Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,817
Hads: 4,796
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 340
Gots: 765 | 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 chuchoteur
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle drunk from my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Off-white creamy head unevenly punctuated by large bubbles diminshed in about 2 minutes to a thin white foam on top of the pour. Beautiful dark mahogany color, nearly opaque.

Aroma: Caramel, sugar, raisins, plums, chocolate. One of the most appetizing aromas I've found in a beer.

Taste: Malty sweet, lots of chocolate and raisins. Slight alcohol taste, the serving temperate could be a factor here, as I drank it only barely chilled.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives this beer a little too much bite. Slight alcohol burn, but again, serving temperature could be a factor.

Overall: Pretty good, but I feel the drinkability of this beer was negatively affected by its carbonation level. (752 characters)

Photo of Redteketed
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just after the 6.
BB 5-10, still a little fresh I guess.
Appearance is a little poor, lively, not lasting, but according ABV not unuseal. Most barley wine don't produce must of a head.
Like 6 nice smell, almost equal; candy-sugar, some raisins, spicy, even a bit malty and certainly port.
Taste: initial taste bitter/light sweet containing hop bitterness, medium full body.
Mouthfeel: warm alcoholic, bit dry, normal carbonation. Aftertaste: spicy and hoppy.
Drinkability: very good brew, enjoy one, drink the second later.
My local shop has plenty on the shelf, lucky me! (579 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.
Best before date: 23 03 10

This is my first sample, into the world of Trappist beers. I must admit, that I was a little nervous. I wasn't sure if I would like this style or completely hate it. Well, my review will show that I wasn't disappointed.

Pours a very dark, burnt, amber color,hazy. A nice one finger creamy tan head. Some yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Average amount of lacing, that wants to cling to the glass. Decent aromas, of malt, spices, fruits and alcohol. Nothing is overwhelming, everything seems to blend together very well. Super smooth taste and mouthfeel. Incredible!!! Lots of malt flavor, spice, and hint of smoke. Very easy to drink! Enjoyable to say the least. I didn't realize how smooth this brew is. I could drink this all day!! I'm sure the alcohol would get me, but I don't even know its there. Except for the smell.

I must say, I totally love this beer. Very refreshing, and a joy to drink. I can see why most people rate this style of beer so high. Looking foward to trying the Rochefort 10. (1,100 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear reddish burgundy brew. Pillowy head is not going anywhere, period, and lacing consists of heavy foam bits all over the place. Aroma is spicy yeasts with an undercurrent of malt sweetness. Taste is what the nose indicated, but with more balance between the grain and spiciness, and a lingering flavor of same following swallow. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is excellent, especially for the abv. This one lives up to the hype. (602 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of pbr85
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalis from the bottle.
A: Pours a deep brown color with a frothy, light brown head. Lacing is good. I poured some of the yeast out of the bottle and it sat on top of the head the entire time I drank.
S: Chocolate, alcohol, fruits (I think mango? maybe?)
T: Fruity, pear like flavor. Toasted wheat and alcohol with some mild hop presence in the end.
M: So smooth, perfect carbonation. Sublime.
D: Why is Rochefort so good?? So complex. I would love to drink this all night. I almost recommend the 8 as much as the 10, and that is saying something. Buy it if you see it. (596 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky, muddy brown color with shades of oak. Rather porous, off-white head that leaves an intricately patterned sheet. Sponge-like, dense ringed lacing with good strength.

Milk chocolate and caramel. Tart, ripe, vinous fruit esters: apple, cherry. Underlying musty, candied sugars. Complex whaffs of alcohol.

Great combination and balance between rich, smooth milk chocolate/toffee flavors and hints of acidic, ripe fruit. Musty, distinctively active yeast strain. A powdered, candied sweetness that doesn't mask a slightly thin, watery feel at the finish. Rich, caramel aftertaste with a hint of alcohol.

Medium bodied; rich, creamy. A bit too much carbonation, and slightly watery at times.

This one is a pleasure. Deeper flavors than I would've expected, for a Belgian ale that is powdery and slightly thin. (823 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in Texas. I don't have a Rochefort glass but I guess a Chimay will do.

Pours out a dark brown, a little tan at the edges, with a finger's worth of tan foam atop it. Aroma is superb! Fruity, sweet, with a gentle spiciness that reminds me, oddly, of pesto, with its peppery basil and nutty pinenuts. Gentle malt flavor at the start, with a tangy, candy-like fruitiness and more hops than I expected, drying it and providing a grassy subflavor. Alcohol is lightly tasted near the end. Nice soft texture and good body.

World-class beer! (556 characters)

Photo of Graham21
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent appearence; beautiful lacing that stays in the glass and sticks to the side. very dark caramel in color, pours beautiful.
Brown sugar, vanilla, fruity, malty, and, rich scents. tastes of brown sugar, cinamon, raisins, chocolate, and spices. very sweet rich drink. It would be good to drink with a dessert. the carbonation is alright and the mouthfeel is malty/slightly coarse which isnt bad at all. I like this beer a lot. definitely something that everyone should try. Not a Rochefort Ten, but damn good. (516 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a near clear walnut brown colored ale with a tall tan head that is about Duvel strength.

Smell is quite appetizing. Lots of brown sugar and fig Newton’s aroma in the first sniff. Deeper aromas of vanilla, oak, chocolate, coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, and that is about all I name.

Taste is mildly sweet with a big hit of chocolate at the beginning. Black pepper and spiciness are the next things that hit my tongue. Banana and chocolate seem to mingle in the taste. Not bad but I keep expecting more flavor from this one.

Mouthfeel is quite full and very creamy.

Not bad at all but a bit throttled back in flavor for my tastes. Having said that there aren't that many beers that are better than this. Still this is no Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or.

Review #900 by the way only 100 to #1000. (898 characters)

Photo of jabocu
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a dark brown with deep amber hues. Cap was huge right off and had to let settle a little to finish pouring. Cap is tan that leaves very nice lacings along sides of glass and created caverns as it fell. Smell is very potent with lots of fruity maltiness and brown sugar. Figs and raisins. Alcohol is very evident in nose. Reminds of a port. Alcohol taste is very evident just like the nose. Taste is very sweet with lots of fruit and like a rum ball or spiced cake. Hops has a mildly bitter finish to help mellow the sweetness and tone down the alcohol. Body is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation. It finishes a little on the dry side but leaving lots of flavor lingering. I will have again! (733 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle ($5.99 ouch!), with some sort of dating(?) that I can make no sense of. Pours muddy medium brown, with a long lasting tan head and leaving moderate lacing. Nose is mildly of cola and brandy. This is a full flavored brew, lots more cola flavors as well as figs and brandy. Cant say this is my favorite, I recognize the quality and intensity of this creation, just too much cola sweetness going on here. Worth trying this quality brew, but drinkability is not super high, IMHO (492 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy brown with huge tan head . Settles slowly and remains at 1/8 in. Replenishes as it warms up. Looks great.
Smells earthy, malty.... lot of yeast..hint of alcohol.
Tastes doughy,slightly spicy, yeast and malt...hint of alcohol showing up more as it warms....barely sweet...no bitter.
Mouthfeel is really smooth and pretty carbonated...lighter in density than it looks.
Very drinkable.
This was a treat. (415 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy,reddish/brown. Slight tan head.

Aromas of spices, hazelnut, bready, yeasty,musty grassiness. Sweet malt and dark fruit aromas as well.

Taste is very complex. Smooth, sweet, chocolatey malt taste with nutty, spicey characteristics. Slight hop bitterness brings it all together.

Mothfeel is incredibly smooth, malty and fizzy. Definite alcohol warmth is noticeable. (394 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Appearance: Dark murky amber in color with tons of sediment. Lots of head leaving lacing.

Smell: Some fruity aromas mixed among some malts and bread smells.

Taste: The malts are apparent and sweet and some hops deliver some bitterness to it, although seemingly not a whole lot. The taste is super complex and every sip you can pick out different stuff, so fruits and spices too. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, accompanied with the awesome smell, frothy head, and complex taste.

Drinkability: Very warming, the alcohol is not so apparent but I can feel it after I finished it. Personally one if plenty for me.

Overall it was a great beer. Not my favorite style and I admit I know very little so far of this style but this is one of the better examples I have had. I would give it another tasting. (842 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -7%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter.
Nice foamed head that stayed throughout. Dark golden/amber body, reddish tints and some sediment.
Smell was complex. Some light fruit; lemon, pear, and some flower. Also had some darker smells; nut, malt and caramel.
Taste was about the same as the smell, but the citrus was lost and replaced with vanilla hints. Good feel to it, enough tingles to wake up the buds. (394 characters)

Photo of nouseforotacon
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Japan, best before 11/2009. This one poured out a deep brown with a creamy-looking, light brown head that faded rather quickly into a milky film on top.

Sweet and sticky candied smell, bubblegum, cider-like with fruity esters. Hints of spice and an overall clean, layered aroma, despite a strange, muddy malt smell that lingered in the background. It threw me off a bit, but did not ruin the experience.

Light body that pleasantly warms as it goes down. Strong banana in the taste, cider present as well, red apples, and lightly acidic in the mouthfeel and the taste. Also, it was a bit medicinal/phenolic in the mouthfeel. Nice, crisp taste.

I'm finding that Belgian Strongs typically have pretty interesting, layered aromas. This entry from Rochefort is not bad, but also not perfect. (810 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Orval chalice.

Appearance was very hazy dark brown. Not much light getting through. Thick tan head that left quite a bit of lacing as dissipated.

The smell reminded me of mulled apple cider and banana's. Dried fruits such as figs and ever present alcohol.

The taste was up front notes of cider as well. Sweet without being cloying. Very layered. Mulled cider, baked apples, dried figs and raisons. Spices such as nutmeg. Also a healthy dosage of hops to balance out the hefty amounts of malt and candy sugars. Warming alcohol loomed in the background.

Mouth feel was thick and velvety. Almost chewy with some biting carbonation.

Very drinkable. The alcohol, while present, does not detract from the flavor. It is a bit filling, but still one of the best I've ever had. (798 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 33cl bottle. Appeared as a slightly hazy brown color with a light cocoa head and inticate lacing. Nose is wildly exciting with alcohol up front, a good rum perhaps. Banana, raisin, and tropical fruit notes are also asserting themselves here. Velvety taste, as the alcohol retreats in the beginning. Meduim-bodied malt character, slightly exotic and spicy. Again, spiced rum comes to mind. Some sweet darkchocolate flavors erupt as well ... blended with the fruitiness of the malt/yeast chemistry. Alcohol is assertive throughout, with a medium, to heavy mouthfeel. Sweeter than dryer finish. Little carbonation. In every respect, a great beer. Very, very complex flavor profile. and the smell is epic. One of the best for sure, and one that needs to be in every beer lovers adventures. I prefer drinking this one alone ... that is, without the accompaniment of any food. Fine to drink with other beer lovers! (947 characters)

Photo of tkarsies
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 11.2 oz bottle into wine goblet during the Super Bowl.
Poured dark brown with 1/2 inch beige head that lasted throughout glass. Ruby tones when held to light. Clear with few suspended yeast particles.
Sweet, fruity, malty. Alcohol not present on nose.
Huge sweet malty, yeasty, complex taste that is complimented by spicy alcohol flavors. Alcohol burn was present throughout but did not interfere with the taste. [Note: when second half of bottle was poured, it had warmed more and alcohol was less evident.]
Lively carbonation that only slightly lessened as it sat. Gave feeling of lighter mouthfeel than otherwise would have been.
This is a potent brew with obvious alcohol taste and effects. Very filling. One in a sitting will do for me, but this is a beer that deserves being revisited for another great drinking experience. $6 a bottle is the limiting factor. (904 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer is a murky amber with floating sediment throughout. The head was nearing an inch thick creamy off white color. Trails of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer is a sea of great smells. There is a sweet fruitcakey sort of smell. The beer is very bready smelling. Loads of fruity goodness float throughout the beer. There is a nice bannana and dark plum smells melding throughout. The alcohol is not really detectable in the smell.

Taste: This is just a taste bomb. The taste delivers a combination of both melded and unmelded taste. There is a very sweet bread like malty base. The hops bring a spicyness to the beer. There is the taste of anise, cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. Bits of chocolate make themselves known. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is a bubblely meduim bodied treat. The taste and smells combine to form a fantastic beer. Carbonation is medium to high.

Drinkability: This is one sexy beast. A great combination of melded and unmelded taste and smells. The alcohol is well covered up in the drinking. The only way I knew the alcohol was there was that consistant warming sensation. (1,238 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut colour with a moderate head that lingers a bit before settling away. Nice curtains of lace as you go.

A decent beer as it warms in the glass and gives up more of its character. Fruit and leather and the barnyard give it interesting features, but they're not married to well to the alcohol in the beer which has a sharp disruptive edge. Takes away from some of the relaxation lurking in the glass.

Some thiness on drinking, and flavours that are too quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol. Good, but needs polish. (526 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a rochefort goblet.

murky deep brown with an inch of bubbly tan head. retains well and falls into lumpy peaks. some sediment along the bottom; managed to leave most of it in the bottle.

astringent alcohol aroma. some fruity malt sweetness with a touch of bread and butter.

flavor is surprisingly weak. as a huge fan of the 10, this is a bit of a shock; flavor is astringent, bitter, and oddly empty. bit of a sweet aftertaste; a bready brown sugar flavor. sharp carbonation gives it a soda-like mouthfeel. i'm hitting the bottom of the glass and finding little else to note. oddly enough, i prefer the 6 and the 10 to this one. (664 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.