Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,820
Hads: 4,803
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 342
Gots: 766 | 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 Tim2000
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Pours a deep brown, slightly hazy with some particles in suspension, probably because I let some of the lees fall in. Thick white head that clings to the sides of my Trois Pistoles chalice.

Delicious malty caramel aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla.

There is definitely a lot going on here. Starts off with rich caramel and toffee, with some vanilla notes. The sweetness quickly disappears into oaky astringency and some faint medicinal flavours. I can taste a bit of brandy in the finish, as the beer winds down with warming alcohol and a lingering bitterness/astringency. Full-bodied with fairly high carbonation.

This is a balanced and complex beer, and surprisingly drinkable for the high abv. Delicious. (745 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown color, sediment appears at the bottome fo the glass. Head is absolutely magnifacent and perfect, forming a billowing dome on top of the Chimay chalice I am drinking it out of.

Smell: Zesty and fruity, raisin and alcohol.

Taste: Served a bit too chilled, but has a robust malty flavor, highlighted by some nice raisin flavor, a smooth drinker indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, perfect.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, I enjoyed it about as much as the 10. (510 characters)

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

Poured a dark orange, brown in the glass, with a dense white head which faded to a ring and a thin patchy sheet. Solid lacing.

Smells of toffee, golden raisins, and candy.

Tastes of candied sugars, raisins, plums, and a bit of astrigency in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big, with the carbonation exploding halfway through.

Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very well-made beer, if not a bit sweet to drink too much of. An excellent dessert beer. (464 characters)

Photo of descartes
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark orange/red color with extremely thin lace.
Smell: Very alcholic smell with a hint of pear.
Taste: Extremly malty with hints of fruit. In some ways reminds me of fruity spirits (the good ones).
Mouthfeel: Very smooth,nothing to complain about.

Overall: I feel like I am missing something when I drink this. I guess that being a newcomer to beer may explain this but while I recognize that this beer is very good I can't say it has stood out for me. (503 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this one for a while. The first day of a long Christmas weekend seemed to be a great time to break it out. Deep brown color with a huge tan head. The head clumps and forms mountains of foam on the top of the beer. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a bunch of yeast floaties are visable through the haze.

Smell is malty with a slight fruity note. Some rum like alcohol smells also. No bitterness to speak of. Taste is where it really starts to get good. Just a great chocolate malty flavor with the touch of fruit and a little bit of spice. Also some bread/cake notes but really the malt is the prominant feature. The real high point is how smooth it is. The carbonation is lively on the tongue and it just goes down so smooth. The alcohol is well hidden but does make a more prominent appearance as things go on.

My first taste of a true trappist and I am not dissapointed. If it was only a little more afordable I would drink all the time. A great treat to have once in a while. If you have not tried this, what are you waiting for? Search it out and try it. Can't wait to try the 10 in the cellar. (1,122 characters)

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

Quite a nice pour, dark brown, almost as dark as a cola with very strong head retention, head stayed thick and puffy for a few minutes. Smell is interesting but very good, hints of bubblegum and mint. Taste is equally as interesting, Earthy, grassy tones with a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol not very prevalent in this brew which makes it easy on the mouth, and not difficult to drink at all. Carbonation is not excessive at all, this is a nice brew, looking forward to more of these in the future. (500 characters)

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

330ml bottle Pours abrown almost like coke. A good tan head which is fizzy and deminishing leaving no lacing. Has a malty chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and sour, very differnt but excellent. Fizzy carbonation with the texture of a fine wine.Sort of sour aftertaste. This is very good with a taste explosion. I feel like I could drink 100"s of them and never get bored with it. (378 characters)

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

This great beer pours a nice, deep chocolate brown with a light tan head. It smells vinous with a nice malt hint to it. There are undertones of grape and fresh baked bread smells.

Tastes yeasty, with malty and vinous flavours. Almost like drinking bread. Very enjoyable. Alcohol is present and certainly detectable but by no means in your face and overpowering.

Carbonation is well done; this is not bubbly or fizzy but does not come off as an oil slick. Overall a great Belgian beer. I continuously question myself as to why I've ignored Belgian beers in the past. (572 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle

Pours a rich dark brown with a reddish brown head that does not fade. Lacing almost completely coats the glass.

Aroma is malty with a yeasty fruitiness. I smell a hint of cherries.

Taste is deep and malty with an amazing dark fruitiness. It finishes slightly sweet and fruity, but really rather clean. I don't detect any alcohol. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is full and rich and extremely smooth.

I don't want to stop drinking this. Why did I only buy only one bottle? Oh yeah, because they're $7.... Bummer... What a treat! (556 characters)

Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown color with a smaller head than I expect. It diminishes fairly quickly. Smell is sour cherries with some floral notes. There is also a good amount of maltiness in the aroma and on the palate too. Taste is somewhat vinous at first but finishes with a good heat. There is a nice standard Belgian effervescence as would be expected. It is a nice beer but I think this sample is not as fresh (or good) as the last one I tried. (443 characters)

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

Poured into a John's Grocery chalice. Pours a deep dark brown, with about an inch of fluffy head. Smell, from chocolate to dark fruits, figs and raisins are just two of the flavors you can expect to find. Taste is malty and sweet with hints of dark fruit, alcohol is wearing a camouflaged suit, very deceptive. Mouthfeel has room for improvement, it is a little light. Drinkability, I would definitely have a few of these in a night, if I had a fatter wallet. (459 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a huge foamy whitehead with a dark opaque brown body.

The nose was a mix of alcohol, garbage, soft chocolate and malt.

Taste was very grassy and tea like. Medium to A sour and very present bitterness. Lots of dark and very muted caramel and chocolate malts. Sort of like someone turned the volume down on the dark roasted flavor. Mild dark fruit tones, some yeast and malt. A large carbonation that needs it’s time to settle.

Overall a very tasty trapist ale, not the greatest, but basically decent. The carbonation really overpowered the taste. (572 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates an off white 1" head composed of big bubbles. The beer is a dark burnished copper color.

smell: Aromas of licorice and dark sugars are present. Some yeasty notes are present, along with some light fruits (banana, date, pear). The hops are spicy and clean. Only a moderate EtOH sharpness is noticeable.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the high range and the body is light, but not watery.

taste: Loads of light fruity flavors tease the tongue...making themselves known but never revealing their variety to me. A very slight yeastiness perhaps. The hops are very low and provide only a tiny amount of bitterness, but that is all that is needed. Not a bit of EtOH can I find.

drinkability: Way too drinkable for a beer of this abv. Flavorful to boot.

Delightfully complex, but not overbearing. Printed on the label are the characters L 29 06 10 followed by 07:43 below. (944 characters)

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

Dated 14/09/10, it's less than 3 months old (No worries, I've picked up another 12 or so to age in the cellar!).

A: Ruby-brown. Off-white, bubbly head, slightly fluffy. Some retention and lace.

S: Caramel, raisins, figs, prunes. Very Belgian.

T: Very well balanced. A little chocolate up front, plenty of fig, raisin, prune flavours (Belgian special B malt?), along with some extra fruityness from the yeast. Slightly bready. Warming, sherry-like aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Moderate body, moderately high carbonation.

D: Very well rounded and approachable, with plenty of depth to the flavour. This could almost be a session beer.... but you'd REALLY regret it in the morning!

Fruitier, and not as much chocolate flavour as the Rochefort 6... à chacun, son goût! (781 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable chocolate color with lots of visible yeast chunks bouncing of the sides of the glass. The huge head gradually recedes to a cap the drapes the glass with sheets of foam. The aroma is a blissful mix of ripe dark fruit and berries, caramel and spicyness. The taste is much the same with banana bread, pepper and and pear notes. This is one hell of a complex beer. The mouthfeel is thick and prickly with carbonation. The alcohol is warming, especially in the long finish. Hops are restrained throughout.

The is a malty, infinitely complex beer. Truly a beer to be sipped and savoured. Its better than I expected. Even better then the 10 to me. (665 characters)

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

Pours with a lovely dark copper brown color and a thin head. The smell is quite interesting, a mix of hops and chocolate and other flavors. The taste is very rich, a flavorful mix of hops and a little bitterness. I think my bottle was a little on the cold side for me, this would be much better at close to room temperature.
Mark (330 characters)

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

Pours amber in color with big bubbles and a head that falls quickly to a single bubble sustaining film. Wow, this smells exactly like a port. There’s some big fig smell with some white raison and tootsie roll. My mind is telling me that there’s alcohol here, but it’s wonderfully camouflaged. Tastes like some sort of divine dopplebock. There’s a cola like caramel, some prunes and a nice lime finish. There are also a few slight spices mixed in here. Really warmed up my stomach too. The mouth feel was a big disappointment. The carbonation kept stealing the flavor, so frustration is giving this a lower rating. This is a very nice beer. (643 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer aint much to look at. Dark and cloudy, with a coke-like small head. Letting it sit in the goblet for a minute, the very center is actively foaming, forming a small peak in the middle. Interesting.

Smells great. Brown sugar, earthy, alcohol.

Teste: Upon first sip, I get a wine-like, slightly dry aftertaste. This beer tastes pretty good. Malt, raisins, caramel, alcohol. Maybe a slight nutiness. Not much else yet.

I detect an underlying sweetness, like dark fruits maybe (cherries? figs?)

Feels a little thin. Maybe its the carbonation, I dont know.

Pretty good, but Ill have to revisit in the future. (629 characters)

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

Beautiful deep brown, golden undertones, with a tan head settling into pools; ultra fine bubbles and lacing in sheets.

The smell is pure Trappist- the undeniable malt and yeast smell, somewhat sweet and funky, often times described as tropical fruits; also the bright aroma of grapes.

The first taste is freshly brewed coffee, mixed with lavender- like a super slick herbal refined Doppelbock, but so much more. The alcohol warms beautifully in the end of each sip and then there is the wonderful lingering aftertaste of sweet brown Easter breads, cappuccino foam and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is so perfect, the body do round and creamy, this is perfection and gives up nothing to the higher alcohol quadruples.

If you have not tried this, get it as soon as possible, have it after dinner in a Trappist chalice, sip, drink deep, whatever. You will not be disappointed. (880 characters)

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

330 bottle into Rochefort goblet- which while being beautiful, I find to wide and shallow for my taste. Though, no doubt the best looking beer glass I own.

A: A hazy, caramel brown. Very little head from the careful pour which subsides to a ring.

S: malt, molasses, candied sugar, dark flesh fruit

T: malt sweetness and oh so smooth. sugar, richer thicker sugars like molasses/caramel. slightly vinous in a port/sherry fortified way. vague prune and fig notes mixed with a little plum. more and more malt followed by a little prickly spice as it warms.

M: smooth yet playful, perfect carb. level. malt creaminess coats the whole mouth.

D: Exceptional-except for the hefty price tag

this beer deserves much less thinkin and much more drinkin...Im off. (768 characters)

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

330 ml bottle, served just below cellar temperature in a chalice. Pours a deep garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head of variable sized bubbles, looking pillowy soft while subsiding to a half inch of very fine foam that leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Smells fruity sweet - like a fruit roll-up (black cherries?, currants?). Tastes very much the same but with notes of alcohol and medicinal phenols, anise, chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness, caramel?, melons?, apples?. A lot of guesswork on this beer - the flavors are hard to pinpoint, but they smell and taste kinda like a sweet candy. It has a body that is thick and smooth, and although it is a good beer, after the 10 I had really high expectations for their other beers or thought they might taste similar. This one's good in a different way than the 10, but still doesn't compare to it. (850 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review updated 5/3/09:

33cl bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice. Bottle dated 8/2/03, 9:30 [2.25 years old].

Poured a very large, fluffy light brown head. Beer is dark brown with a tinge of red. 2-finger creamy/fluffy light brown head. Very good lacing and lasting power. Beautiful.
The smell is of plums, raising, figs, brown sugar. Very earthy. Malty and yeast presence.

The taste is fantastic and complex. Very rich. Malts. Molasses. Dark cherries, figs. I slight, perfectly balanced bitterness at the end. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering [especially considering its ABV]
The mouthfeel is very good. Perfect carbonation, smooth. Overall, this is an exceptional beer. I had this with some very good steak and BBQ'd vegies. Absolutely perfect match! Wow! (774 characters)

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

Pours with small head that doesn't last long. Smells fruity, yeasty, and bready.

Taste is complex and fruity. A toasted biscuit character is also there. The hops are very understated, but they are noticed. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Sessionably drinkable. (261 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer positively frothed out of the bottle to form a big head topping a very deep dark brown body. The nose is subdued fruit notes and old leather. The taste is truly remarkable; complex earthy body with a dryish finish. The plummy flavours taste aged and regal. This is a beer that can stop you dead in its tracks by its bigness and complexity. Freakin brilliant. (368 characters)

Photo of dalion037
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really an exceptional beer. From the first sip to the last it is very enjoyable. Great hops and a nice after taste. It leaves you craving another and another. The biggest problem was running out before I got my fill. Buy it! Drink it! If you can find it. (262 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.