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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 1,799
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 295
Gots: 661 | FT: 23
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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 Pittsburgh
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy strong Belgian yeast batman. This is some good Belgian yeast. Very good, gives it a distinct flavor I have yet to experience in beer. Slightly sweet, but a little tart as well, but they balance eachother out. Great pour, huge amount of foam, thins out to lace the outer edge of the beer.

Dark brown in color, yet the beer itself is light, meaning not as thick as you would expect it. Heavy yeast flavor in the end of the drink, dominating the taste of the beer, abv is high, but hidden well by the strong flavor. Tastes like it is going to be similar to a brown ale, and then the real flavor kicks in and changes everything. Tastes almost like cake at the end.

I do like this beer, not sure I could drink it in mass quantities, meaning I could do one 22 and be good for a night with it. But very solid, you can taste the quality, and also bonus points for the unique but good taste. I am glad I tried this.

Photo of Machinehead
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think the last guy got a soapy glass, I dont know how someone could be so far off!! One of the best Belgian darks. I can't wait to try the 10! So far only like the Chimay Blue just slightly better.

Complex sweet flavor, just what a Belgian Dark should be.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes 4/18/10. Tasting of Rochefort 6, 8 & 10.

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. (141014 08:04)

Pours a clear medium brown. No red hues and bright looking. Head is 1 inch cream tan and leaves some spotting. Similar head to the 6 but slightly taller. First smell is something like lavender soap. A swirl brings up dark nutty aromas (almonds, walnuts with skin on). I think the soap notes are an interaction between the hops and something like nut oil. Sage note.

Body is ramped up but not sweet. The strange soapy thing continues but is interrupted by sharp, astringent hops and some acid. (Have concerns about this bottle.) Alcohol is prickly and flavors are floral but wrecked by the hops/alcohol/acidity.

Very sharp and astringent. Borderline flaw area.

Made a note to try again later. My least favorite of the 3 Rocheforts.

Photo of berpwillie
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown orangish muddy color that is heavily particulate. Fair white head, fair lacing and average carbonation. smell is caramel and nutty. taste is the same with some chocolate burnt toasted hints. medium body and long flavor duration. sweet chalky finish. alcohol is well hidden but will creep up on you. probably not worth the ten dollar price tag i paid for it, but none the less delicious.

Photo of LukeD23
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance, a slightly muchy weak coffee colored, beautiful ivory quater inch thick head with slight dregs in bottem

Aroma, Dates, legumes(fresh peeled beans), and caramel dominate

Flavor, Caramel malts hold strong with a husky malt character and aged hop flavors of pine coming through

Mouthfeel is deep and full

Drinkability is ok, I could drink one or two, but very good beer

Photo of argock
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Best by 210114 on label. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Murky dark brown with soft, small-bubbled beige 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and tons of lacing.

S: Spicier aroma than I was expecting with lots of dark fruit, caramel, and candi sugar augmented with cinnamon and coriander aromas. Hops are earthy but on the light side.

T: Wonderful flavors of fig, date, raisin, caramel, and brown sugar mix well with coriander, nutty yeast, and a drying earthy, herbal hops note that pushes through more than the aroma lets on.

M: Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel, dry, with active carbonation and chocolate,spicy clove,coriander, and herbal hops in the finish.

D: An exceptional beer, not quite on par with the 10 but still very good and easily among my favorite BSDAs. I am planning to set a few of these and 10s back for a few years more.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This is one active brew. Pours a gigantic head from the measly 11.2 ozr into my 20 oz glass, billowing foam that takes its time to settle into an impressively thick, stolid ceiling. Oddly organic lacing that looks unsettlingly close to gothic monsters. A warning to take it easy with this one! Appearance is not as gorgeously impressive as some, a muddy brown with uncontainable sediment.

Smell is lovely; darkly alcoholic with brightish notes of sour fruit looming in reserve. Seems to swim in a possibly oversweet malt fume but we will just have to see.

Taste: I love a confident strong ale but this one seems to muddle in between a dressed up ethanol vibration and bready sweets. Nonetheless, a depth-charge of flavor with surprisingly dry notes despite its sugary feel. Shit am I in some kind of beer paradox?

Not exactly cloying, but more-so than preferred. Rochefort is quite impressive, but I can't see drinking more than one. Too sweet, unfortunately.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - A somewhat cloudy burnt-orange, with a pillowy creme-colored three-finger head. Not much in the way of lacing, although the head took a full 10 minutes to recede to a thick cap, maybe half a finger high.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and figs. The Rocheforts are definitely some of my favorite smelling beers ever. No alcohol for the most part.

T - Okay, there's maybe a bit of booze here, though not too much. Mostly dark fruits, burnt sugar, and candy. The sweetness helps to offset everything else. Very pleasant and makes me want to keep drinking more and more of it. Lots of dark fruit, and just a bit of breadiness. Just beautiful.

M - Pretty silky, but not oily. Carbonation is not overwhelming, and contributes to the silky feeling. Like Goldilocks, it's just right.

D - Probably the only place where this brew suffers. Although it's certainly more drinkable due to the lower abv % than its big brother, the 10, it still is one of those that after two or three you'd need a nap. But outside of that it's definitely one that I'd reach for over and over.

Overall - I think I like this one more than the 10, if only for the perception that it is a bit more subtle and I could drink more of it. Woe be to me when I find a bar that has this on tap -- I'd be broke, jobless, and homeless since I'd never want to leave.

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

Quite a remarkable brew. Long and rich range.

Presentation: 11.2 oz US imported bottle. Simple, old font, design. No description other than the trappist certificate. Does not show date of freshness but has an insider batch print (190814 08:05). Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.2%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear amber brown pour, with a generous creamy head, nice retention, solid memory layer and ring, with some strokes of lace.

S - Nose has a casual air about it, with a fruity and sugary sense over a malty and yeasty sense. It does grow quite a bit as it fully warms and lingers for a bit revealing a few spicy subtleties.

T - Fruity sweetness, raisins, plums... A yeasty sense woven with caramel malt range. Lingering spicy touch in the finish tied up with boozy note.

M - Medium body with a hint at medium/full assisted by what feels like generous carbonation but ultimately translates as a finely tuned bubbly burst picking up the brew and holding up the current of a finish with a creamy touch cut short by a dry note.

D - No need to rush here... Given time this is a brew of nice complexities and rather enjoyable. Great sipper, and quite memorable as a Belgium Dark Ale.

Notes: I can't help but think of the 10, looking forward to have it again, and the 6, which I am yet to try. While I adore the complexities of the quad this has a roundness that makes it rather special on its own.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark cloudy redish-brown color with a fair amount of yeast. Beautiful, large foamy, meringue like, off-white/very light beige head with great retention

S - A lot of juicy dark fruit with raisin, plum, fig and date (loaded with them all) with just the slightest hint of them being rum soaked. Some dark malt and plenty of spice. Also a strong phenol/medicinal aroma. Overall the strongest is a juicy plum/raisin smell with a fair amount of phenol.

T - Plenty of dark fruit (as in the nose) with a plumy taste being pretty strong. Nice dark malt base with hints of chocolate and a good amount of licorice coming out. Well spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Phenol/medicinal flavor is fairly present, not quite as strong as the nose, but definitely there. Also a touch of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially given the ABV and style. Lots of juicy and jamy fruit flavors along with a nice balance of malt and phenol/bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: Best before 14/10/14. Very nice beer that I very much enjoyed. Plenty of fruit and some dark malt have a wonderful taste and are well balanced making a good example for the style. A good amount of phenol/medicinal taste also present, but adds a bit of a kick. Licorice is fairly strong for the style. Overall a very enjoyable and solid beer from a great brewery. Not quite as good as the 10, but very nice in its own right.

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice amber brown with a three-finger white head that slowly subsides to one-finger. There was nice lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted nuts and sweet malt. The flavor was filled with malt, spice, and alcohol. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. If the appearance of lacing and head retention were better this could be way up there in the ratings. If you haven't tried this, you owe it to yourself to.

Photo of jaymyers
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this beautiful ale into a bulb glass and let it sit for about twenty minutes. From the first taste, this beer never let me down. Mellow feel, not too hoppy. All around strong drinkable ale. Has a darker color, and the head on mine, didn't stick around long, but other than that, if it were'nt so expensive I would buy it as my daily drink.

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at a beer tasting with five other outstanding beers--but this one stood alone, in my opinion.
A--Mud. Thick sediment with some head and lacing.
S--Sweet caramel scent with some soapy aroma.
T--Has a coffee taste mixed with a chocolate celery. Very, very interesting. Extraordinarily complex.

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

Pours a deep ruby red color with a tan frothy head that fades leaving spotted patches of lacing. I levels to a thin layer that produces little islands of carbonation bubbles, very nice!

Smell is of figs, booze, dried fruit, candi sugar.

Taste is malty. I'm tasting rum cake, some spice, banana, vanilla. Lots of complexity. A must try Belgian beer. They one I'm drinking has about a year of aging on it. The finish is smooth and has a lingering cinnamon like aftertaste.

Photo of Dubber55
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown with tremendous amount of carbonation-3 finger head. It definitely has that distinctive Belgian yeast smell. I smell lots of spices like clove, nutmeg, and ginger. I am also getting an aroma of rum soaked dark fruits and banana.

Tastes follows the smell- yeasty, spicy, and bready. It also tastes like caramel, banana and rum. At the end of each sip I am getting an alcohol kick.

Really lively carbonation. I feel it is overcarbonated for the style.

The breadiness and the spiciness really begin to wear on me. The alcohol kick is pretty strong.

I like the 6 and the 10 but this one just did not do it for me. I am a big fan of Belgian strong dark ales so I was surprised that I wasn't really digging this one.

Photo of grittybrews
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy mahogany into a tulip with four fingers of creamy, slow-receding head. Bold aroma of sweet toffee, fig, banana, and clove. Just a hint of floral and dark fruit notes as well.

Moderately high carbonation and a full, prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol and vanilla up front followed by nutty caramel, brown sugar, and banana. Dry finish with a bit of leather, raisin, and coffee bitterness. Full, sweet flavor profile without becoming too syrupy.

Excellent brew overall, enjoyed more than Rochefort 6 and--according to my rating--more than the Rochefort 10. Guess that means I'll have to revisit the 10...!

Photo of kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a pillowy two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Subtly boozy aroma. Some plum and figs are most noticeable. Floral aroma in the background with a rich and somewhat yeasty smell too.

T: Sweet and boozy, like the nose, but subtle and refined. Aforementioned fruits are able to be tasted up front. Carmel and brown sugar notes immediately thereafter. I only detect a hint of floral and citric hoppiness before the taste fades to a lingering malt taste.

M: Velvety smooth, but very rich and somewhat viscous. Moderate to high carbonation, but it fits here.

D: Exceptional beer, and I would not want to ruin it by having too many. This is a special beer that is meant to be savored occasionally, and it is very clear. The smell and taste beg for you to defy this, however, and the alcohol gently reminds you not to.

Photo of Chizoad
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. What an impressive looking beer. Huge, creamy head with slight off-colors in it, probably from the yeast. Slow to fade. The beer itself is murky mass of red-brown goodness. Little bits floating around promising happiness.

The aroma coming from this is one of strong malts and coffee. It was really quite intimidating, because I just knew that it would be quite the same on the palate.

What was promised on the nose was amplified on the tongue. Wow. A real stunner of a beer, with powerful coffee and toffee flavors with some caramel wedged between the two ends. Not that sweet for the style.

Generally enjoyed the mouthfeel, but found the carbonation, which was enormous, to be a little bit overwhelming. If I took just the smallest sip, the whole mass would foam up on my tongue and melt. That sounds good but in practice was a little strange.

Drinkability is a little hard to judge. There's no way I could follow this one up with another, but I did like it when I had it. A substantial beverage, to say the least.

Photo of bceagles39
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at home on May 21, 2010.

Pours a brown color. Head is thicker and creamier than the 6, which was tried just prior. Deeper tan color, better lacing.

Big fruit smells.

Great flavors of caramel banana bread. Lots of different things going on here.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between frothy cream and light syrup.

Dangerously drinkable at this ABV. Great complex brew. Could easily put a few back and enjoy each.

Photo of ThirstyFellow
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, cream-colored head. Slow to dissipate. Body is a medium brown with bubbles rising throughout. Smell and taste is very heavy in malts and dry fruits. Mouthful offers a long, smooth taste that goes down very easily. Very good Trappist and lives up to the recommendations I received.

Photo of FishGetter
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thick frothy head, two finger, off white color. Dark tea color that has a good amount of haze to it. Carbination continues to bubble up from bottom of glass.
Some lightly roasted grain aromas mix with equally light hop aroma. Sweet toffee caramel malt blend with yeast aromas.
Once one is able to break through the head, sweet, very sweet, malt sweeps the tounge. Big boozie alchol flavors cut through sweetness with a bit of burn. Heavy carmilized malts, with a slight toasted flavor, keeps drink sweet. Figs, date, and rasins come to mind and add charecter. Only mild signs of hop bitterness.
Mostly thin mouthfeel keeps things light for such a sweet offering. Alchol lingers in mouth, somewhat dry too.
Overall respectable offering here. Freshness maybe questionable. Drink does take a hit on drinkability due to sweetness of drink. Personell style preferances a bit different than the drink offers, however can appritiate drink. Worth taking a look at.

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

Wanted something good to break in my new tulip glass. Premier Wine and Spirits obliged with some of this.

Pours a solid black, with a hint of red with a copious amount of head. Head retention is pretty good, as is lacing.

Nose is almost like a red wine, with a bit of fruity character.

Taste is not like red wine. Booze is apparent throughout but takes a backseat to the other flavors. Plenty of dark fruit tastes present, as is some toffee. I hint of spice, as well as other flavors I can't really put my finger on. Lots of complex flavors interacting here.

Very enjoyable to drink. Feels higher than a regular brew, but not quite at the 9.2% ABV it actually comes out to. Good for a couple drinks, either alone or with some food.

Photo of pastradul
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a chalice glass.

Wish I got head like this all the time...
a solid 2-3" of tan foam with a dark murky brown body to it. The foam dissipates somewhat quick and leaves little lacing.

The smell is raisons, figs, pruines and sweet malt.

the taste is amazing. So much going on but hard to put my finger on it. Just a boat load of dark fruit mixing with the bready qualities of an amazing belgian. With just a hint of booze to it.

the finish is very clean.

This is an amazing brew and an impressive beer!

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark muddy brown with a tan head that dissipates into a fine layer of foam leaving some lacing.

Aromas of coffee, prunes, griottes, chocolate, and brown sugar: many aromas going together like some sublime xmas pudding.

Tastes of ginger, coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, griottes, and vanilla. Finishes with a complexity that lasts a long time, and is quite gingery in the finish.

Body is medium with prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

This is a wonderfully drinkable ale. The alcohol is evident, but well matched by the strong flavors.

Photo of larryi86
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice dark brown color with a large off-white head.

S- A very fruity smell, mainly raisins, with hints of alcohol.

T- Just beautiful. This is a complex beer mixing dark, roasted malts with sweet raisin/fruit flavors and hints of vanilla hiding that it is 9.2% ABV.

M- This is a smooth and heavy beer that stays in your month leaving wanting more.

D- This is better than having a great dessert. It is smooth, complex, bitter sweet, and leaves you wanting more. I only bought one so I took my time drinking it because I want to enjoy every single drop; knowing that is all that I have to drink.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,622 ratings.