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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,338
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 258
Gots: 521 | FT: 17
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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 armock
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this to me in a trade.

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of dark fruits spice yeast and a touch of alcohol

T - Follows the nose dark fruits upfront then the spiced yeast finishes with some alcohol warmth

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer those monks know what they're doing great taste worth getting your hands on to try

armock, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of infi
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden brown color out of the bottle, but turns into a dark-reddish brown once settled into the glass. A beautiful and pillowy white head of mini bubbles is released from the pour and resides for quite a bit. Decent amounts of particulate sediment floating throughout the liquid, as well as numerous amounts of speckles of bubbling action running throughout the sides of the glass. And as you swirl and sip, elegant sheets of lacing are readily found. Very aesthetically pleasing. The smell is very typical BSDA as the Belgian yeast strain is the first thing to hit the nose and immediately followed by the common dark fruitiness and candied sugars that we're all accustomed to. There's some muted peppery spiciness and vanilla towards the back end of the smell as well.

The taste is a bit different from other BSDA's that I've had. Particularly, a pleasing and fruity berry quality in the initial hit of the palate. It's actually much lighter and fresher in taste when compared to the dark fruitiness of other strong dark ales. To me there's a sort of soapyness in peculiarity, like dishwasher soap. Not to dishearten the flavor of this beer, but it strikes me as is. Subsequently after the fruity berry qualities are the bready maltiness and slight, but not overpowering, alcohol burn, all of which leaves a dry aftertaste. Not incredibly complex, but very well formulated.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and generously carbonated as there is a good amount of bubbly feeling on the tongue. Drinkability is moderate and definitely a sipper. Good classic example of the BSDA style.

infi, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of JeremyBrews
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dense caramel. Thick with obvious yeast particles dancing about at the bottom. Puffy, nice campfire-marshmellow head. Lacing appears as beautiful snowflakes clinging to the glass.

S- Chocolate malt, caramel, yeast, and banana.

T- Initial hoppiness, followed by banana, and toast. Finally, a bitter chocolate and hoppy aftertaste remain. Alcohol is just noticeable.

M- Very creamy and thick, like chocolate milk.

D- A wonderful, mind-opening drinking experience. Rich complexity of malts, with just enough yeast and hop balancing. You can sense something new and delicious with every sip.

JeremyBrews, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of juju7
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark beer boys and girls. A big, plumpy off white head sitting atop this monster. The nose is very cool with dusty chocolate, bread, raisins and a fair kick of prunes. A little sip reveals a massively complex mix of chalky, chewy, malty, baked bread and prunes again. Quite dry, low carbonation. This is the real deal. I friggin love this beer.

juju7, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Iceman77
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to do a Rochefort - Westvleteren challenge when my buddy mailed me a bottle of Westvleteren 8 on his trip to Belgium. I have had the Rochefort before so I decided to refresh myself there first. First off the appearance is amazing, a dark amber hue with a thick creamy head that is retained almost throughout the entire glass. The aroma up front for me was pretty much equal parts yeast and spice, with a hint of sugary fruits as well. And the taste, well it's pretty much exactly what a belgian ale should be. You get more of the belgian yeast and spices, as well as hints of cherries and molasses. All perfectly balanced, and the alcohol was hidden almost completely. The mouthfeel is very crisp but not biting. The whole combination allows you to drink these down very easily until the abv puts you on your ass.

Iceman77, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark plum color, medium light tan head with some persistence and good lacing. Aroma of raisins, dates and malt with some vanilla. Full mouth, taste of malt with raisins, berries and dark fruit. Bittersweet finish. Well balanced and complex. A classic.

Travlr, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort glassware.

Extremely small head. Very nice appearance and resembles the 6 degree and other Trappist brewery brews I've had. Was exceptional as far as taste, smell, and mouthfeel. This was an all around awesome brew. I got a nice taste of cola and molasses, but it was too overwhelming. As with all these Rochefort's I've had they are well-balanced. Extreme drinkability and even with the 8% plus ABV it didn't taste like it and I love that.

cdrogers, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After enjoying Rochefort 10 a whole lot, I wanted to try my hand at the 8 and see how it fairs.

Appearance is dark mahogany brown with dark amber edges, and a nice big two finger cream cap. The retention was superb as was the lacing.

Aroma is pungent with dates, figs and dark fruits while spicy yeast was much more subtle, or subdued, which ever anyone prefers.

Taste was much different than I had anticipated. The flavors seem slightly thin, barely holding together through the end. Starts fairly smooth up front with some yeasty spiceyness, and finishes slightly harsh. I'm not sure as to the quality of this bottles storage, so it would be fair to say that I will re-review it at a later date with a bottle purchased elsewhere.

Mouthfeel was just a wee bit light. Even after it warmed up it seemed like there was something missing.

Drinkabilty is good. Smooth belgian beer that is quite warming during the winter months.

Foxtrot, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Beast35
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with two fingers of tan head

Smells different than anything i have ever smelled interesting combination.

Taste is amazing. Not really sure how to describe it but it must be experienced.

Nicely carbonated and the alcohol is not to sharp on the tongue.

Very drinkable for a higher ABV.

Beast35, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy brown color. The head is huge though with nice retention and lacing. I'm really not too impressed with the color however. Sort of looks like a homebrew that I forgot to do a couple of rests for. The head is awesome but the color is not too impressive.
S= loads of nice green apples in it. More green apple than I have smelled in any beer I have had to date that wasn't flavored with apples. There's also a little bit of darker malt coming through but I can't tell what sort.
T= Really nice. Much better than the smell led on. Really sweet dark malt comes in with the great belgian spice. A good deal of apples still but not as much as the smell led on. There's a very small alcohol burn that vanishes as it warms up a bit and becomes more and more complex. Let this baby warm up quite a bit.
M= Nice and bubbly. Really crisp and smooth.
D= Overall I was a little disappointed with this beer. The color was off as well as the smell. Maybe I came in with high expectation but I thought it was lacking in those two areas while the taste was still great. I'll buy it again just because the taste is great though.

jjanega08, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first taste of a true Belgium beer.

Poured into riedel wine glass for drinking.

A-Great cloudy brown color with tan/khaki 1-2 finger head with nice lacing on each sip.
S-Did not dissapoint on the smell. Great belgian yeast flavor, candied fruits, figs and cherries, baking spices, you do pick up some alcohol but not much.
T-Everything you smell is on your palate. Very complex little big beer. You immediately pick up on some dark sugar notes followed by some fig and caramel with a small dusting of baking spices and followed up with that belgian yeast flavor. You taste the alcohol after you have swallowed and at that point you don't pay much attention to it.
M-It is a nice mouthfull of sweetness. It is definately a medium body beer that leaves its impression even after you have swallowed the last drop.
D-I was not let down for my first Belgian beer. Drinkability was great, I don't want to finish this beer.

I think that I will go down to the store and buy some more of these and age them for several years and review again.

Schmaltzy, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky, Tootsie Roll-brown body boasts a good three fingers of foamy, tan head. Though the body is nearly opaque, I can still see lots of carbonation and suspended yeast sediment around the edges of the glass. Great head retention and impressive clumpy lacing.

Smell: Candi sugar, plums, strawberries, licorice, chocolate creme, bread dough, alcohol, and a number of other aromas. I know it's complex, but I'm really not wowed by the overall smell. Definitely interesting.

Taste: Doughy malts/bready yeast (I'm never really sure which component makes it taste like that), an array of spices, dark currants, plum, cola, and dry fruity esters. Flowery hops join the dry esters in the finish and form a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, spicy, highly carbonated, and dry. Lots of action on the palate. Creamy at first, but the carbonation (and likely the spices too) quickly takes over, making the overall feel peppery and tingly.

Drinkability: Tons of complexity and character (as well as alcohol), but just not as good as I had hoped. Regardless, I'm sure I'll buy this again in the future.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. There is a best by date of 14 Mar, 2012 which means this one was bottled 14 Mar 2007 and so has about 2 ½ years of bottle age.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear reddish brown almost mahogany color with a 1" thick fluffy light tan head that recedes very slowly leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface. Even as the foam has receded to a ring and a bit of a patch on the surface, sipping leaves patches of foam and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is like fruit-cake without much rum. There are traces of dark fruits, some vanilla, some cocoa or chocolate and even a hint of licorice. I could just sit here and sniff this one all night.

Taste: While the smooth complex flavor retains some of the fruitiness predicted by the nose, the flavor is also a lot like fresh gingerbread with a touch of vanilla, or perhaps its spiced fruitcake without the candied fruit. There is also a lightly sweet floral character here that is offset by a light herbal and earthy bitterness in the background. The alcohol is well concealed in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied with a silky smoothness that caresses the tongue and palate. The finish is relatively long as the sweetness, the fruitiness, the spice just fade out to leave lightly bitter dryness.

Drinkability: There is no doubt this is a drinkable beer. Each sip leaves me wanting another. There is no question I'll have another bottle of this. The only question is when. Given this ABV its probably good to limit consumption to one a night.

drtth, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml. bottle into a large wine glass, this brew pours a moderate amber in color, just slightly deeper than the #6. A half inch of tan head likewise offers good retention and lacing and regenerates easily.

Caramel and carob with a bit of smoke on the nose. Notably distinct from the #6. Richer notes of dried fig and black cherry. Bit of alcohol is present on a long inhale. Notable spice notes are present, along with muted leather. A fresh addition to the glass throws off a good dose of earthy hops.

Took me a while to taste this, and that's a good thing. Flavor is appropriately sweet and is again fruit forward. Cherry, plum and vinous grape notes abound. Carbonation is just about right for the beer. Light in body yet pleasant and moderately complex in flavor, yielding a decent feel and a strong drinkability.

HalfFull, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of emsoud726
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw the review on BA and just had to try it. Did not disappoint.
Had this by the bottle. Poured dark brown with a very thin head into a tulip glass. Small amount of sediment at the bottom, but not entirely visible until the glass was finished.

Very flavorful - sweet but not overpowering. Surprisingly light for its strength and darkness (palatable, not too filling).

In short, despite the intensity of the beer overall, it kept me wanting another (which I unfortunately did not have at my disposal). Fantastic beer.

emsoud726, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a good tan chunky head that lasts a bit. Little lacing. Bunch of brown floaties in the glass, as well as some bubbles.

Digging in for scent, but only find some light sugar and booze scents. Huh.

Ok, big punch in the mouth for flavor. Bunch of brown sugar, almost like sugar crystals, with dried fruit like fig or dates, light bitterness, some yeast, some fruit like an apple bruise or baked apple skin. Cleaner than expected finish. What can I say. Lovely beer. Oh, and let's not forget the alcohol, which is always there.

Medium to fuller bodied, with some carbonation.

Overall, what a great beer Easy to drink, complex, and delicious. $5.80 for the 11 point whatever ounces. Don't be cheap, because this is worth it.

OtherShoe2, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct14 2009

A pours a murky brownish maroon with plenty of sediment,with a fast falling thumbs width of head that it left no lace to my surprise.

S lots going on here yeast, ripe dark fruit, spices, booze, caramels and some dried fruit.

T this is one crazy beer almost to much going on, everything I smell but stronger and much more complex. as it warms more and more flavor comes through I started to get some apple and molasses as I got to the bottom of the glass

M lots of bubbles that pushes the flavors around even more, and adds too the experience

D at 9.2% it may not be a good thing how easy this is too drink

this beer is worth looking for, its very complex and will make you think while drinking it

wordemupg, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color that reveals slight hues of red when held top the light. Nice fluffy light brown head that leaves behind great lacing.

Nose is of dark fruits and a bit of malty sweetness. Taste is also of dark fruits. There's a definitely malty sweetness here. Overall, very delicious with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is medium with generous carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Fairly drinkable, although unless you just have a real appetitite for the style, I think it'd be difficult to drink a ton of these. It's just quite filling and interesting. Certaintly not made for chugging or sessioning.

Mavajo, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown. Soft pillowy head. Smells of plum, cloves and sweet raisins and a hint of alchohol. Taste is a complex mix of dark cherries, plum, and raisins. The alchohol only adds to the warm flavors this brew has. As it warms it becomes an even smoother feel in the mouth. A great beer for sure! A great example of this Belgian style.

Liverpool08, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100. Had this beer already many times, but only now I had time to review it. Sampled this one in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen. Poured into an original Rochefort glass. Nice brown color with a tiny, light brown head that quickly disappeared into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Full of sweet caramel, nice spicy hops, dark fruits (raisins) and alcohol.

Taste: Raisins (and some other sweet fruits), sweet caramel and warming alcohol (the alcohol is clearly present, but not disturbing). This beer is also a spicy (clove?), a bit fresh (citrus, apple) and this all nicely balanced with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium bodied. Creamy on the tongue

Overall: Another great brew from Rochefort. Completely different from Rochefort 10, which is more sweet. This beer is fantastically balanced, with some nice spices. Extremely rich in taste! I love it

rvdoorn, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a a small Belgian tulip, opaque brown and beige head.

Smells of molasses and oak.

A strong toffee mixed well with various spices and hops. Chocolate, cola, caramel, roasted malts and a tang of fruit that hits the back of the tongue. Reminds me of an English style brown.

Leathery, well carbonated.

pants678, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of xanok
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fairgrounds in Danbury, gift from my girlfriend, good on her! (from notes taken a week ago)

A-Pours a murky brown with a doughy head.

S-Hrmm. A lot going on here. Malt, nuts, a hint of dark fruits and vanilla even?

T-Pretty amazing. I don't think I'm able to fully appreciate this beer, there's so many subtleties. Can taste the malts, nuts, mostly sweet flavors but hints of so many other things.

M-Full bodied and fantastic. A little bit on the carbonated side, but who cares.

D-I'm not a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Gets better as it warms up. Simply amazing

xanok, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- mahogany with a thin cream colored head thats stays around for the show.

S- Doughy, a little noticable alcohol, cinnamon, all spice.

T- Fruit cake, spiciness similar to the nose, bready, a touch of anise, rich and complex but not overworked.

M- Gentle cleansing effervesence, smooth, slightly syrupy, medium to full bodied.

D- Delicously drinkable. I can see how monks replace meals with this.

brownbeer, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expiration date is April 30, 2013, which means it was bottled in April of 2008 -- so this one's about 16 mos old when consumed on 10/1/09.

A: Poured -- gently -- into a Chimay chalice. Body is the color of root beer - brown, but when backlit there's a mahogany highlighting on the edges (full, strong backlighting makes this appear more amber-orange). Long-lasting creamy khaki-colored head. Lots of floaties despite the very gentle pour. Some "legs" of lace, but no rings or real heavy splotchy lace.

S: Dark fruits -- think black cherries, maybe figs -- with a nice waft of dry alcohol.

T: First impression: this would be a perfect substitute for red wine. Kind of sherry-like, but not in the way you get from some aged RIS's. There's fruit up front, some sweet sugary malt, fruitcake-type spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) then at the end it finishes nice and clean, and dry. Almost no aftertaste whatsoever. Heat from alcohol is noted -- felt going down -- but no burn on the palate or taste buds.

M: This has what I like about the best Belgians -- lots of flavor, but a spritzy, enlightening effervescence that makes it seem lighter than you'd expect. Creamy, spritzy -- typing this out as I sip it makes me upgrade the mouthfeel to 5.

D: Excellent. As it warms, it gets better, actually -- starts to taste almost soda (cola?) - like. . . .

Kendo, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 330 ml bottle of this at a local deli and poured it into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that slowly dissipates as the beer leaves the glass (which in my case is very quickly).

Smell: Amazing. Lots of earthy grains, dark fruit, sweet molasses and just a hint of vanilla are the first things I can pick out. Even a bit of brown sugar, perhaps? Really has a lot in the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell with the estery fruit notes coming out with a sweet/sour taste. The high alcohol also gives a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and fairly full bodied.

Drinkability: While this goes down very easily for me, I couldn't see myself downing a lot of these. But for what it is, it is fairly drinkable, on account of how well it hides its alcohol.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and one that I'm sure will make it's way into my fridge quite often, as long as the store nearby keeps it in stock. Very complex and tasty brew! Highly recommended

zoso493, Sep 30, 2009
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,338 ratings.