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 DrewBeechum
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle at the Stuffed Sandwich.

So it's one last beer before the road, Jack. I've had all of your samples of these Xmas beers. What next?

Why not a Rochefort 8 for the road?

This beer pours into the glass with a low brown foam topping a hazy burnished orange brown beer.

The aroma is a mix of ovaltine from the malt and chocolate tones and as the CO2 evolves, a soft cinnamon appears.

The flavor at first matches the late nose, all cinnamon and ovaltine with a touch of grassy hop character, but as the beer transitions to the finish it grows progressively drier and nuttier allowing the spices to pick up and blend into the next sip.

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Photo of Ardon
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dense rich head with a very cappucino look. Dark brown body. Very heavy carbonation. Fizzy.

Smell: Lovely roasted nutty scent.

Taste: Roasted dark chocolate on the front. Coffee bean and carrot cake with an intense bitterness on the finish. Possibly the longest aftertaste of any beer I've sampled.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Too much fizzy carbonation combined with a strong alcohol presence and intense bitterness just equaled overload on my mouth.

Notes: I understand what other people may see in this brew, but it's just not me. A little too intense overall.

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

Poured a dark cloudy reddish brown with a small dense creamy head and some suspended yeast bits. Aromas of earthy sweet malt, carmelized red fruit and a mild yeast presence.
Nice complex flavor. Sweet malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, a bit of chocolate and a spicy hoppiness. The alcohol is hidden very well but comes out a little on the aftertaste.
Great, smooth creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Rich and belly warming.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour this from a 33cl bottle into my goblet and it pours very dark brown with hints of ruby included. A small creamy white head foams up slightly and dissipates to form just a thin layer along the surface of the brew. The aroma is very complex, yeasty, fruity, and overall general sweetness prevelant. Maybe a little toffee. Just a little alcohol as well. The first taste reveals very light body and fine yet sharp carbonation. THere are hints of cherry and overall tanginess in the flavor and the brew feels like a champagne in my mouth. The tangy, flavor is strong and lingers in my mouth long after I swallow. This is a very complex taste I am experiencing! As the brew warms I detect just a hint of sour on the finish and some stronger bready tastes as well.
This is one tasty brew!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled from bistro des bières belges: Dark and brown body with almost no carbonation. The small head doesn't last long. Complex yet light aroma of malt sweetness from chocolate and blackberries. Well-hidden alcohol in mouth, very malty. Complex in the sense I've got a hard time identifying the flavors.. what fruit was that? was that chocolate hiding in that black corner? was that toffee for a second? A fun game for a few sips which I rapidly replaced by the desire to drink it slowly while balancing and dreaming of a better world.

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

Deep Chestnut colored body is topped by a thick fluffy tan head. Dark fruity aromas accented by roasted malt and a touch of hops. Wow, the taste is powerful, yet subtle. Fruity, yet not sweet. Solid, but finshes dry. Alcoholic warmth in the throat, but not on the nose. Powerful brew, light body. A great example of craftmanship. As it's nearly a religious experience, I'll savor this one into Sunday Morning.

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

A damn nice brew! Change your mind about beer if you taste this one for the first time perhaps. Awesome deep orange/ruby color. Decent head and stick yet neither retain, and lose points because. Deep and perfumed aromatics-vannila sugar and english toffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation. The baby sister to the #10, this beer is relatively crisp and less cheesy,still brings on the blue cheese, yet in a mellower manner. Some melon and soft chocolate notes can also be found. The beer finishes clean and bright-a super beer to stuff a stocking with!

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Photo of Jon
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, muddy brown hue with a sticky, creamy head that leaves great lace and sticks around for the duration of the brew. Aromas of yeast, sweet, candied malt, chocolate and esters revealing dark fruit fill the air. One sip reveals a wonderfully complex brew. Dried apricot, chocolate, dates, and sweet malt enlighten the palate while traces of alcohol and delicately spicy hops linger on the finish creating a somewhat vinous character. Wonderfully smooth, immensely creamy mouthfeel. It doesn't get much better than this. Incredibly drinkable, this is one awesome beer from the masterful monks at Rochefort. Like the Rochefort 10, this is simply a must-try.

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

Appearance: Brown, dark, slightly cloudy. But head is pale, and rocky. Aroma: Candy sugar, dark malt and spices (including coriander). Big sweet aroma. Flavor: MaltyMalty, raisiny carmael malt flavors. Spices evident.Finish: Very dry, because of nicely balanced spices. Drinkability: is quite high for such a strong beer, added immeasurably by dry finish.

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Photo of steelreign
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, LongBeachBum took the words out of my mouth on this particular masterpiece. Simply put, one of the finest beers in the world for all the right reasons. Murky brown pour with smallish off white head. Sweet and dark, fruity notes along with plenty of malt and Belgian yeasty funk, this smells wonderful. Taste is oh so smooth and so very complex, it makes it difficult to analyze. All I know, or care to know, is that this has everything I love in a Belgian dark ale and nothing else. The aromas translate well into the taste. Ridiculous drinkability, and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is beyond. Wow, I am truly blessed ot have been able to sample this in my lifetime. Highly recommended!

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this in 1995, & I drank it a few times since. I most recently managed to sneak a Trappistes Rochefort 8, my first in the States, whilst attending a So.Cal. gathering of fellow BA’s at O’Brien’s in San Diego a few months ago. I so wanted to write a Review for this beer then, but it seemed like taking a Black & White photograph of a Firework Display. So when I saw bottles of this on display at a local store recently – I realized it was time for me to properly review this Godly beer.

It sits there after being poured – and stares at you; “pick a fault” it says. Well I can’t. It just looks perfect. On the desk it’s a lovely dark brown color, but put a light behind it and the radiant ruby red character shines through – go on – do it and see what I mean! The head is a thick ½” brown smooth mass. Wow, this looks fucking good!

Inhale this beauty – exhale slowly –
Inhale this beauty – exhale slowly –
Inhale this bea….

A real treat – THIS is what it’s all about! This IS Belgium.

Starts with a thick chewy taste of chocolate malts. Builds to a malty middle, biscuit and grains melt in the presence of alcohol. Caramel and a partially eaten ‘Twix’ like saliva build towards the end. Oats ride in the ending that is very smooth. The alcohol has a bitter-sweet twang, whilst the beer never reveals its secrets, it does reveal its sheer CLASS. This is quite awesome.

Huge mouthfeel – I’m an atheist, but this is God’s Beer.

Immense Drinkability – get me Crate, a Truck full. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Make no mistake – 2 clicks down from Trappistes Rochefort 10, the “8” is by no means 20% less of a beer. This is a Classic! This is the Prince Harry to Prince William – unlike the 10, it doesn’t have to be on its best behavior all the time, its waiting in the wings for the merest slip.

People ask me why I have gone to Belgium every year since 1994, surely if you have been once, why go again? – Well, the answer lies deep in this Bottle.

One of the Worlds Greatest Beers
...and if this was the last beer that I ever tasted... would hear no complaints from me!

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown hue, good depth, thick beige head. Sunk down like it was a nitro… cool. Excellent retention. The bouquet blasted my sense with big, harsh, dry chocolate… but that only lasted for a spilt second (and it never really returned). Sweet alcohol emerged as did tart dark fruits, candy-sugar… good potency… inviting. Dry, roasty malts, wood, faint pepper, sweet maltiness, distant alcohol construct a very tasty palate but it’s not very boastful. In the finish a note of fruit arrives… the aftertaste is softly woody. The warmer it got the yeastier and breadier it became (but not irately so like Chimay). Complex… this beer is tranquil. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy, smooth but thin. Chill out and sip this lovely treat. Very charming… find it, try it, love it! I’d buy this over the “10”. Blasphemy?

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

Appearance: dark brown, slightly opaque, big fluffy tannish foam compacts to a dense creamy layer, a few specks of lace

Aroma: rich maltiness (slightly caramelly), clovey, a bit roasty, slight banana-like fruitiness, ethanol, figs, dark spices

Flavor: warm blanket of malt threaded with a subtle continental hop flavor, nicely balanced on the point of a not-too-sharp hop bitterness, slightly yeasty, peppery alcohol note, a bit spicy, deeply rich flavor profile with a dryish finish, semi-sweet aftertaste that draws you back for another sip

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body, gentle carbonation, big bloom of belly-warmth

Overall Impression: Man, what a fantastic Trappist! This one blew my socks off when I first tried it. So much so, I tossed the review aside to more completely enjoy it. This one got added to my favorites list immediately.

And to think, I can just go down to my supermarket to buy it for about 1 euro (less than a dollar)! (Sorry, I couldn't resist rubbing it in!)

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy deep brown in color with a nice tan head that left lace. Good amount of yeast sediment in the bottle which was quickly added to the beer.
Aroma came off as mostly alcohol and a vinous, vinegar character. Malt depth was underneath that.

Taste shows a deep, rich malt character. The beer has a slight sour, vinegar character to it. This is usually a big problem for me, but for some reason it doesn't really distract that much from this particular beer. Nicely balanced. Slight fruit. Relatively smooth for a 9.2%ABV dark Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel has a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles in it, but is otherwise good.
Very drinkable for this style of beer with the alcohol content it has.

Overall, a good beer I enjoyed drinking, but not one I'll be in any hurry to pay $6 for a bottle again. Not a great beer to me like it is to a lot of people.

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

It displays quite an attitude...all towering egg-like brown spun sugar dome... evil-looking beer ..."not-beer"
The first sip is more like a first "chew." The smell is one of dank, sweaty, super corn. There is mocha on the attack together with baked berries, cream, beans and roasted bees.
Not-"B" flavors include soda, caramel, industry, fantasy, universe ...
Someone touched Cooper's Sparkling Ale with steamed hops and broiled toast!
What a parcel of humancana!
These are super fresh and obtained at Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of ADR
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review of bottle cellared 19 months (Rochefort is on the list of MN re-formulated distributors, so I hope to replace the bottle). Still, the date (November of 2004) indicates that there's years left in this bottle...

Hazy chestnut color with no light transmission and a minimal 1/8 inch tan head that forms slight rings but minimal lace. Aroma is kick-ass and dank, with apricot and a spicy Fig Newton impression. Wonderful mouthfeel, coating and slightly oozing alcohol -- and marked with a malt monster medley of rum-soaked holiday fruit, molasses, bitter java, distinct carob, and re-inforced by aroma. Fully rounded profile, nicely mellow yet spiced in a thick manner above and beyond tossing stuff in an ordinary Ale. An equal or better (need a face-to-face) when compared with its big brother Trappistes Rochefort 10. Great beer, great drinkablity for style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all it was a good beer, but not up to my expectations. Plums,pears, bananas and spices all appeared, but none stole the show in the aroma department. Malty with a nice bitter finish. Alcohol was well hidden, appearance was good...not much else to say. There are better examples of the breed.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml bottle). This superb Trappist ale pours with an enormous thick head, colour is cloudy dark brown. It has a lovely aroma of oak, leather, dried fruits and a hint of cigar tobacco. Flavour is malty and spicy with a warming mouthfeel, otherwise alcohol is well hidden. Dangerously drinkable! Moderate bitterness, rounded aftertaste. This ale truly belongs in the Premier League of Beers!

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

Appearance – Very dark orange-brown with a gorgeous head. Once it settled, the interior of the glass was covered with lacing and the head itself fell in “pits.” It looked like lava formations at the beginning of time.

Smell – The aroma of malts and (mostly) fruits are hit hard with the 9.2 ABV. This almost smells like hard liquor. The fruity (orange, cherry, apple, pineapple, cranberry) aroma that is awesome.

Taste – This is very interesting. The complex mix of fruits, along with the strong alcohol, gives this aspect of the beer a “mixed drink” kind of flavor. I make a party favorite drink with orange, cranberry, pineapple-apple juice, and rum and this is similar on the front end of The Eight.

The malt kicks in though and you know this is a beer. This brew is also loaded with sugar that comes out (even more so) at the end. This is one helluva beer.

Mouthfeel – There’s not a lot of carbonation here, but this is smooth considering the ABV. It’s more like taffy on your tongue then beer.

Drinkability – Way too drinkable for such a strong concoction. This one went down like silk.

Comments – I liken this beer an organic fresh fruit mix poured into fine Belgian malt. I don’t feel that I’ve done it justice in my review. There are a myriad number of other flavors that I can’t pick up. This is in a class all by itself.

Update: The 2004 vintage is more of the same. Recently, I was able to pick up more complexity in the nose. In particular I found some darker fruits like dates and figs and raised the Smell rating by 0.5.

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

Small brown Euro bottle. This one has been in my fridge over year. Best for date of 020504.

Another deep brown pour, no light penetrating its outer layer. Small tight tan head. Bottle swirl produces a thick, tan, yeasty leftover flavors to settle on the head.

Smells are what you would expect, except perfectly balanced and finished. Nice sweet rum soaked cherries, plums. Hints of earthy figs and sweet molasses. All dance around your nose and tease your tastebuds.
Flavors are super smooth and everywhere. Rum soaked cherries again. Rich juicy plums and figs. Sweetness and spicy goodness melt over your tongue. Nice noticable heat of abv brngs you back and begs another drink. This taste yeilds another rich creamy belgian yeast shot. Carmelized bananas, another spicy shot of alcohol. Subtle hints of toffee, cinnamon and everything else slide by your tastebuds. Unbelievable balance of flavors to this beers. Overall silky sweetness and flavors overwhelm me. Is there even a hint of chocolate in there. I wouldn't be surprised.
Medium bodied, nice fullness to it. Depth of flavors that grabs your attention. This one is to be savored. Selling at $8.99 locally but worth every penny. I would much rather savor this and keep it for a special occasion than your regular old $15 bottle of wine. Unbelievably great tasting. Who would have thought I would find so many great tasting beers in Florida ? You just need to start looking.

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Photo of Rocko
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark brown brew together with a hard frothy lightbrown head. Quite foamy really and leaving a little nice lace. Fruity malt nose w/ apple and yeast. The taste is slightly bitter but fruity w/ raisins and spice. At 9.2% abv you can obviously sense the alcohol a bit and it warms nicely in the stomach. ;)

In some sense I was disappointed with this one, it's certainly a really good brew but this is what a high rating does. I'd recommend everyone this but don't expect anything over the top and you will like this alot!

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

Appearance: 330ml bottle. A murky brown pour with a lively, tan head. The head very slowly fades down and ultimatley is very small.

Smell: Big malty sweetness up front highlighted with brown-sugar, caramel, light chocoalte and a pinch of vanilla.

Taste: Unsweetened chocolate off the top followed by a caramel sweetness. Dark, rich maltiness in the body. The sweetness and rich complexities bend towards a dry and chalky finish. Lots of backbone. Great body. An exceptionaly full and complex beer. World class.

Mouthfeel: Lively and rich. Plenty of active carbonation. Spritzy finish.

Drinkablilty: A world class beer like this one is a year round favorite for me. I could have one anytime, with chocolate or as a night cap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colour going a little bit on the red. Nice head when pourred that does not disapear too quickly. Roasted malts and higher alcohols are first impression. Very hearthy beer with a caramalized aftertaste. As usual with Trapist, a very fine beer.

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Photo of TheDM
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew poured a very large envigorated head of creamy fine light brown bubbles and a yeasty opaque light brown body. Its aroma was of a medium strength roasted malt. It had a very smooth complex palate with flavors of caramel malt and a very smooth but slightly tingly mouthfeel. I liked it better overall that the3 Rochefort 10. It had an excellent lacing.

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