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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,658
Reviews: 1,812
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 301
Gots: 684 | FT: 24
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of JoeyV
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Glibber
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored beer, slightly cloudy with a decent white head that dissipated over 20 minutes. Some lacing, but not super sticky. The smell is wonderful. Plum, cherry, yeast.
Taste is more floral and alcohol with subtle plum undertone. Warming. Much more complex than most of the American Belgians I have had lately. I prefered the Rochefort 10, but this beer is also a great treat. I am going to let it warm up a little and continue to savor.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with full body and a high carbonated, bottle-conditioned type head. Tall, frothy and creamy light tan-white head that stays onto a dense, thick top foam. Burgundy and plum appearance that is clear with residues from conditioning.

A - subdued malt and specialty malts come through with raisin, prune aromas that meld with a rounded alcohol aroma. Earthy and low floral aromas. Not sharp but a forward nose.

T - the alcohol is present in this one that readily completes with the primary tastes of sweet raisin and prune. Is not cloying yet it covers the entire palate with a rich, full belgian taste. Dextrins give a good support to filling out to the finish when the alcohol becomes more apparent and finishes like a fine candy. Bitterness is present both from some hopping; most from spec malts.

M - creamy and smooth. Rolls well across the tongue. A touch of astringency but expected.

Great beer. As Belgian as it gets.

Photo of mavbrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Portsmouth Tulip.

A: Pours deep brown in color with a finger thick off white head that slowly dissipates with not much lacing.

S: The scent has bready malts present, as well as a raisin aroma. Very malty smell, not much sweetness, a little dark fruit.

T: The taste has the bready malts upfront with a slight raisin flavor as well. Much sweeter than the smell leads you to believe, it's not incredibly sweet but more than expected. The finish has some spice to it along with the malts.

M: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is malty and spicy.

D: Very well balanced beer, hardly any alcohol is noticeable, malty but sweet and spicy as well. This is a very good beer and a must try Trappist. Looking forward to trying 10.

Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark brown with a thin tan colored head.

S: Smells very sweet, with dark fruit, raisin, and lots of yeasty, bready aromas.

T: Very, very sweet brown sugar up front with a deep flavor of licorice, alcohol and raisin buns. The finish brings out some dark cherry flavors and also some uncooked bread dough. Very interesting.

M: The mouthfeel is on the light side and very carbonated and spicy. The alcohol leaves some warmth on the tongue.

O: Very good beer. Definitely one to sip and enjoy. I noticed that the flavors started changing when the beer warmed a little. Would be nice on a cold night.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I loved the #10, so I thought I'd try this one too. Damn, it pours dark, dark, dark. A lot of carbonation. I get a whiff of bread, a little alcohol, and a slight amount of sweet fruit in the background. The taste is excellent, if a little carbonated. It tastes sweet, malty, with just a little alcohol going down. Am I getting a little toffee here as well? Whatever, it's really tasty, just like the 10. I wonder if trying the #6 next will be anticlimactic?

Photo of output01x
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. (Dated Best By 03/11/14) bottle into a snifter.

A moderate pour yields a huge 3-finger tan-colored head. After a few minutes, it settles to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a murky dark caramel-brown color with large floaties. Thick lacing attempts to cling to the glass, but gravity decides otherwise.

A delicious boozy spiced apple aroma is just as enticing as it sounds. Slight notes of brown sugar and dark fruit are also noticable.

Flavors of sweet malt, dark fruit, and candied sugar at the start followed by a cider alcohol warmth. As this beer warms, a slight spiciness strikes the tip of the tongue.

Medium bodied with high carbonation puts this beer smack dab between sipper and thirst-quencher. The carbonation seems a little high, as it causes the flavors to dissipate prematurely.

Photo of clayphilly
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a Chimay glass. A very dark beer, tastes lightly of molasses feel, but doesn't take too much away from the taste. Taste is good, filling, and heavy fruits/spices. Smell is great. Overall a little too dark and heavy an ale to be perfect, but comes very close.

Notes:
-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

Photo of MutualAid
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stamp indicates it was brewed in February 2010.

Pours a deep mahogany-red with a billowy cream head. Huge sediment deposit meant leaving a good bit of beer in the bottle. Aroma is dominated by biscuit and bread with no discernible hop bouquet. The initial taste is also mostly biscuit; however, the finish is prunes and alcohol, reminiscent of Gluhwein. As the beer warms into the 50s the complexity increases and a Sichuan peppercorn and cinnamon flavor asserts itself. Medium body with a slickish mouthfeel.

While not as complex as its big sibling 10, it is a great beer for relaxing outside on beautiful Spring evening.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle.

Poured dark, caramel brown with a two-plus finger off-white head. Had to be a little gentle with the pour because the effervescence was very active. Lacing starts with a coating on the side of the glass, but quickly recedes - no significant retention.

Wow. This one has a nose on it. Figs up front, along with some powerful rum-soaked fruit smells. Strong alcohol coming through and smelling up the room.

Super complex, spirited flavors. Robust malty sweetness, figs, and a spiciness that lingers. Makes Chimay Blue seem like a straightforward ale. Brown sugar and sweet, spiced fruity desserts come to mind.

Super smooth mouthfeel. Full-bodied, but carbonated enough to not feel heavy.

This is a really complex beer, even for a complex style. I have another bottle that I plan to store for a while and see what happens with a little bit of age. Exceptional beer.

Photo of PhilFisher06
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So, I'm new with the super-elite international beers, and I figured I'd give this one a try since an employee recommended it to me.
The appearance took me by surprise due to the explode-implode style of head (which does settle down to a nice, condensed head of pure enjoyment). Also the yeast "floaties", to be technical, were totally not expected. It took a lot of internet googling to learn that the beer was, in fact, quite alright.
The aroma is phenomenal, pure and simple. The taste is great, but not as long-lasting as was expected. People are right when they say there's a strong alcohol front -- there's no hiding the high-gravity alcohol content after the first sip. The mouthfeel is quite different than anything else I've experienced in a beer (high carbonation), so it's hard for me to judge such a rare beer's feel since this is my first.
Overall, it's a dandy beer that will put you on your ass if not sipped away like an English Gentleman.

Photo of allanplaysguitar
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Pours a cloudy and dim caramel brown. Head stays well.
Nose - Very sweet malty-ness, dark fruit notes and a hint of toasted biscut.
Taste - Toasted grains, figs, dark spices hit up front. A bit of chocolate and an almost burnt marshmallows comes around then end.
Aftertaste - A little alcohol heat leaves quickly followed by a touch of sweet malt.
Mouth Feel - While a bit on the heavy side, the carbonation is very high and works well with the beer.
Overall - This a complex beer that gives the drinker a bit to think about. I recommend this beer to my red wine friends and they all enjoy it, especially my Syrah/Zin freaks.

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice/goblet.

Big hiss off the cap release. A big one finger head which falls pretty good. Leveas a good collar while drinking. Body is a very dark brown almost dark cherry

Dense malt, but small fruit. Tolerable balsamic vinegar, leading to more acid than sweetness. Some of that sweetness turns to figs.

Taste is noticeably prickly at first but tolerable, light fig fruit, with a real surprising chocolate finish towards the end and definitely on the swallow. I actually like this taste a lot but the fizzyness and even the gas takes away from it a bit.

Overall this is quite enjoyable, I think I may like this more than the 10, but there's lots of good in this style out there. It will do no problem!

Photo of jsprain1
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown, roughly the color of a Hershey's chocolate bar when held to light. Head in slightly tanned and lasts at half a finger. Not much lacing though on an otherwise impressive looking brew.
S- Dried plums and figs, pumpernickel bread, and just a bit boozy in the nose.
T- Opens with a heavy dark fruit flavor. Really thinking dried figs. Somewhat sweet, and really picking up that pumpernickel bread, especially near the finish. There is a bit more booziness in the finish than I would like, enough to be a detractment.
M- Super smooth, with just enough carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O- A solid beer that I am impressed by. Definitely in the realm of very good, though I don't know that it's necessarily the paragon of the style for me. That said, I'd gladly drink another.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark maroon and a generous pour yields a 2 finger tan head that recedes to about a half a finger and lingers.

S: Bready, yeasty, caramel malts mixed with crisp apple and tart cherries. A touch of honey, maybe? Complex smell.

T: Slightly sweet, bready malts, some plums, and maybe dates and figs. Has a nice yeasty finish.

M: Good carbonation that fills the mouth easily and sticks to the roof of the mouth and goes down sticky.

O: This one is better than the 6 but still not as good as the 10. Quite tasty, though.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic that's easy to pick up at any given moment from the store around the corner. Why don't I have it on a regular basis? No idea.

This 33cl botlle was poured into a Westvlteren chalice.

A dark brown reddish look with a big two and a half finger stunning head.

Lots of smells on this one. Dark fruits like prunes and dates. Sweet malt and some hints of yeast.

All the dark fruits and sweet malts from the nose I taste on the tongue. Nice subtle yeast bite.

Medium to full body was bigger then expected. A great amount, I could have done with a tad less.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. The 12 gets all the love but the 8 is an easy, smooth drink where the ABV is only noticed when you get up out of your seat. Highly recomended.

Photo of acbpharm
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip
A: dark amber to mohogany in color w/ an off white fairly thick head that lingered for quite a bit.
S: Raisins dominate w/ a slight bubble gum and cherry aroma
T: rainsins, dates, banana with alcohol warmth and sweetness at the finish
M: medium carbonation w/ alcohol warmth at finish
D: Although the alcohol is present, it is fairly pleasant and deceiving considering it is 9+ %(one would never know). Overall a great beer and I'd love another.

Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- best by Oct. 14, 2014 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours rusty copper, penny looking shade of brown. It's pretty darn opaque -- even before the yeast gets poured in -- but you can just make out the significant streams of carbonation screaming up to the top. The effervescence on this beer is very apparent. A gentle pour yields three fingers of frothy, but also loose and soapy, buttermilk colored head. The lacing is a touch restrained given the size of the head, but that may be a glassware cleanliness issue more than anything. A very, very nice looking beer.

Rochefort 8 has one of the more intriguing noses I've come across in a long time in the BSDA style. I immediately get a strong array of botanical flavors being thrown off by the yeast. Aromas of lilac bushes and lavender bars of soap come across pretty clearly. After my nose gets used to those smells, it keys in on the more familiar malt scents: caramel, boiled peanuts, a bit of cocoa powder. There's some dates, some nutmeg. A bit of a fruitcake component. All in all, it's a malt-forward BSDA whose subtle botanical aromas lend it the complexity needed to earn a 4.0 score.

That malt-forward nature definitely carries through on the palate. Baked dark bread and a not-insignificant amount of caramel provide the beer's spine. Of course there are some fruity esters: dates and cherries most prominent. Most interesting to me is a particular herbal-meets-sweet flavor that I haven't tasted in any other beer. It took me a minute to place that flavor, but then it hit me: horehound candies. Rochefort 8 strikes a good balance between spices (nutmeg, clove) & phenols, herbs, malt and ester. The only issue that I have with it is that the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

The effervescence is off the charts on this beer. The carbonation feels very active on the tongue, but it's not prickly. It's soft; the beer feels like a cloud in your mouth.

Overall, this beer is a very nice BSDA. It's nearly in the elite tier of the style. It is subtle and complex and unique. That says a lot.

Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color; fluffy tannish head. Great lacing in the glass.

Smell is mainly deep, deep malt, with the presence of dark fruit (Fig, plum, some cherry), and molasses sweetness.

Very malty flavor. There is also quite a biting alcohol and peppery finish. Noted presence of molasses, cherry, fig, and a bit of black currant are all there as well. On the whole, however, lacking a bit in complexity due to the fact that the strong malt pull overwhelms everything else that is going on here.

Mouthfeel is marked by medium carbonation, full flavor, and stinging bite.

Overall, this beer leaves me a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it is flavorful. But on the whole there is just something missing. Mainly it is the lack of complexity commonly found among fine Trappist brews. Still, a nice beer, just not 'world class' in my opinion.

Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee brown, opaque (despite leaving most of the yeast in the bottle), with lighter amber brown at the edges. Pretty minimal light tan head, all big bubbles, that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface and little lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, prunes and dates. All sweet strong malty odors up front. The expected yeast aroma comes in next, with a bit of bite from the alcohol. It smells like a rich, sweet, strong, full-flavored Belgian ale, which is exactly what I'm looking for.

Similar to the smell, the taste is all rich chewy caramel malts. The dark fruit flavors are pronounced. It has a delicious tangy, peppery finish that I really like (courtesy of that Belgian yeast?). There are a lot of other subtler flavors hiding in there, but I'm having a hard time pulling them out due to the carbonation.

Medium- to heavy-bodied, with the thick chewiness of a doppelbock. But it feels overcarbonated, just too many bubbles dancing on my tongue, distracting me from the flavors.

A very good strong Belgian ale, full-flavored, malty, and delicious. The big downside is the high carbonation, which detracts from my enjoyment of all those smooth fruit flavors.

Photo of Zimbo
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight initial cola nose, this quickly blows off to a rather tender rich Belgian chocolate quality. Quite beautiful really.
Gently poured this formed a soft airy bubbly tan head which surprisingly disappeared quickly giving it a rather flat appeance. Brown to the eye with light orangy highlights.

A rich sweet flavour ever so slightly hinting at thin cognac there is also a fairly persistent acidity which doesn't compliment the body's other beautiful smooth quality. But if you don't rush things it largely disappears in time though.

Some elements in the glass are truly great but in general these different parts don't really form a joyful focused whole.

Photo of claytong
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a little lighter than I expected, a bit thin comparatively. For being unfiltered it has amazing clarity and the appearance was incredible. It was really easy to get down, which doesn't say much since in general when it's tasty I can knock it down even barleywines. This was light though, at 9.2 I barely noticed the alcohol. Seemed like it couldve been 5 or 6.
The notes are softer than I wouldve like, but stayed in the mouth very nicely.
for 5 bucks its something you definitely have to try. just dont get a beer from the pub and get this guy instead.

Photo of Janderson91
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea when this one was bottled. Poured into a snifter. Enjoyed on 03/30/11.

A - A dark brown/red muddy cloudy color. A two finger off-white head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Leaves little lacing. Floaties are everywhere.

S - Dark fruits, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, dark fruits some more and candy sugar. Very interesting aroma. I like it.

T - Dark fruits and nutty malts initially. Cherry tartness almost. Along with some Belgian spiciness and the finish is very sugary sweet balanced by some alcohol burn. This thing is complex and definitely a sipper.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium-creamy body with prickly carbonation.

O - Overall this is an excellent beer. Very unique for sure, I quite enjoyed it.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,658 ratings.