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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 1,778
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 595 | FT: 20
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 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

Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color that reveals slight hues of red when held top the light. Nice fluffy light brown head that leaves behind great lacing.

Nose is of dark fruits and a bit of malty sweetness. Taste is also of dark fruits. There's a definitely malty sweetness here. Overall, very delicious with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is medium with generous carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Fairly drinkable, although unless you just have a real appetitite for the style, I think it'd be difficult to drink a ton of these. It's just quite filling and interesting. Certaintly not made for chugging or sessioning.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown. Soft pillowy head. Smells of plum, cloves and sweet raisins and a hint of alchohol. Taste is a complex mix of dark cherries, plum, and raisins. The alchohol only adds to the warm flavors this brew has. As it warms it becomes an even smoother feel in the mouth. A great beer for sure! A great example of this Belgian style.

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

Review #100. Had this beer already many times, but only now I had time to review it. Sampled this one in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen. Poured into an original Rochefort glass. Nice brown color with a tiny, light brown head that quickly disappeared into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Full of sweet caramel, nice spicy hops, dark fruits (raisins) and alcohol.

Taste: Raisins (and some other sweet fruits), sweet caramel and warming alcohol (the alcohol is clearly present, but not disturbing). This beer is also a spicy (clove?), a bit fresh (citrus, apple) and this all nicely balanced with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium bodied. Creamy on the tongue

Overall: Another great brew from Rochefort. Completely different from Rochefort 10, which is more sweet. This beer is fantastically balanced, with some nice spices. Extremely rich in taste! I love it

Photo of pants678
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a a small Belgian tulip, opaque brown and beige head.

Smells of molasses and oak.

A strong toffee mixed well with various spices and hops. Chocolate, cola, caramel, roasted malts and a tang of fruit that hits the back of the tongue. Reminds me of an English style brown.

Leathery, well carbonated.

Photo of xanok
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fairgrounds in Danbury, gift from my girlfriend, good on her! (from notes taken a week ago)

A-Pours a murky brown with a doughy head.

S-Hrmm. A lot going on here. Malt, nuts, a hint of dark fruits and vanilla even?

T-Pretty amazing. I don't think I'm able to fully appreciate this beer, there's so many subtleties. Can taste the malts, nuts, mostly sweet flavors but hints of so many other things.

M-Full bodied and fantastic. A little bit on the carbonated side, but who cares.

D-I'm not a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Gets better as it warms up. Simply amazing

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

A- mahogany with a thin cream colored head thats stays around for the show.

S- Doughy, a little noticable alcohol, cinnamon, all spice.

T- Fruit cake, spiciness similar to the nose, bready, a touch of anise, rich and complex but not overworked.

M- Gentle cleansing effervesence, smooth, slightly syrupy, medium to full bodied.

D- Delicously drinkable. I can see how monks replace meals with this.

Photo of Kendo
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expiration date is April 30, 2013, which means it was bottled in April of 2008 -- so this one's about 16 mos old when consumed on 10/1/09.

A: Poured -- gently -- into a Chimay chalice. Body is the color of root beer - brown, but when backlit there's a mahogany highlighting on the edges (full, strong backlighting makes this appear more amber-orange). Long-lasting creamy khaki-colored head. Lots of floaties despite the very gentle pour. Some "legs" of lace, but no rings or real heavy splotchy lace.

S: Dark fruits -- think black cherries, maybe figs -- with a nice waft of dry alcohol.

T: First impression: this would be a perfect substitute for red wine. Kind of sherry-like, but not in the way you get from some aged RIS's. There's fruit up front, some sweet sugary malt, fruitcake-type spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) then at the end it finishes nice and clean, and dry. Almost no aftertaste whatsoever. Heat from alcohol is noted -- felt going down -- but no burn on the palate or taste buds.

M: This has what I like about the best Belgians -- lots of flavor, but a spritzy, enlightening effervescence that makes it seem lighter than you'd expect. Creamy, spritzy -- typing this out as I sip it makes me upgrade the mouthfeel to 5.

D: Excellent. As it warms, it gets better, actually -- starts to taste almost soda (cola?) - like. . . .

Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 330 ml bottle of this at a local deli and poured it into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that slowly dissipates as the beer leaves the glass (which in my case is very quickly).

Smell: Amazing. Lots of earthy grains, dark fruit, sweet molasses and just a hint of vanilla are the first things I can pick out. Even a bit of brown sugar, perhaps? Really has a lot in the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell with the estery fruit notes coming out with a sweet/sour taste. The high alcohol also gives a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and fairly full bodied.

Drinkability: While this goes down very easily for me, I couldn't see myself downing a lot of these. But for what it is, it is fairly drinkable, on account of how well it hides its alcohol.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and one that I'm sure will make it's way into my fridge quite often, as long as the store nearby keeps it in stock. Very complex and tasty brew! Highly recommended

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

Yes! Found both the "8" and "10" at The BeerMongers here in Portland. I am new to the style.

- Cloudy brown muck with chunks of yeast on the bottom of my tumbler glass... mocha head quickly down to a bubbly half-glass of lace.... looks like wood stain.. like a red/dark chestnut...

- Earthy and grape/ester nose... sweet malt, grape, fig... tobacco and oak. Slight sourness... wood, and ale. Yeast is present in its working form. Meaty.

- Bubbly zesty and earthy fig, apple, prune, and carrot pie... smooth, yet complex and bitter/sour. Bubble gum... cherry wine spirit... sugary brown...

- Clean, zesty... flavorful... and without the bitter sting, chewy suction, and tangy bite. Little dry....

- Overall this is a very interesting brew... and I can tell it is very old, and complex... and I am sure is always brewed with great care. Pairing well with steak.

Photo of will4240
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my beer notes... Had from a bottle september 1/09

Well... I had very high expectations, and well, as this was a good beer, It did not blow me away. There was no freshness date, and while it is 9.3% ABV and should keep well, there is a good chance this one had been sitting for a while at my local liquor store. I had it poured from the bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Dark plum with some brown thrown in there. a good three finger head that slooowly went down after a while. Medium heavy in body, it has a good feel in the mouth. This beer seemed very spicy, almost too spicy. Very complex, but that spice was just too much for me. Very good, thought it would be very great...

Photo of Spiderhouse
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A--Eggplant/brown. with two fingers of foam. Good head retention, mild lacing.

S--Dark bread dough, a little nuttiness, some oak, spice. Very layered. Lots going on here.

T--Pretty spectacular. Balanced, malty, nutty, doughy. Hints oc chocolate and coffee

M--Lighter and more effervescent than I was expecting. Nice weight, mildly creamy, but not overbearing at all.

D--One of the best of this style I've had in a bottle. High ABV, but delicious. If I wasn't working tomorrow, I could drink a couple of these easily.

Procured at Beverages & More, Valencia, CA

Photo of dstc
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, brown color with a tan head that falls to a small head leaving thin lace.

Sweet dried fruit aroma. Getting a sweet mocha aroma too?

Full flavor. Sweet, mild fruitiness. Sweet malt. Yummy.

Medium to full in the mouth. Fizzy and tangy.

Awesome beer. One of my favorites.

Photo of prosper
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very 'brown' - straight down the line, no reds, no yellows, just plain brown.

Smells interesting - brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, toffee, with a hint of spices.

Taste is... different. Slightly sweet up front, mostly sugary caramel flavours, but immediately segues to a piquant spiciness - hard to describe, really, but it's familiar somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's something I want to associate with liquor - tequila, actually, that's it! Weird, but there it is. Very very dry - the initial impression of sweetness is just an illusion - the palate looking for sweetness because of the caramel, but there's none there. Some alcohol. An interesting taste, to be sure, but not one that I 'have to have,' like my most favourite beers.

Mouthfeel is tough to quantify - it's very, very carbonated, and evaporates off the tongue. Very dry, some velvety astringency.

Drinkability is OK - it's not thick and chewy like you might expect from a 9% brew.

Photo of PartyBear
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chestnut brown, with a solid white head, that shows good retention. A little sediment.

Aroma: Sweet brown sugar and molasses. Lots of fruit in the aroma, winey grapes, banana, and maybe apples. You can definite smell the slightly acidic yeast too.

Taste: Like the aroma it is sweet from the off set, with syrupy malts. Lots of spice, with heavy clove, and a very clear alcohol taste towards the end. Plenty of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and heavy. It's quite thick and oily in the palete, with a clingy feel.

Drinkability: Just what you expect, a superb Belgian Dark Ale. All three of the Rochefort release beer are fantastic, and just need to be tried.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.