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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,493 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,493
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 575 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 ChadQuest
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mmahut
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnwarne
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ATSJer
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Trappistes Rochefort 8. 330 ml. 9.2% abv.

Appearance:
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

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

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

Photo of spoons
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of deapokid
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rarbring
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jkeane22
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Adoxander
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Long813
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Popkas
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scottyshades
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of spratmi
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep dark brown color that passes very little light. Large chunks of sediment permeate the body. Maintains a foamy two fingered head with thick lacing.
S: A complex blend of rich dark fruits, sweet malts, and spice. There is a slight hint of ripe banana. The first note was of cinnamon.
T: Very tasty meld of dark fruits, sweet malts and vanilla with some nuttiness and hints of dark rum/dark sugar. Background of ripe banana with a note of cinnamon at the finish. Slight bitterness at finish. There is a subtle spiciness throughout the tasting.
M: Medium bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.
D: Very enjoyable and drinkable. Alcohol is not overpowering.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a one-inch brown head. Looks like a quad.

S: Smells like quad, but stronger. There's a huge malt/vanilla character almost. Stronger than I expected and very nice.

T: Wow, this is one potent brew. Tasting reveals hop content smelling doesn't indicate, and only brings out the quad-like malt backbone of this beer. This is thick, syrupey, strong stuff and much more in your face than any other Belgian beer I've ever had...almost to the point of tasting like an American beer. Expect a huge malt content like a quad but with more flavors and more intense.

M: Fresh and crisp, but too carbonated for my liking.

D: I didn't find this to be the most drinkable beer. It's a sipper.

A very fine beer. I'll try the 10 next time and see how strong these guys can go as this is already really potent stuff.

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

G - The ubiquitous Delirium tulip

A - Reddish-chestnut hue, blanketing foam, sheets of lace. Exceptional for a Trappist.

S - Quite a bit of raisin, a bit of vinous alcohol, and a vague general sweetness.

T - Amazing. The very first sip reveals a world-class libation, and succeeding quaffs drive the point home. The taste is not necessarily "like" any specific flavors; it is just delicious and sophisticated despite the lack of definitively discernible descriptive nuances. There is a strong alcohol component to the flavor, and everything else about it is complementary to that element. Other than that, it shares flavor dynamics with many a Belgian Strong Dark or Quad. If were pressed for any other flavor matches, I guess I'd say it had a slight BBQ flavor or something saucy or reminiscent of torula yeast. Is that crazy?

M - Very luxurious; smooth and rich.

D - Trappist brews are one of life's finer things. Enjoy them. I do.

Photo of Jesstyr
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was about time to review this brew - it is simply one of the best I've ever had. Enjoyed this in the Trappist Rochefort chalice, which does really enhance this brew.

Pours a cloudy brown with a significant amber hue. Certainly opaque, but with a nice bit of brightness. Perfect 2cm of head that fizzles and is just a little off white. Head remains for the entire drink, with nice lacing. Nose is "delicious" as I say or "smells like happy" like my fiancé says. Also includes a great bit of brown sugar and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is much like the nose - great. Excellent balance of brown sugar, light hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and other excellent flavors. The key here is a balance that makes this beer all it's own. Medium mouthfeel that is super smooth. Hard to tell this has high ABV, but that ad price affects the drinkability.

I love the Trappist brews, but this one is definitely my favorite.

Photo of gxm99
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I served this in a wide body wine glass at cellar temperature ~52F.

Appearance was ruddy brown (poor lighting), the beer nearly over foamed after openening.

The aroma was inviting, with hints of dark fruit and rich malt.

The flavor was very complex, always smooth with a certain softness to the flavors. It improved over the course of 30 minutes, filling my mouth more, and still seeming very light on the tongue.
After drinking one, I'd be very happy to enjoy another.

I served this next to Westmalle's 8, which was not even close to the same league.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,493 ratings.