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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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Ratings: 5,323 |  Reviews: 1,928
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL brown bottle, capped, date stamped on label (080904), green cap.

This ale poured (carefully) a clear, deep garnet brown color with a few millimeters of creamy tan foam that settle to a film and left no lace. The smell was very nice: sweet, figs, raisins, caramel, oak, biscuit, vinous grapes, and a mild alcohol odor. The taste was mildly sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit (figs, apples, faint banana), and alcohol. There was also a bit of tartness, and a hint of floral hops in the background. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. This was very drinkable as an after dinner drink. This beer tasted much better just below room temperature, and suffered when initially poured directly from the refridgerator.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 250th review and what an excellent beer to mark the ocassion! This bottle of Rochefort 8 poured a wonderful, dark brown colour into my Belgian beer chalice/goblet. This beer had a wonderfully fluffy head with very good retention. The aromas were of dark malts, alcohol, breads, spices, belgian sugars, yeast and hops. This beer almost smelled like an empty cookie jar or bread basket...liquid bread. This beer tasted wonderful. The heavy alcoholic flavor notes melded perfectly with the very hearty dark malt and liquid bread flavors. The mouthfeel was incredibly syrupy and thick and the drinkability was very good, especially for a beer weighing in at over 9% ABV!
Truly, one of the all-time greats!
Cheers to all BA's...I raise this glass to you!

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Photo of clvand0
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark murky brown with hints of red. This is the best beer I've ever had. It smells great and it tastes great. The aftertaste is even better than the flavor. Very smooth and completely satisfying. Extremely easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of Garin
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured with a thin but creamy and long-lasting head. In the goblet, it was reddish brown, and so dark that it was opaque. It did pour quite clearly, though, as I took some time to let it settle and I poured quite gently and carefully. A lot of sediment was left in the bottle.

Aromas of alcohol, sour cherries, hops, cinnamon, and malt were obvious immediately. Flavours of fruit (cherries and more), pleasant yeast, nutty malt, bitter hops add into an overall winey complexity. The mouth feel is full and rich, but the carbonation perks it up nicely and guards against it being cloying.

This bottle went down verrrrry nicely. I'll be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wasn't quite as good as the "10" but still a very good beer. Pours a pretty dark reddish-brown with a very thick and foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, malt and cloves. Smooth-drinking, with flavors of banana, malt, sherry and chocolate all vying for attention. Great finish, if a little carbonated toward the end for my tastes. All in all another fine effort from Rochefort.

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Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I find myself in a minority in not particularly caring for this beer. Poured a hazy cola brown. Vigorous seltzery head that was equal to the volume of liquid poured into the goblet, and which quickly settled into a thin, motionless blanket across the surface of the beer.

Aroma was of apricots and white wine, with a hint of white rum. The beer moves quickly across the palate without much of an impression. The finish is dry, and, after a second of hesitation, a sharp bitterness emerges at the back of the tongue and lingers.

I often find Belgian ales a little on the sweet side, but here I felt that the beer could benefit from a little sweetness to balance the bitter finish. Overall, I found the beer to be rather harsh and unfriendly.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deeper in color than its younger sibling, Rochefort 8 presents itself as a dark red beer with a finger-thick creamy head. Persistent with a decent lace, though surprisingly not as much as the 6. The aroma, however, is far richer, with a solid base of roasted, coffee-like malt, hints of fig and vanilla, and a slight alcohol nose. The alcohol is also much more noticeable in the flavor – it’s actually almost a bit overpowering in the first sip. The second sip, however, is much kinder. Bready flavors dominate, with a sweet malty flavor showing up first, followed by dark fruit, and finally a lovely bittersweet chocolate finish. A bit spicy throughout as well, perhaps ginger? As the beer warms, the alcohol mellows to a gentle peppery flavor which blends nicely into the overall flavor profile of the beer. Fuller in mouth and dryer in finish than the 6; Rochefort 8 is a really splendid beer.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle, served close to room temperature, entire bottle poured. It's very murky, just slightly opaque brown. The head forms quickly and is enormously fluffy. It's always a treat to admire the appearance of beers like these. An awesome aroma of dark fruits and malty sweetness is easily noticeable. It's very sweet up front, with zingy carbonation, then a very smooth dark fruitiness as well as some caramel come through. The finish is kind of dry with noticeable alcohol. It's a pleasure to drink this, quite a pleasure.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl slim brown bottle. A pricey $6.70 at River City Cellars for the single.

Appearance: Wow. Like apple cider with an attitude. Poured an opaque brown color leaving no chance for light rays to penetrate. Very fizzy creamy-colored head settles to a faint layer atop this murky concoction.

Smell: Lots of different fruity smells are present (raisins, cherries, even bananas). Mixed in is a subtle sweetness that is also noticeable. Slight aroma of the alcohol.

Taste: Very complex. Lots of flavors dancing and mingling as this nectar flows over the palate. Fruity flavors aboud, mixing with sweet chocolate, cotton candy, caramelized apple. The alcohol sneaks in at the end but is really subdued for a 9.2% beer. Overall, a very well-balanced and complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. Semi-puckering finish.

Drinkability: A beer that was really "filling". I thought this would be a little less sour that it was. I didn't find myself constantly reaching for the glass for another sip. I really nursed it. Not that it was bad by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps my taste buds were recovering from the liquid assault.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown with off-white head that lasts for ever.
Aroma: Kind of a fruity sake ginjo aroma with some sort of nutty ice cream in the back.
Mouthfeel: super smooth
Taste: Maple, alcohol and overripe, almost rotting fruit. This is like eating a rye bread and banana sandwhich with brown sugar powder.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep pinkish-brown with a moderate sandy tan crown. Fizzy and fades quickly, but laces well.
Underwhelming, but very likeable nose of melons, prunes, candi sugar, and cotton candy. With a little more pronounciation, this would be an all-timer in the aroma category.
Taste begins with some chocolate hues mixed among wood. Light fruitiness lingers in the background, supplied by red grapes and occasional bursts of melons that provide highlights. Some spices are noted, but alas, too faint for recognition. Subdued candi sweetness. Loads of yeasty breadiness. Very dry at the closure with evident alcohol bitterness (more in flavor than strength).
Thin, fizzy mouth doesn't do anything to blend the flavors, and makes the alcohol stand out more than it should. More heft (and less fizz) would do alot for this brew.
Quite drinkable, but a little off-kilter and actually a bit boring.

Decent, but there are many better examples....especially given the price.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown and cloudy with an off-white head that is not huge, but it gives it a good look. A sweetness dominates the aroma, but there are a lot of dark malts and alcohol is definitely there.

Boy oh boy is this good. There is a little roastiness from dark malts. Spices come in a bit later, and the finish has the alcohol. The alcohol is well-hidden, and it is balanced with a nice dry roasted finish. This is a marvelous brew that i will enjoy many more times. I can't wait to try a few more from these guys.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working my way up the Rochefort ladder. Had the 6 a few days ago; now the 8, and the 10 is on the horizon!
The 8 has a chocolately-brown color, and is quite opaque. A hard pour produced a voluminous, rocky head, but it very quickly dropped down to a fine, thin layer (without much lacing, either). A combo of candi-sugar and malty sweetness with dark-fruit aromas make up the nose. Body is in the medium category, while the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth, yet with a persistent carbonation bite. Candi-sugar sweetness presents itself upfront, along with a melange of dark-fruit flavors. A little dry at the end, and the alcohol lurking about doesn't let you forget it's there! I do wish there was a bit more complexity and richness in the flavor profile, though. Not quite as good as I'd hoped, IMHO, yet I'd not turn it down at all, either! Looking forward to having a 10! Cheers!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, dark purple; big, fuzzy, funky head. Wondrous nose: cherries, berries, bananas, sugar and spice, some citrus. On the tonque, something of a challenge. Pounds and pounds of flavor! Is it supposed to be a Tripel? The strength and the rather firm, full texture are a drawback to drinkability.
Other drawback is that the only place I've been able to buy this was in a wine shop that overprices and undersells it's quality beer. It was in a clearance bin, marked down. Maybe a better cared for bottle would have tasted differently?

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Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber and formed a light tan head that left circular lace. There were small particles present due to the bottle conditioning. A heavy aroma of malt and caramel with a hint of citrus. A flavor of malt and caramel. A slight tang to the finish is present.

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Photo of Gusler
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"WHOA BABY!" is that a "Rochefort". "Darn straight", you can tell it by that "Fantastic" aroma, that of a fine brandy, malts and some plums "WOW"! Pours a nice deep cloudy brown, luxuriant light chocolate head and the lace in layered sheets to coat the glass. Big malt start, the top is middling, the finish is meticulously hopped, masterfully carbonated, droughty alcohol bitter aftertaste. "Alcohol" definitely rears its head at the finish as it warms you pleasantly, what a great beer!!!

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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 8 has a cottony mouthfeel that seems to be common in the lighter belgian strongs, but this one isn't as abrasive as some. Aroma and flavor are scuppernong grape fruitiness and alcohol. A lighter and softer beer than its big brother.

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Photo of marc77
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy deep chestnut hue, topped by an formidably thick, almost animated light tan head supported by prodigious bubbles. After what seems to be an eternity, the head settles and leaves signature lace. Tart cherries and mellow chocolate upfront in aroma, along with raisiny notes and caramel from the dark candi sugar. Buttery malt becomes noticeable as the beer warms and breathes. Mild chocolate and banana are perceptible at first in flavor and are ensued by notes of darkly caramelized fruit and a date - like sweetness. Hop bitterness is only indirectly noticed by its offsetting of malt sweetness. Full in body, w/ a dextrinous, liquid velvet mouthfeel. Finishes w/ waves of dark caramel lingering. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges as an afterthought. Rochefort 8 is fabulous. The residual sweetness is well controlled and the combination of chocolate notes and fruit is superlative. Although very flavorful, Rochefort 8 maintains a elegant mellowness. Outstanding to say the least. Rochefort 10 should be a treat!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a murky burgandy. Big crop of light beige head adorns the surface. And retention is outstanding. Nice looking piece of work. Nice aroma! Subdued fruitiness, oak, dried prunes and spices (nutmeg and cinamon come to mind). Sweet candy and bubblegum as well. This is one of the best tasting belgians I have tried so far. It has a very refined taste. Woody, nutty and slightly fruity. Some subdued spice notes (slight ginger, anise and pepper). This beer is 9.2% a/v?!? Couldn't tell. No alcohol on the buds and very easy drinking and mellow. Can't wait to try the 10.

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Photo of Jason
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown bottle, consume before date on the front label. “Authentic Trappist Product” on the label.

Appearance: Fluffy light tan lace foams up during pouring but the lace struggles to hold together. Murky brown colour with a hazy that blocks out any chance of light.

Smell: Mild rum alcohol in the nose, fruity with ripe banana, pear and fig. Vague phenols with mellowed out alcoholic esters give a hard whiff of alcohol again.

Taste: Silky smooth, creamy alcohol and malt mouth feel that glides through the mouth and down the throat. Grain, phenols and alcohol form to a head at first taste with a spicy character that does not take things over but is more of a showing of what is in store. Maltiness is close to huge going from brown sugar to brownies, dark bread to mild coffee. Alcohol runs the gamete with a sweet and spicy flavour to a fruitiness of ripe tropical fruit … fig and apricots come to mind. Phenolic but not to the point of being medicinal, clove spiciness rounds and balances the sweetness far into the finish.

Notes: Hard line in the aroma and flavour with a mellowed aged flavour from a bottle that has been around for a while, this age has not taken way from the beer at all other than its head retention perhaps. Ripe and fruity, malty and alcoholic. The complexity alone is staggering for the taste buds.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Murky orange-brown color with a huge bubbly off-white head that disappeared early. Sediment in the head and floating in biere. The nose is like brandy; sweet dark cherry, apple, yeast, milk chocolate, complex malt, and alcohol. The moderately sweet taste is as complex as the aroma with the flavors of dark cherry, apple, malt, yeast, milk chocolate, vanilla, clove, molasses, banana, plums and dates. Very complex, well balanced and very delicious. Medium to full body, dry, oily, and creamy texture with lots of carbonation. Strong alcohol very noticeable. The finish is moderately sweet, slightly bitter, moderately dry, fruity, and lightly acidic. As far as drinkability, two, maybe three bieres would be my limit because of the sensory overload from the complexity of flavors and especially from the alcohol content. Wow.

A very delicious and complex biere. Also very warming thanks to the 9.2% ABV.


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Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, chocolatey, spicy, complex. Not as complex as the 10, but a bit easier to handle, i can dig it.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptionally smooth for being at 9.2. This one, like the 10, is all about the malt. It has an expectional dark red/brown color, it has a nice body but is significantly lighter than the 10, along with a higher more prickly carbonation. Promenant sweet plum like flavor. If you thought the 10 was too thick and rich this may be more to your liking being lighter in body and brighter / fruiter in flavor. I'm going to do a side by side against 8 and Chimay Red and 10 and Blue for fun.

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