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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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97
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4,496 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 579 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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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.

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

part of a 6, 8, 10 tasting

this beer poured a med-dark brown with a rocky light tan colored head

the smell is that of figs and alcohol, but not to be outdone a brown/candy sugar comes into play with some over-ripe fruits.

the taste is started off by fig and a trace of a nutty character followed by a candy sweetness that follows the beer off the tongue

the finish here is warming from the semi high abv and followed up by a subtle sweetness and trace of nuttyness again. this is a wonderful beer and could be enjoyed day in and day out for me, a truly wonderful belgian

Photo of jeranbrews
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head rested on a mug of dark roasted tea colored beer with swirls and floaters of yeast gliding though it. My pour was incorrect and I didn't see that much lacing or a lasting head, but my friend had the same thing and saw beautiful honeycomb lacing all along the glass.

S - There was an initial spike of sweetness and alcohol, but this quickly transformed to into a medley of malt smells. Pale, roasted, and caramel. Next came a chord of bready yeast 'x'. This glided into a rift of candy, bananas, ethanol, and hops, and finally a crescendo of malty fresh wort smell. The smell changed several times over the course of a simple half-pint and all of that was with an untrained nose. With a little digging one could probably find much more. This was undoubtedly a 5 on the aroma scale.

T - If the smell wasn't good enough already the taste left many more rewards. This beer began with a spicy, bitter, sweet, soy sauce like character. This moved on to powerful oak, whiskey flavors and a bit of fusil oils. There were the flavors of bitter hops coated in liquid malt, and finally a sweet aftertaste that plays a little dance with the bitter hops. This was an equally complex taste that balances well with all the smells.

M - This had a nice medium body and just a bit of carbonation. I would have appreciated a bit more thickness in mine however.

D - Intoxicating both literally and figuratively. The smooth drink-ability combined with the complex changing flavors and smells tell a tale through this beer that one can't ignore. There is something in this beer for hop-head, malt lovers, and yeast cravers all. This beer is best enjoyed by itself.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A beautiful dark mud brown color with a nice off white head. Medium dense bubbles that have a nice retention. and recede to a thick mat.

S - Bread hints in the noes all around. Almost like whole wheat bread right out of the fridge. Some banana in the nose as well as some raisins and yeast. Very complex nose. Im sure there is more there.

T & M - Brady hints are a plenty. More pleasant and mellow than the 6. Alcohol esters are around as well as some banana bread hints. Delicious but complex beer. Not for everyone. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Smooth and creamy, intense carbonation. This really grows on you as you drink. There is also a hint of cinnamon almost like apple cider.

D - Amazing brew!!

Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this to me in a trade.

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of dark fruits spice yeast and a touch of alcohol

T - Follows the nose dark fruits upfront then the spiced yeast finishes with some alcohol warmth

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer those monks know what they're doing great taste worth getting your hands on to try

Photo of infi
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden brown color out of the bottle, but turns into a dark-reddish brown once settled into the glass. A beautiful and pillowy white head of mini bubbles is released from the pour and resides for quite a bit. Decent amounts of particulate sediment floating throughout the liquid, as well as numerous amounts of speckles of bubbling action running throughout the sides of the glass. And as you swirl and sip, elegant sheets of lacing are readily found. Very aesthetically pleasing. The smell is very typical BSDA as the Belgian yeast strain is the first thing to hit the nose and immediately followed by the common dark fruitiness and candied sugars that we're all accustomed to. There's some muted peppery spiciness and vanilla towards the back end of the smell as well.

The taste is a bit different from other BSDA's that I've had. Particularly, a pleasing and fruity berry quality in the initial hit of the palate. It's actually much lighter and fresher in taste when compared to the dark fruitiness of other strong dark ales. To me there's a sort of soapyness in peculiarity, like dishwasher soap. Not to dishearten the flavor of this beer, but it strikes me as is. Subsequently after the fruity berry qualities are the bready maltiness and slight, but not overpowering, alcohol burn, all of which leaves a dry aftertaste. Not incredibly complex, but very well formulated.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and generously carbonated as there is a good amount of bubbly feeling on the tongue. Drinkability is moderate and definitely a sipper. Good classic example of the BSDA style.

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

A- Dense caramel. Thick with obvious yeast particles dancing about at the bottom. Puffy, nice campfire-marshmellow head. Lacing appears as beautiful snowflakes clinging to the glass.

S- Chocolate malt, caramel, yeast, and banana.

T- Initial hoppiness, followed by banana, and toast. Finally, a bitter chocolate and hoppy aftertaste remain. Alcohol is just noticeable.

M- Very creamy and thick, like chocolate milk.

D- A wonderful, mind-opening drinking experience. Rich complexity of malts, with just enough yeast and hop balancing. You can sense something new and delicious with every sip.

Photo of juju7
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark beer boys and girls. A big, plumpy off white head sitting atop this monster. The nose is very cool with dusty chocolate, bread, raisins and a fair kick of prunes. A little sip reveals a massively complex mix of chalky, chewy, malty, baked bread and prunes again. Quite dry, low carbonation. This is the real deal. I friggin love this beer.

Photo of Iceman77
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to do a Rochefort - Westvleteren challenge when my buddy mailed me a bottle of Westvleteren 8 on his trip to Belgium. I have had the Rochefort before so I decided to refresh myself there first. First off the appearance is amazing, a dark amber hue with a thick creamy head that is retained almost throughout the entire glass. The aroma up front for me was pretty much equal parts yeast and spice, with a hint of sugary fruits as well. And the taste, well it's pretty much exactly what a belgian ale should be. You get more of the belgian yeast and spices, as well as hints of cherries and molasses. All perfectly balanced, and the alcohol was hidden almost completely. The mouthfeel is very crisp but not biting. The whole combination allows you to drink these down very easily until the abv puts you on your ass.

Photo of Travlr
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark plum color, medium light tan head with some persistence and good lacing. Aroma of raisins, dates and malt with some vanilla. Full mouth, taste of malt with raisins, berries and dark fruit. Bittersweet finish. Well balanced and complex. A classic.

Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort glassware.

Extremely small head. Very nice appearance and resembles the 6 degree and other Trappist brewery brews I've had. Was exceptional as far as taste, smell, and mouthfeel. This was an all around awesome brew. I got a nice taste of cola and molasses, but it was too overwhelming. As with all these Rochefort's I've had they are well-balanced. Extreme drinkability and even with the 8% plus ABV it didn't taste like it and I love that.

Photo of Foxtrot
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After enjoying Rochefort 10 a whole lot, I wanted to try my hand at the 8 and see how it fairs.

Appearance is dark mahogany brown with dark amber edges, and a nice big two finger cream cap. The retention was superb as was the lacing.

Aroma is pungent with dates, figs and dark fruits while spicy yeast was much more subtle, or subdued, which ever anyone prefers.

Taste was much different than I had anticipated. The flavors seem slightly thin, barely holding together through the end. Starts fairly smooth up front with some yeasty spiceyness, and finishes slightly harsh. I'm not sure as to the quality of this bottles storage, so it would be fair to say that I will re-review it at a later date with a bottle purchased elsewhere.

Mouthfeel was just a wee bit light. Even after it warmed up it seemed like there was something missing.

Drinkabilty is good. Smooth belgian beer that is quite warming during the winter months.

Photo of Beast35
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with two fingers of tan head

Smells different than anything i have ever smelled interesting combination.

Taste is amazing. Not really sure how to describe it but it must be experienced.

Nicely carbonated and the alcohol is not to sharp on the tongue.

Very drinkable for a higher ABV.

Photo of jjanega08
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy brown color. The head is huge though with nice retention and lacing. I'm really not too impressed with the color however. Sort of looks like a homebrew that I forgot to do a couple of rests for. The head is awesome but the color is not too impressive.
S= loads of nice green apples in it. More green apple than I have smelled in any beer I have had to date that wasn't flavored with apples. There's also a little bit of darker malt coming through but I can't tell what sort.
T= Really nice. Much better than the smell led on. Really sweet dark malt comes in with the great belgian spice. A good deal of apples still but not as much as the smell led on. There's a very small alcohol burn that vanishes as it warms up a bit and becomes more and more complex. Let this baby warm up quite a bit.
M= Nice and bubbly. Really crisp and smooth.
D= Overall I was a little disappointed with this beer. The color was off as well as the smell. Maybe I came in with high expectation but I thought it was lacking in those two areas while the taste was still great. I'll buy it again just because the taste is great though.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first taste of a true Belgium beer.

Poured into riedel wine glass for drinking.

A-Great cloudy brown color with tan/khaki 1-2 finger head with nice lacing on each sip.
S-Did not dissapoint on the smell. Great belgian yeast flavor, candied fruits, figs and cherries, baking spices, you do pick up some alcohol but not much.
T-Everything you smell is on your palate. Very complex little big beer. You immediately pick up on some dark sugar notes followed by some fig and caramel with a small dusting of baking spices and followed up with that belgian yeast flavor. You taste the alcohol after you have swallowed and at that point you don't pay much attention to it.
M-It is a nice mouthfull of sweetness. It is definately a medium body beer that leaves its impression even after you have swallowed the last drop.
D-I was not let down for my first Belgian beer. Drinkability was great, I don't want to finish this beer.

I think that I will go down to the store and buy some more of these and age them for several years and review again.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky, Tootsie Roll-brown body boasts a good three fingers of foamy, tan head. Though the body is nearly opaque, I can still see lots of carbonation and suspended yeast sediment around the edges of the glass. Great head retention and impressive clumpy lacing.

Smell: Candi sugar, plums, strawberries, licorice, chocolate creme, bread dough, alcohol, and a number of other aromas. I know it's complex, but I'm really not wowed by the overall smell. Definitely interesting.

Taste: Doughy malts/bready yeast (I'm never really sure which component makes it taste like that), an array of spices, dark currants, plum, cola, and dry fruity esters. Flowery hops join the dry esters in the finish and form a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, spicy, highly carbonated, and dry. Lots of action on the palate. Creamy at first, but the carbonation (and likely the spices too) quickly takes over, making the overall feel peppery and tingly.

Drinkability: Tons of complexity and character (as well as alcohol), but just not as good as I had hoped. Regardless, I'm sure I'll buy this again in the future.

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. There is a best by date of 14 Mar, 2012 which means this one was bottled 14 Mar 2007 and so has about 2 ½ years of bottle age.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear reddish brown almost mahogany color with a 1" thick fluffy light tan head that recedes very slowly leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface. Even as the foam has receded to a ring and a bit of a patch on the surface, sipping leaves patches of foam and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is like fruit-cake without much rum. There are traces of dark fruits, some vanilla, some cocoa or chocolate and even a hint of licorice. I could just sit here and sniff this one all night.

Taste: While the smooth complex flavor retains some of the fruitiness predicted by the nose, the flavor is also a lot like fresh gingerbread with a touch of vanilla, or perhaps its spiced fruitcake without the candied fruit. There is also a lightly sweet floral character here that is offset by a light herbal and earthy bitterness in the background. The alcohol is well concealed in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied with a silky smoothness that caresses the tongue and palate. The finish is relatively long as the sweetness, the fruitiness, the spice just fade out to leave lightly bitter dryness.

Drinkability: There is no doubt this is a drinkable beer. Each sip leaves me wanting another. There is no question I'll have another bottle of this. The only question is when. Given this ABV its probably good to limit consumption to one a night.

Photo of HalfFull
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml. bottle into a large wine glass, this brew pours a moderate amber in color, just slightly deeper than the #6. A half inch of tan head likewise offers good retention and lacing and regenerates easily.

Caramel and carob with a bit of smoke on the nose. Notably distinct from the #6. Richer notes of dried fig and black cherry. Bit of alcohol is present on a long inhale. Notable spice notes are present, along with muted leather. A fresh addition to the glass throws off a good dose of earthy hops.

Took me a while to taste this, and that's a good thing. Flavor is appropriately sweet and is again fruit forward. Cherry, plum and vinous grape notes abound. Carbonation is just about right for the beer. Light in body yet pleasant and moderately complex in flavor, yielding a decent feel and a strong drinkability.

Photo of emsoud726
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw the review on BA and just had to try it. Did not disappoint.
Had this by the bottle. Poured dark brown with a very thin head into a tulip glass. Small amount of sediment at the bottom, but not entirely visible until the glass was finished.

Very flavorful - sweet but not overpowering. Surprisingly light for its strength and darkness (palatable, not too filling).

In short, despite the intensity of the beer overall, it kept me wanting another (which I unfortunately did not have at my disposal). Fantastic beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a good tan chunky head that lasts a bit. Little lacing. Bunch of brown floaties in the glass, as well as some bubbles.

Digging in for scent, but only find some light sugar and booze scents. Huh.

Ok, big punch in the mouth for flavor. Bunch of brown sugar, almost like sugar crystals, with dried fruit like fig or dates, light bitterness, some yeast, some fruit like an apple bruise or baked apple skin. Cleaner than expected finish. What can I say. Lovely beer. Oh, and let's not forget the alcohol, which is always there.

Medium to fuller bodied, with some carbonation.

Overall, what a great beer Easy to drink, complex, and delicious. $5.80 for the 11 point whatever ounces. Don't be cheap, because this is worth it.

Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct14 2009

A pours a murky brownish maroon with plenty of sediment,with a fast falling thumbs width of head that it left no lace to my surprise.

S lots going on here yeast, ripe dark fruit, spices, booze, caramels and some dried fruit.

T this is one crazy beer almost to much going on, everything I smell but stronger and much more complex. as it warms more and more flavor comes through I started to get some apple and molasses as I got to the bottom of the glass

M lots of bubbles that pushes the flavors around even more, and adds too the experience

D at 9.2% it may not be a good thing how easy this is too drink

this beer is worth looking for, its very complex and will make you think while drinking it

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.