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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 1,796
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 292
Gots: 653 | FT: 22
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of mfkr
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark Brown, with a nice off white head that pretty quickly dissapears.

S - Malty, nuts, caramel, some spices, yeast, hints of fruit and some alcohol is detectable.

T - Dark fruits, nuts, caramel, roasted malts, some yeast, alcohol.

M - Smooth and creamy body, the carbononation and the alcohol creates a slight stingy sensation that transforms into a nice warm sensation.

D - Not as good as its "big brother" in my opinion but still a great beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip the beer is cinnamon brown with a huge four finger light beige head. Lots of lace flecks stick to the sides of my glass. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma is a solid amount of dark fruits, brown sugar and spices. Belgian yeast, nuts and a hint of funk as I swirl the beer.

The flavor is simialr to the nose. Dark fruits and spices. Yeast and caramel as well. The booze is a bit more prominent in the taste.

Medium to ful creamy body. Light to moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall not as mind blowing as I had hoped. Still very good.

Photo of Luk13
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Dark murky brown pour with a thick, lasting white head. Tobacco, rich ripe grape and plum aromas thick with some roasted barley aromas and nuts. Some alcohol and yeast in traces. Sweet sticky toffee taste with rhum and grapes, nice complexity. Beautifully full and mellow mouthfeel.

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

The color is like a dark apple cider, but more opaque. There's a lot of sediment that quickly settles to the bottom of my glass. The carbonation and head is extremely effervescent, leaving a thin but tall head that dissipates quickly.

This has a complex and inviting aroma. Vividly, I pick up baked apples with cinnamon. There's a caramel presence along with raisin and fig.

The flavor is almost as complex, but the flavors tend to run and blend together as opposed to the distinct succession in the smell. Still, delicious. It leaves a toasty taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the flavor and high abv makes this drink heavier than the body would suggest. There's a slight medicinal numbing effect left behind.

Great flavor makes drinkability good, but high abv and alcohol presence make this hard to knock back a few. One is plenty and it's a sipper.

Overall, a very good beer that lives up to it's reputation but not likely purchase again due to the cost and not being my preferred style.

Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance is opaque chocolatey brown with a 4-finger, twinkling beige head. Minimum to moderate lacing.

Smell is bready with spices and yeast. The taste is more spicy and caramel that fruity. I pick up cinnamon, allspice and brown sugar. Some earthy hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly carbonated with some alcohol warmth.

This is a drinkable beer that goes well with barbecue or even caramels. This is not that sessionable, however, as the 9+ percent ABV will sneak up on you.

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, still a sizable light beige head. Very muddy look of neutral brown, but no light can pass through. Coats the glass with lace that slides back into the head.

Pleasant balance of sugary malts, warming alcohol (strong even for the style), and prickly hop in the background.

Caramel and candy sugar sweetness cover an otherwise very warming beer. Lots of spritz here: The neutral body and high carbonation leads to a "thin" beer. The finish reminds me of a double bock--it's sweet and coats the back of my throat even though it doesn't last as long as I'd like.

A very potent offering with a strong darker malt sweetness.

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

I poured into my glass to fleeting off white head. It is brown and clouded with yeast. The smell is spicy and for some reason reminds me of apples and cinnamon. I get some caramel malt in there, too. The taste is malty with a spiciness as well. It is not as viscous as I expected. There is an abundance of carbonation. It goes down pretty easy for the ABV.

Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Rochefort 10 and it was very tasty. Let's try the 8...

A: Deep dark murky brown with a thick 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Mmm, smells very good. I get some sweet caramel upfront with hints of banana blended in. Some nice floral scents bouncing around. Some slight hints of alcohol in the middle with some breadiness on the backend. Very good.

T: Super sweet banana blended with some port wine flavors. Some grapy alcohol in the middle with some hints of spicy pine. Subtle bitter hops and sweet malts blend well in this brew. Very good.

M: Thick body that leaves some stickiness on the palate. Good.

D: This goes down good despite the high ABV. Good.

All in all, this is a fantastic brew. So many flavors and scents bouncing around in this brew. If you like Belgian's then the Rochefort 10 and 8 are a must. Even if you are not a Belgian person, I think you will enjoy this. Awesome!

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a tulip a deep and murky brown with visibly rapid carbonation racing up the sides of the glass. Thick, billowy off-white head is exactly what one would picture when thinking of a Belgian ale.

The smell of the beer is an upfront earthy yeast, sweet apples and bananas. The faintest sweet hint of alcohol can be detected.

Spicyness instantly contrasts with the sweet alcohol and fruity esters. Grainy malt and fresh bread tastes complement this brew as well. Medium-body feels heavier with the intense carbonation. The brew has a smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Drinkability is world-class.

Photo of brystmar
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle into a hotel water glass (I know, I know).

A: hazy dark brown with lots of carbonation fizzing up from the bottom. Two full fingers of tan lace stick to the walls of the glass.

S: malty and boozy with lots of spice. I say this a lot, but I wish the aromas were more forward.

T: dark fruit and spices hit you first, burnt caramel follows, and the drink ends with a surprisingly strong rush of roasty malts. Absolutely delicious!

M&D: full-bodied, smooth, and creamy with less bubbly sting than expected. Mild and pleasant alcoholic warmth hits towards the end of each sip for a truly remarkable beer experience.

Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark, opaque brown pour with a constantly rising sediment, which is also visible speckled across the top of a 1-finger head which laces nicely.

S: A somewhat difficult smell to decipher, but it seemed rather sweet, probably from a blend of spices and maybe some dark fruits.

T: A strong taste (though not as strong as TR10) that reveals hints of figs and raisins (and possibly some caramel?). A very earthy tasting beer.

MF/D: Not an overly-filling mouthfeel but smooth on the way down with little carbonation, which leaves a lingering tingle of persisting flavor at the back of the throat following each sip. A very good Trappist ale, will continue to get occasionally to fill a mix/six.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, this stuff was in Belgium last week. It pays to do business with beer-loving Belgians who enjoy your homebrews...

Cloudy, ruddy light brown body shows legs when swirled. Tanish, creamy head shows off multiple bubbles sizes, but isn't as tall as I expected. Not real clingy lace, but it is good while it is there.

Oh my - this does not smell like the R8 I've had before. The fruitiness is there but seems less dark and overripe. Caramel grains, brown sugar, cotton candy, even some nutty yeast. Not as spicy as I remember either; there but without the sharpness of clove. Fun to swirl n sniff.

The fruit sweetens in the taste and comes charging in with chocolate cake batter; but don't let this fool you because this is not a real sweet beer. There is no realistic hop taste to it, but it does land an equalizing bitter, and the alcohol cuts right through, along with a slight spice bite. Powdery yeast. Plum. Maybe some brandy. Powdered sugar. And for all these flavors going on, it is so balanced that one cannot wait to try the next sip. Mmmm.

Creamy on the palate, The taste is quite full, with a lot going on, though it is just medium bodied. There is a coating of the tongue after each sip, yet it constantly just invites another drink. The alcohol presence is there early and often, even cold; but it never gets hot, even after warming. It just feels good going down the pipes.

Overall, I really don't know what else one would request from a Belgian Dark Strong. Truly sublime. I will say from a little bit of experience that this freshness tones down the deep pruniness and sweet grain, replacing it with a bit more bitter and yeastiness without the heavier phenols. Possibly one of the best Belgians (and beers) I've had for some time.

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

Pours a deep amber-brown colour with off white head. Lots of dates, raisin and caramel in the smell. Taste has a great Belgian yeast flavour with the dark caramel malt and fruity raisin flavour. Really a delicious beer. A very smooth mouthfeel, almost a bit creamy. I finished this bottle probably much faster than I should have.

Photo of bogus564
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As I poured this into a tulip glass, I was struck by the dark caramel color. Held in front of a lamp, I could not see the finger that I held right behind the glass.

The pour gave me a rather large head (half the volume of the glass, poured slowly), which left a bit of lace after a few minutes.

There was quite a sweet nose to this beer, but I really had to give it a good whiff.

There's a very strong taste to this beer; right off the bat, there's a huge brown sugar taste. After that comes the citrus taste and carbonation - after the basic citrus, I detected a pruny sensation to it. I thought I wouldn't like that, but it was just right, and in the right proportion. The very last gulp I had revealed the chocolaty vibe - yum.

This is not something I'd want to drink all day or night, as it's quite strong. This is something with which I'd wish to finish off an evening. I think it would be great with steak, ribs, or perhaps a nice pulled pork doused in spicy barbeque sauce.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy strong Belgian yeast batman. This is some good Belgian yeast. Very good, gives it a distinct flavor I have yet to experience in beer. Slightly sweet, but a little tart as well, but they balance eachother out. Great pour, huge amount of foam, thins out to lace the outer edge of the beer.

Dark brown in color, yet the beer itself is light, meaning not as thick as you would expect it. Heavy yeast flavor in the end of the drink, dominating the taste of the beer, abv is high, but hidden well by the strong flavor. Tastes like it is going to be similar to a brown ale, and then the real flavor kicks in and changes everything. Tastes almost like cake at the end.

I do like this beer, not sure I could drink it in mass quantities, meaning I could do one 22 and be good for a night with it. But very solid, you can taste the quality, and also bonus points for the unique but good taste. I am glad I tried this.

Photo of Machinehead
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think the last guy got a soapy glass, I dont know how someone could be so far off!! One of the best Belgian darks. I can't wait to try the 10! So far only like the Chimay Blue just slightly better.

Complex sweet flavor, just what a Belgian Dark should be.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes 4/18/10. Tasting of Rochefort 6, 8 & 10.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. (141014 08:04)

Pours a clear medium brown. No red hues and bright looking. Head is 1 inch cream tan and leaves some spotting. Similar head to the 6 but slightly taller. First smell is something like lavender soap. A swirl brings up dark nutty aromas (almonds, walnuts with skin on). I think the soap notes are an interaction between the hops and something like nut oil. Sage note.

Body is ramped up but not sweet. The strange soapy thing continues but is interrupted by sharp, astringent hops and some acid. (Have concerns about this bottle.) Alcohol is prickly and flavors are floral but wrecked by the hops/alcohol/acidity.

Very sharp and astringent. Borderline flaw area.

Made a note to try again later. My least favorite of the 3 Rocheforts.

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

pours a dark brown orangish muddy color that is heavily particulate. Fair white head, fair lacing and average carbonation. smell is caramel and nutty. taste is the same with some chocolate burnt toasted hints. medium body and long flavor duration. sweet chalky finish. alcohol is well hidden but will creep up on you. probably not worth the ten dollar price tag i paid for it, but none the less delicious.

Photo of LukeD23
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance, a slightly muchy weak coffee colored, beautiful ivory quater inch thick head with slight dregs in bottem

Aroma, Dates, legumes(fresh peeled beans), and caramel dominate

Flavor, Caramel malts hold strong with a husky malt character and aged hop flavors of pine coming through

Mouthfeel is deep and full

Drinkability is ok, I could drink one or two, but very good beer

Photo of argock
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Best by 210114 on label. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Murky dark brown with soft, small-bubbled beige 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and tons of lacing.

S: Spicier aroma than I was expecting with lots of dark fruit, caramel, and candi sugar augmented with cinnamon and coriander aromas. Hops are earthy but on the light side.

T: Wonderful flavors of fig, date, raisin, caramel, and brown sugar mix well with coriander, nutty yeast, and a drying earthy, herbal hops note that pushes through more than the aroma lets on.

M: Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel, dry, with active carbonation and chocolate,spicy clove,coriander, and herbal hops in the finish.

D: An exceptional beer, not quite on par with the 10 but still very good and easily among my favorite BSDAs. I am planning to set a few of these and 10s back for a few years more.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This is one active brew. Pours a gigantic head from the measly 11.2 ozr into my 20 oz glass, billowing foam that takes its time to settle into an impressively thick, stolid ceiling. Oddly organic lacing that looks unsettlingly close to gothic monsters. A warning to take it easy with this one! Appearance is not as gorgeously impressive as some, a muddy brown with uncontainable sediment.

Smell is lovely; darkly alcoholic with brightish notes of sour fruit looming in reserve. Seems to swim in a possibly oversweet malt fume but we will just have to see.

Taste: I love a confident strong ale but this one seems to muddle in between a dressed up ethanol vibration and bready sweets. Nonetheless, a depth-charge of flavor with surprisingly dry notes despite its sugary feel. Shit am I in some kind of beer paradox?

Not exactly cloying, but more-so than preferred. Rochefort is quite impressive, but I can't see drinking more than one. Too sweet, unfortunately.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - A somewhat cloudy burnt-orange, with a pillowy creme-colored three-finger head. Not much in the way of lacing, although the head took a full 10 minutes to recede to a thick cap, maybe half a finger high.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and figs. The Rocheforts are definitely some of my favorite smelling beers ever. No alcohol for the most part.

T - Okay, there's maybe a bit of booze here, though not too much. Mostly dark fruits, burnt sugar, and candy. The sweetness helps to offset everything else. Very pleasant and makes me want to keep drinking more and more of it. Lots of dark fruit, and just a bit of breadiness. Just beautiful.

M - Pretty silky, but not oily. Carbonation is not overwhelming, and contributes to the silky feeling. Like Goldilocks, it's just right.

D - Probably the only place where this brew suffers. Although it's certainly more drinkable due to the lower abv % than its big brother, the 10, it still is one of those that after two or three you'd need a nap. But outside of that it's definitely one that I'd reach for over and over.

Overall - I think I like this one more than the 10, if only for the perception that it is a bit more subtle and I could drink more of it. Woe be to me when I find a bar that has this on tap -- I'd be broke, jobless, and homeless since I'd never want to leave.

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

Quite a remarkable brew. Long and rich range.

Presentation: 11.2 oz US imported bottle. Simple, old font, design. No description other than the trappist certificate. Does not show date of freshness but has an insider batch print (190814 08:05). Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.2%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear amber brown pour, with a generous creamy head, nice retention, solid memory layer and ring, with some strokes of lace.

S - Nose has a casual air about it, with a fruity and sugary sense over a malty and yeasty sense. It does grow quite a bit as it fully warms and lingers for a bit revealing a few spicy subtleties.

T - Fruity sweetness, raisins, plums... A yeasty sense woven with caramel malt range. Lingering spicy touch in the finish tied up with boozy note.

M - Medium body with a hint at medium/full assisted by what feels like generous carbonation but ultimately translates as a finely tuned bubbly burst picking up the brew and holding up the current of a finish with a creamy touch cut short by a dry note.

D - No need to rush here... Given time this is a brew of nice complexities and rather enjoyable. Great sipper, and quite memorable as a Belgium Dark Ale.

Notes: I can't help but think of the 10, looking forward to have it again, and the 6, which I am yet to try. While I adore the complexities of the quad this has a roundness that makes it rather special on its own.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark cloudy redish-brown color with a fair amount of yeast. Beautiful, large foamy, meringue like, off-white/very light beige head with great retention

S - A lot of juicy dark fruit with raisin, plum, fig and date (loaded with them all) with just the slightest hint of them being rum soaked. Some dark malt and plenty of spice. Also a strong phenol/medicinal aroma. Overall the strongest is a juicy plum/raisin smell with a fair amount of phenol.

T - Plenty of dark fruit (as in the nose) with a plumy taste being pretty strong. Nice dark malt base with hints of chocolate and a good amount of licorice coming out. Well spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Phenol/medicinal flavor is fairly present, not quite as strong as the nose, but definitely there. Also a touch of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially given the ABV and style. Lots of juicy and jamy fruit flavors along with a nice balance of malt and phenol/bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: Best before 14/10/14. Very nice beer that I very much enjoyed. Plenty of fruit and some dark malt have a wonderful taste and are well balanced making a good example for the style. A good amount of phenol/medicinal taste also present, but adds a bit of a kick. Licorice is fairly strong for the style. Overall a very enjoyable and solid beer from a great brewery. Not quite as good as the 10, but very nice in its own right.

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice amber brown with a three-finger white head that slowly subsides to one-finger. There was nice lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted nuts and sweet malt. The flavor was filled with malt, spice, and alcohol. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. If the appearance of lacing and head retention were better this could be way up there in the ratings. If you haven't tried this, you owe it to yourself to.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.