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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,211 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,211
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 484 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hazy brown body shifts to a stunning cherry amber hue when held to the light. A high level of carbonation feeds the nearly three fingers of fluffy and thick beige head with wonderful retention. This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Edit: now that I've decanted the rest of the bottle and the sediment is in the glass, the haziness has increased tenfold and the beautiful cherry amber colour is harder to make out. It's still a fine looking beer but no longer a 5 for me.

Fruitcake is one of the first things that comes to mind after a quick whiff. The nose is incredibly rich. Warm and sticky raisons are layered on top of overly ripe dates and plums which are then sprinkled with brown sugar. The alcohol character is rum like and very sugary, pairing wonderfully with the dark fruits.

A hefty punch of sugary rum like alcohol steps in immediately, spreading itself along the sides of the mouth. It's pronounced but still enjoyable. Alcohol soaked raisons and dates are smattered on the middle of the tongue. The intensity of their sweetness increases as the beer moves along and the alcohol recedes. I still get a bit of that brown sugar character from the nose and it fits nicely in the taste.

Its creaminess and density is something to be enjoyed in itself. Medium to full bodied with an ample amount of carbonation and perfect balance. The booziness in the finish gives it a dry feel in the end.

This reminds me of why BSDA's are one of my favourite styles. Rich, full, and very flavourful. One bottle is a perfect serving. The alcohol presence in the taste was a bit too much for a 4.5 from me but I will be more than happy to revisit this down the road.

ludachris, May 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Belgian Beer Cafe in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured almost black, but more like a very dark brown. Extremely hazy making it look opaque. Half finger khaki head from the pour with weak lacing and no head retention as it was gone fast.

S - Nice and boozy with some fruitcake and lot's of rich, dark fruit. Really inviting with the dark fruit mix. A hint of sugar is there too.

T - Delicious with dark fruits and a nice cherry or plum note. Not too sweet. No alcohol in the flavour. Straight dark fruit makes this very nice.

M - Soft feeling with mild to medium carbonation and a medium body. So very soft and delicate with a slight chew. Feels great.

O/D - Very tasty beer from Rochefort. Nothing they make has been close to average for me. Very drinkable and complex. Nothing to complain about at all.

tbeckett, May 27, 2011
Photo of danedelman
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am editing my review as my tastes have come around a complete 180.

A-deep mahogony with a nice 2 finger creamy white head.

S-dried fruit, candi sugar and dark malts. very fruity. dryness typical to trappist ales.

T-same as the nose with the flavor. Very well done, perfectly fermented and bottle conditioned.

M-medium bodied with a high carbonation which was making for a very drinkable beer.

danedelman, May 27, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured into a Rochefort chalice. Pours a dark, brandy colored reddish-brown. Lots of haze blocks out almost all light. A gentle pour to avoid the loads of sediment at the bottom produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Lots of sweet, fruity alcohol, dark fruits (figs or dates).

T- Amazing. A lot of alcohol at first, but not at all in a harsh way, is surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol produces an array of delicious rum and dark fruit flavors, which especially take over towards the end with lots of dates, figs, and apricot. Spiciness is consistent throughout, although it gives way to fruits towards the end. The malt character is amazing, thick, bready, and sweet like molasses. Phenols are considerable. Hops are pretty much entirely absent.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- One of my favorite beers.

WillCarrera, May 26, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.13/5  rDev -73.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 24, 2011
Photo of iheartIPA
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour gives birth to a pretty, light tan, three finger head. Not soon after calculating the height does the foam disappear, leaving nothing behind but a few lingering suds on the glass. Essentially no lacing. This brew is river murky. Holding it up to the pc monitor, NO light penetrates. Some dredge floats on top of the now 2 centimeter "head" while some dances on the bottom.

Alcohol is first to strike the nose. Vodka? Very boozy. Very hot. This is accompanied by some banana and apricots. It's your classic monk formula but with an almost over-the-top heat.

The taste and its progression go hand in hand with the nose. The alcohol is dominant, then the fruits kick in. There is a super sweet malt that hangs around the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue till the next sip (almost as if this is your reward for working through the heat). Make no mistake; this is a very smooth brew. Just be prepared for the +9%. It isn't hiding.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's certainly not for the faint at heart. But if you're looking for a robust evening sipper, grab a Trappistes Rochefort 8.

Did I mention it was hot?

iheartIPA, May 23, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One thing I love about trappist beers - the head seems to keep growing after you've stopped pouring. Rochefort 8 is no exception. Its light-brown head sits atop an opaque caramel coloured beer with smooth, billowing carbonation.

Rochefort 8 has a wonderful combination of smells, including interesting Belgian yeast, a malty sweetness that isn't overpowering, and subtle spice characters.

In comparison to most other beers, Rochefort 8 is simply amazing. However, when comparing it to other trappist beers it falls short on taste. The malt is very well-balanced with a dry bitterness, with notes of caramel and spice. Its damn good, but its not amazing.

The mouthfell lost points because it felt slightly chalky, but since that contributes to the dryness it actually works well. Its very smooth and drinks well. I'll be drinking more of these in the future.

Intrinsic, May 23, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head. Dissipated fairly quickly with nice lace.

S: Dark bread, spices, slight vinegar.

T: Starts with a slight vinegar sour note, transitions to the dark bread, tart fruit, cloves. Not as much sweetness as expected toward the finish. Noticed very little alcohol presence.

M: Nice carbonation and medium body.

O: Not quite what I expected with the slight vinegar taste, but it didn't really detract from the flavor for me. Didn't overwhelm me as I thought it would, but I think I will seek it out again in the future for comparison and see if anything changes.

djsmith1174, May 22, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2013? Not sure. Anyway, poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Opaque dark sienna body with a half finger of lasting buff cream surrounded by a tall lip of denser foam. Thick pasty lacing. Good retention. Dark chocolate drops of lees dot the top.

Rich, complex malts and esters in the nose: stewed nectarines, prunes, toasted bread, and a light herbaceous note suggesting rosemary and wild flowers.

Deep melanoidins, alcohol laden fruitiness, chocolate, chicory, and more on the palate. Mid-way through you get a touch of hops, delivering a modest yet significant bitterness to the affair. Malt balls and becherovka in the finish. Dry yet sticky with a bit of heat.

Effervescent, chewy, and bready mouthfeel.

An oft overlooked offering from Rochefort - overshadowed by their quad. Excellent on it's own, and perhaps even better as an ingredient in a proper rabbit dish.

augustgarage, May 19, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin cola color into my deep tulip. The light film of head akin to a slightly flat soda.

Nose has a sweet, almost berry quality. Bubble gum, caramel, figs, some banana and a light hint of alcohol.

The head on this beer belied the carbonation which foams the tongue with a watery sweetness of dates, molasses and almost-sour cherries. Honestly that's the best I could describe it - it's a hard to pick out exactly what I'm tasting with this one. It's very clean with a wet finish combined with stick malt stickiness. The abv does nothing to hinder another sip...I honestly found it too easy drinking; I kind of like a bit more body with my strong dark ales, but maybe I should just drink quads when the mood strikes - Still, the simplicity of this one defies it's nuance.

-- That's a Trappist! --

OldIronLungs, May 17, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had a bigger bottle. Poured with a little yeast sediment which some was suspended in the frothy three finger head of light brown. Lace is sticky and clings from the top of the pour to the last of the glass. Color is a deep brown, a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is exquisite, with aromas of figs and dates, molasses, banana, spices, and malt. Taste is almost a good as the smell, with the sweetness of dates, molasses, honey, caramel, toffee, coffee, banana, and malt. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a punch from the carbonation, and a little mealy from the floating yeast. Plenty of punch from the alcohol hidden in the wonderful sweet flavor, a nice warming feeling from the first sip and flows over you like a large wave. Slightly pricey for every day drinking, but a great treat.

beerprovedwright, May 16, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.33/5  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!

BlackHaddock, May 14, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-A very murky dark brown with some hints of red. A beige fluffy 3 inch head rests on top and slowly reduces to a light film. Some nice lacing rests along the side of the glass. Also some yeast floating around as the bottom of the glass.

Smell-Instantly I get two aromas, booze and fig. No matter how many times I go back that booze is really coming through. Some spice and banana in there as well.

Taste-This beer very much tastes like rum off the bat. Booze, lots of dark fruits and lots of sweet malts as well. Although the booze is very predominant it is extremely smooth and balanced. This is an incredibly tasting beer thats so simple, but complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel-Light-Moderate carbonation that coats the tongue and mini flavor morsals burst all over. So smooth and balanced.

Overali-Ya, this beer deserves the hype, it's very nice. I just love the complexity and the fact that it's easy to drink and goes down easy. Definitely going to seek out the 6 and the 10.

SWMeyer4141, May 11, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep muddy brown color with a one-finger cap of tan foam. Very nice head retention and some proper lacing.

Deep and complex smelling. Fresh homemade bread, earthy hops, dried plum, fig and toffee.

Highly complex tasting. I would say this matches up with the nose quite well. Bready, dark fruit and toffee/molasses sweetness. Earthy/spicy hops and some rich malt with a touch of roast. A little warm alcohol felt, but not really tasted. Very deep flavor.

Fuller bodied with lots of frothy and soft carbonation and a supreme dryness.

Top notch beer here. It's not one that I am absolutely blown away by, but it is one that is just all around well done and it has been consistently made for so long. This one must be tried at least once.

jera1350, May 11, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with amber notes and a huge fluffy tan head. very well carbonated, it's bubbly like a champagne which is visible despite it's dark color. smell of caramel, dark fruit and dark malts. taste is similar and very smooth. the taste is not overpowering and is almost like a "light" BSDA, but in a good way. Nice offering from Rochefort, perhaps my favorite of the three.

Blanco, May 11, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured root beer brown with a humongous three finger head of tan thick foam.

S: Damp forest, wood, dates, root beer.

T: Dates, cinnamon, dark oat bread, herbal tea, slight honey, root beer, alcohol. Transitions effortlessly between the candy sweetness of dried fruit and bready flavors. Enough spice to accent the highs and lows but not overpower. Balanced and hides the booze well.

M: Lively, well carbonated, medium and smooth.

O: Phenomenal. So interesting and enjoyable to drink. Nothing overwhelms.

legalpete19340, May 10, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; light brown, hazy body with some yeast floating about. An off white head constantly replenishes itself and a nice collar lives so so lacing.

smell; sugary rum and fermenting figs. Very cane sugar-like quality, reminds me of Indian jaggery. Plums, pears and red apples in thier too with some dried, chocolate covered mango.

taste; upfront, a very intense dark fruit and rum flavor. Next warms up with yeast before falling bitter in the finish in a vegemite sort of taste. Alcohol perceived. Aftertaste is somewhat like dark chocolate. Even some nutty notes from start to finish, black walnut comes to mind.

mouthfeel; sharp alcohol burn and velvety carbonation. Smooth warm finish. Medium to heavy bodied but sits light in the stomach.

overall; one of the best examples of the style I've had, truly amoung the best.

Sachsenfreude, May 09, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head that dissipated quickly

smell - cocoa, molasses, oak, plums, red grapes, hint of cherries

taste - cocoa, oak, plums, red grapes, hint of cherry, black licorice

mouthfeel - full bodied, full carbonation, woodsy on the finish, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the middle, slightly boozy on the way down

overall - good beverage overall

keithmurray, May 08, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great color, deep burgundy with tine bubbles that are very hard to notice unless held up to light that race to the off white head that is light and spritzy.

Dark fruits galore, prunes, licorice, red currant, winey aromas, earthy with mushroom esters, dark, deep aromas much much more going on.

What unique flavors to this beer. Again very deep dark and complex. Reminds me of some Pomerol Bordeaux wines I've had. Black fruits, black cherry, black and red currants, anise, mushrooms, black truffle, prune, fig, burnt caramel, dank wet earth. So much going on christ. Carbonation is very lively but not in negative way. Man I'm amazed.

mcallister, May 08, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

pours an extremely dark, slightly cloudy, brown. good initial head of fine white bubbles, recedes to a thin layer, lacing is non-existent. one smell, and you know you're in for a treat. warm mix of plum, sweet malt and an alcohol backing that is not unlike a top-shelf cruzan rum.

taste is a medley of flavors, all filling a role, while none overpowering. big, fruity front end. plum, earthy-tones, incredible warming alcohol from the first taste, malt-hop balance is exceptional. the back-end is clean and begs for additional drinks. while the appearance of the carbonation is a bit uninspiring, it holds up exceptionally well for mouthfeel.

this is indeed a world-class beer.

robbrandes, May 08, 2011
Photo of iguenard
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 43/50, 9.2% alc/vol, Home, after some chips) Opaque dark brown with little shiny redbrown
colors seeping through its dark shroud. Head is voluptuous and lasting. Doesn’t lace as it should. Dark fruits, like black raspberries, chocolate, and a grasy hops that sends alcoholic and dry wheat aromas in the air. Quite strong alcoholic aromas. A good mix of hops and malts. Whisky highlights. Dark chocolates are the first flavour felt. Very sweet black chocolate, cherry syrup and candi sugar turn very quickly to a grassy bitter, not quite flowery, but more like herbs and spice. Gives spicy, bubblegum, roasty, herb flavours that just keep hitting home with power. VERY bubbly, basic, but with a fresh
hoppish bite that evens out the high amount of sugars. Awesome beer with a great varied complex taste, a good look and a great, light but voluptuous body. Trappist ales at their best, with drinkeability, strength and complexity.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a C&B Belgian beer glass from a 33cl bottle. Poured a dark brown, maple syrup color with two fingers of head and some sediment in the glass.

The nose of this beer has all sorts of smells hitting me full on. Sweet malts, syrupy, brown sugar and/or molasses, caramel, cake batter, and a some serious heat radiating from the alcohol content.

Taste is in your face alcohol! Throw in some figs, apricots, raisins, a dash of Tabasco sauce even. There is a raw earthiness to this beer with an alcoholic, dry finish. Very sweet up front with some molasses and black licorice.

A lively mouthfeel--well carbonated, like a ginger ale. Dry and light/delicate almost yet packs a punch with the intense heat and flavors. Overall a very strong, interesting, complex ale.

JohnnyP3, May 06, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A castle of meadow cream foam nestles comfortably atop a pitch black tar liquid... lacing all the way down. This pours and look like a dream brew.

Cocoa, cranberries and strong dark malts race through the nose

Thick caramel and dark fruits at the front, big alcohol cream in the back with some belgian candy sweetness on top of a yeasty dough of pleasure

The mouth feel is a huge success of heavy bodied silken cream and an alcove of miniature carbonation followed by a warm greeting.

Ok, so I realized I had not reviewed a Trappist Ale in a long time so I'll man up and say it. I used beer advocate's "top examples of style" to help my search for a great start. There I said it. Great idea on my part because this beer was fantastic. It was a fluffy cream of booze and sweets. I highly recommend it.

JoeAmerican77, May 06, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew has a light brown tint and fruity smell to it. The alcohol is most definitely there. Not like the Rochefort 10 though. I do believe this brew is easier to drink and has a larger appeal to the taste buds than the rochefort 10. EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING about this beer lets us know there is a place in the world that makes perfection. This beer comes from there. Enjoy with friends and only friends who like to share.

STKPICR0720, May 05, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, ok in a chalice glass. The beer pours a nice orange brown color with a trace of off white head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has notes of caramel and fig. The taste has very sweet notes of caramel, figs and grapes. The mouthfeel has nice balance of velvet and carbonation. Overall a very good Belgian.

csiewert, May 03, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,211 ratings.