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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,306
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 250
Gots: 511 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the light brown bottle much like the one pictured above. Purchased at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a few days ago. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A As I poured I noted some sediment going into the glass and sure enough checking the bottom of the glass I can see a pinch of dark sediment there. This beer has a presence in the glass. A deep, thick brown body which one cannot see through. I just got up and held the glass to an intense light and noticed two new things: 1) the body is actually a deep brown amber in intense light and that 2) sediment is not just on the bottom of the glass but also floating around in an even distribution. Light brown 2 finger head which remained there for about 4 minutes after I poured it.

S Strong, malty, earthy amber smell. Very inviting.

T Malty, little hops, alcohol late mid taste and a very pleasing malty after taste. There is some sweetness but not a frank sweetness, more like a molasses sweetness. This is some great stuff!

M Full but not to any extreme. Primary mouthfeel is malty goodness.

D High alcohol means that I cannot drink too many of these. Still very interesting and drinkable because of it.

Notes: I had read about this beer and considered calling a distributor to see about ordering it. I was delighted to see that it is for sale at the Bier Markt. I learned about the Bier Markt here at BA. Thanks to all of you for that type of information. Addendum: Since writing this I found Rochefort at World Wines and Liquor in Mentor for $4.99 a bottle. It was more than that at Bier Markt.

adamette, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Deep ruby brown color with a small, but somewhat lasting head.

Scent is big and fruity, blueberries, cherries, and prunes mostly with a nice buttery whipped cream smell. Some sugars and yeast as well.

Taste starts off creamy going into a big fruity flavor with a malty kick finishing it off with a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but cloying and strong nonetheless.

An all around awesome beer, highly recommended.

paco1029384756, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown with a hint of yellow. Coarse and billowing two inch tan head that dissipated slowly to even ring. Laced but didn't hold.

S: Rich dark fruits, raisins, spices and alcohol.

T: Sweet yet powerful. Dark fruits, plums and raisins; delightfully complex.

M: Medium bodied but CO2 and alcohol balance it out well. Just want to sink into this one - satisfying and pleasantly warming.

D: Easier to drink than one might think but not as easy as some other belgian dark ales. I think its the CO2 and alcohol; this one will sneak up on you.

Haybeerman, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown location, in Charlottesville, VA, poured into a Rochefort chalice (courtesy of Brawley's Beverages in Charlotte, NC).

Appearance: A hazy brown muddy, ruddy bodied beer with a fast-fading light tan head that foams up and disappears just as quickly. Lacing doesn't stick too much, but you'd expect that (as well as the head) for this glass/style.

Aroma: Herbal, phenolic spice, dark fruits, and brown sugar and deep bready grainyness at first, but agitation releases a whole slew of light fruity esters - sweet and tart cherries, bananas, strawberries, apples, and other grape-like tannins. There's a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Taste: Strong phenol notes - sort of like blackened burnt pepper in places, cloves in others, spicy herbal leafiness in others still - brown sugar, dark fruit, and wholesome biscuity maltiness, some earthy dirty leafy notes, plenty of lights fruits and bananas again, and perhaps a little bit of anise, even. Quite a collection of notes, and nothing comes off as overpowering or cloying or rough. A very well-rounded and well-made beer.

Mouthfeel: Very big-bubbled and even, fluffy, with big "sublimation" - it evaporates as son as it hits your mouth. Nice.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong here. Not quite on par with the Rochefort 10 as far as Rochefort brews go, but then again, it's a completely different style, so what're you gonna do. Probably the best Belgian Strong Dark I've had - lots of great complexities in this one, and although there's plenty of EtOH, it's well hidden. Recommended, and fortunately easy to find.

CrellMoset, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Quej
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, some light brown shining through, and some off-white head from the heavy carbonation leaves a nice lace. Some sedament visible in the bottom of its chalice.
S - Very sweet and malty smelling, lots of dark fruit, raisins and cherries mostly. Surprisingly little alcohol detectable even when it warms.
T - Strong robust sweet taste, very fruity but quite boozy as well, more than in the nose. Tastes largely like prunes, dates, red grapes and balckberries. There is a significant bitterness which keeps it from being overly sweet. Reminiscent of a carbonated vin doux naturel or a porto.
M - Quite effervescent, tingly feeling, perhaps from the alcohol. Very pleasant medium-heavy body balanced by the carbonation.
D - A little strong, but balanced so well that it is very dangerous and deceptive.

Quej, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola color with a big light brown head. Smells mildly of cherry and cola. Tastes mildly of cola, cherry, and brown sugar, and wee bit of sourness in there at the finish. A pleasant flavor, just kind of watered-down overall. A solid beer, but the pinch of sourness in there knocked it down a notch for me.

PhxHorn, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle.

The beer poured a murky brownish, reminded me of cola, with a pretty thick off white head, in which a thin film was maintained throughout the beer. The aroma was a little weak, the yeast was prevelent in that it had a slight fruity aroma, but I didn't think it was all that great. The taste was very good. I thought that it had a malty cola taste to it. The cola flavor made it a bit too sweet for my taste for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, still very interesting. The beer had good carbonation and was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a solid beer.

PhillyStyle, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3/4/2008. Pours a murky brown color topped with a thick foamy head. The head does taper off a bit, leaving a thin head the rest of the way. Still leaves a good amount of lacing. Fruity, faint spiced malt aroma with a touch of yeast. Extremely smooth flavor with a rush of sugary dark fruits, slightly spicy with malts taking a back seat. Maybe even some caramel somewhere in there. A long, tasty, gentle mouthfeel. 9.2% and I hardly know it's there. This is one of the best beers I have had to date.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of ffcpa2
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found it to be very drinkable such as settling in for an afternoon of football sitting back in a comfortable chair, perhaps with your computer in front of you as you watch the games. What could be sweeter than great football and a really good solid beer that after a couple you know you've been drinking beer.

ffcpa2, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of kuykendall
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= Deep dark brown, with a light brown two finger head.

Smell= Nutty with alcohol notes.

Taste= A nutty malt flavoring with alcohol and some chocolate. Other tastes come out as it warms up, star anise and maybe some saffron. I had this beer with paste in butter, and I think the two complemented each other very well.

Mouth feel= It sits pretty heavy on the tongue and is thick which is what I usually expect from a Strong Belgian ale.

Drink ability= I like this beer, but the alcohol content would cause to either keep it to one a night, or drink it only at home.

kuykendall, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet but a little sour. It almost smells like wine that's gone bad and has turned to vinegar.

T - Constant tingle on the tougne. Spices and some fruit but very mild.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - I'm not really as impressed as the hype had been built up for it. I will have to try another and edit my review in case this was a bad bottle. With all of the good reviews and how little I'm givig this it has to be a bad bottle.

jeffmonarch, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy murky brown with a huge tan head with tons of active bubbles jumping up as I pour. The head forms a nice layer of bubbles across the top of the brew that stays the entire time and leaves little lacing.

S- Dark fruits (cherries, plums and raisins), roasted malts, spice, and alcohol. Overall a lot going on here and complex.

T- First thing that jumped out at me was the spices. Then I could pick up some light chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. Overall pretty good and again a lot going on here as well.

M- Creamy, tons of carbonation, full in body.

D- Very easty to drink, very solid brew

nrbw23, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 into a chalice

A: Pours a dark raisin color color with a huge frothy off-white head

S: Tons of dark fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, along with candi sugar and yeast funk

T: Very much like the smell with a hint of alcohol thrown in as well. The taste is very complex but the alcohol is noticeable in this one

Overall a great brew! Taste is very similar to Westy, wonder why that is :)

treyrab, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Kingdom Liquors in Brandon FLA. Deepak had a few bottles stashed in the back room for anyone who asked for this. Pours a cloudy brown with a white head. Aroma is full of brown sugar and dark fruits. A bit of dark fruit and sugar rings through on the flavor. ABV is hideen well.

gonzo46and2, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this ale w/ me!poured from the 11.2 oz into a corsendonk christmas glass.

A - A turbid cocoa brown from inclusion of bc yeast. The head is wispy - a small 1/2 inch w/ a very tight bead.

S - A fantastic fig w/ nutty creamy and spiced cake aroma. The scent is light w/ chocolate and caramel w/ very subtle aromas of alcohol and vanilla bean

M - A sweet malt like dessert w/ dry spiced notes and a creamy yeast feel which is smooth and the layers are all blended w/ grace.

T - A caramel smoothnesss w/ sweetened nuts, toffee and a light honeyed fruit flavor. There is spice and breadiness like a moist bread pudding w/ chewy dark malt and finishes dry w/ a slight hop taste which is herbal and compliments the sweetness of the ale.

D - A great Belgian trappist ale, superb quality and flavor w/ a deep fruit and complex malt that makes the 9.2% seem like half that. I would savor this repeatedly - Outstanding drinkability

Slatetank, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle enjoyed with dinner, on to the beer:

Ruby brown with caramel and orange hues, this beer sure didn't feel like a strong ale as it's considered. It was mellow and medium bodied with no cloying flavors. Flavor-wise was mostly of figs, and throw in some bits of dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Alcohol was disguised well. It was more straight-forward than I was expecting, but still a nice treat to clean up a filet mignon dinner.

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. Served at cellar temperature. Beer was a dark brown color with a foamy, off-white head. Light carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma was dates, rum, raisins, cherries and yeast.

Taste was raisins, apples, cherries, caramel and brown sugar. Lots going on here. Spicy finish.

Complex and very tasty beer.

drumrboy22, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of tan froth sit patiently atop a dark brown brew, lingering for a for quite a while until dissipating and leaving a nice ring of lace all around the glass. Smells is very complex with some chocolate, caramel, yeast, sweet bread and licorice hitting the nose. Taste compliments the complexity of the aromas with fudge, caramel, molasses, dark chocolates, dark fruits and spice all being equally presented. The alcohol heat is present, and invigorating. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied, which leads to a great sipper. It's not overly carbonated, but a bit restless nonetheless. Took me a while to get around to this famous brew, and it was much what I expected, which is a good thing.

stephens101, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh bottle. Opaque dark brown with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin foam cap. Big sediment, even with a careful pour. Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, and dried dates and bananas. Full, toasty taste with loads of sugar and some dark, overripe fruit notes. Slight astringency with a warming finish. Quite complex. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like it should be, though the carbonation is slightly higher than one would hope.

philipquarles, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown. Looks like iced tea with a big fluffy head.

Aromas of dark candied fruit. Sweet raisins, figs and a touch of spicy alcohol. The taste is deliciously earthy with that raisins and fruity goodnes. However, the sweetness is never cloying, and it goes down so smoothly, it's hard to just sip.

Very carbonated mouthfeel stings the tongue a little, but in a good way. So smooth and drinkable, I could have this all night. Definitely going to get more of this when I can.

daythree16, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three finger of brown, very creamy head that dissolves to about one finger after about a minute. The color is dark brown, and there is a ton of yeast particles settled at the bottom.

S - I noticed a very grainy smell with this beer that was kinda off putting. Light chocolate, banana, and light clove aroma as well.

T - Very complexed taste consisting of chocolate fudge, caramel, and spicy alcohol. The hop bitterness works well in this beer. Nice, sweet malty aftertaste that is very crisp.

M/D - Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Feels great. Very drinkable as well.

SirSketch, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Phenom
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown color with lots of floaters and particles. Decent tan head that stays around for a while.

S: Actually not that appealing. Smells a little like warm macro beer and even a little note of frat house basement the morning after a party. Some alcohol and fruitiness

T: The taste on the other hand is very nice. Alcohol and malts are really smoothly integrated. There is actually a little spiciness up front before the sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors from the malt kick in. Alcohol is present throughout but never overwhelming. There are also some dark ripe fruit flavors.

M&D: Very smooth and pleasing on the palate. A little warming. Extremely drinkable.

Phenom, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to breity for the bottle.
Pours a murky brown, almost a muddy water color. Tight lace around the rim of the glass holds for the duration of the beer. Where's the massive Belgian head that I've come to expect.
Nice bananna bread aroma with some hints of spices. Clove and nutmeg maybe. The aroma also kind of reminds me of Animal Crackers. But that's neither here nor there.
Big malty tasting beer. Brown sugar and raisin bread being the most dominate flavors. It has a spiciness in the background. Alcohol is very noticable. More noticable than the 10 imo. Very complex yet smooth tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is where this beer got me. There was just too much carbonation. It fizzed in my mouth and made me feel full and gassy. Because of the mouthfeel I had a hard time finishing this beer.
Belgian styled beers are hit or miss for me, so take my review with a grain of salt. This is obviously a beer that many people love with good reason. I recommend you try it and will probably try it again myself too see if I have a different opinion the second time around.

wcudwight, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a cloudy brown with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell of malt, spice, dark fruits, touch of vanilla, slight chocolate.

taste is prunes, alcohol, caramel, malty, touch of milk chocolate.

overall this is smoother than Trappistes Rochefort 10.

froghop, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th ba review:

At the pop of the top the drink comes to life, building a thin crown of bubbles in the neck of a slim 330 ml bottle. Poured into a goblet the drink is a hazy hazelnut-amber color with a twinkle of golden highlights and a thick cap of beige-ivory foam that retains at a sheet and leaves temporary lacing that looks somewhat like, well, actual Belgian lace on the glass.

The smell is quite fruity with plum and raisin notes spiced with cloves and tangy yeast products with a bit of brown bread, brown sugar, and dark spiced molasses. The heft is savory

The taste is richly toasty and sweet with cocoa powder-infused caramel stringing along a flavor parade that brandishes dark-roasted pecans dipped in mocha, vanilla wafers with a swirl of fudge, powdered dark cocoa mix sprinkled upon gardenia blossoms... well, suffice it to say the flavors seem limited only by the drinker's imagination and the tiny 33 centiliters in the wee bottle.

The drink is warm and smooth with great feel and drinkability, and the actual drinking of it a bit reminiscent of enjoying a fine brandy. I really liked Trappistes Rochefort 6, I hereby declare that I 'love' T. R. 8, and now I can't wait to try 10!!

cvstrickland, Jul 24, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,306 ratings.