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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,558
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 284
Gots: 631 | FT: 21
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 deapokid
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
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
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +3%
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
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +3.5%
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 +0.7%
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
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.88/5  rDev +13%
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.

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

Pours with a smallish head, minimal head, cola brown

Smells of fruit and yeast.

Definitely fruit in the taste, though I can't exactly pin it down. Spice as well. Fairy effervescent mouth feel- especially with a swish on the palate. A bit of a dry/bitterish aftertaste.

All told, it isn't a bad beer. Generally, it is a good beer that if it were more reasonably priced would be a nice changeup from the ordinary belgians that I drink. Still, it's nice to support this industry.

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

A: One of the most beautiful beers, IMHO. A beautiful deep auburn-brown, with bits of sediment suspended in the liquid. A nice creamy head.

S: Nut, malt, spices. A little grape, maybe some cherry.

T: Brown sugar, the malt, and the cherry hit my tastebuds first.
The alcohol is present on the swallow, a smooth and gentle burn. It reminds me a bit of cream soda, for some reason. This bottle seems a little less spicy than the last one I had.

M: Viscous, smooth, but chewey.

D: Ahhh, there's a reason I keep coming back to this beer. Rochefort -- your beers are exquisite.

I would seriously consider getting a tattoo of your brewery's motto: "Curvata Resurgo" (Curved, I straighten up)

Photo of sitarist
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep eggplant brown/purple color. About two inches of off white, almost tan head, the head falls to a half an inch and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is thick.

Aromas of horehound, raisins, figs, pear, candy, spice, with hints of the alcohol. Complex but subtle, well balanced, nothing overpowering, warm and inviting.

Taste of grapes, vanilla, dates, red wine like tannin, and pecans.

Lighter bodied, creamy, the flavors are painted on the tongue. There is a very slight astringency. The finish is long and pleasant before it dries.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. For all the flavors and amount of sweetness this never becomes too much.

Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one i a Maredsous chalice. The beer i very darkbrown with a firm head with bubbles. Can't see much carbonation. The smell is very good, as to be expected form this superbrewer.

The taste is soft, the alcohol is not overpresent. The head disappears after a short while. Not really sure what i tasted for ingredients but the combinatioon ao them all was good.

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

330 ml bottle poured into a brussels glass

A: pours a murky brown. large white bubbles form the head. quickly dissapates, faster than any beer I can remember.

S: smells very spicy (not hot spicy, but varied cooking-type spices) and yeasty. Hints of cloves, cinnamon, sugar, a little bananna, and some other smells I can't quite put my finger on.

T: very nice. highly carbonated and malty. Sweet. Candy sugar. Little hops bitterness to speak of. Rum-flavored alcohol.

M: medium mouthfeel, high carbonation. love the carbonation, it's unusual for me, kind of like when you eat pop rocks as a kid...very effervescent. dry finish.

D: overall a different, very enjoyable beer. but, for me, the high alcohol level mixed with my preference for different-style beers limit the drinkability for me.

Photo of niklas0770
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been a looong time since I've had a propper trappist beer so I'm really looking forward for this one. The beer pours a dark brown murky looking liquid with a big head wich slowly fades to a one finger thick lid.

This smells like Belgium to me. Brown sugar, some spices, wet grass and that lovely yeast of theirs.

The sweetness is of brown sugar and dark fruits, plums and figs. It's quite spicy aswell with some herbs. Unfortunatly I am not that good in recognising herbs so I can't name them... It ends with a warm feeling. The sweetness of the dark fruits is very dominant but the beer still has that complex feeling you would expect from a trappist beer.

As I mentioned earlier the feeling is warm (from the alcohol) and very pleasant. Large bubbles in the carbonation.

This beer is quite heavy and hearty. Very enjoyable, but I can't see myself drink more than one this evening.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another beer I'm glad I can get regularly. One of my favorites.

Appearance is a coffee brown color with a thin tan head that dissapated fast. No lacing.

Aroma is great. Dark fruits and sugars with a touch of Belgian yeastyness.

Taste is the best part. Lots of brown sugar, and hints of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is also one of the highlights. I love the dryer feel even though there is a little sweetness and lots of complexity.

The dryness and easy flavors makes this beer go down well. I had someone try it that claims that it was a little dark for their tastes and low and behold they thought it was really good. I think I won over another to craft beers.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy brown beer. Aroma doesn't distinguish itself. Taste, sweet, must be the belgian yeast. A little buttery (not the spoilage kind). No hops. Might be one of those Belgians that add belgian sugar or whatnot.

Kinda light feel for a 9+%er. Alcohol remains very well hidden.

Mouthfeel, the body seems to get lighter throughout. Good. Kinda drinkable. This definitely is not my style of beer, but must recognize that it is well made, and exceeded my expectations.

Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a dirty, yeasty, tons of floating sediment, dark brown with 3 fingers of dense, light tan head with good staying power. After a short while the head falls leaving some sparse, loose lacing on the glass. Very chunky beer! Wasn't poured espcially hard...couldn't keep the chunks from flowing.

S - Very bready, malty, yeasty. A bit of diacetyl sitting in the middle of everything, which increases as the beer warms. Alcohol is noticeable in the aroma. Some cloves and some other aromatic spice gives a bit of a cooling sensation in the nose. As it warms some rich caramel aromas join the party too.

T - Lots of cloves and cooling spices in the flavor, just as in the aroma. Underneath the Belgian spice is a huge malt base...thick and bready...goood candi sugar component as well. Lots of yeast character here too...and definitely can't forget the alcohol component.

M - Mouthfeel is medium and leaning towards the full side. Fairly thick and viscous. Carbonation is medium and has lots of prickliness in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is medium for me. Alcohol is pretty high at 9.2%...it is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Gotta like the malt to have more than one of these...I'm more of a hophead. Overall enjoyable on a lousy rainy/snowy evening in February. Worth a try for sure, but not a go to beer for me.

Photo of nokes
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice...mahogany brown with tan head, that retains nicely to a sustained film and beautiful lacing. Some carbonation and sediment...looks like a really nice bottle-conditioned dark ale. Nice.

Smell is good. Delicate and not in any way overpowering, flowery and fruity.

Taste is...whoa...super complex. So much here. Banana hops, dark fruit, molasses, rum (booziness is really pleasant and nicely in character) and on and on and on...really nice. Sweet, but not in any way sickeningly. Just a hint of bitterness, a tangy edge that keeps the sweet from going too far; really really nice.

Mouthfeel is really really good...full and creamy and fills the mouth with a long finish that leaves you happy for a long time.

This is a dangerous beer...very drinkable, very tasty...I'm quite sad that I only had one and I have no idea where I'll find it next.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,558 ratings.