Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,817
Hads: 4,795
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 5.83%
Wants: 340
Gots: 765 | 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 crookedhalo
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this case to the tune of $140 about a year ago. I'm sure it sat in the store for probably another year beforehand. Dated best before 9/8/04. The bottles we have where I work are dated sometime in 2007. Decants a deep ruby brown with lots of flaky protein coagulation and yeast suspended. Pillowy beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the Rochefort goblet. Complex aromas of yeast, esters, carob (almost chocolate) and gourmet caramel. This beer transcends words. It's malt profile is a bit reminiscent of a chocolate-like character, but more tame and subdued. Yeasty in the sense of it's unique yeast strain. Aging this beer really mellows it's characterisitcs. Velvety mouthfeel as well as being very drinkable for it's alcohol strength. Very smooth, or should I say smoov. (788 characters)

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

Pours a really nice dark brown/red with a nicely proportioned tan head. Foam sheet settles out nicely.

Smells sugary carmel sweet with just a hint of allspice in the background.

Mild apple with acaramel malt body comes to mind as I first sip. Nicely light and moderate mouthfeel and body. almost feels like an apple puree. Don't ask, it just does. Cinnamon, anise, and clove all kick in for a slightly astringet and bitter ending. Yeast coats the tounge and leaves me wanting more. (488 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-opaque brown with slight carbonation. I had to stop the pour very short because this baby had a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle (the most I've ever seen in an 11.2 oz. bottle). There was a medium sized off-white head that stuck around a good long while.

Aroma: A marvelous, bready, fruity, desserty sweetness, with raisins and dates and candied cherries and rich milk chocolate.

Flavor: Very different from the aroma- so much so it shocked me. Slightly sharp, almost sour peppery and spicy flavor that strongly enveloped the bready, malty flavors. No sweetness at all- some cinnimon. Alcohol presence very strong.

Mouthfeel. Nice full, rich mouthfeel, but alcohol rising in the sinuses was a little strong.

Overall: I like this brew very much. My first impression wes not all that great, because I felt the alcohol profile was too strong. Some beers do such a great job of masking the alcohol, and I didn't see that here. But after another try on another day, I really began to appreciate the complexities and richness of the flavor. I adjusted my review accordingly. (1,102 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown or dark amber, topped with a two finger creamy light tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lace.
Sweet, fruity aroma, grape, raisins and wine notes.
Sweet, syrupy taste, molasses, brown sugar, even a corn like touch. Peach, pear, flowers and grass.
Full bodied, syupy and lip tingling. (310 characters)

Photo of foamyhead
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown cloudy look with a beige, steady head with small bubbles.

It has a full, rich and round smell with notes of caramel and yeast

The taste is fullbody, wine-like, sweet, like good quality milk chocolate, a strong taste, pretty lot of bubbles, spicy notes of hubbs in the aftertaste. complex and harmonious. Makes you want to think deep thoughts...

I look forward to the next sample of this beer :) (416 characters)

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

this one seemed to just be there, nothing impressive but nothing really bad about it either. It just didn't seem to have that extra umph or complexity liek the westy's in comparison.
poured a nice deep brown with a decent head but surprisingly it was a touch fizzy and disappeared rather quickly.
smelled of fruit and malty goodness.
taste was similar to the smell but it just did not have a zing about it. weird...
i found it to be qwuite drinkable but I will not plop down the 9 bucks per bottle for this one again. on to Rochefort 10 for a taste... (555 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: This beer has been aging since August 2003, so any variations of flavor are as a result of its age.

The Rochefort 8 pours a dark brown, earthy color. The head was very vibrant and rose quickly to a full, fluffy tan. The beer looks wonderful.

The aroma is fruity and quite spicy, reminding me of spiced rum. The taste is just incredible. At 9%, this beer is incredibly smooth. The flavor is sweet with very little alcohol burn.

I normally wouldn't give a beer with a 9% ABV a perfect mouthfeel score but this one is excellent. It's excellent in so many areas, I'm not sure how it could be improved.

This beer is delicious, maybe too delicious for a brew so potent. (681 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful deep brown colour with a thick frothy head and sedimentation evident with a large pile of yeast residing in the bottom of the glass.

The scent continues the high quality first impression of the beer, dark fruits aplenty and malts both are there, and beg you to have a sip.

Taste is wonderful, a full bodied sweet yet spicy flavour greets you up front, the dark fruits (raisins, plums) hit you, and a delightful malty flavour with a slightly smoked alcohol burn on the very back end, but actually quiet smooth when you take the high ABV into account.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, as it should be, while drinkability is good and on par with other high quality Belgians.

Very high cost at 7$ for a small bottle, but well worth it, I'd be glad to have this again! (789 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep plum backed by an almost porter-esque cocoa. Very comparable to the Westmalle dubbel. Medium-light malt bodied with alcohol providing a good deal of structure and mouthfeel. Outside of a pleasant warming of the belly and the back of the throat, the alcohol is not detectable on the palate and only lightly on the nose, but classically so, managing to blend well with the rich flavors. With a freshness that reminds me of wort just thrown into the fermenter, this is an absolutely gorgeous brew. The magnificent Belgian yeast has fully attenuated this beer, leaving some great phenols, but is otherwise clean and accentuates the fruity hops on a satisfying, dry finish.

Relax, relax.
ng (694 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 11.2 oz bottle into the goblet with a very murky brownish red appearance. A lot of little Belgian yeast floating was observed around in the glass. The head was about an inch in height and died down pretty quickly. There was a generous amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet-sour with cherries, licorice, molasses, and Belgian horse blanket smells wafting through. The taste was a balance between dark skinned dried fruits and dry peppery spiciness. The malt exhibited a roasty burnt quality, but not to a degree found in a stout or a porter. A more pronounced hop bitterness than that typically found in Belgian strong ales was also detectable. The beer was medium thick on the palette, and never felt watered down compared to its bigger and bolder brethren. This is one masterful brew thanks to those Trappist monks. If they did not require celibacy, I’d have joined the order a long time ago. (936 characters)

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering is actually, in my opinion, not as good as the rochefort 10. The pour was a relatively dark gold that was essentially opaque thanks to cloudiness. There were white tracers on the top and a relatively large yeast formation at the bottom of the glass. The smell was of malt, although it had the alcohol smell found in many malt liquors, which was slightly disturbing.
The taste is pretty excellent, sweet and malty like most trappist ales are and full of alcohol. I don't think I would recommend more than one at a time though, as it is not a quick drink. (569 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is very, very dark brown, almost fully opaque with an eternally lasting very dense and creamy head. The aroma is mostly of alcohol and of malt, which is appealing still.

The taste, on the other hand, although good, is rather a bit to sweet. Very fizzy as well and the alcohol is (à mon avis) a bit too present, but is still well off. Slightly bitter end, rich body. (375 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a semi-cloudy dark amber, forming a creamy light-tan head with good retention and absent lacing. Adding the yeast gives it a murky swamp-water, raw apple cider look. Carbonation is spritzy with a torrent of chasers forming a small peaking head. Aroma is ripe, yet somewhat one-dimensional, with apple cider vinegar, alcohol, spicy phenols and honey. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, fading into a firmly sticky amber malt body, raisins, vanilla, honeydew melon, oxidized honey, and subtle anise. Adding the yeast gives it a much rounder mouthfeel and heavier body, and really brings out a ton of fruits...kinda like fruitcake. MUCH better with the yeast. The finish is clean with lingering notes of chocolate-chip cookie dough and bourbon. Bitterness is minimal. No appreciable off-flavors or aromas. Without the yeast, I can taste alcohol, but adding it nearly eliminates it. Overall, it has a mellow aged character, as though it were seasoned leather.

Wonderful stuff, and something I would gladly purchase again Full of flavor, mellow, and drinkable....this reminds me of Jack Daniel's Tipsy Cake. Recommended Trappist. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown in color with a 1/2" head. Some light lacing developed through the drink. The aroma is of caramel and yeast. The flavor is complex as the malt flavor was matched with caramel, raisins, chocolate, pepper, and yeast. Very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and has a creamy consistency. Medium bodied. The caramel and pepper linger well into the aftertaste. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I thought it would be. Very drinkable and an absolutely enjoyable brew. (486 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt one or the more remarkable beers I have tasted in this millenium. Much more rounded and complex than a young bottle (this one had been in the cellar about 2 years).

Very appealing lightly cloudy walnut brown pour sporting crimson/ruby tinges. A relatively voluminous off white head adorns the fluid for some time. Respectable staying power.

The aromas are stunning! Unbelieveably complex and harmonious, I could have easily been contented to simply take in the aromas for an entire evening but I had a job to do...

Up front, soft lightly malty and honeyed essence of orange envelopped in rich milk chocolate, followed by long hints of spices ( ginger, cloves ) and fruits, a touch of earthy mint, all wrapped in a slightly vinous quality. What wonders a little bit of age can do to a beer.

Almost as equally remarkable were the flavours and mouthfeel. Fine but dense bubbly feeling ushered in a satisfying and rounded liquid that felt slick on the tongue. Full and firm malt flavours provide a solid structure for the softly spicy rum soaked fruit and residual sweetness reminescent of maple water. A soothing, long and heady finish winds down on a cushion of hoppy and yeasty bitterness as smooth as silk.

This beer must be drunk on its own. To pair this with any foodstuff would only detract from the endless complexity and satiating aspects of the brew. One of my favorites. (1,409 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a ruddy, earthy, dark-brown beer. It presents a blanketing foam-like head…truly foam-like…it’s solid and full like a polyurethane cushion or acoustical foam (in a good way). Malty aroma, mixed with fruits…plum, cherry, rasin. Less phenols than I expected….yeasty, with a fresh bread-like smell, and slightly sweet-smelling. Serious carbonation in this brew: never ending streams of little bubbles crawl up the sides of the glass. Taste is sweet and slightly peppery. Very faint hoppiness, and very malty. The carbonation seems to help the beer spill throughout your entire mouth. Very full and rich. This is an extraordinary beer. I don’t think it’s one of the best of the Trappist ales, but it can’t be missed, and is certainly world-class. (757 characters)

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

Sampled from the bottle, poured into a red wine glass. Date on bottle: 02 10 07

This beer refused to give me more than 1 fingerbreath of head even with a hard pour. The soft tan foam subsides quickly to just cover the beer. It is a slightly cloudy reddish brown with ruby highlights at the edges.

The aroma is mainly of rich milk chocolate. There's some raisin perhaps. Earthy. Nice chocolate burps

The taste begins with a lot of sweet malt, candi sugar, and lots of chocolate. A mild dryness grows to perfectly balance out the syrup. The carbonation level is just right -- it gets out of the way of the flavors. I don't get a lot of bitterness. Fruity esters are subtle.

Good balance. Finish is slightly dry. Warmth of alcohol comes towards the end. Somewhat winey. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, this is yet another excellent Belgian dark. Either I'm appreciating these Belgians more, or this one is just better. (936 characters)

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

I got a marvelous big tan head ( almost meringue like ) on top of a very dark reddish body and left a nice lace. A slightly sweet aroma with a kind of bannana bread scent to it. As it warms up the alcohol smooths out the sweetness in the aroma. The alcohol asserts it self right away in the flavor but gives way a warm spicey bitterness that finishes very clean and smooth. (373 characters)

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

The aroma starts with big banana esters that give way to spicier phenols. It also gives a malty, even toffee like impression, with raisin and plum notes and vanilla lingering.

The beer is a deep mahogany, with ruby and amber highlights and a dense and slightly tawny head.

It starts fruity and malty but quickly gives way to a pleasant nuttiness that fades to a lightly bittered, spicy and warming swallow. The finish is to malt with spiciness (anise and pepper notes) that linger.

The body is medium, with a medium high carbonation with the slightest touch of astringency. the finish is spicy and warming.

My sample was only 7 months old, according to the bottle. This is an intriguing and sublime beer that I will buy again, this time to cellar. (760 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a mahogany color with a thick, chunky tan head. The aroma is malty, with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of phenols. It has a bit of graininess as well. The flavor is malty with a bit of brown sugars and a touch of dark fruits. It has a warming sweetness in the end, but it finishes dry. It is a medium-full bodied brew that is a bit warming and alcoholic. Not too bad, but I expected more.

Sampled 12/14/03 (421 characters)

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

It pours a hazy milk chocolate brown, more amber at the edges. Two fingers if light brown head grows and then swiftly shrinks to a pithy gauze of froth. Slippery lacing slides down the insides of the glass.

In the aroma, a caramel malt sweetess gives way quickly to a distinct yeast tang. A distant but real berry perfume glances against a sinewy alcohol vapor.

The first sip delivers a cresting toasted malt sweetness that's abruptly truncated by a nutty toffee earthiness. A peripheral chocolate/coffee presence spins about the middle. Alcohol bounds in brusquely toward the end before a yeasty sourness pairs with a vagues dryness to round out the finish. The multiple components blend smoothly to provide a deceptively simple flavor.

Medium bodied, the down-to-earth elements fill the mouth roundly, coating the palate before easing gradually away.

My, my, what these yeasties can do! They make this Belgian complex and simple at the same time, defining refined and smooth. It exists on multiple levels, and each is full and satisfying. The ABV is not exactly sneaky, making a real and solid impression, but that's certainly to be expected, and the complete flavor profile does well in overcoming the alcohol's barriers and making another a virtual certainty. I've never been there, but I have to believe that Belgium is one very lovely, wonderful place. (1,374 characters)

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

pours out dark and rich, large head. looks good. big aroma, raisin, fig, spice...spicy fruit! smells rich. light hints of alcohol. welcoming. full and smooth in the mouth, yet with a crisp sharp carbonation. good balance. flavors of dark fruits, caramel, big green apple skins, finishes with the slightest bit of tartness. alcohol fumes fill the notrils after swallowing, but not in an offensive way. warming and flavorful. a big beer that doesnt flex its ABV% muscles but showcases its unique flavors and qualities instead. top notch.

$4.99 for 12oz (553 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 jed
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown, 33 cl bottle with "Authentic Trappist Product" mark, along with suggested serving glassware. Label text in French and German; best if consumed by 4/15/08. Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a warm, hazy brown that doesn't let any light get through. Weird layering: a small layer of clear, unclouded brown above the body of the beer, which is hazy with floating particles. One finger head with weak head retention. As the head dissipates, it leaves behind a thick trail of dirty, light brown lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smell dominated by green raisins and alcohol esters. Hints of other fruits, especially fig, and even some caramel.

Taste: Nose of strong fruit flavors, fig and raisins balanced by cloves and a spicy streak of pepper. As the beer warms, more pronounced banana flavor and brown sugar sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable. Aftertaste has a harsh alcohol flavor, which is unfortunate. Slightly bitter, grape finish with lingering cloves, cinnamon and warming alcohol. Very slight hint of citrus/apricot as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with well-balanced carbonation. Feels a little bit thin at times, but nothing serious. 4.0

Drinkability: The high alcohol content is masked very well, but it stills slips through at times and takes away from otherwise perfect drinkability.

I picked this up along with a bottle of Rochefort 10, and after sampling this I can't wait to try the 10. An excellent, very flavorful beer hurt only by a little bit of obvious alcohol presence. After taking one sip I realized what DFH was trying to nail down with their Raison d'Etre, but this is way better. Would be interesting to see how Rochefort 8 holds up in a cellar, given how far away the freshness date is. (1,773 characters)

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

A cloudy chestnut color with a tan head. Acidic aroma with some chocolate,tobacco, and alcohol on the nose. A very bubbly light to medium body with a bit of a buttery texture. Flavors of sweet dark fruits (cherries,plums) and tobacco balanced with an alcoholic finish. A nice Trappist but not a standout. (304 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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