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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,200
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 247
Gots: 482 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 katan
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%

11.2 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Massive head formation, about 1" in height. Could be a bad pour. Very hazy, yeasty.

S - A light nose for a belgian. Comes off with a matl sweetness and just the lightest hint of yeast breadiness.

T - Starts with a soft malt sweetness. Gets very dry, very biting. No hopping. Finishes with a very potent phenolic bite, alcohol comes through with a potent sting. Some caramel malt sweetness, raisins. Aftertaste is a bit of a belgian yeast, earthy and spicy.

M - Stinging and biting from all the carbonation. Can be a bit acidic feeling from the strong alcohol. Awfully dry to the tongue.

D - Moderate to almost low drinkability. Mainly because this ABV is fairly zingy, and the carbonation makes it very feeling.

katan, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

A: light maroon color but not completely transparent. Dark fruit colors ie Plum, Raison, Peach Skin

S: Dark fruit, slight bubble gum smell

T: lighter on the dark fruit tastes. had a pleasure carbonated yeasty taste

M: Not to heavy on the tongue. Very crispy and carbonated feeling

D: VERY drinkable except for the price.

Overall a very very drinkable and enjoyable brew!

iconoklaztor, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Hazy dark brown color with lots of sediment. Tan colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and sweet malt, with a little bit of licorice. The flavor is very malty and sweet with molasses, dark fruits, yeast, and some alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is not my favorite Trappist, but this is still a very good beer.

chickenm, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.33/5  rDev 0%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Appearance is very similar to the Rochefort 6, cloudy amber with some sediment, however the 8 has better retention on the head. The nose on the 8 is also much more robust, with belgian yeast and dark fruits. After a few sips, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol are the primary flavors that jump out. Also notes of spice and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than the 6, with a medium carbonation. Drinks nice and smooth, with a touch of warming from the alcohol. A great beer!

kylejohnson03, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Serving type and glassware: 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Rich rosewood color with a cream-hued head that it thick and frothy. Head retention and lacing are incredible. Carbonation is very fine.

S: Lots of caramel, molasses, spice, and dried dark fruits on the nose. A floral, grassy note is faint in the backround.

T: Wow! Talk about a kaliedescope of flavor. Nutmeg, toast, cinnamon, raisin, brown sugar. It's all there. Along with spicy, fruity hop notes that give the beer a very intense finish.

M: Thick and chewy, with a finish that doesn't disappear. It's been a few minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it.

D: Hands down, Rochefort's brews are amongst the best I have ever tasted. This beer, despite it's body and strength, is extremely easy to enjoy. Certainly DOES NOT SUCK!

WYVYRN527, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of alamode
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

served from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- murky rown, off-white head of tiny bubbles...a little yeast in the pour, as I was trying to get every bit of liquid I possibly could...

S- fruit, some caramel sugars, a little booze too

T- malt, bitter, yeast, dark fruits & spice...carries the booze very well..does not taste as big as it is...taste is excellent!

M- full feel in the mouth, very pleasent...perfect carbonation on the tongue...cleans up in all areas of the mouth.

D- Very balanced! solid flavors that cooperate and make this extremely easy to finish...definitive for its style. This ale was a pleasure to consume.

alamode, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

A- Murky, amber/brown body with an fluffy, off-white head.

S- Rock and fruity sugars with a potent whiff of booze.

T- Grain with a developed sweet profile ranging from fruity to burnt. The burnt sugar flavors ties in nicely with the yeasty phenols creating a slight tartness to balance the malt and sweetness. Warming alcohol presence can be noted although it's almost invisible in the taste.

M- Full, smooth body with a nice/slightly aggressive carbonation.

D- A touch more balanced than Rochefort 6, a very easy drinking Belgian Strong Dark.

TommyW, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown, almost a mahogany, with a fairly thick pale tan head that sticks around for a little bit. Strong, malty aroma has an undertone of spices and some fruity hints. Flavor is mainly malty, subtly spicy and fruity, with just a little bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is very smooth yet a little rough on the edges. Worthy!

Cyberkedi, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%

There is not a hell of a lot I can say about this one that hasn't already been said. I think it's great but doesn't hold a candle to its big brother. The 10 has more of everthing and is perfectly balanced. This one is just shy of the mark and also has too much carbonation. It's very hard for me to open one if I have a 10 lying around. Why would I choose excellent when I can have extraordinary???

I recently tried the Bernardus Prior 8 and consider that to be the better drop!

Bisho, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours dark, dark red with a nice off-white creamy head. Lasts the whole time. Smells are great and burst through right upon opening the bottle, plum, raisin and booze. Taste is very good, complex. Figs, rum-soaked raisins, wheat, yeast, plum, dark cherries. Alcohol is definitely present but mixes in very well so it's not a bother. Whereas the 6 tasted more tart + light to me, this is definitely more rich + dark tasting which I prefer. Mouthfeel is full and rich. A great beer to sip and savor.

**11/24/11 - more notes**

Picked up a bottle for Thanksgiving, hadn't had it since the original review and wanted to give it another try. Didn't even notice til I got it home that it was 18 months old. Great flavor here, it's got that classic deep dark fruit/dark bread/Belgian yeast thing going on that the Trappist beers do so well. It feels a bit boozy at first but it starts to meld quickly. A slight flaw is the mouthfeel, feels overcarbonated but that also improves a bit with time. Doesn't quite match the 10 but a great beer in its right.

Chico1985, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Pours a light crimson color with an expansive tan head of thick foam. As it settles to a swirly disc of thick froth over the top the head lays down thick rings of lace on the glass. Exceptional appearance.

S: In a word, explosive. Cherries, figs, berry, and light citrus are all bursting forth from the glass. Swirling yields some nice crystal maltiness and a soft touch of spice from the yeast. This smells absolutely wonderful, and it enlivened my entire living room with its magnificence, even drawing praise from my wife.

T&M: Wow. I think I just found my new favorite beer, at least for the time being. Loads of malt and spice contribute a dynamo of complex and explosive flavors. Initially sweet, it showcases flavors of brown sugar and molasses with alcohol-soaked figs before giving way to a dry cocoa flavor and finishing with a reprise of phenols, dry fruit, and a healthy spice on the finish. A symphony for the taste buds if there ever was one. Body is medium to full with a zesty and full carbonation that works perfectly.

D: For a beer this big this is absolutely a gulper. I'm glad my bottle is small because I would definitely be in trouble right now otherwise. This beer is a masterpiece.

BamaBeerBuff, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle. It is at least two years old because it was purchased when Rochefort was still available in Texas.

Pours murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, sugar and dark fruit. The flavor has quite a bit of grape with some other dark fruits, caramel and candi sugar. The sugar is pretty forward in the taste. Somewhat boozy. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. A very good beer, but not as good as Rochefort 10.

Mora2000, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours garnet colored with a tight, gloppy, khaki head.

S - Dates and dark fruits are the main things I'm getting here. Candy sugar, some aged aroma like a dusty brick cellar. Mostly caramel sweetness.

T - Again with the caramel, brown sugar, deep rich sweetness. A blanket of malt and dark fruit flavor cover up the faint hoppy flavors. Does a surprisingly good job at covering up the 9.2% ABV, and has an amazingly smooth yet potent finish.

M - Viscous, substantive.

HeyItsChili, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Copper/brown. Huge, rapidly expanding dark beige head persists with some lace.

S- The hayloft of an antique barn: Hay, old wood, saddle leather, funk. Some earth minerals. Touch of dates.

T- Creamy caramel maltiness, brown sugar. Looonnng, lingering sweet & sour malty finish.

M,D- Pleasant, but hindered by an aggressive level of CO2. I will let the next one flatten to a degree first.

WhiteOak, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

It fills my Chimay goblet with a thick, brown with red highlights, cloudy with fine yeast, beauty of a brew. A two finger, beige head retreats to a thick and lasting cap, leaving pretty coriolis ejections of lace.

The smell is a light to medium aroma of mellow yeast, caramel, dark fruit, candi sugar, with lighter notes of earth and bitter. Could be a brighter bouquet, but it is very enticing.

Wowwww, this is a hefty taste for such a mellow smell. It is a full flavor of yeast, ripe dark fruit, dark caramel, with hints of spiciness. The sip crests as bitter, herbal notes join the party, and ends fairly juicy and full of earth, rounded bitter, and deep fruity notes. It has warmed now, and the flavors have really gotten their acts together. It is an uncommonly good taste, the fruity notes just tart enough, the bitter just understated enough, and the complexity of the myriad undernotes make this a luscious treat.

Low to med. carb., creamy, full bodied taste in a medium body, and a cling that is just right to showcase the finish. I love it when all the parts come together into a brew this yummy.

This is a sipper that wants to be more. It is just refreshing enough to warrant some major league quaffing.

Impression: Took 110 bottle returns to score this, but I will be looking to get another 110 quickly so I can score another. A must try for those who love the complex and interesting flavors Belgians in the Trappist traditions offer.

cavedave, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

appearance: dark brown-copper color, much darker than the 6. Also, much better head retention. same glass.

smell: dark breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma.

taste: better than the 6. richer and more of a strong dark ale. bready and sweet, brown sugar sweetness, but no over board. coffee back end with some bitterness.

mouthfeel: low carbonation... fuller than the 6. medium bodied

drinkability: overall its a nice belgian ale and ranks up there with the worlds best. slightly less than anticpated though. can;t wait for the 12. maybe tomorrow.

CampusCrew, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Good presentation so far.

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

Taste 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.

Mouthfeel 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.

Brad007, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

A nose that almost automatically evokes chocolate and coffee if you let the beer sit in the glass. It also reveals a hint of fig. A taste and heady, reminiscent of the liquor, and more specifically fruits macerated in alcohol. It is first in first mouth full bodied but then quickly becomes soft and chocolaty or fruity. The finish is long with a taste of cake and chocolate and leaves an incredible number of flavors on the tongue. Beer complex.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a dark brown, hazy and opaque, little bit of red is visible, small off white head and lots of lace. Smell is cherries, chocolate, molasses, apples, some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malts, some liquorice near the end, then some more chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, very warming with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty.

Anthony1, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of oskoreien
4.72/5  rDev +9%

The world class rating is very much credible. Belgian strong dark ales are my favorite and this one may be my favorite of the style. 11.2 oz. bottle poured, unfortunately, into a pint glass.

It pours a murky brown with a wonderfully large fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a smaller creamy one. It laces well all the way down to the last sip.

It smells fantastic. Very sweet bread like and malty aromas fill the air around the glass. Ripe fruit esters are also present.

Even with a 9.2 abv this beer just goes down so easily and smoothly. Lots of dark fruit flavors, raisins for sure, it has that great Belgian yeast flavor. A gorgeous, complex beer.

oskoreien, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thick off white head made up of small and medium bubbles. I cannot determine the level of carbonation due to the haziness. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Sweet smell, nice aroma that includes fruit and a strong malt presence. This beer smells wonderful. I can pick up a slight alcohol aroma as well.

Spicy, medium body, sweet and peppery (is that allowed in a beer review). Beer bites me at first, a big shock. I'm thinking I should grab a few of these and age them for years. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good. Second taste, beer is a little thin for my expectation, taste is pretty good, a little bready / biscuity, not as aromatic or honey like as I expected. Overall a good beer but not my favorite trappist.

drabmuh, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%

Quite the interesting beer, pours a murky greenish grayish brownish color, reminiscent of pond water. Topped with a fluffy tan head, nice retention, little light on the lace.
The first sniff is all rum and coke. Cuba libre sin limon Verde. Strong vanilla and cola nut booziness going on, some raisin in there as well.
The taste starts with some burnt caramel, the raisins reappear soaked in booze. Light floral notes swim in the rum and raisin see. There is just a touch of sourness going on, balanced in the back by some clove.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin with ample carbonation, finishes very dry.
easy drinking for the the abv but a little bit off. I think I would like this more if it were less attenuated.

grayburn, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

A: Gorgeous deep orangy Brown with a big foamy head

S: Nice light smell. Spicy and sweet with no overpowering booziness.

T: The alcohol (9.2%) is hidden behind an almost light malty flavor. Sweet but with enough spice to keep it from overpowering the beer. No high in hoppiness and not too boozy.

M- Smooth as butter with enough burn to remind you that you're drinking a real beer.

D- One of the most drinkable beers over 9% I have ever tasted. Absolutely smooth and without a strong alcohol taste. Beer drinkers at all levels could drink this one with relative ease.

The world class reputation matches the flavor.

tuckevalastin, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

The last I bought from Joe Canal's. Poured into a snifter. Pours a murky brown color with a fluffy off white colored heading that sticks around for a bit.Ridiculous amount of sediment in the glass. (tried to decant slowly but no good)

Smell is a bit grainy along with decent bready aroma. Softer fruits come in to play for a bit.

Taste is all the same as the nose. Starts out a bit grainy followed by a soggy bread taste,also some banana and finishes clovey and spicy.

Mouthfeel is great. Alot going on in the mouth. Spiciness tingles and damn near numbs the teeth and settles in the belly all nice and warm like. Full bodied and crazy carbonation.

An easily drinkable beer but I was a little aggravated with the amount of sediment I got in this beer. It was almost like I had gotten the bottom of the barrel in my bottle.

TheFightfan1, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter.

This beer just looks awesome. Murky, pond-water brown with a big pillowy head and tons of lacing. It smells even better. I get hints of very flower hops, slight lavender, grape juice, and molasses. I pick up more of the molasses after I give it a good swirl in my glass. Smelling this beer would not get old.

Upon tasting, I pick up much more of that lavender, along with a bitter roasted characteristic similar to Orval is some respects. The maltiness of it is just twisted, wrung out by the yeast character. Alcoholic phenols abound. A sweet, grape taste lingers on the tip of my tongue. This beer is one-of-a-kind delicious.

This is obviously not an every-day drinker, but this stands out as one of the best beers I've ever had, and while, at about $6 a bottle in the states, I don't see myself buying this often, I would be incredibly grateful to take it off any of my friends hands if they happen to have a few sitting around.

Andrewtherooster, Dec 25, 2009
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