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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 300
Gots: 678 | FT: 24
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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 Mosstrooper
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 300mL Krusovice chalice.

Appearance: Purs a dark caramel color with a very large tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind some tiny lace spots. Many bubbles around the inside of the glass. Also has lots of visible pieces of sediment floating around.

Smell: Weak smell overall- plum and slight yeast with alcohol.

Taste: Begins with sweet/tart grape and plum flavors, finishing alcoholic with a hint of yeast. Also has hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy body with sharp carbonation and a dry, warming, alcoholic finish.

Drinkability: This beer was actually a disappointment to me. I was looking for a nice, smooth, trappist ale and that is not what I got. This one lacks aroma, isn't very deep flavor-wise, the alcohol dominates a bit too much, and is too heavily carbonated. This is a good beer, but I don't see it as up to par with other trappist brews. I would have it again, though not if other trappist ales were available ahead of this one.

Photo of joeland
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a dark brown color with and of white head that sits two fingers high.

s: a sweet carmeal/ choclate taste

t: simialr to the taste you get sweet choclate but then the beer ends with a mix of fruit and spices

m: a heavy body that sticks around in the mouth, with a medium carbanation.

d: for having the 9.2 abv it goes down easy, but it is thick just like the appearnce. over all a very good beer, that is a must have.

Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for dark borwn body w/ minimal tan head that died quick. A thick malt presence in the aroma with caramel, cocoa, hints of toffee and roasted malts along with some breadiness and a touch of yeast. Fruit flavors are barely noticeable. Very sweet is the first impression I get. Creamy and smooth with a chocolate, caramel, toffee, and something akin to maple giving off sweetness and some bread/roasted malts balance and give off a dry edge. Some carbonation thanks to minor hop bitterness also lead to dry finish and there is a touch of fruit, like candy fruit or something, that is also in there (I keep thinking orange and grape). Touch of peppery spice as well. A real sweet but balanced ale that has a little bit of something for everyone and is just a must-try for anyone.

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

330mL bottle to tulip.

A: I had to pause at the pour to let the head settle a bit. Resuming the pour slowly still results in a sizable head. The dark ale is just that -- chocolate and caramel tootsie roll hues. The head slowly dissipates from a big beige fluff. Interesting patterns of retention, and a nice bit of lacing.
S: Aromas are, like its big sibling beer -- Rochefort 10 -- complex. There's a lot coming in and out, most of it good. First is a biscuity malt layer, then comes the dark fruitiness and a toasty note that quickly pushes it aside. A little wet cardboard, maybe oxidized a bit? A slightly soured chocolate note. I'm not sure what that is, but it's interesting, too. There's a twang of alcohol to boot.
T: Flavors are just the slightest bit astringent, but subtleties are still recognizable. Hints of barely sweet chocolate, and vinous, though more raisin than wine grapes. Mouthfeel is ok. Seems a tad overcarbonated, but the body is heavy enough to stick around on all parts of the palate. Dark fruitiness makes this beer reminiscent of an after-dinner beverage, like a port or even a brandy. More heat comes out with warmth.
D: There is potential in this beer to be a lot more complex and bold, but I guess that's what 10 is for...

Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep dark reddish brown, magnificent tall head slowly recedes leaving clinging large bubble froth.

Aroma is special with bready malts, banquet of ripe dark fruits, spices and candied dark sugars. No hint of the alcohol. The scent is not as thick as the 10.

Taste is the aroma plus a few notes as the finish tastes toasty and slightly dry. The alcohol is very restrained even as it warms, the hint is the warmth. While the head was tall the feel of carbonation is low.

Abbaye St. Remy is in complete command of their art. I can't help but compare this to the 10 and it resides a notch below - this is somewhat unfair as the 10 is in a class of its own to which few can compare. Don't do it, compare it to other strong darks!

Side note: Some belgins I pour the entire contents all at once such as a Duvel, others I save the bottom for when my glass is nearly empty which applies to the 8. Adding the yeasty dregs changed the taste of this brew more than any other brew similarly poured - not for better or worse, just a new taste.

Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with a very faint ruby tint. Has a 2 finger foamy tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of sediment floating around. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Dried fruits and light roasted malt are the dominant aromas with light hints of alcohol and phenols.

Taste: Delicious. Dried fruit, bread and light caramel up front followed quickly by a nutty flavor and a fairly strong alcohol bite in the middle then ending with a mix of sweetness, a hint of spice and very mild phenols at the finish. Very mildly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation and a distinct alcohol bite.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is one to savor and enjoy.

Overall: Top notch beer. They don't get a whole lot better than this. Buy it when you see it. It won't disappoint.

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into sniffer.

A: Pours a hazy dark dark ruby brown with a dense, thick, off-white head that stayed around forever and left some spots of lace as it reduced into a thick, dense film. A few small particles of yeast came out with the end of the pour.
S: Creamy scents of dark fruits, vanilla, doughy yeast and a touch of alcohol.
T: Subtle and complex, yet rich flavors. Notes of dark malt, vanilla, black cherries, whipped cream, nutmeg, alcohol, black figs, nuts, grains and spices.
M: Ample yet soft carbonation that froths up in the mouth. Slight alcohol warmth and slickness is comfortable over a medium-full body.
D: Very rich and delicious. Fruity and complex but not overly sweet or syrupy. 10 is better, but this is world class. Great to sip in the evening.

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my much-loved Duck-Rabbit snifter

A - Dark, brown-red with a thick, creamy tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a slight haze on the surface.

S - Dark dried fruits (raisins and figs), medium-heavy roasted malts and a little bit of brown sugar.

T - More raisin and fig. Black cherry notes get stronger and stronger as this one warms up. Roasted malt and a little bit of cocoa powder. Bit of alcohol floating around.

M - Medium-heavy body with surprisingly high carbonation that really makes this a dangerous beer. Dry finish.

D - Amazing and complex brew, could sip on this all night! I do, however, prefer the 10 to this, the 10 being more of a dessert in a bottle. Still, this is a delicious beer and one of the benchmarks of the style.

Photo of RDHerm
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy brown with amber highlights. Has a thick cream-colored head that subsides to about 3/4" after a few minutes, and stays that way for the duration. Take care to pour slowly, as the head forms very fast if you aren't careful.

A rather faint aroma. Notes of fruit predominate, with some hints of yeast and malt, and the slight smell of alcohol.

The initial taste is of dark fruits and toasted malt, with a slight bit of nuttiness. It's followed up with a good yeast flavor, and a rather strong, but pleasantly surprising, bite of alcohol.

Excellent mouthfeel - thick and creamy with perfect carbonation and smoothness, followed by a dry, tingly aftertaste.

Goes down easy, and is neither too strong nor too filling. A beer you could sip on all night.

Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle poured in to a goblet

Pours a hazy brown with a steady tan head.

Smell is a sweet, fruity bread with grapes.

Taste is a bold pop then a mellow sweetness followed by a bready finish.

Excellent carbonation tingles on every sip.

I could sip this all night.

A truly world class beer.

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

Depending on what kind of mood I am in, sometimes I prefer the Rochefort 8 to the 10.

The dark brown color shows a lot of carbonation. The tan head releases some nice aroma, but not as much as its big brother.

I love the taste of the Rochefort 8. Smooth, creamy, brown sugar, caramel, figs...it's all there.

It isn't quite as complex as the 10, but it also has less of an alcohol bite. That being said, it is also more dangerous than the 10, as the 9+% abv is well hidden. Truly a great beer.

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured brown in color with a frothy tan head filling the rest of the glass. The head had some nice retention to it as I drank.

The aroma shows caramel with a little cocoa coming through. Some spice and yeast come through as well. A little dark fruit but not as much as the taste has. Very nice aroma overall

The taste has some cherry and other dark fruits along with some caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Some spice comes through along with the yeast in the finish. Very flavorful and balanced beer overall. Excellent tasting beer for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. The carbonation was much higher then I expected and slightly sharp on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was a nice treat to sip on after dinner tonight. Very good beer overall and one of the best of the style.

Photo of Rhettbuck
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: brown, lots and lots of head on this beer, really be careful pouring this beer, as the first one I pour quickly turned the glass half into foam. Thankfully it mostly subsided

Smell: has kind of a nutty oder, good but peculiar.

Taste: Good, though not much punch here, I can see from the other reviews for this beer that most people would disagree, but I would say that something is missing

Mouthfeel: slight aftertaste, but nothing out of control.

Drinkability: Good, this beer won't fill you up, though the residue that is left at the bottom might add up. If you can find it for cheap, then by all means indulge otherwise skip price tag and find another beer to drink

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass. Brown with a glowing amber color very hazy. It had a volcano of a head absolutely spewing. Orange/amber in color and huge. It goes away after about 10 minutes and there's a ring around the top. The smell is the best part in my opinion. Not overly yeasty as some Belgians tend to be in my opinion. A little malty with some smells of dark fruits and even a little grapey slight hop finish and a touch of alcohol. The taste brings it down a notch unfortunately, still ok, but nothing like the smell. This bottle is about 3 years old and according to the best bye date on the side, I still have another year and a half. The dark fruit tastes are not as strong and there is an earthy taste that provides a little more bitterness than desired. I don't taste it anymore after about 10-15 minutes but there was a metallic flavor that goes away once the beer warms up a little. The mouthfeel is slightly better than average, that same earthy taste makes it actually feel a little dirty which brings the drinkability down a notch too. I'm still not the biggest fan of this style, but this is certainly a good brew. The smell is the best part in my opinion. I'm sure I'll get it again as I expand my horizon's but for now I'll leave it as is.

Photo of Swill5786
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110314. I kept it two weeks. Couldn't wait...

A - Dark brown but lighter than the 10. Massive head simmered down in about 2 minutes. Light reveals settling sediment within the brew. Giving it a few minutes to settle down.

S - Fantastic, as expected. Dark fruitiness dominates. Is that plum? Black currant? Raisins? Figs? Aroma of alcohol peeks timidly through all this plentiful fruit.

T - Sweet fruitiness followed by alcohol mid- to late-taste. Hops sneak in subtly at the back, then carry the aftertaste. Warming brings out a chocolate quality.

M - Heavy, heavenly brew; pleasantly thick; perfectly carbonated; Dry finish.

D - "Meal in a bottle..." Not inclined to over-indulge, but only because a second would be less appreciated than the first.

Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2oz bottle from Famous in Lombard. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thick but quickly receding off-white head. Nose of red fruit with some banana and caramel. Flavor is red fruits with toasted malt, cola, and a slightly salty note. There is also a hint of nutty oxidation. The body is medium with fairly light carbonation and a medium cola finish.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color with a giant bubbly head.

Smell is of rich dried fruits and roasty malts.

Taste is very rich with dried fruits and a Belgian yeast flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and rich with high carbonation.

Good drinkablilty, great example of the style.

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!

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,653 ratings.