Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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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Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured the beer from a bottle of 330 ml glass into a Cervoise glass. I paired it with fruits coated with orange chocolate fondue.

This is the type of beer you first enjoy with your eyes for 5 seconds. The carbonation gives the beer (excluding its light brown head) a light amber colour from the top to the bottom. Once the head is formed, the top and the middle turn to a dark brown. As for the bottom, you do not need to get darn close to the glass to see its amber hue. All in all, this beer has the best looks.

As for the taste, I love its consistency. Unlike many beer this one has no variation of intensity. It doesn't start with a light bitter taste and finishes in your throat with an unpleasant punch. Think of a wheat beer with a hint of cereals and unsweetened dark chocolate that stays the same whether it is on your tongue or in your throat. Although I mentioned a possibility of it tasting like dark chocolate, that taste in the Trappistes Rochefort 8 is not as obvious as it could be in a stout.

Finally, thanks to the beer's creaminess, a few bubbles and foam are left at the bottom of your glass. In short, this beer has both the looks and the taste. It is my favourite.

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Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor. 5.99 before tax.

A&S: Great head on this one, about a finger when pour and hangs around in a thick layer. Beer is a cloudy burgundy color, and mildly lively with some unfiltered elements. Aroma consists for subdued fruits, some spice, and molasses.

T&M: +9% alcohol is really well hidden. Lots of tannins. Hints of semi-sweet fruits (raisins, apricots, maybe a bit of bananas). I guess I was expecting more darker malt tones. Almost reminds me of some less fruity english barleywines. Not much of a hop presence. Initially fizzy carbonation, but overall pretty smooth feel to this beer. Medium body.

Overall: I have been meaning to try this one since about 3 years ago when I bought the 10. Don't know if I would buy it again (or at least not very often), but just because of the price tag. Although a completely different beer the 10 would still be my go to for them.

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Photo of tnsa2k11
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tons and tons of sediment and floaters, bottle was less than a year old. Taste was on point but it was the single worst looking beer I have ever seen

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely murky red-brown, like a dingy bronze metal. Forms a relatively thin head of almost-white bubbles, which dies fairly quickly into a ring and a patchy cap. Lacing is adequate, somewhat patchy islands which slowly sink back down into the body of the beer.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar entwined with caramel and toffee wells out of the glass, bringing along some very faint hints of what might possibly be fruit - banana, raisin.

Taste: Caramel and toffee swirl to form the core of this beer, with slightly sour cherries filling in the lines where they twist together. Raisin and fig can be found as well, playing along the edges, with occasional cameo appearances by some faint banana notes. There is a sharp edge to the flavors, courtesy of the carbonation levels, but no real alcohol heat involved. The finish leaves behind a lingering ghost of caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: This beer is loaded with incredibly prickly carbonation, and is quite lively indeed. Beneath the carbonation, there's a creamy, medium-bodied beer.

Overall: A tasty, tasty beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moving through the 8s...Westy 8, St Bernadus 8, and now Rochefort 8. All very different beers despite the number. This pours a mostly clear brown with monster head billowing up and slowly residing with medium lacing. Nose is burnt malt syrup, date syrup, and overripe pear. A very full flavor beer with lots of dark malt, roasted grain, some dried and stone fruits and a juicy alcohol that is well woven into the whole. Good long finish. Carbonation is low but the beer is not cloying...nice medium mouthfeel. Just a great beer.

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Photo of PhantomWolf
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wish the head lasted a little longer and the bubbles were a little tighter, but overall a very complex and rich beer. A real experience and worth the insane price I paid. This is something I could really see myself spending an hour with one bottle and a cigar. It taste like an ancient, dark forest full of very ripe brown fruits.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, with a slightly red tint. Almost no head, but has a small amount of carbonation.

Smell: I get a strong sense of plum and a little bit of grape and fig. There is an acidity to it that I didn't expect.

Taste: Same as the smell in that I get an almost sour acidic taste at first. When my taste buds settle in I get a mild berry/dark fruit taste. The back end is a creamy malt taste.

Feel: Smooth, not super thick but a medium body with minimal carbonation makes this one easy to drink.

Overall: Good beer, my least favorite out of the rochefort trio

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Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark Amber with huge shaving cream like head that will not go away.
Aromas of spice, (nutmeg or cardamom) fruits like cherry.
Tastes of candy, fruit, especially cherry. Raisins and fig.
Mouth feel is very smooth. Velvet like. Nicely carbonated.
Very nice Belgian Strong!

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Photo of majorbase2
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, mahogany brown color with a lumpy, brown head. Dissipates after a bit, leaving a thin, patchy layer of head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Sweet caramel malts and dark fruits dominate first sniff. Prune, fig, and cherry.

Taste follows the nose. Dark fruits and sweet malts are strong. Brown sugar is present. Raisin and fig. Very sweet and smooth. Has some earthy character as well. Not much alcohol presence. Ridiculously smooth. One of the tastiest brews you'll find, completely nailing the dark fruit flavors, with a nice accent from the other malt presence.

As stated, this beer is criminally drinkable. I downed this in about 20 minutes, and I normally drink my beers in about 45. Good carbonation. Goes down creamy and smooth.

Sensational beer. My highest rated beer at this point is Rochefort 10. I will be very curious to see where this one ends up. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of MonaLisaOverdrive
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice milk chocolate brown, hazy with a very active and quickly dissipating(?) 2-finger head. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Raisin-y, date-like alcoholic kinda sweet smell. Not really what I like when I sniff a beer, but most definitely a great example of how a belgian should smell.

Taste: Dangerously smooth. So balanced, nice subtle grainy taste, perfect amount of sweetness, dark fruit flavors, and just enough alcohol flavor to remind you how strong this beer is. The aftertaste is very clean for a strong ale, almost finishes like a bud or something super light. So damn drinkable. 10/10

Mouthfeel: WHAT THE F***. This beer is so light and effervescent in the mouth, and like I state before, finishes like a light beer almost. It goes down with ZERO issues. It's got just enough body to compliment the other unique features of this beer.

Overall: Buy this damn beer. Seriously. If you've never had a belgian, I truly believe the Trappistes Rochefort line to be one of the best to be introduced to. My first Belgian was a Rochefort 10, and I've been spoiled ever since.

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Photo of Mll777
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the micro fine foam, it's gorgeous. It just stays on top of the beer the complete time to finish it.

It is very low carbonated, which makes the drink so nice and smooth, I will buy some to keep for a couple of years at least I will try :)

I liked it better as the 10

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body.
The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice.
The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing.
The texture is light and fizzy.
Outstanding.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-look is a dark brown with a nice light brown head
-smell is amazing dark fruits alot of raisens and light sweetness , slight light carmel
- taste is very mellow with light dark fruit flavors, light sweetness, earthy
- perfect not syrupy, not to carbonated, a perfectly smooth beer, that has a light lingering that is pleasant as hell
-a very well crafted strong dark ale, amazing and one of the best beers i have had

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a nutty brown coloring, opaque and muddled, with a low profile, tightly bubbled, cream colored head. Aromas of berries and cherries forward, heavy fruity esters, with some apple and pear in there, as well. Roasted notes, with a toffee and caramel backbone, some subtle spicing of nutmeg and coriander, and some notes of candi sugar. Smells delicious. Flavors are richly sweet and sugary forward, with a roasted toffee backbone supporting a more muted fruit blend of apple and berries, as well as some subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spicing. Fruit cake-ish, but better balanced and unbelievably drinkable. The body is light and smooth, with a subtle carbonation ruffle in the undertones. Candi and fruit aftertaste blending on a caramel linger into the smooth, slick, slow finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of MrDell
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

26.09.2015

Trappistes Rochefort 8
Belgian Strong Dark Ale - 9.2% - 330ml Bottle - Bottled 06.01.15 – (Almost 9 months old)

Appearance: Mahogany coloured beer with a slightly off white lively head, soon dropping off and becoming creamy and patchy but compact where there is head. One thing that always fascinates me about the Rochefort beers is that when served in the correct trappist chalice with the etched ‘R’ nucleation site, in the centre of the glass, there is a noticeable change in the density of that creamy head. One can clearly see the carbonation fizzing upwards from the etching towards the surface of the beer creating a patch of head with slightly lesser density then the surrounding area, which is perfectly round and about the size of a penny. It’s like a fountain, fizzing up from the centre of the glass. The head also reforms and changes, going from patchy then covering the beer and back again. It's as if the beer is reacting upon being released into the air. Some beautiful thick lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Strong smell of Sherry. Dark fruit and toffee also present. There is a very slight aroma and taste here that I have also noticed in the Rochefort 6, and in the 10. I have, in the past, found it to be a little undesirable but here is so slight that it is not affecting my enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful dark ale. I think it comes from the yeast and I have found that it fades fairly quickly and is not detectable at all after 10 months in the bottle. The best way I can describe it is as being a metallic type flavour.

Taste: Slightly smokey, wood and moist dark red liquorice.. Sweet, complex and fantastic! Alcohol goes undectected in the mouth, comes in very late - as it enters the stomach, just to remind you this is a 9.2% brew. Also getting and dark fruits and candy sugar as this bad boy warms up. Slight perfumed taste, which I don't usually like but here it’s ok, and I feel that with a little more age, it would round-off.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, ever so slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: This beer really does feel like it's reacting to being let out of the bottle - it's really lively when poured then it settles down quickly and is constantly changing and evolving as it warms up. This is a truly amazing beer, so much better than I remember it being, I suspect due to this one being a few months old, rather than fresh, and is sure to continue improving for years to come. 11/10!

22.10.2015

Trappistes Rochefort 8 – Update.
Bottled 06.01.15 – (10 months old)
After being disappointed by a fresh Rochefort 10 recently I decided to revisit the 8, same bottle date as above, now 10 months old, to see if it really is as good as the above review, and it is! The ‘metallic / perfumed’ taste, that is mentioned in my review of the almost 9 month old bottle, is fading. It seems that that the Rochefort yeast strain needs at least 8 months on it to smooth out flavour-wise.


05.05.2016

Trappistes Rochefort 8 – Update.
Bottled 29.04.15 – (12 months old)
Still improving and evolving as all of the harsh flavours from the yeast/high ABV etc. continue to blend and round off. No sign of the metallic taste that is a by-product of the yeast strain in this one.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. best before november 27, 2018. enjoyed on april 5, 2015 (a little over a year and four months old)

a: a disgusting but strangely beautiful murky, 300% opaque caramel-mahogany with two fingers of tan-coloured foamy head

s: earthy yeast, red wine, rich & sweet caramel-like malt, fig, raisin

t: earthy, heavy caramel & bread up front. red wine, raisins and figs follow. a slight pinch of alcohol. lingering sweet malt flavours at the end, but balanced by the earthy bitterness that has enveloped the entire tasting. the malt flavours dominate as the beer warms

m: on the lighter side of medium. harsh carbonation initially that mellows out as the beer warms

o: sweet, rich, complex, such a wonderful brew. be sure to let this warm up before you drink it. often available at the LCBO at a very affordable $3.50/bottle which is great too

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 2019, opened Apr 2015

A - Dark mahogany cider brown body. Old paper off-white head with a mixed bubble structure. Outstanding retention and great lace.

S - Caramel, cardamon, musky potpourri, allspice, clove, dust, hay, and cardamon.

T - Surprisingly sharp up front with a shot of bold bitters and a kick of acidity. A caramel and nutty sweetness quickly rises up and overtakes the opening punch. Fruity finish with banana, papaya, vanilla and toffee.

M - Medium light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice BDA on the lighter side of the style with great versatility when it comes to food.

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Photo of drmeto
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S:
-dark fruits,spices,caramel,toffee
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-slight alcohol warming
-full body,high carbonation
O:
My favourite Rochefort.Balanced and tasty

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Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh wow yes. Velvety sweet and so smooth and rich. What to say? Perfection. "The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs." You know -- they say stuff like this but I feel like these don't always come out strongly. I'll have to try again and specifically look for those flavors.

#MensJournal100Best2014

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3/15/15 (Bottle) - Very nice dark brown pour, nice tan head, very thick texture. Nice fruit and caramel aroma, intense toasted malt smells . Excellent tasting beer, nice kick while drinking. I still prefer the 10 to this 8, but these are among the top few beers I've ever had. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers worth of vibrant lively lop-sided light khaki colored crisp fizzy froth... Really good retention gives way to a lush slightly creamy thick veil of lacing... The color is a murky light-to-medium brown... Loads of quickly paced micro bubbled carbonation streaks rise throughout... In addition, a bunch of medium to large side carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... Effervescent... The nose is highlighted by loads upon loads of sweet dark fruits... Cherries... Figs... Plums... Raisins... Some brown sugar... Light Belgian yeast notes... Faint notes of vanilla as well... A very subtle booziness... World class aroma... The palate is a slightly more muddled version of the aroma... The brown sugar is a bit more pronounced and the dark fruits recede a tiny bit... There's also the addition of smoke and tobacco on the finish... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Loads of prickly carbonation to start before turning much more soft and delicate... A bit of a chalky finish... A really really good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but a bit shy of the world class offering that I was expecting...

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite trappist to- date. The 10 brings too much "tart" while the 6 doesn't seem to be enough flavor. At ~ $5 a bottle... hard to not move on to other great beers, but a great treat to offer a friend out of a frosty goblet... and at 9.2%... you don't need to drink to many to feel content.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date 12/10/2016. Poured into a goblet.

Copper, ruby, and brown in color, a bit murky, with a fairly large light tan head. Aroma of plums and figs with malty sweetness. The sweetness carries over into the flavor with a bit of spice coming through in the finish. Lots of carbonation which keeps the body more medium than full. Very smooth.

In comparison, this beer is miles ahead of Rochefort 6 and only a notch below the 10. A classic beer that I somehow had not tried until now. Recommended to anyone who loves Trappist beers.

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Photo of ChazBoner
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/22/09...this beer is almost 6 years old!

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a creamy 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like candied dark fruit, sweet malt, rock candy

Tastes just like it smells . Alcohol is present at the end of the swallow. Mouth feel is medium-full and satisfying. Fantastic!

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Photo of interzen
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Dark brown, slightly hazy pour and the murkiness is more apparent when held up to the light - fairly vigorous head which settles down to a thin, foam ring and some capping. No lacing to speak of. Reminds me a bit of cold tea.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar and more than a hint of alcohol. Granted, it is 9.2% but quite a few beers of this strength (or stronger) have less, or even no, ethanol whiff about them. Faint hints of dark, stewed fruit.

Taste: Definitely far more dark fruits in the taste - it has that 'fermented fruit cake' thing going for it. Strangely, the alcohol isn't quite as obvious in the taste but it's definitely there. A bit of yeastiness too, more than likely due to the sediment that made it into the glass. Not at all bad, although quite 'malty'.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth with a nice, warming alcohol burn to it. Manages to be sweet and malty without being excessively sticky.

Overall: It's good. Not great, merely good - there are other beers in the Rochefort repertoire that are, IMO, far better. Not to say that this isn't worth trying though, it most definitely is.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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