Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,505
Reviews: 1,778
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 278
Gots: 590 | FT: 20
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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 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.

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.

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.

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! --

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of MarkVegas
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark reddish color with a thick foam head that dissipates quickly with good lacing after.

S- Spicy on the nose with hints of burnt sugar/molasses.

T- Initially chocolaty with hints of the burnt sugar that was indicated by the nose. Finishes beautifully bitter.

M- Good body with perfect carbonation. Creamy.

O- Great beer. Nose was not as complex as i would have liked but the taste and and everything else about the beer make it an excellent brew.

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark murky copper color with a thick foam head that sticks around for a while. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.

S- Lots of spice and Belgian yeast in the nose. Some toffee and a slight buttery aroma as well.

T- I was a little let down by the nose but the flavor more than makes up for it! Rich brown sugar and dark candied fruit flavor with some oak and roasted hazelnuts. Lots of fruity esters and a touch of caramel with a warm alcohol burn in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O- Overall the appearance and nose made me doubt this brew for a second but the flavor came through in the end. A truly nice beer.

Photo of Swedes21
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark deep raisin colour, almost cook like. unable to see through the beer, can pick up some carbonation, the head is a nice off-white, good volume and some real good lacing.

Smell - very strong smelling beer, i can pick up some prunes/raisins along with a strong spice followed with hints of chocolate. almost a deep red wine smell as well.

Taste - what a taste, like a bitter red wine with chocolate and aged prunes. such an overwhelming taste, bitterness, lasting, so complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - extreme taste packed in here, dynamic and filling to the mouth, nothing more you could ask for.

Overall - this is an happy i tried, one id have again but not a session beer. what a great experience.

Photo of JoeyV
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

A: Opaque chocolate brown with a large, quickly forming head. Little visible carbonation.

S: Positively enticing - I could smell this as soon as I opened the bottle. Bittersweet dark chocolate with slight spicy notes - if smell is any indicator, this is going to be good.

T: Initially I get dark chocolate (as hinted by the aroma) and brown sugar, with subsequent notes of cloves and black cherries. At first, the added sugar is well balanced out by the beer's bitterness, but the sweetness becomes more apparent as the glass gradually gets warmer, and consequently harder to enjoy. Alcohol content is hard to taste.

M: Thinner than I was expecting, but not watery. Light carbonation really lets the flavor shine through.

O: This is definitely exceptional - the sweetness is a little overpowering but on the whole I'd say they did a fantastic job. It's both bold and complex, but not too challenging to just relax and enjoy. It reminds me a lot of Westvleteren's 8 - a more than adequate substitute until the next time I go to Belgium!

Photo of Dubbledown
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14.9 oz nonic. Serving temperature 52 degrees. Color is a very dark, cloudy brown. Tremendously large head which quickly recedes to about 3/4-inches, leaving excellent lacing. Smells like a spring forest. Medium mouthfeel with excellent evaporation. Flavor is of many dried and fresh fruits, spiced caramel and vanilla with a great clean alcohol finish. As the brew warms in the glass, you may notice even more flavors: burnt sugar, cinnamon, clove and raisins. Since we can't get Westvleteren 8 around here anymore, I think this is the best Abbey Dubbel available.

Grade A Purchased at Stoney's -- $5.99 each

Photo of HattedClassic
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A cloudy dark brown beer. Pours a vigorous but not crazy light tan head that lasts and leaves some lacing that ultimately recedes.

Smell: Fruity and spicy and floral. The fruits I can unquestionably get area cherries and plums. I can also get a whiff of some the alcohol but it isn't too strong and doesn't really detract. In fact I would say it improves the beer by slightly contrasting with the fruits.

Taste: The taste mimics the smell but the cherries play a much larger role than the plums and alcohol. The plums soften the tartness of the cherries while the alcohol contrasts the other two. I notice a slight caramel malt flavor rolling around there among the fruits.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a creamy feel. The alcohol also warms the throat very well as it goes down.

Overall: I could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy if it wasn't so damn expensive.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,505 ratings.