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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,123
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 246
Gots: 459 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of larryi86


4.85/5  rDev +12%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice dark brown color with a large off-white head.

S- A very fruity smell, mainly raisins, with hints of alcohol.

T- Just beautiful. This is a complex beer mixing dark, roasted malts with sweet raisin/fruit flavors and hints of vanilla hiding that it is 9.2% ABV.

M- This is a smooth and heavy beer that stays in your month leaving wanting more.

D- This is better than having a great dessert. It is smooth, complex, bitter sweet, and leaves you wanting more. I only bought one so I took my time drinking it because I want to enjoy every single drop; knowing that is all that I have to drink.

05-07-2010 23:36:40 | More by larryi86
Photo of elgiacomo


4.33/5  rDev 0%

11.2oz bottle, best by June 13, 2012.

Served cool room temp into a Duvel tulip. Pours murky brown with a large head that fills the glass nicely. The swirled remnants of the bottle drizzled over the top take on the effect of a fudge topping, the foamy head holds very well giving this a very dessert-like appearance.

Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruits, figs, plums, some cherries, brown sugar, molasses, bread, yeast, noticeable alcohol is the only detractor on the nose, but still a very potent and complex aroma.

Flavor is very malty, chocolaty, dark breads, less fruit than on the nose but there is still some raisins, plums, grapes, very flavorful. Alcohol is also there in the flavor, especially earlier in the glass.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes a touch watery.

The Rochefort beers are some of my favorites, very rich and complex, a treat to enjoy.

05-02-2010 04:29:26 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev -13.9%

poured from a 330 ml bottle it poured a dark ambe colorr with a full 3 finger head that recedes very slow... the smell is strong spice and fruit and yeast and vanilla...the taste is spice and currant fruit with vanilla bean very sugary and sweet a little caramel..the mouth feel is thick and sweet a little too sugar taste for me ..its very drinkable @ 9.2 not detectable its a slow sipper and a recommended one..not my favorite strong especially at the price point

04-30-2010 23:20:17 | More by gatornation
Photo of DNICE555


2.9/5  rDev -33%

Poured half a bottle into my snifter.

A - Dark amber with a yeasty head. The most chuncks I have ever seen floating around in a beer. (I left an ounce in the bottle so I didn't pour all the sediment from the bottom)

S - Smells like apple juice.

T - Tastes Like carbonated hard cider.

M - Sweet, full flavored.

D - I could barley finish it. Not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Rochefort 10 much more.

04-29-2010 19:20:30 | More by DNICE555
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A - Poured a deep amber brownish reddish with a generous off white yeasty head. The carbonation jumped from the bottom of the glass like fireworks. Lacing was nice and sticky.

S - Very cool. Very subtle. Vanilla dominates the odor. Smells fresh and clean and candy-like. Unreal sweetness.

T - Holy moly. Is it possible for a beer to taste better than a fruit drink? Indeed it is and this is the proof. Tastes kind of like a tropical punch, grape juice mix.

M - VERY full and rich. The flavor is intense and incredible...this beer is a big beer though. Very spicey and cooling finish.

D - Pretty fantastic beer. Very big beer though. Probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting, but one that I would definitely have again.

04-26-2010 01:06:49 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ChadQuest


4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

This is a nice Trappist, Not as great as the Rochefort 10, but a lighter and dryer representation from the brewery. Still the medium viscosity mouthfeel and tightly packed fine carbination, but with more drinkability, well, relativaly since this is still 9%. perhaps losses some of the complexity of the 10,especially with the much dryer finish, but steller in its own right. There is a huge spicy Gingerbread note on the finish, and some light yeast, malt,and a big earthyness also. quite enjoyable, almost tastes like a christmas brew to me.

04-25-2010 05:21:59 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of mmahut

Czech Republic

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Vive les trappistes! One of my favourite beers from Belgium is from Rochefort Brewery.

I have very similar experience with Rochefort Trappistes 10.

Appearance (4): Dark brown, beautiful in the glass.

Smell (3.5): Strong, spice, fruit.

Taste (4.5): Sugar with strong fruit taste. Wonderful.

Mouthfee (4): Very strongly carbonate at first impression, even surprising a little at first. Followed by light sweetness.

Drinkability (4): I would not want to wake up after few bottles given the high volume of CO2 with almost 10% of Alc.

04-24-2010 10:28:43 | More by mmahut
Photo of johnwarne


4.72/5  rDev +9%

A beer haiku for you:

"Rochefort, oh so fine!
Standard bearer for the ale;
Drink one and be blessed".

Without doubt, one of the world's finest ales. More difficult to find than even a year or two ago, but if you see one or two 'pounce': the price is worth the enjoyment that you will receive from this beauty.


04-22-2010 23:44:22 | More by johnwarne
Photo of bsp77


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Chocolate brown with an orange-yellow cast. Very foamy head at first that settles down an leaves a thin persistent layer. Lots of floaties.

Smell: Plums, figs and other sweet dark fruit. Some alcohol and mustiness.

Taste: Strong sweet figs, plum, caramel and sugar counterbalanced by light leathery and musty yeast. Dries out slightly toward the end and becomes an intoxicating mixture of dry, sweet and musty malts.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, chewy, smooth body with a light dry finish. Warming.

Drinkability: Complex, yet very approachable. Gotta love the monks.

04-20-2010 01:23:47 | More by bsp77
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

A- Nice white head, beautiful red/brown color. The amount of yeast in this one was a bit off putting though.

S- Nice dark dried fruits. Classic dubbel aromas.

T- Nice malt backbone. Bigger malt backbone than typical. Raisins, plums, other dark fruits. Very subtle. A bit of alcohol is obvious.

M- High carbonation, pretty style-classic.

D- A really classic example here. Nice strong ale.

04-19-2010 01:07:18 | More by thisisxxmyIPA
Photo of metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a snifter glass with a medium sized off-white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light aroma of dark fruits and spices that becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between malty sweetness, the fruits and spices and bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part it is fairly well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, bubbly and a little boozy. The finish feels dry.
D: It's very easy to drink for the high level of alcohol content.

04-18-2010 20:45:36 | More by metter98
Photo of ATSJer


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Cloudy caramel color, lots of fine sediment, ivory colored head or moderate density, head built quickly and dissipated slowly. Not a lot of apparent effervescence, sediment hands in the brew instead of falling to the bottom of the glass. Very cloudy, I can't tell if its the brew that is blocking the light or the sediment I'm thinking maybe both.

Not a lot of strong smells, but the first wiff had some nice sweet hints, after swirling you can get the malts, but still not really strong like an Imperial Stout.

Complex; some spices that are not hops but it has a nice balance of malts, with some hoppiness bitterness on the back of the tongue. No apparent alcohol taste. Aftertaste is mostly malts with some woodiness.

Medium body a nice balance between an Irish Ale and an Imperial Stout. More effervescent than I was expecting, some light sweet fruitiness that hangs as well.

Overall Impressions:
It was good, but quite honestly I'd rather have the #6. I was kinda disappointed because of how much I really liked the #6, this is still a very fine brew, you can taste the complexities in the brew which really shows how much work goes into the brew, but give me the #6.

04-17-2010 04:26:47 | More by ATSJer
Photo of punkrkr27


4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Cloudy mahogany colored pour with a classic Trappist huge pillowy white head. Dark fruit aroma, not as chocolaty as the 10. Tannic notes, brandy, and spice popping out also. Earthy sweet malt flavor with lots of dark fruit, a little tannic, a touch of cherry and brandy, well hidden alcohol. Medium body with a tingly carbonation and a slight alcohol warming on the finish.

04-13-2010 19:34:47 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Trappistes Rochefort 8. 330 ml. 9.2% abv.

At first glance, Rochefort 8 is the usual BDSA murky marroon. But place it in front of a light, and it radiates a dazzling blood-orange hue that demands respect. Clearly this is unfiltered because tiny specks a floating around, suspended in the joyous liquid and occasionally stirred by the heavy streams of carbonation surging towards the surface. The head is a light tan -- about 1" at first that settles to form a soft pillow atop the burgundy liquid. The lacing is persistent, but it doesn't clump. Rather it coats the side of my Ommegang chalice with a thin off-white film

A soft, sweet, bready smell pervades. Dark fruits -- plums, dates, and raisins -- steeped in alcohol slink in the background. Some brown sugar is also there.

The intake has a soft prickliness -- no doubt the carbonation -- followed by dark fruits: again plums, dates, raisins, figs and currant. Grains, phenols, and alcohol burst in and sweep away my taste buds, leaving behind a trail of winter herbs and spices. The maltiness is huge, dominated by brown sugar and toasty dark bread. Clove spiciness rounds off the finish with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. Surprisingly, there's very little aftertaste, so I'd say it ends clean.

Creamy and silky smooth. It's medium-bodied, but noticeably throws around its weight in about the middle of the sip. It glides lithely through my mouth and down my throat, depositing a wealth of fruit flavors and spices on its way down. Carbonation is appropriately tempered.

It's 9.2% without being overbearing. Ripe fruits and brown sugar malts work in a delightfully complex harmony that is a pleasure to drink.

Enjoyed this with brie, gouda, and whole grain crackers.

04-12-2010 00:50:28 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of spoons


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a dark brown cola like body. a Light tan head follows and doesnt last long. Medium carbonation. Lots of particles in the glass.

Smells like malt, yeast, vanilla, soda. herbs, some alcohol burn. very nice.

Tastes like a blend of chocolate, figs, dark herbs, vanilla. A delicious sipping brew. A true special occasion beer.

04-11-2010 05:27:52 | More by spoons
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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

Picked up all three Rochefort offerings for a side-by-side comparison. Here's review #2:

Rochefort 8 boasts a lively carbonation and just a dash of pulp-esque sediment. Color is a deep tan and the rich, white lacing seems to have a bit more staying power than that of the 6.

A deep, nutty aroma permeates this brew and a subtle oakiness reminds one of barrel-aged beers and red wine. Alcohol is much more pronounced than the smaller ABV model and anisette's dry sweetness seems to be the perfect point of comparison.

Flavor has a dry, complex tone that prominently features a prune's tartness and a subtle alcoholic burn. Seems to be miles away from the sweeter aspects of the 6, reflecting the brutish dryness that made the Allagash Odyssey so appealing. Yeast is evident on the aftertaste and I'm reminded of the sweet & dry combination present in Cinnamon Raison bread.

Occasionally, the startlingly dry conclusion can overpower the other flavors, but it's not entirely unappealing and there's something intriguing about the warmth that each sip of this brew provides. It doesn't seem to be the easiest beer to drink, but it's one that is thought provoking, original and far from bland.

04-11-2010 02:23:25 | More by deapokid
Photo of rarbring


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer is brown, dark brown, a bit hazy, a beige very high and firm head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is ranging from malty dark bread to acid tones, sour cream, leather, hay and a whiff of old stable.

The taste is much sweet, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, plums, sherry, Madeira, malty tones, dark bread crust, then some bitter notes, cherry seeds, bitter almonds, a hint of salt cheese and yeast.

The carbonation is rather high, the body is complex. A long and stimulating aftertaste.

With a ripe cheese and fresh bread this beer makes a truly good meal.

04-09-2010 18:27:30 | More by rarbring
Photo of jkeane22


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from a bottle, cellar temperature (about 60 degrees).

Appearance - perfect. rich color, perfect foam

Smell - subtle carmel and citrus tones. Smell balanced between malt and hops.

Taste - magnificent. Carmel malt taste is slightly dominant but well balanced by citrusy hops. Starts rich and a little sweet and ends with a nice spicy edge. Surprisingly there is a bit of carbonation in the ale that creeps up on you, but very balanced. There is a lot of complexity here in flavors and texture. I have the feeling that I could drink this Ale for years and not get tired of it.

Mouthfeel - very good. Thick, with the foam subtle but ever present, and a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability - outstanding. The great qualities of this Ale are subtle. One does not tire that easily.

Overall, you can do a lot worse, and maybe not much better, in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

04-09-2010 05:32:55 | More by jkeane22
Photo of AgentMunky


3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a chalice.

A: Meh. Little head, no lacing, no tracing. A mild-dark brown with strange particulate matter (yeast?) floating all around.

S: A strong floral or fruity nose. Second whiff confirms fruit, dark fruits, and alcohol. Pleasant, but doesn't hold my attention.

T: An instant spiciness mingles with the sweet alcoholic fruits.

M: A nice mouthfeel, with lingering sweetness and subdued but titillating carbonation.

D: Very nice, but by no means my favourite of the variety. I was honestly a little disappointed. I'll try one on tap some day, and maybe I'll revise my opinion.

04-09-2010 02:03:25 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Rochefort 8 into wide goblet

Pours a murky mahagony with tangerine highlights and a one finger
beige head that trails delicate lace.

Nose is fig, rum raisin, orange zest, spice, earth. Lots of similarity
to the 10, but not as pronounced.

Lots of dark fruit and spice, white pepper, tangerines, dark candi,
earthy hops, alcohol heat, chalky yeast. Starts off with a soft malty
sweetness and ends with a tangy bitterness.

Medium body with brisk carbonation, feels fluffy and refined.

Super elegant beverage that I could easily consume way too much of.
Shares lots of similarities with its more potent brother #10, but is a
bit softer. While it lacks some of the complexities, it makes up for
it in overall beauty.

04-06-2010 16:33:28 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of Adoxander


4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

A mildly fruity, malty smell welcome you to your glass of this beer. Very sweet and aromatic. The pour is unusual in the amount of sediment that is in the beer, but perhaps that is common to the style. The mouth is fairly spicy, dancing on the tongue. Distinct sweet malt flavors linger as an aftertaste.

Drinkability is high, not overwhelming but pleasantly warm and smooth.

04-06-2010 02:25:19 | More by Adoxander
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Dated: 011014 L 08:15
From: The Beer Temple, 33cl

G: Chimay chalice

A: Dark cloudy reddish brown body with 2 fingers of white head. Head retains quite well and leaves great lacing.
Having it again tonight and there is loads of thick clumps of yeast. Rather interesting.

S: Mixture of dark fruits and funky yeast. Nothing else is to prominent as i can't pick out much differentiation in the fruit.

T: Dark fruits blended will with yeast and spice. This is a great mixture. The fruity-tartness is strong, but not off putting and the spices compliment for a nice finish.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creates a pleasant creamy feeling in the mouth and leaves a dark bitter fruit after taste.

D: What a great beer this is. I enjoyed every last drop of if and hope I can get it again soon.

04-05-2010 15:19:02 | More by Long813
Photo of Popkas


4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an auburn brown with a thick creamy head. Smell is a nice blend of vanilla and raisin with a large malt profile. Taste is huge malt, some booze, dark fruit and vanilla. The mouth feel is very thick and syrupy. Drinkability is high - very good beer.

04-04-2010 02:38:20 | More by Popkas
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark caramel brown with a full 3 finger head that starts to fade. A ton of floaters and chunks that block light from coming through.

S: Lots of dark fruits. Cherries, apples, plums, raisins. Very complex with a sweet syrupy finish to the nose.

T: Wow. All of the dark fruits noted on the smell pull through and finish a warming alcohol and sweet malt. Belgian yeasts also notable. Also a hint of caramel and chocolate.

M: High carbonation, as noted with the 3 finger head. Sweet malts and fruit coat the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, as most good Belgian Strong Dark's are. Alcohol is well hidden.

04-03-2010 23:24:19 | More by kirkpjr
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4.85/5  rDev +12%

Found this at Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for about $6

A: Looking at the bottle, there is a fine amount of sediment on the bottom. Pours a viscous deep auburn color, with a rocky dense eggshell color head. Retention is excellent. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom as well as yeast chunks floating around.

S: Rum soaked dark fruits (raisin, fig, date, pear?), toffee, caramel, molasses, and a delicious yeast character that really pulls everything together. The malts blend together very well. A waft of alcohol is present, along with some herbal/earthy spices that I can't put my finger on...possibly cardamom or light ginger

T: Wow! Really fruity. Rum soaked over-ripe fruit; raisin, fig, and apple in front. Toffee, caramel, a touch of lactose, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and an awesome woody note (almost a port like character)- The malts tie everything together and add new layers of complexity to the mid-palate, also providing a balancing breadiness. Finally, the tasty yeast profile... The yeast seems to add some spicy esters and an UNBEATABLE crispness, along with some phenolic cloves. I'm not sure that I have come across this particular yeast before (outside of the Rochefort's) but it amazing. It adds a soft buttery note that compliments the esters and really plunges this beer from good to outstanding. Alcohol is dangerously well concealed.

MF/D: Viscous, creamy, amazingly drinkable! There is a long-lingering woody/rummy fruit finish. Far from dry. Carbonation is spot on.

This beer (in my opinion) trumps Rochefort 6 (and every other BSDA I've tried so far), and is on the same level as the 10. Amazingly complex, delicious, and highly addicting!

04-02-2010 22:20:43 | More by scottyshades
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.