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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,828
Hads: 4,840
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 347
Gots: 804 | FT: 25
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass at night. Not sure of the vintage.

A- A dark dirty brown color with some mahogany tones when held towards the light. Not much of a head came up but about 1/4 of an inch of off white foam came up leaving no lace. Not as dirty(sediment wise) compared to Rochefort 10 but still some particles seen.

S- The smell on this was much fainter than R.10 which was expected but R.8 smell is light. Some dark sugars, malts and some dark fruits ever so sly. Raisins and figs this pretty much like the 10 version only significantly lighter.

T- A nicely mixed bag of dark fruit, malts and belgian yeast and spice. Very light apple and pear with candied malts with some cinnamon and other spice. If it was not for the raisin and fig appearence the taste would of been a loss for me, it just was not to full.

M- Extremely light for what this brew looks like not to mention the high abv. I would say on the tail ends of medium bodied with a good supply of carbonation. The light flavors do not intrude your senses for long making this a quick sipper. I wanted more out of this but it is what it is.

D- I will go for the 10 from now on as it is more richer in flavor and feel but this was a great experience. Either way this is high in ABV so no more than 2 in an evening if it is available. (1,318 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured brown in color with a frothy tan head filling the rest of the glass. The head had some nice retention to it as I drank.

The aroma shows caramel with a little cocoa coming through. Some spice and yeast come through as well. A little dark fruit but not as much as the taste has. Very nice aroma overall

The taste has some cherry and other dark fruits along with some caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Some spice comes through along with the yeast in the finish. Very flavorful and balanced beer overall. Excellent tasting beer for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. The carbonation was much higher then I expected and slightly sharp on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was a nice treat to sip on after dinner tonight. Very good beer overall and one of the best of the style. (923 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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Brown with a white/tan head which doesn't stay around as long as I would have liked.

S: Candy sugar upfront, with burnt smells, molasses and raisins, with a hint of alcohol in the end.

T: Molasses dominates, with hints of fig, not overy phenolic, but a nice warming alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Not incredibly robust for a beer of this strengh, but very creamy and enjoyable, very smooth.

D: Drinkability is suprisingly good for a 9.2% ale, not refreshing per se, but not cloying and overly alcoholic making each sip a serious endeavour, like some highly alcoholic brews can be. (651 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a chalice/goblet.

Big hiss off the cap release. A big one finger head which falls pretty good. Leveas a good collar while drinking. Body is a very dark brown almost dark cherry

Dense malt, but small fruit. Tolerable balsamic vinegar, leading to more acid than sweetness. Some of that sweetness turns to figs.

Taste is noticeably prickly at first but tolerable, light fig fruit, with a real surprising chocolate finish towards the end and definitely on the swallow. I actually like this taste a lot but the fizzyness and even the gas takes away from it a bit.

Overall this is quite enjoyable, I think I may like this more than the 10, but there's lots of good in this style out there. It will do no problem! (738 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 33cl bottle for some time, but never opened it: I am now in possession of a 2007 Cuve'e one and a half litre bottle, so it's time for this small one to go!

Best before 8th Nov this year, I poured it slowly into a Westmalle chalice, ensuring no sediment left the bottle. The body was a deep amber brown colour, murky and moody looking, the thin head of small bubbles just about covered the whole glass, with stronger depth around the rim forming a collar.

The smell was of old sweaty, yet sweet molasses and treacle.

The taste is also old/sweet, a strange combination of flavours, difficult to differentiate or seperate without waffling.

The rich maltiness from those sweaty molasses contains the alcohol content very well, I had real problems picking up the 9.2% ABV this beer has.

To call it a classic is easy and almost unsporting, but it is exceptional in it's simplicity and elegance: so a classic it is! (922 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours brown with a head that leaves no lacing. I can see yeast floating around in this beer.

S - The smell is fruity reminds me of raisins.

T - Sweet taste that masks the alcohol content.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - This is one of the easiest to drink strong ales I have ever had. I guess the Monks know what they are doing. (338 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 DoubleJ
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle enjoyed with dinner, on to the beer:

Ruby brown with caramel and orange hues, this beer sure didn't feel like a strong ale as it's considered. It was mellow and medium bodied with no cloying flavors. Flavor-wise was mostly of figs, and throw in some bits of dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Alcohol was disguised well. It was more straight-forward than I was expecting, but still a nice treat to clean up a filet mignon dinner. (443 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle, properly served in a Rochefort glass, at Cafe 28 in Minneapolis. I've been on a dark belgian kick lately and compared to some fine beers, this didnt disappoint. This beer wasn't perfect mind you, I couldn't get much aroma out of it and the carbonation was a bit much unless I was eating. However, while I was eating (spicey pork) it was one of the best pairing I've had in ages.

The flavors of chocolate and caramel blended perfectly with my pork's dark and spicey sauce. There was a hint of fruit in the tase, but I mostly got cocoa and caramel. Like some of the other trappists I've tried, this seemed a mellow but very tasty brew. Could have passed for a quad in my book. I'll have to put this head to head with the 10 some time soon. You should too. (771 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Small bottle poured into a flute. A nice unfiltered and unfettered look. Dark brown in color with a nice head and lace.

S. Dark fruits, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts.

T. A nice trappist yeast flavor, fruity esters bording on peach and apple. Sweet sugar and caramel malt. Ghost like hop adds balance.

M. Fuller bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is a rare treat. Wouldn't drink it all the time, but good to end a session with. Next time I plan to share a bomber with a friend. (494 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy opaque Brown with a beautiful beige head that was tight and lasting.

Rich fruitcake aroma with dark cherries, malt and yeast on the nose. Very nice.

Complex very long flavor. Starts with dark cherries and malt up front, and then seemlessly progresses to creamy cocoa, vanilla, and light spice notes and finishes with an alcohol burn. I don't find the alcohol at all unpleasant here- like a sip of cognac after a rich meal.

The mouthfeel is very nice- full and creamy. A tiny bit much carbonation for my taste.

Drinkability is high. The richness, high carbonation, and alcohol burn make it a sipper, but I'll keep sipping. (647 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a fairly clear dark copper color with a decent off white head that shows some retention. Smells of caramel, figs, raisins, a bit of earthy yeast with hints of brown sugar. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. A solid hit of caramel, dark sugar, and dark dried fruits. Medium body with an overzealous level of carbonation and sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot, but dark Belgians like this always seem over carbonated for my palette. (493 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a thin beige, foamy head. Roasted malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and dark fruit. Flavor once again dominated by roasted maltiness, chocolate, toast, caramel, toffee raisin, dark cherries and fig. Extremely quaffable, excellent beer. (285 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

Edit 11/26/06: Opened up a fresher bottle next to a Westy 8. The Westy barely edged it out IMO but this one is just so nice and complex that it's hard live up to something like that. I found the Westy to just be a bit more smooth. Pricewise??? C'mon, there's no need to argue. I think I paid $4.50 for this bottle and I think the Westy was $18. (793 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 GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a nutty brown coloring, opaque and muddled, with a low profile, tightly bubbled, cream colored head. Aromas of berries and cherries forward, heavy fruity esters, with some apple and pear in there, as well. Roasted notes, with a toffee and caramel backbone, some subtle spicing of nutmeg and coriander, and some notes of candi sugar. Smells delicious. Flavors are richly sweet and sugary forward, with a roasted toffee backbone supporting a more muted fruit blend of apple and berries, as well as some subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spicing. Fruit cake-ish, but better balanced and unbelievably drinkable. The body is light and smooth, with a subtle carbonation ruffle in the undertones. Candi and fruit aftertaste blending on a caramel linger into the smooth, slick, slow finish. Very nice beer. (840 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascading out of the bottle, a wonderful thick head of yellow-white bubbles forms. Solid and toffee-like, a nice burnished brown. Good lacing. Nice melted-sugar heaviness in the body.

Deep sweet aromas on the nose; toffee, oak, organic notes of pine, tea leaves and banana leaf. Such a sophisticated, refined nose. Delicious.

Bit of oak on the palate, with a nice full continuance of light nuttiness. Thick in the body and very pleasant. There's a nice banana and Belgian yeast sweetness, which leaves a nice dessert-sweet character on the finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

A very sophisticated brew. Not overdone in any dimension, and it's almost impossible to detect any alcohol. It's just sweet, refined and haughty. A delicious adventure. (756 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High time I reviewed this beer.

The beer pours a murky brown color with sensational head retention and lacing. It doesn't get much better then this. On the nose I get chocolate, brown sugar and maple syrup. The beer smells pretty nice. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though there's also some cherry and spice as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though there's a lightness on the palate that I appreciate. Drinkability is pretty amazing; I would never guess the abv. is nearly 10%. If anything, this beer is entirely too easy to drink.

This is a solid beer, no doubt, but IMO there is no comparison between it and it's bigger brother, the Rochefort 10. So while this is a nice enough beer, for an extra buck or two, I'll always go with the 10 if it's available. (788 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark murky brown with hints of red, big carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is great, booze, dried fruits, mainly dark ut I did taste grapes? Taste followed the nose very closely but the taste was incredible, spice, fruits, booze. Drinkability is perfect and spot on. (286 characters)

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

Straight on gazes prove unyielding. A stony and steadfast burgundy sits staunch and resolute. A white spray has been sandblasted across the top. Backlight will reveal an animated tone of ruby and gorgeous scarlet blush. Rochefort 8 is pure eye candy.

The aura of fruits: both ripe and dried, light and dark. At some point or another its bouquet falls under the influence of raisins, apple, pear, dates, figs, red grapes, and juicy plum. A powerful essence of yeast lays beyond the fruits and seems to outlive them as the beer warms.

As with many Belgian ales the yeast is fascinating in that it features distinctly in all aspects of the beer and yet lends no one specific character. No spice is used but one could easily assume cinnamon, clove, anise, or chamomile and not be far from describing what it is they're tasting.

The taste of yeast also contributes notes of bread pudding, gingerbread cookies and rum cake. Flavours of over-ripe apples and nectarines, as well as raisins are ever present. Although no alcohol is present it reminds one of red wine or, in aged samples, sherry and port.

The yeast is also present in the texture. Combined with the alcohol it procures a very dry beer; all notions of sweet nectarines and summer fruit vanquish quickly and the mouth is left feeling (slightly unpleasantly) cottony. Fortunately there's enough rich malt to make up for it.

I used to love Rochefort 8; I still do, but I used to too. Fresh and aged, I've had delectable experiences with whole crew, numbers 6 through 10. This is a great place to start for anyone beginning to discover Belgian beers and is a frequent revisit for all connoisseurs. World class. (1,671 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 09/11/10, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark reddish brown hue, slightly hazy, coming with a thin beige cap and a semi-lively fizzy body.
S: soft base of creamy, toffeeish-malts, with a mildly perfumy, fruit ester and lily-like flower ester theme on the top; after a good swirl, a more perfumy brown-sugar and a ripe-plum+raisin+faintly black-cherries fruity hint comes forward, laced with a wee touch of ginger-sugar. The texture is ever so mellow; despite the 9.2%abv., the aroma is in such a harmony. Blissful - not "loud" at all.
T: a stream of assertive chewy dark malts, caramel and licorice hits the palate, slightly sharp and fizzy initially; gradually settling to a soft, toasted brown-bread like grainy malty undertone with more perfumy candy-sugar, a very light touch of treacle, hints of ripe dark berry-fruits and a wee bit of black-sugary gingery spice... The subtly bitter-sweet & elegantly spicy aftertaste is well-mixed, providing a lovely contrast to the lively foretaste dominated by the malts.
M&D: overall, the texture turns from slightly fizzy through mellow to the soft in the end, hiding its alc. strength only too well. I suppose the body would soften a great deal as it ages? It's hard for me to say this, but I find this Trappist ale an easy-drinking one!! It's reasonably delicious as it's complex, and doesn't bear any rough alc. edge as in some other samples in the same category. A fantastic beer this is, and I look forward to trying an "older" bottle whenever I see one~~

P.S. after writing the review above, I shook the residual yeast sediment and mix it into the beer. The smell gets dense and intensively perfumy with lots of esters. The palate gets a sharp, licorice and woody yeasty edge, and the whole experience turns more pleasant~~ though I also start to feel a bit dizzy, due to the yeasts... (1,852 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, from Sammy. Into a tulip.

Mahogany with a small but solid cap of offwhite head. Nose is potent, loads of nutty liqueur, dark fruits, plums, currants, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste has some more nutty liqueur with some harsher than anticipated ethanol, oxidized in a light cardboard-y kind of way, and retains only mild dark fruit and brown sugar qualities. Watery feel, and ethanol (almost tequila-like alcohol) comes out again in the finish. Over the hill, and unfortunate. I'll need to try this much younger for reassessment. (548 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany hazy brown body with a big carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan that last and last. The beer has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a big aroma of dark caramel, dried fruit like prunes, raisins and figs. There is a faint toasted malt note with some bready hints. The finish has a soft perfume quality to it. It started to have more of a banana note as this beer warms.

T- This beer has a light toasted malt flavor with caramel, honey and dark fruit notes with a hint of cider. There is a slight bitterness to the dry flavor. There is a strong but not hot alcohol taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a high carbonation adding to the texture. There is no real carbonic bite but there is a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer taste very fresh and the flavors are more distinct and have not blended together. It has lots of good flavors but the alcohol and fizz are a bit strong. (1,027 characters)

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

This is a 33 cL bottle of Rochefort 8 purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank, NJ and served in a Troegenator seidel.

A: The ale has a hazy, gravy brown color with a thick head and extensive lacing.

S: Alefruits and alcohol domoinate the nose. Fruits in particular resemble darker fruits like raisins and figs.

T: The taste is formidable. Alcohol warmth is the first sign, followed by raisins, apples and figs. The taste is somewhat hot due to carbonation. Beer is fairly chewy but pales in comparison to 10.

M: The mouthfeel is strong, with a lot going on in terms of alefruits.

D: The ale is a well made, very drinkable ale, but I find that it does not hold up to either the 10 or the 6. (707 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.