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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,491
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 574 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of boldcity2008
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured very gently into a tulip glass. Trappist of this caliber are the best of the best IMHO.

A: it is nearly the same color as the bottle it comes in, some lacing but not too much, a little cloudy and brown in color.

S: complex blend of sweet raisin/plum like malt and a slight hint of yeast and hops. You get a medium blast of alcohol. a hint of spice, very interesting and complex blend.

T: first sip you get a warm back of throat feeling of alcohol. The bite of alcohol is very easy to handle. Main taste is the sugary malt blend that has highlights of plum/raisins, I detect some pepper, and some clove like flavors with some sweetness of the yeast blend.

M: medium to thick body, heavy finish, you know your drinking a strong brown ale, as it should be.

D: first two are easy as cake to drink, after that well your most likely a tad drunk, but other than having to pay for these i think its as good as it gets.

This and westy is the best in the world for me. and this 1 I can buy in the states, I cleaned out a few places for this, so merry xmas to me.

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

Poured from long neck bottle into snifter

Appearance-Dark brown in color, significantly darker than the #6 and a bit hazier; not very heady and it doesn't leave much of a lacing; all in all I'd say the #6 is a more 'attractive' beer in terms of appearence.

Smell-A malty butteriness predominates the aroma alongside a hearty whif of alcohol that's somewhat reminiscent of rum. Some fruity aromas as well but honestly, they seem to be taking a backseat to the malt character and strong alcohol presence which overwhelms the senses.

Taste-Malty carmelly/butterscotchy sweetness intermingles with an alcoholic bitterness, much like the aroma. Malt character and taste predominate the flavor of this brew, there are some fruity undertones and a phenolic spicyness as well but honestly it all takes a backseat to the pronounced malt character and strong alcohol presence. It tastes far more straight forward and aggressive than the #6.

Mouth Feel-Very nice; thick, rich and silky-smooth.

Drinkability-This is definitely more of a sipper than the #6, I couldn't have more than a few of these.

Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Distictly brown. The pour produced almost 3 full fingers of sand colored head that receeded slowly to a quarter inch and retained for the entire glass. A lot of sediment in this one. Some spotty lace also make an appearance.

A: Begian yeast, bread, raisin, caramel, and maybe some pear. Caramel malt shines, but there is an underlying citrus tone.

T: As the beer warms, the flavors explode. I notice first off, how sweet the brew is. Very caramely. As the beer makes it's way over my palate, the strong raisin and figs hit the tounge. Then come the biscuits and bread. Very complex. The beer finishes with a pronounced alcohol heat.

M: Medium to heavy, but with aggressive carbonation. Very tinglely at the back of the throat.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just ok for me here. It is just overly sweet. Overall, very good example of the style. The appearance will take a hit from the abundant sediment, but when I'm in the mood for a belgian, which isn't that often, I'll look to pick this one up. Skal.

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, tan head quickly dissipating. good lacing. a little bit of sediment, not sure if this is normal.

brown sugar, figs, booze, dark fruits standart smells of a strong dark belgian ale.

taste is more of the same. a little more sweetness though

creamy mouthfeel with moderate-high carbonation.

not to heavy good drinkability.

kind of an average example of the style, but i like the style so its all gravy.

Photo of dangruver
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2oz, into my tulip. best before 11/03/14

(A) pours dark brown with a mild head that dissipates but leaves behind bubbles around the glass, very inviting.

(S) nutty, but very subtle the smell is not overpowering.

(T) very well balanced between the malt and the bitterness of the hops. leaves a hint of the alcohol on the tounge as an after taste. a well built beer.

(M) a good thick beer that is lightly carbonated goes down smooth like butter

(D) very drinkable beer, not sure i would want to drink this all the time.

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a rather regal "Trappistes Rochefort" chalice, I can tell this will be a treat. Excellent head and retention, body a murky brown with some stuff floating around. I wasn't exactly careful pouring the bottle, so as such, I will not penalize the beer.

Aroma is a little muted. I smell some nice sweet raisin-ginger bread, just not very strong. I almost wonder if this ultra-wide-mouthed bowl-shaped chalice is actually the best glass for capturing aromatics. I'll score slightly above average since the sweet raisin bread I *do* smell is pretty nice. Wait, wait...what's that....I obviously served this too cold, because the aroma is really starting to open up to more of the potent rum-raisin I was expecting.

Ahhh, now this is a treat. Big and substantial flavor profile, yet with that light, airy Trappist feel that is without rival. Raisins and cloves, cinnamon bread, quite sweet up front but coming to a dry finish of slightly medicinal phenols and nippy hop. Like many Trappist beers, the alcohol is not *entirely* buried - it pops up just enough to let you know it's there.

It's an excellent sipper, and lives up to its reputation. I wouldn't want more than one at a time, though, it's not that kind of beer. It's funny that this is considered the weak sister of Rochefort 10, because it's pretty damned potent in its own right.

Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. Even though I poured slowly, this was a fizzy one. After the ridiculously huge head settled, a deep murky beer apeared. I was underwhelmed by the aroma, alcohol and bread. The flavor is high on alcohol, some sweetness and a malty bready backbone. It does have a creamy mouthfeel, but is overcarbonated for my liking. A decent sipper, but I was very disapointed by this.

Photo of Hop505
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip- an opaque brown with a slight hint of red and a tanned foamy head that lasts. Earthy nose, with a nice mix of raisin/ dark fruits and malt. Well-balanced taste- the fruit notes and bitterness pair well with the alcohol. Nice thick velvety mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic finish, but nothing to overpower the balance of this beer. While I personally prefer the 10, this is a fantastic brew, worthy of all its praise.

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

A - Dark hazelnut brown body, opaque in clarity. High flocculating yeast floaties reside at bottom of glass. Tall, 1'' collar of off-white foam stays throughout consumption.

S - Complex malt character with low phenolic notes, backed by a yeasty aromatics. Mild fruit esters.

T - Sweet malt palate with complementing undertones of phenolic spice from yeast. Grainy yeast character meshes with slight ending bitterness of hops. Alcohol flavor and spice phenolics only complement this Ale.

M - Medium, rich body with high carbonation. Very low warming from ABV.

O - One of the best Belgian Strong Dark Ales, and worthy of being one of the most notable Trappists.

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

Split a 330mL, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, tart and fruit, raisins, plums, hints of pear/peach, light hop presence, light alcohol, earhty, perfumy

Ap: Clear medium amber, mousselike tan head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Crisp nutty/toasty malt, raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, toffee, fruity/floral notes are unique, very dry and crisp, light alcohol, dry earthy malt, mild chocolate, dark but not roasted, very nice fruit (perfumy, almost tripel-like), peach, pear, candy sweet, bitter and alcohol at end, evolving complex taste

M: light warming/hot alcohol, high fine smooth carbonation, very well attenuated, slightly rough alcohol end

O: unique fruitiness, very dry, could be lower in acohol, great beer

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

Interesting beer for sure.

It pours nicely with a dark brown hue with ruby highlights and a big tan head.

The aroma evokes thoughts of plum pudding...earthy....some dark berries and raisins.

The taste is enjoyable....plums, berries, raisins and some real subtle cocoa....very little booziness but some definite spicing....cardamon and licorice seem evident.

The body is full but not alcoholic..carbonation is medium to high....about right...

Overall this is a nice beer but doesn't rock my world. Top notch but not life changing.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$5.99 / ea.

55°F

S: Sweet red fruit and raisins, typical of the style, and just a hint of booze. Much softer scent than Rochefort 10 and possibly some malt tones in the background.

A: Huge loose tan head. Great retention that leaves a smattering of lace and a thing cover over an opaque brown body.

T: Some ester sweetness, but much maltier than Rochefort 10. Booze is masked, but apparent. This beer needs something paired to bring out its full potential.

M: Light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. and some -OH evaporation on the back end. Low bitterness, but perhaps some tannin astringency.

D: Less potent than 10, but about equal drinkability. This wouldn't be my idea of a great session beer, but pairs wonderfully with rich food.

O: Definitely not on par with 10, but a good beer overall. It seems to lack the strong fruit character of other Belgian ales, and that was a bit of a disappointment for me.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a big ol' chalice. The fizzy head rises up to a fairly sizable stature quickly but doesnt stay around long. The body looks really similar to the 10 if only a little lighter in color. Its a muddy, murky brownish red, almost purple. No head, no lacing.

S- Strong sourdough and banana. Some faint rum and fig. Its a strong aroma, pretty nice.

T- Lots of bready and doughy malts. This is one grainy beer. No hops really at all. Its big, earthy, dark fruity and malty.

M- Medium to full body with lots of fluffy carbonation.

D- A bit too much carbonation if you ask me. This is still a very well crafted beer. Huge on the bready and yeasty malts. Enjoy this in moderation.

Photo of polygman
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle opened with a very pronounced release of carbonation. A good sign to its bottle fermentation.

A - Poured a surprisingly huge head. Opaque dark brown appearance almost looking like coca-cola. The head retained exceptionally well and clung to the sides of the glass.

S - Delicious dark fruits...raisins, figs, apricots. Cant stop smelling it. As it warmed a sweet spicy aroma came through with hints of cinnamon. Alcohol also became more present.

T - Wow! Light carbonation hits the mouth with definite dark sweet fruit flavors with a bready sweetness. Finished slightly bitter with a woody/oak character, sweet alcohol finish.

M/D - A great mix of sweetness and carbonation makes it feel so very smooth in the mouth. I almost don't want to swallow it. Its a great sipper that can be enjoyed for a long time and only improves as it warms. Probably could drink a few but really wouldn't want to. Best savored in small portions.

This was outstanding and exactly what I wanted from this style. I cant wait to try the Rochefort 6 and 10.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium dense and creamy beige head. Particles floating around. Medium to low retention and some nice lacings left in the glass

S: A little bit less complex than the 10 but still quite fruity and bready. Strong notes of raisins and plums. Candy sugar. Caramel malts and earthy Belgian yeasts

T: Sweet and fruity upfront. Notes of chocolate biscuits, candy sugar, malts, Belgian yeasts, brown bread, candy sugar. Nice hops profile, not too bitter. A bit boozy

M: Full creamy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation. Belgian-style bittersweet aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. Simply delicious. A winner, ever!

Photo of jbowers56
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, dark brown colour. Fairly robust head settles in to a reasonably thick layer.

Caramel on the nose. Fruitiness too. Yes, definitely a darker kind of fruity smell.

Quite a lot going on. Hard to describe. Begins with a deep fruity sweetness. Then the carbonation kicks in and lifts it a little followed by a big caramel/toffee flavour. A spicy kind of fruitiness lingers alongside fairly big alcohol heat.

Very big mouthfeel. A lot of alcohol warmth after the initial set of flavours. Quite chewy.

I couldnt session this, not in a million years. Then again, it's a trappiste strong ale, so why would you.

Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, not a lot of head on it and no lacing. Looks fairly straight-forward.

S - Dark fruits and sugar, lighter on the yeast than I was expecting.

T - I get a lot of pears in this, some raisins, sugar. People talk about the complexity of this, but I find this kind of a simplified throwback, and that's not a bad thing. Nice sugar taste, seems like an oldschool man's beer.

M - Medium bodied, rich, little more cream than I was anticipating.

D - Kind of on the heavy and sweet side, but could do more than one.

Photo of Airedoggie
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut Brown, murky. Off-white head. Low Retention and thin lacing.

S: Malty smell like roasted caramel, complex with hint of oak.

T: Almost pungent, toffee-like, malty with spices & hops. Even a sweet chocolaty note that finishes very dry.

M: Effervescent, carbonated, full-bodied and dry.

D: The high alcohol content, dryness and astringency make this more of a sipping brew. it would go nicely with a hearty meal.

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

Had at Mokafe in Brussels on a cloudy afternoon. The waiter poured it with a perfect head without even looking. Lots of figs and raisins in the aroma. Lovely dark ruby color; looks quite dense just sitting in the glass. Raisins galore in the taste along with dried pears; some apples and a nice bready overtone. The alcohol, while quite high on paper, is nicely hidden and does not impair. A memorable Belgian beer.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium-brown body. Off-white head starts huge but fades to a thin film around the edges. No lacing.

S: Dark fruits, brown sugar, maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: Quite complex. Plums, chocolate, licorice, leather, smoke, and a few other things that evade description.

M: Rich and creamy.

D: Absolutely top-notch. It's not quite in the league of 10, but that's no knock against it. Highly recommended.

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

Poured into a red wine glass. A Perfect thick fluffy head and rich dark brown body.

First smell was of rum then a fig or plum type aroma.

A bitter fruity, rum taste with a small alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel was great not to thin not to thick.

Great beer be hard to not want to drink more.

Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date recognized.

(A)- Pours a hazy dark mahogany color that produced a large, thick, and fluffy tan head with great retention; it is still present at the end in some form or another.

(S)- Lots of biscuity hay & horse-blanket funkiness. Plenty of clay and tiny bits of lemon peel.

(T)- Bursting with great dark fruits; primarily grape-like. Bits of biscuit, lemon & banana. Finishes dry, yeasty, and funky; but in a superb way! Complex.

(M)- Big carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. Smooth feel to it with crisp & refreshing flavors. Nice balance and richness. Layered in how its complex.

(D)- A great belgian that just flows with rich dark fruits. A crisp feel with its fizzy carbonation level. A real winner & a great representation of the style. Tons of flavor; I really dont think my description of the taste does it justice.

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

A- Medium brown... the same color of oil-rubbed bronze. Heavily sedimented, with no visible carbonation. A gentle pour yielded a thin white head, which quickly dissipated to a retained haze layer and some nice lacing.

S- Sweet biscuit and caramel malt aromas are prominent along with a pronounced yeastiness. There are some restrained molassess, honey and metallic aromas present as well.

T- Tastes predominantly grainy, bready and yeasty... with the milder anticipated flavors of molassess, honey and metal. Finishes long, bready and slightly dry. The alcohol is very well-hidden.

M- Medium to firm body is perceived to be even thicker due to the yeast sediment, which adds a pronounced texture. The carbonation is relatively soft and a fine accompanyment to this beer.

D- I truly enjoy this beer... it is not the first time I have had it... and it certainly won't be the last. I shall always consider it a "classic". However, I couldn't have more than one in a sitting as the yeastiness (and alcohol) could become a bit overpowering with time.

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

Bottle. Very cloud orange/brown pour. Aromas of varied malts, fruit, slight alcohol. Rather yeasty, but not in a bad way. Malt, raisin, bready flavors, solid medium body. Very clean finishing. Drinkability is good even with the abv and not overly sticky. I generally don't care for very many Belgians, mainly because I find them WAY overcarbonated and closer to champaigne than beer. This one however, was excellent and closer to an old ale style. Though I do prefer the 10. Worth it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into chalice.

A. Well carbonated 2 finger head. Thick ring of lace left on the glass. Good head retention. Almost a permanent collar of foam. Dark ruby brown color.

S. Smell is caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, yeast, spices, cherries.

T. Dark fruit, spices, caramel, alcohol. Somewhat dry.

M. Medium/full bodied. Lots of carbonation. Crisp finish with not much lingering sweetness.

D. Very well crafted beer. Nice flavors and body. Would have liked a little stronger smell, and I prefer this style a touch sweeter. This is a Very good beer.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,491 ratings.