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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,148
Reviews: 1,750
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 246
Gots: 466 | FT: 16
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

Tried back to back with the 10, would recommend doing so as well!

A - Same color as the ten dark mahogany brown, thick very light tan head that is semi-creamy looking. Very much unfiltered.

S - Semi-sweet with hints of toasted bread, candied sugar, sweet figs, and caramel. Quite complex just not as aromatic as I had hoped.

T - A little spicier than the 10 and there is a slight slight hop presence. Lots of sugars and yeast esters throughout the beer with complex flavors of toffee, biscuits, and dates.

M/D - Medium body, slightly more carbonation "harshness" than the 10, and finishes semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a bit funky with flavors of burnt bread, roasted malts, and cooked sugar. Still very drinkable and a very good beer.

Definitely the little brother to the Rochefort 10 but still a solid brew all around.

10-10-2010 02:17:45 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of Pballa4lyfe


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

A- a beautiful caramel color, brown, with white thick head

S- chocolatey, brown sugar, very pleasant aroma

T- again with the chocolate, yummy, sweet but not overpowering, very good, couldn't taste the alcohol, very well blended

M- good mouthfeel, some carbonation

D- could probably only have about 2 of these in a night before the sweetness got to you

Overall, great beer, it was a pleasant experience and i would buy again

10-08-2010 20:46:43 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a massive light brown head that looks light a big round rising loaf of bread. Holds shape nicely. Aroma is sweet and brown sugary. Nice dark dried fruit flavors. This tastes like raisins! This is slightly warming with some light hints of spices. Smooth and medium bodied. Yes this is great, id rather go for the added kick of the 10 though.

10-07-2010 03:13:37 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of gdrydenc


4.83/5  rDev +11.5%


A - I never thought that appearance could be that much different between beers. However, this beer breaks that mold. Granted, this is only my second trappist, but the sediment floating in the beer blows my mind. The color is exactly what I expected. The head poured fantastically and stayed along for the ride. Perfect.

S - Fruit! Plum, banana.. a bit of fig? Delicious smell. The best Belgian I've ever smelled. The smell can't really be equated to any other beers I've had.

T - Delicious notes of fruit. A bit sweeter than many other Belgians I've had, but it doesn't knock me over with sweetness. The taste is just as complex as the smell. Can't taste the alcohol at all... is this really 9.2%?

M - The mouthfeel is a perfect representation of the style. It foams in the mouth, but doesn't prevent you from swallowing, like I've experienced with other Belgians.

D - Drinkability is the only fault of this otherwise impeccable beer. And by 'fault', I mean it isn't the best I've seen from the style. It is nearly perfect, but the sweetness and heaviness could get to me after more than one of these.

Overall, I love the trappist style and this is the best representation I have seen of this style. Incredible.

10-06-2010 02:43:03 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.2% ABV, 220414 printed on the label.

A - Sediment in suspension gives the merlot-colored beer a cloudy appearance. I poured with as little of it as possible. Fully carbonated, a dense light tan head rushed up to about three fingers and sank slowly. A little lace covers the glass initially.

S - An odd (not bad) smell reminiscent of something I can't quite put my finger on really opens the aroma up. That's combined with a heavy fruity complexity of dark cherries, figs, and a touch of plum that all come from the ester-producing Belgian yeast. Old wood house and yeast throw in a little loop from the fruitiness as well as the dark candi sugar and caramelized malts in the back.

T - Sweet dark candi sugar and caramelized malts really play out strong here. The fruits from the Belgian yeast esters also double up in the flavor. Fig and prune hints blend nicely with dark cherries and some maple syrup-like sweetness. No real hop presence at all on this one. The alcohol barely comes out either.

M - Speaking of alcohol, it's mainly perceived in the feel retro-nasally, otherwise a slight warming sensation slowly grows. It's a full-bodied, richly sweet, very smooth beer. No bitterness, but still not over-the-top sweet either.

D - For how sweet this one is, it's got fantastic drinkability. I had a craving to try it so I ran out and got this one and I'm certainly happy I did! Sipping this awesome beer on a cool day is perfect!

10-04-2010 12:30:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of vandemonian


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Trappistes Rochefort has a cloudy, brown colour and a good head that lasts. It smells quite sweet and citrus hops. The initial taste is quite sweet honey but as it stays in your mouth it just gets maltier. This beer has as a nice medium body and the carbonation gives it a bit of froth in the mouth.

10-04-2010 04:06:51 | More by vandemonian
Photo of kbutler1


3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottle. Best date of 220414. Pours a murky brown mahagony color with a very fluffy white head that quickly settles to form a nice coaster. Solid aroma of caramel, toffee, and slight touch of alcohol. Some spice notes as well. Well carbonated leads to a medium/light mouthfeel. Raisins, caramel, and tofee dominate the taste as well as a warming alcohol taste at the end. Some nuttiness as well with some bitterness lingering. Carbonation level slightly takes away from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

10-03-2010 19:48:04 | More by kbutler1
Photo of HeckYeah


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Pours a hazy nutmeg brown with lots of floating sediment. Streams of bubbles floating up in single file lines and the sediment rides up them like a cyclical elevator. A light initial head, but as it sat it formed a half-inch melted marshmallow head with flecks of sediment making it look like someone sprinkled coco poweder on a cappuccino.
Smell: At first i thought the smell was overwhelmed by the bowl of fruit next to me, but after sniffing coffee to clear my nose and walking into the other room, i realize the fruit smell was from the beer. I smell plumb and dried pear.
Taste: Very refined and balanced. There's no overpowering hops, or competing malts. The Belgian yeast is very evident, but it doesnt have that banana taste i commonly think of when drinking very Belgian beers. Tastes of figs and plums with honey and autumn spices.
Mouthfeel: Frothy head with a smooth and lightly carbonated feel. Slightly warm at the end from the alcohol.
Drinkability: for a 9.2% ABV beer, the alcohol is hidden very well. I would limit myself to one because of the sweetness.

10-02-2010 02:04:42 | More by HeckYeah
Photo of StoutKing0104


4.97/5  rDev +14.8%

A - Deep, murky amber body with visible particles floating on the bubbles seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Pours with two fingers of tan/mocha head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

S - Intoxicating aroma of dark fruit, spices, honey, carmel,malt, and sugars. My mouth was watering from the first sniff.

T - A delicious blend of flavors, including dark fruits like plum, fig, and grape, spices, honey, and light malt that was all balanced perfectly delivering an incredible tasty brew.

F/D - Moderate carbonation with an extremely smooth texture due in part to a thickness that is just right. Keeps the mouth watering for more as it entices the pallet. One of if not the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Still need to try the Rochefort 10 though.

10-01-2010 23:27:30 | More by StoutKing0104
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - very dark brown, super 3 inch+ creamy head

Smell - Spices, malts, barley, honey and sugar. Some carmel and hops even

Taste - Tastey! SMooth, spicey and very easy to drink. These malts are very special, and all the spices really set this beer apart from the rest. I really taste carmal with every drink. This is the Apex of beers, wow.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and smooth. Its a liquid desert in a bottle. Basically this is a treat for your mouth, tounge and pallet. Your mouth tickles from the sugars and malts. You cant get another drink fast enough!

Drinkabilty - I could drink this daily but, no way i should cause i would be spoiled from all other beers. This aint the insane quad 10 that rochefort makes but its right behind it. World class, only 10 is above it

10-01-2010 07:48:13 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I've had, including the Rochefort 10

A - beautiful, slightly cloudy dark amber. Long-lasting tan head.

S - unique but pleasant, with clear note of caramel from malt

M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy

D - superb

T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Clean hoppy/malty finish.

10-01-2010 04:20:56 | More by chinchill
Photo of jlmarshall


4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a murky brown with a 2 inch tan head that quickly recedes to a thin lace. Noticeable sediment at the end of the pour. A divine complex sweet smell not quite as strong as molasses, but more noticeable than brown sugar. Hints of nutmeg maybe, or cinnamon. Maybe figs. The mouthfeel is sharp and bubbly, but very nice with a slight warmth. The taste is sweet and sticky like dark sugars and cream with dark fruits and a slight nuttiness. Even at 9.2%, this beer is remarkably easy to drink and making a very good case for being my favorite beer.

09-30-2010 17:32:45 | More by jlmarshall
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

The ole Trappistes Rochefot numero Ocho! Dug the hell out of numero diez, so I think I'm gonna enjoy this one, as I hear this one's a bit more on the bubbly side.

Pours into a nice cider rich look that makes you feel nice and comfy. *looks around for snuggly blanket and lights fireplace* Anywho, the head didn't last very long, and continues to dissipate as it sits; nothing to write home about.

Like his bro, number 10, this beer smells divine. Led by a pungent fruit that makes you want to sip immediately. Really a strong and alluring scent that most should enjoy. And by the looks of the reviews...they do!

Yep, it's bubbly, and delicious. I think Wine *burp*...raisiny - in that vicinity...I want to say sour apples. Nevertheless, you know of it's reputation, and it delivers.

The carbonation and fizzy feel is something I love, but you may not. As I drink I reminisce about warm gatherings, romance, intimacy....fig newtons. It has a lovely sting that feels...ohhh, old school and slightly refreshing.

This is a beer you want to drink. This is a beer you want to share with people. It's high alcohol content brings smiles fast, it's welcoming look, smell and taste will have brows raising. This is a beer that you'll look forward to having time and time again. Instantly became one of my favorites, and makes me want to go back to big brother number 10 to see if I missed something.

09-26-2010 23:09:00 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Served into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Pours out a deep mahogany, dark and intriguing masking the mystery within. Off white creamy head, with a solid two fingers from the pour that mellows into a swampy film with no lacing.

This mighty brew takes your nostrils on a dark ride that is both rich and complex. Notes of hot caramel, molasses and fruit esters, sweet and rich, but not overpowering. Alcohol is noticeable at the end, but seems mellowed by the malts.

On the palate, there is a rich and hearty, almost savory depth to the malts. Fruit flavors dominate, figs, or muscadine grapes, though the sweetness is balanced well behind a clove-like spiciness and a warming alcohol character. Huge flavors dominate, but are well played against each other, wherein the malt sweetness plays off the alcohol which plays off the spiciness, all creating a medley of flavors and a hard to beat balance.

Medium-high carbonation, and though the ABV is 9.2% it is well masked, making this a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Notes: Some might mention sediment or yeast, but it is important to let it settle to avoid it intervering with the flavors of the beer. A proper pour along with a week of settling in the cellar help.

09-26-2010 22:07:39 | More by Cheesemoose
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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

rochefort 10 has been probably my favorite quaff for a while now, finally getting around to reviewing the 8...

11.2oz bottle served in a trappistes rochefort chalice.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone with a solid finger of creamy off-white head that demonstrates impressive retention. walls of lacing draped along the glass; good amount of sediment. nice appearance.

robust nose full of caramel malt, belgian yeast, and spice. a bit more fruity than the 10, but it's obvious they're related. alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

has a luscious fig/herbal/spicy vibrancy that plays on the palate. same malt and yeast presence that was evident in the nose. IMO not quite on the level of the 10 and has a very slight, vaguely astingent note to it, but very tasty nonetheless. a slightly bitter, warming boozy finish.

mouthfeel is luscious, medium plus bodied with average carbonation. for a BSDA this is insanely drinkable.

09-26-2010 01:50:57 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of codewarrior

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%

330mL Singleton (190814 07:39), Poured into Chalice.

A: Mahogany brown, light amber when held to light, thick. Lots of particulate matter (not sure if that's my pour, the bottle or just the beer).

S: Sweet and Dark ... Rich.

T: Tart and plummy, lots of bubbles, fades into a dry barley.

F: Bubbles! This thing is seriously chomping at the bubble bit. Feels like the thickest champagne in the known universe in the mouth.

D: Good overall, far too much carbonation for the thickness.

09-24-2010 19:11:54 | More by codewarrior
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

11.2oz bottle into tulip glass.

Caramel brown with thick toffee head and great retention. There is a fair amount of continuously rising carbonation with a ton of yeast sediment.

The aroma is quite subtle, though what I can detect are some earthy notes. There are also hints of some caramel malts mixed with raisins. I was hoping for a bit more of a strong nose.

The flavor is of more complex malts coming together to provide quite an enjoyable flavor. There are are also pleasant notes of dark fruit, though they are fairly subtle.
The flavors do thankfully become a bit more pronounced as it continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with some pleasant carbonation in the finish to keep it from becoming too heavy.

Though the flavors and aroma were not quite as upfront as I was expecting, this is easily the most drinkable Belgian dark ale that I have tried thus far. And while the flavors aren't as powerful as I hoped, they are still quite complex and enjoyable.

09-24-2010 03:24:17 | More by vkv822
Photo of BigMike


4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

A: a deep brown ruby red color with two fingers of thin soapy head.

S: definitely more deeper and complex then 6. Some darker fruits make their presence. The sweetness goes from caramel to molasses.

T: molasses and brown sugar. Dark sticky raisins. A slight wine like character.

M: definitely more full bodied then 6. Creamery and smoother with a bit more carbonation.

Overall: a really really good beer. Lots of complexity and flavor. Very delicious. I like this one alot more then 6 and now I'm licking my chops to try 10. As with 6 when the sediment is poured In tons more flavor appears. Would definitely drink this again.

09-24-2010 00:38:37 | More by BigMike
Photo of alkemy


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a pretty clear slightly dark brown/burnt orange color with a moderate tan head. The head faded to a veil pretty quickly. Although the smell is not powerful, there are quite a few different aromas picked up. I get spiced apples, bubblegum, banana bread, raisins, and some cloves. Tastes are fairly similar, yet in a slightly different order. The clove hits first, followed by a burnt caramel, dark dried fruits (I smelled the raisin, but the taste is of cherries and figs.) The finish is slightly dry, but presents similar to a chardonnay. It's a grapy bitterness combined with a bit of alcohol. I really liked this facet. I was disappointed by Rochefort 10, but the 8 made up for it.

09-23-2010 23:51:45 | More by alkemy
Photo of carpezytha


4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

Served in tulip at nearly room temperature (no thermometer today).

A: Huge fluffy head, a very light pinkish brown in color. Body is a deep molasses. Quite a sight. Head settles to a thin covering.
S: Cherry flavored bubble gum, some caramel.
T: A wondrous concoction to be sure. Fennel, caramel, cherries, and some flavors that I just cannot place at the moment.
M: I had forgotten how great this felt in the mouth, perhaps unbeatable. Super creamy but not without a tangyness and carbonation to keep the tongue alive.
D: Yes yes and yes.

09-23-2010 05:18:06 | More by carpezytha
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4.2/5  rDev -3%

09/15/10- Had a 33 cL bottle of this (110314 09:20).
A: Murky brown with a nice cream head that died to a good lace and collar.
S: Raisin, brown sugar, very earthy, wood, and scotch.
T: Sweet malt, rock sugar, brown sugar, slight raisin, gin and scotch finish, green,
M: Slightly syrupy, nice chewy froth.
D: Very good.

09-19-2010 18:05:15 | More by ne0m00re
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a nice dark brown color. The head is a thick two finger light brown foam head. The head dissipates into a small film. Minimal lace.

S: Aromas become more potent as it warms. At first sniff, there is a decent amount of dark fruit (plum, date, raisin), brown sugar and some bready malts.

T: This was a complex but delicious beer. A first taste, the dark fruit hits the palate. In the middle, the sweet brown sugar blends nicely with the dark fruit. On the back end, all the flavors, dark fruit, brown sugar, toast and caramel all come together.

M: Leaves a nice dry feeling on the palate.

D: The alcohol is over 9% but it is very well hidden. This is a spectacular Strong Beligan. Lots of malt flavor that blends exceptionally.

09-17-2010 20:15:14 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of JackieTH


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Poured a turbid brown with big cap of khaki foam.

Smell: Yeast with muted scents of figs, raisins, cloves. Subtle alcohol. I expected a little more intensity out of the nose.

Taste: Raisins, pears, figs, plums, rumcake, slightly spicy - cloves. Mild alcohol presence. Subtle sweetness throughout but balanced by spiciness and finishes dry. Very nice, very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation tingling the tongue with bubbles.

Drinkability: Although complex and with a high ABV, it's very drinkable. But for the cost.

09-15-2010 16:40:40 | More by JackieTH
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

33 cl bottel poured into my Rochefort glass
Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head

A: is full of plum and raisin with a hint of alcohol heat in the nose. A hint of caramel is present as well.

T: is sweet and full of caramel, plum and raisin flavors. Very easy to drink. well done to where only a hint of alcohol heat is present.

M: is full of lingering sweetness of the plum and raisin. Very nice once again. Almost deceptive for the amount of alcohol it has.

Overall, a very nice and drinkable beer! You might want to sip on it as it's deceptively easy to drink.

09-15-2010 10:51:13 | More by beerpirates
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle dated 210415 into a Duvel tulip...

A - Pours a deep mahogany color that has nice hints of ruby red when the light hits it certain ways. A nice foamy light tan color 1.5 finger head forms and retains its form quite well.

S - Very fuity and yeaty up front in the nose. Some great dark cherry aromas and other dark fruits. Some slight spice to it that seems to be clove like. Caramelized sugars seem to be present as well. very nice aromas coming from this glass.

T - Sweet dark fruit flavors come out right away with dark cherries, figs and dates most notably present. There are also some raisins and a slight spice detectable as well. A slight alcohol is noticable at the end of the palate, but it is not offensive in any way.

M - A great mouthfeel here for sure. Nice and buttery on the palate. Nothing too harsh or too little in this one. A slight carbonation that makes it feel slightly bubbly on the tongue.

D - Quite excellent. I got through the bottle pretty nicely before I noticed any real alchohol presence. This is one that I certainly will not pass up again in favor of the 10.

09-14-2010 23:02:28 | More by KAP1356
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