Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,818
Hads: 4,797
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
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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 Sammy
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the greats. Complex spice mix. Great at end of meal, after meat and such. Replaces a great wine. Rich richness fruit.

Batch Again almost two years later, yeasty smell, incredible mouthfeel. Chocolate malt.
About 8 years later, a wonderfully complex and easy drinking beer. (280 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.15/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. There is a hint of funky smell coming off this one, just like the 10 I just reviewed. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, spices, and slight Belgian yeast. Again, slight funk comes through in the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely flat and thick. This does not work well for this beer at all in my opinion. Overall, this seems to be another bad beer. I just gave the 10 a horrible review and this one is pretty bad too. I bought both bottles from the same store. Both were stored in a cooler at a high end bottle shop so I am not sure what happened on these. I will have to get another bottle of this one too so I can confirm infection issues. (802 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown with single finger head.

S: more caramel malt and grain than the 6 which for me had more dark fruit. Dark fruit still present, just less so. fig and apricot notes.

T: Apricot and fig with carmelized candy finish. sweet malts intermixed. The spice and yeast character are complex and almost perfect.

M: High carbonation and light to medium bodied. semi dry finish.

O: The aroma takes a back seat to the 6 IMO however the taste is superior. (458 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a snifter glass with a medium sized off-white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light aroma of dark fruits and spices that becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between malty sweetness, the fruits and spices and bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part it is fairly well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, bubbly and a little boozy. The finish feels dry.
D: It's very easy to drink for the high level of alcohol content. (682 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: 18-ounce glass snifter. Bottled on date of January 30, 2008.

A: Pours with a thick and creamy two-finger head with plenty of carbonation atop it. The color is typical of the style, a fairly robust and creamy dark brown.

S: Strong, sweet smell of raisins, dates, and dark sugars; maybe a hint of molasses. A slightly-acidic smell with little alcohol. A nice spice factor, as well.

T: Fruit-filled aftertaste, though not much on the front end. The belgian yeast are definitely present here--much different than the usual taste of malts and hops. However, I'm a little disappointed with the lack of complexity in this one--hopefully I'll get more out of the 10.

M: The initial sip brings a strong sense of the beer's carbonation onto the tip of the tongue. Mild sensation of alcoholic warmth and tingle on the swallow. All in all, very smoothe.

D: Very delicious and easy to drink, but I'm not sure if the value of this one is enough to justify the cost of drinking a few of these. (989 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a tan head that shows good retention and leaves a few wisps of lacing

Smell: A very unusual semi-sweet phenolic aroma, unsweetened chocolate, hazelnuts, balsa wood and figs

Taste: Starts with a modest earthy, unsweetened chocolate backbone and builds upon that with layers of herbal bitter flavors that add complexity and keep it from the sweetness that is present in so many Belgian Strong Dark Ales; the finish provides alcoholic warmth that is otherwise disguised on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit lighter in body than most BSDAs, a nonetheless satisfying sipper (671 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a belgian staple! pours brown like molasses with that classic fluffy belgian head. smells like dried fruits, caramel malts, and candy sugar. sweet and complex, the taste is spot on. evolving from malty to fruity to slightly spicy. full bodied (as the belgian beers go), and lively carbonation. goes good with almost any cuisine, and if you can afford it, would be infinitely enjoyable. a nice treat from time to time, but their 10 is even better! (446 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless. (824 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head is big and tan colored. As it settles there is some light lacing on the glass left behind. The aroma is earthy with a mix of coffee. The taste resembles coffee as well along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and not really heavy like some dark beers. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall I though this beer was pretty good. (438 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colour going a little bit on the red. Nice head when pourred that does not disapear too quickly. Roasted malts and higher alcohols are first impression. Very hearthy beer with a caramalized aftertaste. As usual with Trapist, a very fine beer. (253 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark chestnut, faintly translucent. The large tan head takes a few minutes to settle before it's drinkable. Retention is very good.

Smell: Very fruity, plum or fig perhaps, and touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and very nutty, a bit of coffee and dark fruit in the background. The alcohol has a spicy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as chewy as Rochefort 10. Carbonation is ample but very soft.

Drinkability: Not sessionable, but highly drinkable for such a high gravity beer. While this isn't as talked about as Rochefort 10, it's nearly as good and has enough of its own character to make it worth seeking out. (638 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange infused with coral red and butterscotch. Backlight this beer and you will be rewarded. The attractive beige crown isn't the typical Belgian masterpiece, but it's more than worthy of praise. As are the scattered splotches of sea foam lace. A classic BSDA look.

Just like the color, the aroma isn't as dark as some beer of this style. That doesn't mean that it's anything less than good. Medium-dark fruit (dates, figs) leads the way. There isn't enough roasted maltiness to bring the darker fruits into play. Yeasty spice is on the low end.

I'm not floored by Trappistes Rochefort 8. Since the 'best by' date is approximately one year away, this bottle is now four years old. I appreciate the fact that the monks think it can last that long (and in ideal conditions it probably can), but it tastes a little long in the tooth. It isn't bad, but it isn't the world-beater that was expected.

The malt backbone has almost certainly taken a hit because it isn't as sturdy as it should be. There's slightly more dark fruitiness now, with a mixture of golden and dark raisins joining the party, in addition to the fruits noted above. There's also more ground clove and a hint of black licorice. Breadth of flavor is there, depth of flavor is not (which is often one of the casualites of age).

No way is this beer, this classic Belgian ale, where it needs to be on the mouthfeel front. It's no larger than light-medium and is slightly too fizzy. There is none of that perfectly bubbled, supremely silky, lightly lush... lusciousness... that makes Belgian brewers the undisputed kings of mouthfeel.

At the risk of overstating the case (and despite the fact that it's well within the monks' wishes for proper consumption) this bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 has seen better days. It's definitely good beer, but I was expecting great beer. I hereby resolve to purchase a fresher sample and give it another review. (1,921 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Nice to be able to try these Trappiste offerings without an indeterminate trip to the brewery itself, knowhutimean?

This beer pours a cloudy, very dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of audibly fizzy, lightly foamy pale beige head, which contains a few black, roaming specks, and leaves an undulating wall of painted lace as it lazily recedes. There is also some persistent, rising effervescence swirling about and upwards after the fact.

It smells weirdly (not in a bad way) of woody, earthy, noble hops, and very little yeast - expectations are a bitch, I suppose, as the fruity, dark caramel-tinged malt kind of has to approach this from a lower position, but this is not a problem whatsoever. The taste is more forward with the raisins, toffee, caramel, and mild dark fruit (plums, blackberries, most evidently), and some moreover earthy, fruity hops, and a very even, less than obvious alcohol dryness.

The carbonation is quite mild, and generally effusive, the body displaying a solid state smoothness, and a certain hefty density, finishing with an undeniable heaviness, and a well balanced melange of malt and hops, yin and yang, as it were. The big ABV is so well integrated, I almost forgot to mention it.

I've been holding on to this bottle for a while, but after having sampled a number of other Belgian and German offerings of late, and getting out of my IPA-heavy comfort zone, it seemed appropriate to bring out the heavy guns - so what the hell was I really waiting for? (1,514 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good pouring into a wide-mouthed chalice. Not a huge amount of foam, and it subsides fairly quickly. Body is a deep chestnut color, sort of murky with sediment suspended within it.

Smells a little intoxicating, alcohol blended with fig and plum.

Taste is pretty rich, sweet at first, with the alcohol and fruit notes coming through and hanging on the palate. Finish is earthy, roasty malt, with a slight bitterness of mild cocoa. First sips seemed a little one-dimensional, but as it warms it shows more depth.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, easy to sip and enjoy. Sweetness hinders the drinkability a bit, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try, but Rochefort 10 is still my favorite from this Trappist brewery. (767 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one. (820 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a reddish/brown color with a three-finger head. leaves great Belgian lace.

S - Smell of dried fruits, malt and some citrus.

T - It had a nice spiciness along with malt and dried fruits. The alcohol taste was also quite noticable.

M - It is very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an outstanding beer. The flavors are really amazing. (360 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (530 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown in color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Figs, dates, cherries and some other unidentifiable dark fruits. Caramel and yeast, with some spice as well.

T: Sweet dark fruits, especially cherry, some mild chocolate flavor in the background. A bit of a cola taste.

M: Dry, creamy on the tongue, nice carbonation.

D: Another fantastic Rochefort beer. (367 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 ChainGangGuy
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, clear, reddish-brown body topped by a large, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly spiced aroma with notes of caramel, breadcrusts, six flowers, dried fruits, a bit of booze, and freshly brewed white tea.

Taste: Flavors of toasted bread and sweet carmael with brown sugar-coated bananas and a hint of dried cherries. Savory yeast character. Slight bitterness, but it's generally on the sweet side throughout. Toasty finish with a hint of that warming booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. After some fizzing, after some fussing, it settles to a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, I won't lie to you. (644 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam on top of a dark brown body with little light showing through. the head actually seems to grow rather than settle and it develops large bubbles and meringue like peaks that leave thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - Spicy notes of caramel and dark brown sugar with a bit of plum.

T - Lots of toffee up front with allspice and some clove. More caramel notes come out in the middle along with a bot of brown sugar and some light molasses. The beer finishes with toffee and darker caramel as well as a hint of chocolate. Lingering toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, complex, and surprisingly dark. There is a whole lot of toffee throughout both the aroma and flavor with spicy notes that are not quite as fruity as I would have expected. The clove in particular is quite strong and blends well with the toffee and brown sugar. The beer finishes very dry, but with just enough sweetness to keep the caramel from tasting burnt. Not as intense as the 10, but good nonetheless. (1,120 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany with about a finger of light ecru head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is delightfully sweet, with hints of orange, grapefruit, molasses, sugar, and figs. The taste is a.lso sweet, but in maltier sense; hints of syrup, apple-cinnamon, figs, nutmeg, and brown sugar are all present. The body is nicely medium and smooth, making this brew very drinkable and highly enjoyable, no matter how high the ABV wants to say it is. (498 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort 8 streams from the bottle a crystal clear chestnut before filling the goblet to a greater volume and appearing as a deep mahogany. Carefully poured it remains clear, and reveals glistening crimson-ruby highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy antique-white head holds exceptionally well and it keeps a short veil of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is rich with a fruity, spicy, cake-like maltiness and a waft of alcohol.

In the mouth it's initially brisk before settling down as it warms a bit becoming more smooth and dextrinous. And although it seems a bit thin initially, once it warms the body 'appears' a bit bigger.

The flavor delivers an even richer flavor than the noses suggests, with an added note of milk chocolate; more spice (nutmeg, cardamom, licorice); and a touch more fruitiness (strawberry). It finishes surprisingly short and dry given the fullness of the flavor, with very little left behind but some warming alcohol and a dull residue of the spice that just passed.

Once it warms it's quite nice, but the alcohol can be distracting. (1,099 characters)

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, dark malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet and starts with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. Then some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in, followed by a mild hops presence, which all creates a very good balance. This is definitely the type of beer that gets better as it sits for a little bit. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stronger Belgian beer that is worth drinking for while until the ABV catches up to you. (891 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of those great Belgian beers I never reviewed for some reason, so here goes.

Pours a huge fizzy airy almost 3 finger head that hits the very top as I stop pouring due to the sediment, fades quickly at first then slows with nice soapy lacing, fairly hazy dark copper mahogany brown red color.

Nose brings lots of great Belgian malts aromas, dark crystal like malts with some biscuit and bread like, and a little toasty. Lots of sweeteners, a dark Belgian candi sugar, caramel and molasses, toffee, brown sugar, etc. The malts also bring a little softness which is interesting, and then into booze, a slight warming booze with a light phenolic touch, and a touch of butterscotch even.

Taste is exactly as I would expect for a good Belgian strong ale. Malts right off the bat, nice darker malts, crystal like, with a little caramel and toffee, into molasses and brown sugar, a nice big dark candi sugar, and a bit of brittle. The big sweeteners bring a bit of sweetness but not a ton, but also a lot of warmin tingly booze, more than it should but not overwhelming, and some phenolic flavors thanks to the yeast additions. Malts also bring a little biscuit and dark grain. Then mild dark fruits, brown sugar covered raisin, light date and fig. A mild syrupy character too. Finish is still a bit sweet but not a lot and dries a bit, more phenolic booze warmth and tingle, more brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, and dakr fruits lingering nicely.

Mouth is fuller bod, tons of big bubble carbonation almost too much, plenty of warming tingly booze, little syrupy.

Overall quite nice, nose is good but not great, taste is exactly what it should be for a nice Belgian strong at about 8 level, nice sweeteners, nice dark fruit in the flavor, good booze level although gets a little overbearing eventually, bit too much carb. A staple belgian beer though.

There were so many awesome beers just like this in Belgium, drinking it really makes me want to go back again, and i can't wait until my next trip. (2,005 characters)

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.