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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,789
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 284
Gots: 635 | FT: 21
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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 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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured a hazy brown color with 2+ fingers of light brown head that quickly turned into about an inch of head. Lots of carbonation evident when held up to the light.

s - Smells of sweet malts, yeast, and molasses, as well as a little fruit and some spices. Not getting any alcohol smells as some other people have noted.

t - Taste is similiar to the smell, mostly sweet malts and some yeast. Also hints of fruit and spices in the aftertaste. A tiny hint of alocohol, but not much at all.

m - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. All the carbonation causes some stinging of the tongue and mouth.

d - Overall this was a good solid dark ale. It did not have an overpowering smell or taste, but had a nice mixture of sweet malts, yeast, and molasses. Considering it is over 9% ABV it is very easy to drink, the high carbonation being a small factor in that. Would definitely try again and look forward to trying Rochefort 10.

Photo of Pabs311
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, rich mahogony color with plenty of sediment. A nice thick tan head tops this beer and lingers for quite a while settling and leaving behind some good looking lacing.

S- This beer smells of spiced rum, caramal an brown sugar, there's also some stone fruits and some banana esters in there too. very complex and pleasing nose. there is a touch of alcohol to the nose as well but is not a turn off.

T- The flavor on this beer is of big caramel malt with the stone fuit quality hiding in the background. slightly sweet but finishes with a nice spicy hop characteristic. pretty complex beer as far as flavor goes too. could sit her and pick out 100 different flavor profiles if i had the time.

M/D- very smooth, medium-full bodied beer. very silky and coats the palate, making way to a long finish. i'd drink this any day of the week.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a dense and creamy mocha head that has remarkable retention. I chose to pour in the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, which created a nutmeg-esque swirl in the center of the foam. Some sediment settled to the bottom, and fine bubbles consistently rose to add to the perpetually creamy head.

From the pour, the alcohol and yeast immediately became present, and once in the glass, the initial notes of raisin and earthy dark fruits and some licorice became very noticeable. The malt delivers a strong sweetness, followed by yeasty earth tones of oak and vinous quality, followed up by sweet raisin and prune coming through as the focus. There is no hop presence in bittering, aroma or flavor, which is expected for the style. The residual sweetness from the candi sugar and full mouthfeel makes this beer an incredible dessert choice.

The mouthfeel of this beer is amazing. The dense foam gives way to a pleasant and natural feeling carbonation that is deliciously creamy, and reminiscent of a root beer float. There is not much heat, which is surprising for a 9% abv beer which made this one go down pretty easy.

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

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark hazy brown color, with a large, frothy two-finger head that is tan in color. The beer is pretty murky and tough to see through, but where I can see light, there is a good deal of sediment bouncing around. Ridiculous head retention on this one; much more so than the Rochefort 6.

Smell: The aroma is similar to the Rochefort 6. Very malty and rich with a good deal of spicy yeast. Almost smells like a spiced rum, but much more mellow and fruity. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, bread notes, raisins, plumb, and maybe a touch of banana.

Taste: The flavor is pretty darn close to perfect. Extremely smooth and creamy, with a richness that lulls the taste buds into submission. Big malt flavor is off-set by wonderful spiciness, and the complex dark fruit flavors are quite a treat for the senses. This beer manages to be incredibly malty and rich without being sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with a good deal of carbonation. Great warming sensation from the alcohol, but a nice dry finish that keeps it from being to heavy.

Drinkability: Considering the near 10% ABV, this one is very drinkable. Very smooth and complex and not overpowering in the least.

This is probably now one of my top two or three favorite beers. I loved almost everything about it; the large chunks of sediment were a bit strange, but with a beer that tastes like this, I really don't care!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany with about a finger of light ecru head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is delightfully sweet, with hints of orange, grapefruit, molasses, sugar, and figs. The taste is a.lso sweet, but in maltier sense; hints of syrup, apple-cinnamon, figs, nutmeg, and brown sugar are all present. The body is nicely medium and smooth, making this brew very drinkable and highly enjoyable, no matter how high the ABV wants to say it is.

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

Poured into an official Rochefort chalice.

A-Dark ruby with a large tan head. clarity good.

S-Run and caramel. Very light banana. No hop aroma.

T-sugar diluted run. Medium hop bitterness. Enough to keep this beer from being sweet. Some cola. No hop flavor.

M-Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Really nice. Slight alcohol warmth.

D-Great beer. A bit big to have a couple in a night but a great example of a belgian dark strong. I like the 10 better but any of the Rochefort beers are a great pick.

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

Pours an opaque, deep mahogany color with a tan colored, massive billowing, three finger finger head.

Smells of brown candied caramel sugar, raisins, plumbs, spices, & figs. Some booziness is detected in the nose, but overall it's pretty well buried in the aroma.

Taste is caramel malts, prunes, figs, raisins, brown sugar, yeasty, and some hints of clove spiciness. There's a small touch of hop bitterness at the end The taste blends incredibly deep, in layers, and not overly bold in any way. The alcohol is very well hidden and not very detectable, very slight warming in the throat.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, finishes semi-dry, and is on the medium heavy side for body.

It's a very drinkable beer and I have been enjoying a tulip glass full of this stuff. This review is no revelation, I'm saying pretty much the same thing as everyone else. One darn tasty brew.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a khaki colored head that is thin but creamy. it lingers for a little and creeps down the glass leaving a nice coating as it moves downward. the beer is very cloudy with lots of sediments floating around. the color is a deep burgundy red.

S-the nose brings a toasted bready malt, hints of yeast, backed with sweet fruits, cherry, plum, and notes of banana.

T/M-the taste follows the nose, light toasted flavor with a touch of breadiness and yeast. sweet fruits, dark cherries, plum, notes of alcohol at the finish with a smooth, medium body and high carbonation. crisp finish and hint of warming.

D-very tasty and great body. smooth on the palate and nice flavors that work very well together. the alcohol shows through somewhat; but not much at all.

Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Massive head formation, about 1" in height. Could be a bad pour. Very hazy, yeasty.

S - A light nose for a belgian. Comes off with a matl sweetness and just the lightest hint of yeast breadiness.

T - Starts with a soft malt sweetness. Gets very dry, very biting. No hopping. Finishes with a very potent phenolic bite, alcohol comes through with a potent sting. Some caramel malt sweetness, raisins. Aftertaste is a bit of a belgian yeast, earthy and spicy.

M - Stinging and biting from all the carbonation. Can be a bit acidic feeling from the strong alcohol. Awfully dry to the tongue.

D - Moderate to almost low drinkability. Mainly because this ABV is fairly zingy, and the carbonation makes it very feeling.

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

A: light maroon color but not completely transparent. Dark fruit colors ie Plum, Raison, Peach Skin

S: Dark fruit, slight bubble gum smell

T: lighter on the dark fruit tastes. had a pleasure carbonated yeasty taste

M: Not to heavy on the tongue. Very crispy and carbonated feeling

D: VERY drinkable except for the price.

Overall a very very drinkable and enjoyable brew!

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

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Hazy dark brown color with lots of sediment. Tan colored head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and sweet malt, with a little bit of licorice. The flavor is very malty and sweet with molasses, dark fruits, yeast, and some alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is not my favorite Trappist, but this is still a very good beer.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Appearance is very similar to the Rochefort 6, cloudy amber with some sediment, however the 8 has better retention on the head. The nose on the 8 is also much more robust, with belgian yeast and dark fruits. After a few sips, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol are the primary flavors that jump out. Also notes of spice and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than the 6, with a medium carbonation. Drinks nice and smooth, with a touch of warming from the alcohol. A great beer!

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type and glassware: 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Rich rosewood color with a cream-hued head that it thick and frothy. Head retention and lacing are incredible. Carbonation is very fine.

S: Lots of caramel, molasses, spice, and dried dark fruits on the nose. A floral, grassy note is faint in the backround.

T: Wow! Talk about a kaliedescope of flavor. Nutmeg, toast, cinnamon, raisin, brown sugar. It's all there. Along with spicy, fruity hop notes that give the beer a very intense finish.

M: Thick and chewy, with a finish that doesn't disappear. It's been a few minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it.

D: Hands down, Rochefort's brews are amongst the best I have ever tasted. This beer, despite it's body and strength, is extremely easy to enjoy. Certainly DOES NOT SUCK!

Photo of alamode
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- murky rown, off-white head of tiny bubbles...a little yeast in the pour, as I was trying to get every bit of liquid I possibly could...

S- fruit, some caramel sugars, a little booze too

T- malt, bitter, yeast, dark fruits & spice...carries the booze very well..does not taste as big as it is...taste is excellent!

M- full feel in the mouth, very pleasent...perfect carbonation on the tongue...cleans up in all areas of the mouth.

D- Very balanced! solid flavors that cooperate and make this extremely easy to finish...definitive for its style. This ale was a pleasure to consume.

Photo of TommyW
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Murky, amber/brown body with an fluffy, off-white head.

S- Rock and fruity sugars with a potent whiff of booze.

T- Grain with a developed sweet profile ranging from fruity to burnt. The burnt sugar flavors ties in nicely with the yeasty phenols creating a slight tartness to balance the malt and sweetness. Warming alcohol presence can be noted although it's almost invisible in the taste.

M- Full, smooth body with a nice/slightly aggressive carbonation.

D- A touch more balanced than Rochefort 6, a very easy drinking Belgian Strong Dark.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown, almost a mahogany, with a fairly thick pale tan head that sticks around for a little bit. Strong, malty aroma has an undertone of spices and some fruity hints. Flavor is mainly malty, subtly spicy and fruity, with just a little bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is very smooth yet a little rough on the edges. Worthy!

Photo of Bisho
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There is not a hell of a lot I can say about this one that hasn't already been said. I think it's great but doesn't hold a candle to its big brother. The 10 has more of everthing and is perfectly balanced. This one is just shy of the mark and also has too much carbonation. It's very hard for me to open one if I have a 10 lying around. Why would I choose excellent when I can have extraordinary???

I recently tried the Bernardus Prior 8 and consider that to be the better drop!

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark red with a nice off-white creamy head. Lasts the whole time. Smells are great and burst through right upon opening the bottle, plum, raisin and booze. Taste is very good, complex. Figs, rum-soaked raisins, wheat, yeast, plum, dark cherries. Alcohol is definitely present but mixes in very well so it's not a bother. Whereas the 6 tasted more tart + light to me, this is definitely more rich + dark tasting which I prefer. Mouthfeel is full and rich. A great beer to sip and savor.

**11/24/11 - more notes**

Picked up a bottle for Thanksgiving, hadn't had it since the original review and wanted to give it another try. Didn't even notice til I got it home that it was 18 months old. Great flavor here, it's got that classic deep dark fruit/dark bread/Belgian yeast thing going on that the Trappist beers do so well. It feels a bit boozy at first but it starts to meld quickly. A slight flaw is the mouthfeel, feels overcarbonated but that also improves a bit with time. Doesn't quite match the 10 but a great beer in its right.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light crimson color with an expansive tan head of thick foam. As it settles to a swirly disc of thick froth over the top the head lays down thick rings of lace on the glass. Exceptional appearance.

S: In a word, explosive. Cherries, figs, berry, and light citrus are all bursting forth from the glass. Swirling yields some nice crystal maltiness and a soft touch of spice from the yeast. This smells absolutely wonderful, and it enlivened my entire living room with its magnificence, even drawing praise from my wife.

T&M: Wow. I think I just found my new favorite beer, at least for the time being. Loads of malt and spice contribute a dynamo of complex and explosive flavors. Initially sweet, it showcases flavors of brown sugar and molasses with alcohol-soaked figs before giving way to a dry cocoa flavor and finishing with a reprise of phenols, dry fruit, and a healthy spice on the finish. A symphony for the taste buds if there ever was one. Body is medium to full with a zesty and full carbonation that works perfectly.

D: For a beer this big this is absolutely a gulper. I'm glad my bottle is small because I would definitely be in trouble right now otherwise. This beer is a masterpiece.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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