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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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3,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 3690
Reviews: 1726
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of baos


4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into large snifter glass.

A: Deep amber with three fingers of fluffy, tanned head that recedes to a half inch with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice candi and booze aroma: Banana and fig with alcohol and some spices.

T: Wheat malts with dark dried fruits.

M: Medium full feel with a nice creamy finish.

O: Very nice. The Belgian know how to make good use of religious orders!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 04:32:34 | More by baos
Photo of allenson21

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I waited quite a while to try Rochefort 8. It was worth the wait. The beer pours a MURKY brown--- some light comes through. The head is frothy white and recedes semi-quickly. smells of caramel malts. Taste matches the smell wonderfully. Well carbonated with disernable alcohol.

Overall- I can't really say anything that hasn't been said. I did want to rate this between a 4.25 and 4.5. Excellent beer that everyone should taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:43:02 | More by allenson21
Photo of _--TAD--_


4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you love Belgian Ales you will love this without a doubt.
It has great taste which I hate to say taste almost like communion wine (Catholics and orthodox's will understand) but has that Belgian ale essence. It is fairly thick when sipped but goes down smooth. It has a bit of a sweet taste to it and not a very over powering after taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:53:41 | More by _--TAD--_
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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy dark brown color, not much light getting through it. It forms about an inch of off white foam head which lingers for a bit.

The smell starts off a bit sweet, malt, brown sugar, and dried fruit are the main things I notice.

Lot going on here, Fruity and sweet, but there is just enough hop bite there to keep anything from getting overdone. There's fruit and pepper spice there, the alcohol makes itself known in the warming at the back of my throat.

Silky smooth and just the right thickness, has a decent amount of carbonation that makes itself known on the way down.

Wow, this is good is what goes through my mind. This is one great beer, a lot of flavor, with nothing dominating, balanced well. No doubt that this is a big and serious beer, and does everything well. I could drink this all day, although the abv makes that impossible. Well worth trying, a must have.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:51:30 | More by Vixie
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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before June 3, 2018. Guess it had some time left on it.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 11.2 oz. bottle

a: Translucent dark amber with an enormous tan head which receded slowly to thin surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Intense dark malt at first, then mild dark fruit .

t: Caramel malt and dark fruit accompanied by dense carbonation and notable bitterness. Really loving the taste and the dry roasty finish, although the flavors seem to fade somewhat with more drinking. High alcohol content very well covered until it hits the back of the throat.

m: Medium.

o: A fine brew and a worthy companion to 10. Not sure I'd buy it again, though, at $6 a pop. Too many $1 to $2 brews I like almost as much. But of course hardly any of them are 9%+ ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 05:26:41 | More by scotorum
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head and a decent amount of carbonation.

S: Lots going on here. Dark fruits, like raisin, grape, fig as well as cherry. There is a hint of spice as well.

T: More raisin and dates, lots of malt sweetness including brown sugar with the heat of alcohol at the end.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation but still pretty smooth.

O: This is a pretty big, complex beer that is still smoother than I expected in a beer with 9.2% ABV. I can't wait to try it's big brother #10.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:10:15 | More by BJ_Lindsey
Photo of mmmbirra


4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown. plain white head.
brown sugar and caramel and sugar and some herbal spicy hops afterwards.

The taste follows the nose. they're both sublime. The slight hop flavor and bitterness matches perfectly the malty sweetness.

Fantastic beer.

I've had it a few times before, but never realized just how good it was.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:28:29 | More by mmmbirra
Photo of a0lbudman


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass
A- dark brown in color with a light tan foam that appears darker as is touches the beer, has a 4 figure had and not all of the bottle went into a pint glass

S- like a grape or berry wine smell, with a sweetness to it

M & T- has a thick feeling in the mouth with foam that seems to have a great flavor that
gives a warming feeling in the aftertaste that also has a slight roast coffee like tatse that is very interesting

O- If everyone drank one of these as there first beers we would all be drunks. I cannot see any beer beating this one, but I thought that about the Trappist Rochefort 10 I had last night

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:51:30 | More by a0lbudman
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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL. Pours a hazy dark brown with some yeast sediment and a giant, thick, off-white head that dwindles down. Aroma is Belgian estery yeast, mild alcohol, clove/nutmeg. Taste has a lot of brown sugar, dark cherry, spice medley, and warming alcohol. Dense mouthfeel with warming, brown alcohol finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:43:35 | More by tarheels86
Photo of Slamms


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liquid perfection.
Redolent of Guinness, but more casual, yet much stronger, and thought provoking. Look no further. Belgium reigns supreme. 8 is superior to the 10, imo.

Coffee, some sort of fruit, and drinkability that totally belies its 9.2 % abv. Mellow, only very slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:57:22 | More by Slamms
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New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 9/27/2017.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with nearly 4 fingers of a creamy off white head. Lots of visible carbonation throughout the glass. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, candi sugar, big yeast character, and chocolate.

Taste: Mostly the same as the nose. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, candi sugar, red apple and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation on the high end of medium. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: Very good beer. Lots of yeast and malt character and very easy to drink. There's a reason this one's a classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:00:54 | More by Jonada
Photo of Fargrow


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very cloudy brown with a thick light tan head that sticks around forever - even when it's halfway gone.

S: Ripe dark fruits like raisins and dates. Also get some butterscotch and a little metallic smell.

T: Sweet ripe fruit, reminiscent of a red wine. Also a hint of mango. The flavor changes dramatically from sip to aftertaste. It's also changing as it warms up.

M: Thick and fluffy. Awesome.

O: This is a very good beer. The flavor really sticks with you so it's one you can enjoy it for a long time. I haven't had many Belgian Strong Ales that I could compare it to, but I'm glad I could enjoy one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:32:17 | More by Fargrow
Photo of delta490


4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep and dark brown with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, except around the circumference of the goblet.

S- Rich and fruity, malty and earthy.

T- dark ripe fruit. Hints of clove

M- velvety smooth, almost creamy.

O- a delicious full-flavored Belgian Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:52:32 | More by delta490
Photo of Kuaff


4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Rochefort 8 in my snifter at cellar temperature, as is proper.

A really, reeeaaaally hazy shade of reddish brown, with a massive three to four-finger off-white head. Looks nice.

Smells LIKE ripe fruit, not just similar. Maybe bananas, apples, and pears? A bit of a boozy brandy aroma, too. It also literally smells like earth. Rich, loamy, organic earth. Ancient earth. Kinda musty, in a good way.

The taste fulfills the scent's tantalizing temptation terrifically. It adds to this sweet Belgian yeastiness and a pronounced, slightly bitter hoppiness that leaps out more than in most Belgian ales I've tried. A wholesome, earthy hoppiness which grants balance to this fine ale.

It feels Belgian, what with its lively carbonation and deceitful drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:10:04 | More by Kuaff
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A careful pour gets me a finger and 1/2 of beige colored head. Body is the signature murky brown of a good Belgian. The beer has good head retention and "laces up" well.

Belgian yeast is heavily apparent on the nose. Sugar, dark fruit and a kiss of alcohol finish it off.

To the nose, only with a slight spice on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a little residue on the very back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:12:43 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of KellyScottMad


5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me this is the benchmark for all beers. Nothing else compares to this beer. Tastes of banana bread, and molasses. This beer to me is like candy in a bottle. Just the right amount of taste, and flavor that just rolls on my tongue. This definitely is in a class all by itself. A man among boys!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:47:32 | More by KellyScottMad
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from LCBO for $2.55 CDN poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color, Massive 3 fingers of creamy off - white head that leaves beautiful lacing as the head retreats.

Smell- Chocolates and other roasted malts dominate, caramel and toffee are also present. Hints of dark fruit and a floral aspect are slightly noticeable as well. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste- Taste is actually quite similar to the smell, rich, complex and also boozy on the back end. The chocolate aspect of the beer is more prevalent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, rich and the ABV is hidden really well. Dry-ish finish.

Overall- An absolutely delicious beer, definitely more of a sipper than anything else. And while many beers do have recommended serving temperatures, in most cases I have found that the difference between a cold beer and a slightly warmer beer is small. However, in the case of Rochefort 8, the difference is large, and I would recommend that consumption take place after letting the beer warm for some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:47:45 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Libationguy


4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with tawny hues. Off-white 2-finger head with medium retention.

Brown bread, light brown sugar and citrus zest.

On the palate graham cracker, light soy, brown bread, rich malt.

Medium+ bodied with aggressive carbonation in the mouthfeel. Rich texture that is a little sweet on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 05:56:16 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Dope


4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can see, approximately 3 years old.

A: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in there. Big fizzy and frothy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty fast. Minimal splotches of fluffy lacing and decent retention.

S: Sweet and heavy candied dark fruits. Lots of raisin, grape, cherry in particular. Even a little bit of non-distinct berry.

T: Loaded with sweet dark fruits. Nice brown sugar mixing with the raisins, grapes and cherries as mentioned. Kind of a yeasty bread malt backing it all up. Hints of cloves and spice in the finish but not a huge amount. Altogether reminds me of a sweet spiced bread. Just enough to let you know this is a real belgian brew.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: Great BSDA. Very malty and sweet. Well integrated flavors, perhaps a byproduct of the age. Super fruity, definitely a standout in this category. Well balanced and drinkable. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:09:22 | More by Dope
Photo of fizzgig


4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark and opaque, a robust head initially that required a patient pour but did not stick around.

S: Hearty fig, date and plumb. Aroma lingered until the end.

T: Prume juice most apparent. High alcohol mostly masked but carried well.

M: Mega malty, very rich. Modest carbonation would find its way out if you give it a couple seconds.

O: Being very biased towards malty brews I was reallt into this. I had no idea what to expect and it is the most unique beer to date. The prune juice thing was a big surprise but it works. Would have liked for the head to stick around a while but it just went flat. I wish I had more than 33cl but at 9.2% it's probably best I didn't. Plan on sipping this with a rich meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:41:12 | More by fizzgig
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. Bottle
Herman's Package Store

Rochefort 8 poured the darkest murkiest brown into my goblet. When held to the light there are small mahogany highlights where you can see frantic carbonation and some tiny floating yeasties. A 1 finger slightly off white head formed on the pour that stayed put and left moderate lacing. This is one of those murky belgians that looks like it will be loaded with flavor.

This beer is packed full of strong dark aromas. Too many for me to list accurately. Brown sugar and rum soaked raisins are what come to mind first. Big doughiness along with dark fruits such as figs and blackberries. More fruits are in there too but they're difficult to put a finger on. Mild yeasty powderiness. Smells delicious.

Flavor is rich and complex. Brown sugar and raisins are present in the flavor as well. Strong doughy background that allows all the other flavors to really pop. I find myelf repeating the aromas but they're in the flavors. Figs and very mild blackberries are a couple of the darker fruits along with ripe plums. Powdery yeast on the finish. Alcohol warmth and fumes in the throat but no signs in the flavor. Fruity sweetness lingers.

A very fine, strong carbonation turns the body frothy when it enters the mouth. My only complaint, and it's a very minor one, is it turns frothy to quick. I'd like it a bit farther back on the palate.

Wonderful flavor and smell make this beer a pleasure to sip away.

A great beer from Rochefort. One to be pondered after each sip with all the complexity. Truly enjoyable.

Reviewed: 3/19/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:02:17 | More by joe1510
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Overflow of carbonation, thick rocky head, bronze in color -4.00, S: Some spicy aromas, mild esters, hint of butterscotch and pear, wonderful fruit aromas with some mild figs and green apple – 5.00, T: Raisins and dry malts, noticeable alcohol burn, dry and chalky, palate is good but doesn’t match the complexity of the nose – still wonderful – 4.00, M: Quite prickly with a very dry end – 3.75, D: Nice sipping beer, the nose really carries the beer – 3.50

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:23:32 | More by deereless
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Saw this at the local LCBO at $2.55 a pop...never saw this stuff so cheap so I picked up a pair. After letting it warm a bit I poured it reverently into my La Trappe goblet, raising a rich rocky tan head that sat atop cloudy brownish liquid tinged with amber ( I like to swirl and pour the yeast all in one motion) The aroma is of raisins, brown sugar and spicy yeast...a wonderful perfume. First sip coats the mouth with flavors of bread, raisins, and a great balance of malty sweetness with a firm but not assertive hoppiness...this is a very complex ale as are all the Trappist beers, a joy to sip and 'deconstruct' flavor-wise. The alcohol is noticeable as it warms but that's not deterring my enjoyment of this at all...very warming and satisfying, finishes on a bittersweet note, this one is hard NOT to just drink is a hurry but is so worth the patience as every sip is enjoyed to the fullest. Classic, delicious and world class.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:43:50 | More by beerluvr
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3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: Dark chestnut brown; poured with a huge whipped cream head.

s: Surprisingly mild nose, not much to pick out. Lightly charred molasses and brown sugar along with some flowery raisins. Too much naked booze.

t: Much better than the smell. The sweetness of the brown sugar was blunted by the spicy, prickly bitter finish. The lingering spice was a bit sharp. Hints of rum andchocolate as well.

m: Not quite as robust as I expected with subdued carbonation.

o: Couple of ticks below the best examples of the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 15:42:46 | More by DIM
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West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

WOW - imagine my surprise when I started BA'n' this beer and to see that the BeerAdvocate brothers have given this a 100 score - world class. And everyone else a 96!

Holy Hell Batman!!

and I found this in Barboursville WV - yes it was for like $6 bucks for the 11.2 oz bottle of 9.2% alchohol by volume goodness!

Nonetheless Here's the score:

The Dark Night Rises - it's dark brown with a hint of red pairing well with the label. Something awe inspiring and yet forboding invites you in. A one finger head, with the carb bubbles stringing the sides of my glass rising through the dark caramel hue.

Smell of buttered biscuits invite me to take that first sip... that first step.. that one small step ... That step near the edge...

Carbonation tingles my lips, as it flows in lighting up the insides of my mouth.. f___ I think my teeth are tingling! But that's all mouthfeel and it's awesome! Taste is what your after... I can taste the alcohol...and I want to sing.... "Alcohol is my business.... and Business Is Good!!!" More dark malts than hops, slight fruitiness I can see where some have described it as "sherry'esque" I would probably say more "port'esque" due to the fruitiness combined with the alcohol and earthiness. It's damned good!

Overall - this beer will kill me. It's damned good. This is one I can drink and drink more than one... "more than one in a good way". It's powerful.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:56:52 | More by BottleOfPills
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 3,690 ratings.