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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a massive light brown head that looks light a big round rising loaf of bread. Holds shape nicely. Aroma is sweet and brown sugary. Nice dark dried fruit flavors. This tastes like raisins! This is slightly warming with some light hints of spices. Smooth and medium bodied. Yes this is great, id rather go for the added kick of the 10 though.

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful color of forest fire in Fall. Pleasing aroma of berries, fruitcake, brandy soaked malts (But not fully, just partially) along with a touch of banana. Chewy malt profile with notes of sweetened dark fruits (plums, grapes), along with a hint of chocolate and toffee. A lovely beer overall. This was my staple, my session beer while I was in Belgium and at 2 Euros a bottle can you blame me?

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is always tough to review a Trappist ale. They are primitve in the sense that they are all brewed from the same simple ingredients yet they are brewed to such a standard that they embody the all the traits of beer brewed in past centuries without recourse to fancy adjuncts or processes. They have a yeasty, fruity taste to me coupled with a malty sweetness that includes dried fruits and some honey and candy, This brew is no exception. A true sipper I enjoyed this brew over the course of an hour amd each sip remained a treat.

Color was deep mahogany/opaque with a long lasting tightly knit tan head.

Aroma was fruit and yeast notes with some caramel and honey.

Taste was complex. Fruity and sweet as well as tart and vinous. Little hint of the alcohol.

Felt surprisingly light on the palate for the gravity.

Very drinkable. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color; fluffy tannish head. Great lacing in the glass.

Smell is mainly deep, deep malt, with the presence of dark fruit (Fig, plum, some cherry), and molasses sweetness.

Very malty flavor. There is also quite a biting alcohol and peppery finish. Noted presence of molasses, cherry, fig, and a bit of black currant are all there as well. On the whole, however, lacking a bit in complexity due to the fact that the strong malt pull overwhelms everything else that is going on here.

Mouthfeel is marked by medium carbonation, full flavor, and stinging bite.

Overall, this beer leaves me a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it is flavorful. But on the whole there is just something missing. Mainly it is the lack of complexity commonly found among fine Trappist brews. Still, a nice beer, just not 'world class' in my opinion.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, tan head quickly dissipating. good lacing. a little bit of sediment, not sure if this is normal.

brown sugar, figs, booze, dark fruits standart smells of a strong dark belgian ale.

taste is more of the same. a little more sweetness though

creamy mouthfeel with moderate-high carbonation.

not to heavy good drinkability.

kind of an average example of the style, but i like the style so its all gravy.

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Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -7%
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 JaredWolgemuth
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not generally a fan of Trappestes, the initial aroma of this beer is outstanding! Pours with a frothy foam that sustains for a good while. Good feel and solid taste- I could enjoy this at any time. Enjoyable enough to make me rethink my feeling towards the maker.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a slightly cloudy dark Cola with a huge rocky head and tiny bubbles going really fast. Perdy.

S: Purple grape candy, brown fruit, and some spicyness. Really smells like this pear cake/ gingerbread thing that my wife's grandma makes. Hot out of the oven on a cold day type thing.

T: I am disappointed, but I think its more of an issue with this just not being my style than it not being a great beer. There is cognac heat and sweetness (although I wouldn't say that it is sweet. The toung wetting is there but it's not sugary or even juicy-make sense?), pepper the way raw broccoli is peppery, and the spice comes in like sarsaparilla and chewing tobbacco. All the hallmarks of a belgian dark are there too: dark fruit, rich malt, pinch of toast, warming buzzz, hops that are there but really hard to find.

M: Med to full body with plenty of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

O: Again, not my steez. Lots to think about, all well balanced and presented, but not enough of anything I really want to get. I found it to be very "dark" tasting (and I don't mean dark in the beer sense. Dark like listening to The Damed) and the spice profile didn't do it for me.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown color with a smaller head than I expect. It diminishes fairly quickly. Smell is sour cherries with some floral notes. There is also a good amount of maltiness in the aroma and on the palate too. Taste is somewhat vinous at first but finishes with a good heat. There is a nice standard Belgian effervescence as would be expected. It is a nice beer but I think this sample is not as fresh (or good) as the last one I tried.

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Photo of agent2550
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with brown-gold-yellow highlights.

Small creamy head. Slight smell: acidic, earthy, and a tiny bit of coffee.

Slightly sour/acidic taste, creamy "earthy" mouthfeel and alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: quite delicious!

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Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated best by 6/2010. Poured into a tulip with a quickly rising, mountian, jello-like head, which lasts half way through the glass. Lacing is laid down in sheets. First sniff reveals pears, granny smith apples, a hint of caramel, and the faintest hint of hops.

The flavor is very similar, exhibiting light fruits, and a slightly astringent malt character. Much drier than I anticipated. Nicely balanced all around, and almost tastes like it's already been aged for a few years... makes me wonder what a couple years would do for it. I'll have to go back and but some more. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with aggressive carbonation, and begs for another sip.
Drinkablility I'd say is high, it hides the alcohol fairly well, and is quite well balanced.

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Photo of Phenom
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown color with lots of floaters and particles. Decent tan head that stays around for a while.

S: Actually not that appealing. Smells a little like warm macro beer and even a little note of frat house basement the morning after a party. Some alcohol and fruitiness

T: The taste on the other hand is very nice. Alcohol and malts are really smoothly integrated. There is actually a little spiciness up front before the sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors from the malt kick in. Alcohol is present throughout but never overwhelming. There are also some dark ripe fruit flavors.

M&D: Very smooth and pleasing on the palate. A little warming. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of chickenm
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Hazy dark brown color with lots of sediment. Tan colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and sweet malt, with a little bit of licorice. The flavor is very malty and sweet with molasses, dark fruits, yeast, and some alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is not my favorite Trappist, but this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

date on bottle 29-06-10???

Pours a hazy red/brown with almost 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays murky, good head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & raisin up front, then a little alcohol as it warms

T: Rich fruittyness & a lottle chocolate up front. Oakyness & dryness comes through as it warms. Alcohol warmness, but no burn. Hints of raisins & toast with a dry, fruitty (dates) finish

MF: A bit sharp with a little too much carbonation

Drinks fine, just a little too young ( I think)

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 11.2oz. brown bottle, a dark hazelnut brown with two fingers of lofty eggshell colored foam. The head dissipates slowly and the lace slips down into the liquid.

Sweet fruity nose consisting of dark ripened plum, raisen, pear and honeysuckle. Light, earthy phenols rise from the brew as it warms, adding more depth to it's aroma.

Tasting much like the smell, this is a very sweet and strong tasty ale that just seems to lack the refinement of the Rochefort 10....not quite as complex if you will. None the less, this is yet another delightful ale that the Trappists so skillfully brew.

Just a little to much fizz in the feel of this medium bodied, otherwise smooth beer.

Highly drinkable for a more potent type brew, enjoy it slowly for what it's really worth.

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Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last rochefort to complete the trifecta. Poured into a boulevard Smokestack goblet. Very fizzy dark tan head that has good retention. That's pretty surprising because a lot of time something that fizzy burns out quick. color is a rich dark brown with the most minimal clarity around the edges. Very active carbonation.

Smell is predominantly malty. Roasted and slightly bitter. Dark meaty fruits and herbal spices. Taste is very sharp at first but then gradually mellows out. Medicinal and herbal spices and the alcohol is made known.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly fizzy, almost over carbonated. I wonder if aging will relax that. As a final thought, this is very good, but I think I like the 6 and 10 better.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark ruby brown with a dense, thick, off-white head that stayed around forever and left some spots of lace as it reduced into a thick, dense film. A few small particles of yeast came out with the end of the pour.
S: Creamy scents of dark fruits, vanilla, doughy yeast and a touch of alcohol.
T: Subtle and complex, yet rich flavors. Notes of dark malt, vanilla, black cherries, whipped cream, nutmeg, alcohol, black figs, nuts, grains and spices.
M: Ample yet soft carbonation that froths up in the mouth. Slight alcohol warmth and slickness is comfortable over a medium-full body.
D: Very rich and delicious. Fruity and complex but not overly sweet or syrupy. 10 is better, but this is world class. Great to sip in the evening.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, BB date 11/02/14, into a Duvel tulip; stage two of a 6-8-10 tasting.

A: Deep, dark, opaque reddish-brown body topped by a voluminous off-white head that shows decent retention and leaves lots of frothy lace. Some yeast sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass.

S: Hugely yeasty: nothing but assertive spice (cinnamon!) and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Slightly disappointing in its lack of complexity, but that cinnamon is striking to say the least.

T: Mmmm. Some bittersweet fruit up front (raisins?), followed with some spice from the yeast and a huge blast of warming alcohol on the finish - this isn't a bad thing here, however. Well-integrated complexity, but nothing that really blows me away.

M: Medium to full bodied with abundant soft carbonation; very smooth indeed.

D: While I rather enjoy the alcohol warmth, it doesn't really lend itself to quaffability. This beer isn't particularly harsh for its strength, but it doesn't do anything at all to hide its bite.

Notes: This is an impressively complex beer, but none of its dominant flavors particularly appeal to me - certainly not as much as some other beers I've had in this style. It was certainly a step up from the 6 in terms of flavor intensity and complexity, but I think I preferred the smooth balance of the 6. Bring on the 10!


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Photo of moosiz
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a bottle into a tulip glass with a duvel style pour. It produced a 3/4 to 1 inch off white/beige head with nice retention atop a tawny brown body. good lacing.

smells malty/sweet upfront with slightly sour/aged background.

tastes like dry sweet sugar crossed with tart dark fruit. but not too sweet.

nice mouthfeel. im not a belgian expert but it starts out a bit thin and finishes with a creamy carbonation combo. it works well.

this is very drinkable. and with the high alcohol content, which really hides itself well, it could really get on top of you.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ppoured a crimson almost brown ale with a thick rocky, tan head that stayed around for a long time a left ample lace on my Chimay Chalice. The aroma is sweet and full of dark fruits with a touch of spice, reminds me of a malty sweet holiday fruitcake. The flavor is very malt oriented and it has a strong malty sweetness in the beginning that is balanced by a light, yet noticeable, clean spicy hop bitterness and a toasty malt flavor. It segues into a fruitier drier malt flavor towards the end and it finishes with a balanced sweet/toasty malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness to lend it a clean quality. It has a noticable alcohol level and it warms the belly nicely. This ale would be very drinkable if it was milder yet that would make it boring so I think for what it is it's drinkabilty is as high as you can get with this high of alcohol level and flavor.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fine brew pours into my chalice a murky brown color with frothy head and chunky yeast sediment. The smell is like malt with yeasty fruit. The taste is slightly sweet up front followed by a bitter-tart taste of apples and grape skin with a metallic zing. All of this is delivered with a smooth but fairly thin mouthfeel with vibrant carbonation and warm alcohol. Overall a nice satisfying ale, but lacking some depth of flavor that I was hoping for.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky deep brown color with a low, off-white head that sinks quickly. No lace is left around the glass as I drink. Aroma is cinnamon and pear, some cocoa as well. Flavor is rich, with a mix of sweet fruit and cocoa, a tiny bit of hops, and a definite alcohol tingle in the finish. No strong or dominant flavors. Fig and raisin emerge as it warms. Good selection, but the ABV seems to take away from the flavor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone and there were some small chunks floating in the beer.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts,caramel, and some yeast. There is also quite a bit of dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some plums. It ends with a fruity and malty aftertaste.

Overall – An enjoyable beer that is very drinkable but I think I was expecting a little more complexity. I enjoyed the Rochefort 10 much more. Still worth seeking out.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Very cloudy brown color, with a finger or so of off-white head. Decent retention; falls to thick off-white collar. Excellent lacing.

S - Tons of caramel and bread with a definite butterscotch element. Vanilla and wood mingle with the noticable alcohol.

T - Sweet vanilla and caramel hit first, with a dark banana bread backbone. Taste begins drying out quickly mid palate with noticable alcohol. A bit of hop earthiness pulls through near the finish, with a fairly intense bitterness.

M - Somewhat highly carbonated, and a medium/light mouthfeel. More body and less carbonation would make this better for me.

D - I wouldn't ever have more than one at a time. It's not all that intense; it's decent enough, but something about this brew is unbalanced. I much prefer Rochefort 10.

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is very rich. Carmelized sugar, dark fruits and rich malt. Very deep. If an aroma can be thick, this is it.

Pours a deep, cloudy amber color. Head is about a half an inch thick....quickly dissapates.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. The body is primarily made up of dark fruit...raisins....brown sugar. Fairly sweet from front to back, there isn't much deviation on the flavor profile throughout. The alcohol is noticeable from the first sip, even when cold. It isn't to the point of being detracting, but it is certainly there. Very little hop bitterness here at all. Finish is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not quite as thick as I had expected.

Reminds me of a dopplebock with some sweetness reduced, higher carbonation, a thinner consistancy, and with a boozier finish.

I thought it was a pretty good beer, although for the price I can't see myself returning to it for the simple fact that I believe I can get beers that are similar to this for a lot less money. That said, I did enjoy it for what it is.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.