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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,558
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 284
Gots: 629 | 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 WoogityBoogity
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark hazelnut brown body, opaque in clarity. High flocculating yeast floaties reside at bottom of glass. Tall, 1'' collar of off-white foam stays throughout consumption.

S - Complex malt character with low phenolic notes, backed by a yeasty aromatics. Mild fruit esters.

T - Sweet malt palate with complementing undertones of phenolic spice from yeast. Grainy yeast character meshes with slight ending bitterness of hops. Alcohol flavor and spice phenolics only complement this Ale.

M - Medium, rich body with high carbonation. Very low warming from ABV.

O - One of the best Belgian Strong Dark Ales, and worthy of being one of the most notable Trappists.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 330mL, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, tart and fruit, raisins, plums, hints of pear/peach, light hop presence, light alcohol, earhty, perfumy

Ap: Clear medium amber, mousselike tan head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Crisp nutty/toasty malt, raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, toffee, fruity/floral notes are unique, very dry and crisp, light alcohol, dry earthy malt, mild chocolate, dark but not roasted, very nice fruit (perfumy, almost tripel-like), peach, pear, candy sweet, bitter and alcohol at end, evolving complex taste

M: light warming/hot alcohol, high fine smooth carbonation, very well attenuated, slightly rough alcohol end

O: unique fruitiness, very dry, could be lower in acohol, great beer

Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer for sure.

It pours nicely with a dark brown hue with ruby highlights and a big tan head.

The aroma evokes thoughts of plum pudding...earthy....some dark berries and raisins.

The taste is enjoyable....plums, berries, raisins and some real subtle cocoa....very little booziness but some definite spicing....cardamon and licorice seem evident.

The body is full but not alcoholic..carbonation is medium to high....about right...

Overall this is a nice beer but doesn't rock my world. Top notch but not life changing.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$5.99 / ea.


S: Sweet red fruit and raisins, typical of the style, and just a hint of booze. Much softer scent than Rochefort 10 and possibly some malt tones in the background.

A: Huge loose tan head. Great retention that leaves a smattering of lace and a thing cover over an opaque brown body.

T: Some ester sweetness, but much maltier than Rochefort 10. Booze is masked, but apparent. This beer needs something paired to bring out its full potential.

M: Light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. and some -OH evaporation on the back end. Low bitterness, but perhaps some tannin astringency.

D: Less potent than 10, but about equal drinkability. This wouldn't be my idea of a great session beer, but pairs wonderfully with rich food.

O: Definitely not on par with 10, but a good beer overall. It seems to lack the strong fruit character of other Belgian ales, and that was a bit of a disappointment for me.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a big ol' chalice. The fizzy head rises up to a fairly sizable stature quickly but doesnt stay around long. The body looks really similar to the 10 if only a little lighter in color. Its a muddy, murky brownish red, almost purple. No head, no lacing.

S- Strong sourdough and banana. Some faint rum and fig. Its a strong aroma, pretty nice.

T- Lots of bready and doughy malts. This is one grainy beer. No hops really at all. Its big, earthy, dark fruity and malty.

M- Medium to full body with lots of fluffy carbonation.

D- A bit too much carbonation if you ask me. This is still a very well crafted beer. Huge on the bready and yeasty malts. Enjoy this in moderation.

Photo of polygman
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle opened with a very pronounced release of carbonation. A good sign to its bottle fermentation.

A - Poured a surprisingly huge head. Opaque dark brown appearance almost looking like coca-cola. The head retained exceptionally well and clung to the sides of the glass.

S - Delicious dark fruits...raisins, figs, apricots. Cant stop smelling it. As it warmed a sweet spicy aroma came through with hints of cinnamon. Alcohol also became more present.

T - Wow! Light carbonation hits the mouth with definite dark sweet fruit flavors with a bready sweetness. Finished slightly bitter with a woody/oak character, sweet alcohol finish.

M/D - A great mix of sweetness and carbonation makes it feel so very smooth in the mouth. I almost don't want to swallow it. Its a great sipper that can be enjoyed for a long time and only improves as it warms. Probably could drink a few but really wouldn't want to. Best savored in small portions.

This was outstanding and exactly what I wanted from this style. I cant wait to try the Rochefort 6 and 10.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium dense and creamy beige head. Particles floating around. Medium to low retention and some nice lacings left in the glass

S: A little bit less complex than the 10 but still quite fruity and bready. Strong notes of raisins and plums. Candy sugar. Caramel malts and earthy Belgian yeasts

T: Sweet and fruity upfront. Notes of chocolate biscuits, candy sugar, malts, Belgian yeasts, brown bread, candy sugar. Nice hops profile, not too bitter. A bit boozy

M: Full creamy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation. Belgian-style bittersweet aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. Simply delicious. A winner, ever!

Photo of jbowers56
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, dark brown colour. Fairly robust head settles in to a reasonably thick layer.

Caramel on the nose. Fruitiness too. Yes, definitely a darker kind of fruity smell.

Quite a lot going on. Hard to describe. Begins with a deep fruity sweetness. Then the carbonation kicks in and lifts it a little followed by a big caramel/toffee flavour. A spicy kind of fruitiness lingers alongside fairly big alcohol heat.

Very big mouthfeel. A lot of alcohol warmth after the initial set of flavours. Quite chewy.

I couldnt session this, not in a million years. Then again, it's a trappiste strong ale, so why would you.

Photo of AgentZero
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, not a lot of head on it and no lacing. Looks fairly straight-forward.

S - Dark fruits and sugar, lighter on the yeast than I was expecting.

T - I get a lot of pears in this, some raisins, sugar. People talk about the complexity of this, but I find this kind of a simplified throwback, and that's not a bad thing. Nice sugar taste, seems like an oldschool man's beer.

M - Medium bodied, rich, little more cream than I was anticipating.

D - Kind of on the heavy and sweet side, but could do more than one.

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

A: Chestnut Brown, murky. Off-white head. Low Retention and thin lacing.

S: Malty smell like roasted caramel, complex with hint of oak.

T: Almost pungent, toffee-like, malty with spices & hops. Even a sweet chocolaty note that finishes very dry.

M: Effervescent, carbonated, full-bodied and dry.

D: The high alcohol content, dryness and astringency make this more of a sipping brew. it would go nicely with a hearty meal.

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

Had at Mokafe in Brussels on a cloudy afternoon. The waiter poured it with a perfect head without even looking. Lots of figs and raisins in the aroma. Lovely dark ruby color; looks quite dense just sitting in the glass. Raisins galore in the taste along with dried pears; some apples and a nice bready overtone. The alcohol, while quite high on paper, is nicely hidden and does not impair. A memorable Belgian beer.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium-brown body. Off-white head starts huge but fades to a thin film around the edges. No lacing.

S: Dark fruits, brown sugar, maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: Quite complex. Plums, chocolate, licorice, leather, smoke, and a few other things that evade description.

M: Rich and creamy.

D: Absolutely top-notch. It's not quite in the league of 10, but that's no knock against it. Highly recommended.

Photo of OtisinAZ
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -3.9%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.37/5  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
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.32/5  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
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,558 ratings.