a good amount of bready malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Some brown sugar and a little coriander spice. Big aroma of dark fruits with hints of alcohol soaked raisins, grapes, plums, figs, and dates. Pretty nice smell.

Taste: Big kick of spice up front from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Following that is the bready caramel malts. Hints of toffee, brown sugar, and coriander. Lots of complex dark fruit flavors. Notes of rum soaked raisins, plums, prunes, grapes, dates, and figs. Also a light hint of apple. Fairly spicy and sharp. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and juicy. This feels a little hot from the high alcohol but it isn't strong enough to mess with the other flavors.

Overall: A very good authentic Dubbel. Complex and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Momon
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjones5045
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tridge85
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danimal25
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAFH
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Flip_Smash
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at a beer tasting with five other outstanding beers--but this one stood alone, in my opinion.
A--Mud. Thick sediment with some head and lacing.
S--Sweet caramel scent with some soapy aroma.
T--Has a coffee taste mixed with a chocolate celery. Very, very interesting. Extraordinarily complex.

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Photo of marcrech
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Westmalle Chalice glass. Dark brown, deep ruby tints to the light. Hazy appearance. Beige foam creates a cottony & lasting crown. Copious lacing rings on sides. Belgian yeast & toasted malts to the nose as well as dark fruits-prune, raisin & cherry hues. Flavors as expected from aroma profile completed by woody notes & kind sugary warm sensation. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Voluptuous & flavorful palate. Fruits & gentle heat mixed with a very low bitterness linger into a long finish. One of my favourite Trappists. Complex & Great !!!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark cloudy redish-brown color with a fair amount of yeast. Beautiful, large foamy, meringue like, off-white/very light beige head with great retention

S - A lot of juicy dark fruit with raisin, plum, fig and date (loaded with them all) with just the slightest hint of them being rum soaked. Some dark malt and plenty of spice. Also a strong phenol/medicinal aroma. Overall the strongest is a juicy plum/raisin smell with a fair amount of phenol.

T - Plenty of dark fruit (as in the nose) with a plumy taste being pretty strong. Nice dark malt base with hints of chocolate and a good amount of licorice coming out. Well spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Phenol/medicinal flavor is fairly present, not quite as strong as the nose, but definitely there. Also a touch of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially given the ABV and style. Lots of juicy and jamy fruit flavors along with a nice balance of malt and phenol/bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: Best before 14/10/14. Very nice beer that I very much enjoyed. Plenty of fruit and some dark malt have a wonderful taste and are well balanced making a good example for the style. A good amount of phenol/medicinal taste also present, but adds a bit of a kick. Licorice is fairly strong for the style. Overall a very enjoyable and solid beer from a great brewery. Not quite as good as the 10, but very nice in its own right.

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Photo of Brians1225
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of cudmud
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby color with a fawn rocky head that produces major lace. A wonderful looking beer.

Smell: Very fruity and yeasty. Smells of raisins, dates, and fruitcake.

Taste: Lots of malt and yeast balanced by a nice level of hops. Tastes of rum, cider and sherry.

Mouthfeel: Full body and dry.

Drinkability: An awesome beer and something I wish I could drink everyday.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional example of my favorite style. Pours a dark chestnut with glints of ruby. The off-white head is perfect - not small, not overly large. Aroma is immediately of bready yeast and ripe, dark fruit. Plum, caramel, perhaps some banana bread are evident in the taste, with maybe some dark grapes. The taste grows more complex as the ale warms, bringing out flavors too numerous to begin to describe. As far as mouthfeel, the phenolic oilyness makes a perfectly smooth balance to the ample carbonation. Excellent ale. Very drinkable, except that more than a few pints of this will leave you on the floor.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep amber to a brown-ish color, with a off white head. In the aroma, dark fruit, mostly fig, touch of sugar and alcohol. In the taste, darkk fruit, fig, sugary, licorice, and a small alcohol heat behind the whole thing. A smooth and medium to big mouthfeel, with a semi dry sugary, dark fruit in the aftertaste. Quite complex, dark fruit and alcohol, yet not huge. Smooth and fantastic.

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