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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,712 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,712
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 330
Gots: 723 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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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.

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.

Photo of Neorebel
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice farewell beer to PA,(Iam moving in two days)at the Drafting Room in Spring House my favorite restaurant in the area.Pours a medium brown with some burgundy hints thru out with a nice big fluffy head that leaves some real nice lacing,aroma was top notch I would have to say one of the most aromatic brews I have had intensly fruity and juicy with a light spicey yeast aroma in the background.Taste is fruity and smokey with an underlying sweetness, just a whopper of a beer.I really hope to have again sometime what a treat!

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.

Photo of yauri
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As best as industrial beer gets.
What a head! What a crisp, rich, non-alocholic taste.
No questions, it is the #1 trappist, and out of Rechefort arsenal - this is THE cannon.
Cant think of any better beer experiance from stuff you can get off the shelf anywhere in Benelux.

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Deep, murky brown, very opaque, with a little bit of floating sediment. Off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The initial nose is quite a treat - very complex and hard to put an exact finger on. I'm getting quite a bit of dark fruits and brown, burnt sugar, as well as vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Maybe even a little bit of chocolate.

And then you taste it - this beer has so much going on. Sip after sip after sip, I would discover new flavors and little nuances that came out - it was really quite nice. It starts with black cherry, plums, and little bit of rubbing alcohol warmth on the tongue and transforms into a "deeper", more dense flavor with brown sugar, figs, and dates. I also picked up hints of grapes (wine-like), earthy esters, black licorice, chocolate-milky tones, raisins, ripe banana, and toffee.

The end hits with a subtle hint of kitchen spices, including clove. Aftertaste leaves the mouth with some sweet malts and buttery, bready yeast. The carbonation is plentiful and bites the tongue with enough sharpness to notice, but not too much to be distracting. Medium-heavy body with a super creamy mouth feel. Swish this one around your mouth for a minute, it's incredible.

Definitely my favorite of the Rochefort trio. The flavor profile really unlike anything I've tasted up to this point. So many flavors can be identified, however the beer never seems overwhelming or hodge-podge, it's very well balanced and put together nicely. Great brew.

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

Serving date: 2009-04-02. Served in snifter. Best before: 2013-08-20.

A: Dark brown with deep red hues. Big and creamy beige head with very good retention. Plenty of lacings.

S: A very powerful and rich smell. Plenty of fruity aromas (blackcurrants, blackberries, ripe pears). Pleasant aroma of chocolate, caramel and slightly boozy and spicy alcohol.

T: Very, very well balanced and complex. Somewhat sweet fruity flavors (blackcurrants, blackberries) up front. Rich chocolate flavors. Plenty of layered malts - caramel, freshly baked bread, brown sugar, coffee. Some spices. The alcohol becomes noticeable already in the mouth and develops even further towards the finish. There are also some grass and grains in the finish.

M: Full-bodied and very creamy. Plenty of carbonation though, that makes for a rather lively mouthfeel.

D: This is one great beer. It's really well balanced and carries some fantastic aromas and flavors. Highly recommended.

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

A- mahogany with a thin cream colored head thats stays around for the show.

S- Doughy, a little noticable alcohol, cinnamon, all spice.

T- Fruit cake, spiciness similar to the nose, bready, a touch of anise, rich and complex but not overworked.

M- Gentle cleansing effervesence, smooth, slightly syrupy, medium to full bodied.

D- Delicously drinkable. I can see how monks replace meals with this.

Photo of kaimcm
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 bottle into Rochefort goblet- which while being beautiful, I find to wide and shallow for my taste. Though, no doubt the best looking beer glass I own.

A: A hazy, caramel brown. Very little head from the careful pour which subsides to a ring.

S: malt, molasses, candied sugar, dark flesh fruit

T: malt sweetness and oh so smooth. sugar, richer thicker sugars like molasses/caramel. slightly vinous in a port/sherry fortified way. vague prune and fig notes mixed with a little plum. more and more malt followed by a little prickly spice as it warms.

M: smooth yet playful, perfect carb. level. malt creaminess coats the whole mouth.

D: Exceptional-except for the hefty price tag

this beer deserves much less thinkin and much more drinkin...Im off.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in dogfish head pint glass.

A-Murky brownish color, white head dissipated fairly quickly, really doesn't look so appetizing-kind of like dirty pond water
S-Boozy, raisin/date fruits, brown sugar smell, slight sourdough smell, more like maple syrup as warms
T-Yeast, booze flavor, mild date like fruit, some cocoa and tobacco, low hop present, as it warms mild leather flavor, mild sour as well, very complex and not too sweet like other Strong darks.
M-Fizzes fairly quickly in mouth whih makes some of the flavors hard to taste, Swirled a bit and the carbo died down a little but gets in the way of the flavor during the first half of the beer, medium mouthfeel, fairly drying.
O-I really wanted to enjoy this beer but the overcarbonated feel made hard to taste and not so enjoyable an experience, Underlying flavors are complex but hard to taste for a while. I bet this is fantastic with at least 2 years of age on it.

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

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 110214 so the beer is about 20 months old. This was drank along with the 6 and 10

It pours a deep chestnut brown with a beautiful pillowy head that dies into frothy layer. The head retention of these beers are spectacular.

The nose is much more fruity than the toffee of the 6 and has more 'Belgian' character to it. The aroma of this also has a bit of sweet sugariness to it at the end.

Taste wise it was really nice, some candied cherries and malty caramel, maybe a little darker fruit esters. As it warms just a little bit of the alcohol can be tasted. The mouthfeel is spot on, carb level great and it drink wonderfully. The ABV can be detected just a bit, especially as it warms but I really enjoyed this beer, much more so than the 6.

Photo of sgoodship
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first foray into Belgian Ale and not a bad place to start!

A: Good earthy chestnut brown hazy color. Poured a 330ml bottle into a goblet. Frothy head that lasted a little while and dissipated into a wisp of a head with a nice delicate ring.

S: Bready, biscuity malt, spice, banana, dark fruit. As the drink progressed, the alcohol (manifested as rum) became stronger but by no means overpowering.

T: Sweet malt beginning moving into biscuit malt, moving into dark fruit and finishing with pepper spice, phenols, rum alcohol after taste. Nothing is overstated. The alcohol is amazingly concealed inside the well balanced complexity. 9.2 ABV seems impossible but the rosy cheeks are a reminder.

M: Medium/light carbonation. Feels clean and smooth - little buttery. Medium/light bodied. Warms like a hot toddy.

D: Amazingly drinkable. This ABV and profile wouldn't be my choice for a session beer of course but I would certainly revisit this brew and I am looking forward to trying more Belgium Ale.

Photo of JMD71
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Cloudy ruby red/brown with thick head of tight laced bubbles. Head recedes to thin layer which dissipates moments after pouring. Vigourous carbonation throughout the glass.

Ar: Earthy fruits - dates, raisins, prunes. Alcohol notes present. Slight dark wheat - pumpernickel aroma.

Ta: Sharp & rich with earthy fruits. ABV definitely noticeable. Slight candied fruit flavor from yeast strain. Blends nicely with alcohol notes.

Mo: Effervescent. The high carbonation helps offset the high ABV. Medium bodied. Carbonation also lends crips finish.

Dr: This is a slow sipper due to the high ABV. It is welcome though in order to really savor its flavor complexities.

Comments: Another in the list of trappist beers has lived up to its hype. Delicious, albeit strong. This is not one to take lightly. Let it warm up to room temp, let it sit on your palette & express itself.

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

A - Huge head on the pour and it just kept climbing! Had to let it rest for a bit before I got the rest of the not quite 12 oz. bottle in there. Barely translucent dark amber around the edges to a caramel center. Head faded after a few sips to a nice covering and it coats the glass nicely.

S - Spicy with some sweet dates and bananas. More subdued than I was expecting.

T - The dates and ripe banana carry over to the taste. The spice comes on late along with a little alcohol warmth. The malt balances the alcohol well. Detect only the slightest bitterness from the hops. Balanced taste but lacked some pop for me, would have liked a touch more complexity.

M - Creamy and smooth with a good carbonic tingle. Quite nice.

D - Extremely drinkable for a 9.2% ABV beer. In fact, I would say this is the most drinkable beer over 8% I have had, a testament to the balance.

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

A: Gorgeous deep orangy Brown with a big foamy head

S: Nice light smell. Spicy and sweet with no overpowering booziness.

T: The alcohol (9.2%) is hidden behind an almost light malty flavor. Sweet but with enough spice to keep it from overpowering the beer. No high in hoppiness and not too boozy.

M- Smooth as butter with enough burn to remind you that you're drinking a real beer.

D- One of the most drinkable beers over 9% I have ever tasted. Absolutely smooth and without a strong alcohol taste. Beer drinkers at all levels could drink this one with relative ease.

The world class reputation matches the flavor.

Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark, opaque brown pour with a constantly rising sediment, which is also visible speckled across the top of a 1-finger head which laces nicely.

S: A somewhat difficult smell to decipher, but it seemed rather sweet, probably from a blend of spices and maybe some dark fruits.

T: A strong taste (though not as strong as TR10) that reveals hints of figs and raisins (and possibly some caramel?). A very earthy tasting beer.

MF/D: Not an overly-filling mouthfeel but smooth on the way down with little carbonation, which leaves a lingering tingle of persisting flavor at the back of the throat following each sip. A very good Trappist ale, will continue to get occasionally to fill a mix/six.

Photo of skybluewater
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours (into a standard pint glass, darnit) a dark, murky, apple cider color. There's a ton of yeast floating around in the beer. Nice lace all the way down the glass. The head lasts forever, with a bit of yeast on top, like cinnamon on a mocha (or something). This beer actually smells a bit like apple cider, among other things.

Taste is delightful, very malty, with chocolate and various fruit flavors coming through, rum-soaked bananas or some such. Alcohol is apparent, both in taste and tummy, but it's still quite drinkable.

Overall, excellent beer here, one of the best I've had yet. Although it's quite expensive, I'm definitely trying this one again. Although next time, I'm going to use the proper glass...

Photo of blitz134
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second in the series. Poured into the LaChouffe tulip. Voluminous, light tan head, that reduced slowly. More slowly than the 6, head is a shade darker than the 6 as well. Again, this one looks dark when not held to the light, but exhibits a brilliant red hue when light passes through. Super sticky lace coats the glass. I don't know what else to ask for in the appearance.

Nice aroma again with this one, less fig and more fruity esters, cherry and raisins, a bit more red wine like. Overall, a "brighter" aroma. I personally think the 6 had a bit more aroma complexity with its hints of dark malt, but maybe I'm having an off night. Head eventually settles down to a thin layer

Flavor comes across super smooth, to the point where everything just works together and its almost hard to pick any one thing out. Definate fruity esters of raisin and fig, only notes of cherry. Smooth caramel hints with an obvious flair of dark sugars and slight alcohol at the end. Finishing flavor has a tiny amount of dark malt character, subtle chocolate almost.

This one is just really smooth. I think the 6 is a little more defined, but this one just melds together so nicely. A little residual sweetness, but finishes just about perfect. Not dry, not overly sweet, really lets the subtle flavors shine through.

This is just a smooth beer. The 9.2% just doesn't show itself, unlike the 6 which has a bit more alcohol bite, but this one is definately a bit more warming. Another great beer. Hard to decide between this and the 6 at this point, depends on if I want smooth or a bit more discernable flavor/aroma character.

Photo of MutualAid
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stamp indicates it was brewed in February 2010.

Pours a deep mahogany-red with a billowy cream head. Huge sediment deposit meant leaving a good bit of beer in the bottle. Aroma is dominated by biscuit and bread with no discernible hop bouquet. The initial taste is also mostly biscuit; however, the finish is prunes and alcohol, reminiscent of Gluhwein. As the beer warms into the 50s the complexity increases and a Sichuan peppercorn and cinnamon flavor asserts itself. Medium body with a slickish mouthfeel.

While not as complex as its big sibling 10, it is a great beer for relaxing outside on beautiful Spring evening.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark murky tea brown with a small fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruits, spiced cake and cola with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sugary chocolate malts, fruit cake, cola, nuts and dark fruits with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a fairly decadent and complex dessert beer.

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

Thank you LeonTrotsky and IntriqKen for sending me these to try as part of my Beer Powerball winnings!! Woohoo!

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head, that stuck around for nearly the whole glass.

Smells quite sugary, a raw, brown sugar caramel scent, that was quite a bit sweeter than the taste. This was a little more bitter and full of an alcohol bite than expected.

Certainly a very good beer, but there are lots more out there that I want to try.

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

Pours dark brown, with a light tan and creamy head. Tan sediment is present in my glass. Aromas of roasted malts, sweet fruits and Belgian yeast fill your nose. Malt flavor is sweet, bready and nutty. Fruity notes are of plum, golden raisin and fig. The alcohol is well hidden, but still noticeable. Well balanced with a medium body, nice carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Exceptional Trappist ale.

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.

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

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Huge beige head formed atop of a beautiful dark rubyish body. Tons of lace. Aromas of rum raisin, black cherry, and plenty of candi syrup. Very malty and rich, yet light on the tongue. Syrup, molasess, exotic sugars, peppery. Slight alcohol burn. World classic in every sence of the word.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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