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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,216 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,757
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 249
Gots: 486 | FT: 15
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 DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle enjoyed with dinner, on to the beer:

Ruby brown with caramel and orange hues, this beer sure didn't feel like a strong ale as it's considered. It was mellow and medium bodied with no cloying flavors. Flavor-wise was mostly of figs, and throw in some bits of dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Alcohol was disguised well. It was more straight-forward than I was expecting, but still a nice treat to clean up a filet mignon dinner.

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. Served at cellar temperature. Beer was a dark brown color with a foamy, off-white head. Light carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma was dates, rum, raisins, cherries and yeast.

Taste was raisins, apples, cherries, caramel and brown sugar. Lots going on here. Spicy finish.

Complex and very tasty beer.

drumrboy22, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of tan froth sit patiently atop a dark brown brew, lingering for a for quite a while until dissipating and leaving a nice ring of lace all around the glass. Smells is very complex with some chocolate, caramel, yeast, sweet bread and licorice hitting the nose. Taste compliments the complexity of the aromas with fudge, caramel, molasses, dark chocolates, dark fruits and spice all being equally presented. The alcohol heat is present, and invigorating. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied, which leads to a great sipper. It's not overly carbonated, but a bit restless nonetheless. Took me a while to get around to this famous brew, and it was much what I expected, which is a good thing.

stephens101, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh bottle. Opaque dark brown with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin foam cap. Big sediment, even with a careful pour. Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, and dried dates and bananas. Full, toasty taste with loads of sugar and some dark, overripe fruit notes. Slight astringency with a warming finish. Quite complex. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like it should be, though the carbonation is slightly higher than one would hope.

philipquarles, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown. Looks like iced tea with a big fluffy head.

Aromas of dark candied fruit. Sweet raisins, figs and a touch of spicy alcohol. The taste is deliciously earthy with that raisins and fruity goodnes. However, the sweetness is never cloying, and it goes down so smoothly, it's hard to just sip.

Very carbonated mouthfeel stings the tongue a little, but in a good way. So smooth and drinkable, I could have this all night. Definitely going to get more of this when I can.

daythree16, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three finger of brown, very creamy head that dissolves to about one finger after about a minute. The color is dark brown, and there is a ton of yeast particles settled at the bottom.

S - I noticed a very grainy smell with this beer that was kinda off putting. Light chocolate, banana, and light clove aroma as well.

T - Very complexed taste consisting of chocolate fudge, caramel, and spicy alcohol. The hop bitterness works well in this beer. Nice, sweet malty aftertaste that is very crisp.

M/D - Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Feels great. Very drinkable as well.

SirSketch, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Phenom
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown color with lots of floaters and particles. Decent tan head that stays around for a while.

S: Actually not that appealing. Smells a little like warm macro beer and even a little note of frat house basement the morning after a party. Some alcohol and fruitiness

T: The taste on the other hand is very nice. Alcohol and malts are really smoothly integrated. There is actually a little spiciness up front before the sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors from the malt kick in. Alcohol is present throughout but never overwhelming. There are also some dark ripe fruit flavors.

M&D: Very smooth and pleasing on the palate. A little warming. Extremely drinkable.

Phenom, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to breity for the bottle.
Pours a murky brown, almost a muddy water color. Tight lace around the rim of the glass holds for the duration of the beer. Where's the massive Belgian head that I've come to expect.
Nice bananna bread aroma with some hints of spices. Clove and nutmeg maybe. The aroma also kind of reminds me of Animal Crackers. But that's neither here nor there.
Big malty tasting beer. Brown sugar and raisin bread being the most dominate flavors. It has a spiciness in the background. Alcohol is very noticable. More noticable than the 10 imo. Very complex yet smooth tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is where this beer got me. There was just too much carbonation. It fizzed in my mouth and made me feel full and gassy. Because of the mouthfeel I had a hard time finishing this beer.
Belgian styled beers are hit or miss for me, so take my review with a grain of salt. This is obviously a beer that many people love with good reason. I recommend you try it and will probably try it again myself too see if I have a different opinion the second time around.

wcudwight, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a cloudy brown with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell of malt, spice, dark fruits, touch of vanilla, slight chocolate.

taste is prunes, alcohol, caramel, malty, touch of milk chocolate.

overall this is smoother than Trappistes Rochefort 10.

froghop, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th ba review:

At the pop of the top the drink comes to life, building a thin crown of bubbles in the neck of a slim 330 ml bottle. Poured into a goblet the drink is a hazy hazelnut-amber color with a twinkle of golden highlights and a thick cap of beige-ivory foam that retains at a sheet and leaves temporary lacing that looks somewhat like, well, actual Belgian lace on the glass.

The smell is quite fruity with plum and raisin notes spiced with cloves and tangy yeast products with a bit of brown bread, brown sugar, and dark spiced molasses. The heft is savory

The taste is richly toasty and sweet with cocoa powder-infused caramel stringing along a flavor parade that brandishes dark-roasted pecans dipped in mocha, vanilla wafers with a swirl of fudge, powdered dark cocoa mix sprinkled upon gardenia blossoms... well, suffice it to say the flavors seem limited only by the drinker's imagination and the tiny 33 centiliters in the wee bottle.

The drink is warm and smooth with great feel and drinkability, and the actual drinking of it a bit reminiscent of enjoying a fine brandy. I really liked Trappistes Rochefort 6, I hereby declare that I 'love' T. R. 8, and now I can't wait to try 10!!

cvstrickland, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of DeDolle
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet friuty smelling beer with a wonderful dark appearance and a thin off white creamy head.The taste...WOW! It`s malty & cakey and full of dried fruits with a spiced chocolatey aftertase.I feel almost honered to be drinking this,it`s special and delicious.

DeDolle, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brown tinged with yellow. Has a 1.5 cm dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smells of hops, dark bread dough, cooked green peas.

Mouthfeel is slick, but it puckers the tongue, drying it out a bit.

Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, white vinegar, whiskey, and some high alcohol notes. Aftertaste is very sour citrus. Becomes mustier as it warms.

Not bad.

JustinBathurst, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with ruby highlights. The most impressive thing is the frothy half inch head that is still there several minutes after the pour. This beer looks good! Very carbonated and creamy feel. Taste has a certain spice going on. Not as much dark fruit as the 10, but still noticeable. Very good beer that I could drink regularly. This is far from a knock, but I prefer the 10.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of krunchie
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark, chocolatey tar colour - dark brownish murky black. Tan hat, which stays thick and creamy for a long time - perfect, about 1-1½ fingers thick.

S: Rich and fresh. Hint of raisins and some alcohol. Somehow a bit smokey, like fine tobacco in a good pipe.

T: Belgian(!), sweet yet powerful. More attitude than the classic dark abbey ale you expect from a belgian brew. Sweet first sip and a very gentle finish. Really fine flavour and a feeling of relaxation and content. Dark fruits, plums. Complex and hard to describe but it sure is satisfying.

F: As mentioned before: very satisfying and smooth.

D: Easy and nice to drink, yet not as easy as other belgian dark ales (Gulden Draak comes to mind). I like this one, it's more of a classy beer. I always recommend and let people taste my Rochefort stock at nice parties and most people find it very exciting and spicy. Some have even said exceptional. It's one fine beer, it sure is one of my top 5 at the moment.

Serving: from bottle into a tulip glass

krunchie, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of jozols
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: It's a murky medium brown but with honeyed hues. (Hold it up to the light to see.) Good head, which dissipates relatively quickly, and light lace on the glass after swishing.

Smell: Fruity smell, with floral notes.

Taste: I drank this in a wine glass, after letting it settle for a few minutes. For a beer that's 9.2 percent ABV, this beer is really easy on the tongue. It's very complex, but I found it well-balanced. There's a sweetness (think berries, figs, and other dark fruits) that's offset by the maltiness. But there's not much bitterness at all. My husband and I found the taste of the beer was evocative of its origin with its slightly musky undertones. Really nice finish.

Mouthfeel: It felt light on the tongue, but not too effervescent.

Drinkability: High.

jozols, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 330mL bottle.

The beer pours a murky brown with a frothy off white head that refuses to yield, leaving lace down the side of the glass. The smell is full of caramel and prunes. The taste echoes the smell with a bit of burnt chocolate in there as well. The body is medium with lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty good BSDA. I think that the depth achieved by the 10 is unmatched however.

MSchae1017, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange infused with coral red and butterscotch. Backlight this beer and you will be rewarded. The attractive beige crown isn't the typical Belgian masterpiece, but it's more than worthy of praise. As are the scattered splotches of sea foam lace. A classic BSDA look.

Just like the color, the aroma isn't as dark as some beer of this style. That doesn't mean that it's anything less than good. Medium-dark fruit (dates, figs) leads the way. There isn't enough roasted maltiness to bring the darker fruits into play. Yeasty spice is on the low end.

I'm not floored by Trappistes Rochefort 8. Since the 'best by' date is approximately one year away, this bottle is now four years old. I appreciate the fact that the monks think it can last that long (and in ideal conditions it probably can), but it tastes a little long in the tooth. It isn't bad, but it isn't the world-beater that was expected.

The malt backbone has almost certainly taken a hit because it isn't as sturdy as it should be. There's slightly more dark fruitiness now, with a mixture of golden and dark raisins joining the party, in addition to the fruits noted above. There's also more ground clove and a hint of black licorice. Breadth of flavor is there, depth of flavor is not (which is often one of the casualites of age).

No way is this beer, this classic Belgian ale, where it needs to be on the mouthfeel front. It's no larger than light-medium and is slightly too fizzy. There is none of that perfectly bubbled, supremely silky, lightly lush... lusciousness... that makes Belgian brewers the undisputed kings of mouthfeel.

At the risk of overstating the case (and despite the fact that it's well within the monks' wishes for proper consumption) this bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 8 has seen better days. It's definitely good beer, but I was expecting great beer. I hereby resolve to purchase a fresher sample and give it another review.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of mrkc
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Musty brown, with a nice white head which didn't stick around as near as long as I'd like. Good colour once it was in the chalice.

S: Very fruity. Bread, yeast, rasins, and other things I could not identify to save myself. I'm guessing apples in there, as I thought I could taste a hint, but I'm not confident enough to say for sure. Definitely something I enjoyed smelling half as much I enjoyed drinking. Anything other than a chalice would be a sin.

T: Rich, complex, with very little taste of ethanol. Very sweet, and it lingers in the mouth for a few moments before coming away cleanly.

M: As I said, comes away cleanly. Very smooth, and (To steal someone else's description) silky. Maybe even a bit more than the 10

mrkc, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of FSUmac
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bort11 for the beer!

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice....

Appearance: A murky medium brown color. Nice off white head with decent retention.

Smell: Very fruity. I smell raisins, cherries, yeast, alcohol.

Taste: Whoa. Lots of dark fruit mixed with some spice. The malt comes across as well. The alcohol really blends nicely as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Feels warm and satisfying going down. Wonderful aftertaste. The carbonation is just right for me.

Drinkability: I gotta say, I really like this beer. The more belgians I have, the more I find that I like. Well done monks!

FSUmac, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of rallison
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly bready aroma with lots of apple and raisin. Yeasty. A touch of apple cider.

Good size creamy off-white head that doesn't die. Light lacing. Cloudy brown body.

Relatively sweet. Lots of fruit - raisins, apple, dried fruits - with a pleasant brown sugar sort of malt body. Very well integrated. Nice finish.

Medium/full body with a wonderful creaminess. Medium to low carbonation - very pleasant for this beer. Low alcohol presence. Very drinkable.

All in all, a very tasty beer. Not as complex as the 10, but a great beer nonetheless.

rallison, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml. bottle in a 16oz. Imperial Pint glass.
A vigorous steady pour filled the glass with a spectacular 2 finger frothy tan head that rapidily diminshed to a solid, bubbley 1/4" that lasts through the glass. Insignificant lace.

I could smell this beer BEFORE I ever tasted it or put it to my nose....
Alcohol & spiced rum, coffee, raisins, prunes, honey, sugar, BROWN SUGAR!, warm fresh baked breads or cake, remarkably complex & inviting but hard to separate. There's alot happening here.

Cloudy, dark tea colored. Sparkling columns of pin head bubbles. A few small floaties. This beer glitters in the glass.

TEFLON TASTE: Incredible & slick ~ equally complex & appealing:

Coffee, caramel, plums, raisins, ripe bananas, chocolate, sharp spices & piney hops, dark berries & creamy, nutty, pudding like malts.

Not too sweet on the lips, not too hoppy, with a carbonation tingle & a slow fade to a warm, spicey finish. Alcohol warms through the swallow.

This beer is NARCOTIC!

It came highly recommended & I wasn't disappointed. As I explore different styles this
particular offering stands out head & shoulders above my recent samplings. I'm getting more & I'm gonna cellar some.

TATTORSO, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp. NJ. Drank from a Chimay chalice.

A: Opaque brown body. 1 finger of light tan head. Head had long hang time and was very clingy.

S: Sweet and malty, caramel and tofffe. Some breadiness, yeast and alcohol. A very faint hint of hops.

T: Sweet malty beginning with hints of dark fruit. Gives way to some yeasty spiciness and very faint hops. Warm alcohol in the finsh.

M: Medium body. Crisp and tingly.

D: A very complex beer. One to sip and take in all it has to offer.

Jerzdevil1116, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leathery brown ale with a tan head that rises thick above the beer. Clingy head sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves fantastic lacing. One of the prettiest brews I've ever seen.

Smell is slightly fruity sweet. Green apples with a dark candied caramelized sugar backbone. Very smooth and mouth watering.

Taste is a rich warm biscuity malt. Sweet caramel and fine sugar candies mixed with apple flavor bubblegum. Crisp and bubbly mouthfeel makes the beer feel light and creamy on the palate. The aftertaste has a great hop bite and a nice spiciness with a complementary warmth.

Easy to drink, flavorful and unique. Very complex and a lot of great features. One of the best Belgians I've ever had.

jbphoto88, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep maroon with very slight columns of bubbles and a frothy off-white head that coats the top of the glass and leaves light lace

s: strong grain with light fruits; some light alcohol and caramel; dust

t: tart fruits; strong grain; red wine; banana bread; light alcohol; dark toffee malts; yeasty bitterness

m: smooth light carb

d: i have had this beer before a couple of times and remember it as being a little bit more fruity but it is still quite good

hoegaardenhero, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In talking with my pal Zoran about heady beers, especially those from Belgium, this one was recommended by him as being his favorite. He brought over one for me to sample and review, so here we go.

Pours thick leaving a very frothy one inch head with great retention. A lot of sediment and adjunct sank to the bottom and some are sticking around in the head as well. Scary at first for me, but later I am calmed by the great mouthfeel and drinkability of this one. Highly carbonated. Opaque dark and smooth caramel appearance. Thick lacing.

Smell is quite complex. Sweet malts balance with spicy floral hops for a uniquely pleasant experience. Hints of raisins. At first the alcohol was not present in the nose, but upon finishing about 3/4 of it, the alcohol smell is starting to come through.

Taste is so silky and smooth with many of the characteristics already noted in the nose. The mouthfeel on this one is perhaps the most pleasant I have ever experienced. Perfectly carbonated. Almost scary how easy this one is to drink considering the high ABV.

Superb brew.

ibbjamin, Jul 06, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.