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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,825
Hads: 4,835
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 346
Gots: 802 | FT: 25
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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 do_ob
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours medium brown with a slight red tint. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Settles dark brown/red in the glass. Somewhat cloudy in appearance with a huge amount of carbonation. 3 fingers of sticky, vanilla-colored foam sit on top of this mammoth beer. Complex aroma on this one consisting of clove, oak, leather, dark fruit, pepper, and sour grapes. Medium-heavy weight with a slightly carbonated, yet, inherently creamy mouthfeel. Wow, what a beer. I've had imperial stouts that were lighter in body than this beer. Wonderfully full mouthfeel. Smokey, roasted malts, clove spice, leather, and tons of dark fruit initially on the taste. There's a lurking sourness in the background, but it's more of an over-ripeness of the fruit than a typical 'wild ale' character. This is more evident on the taste vs than on the smell. A mild booziness creeps in middleways, and is more defined on the back end. Loads of leather and dark fruit come through on the back end and into the aftertaste. Quite sweet on the finish, and velvety-smooth.

Overall, this is an excellent, excellent beer. I'd heard of this beer prior to purchasing it, but I had no idea it was so highly-acclaimed. I decided to give it a shot, and wow. I'd say this is in my top 10 favorite beers of all time. One of the best mouthfeels I've encountered - just super creamy and full all the way through. At 9.2%, it's no small fry. But the alcohol is hidden well. Plenty of pleasant flavor to enjoy from start to finish. The only negative is the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Doesn't bother me, but it's a no-go for some folks. If you're one of them, just be sure to pour gently. (1,708 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, hazy, beer with a three finger high, beige head.

Nose: Brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit, Belgian yeast and banana. Not that strong smell.
Taste: Ohh... This is pure love! Caramel malt, brown sugar, bread, dried fruit, nuts, honey, malty and grainy notes, chocolate, plum and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Thick texture. A little bitternes that takes over by the sweetness.

This is so great! This is absolute a favorite! So easy drinking still ABV on 9.2% ! (498 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two pours into a tulip glass yielded two difference appearances. The first pour was dark copper with a big foamy head. The nose was bready and the flavor profile was distinctly malty with a hint of alcohol esters on the finish.

The second pour was opaque muddy brown (probably due to the yeast). Not surprisingly, the second pour also tasted more yeasty.

This offering was certainly not thin but neither was it nearly as hearty as I expected it would be considering the style.

If I got my hands on another one of these, I would definitely age it for a few years and see if I enjoyed it more. (597 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. I had this last night (August 14, 2015).
The appearance was a semi-dark hazy brown color with a slim finger's worth of soft foamy head that dissipated within about twenty seconds. Light lacing slid into the beer.
The smell starts off with some sweet cherries, light cocoa, Belgian sugars, Belgian spices, light sweet apples, and then allows a little bit of roast (coffee) underneath.
The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and then carrying a nice set of Belgian spices to amplify a super nice balance. The roast is way more subtle in the flavor. There's a slight sweet apple aftertaste.
The mouthfeel carries a sharp little tangy sweetness rolling over the Belgian spices and sugars. It sits about medium bodied with a sly carbonation that helps it feel great along my tongue.
Overall, Belgian Strong Dark ale, it sure is and would definitely have again. (919 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely the best thing this brewery makes. Best balance of flavors and a lot of intensity. Not too light, not to strong, and on par with the best Trappists. They got the alcohol content right with this formula, considering it's otherwise made the same way as the other Rocheforts. (286 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark opaque amber, almost brown. One-inch head that dissipates quickly. Head is cream colored with small bubbles.

S - Prunes, malts, hints of citrus.

T - Very sweet and malty with no bitterness.

M - Rich and creamy with some alcohol burn.

O - One of my favorites. The sweet and malty taste is very pleasing. (320 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured deep amber into a 20oz tulip. Decent head that lingers only briefly. The smell is of sweet plums, pears and raisins with no hint of alcohol. The taste is a manageable sweet with huge tones of pair followed by plums and raisins. There is a decent bit of carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. The ending is malty with raisins and only the slightest bit of bitterness stays. Long after the swallow the taste of freshly peeled apple skins carries until the next delicious sip. (495 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a cloudy mahogany, small head but good carbonation and lacing. Deep notes of spiced candy, toffee, plum, raisin. Taste mirrors the aroma, with background notes of alcoholic heat. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Overall a lovely offering, suitable for pairing with strong cheeses, cold cuts, and winter evenings. (317 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkish brown and slightly murky with a 1-inch thick mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots. Complex aroma and taste of baked bread, malts, spices, dark fruits. Overall enjoyed on a cool day. (217 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark murky brown and lightens up just a bit towards the edges of the glass. Thick tan had that quickly dissipates into a thin island a bubbles surrounded by a very thin lacing.
Smell:
Butter, dark fruit a mild spices, fig and raisin are there too.
Taste:
Cloves, plum and spices followed by a hint of pleasant musky flavor. A hint of molasses and mild phenols in the aftertaste make for a great tasting experience.
Mouthfeel:
Light boded with plenty of carbonation
Overall:
This one nice beer overall, great tasting keeping the complexity of all its flavors well balanced, and easy to drink. (603 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours big head, fades very quickly and eventually disappears. Murky dark brown. Plum, raisin, fig, musk, cola aroma. Not to bad expecting little more. (150 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Tea tinted amber, under a 2” lightly tea tinted moussey head that persists.
S: Malty, bread aromas, faint clove, light toast, hint of banana, coriander.
T: Fruit cake with a hint of anise or cardamom, light cinnamon and clove notes, plum with very faint hints of chocolate.
F: Suprising light body with a very creamy, elegant, moussey texture. O: Very fine, world class beer. (383 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't yet had enough Belgian beers to be an expert, but when in (the vicinity of) Rome.....!
Bought a 33 cl bottle at a Holland grocery store for E2.05. BB date 03.03.20
Poured cold in a tulip glass.
Opaque brown with brownish creamy head. Great rich malty nose. Can smell the alcohol right into my throat. ...yikes!?

Taste is surprisingly clean. Not boozy. Dark malt is the heavyweight star of the show. A little hint of sweetness late in the aftertaste...like molasses sugar. But not a cheap, 'adjunct' kind of sweet... plays very nice. And nothing like the heaviness of a stout....light as a feather on that count. Dangerously so.
Lingering oily/resiny feel on the tongue afterwards. Again, nice.
Except for the telltale 'heating up of the face', I would have no idea this had as much alcohol. Masterful brewing is one thing. This is an effin' magic show.

Though I remain a devout hophead, I am in awe of the fine medieval biochemistry knowledge here. If the winds of fate were to have delivered me here. I would have been a happy Belgian. Maybe even a monk.....
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Revisit. edit: Been in Neth/Belgium 7 weeks now, and have tried a couple dozen Trappist and Abbey ales. Determined I'm not a devotee of the much sweeter R-10.
Just reviewed the R-6, and thought it a good idea to chase it with an 8 for comparison....the 8 pours darker , more sediment left behind, darker like coca cola. Stronger malt backbone to this one...I think that's what does it for me.
Great beer. (1,546 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: June 21, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: Father' Day celebration, part three--third good beer! APPEARANCE: dense, dark plum-brown body that sports a white, half-finger head; sediment floats in the head;... AROMA: earthy plum early, with leafy, wet cigar hints as well; cherry, port, and berry--complex and promising... PALATE: dry, lively, yet monkish in its assertion; creamy and smooth; warming and tart, with a lengthy yet controlled finish that welcomes the next sip; surely, as drinkable a 9.1 ABV as could be... TASTE: prune, cherry, cranberry, subdued citrus fruit, dry malts--this beer is "special" indeed; pepper, anise and other spices... OVERALL: a fruity, masterful experience; flavorful, full and filling... (752 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice belgian beer of a light brown color and a beige foam. Possible to see a lot of bubbles before the foam is made.
Smell is the only thing here that is not great. It's yesty and sweet, but has not a strong character.
Taste is full of malty and grainy (specially granola) notes; some yeast and fruits (specially fig) too.
Aftertaste has a subtle sweet chocolate note and is possible to feel just a bit of the alcohol (in the end, basically), that's nice.
Feel is amazing. Body and carbonation are perfect.. 2s after you swallow the beer you have a sensation that your mouth is completely empty (like there's a vacuum). ABV is well hidden. (639 characters)

Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of tnsa2k11
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (150 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.59/5  rDev +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. (535 characters)

Photo of PhantomWolf
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (285 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of MonaLisaOverdrive
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,092 characters)

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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