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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,489 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,489
Reviews: 1,776
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 277
Gots: 574 | 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 Grunewald
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a muddy brown color. The beer has a decent head that dies down to a ring.

S - sweet malt, molasses, licorice and red grapes

T - sweet dark malt and licorice with a pleasant spice finish

M - strong carbonation with a chalky finish that subdues the strong alcohol taste nicely

D - very strong licorice and spice flavors combined with a great mouthfeel that balances the alcohol

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- thick, dark brown beer with a tight, thick faun head. Poured cloudy even after 2 weeks sitting in the fridge.

S- grape and ester aromas over thick, heavy sweet malt.

T- carbonation tingles fade into a light, sweet flavor, which broadens and deepens into a rich, nutty, date- and grape- like sweet-savory malt. Aftertaste is starchy with some grape notes.

As it warms, the esters are over-come by a deeper, more rich malt palate, of roasted malt, toasted almonds, dates and...other rich malty flavors. The aftertaste becomes like a sweet cereal.

Belgian Strong Dark isn't one of my favorite styles, but this is a really delicious beer.

M- much lighter than I expected. The higher carbonation keeps the beer light, while the creamy texture keeps it satisfying. From the nose I was worried this would be a heavy, cloying, syrupy affair, but it isn't at all.

D- as good as it can be, at 9%. Better than most beers of higher ABVs, that's for sure.

Photo of Seru1
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Chocolaty and completely opaque with a very light tan corona and a medium bodied head. Beautiful beer.

Nose- A meat scent, with milk chocolate and nutmeg aromas. I there's alot to sniff here.

Taste- Divine malty goodness, there's notes of milk expresso and sweet chocolate. This is a beer thats just mindblowingly good.

Mouthfeel- For such a malty beer it cuts through fat like a chain saw. It fills the mouth and lasts a decent amoutn of time without overstaying it's welcome.

Drink- I could drink this heavenly beer all day long till the break of dawn.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Westmalle glass dark dark amber with a thin off white head. Scents of grapefruit and strong raisin smells come from the glass. The taste has more of those raisin flavors that mellow out to a wooden oak taste. Lots of carmel malts as well. Very little hop flavor, if not none at all. The mouthfeel is a little odd. While there isn't much visible carbonation, once it enters the mouth I get the feel of champagne with out the tickles of bubbles. It almost takes away the tounges ability to taste the flavors. The alcohol is very well masked, which makes it much better drinkablilty.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in a chalice.

Looks very similar to the 6, slightly darker with a smaller head. On the nose it's a bit more boozy but not too bad for being 9.2%. Also theres some raisin and a lot of malt.

Very malty and a little sweet. No bitterness and again some raisins and spicyness. I didn't do a great pour so I got some floaties in it but it's still pretty solid.

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

The Rochefort 8 and 10 are both available at a lot of places here in RI. Never bothered to try any. Starting with the 8, sober. Plan to review the 10 another night. This is one beer I need all my neurons firing at full capacity.

11.2oz bottle poured into snifter.

A- Coffee brown. Nice, full head that diminished over 5 minutes or so.

S- Very intense, even from a sitting distance. Upon close inspection: Sugar, candied plums, banana, alcohol. A darker Cabernet aroma is there. Very strong, probably one of the strongest aroma beers out there.

T- Not nearly as sweet as the aroma leads me to believe. Very quality. A tart plum/fig flavor, complete with spices. Perhaps a faint granny smith twang. Mild bitter chocolate qualities, as well. Malt is well-defined and fantastic. An incredible beer that has me drawing for words.

M- Great carbonation. Incredible mouthfeel. Really impressive.

D- Over too quickly. Not a sign of the 9.3% ABV, save for a little warming on the back end.

Now I'm excited for the Rochefort 10, and am going to pick up a Rochefort 6, as well. There's a reason this beer is so popular, every BA needs to try this masterly crafted beer.

Photo of greengorilla
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a tulip. It was a dark burnt organish in color with a beautiful foam head. The appearance was really something to admire.

The smell and taste were just wonderful. It is so smooth and very drinkable. The mouthfeel was exactly what I would want in a beer.

This may be my overall favorite beer. If I could afford it, I would drink one every night.

Photo of kegger22
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown with a generous bubbly head that quickly dissipated. The aroma of alcohol stood out for me although I did not find that offensive. It had a cola taste to it, with slight chocolate in the background. 8 left me with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Quite a bit of carbonation left even at the end and that dominated the tongue. Did not really improve as it warmed up. 8 was OK/good, damned with faint praise.

I'm a fan of 10, but was disappointed by 8. I did not feel it had any outstanding characteristics, but was instead rather pedestrian.

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

A: Reddish brown in color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Figs, dates, cherries and some other unidentifiable dark fruits. Caramel and yeast, with some spice as well.

T: Sweet dark fruits, especially cherry, some mild chocolate flavor in the background. A bit of a cola taste.

M: Dry, creamy on the tongue, nice carbonation.

D: Another fantastic Rochefort beer.

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

Finally trying a bottle of the 8....I'm gonna go ahead and assume that it'll fall somewhere in between the 6 and the 10 in terms of how much I like it. But anyway, here we go.

A: This one pours a dark reddish-brown with ample off-white foamy head that looks as though someone sprinkled a bit of ground cinnamon on top.

S: Chocolate, caramel, some yeast, and tons of dark fruit---figs,cherries, dates. There's a bit of almond in there as well.

T: Whoah. A whole lot of dark chocolate and cherry up front disguises a lot of the bigger flavors that come through the rest of the way down. It's like biting into a frozen chocolate bar with cherries in it (yeah i know, I'm drinking this one a bit too cold out of the fridge but it's warming up nicely) I'm surprised here by the lack of an alcohol kick on the backside. Cheers to that. Some caramel comes through but it's eclipsed by the aforementioned flavors

M & D: Smoooth and creamy the whole way down. I'm lovin this one. Drinkability is great compared to the 6 (maybe that's just my opinion?)

Overall...go for it. I'll be drinking this one more often without a doubt. Still doesn't do the sames things as the 10 to me but really now? That's a different ballgame, I suppose.

Photo of Lerxst
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown with a thin beige head that faded quickly but left decent lacing.

S-Fruity aroma with caramel and vanilla notes. Smells delicious.

T-Wow! There is a party in my mouth! Plums, cherry, a bit of banana, chocolate, spice. There is a lot going on here. This really is amazing. For my money, it is one of the very few beers that deserves a 5 on taste.

M-This beer has a high carb level, which normally I'm not overly crazy about, but with this beer, it really works well. Medium body with a nice dry finish. Mmmm, another party in my mouth!

D-I could drink these all night long if cost wasn't a factor.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black. It's hazy with a lot of yeast sediment still in the bottle. The head is off-white, even, creamy and lingers for quite some time. After the head dissipates it leaves nice lacings.

S: Dry, with caramell malt is what first comes to mind, but then there is also som alcohol, spices, and fruit.

T: The dryness is what first hits you, then there is floral hops and fruit (I can sence figs), some alcohol and slight sweetness to this complex beer that also has some spices.
The aftertaste is dry, long and with a bitter hop ending.

M: This is dry, rough and creamy.

D: A fantastic beer, a good trappist-beer. If you havn't had it yet - what's your excuse?

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a large tan head, over 3 fingers worth. Leaves a nice sticky lace. Has a lot of sediment in the bottle. The smell consists of caramel, alcohol, spice, and fruit.The taste is like the aroma. The alcohol is noticeable, and the flavor is sweet. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, creamy, and has very good drinkability.

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

Poured into a Trappist Rochefort Chalice.

A: Intriguing chocolately brown color with a bit of murk to it. Sediment can be seen in the brew. Poured thin tan head which dissipated pretty quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hints of dark cherry. A whiff of alcohol on the backend, along with slight yeastiness.

T: This has one of the most pronounced dark cherry flavors I've ever had in a beer. Amazing. Flavors up front are of chocolate, mocha, and caramel, which then changes to intense cola and black cherry as it warms in your mouth. Finishes smooth with the slightest hint of alcohol. For 9.2% the alcohol is nearly non existent here. Refreshing hoppy finish with caramel flavors and cherry lingering. Just awesome.

M: The carbonation in this beer is huge and lively, and it really helps coat the tongue. As the carbonation dissipates you start to get the dark cherry and cola flavors. The alcohol provides some creamy body but is otherwise not in the picture.

D: The only thing stopping me from chugging this beer was the thought that I should savor it, and that the alcohol would knock me on my ass even if I couldn't taste it. Really well done.

This is a seriously delicious trappist that everyone should try to seek out.

Photo of Kraken
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 4/6/09

Been holding onto this one for a about three months. My car broke down on the way to work today; figured this would help to take the sting out of the $400 dollar car repair.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Firm pour elicits a 1/4 inch of white head that falls fairly quickly, but still maintains a semblance of its former self. Color is a cloudy dark brown with tan around the edges. Massive in both size and quantity of floaties.

Nose- Plenty of deep caramel and nuts. Alcohol, some vanilla and burnt caramel, reminiscent of creme brule. As it warms dark fruits start to show themselves. Black cherries, caramelized figs, and candied dates.

Palate- Wow, coco, vanilla, dark black cherries, and overripe apple. Very smooth, creamy. I cannot get over how complex and layered the flavors are. Finishes dry with a warming nip of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy on the tongue to start, finishes dry.

Drinkability- Strong, 9.2%, one or two is enough.
This is a world class beverage, seek out.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in my Chimay goblet at 47 degrees. 171213 08:36 indicated on the label. Poured a hazy plum with a dense, two-inch off-white head with excellent retention and consistency. Nose is dark fruit, berry and some chocolate notes. Taste consistent with nose, but some acidity comes out in the mouth and flavor profile is muted and flattened. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with a very lively and consistent carbonation from beginning to end and and a slightly dry finish. A solid example of the style and very pleasant to sip as an digestif.

Photo of burnstar
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky persistent head. Smell is mild notes of dark caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with dark caramel with touch of deep roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Background sweetness. Grapes and raisins. Apples. Some earthy yeastiness. Some booziness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian beer.

Photo of jrallen34
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice. Its very simliar to ther R10 just a little bit lighter in flavor. Besides the alcohol content its a near clone of the R10.

This is a still a great beer, but just can't live up to its big brother R10.

For $6 cheaper a beer, I'll sadly drink more R8 then R10.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Murky medium brown color, like apple cider or something. Two fingers of light brown head with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

3.0 S: Aroma really isn't that impressive. It's pleasant, but not strong enough. A bit of dark fruity esters. Not really any spiciness. Pretty boring.

3.0 T: Caramel malt, some dark fruit. The yeast characteristics are really subdued. I'm not getting any spiciness. A little boozy, which mellows toward the end. This is a very one dimensional brew. This really doesn't do it for me like the 10 does.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation could be a bit more spritzy. Really creamy.

3.5 D: Why this beer is in the top 100 is beyond me. I liked it, but it cost way too much for how mediocre this is.

Photo of TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew produces massive amounts of light tan and rocky head. The body is brown and hazy with bits of sediment.

Sweet caramel aromas and citrusy hops almost a sweet red wine, almost like Sangria like aromas too.

Taste is sweet and roasty. Dark fruits like prunes and raisins with a light hint of smoke.

MF is slightly coarse and chewy from all of the CO3. Warming alcohol--Creamy and slight oily slickness too.

Overall complex and hits the palates in all sorts of directions. This is the most enjoyable Trappist I've had as of yet.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, dark malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet and starts with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. Then some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in, followed by a mild hops presence, which all creates a very good balance. This is definitely the type of beer that gets better as it sits for a little bit. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stronger Belgian beer that is worth drinking for while until the ABV catches up to you.

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

This has been sitting in my fridge for a while but I finally decided I had a craving for a Trappist brew. Served in my Darkness snifter. Best before June 25th, 2013, so it's a fairly fresh specimen.

A - Three fingers of tan foam (which is impressive in such a small snifter) that has excellent retention an lots of sticky glass-coating lacing. Milk chocolate brown color that is consistent throughout and shows some tiny bubbles on the fringes. There is a bit of sediment that is consistent with the style. Not sure how much better a BSDA can look.

S - Lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness, but also complimented by tons of fruitiness (berries, dried fruits), some vinous notes, spice, candy, Belgian yeast, and a bit of earthy woodiness. There might be a hint of alcohol that peaks through, but it's fairly well hidden. I gave this brew a while to warm up, but it never got super pungent the way I like 'em.

T - The taste has plenty of roast malt, nuttiness, light chocolate notes, and hints of fruitiness. It's nothing mind-blowing but it's incredibly well integrated with the perfect balance of flavors. There is a slight woody bitterness to the finish that stays pretty moderate. Wish I could give it 4.25, but it's not an A+ for me...

M - Carbonation is on the higher side, as tends to be the case with many Trappist brews I've had. While it keeps things from getting overly sludgy it can tend to cause a bit of a burn - thankfully this isn't the case with Rochefort 8. Very soft and smooth with some mild residual stickiness and a bit of dryness as well. It's a little lighter than I prefer for a 9.2% beer, but then again you can't really taste the ABV at all.

D - Super drinkable stuff for what it is - the ABV is super well hidden, the carbonation is style-appropriate but not in your face, the taste and finish are really satisfying. High recommended stuff.

Photo of BobZ
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to trying the Rochefort Beers for quite awhile. Although described as "widely available" this is not really the case. The distributor only allows one case per outlet in the U.S. per release of the 10 and it's only released about 4 times a year. So if you find a retailer, believe me, it's not going to be in stock long & price varies widely from $6.50 to $8.99 (in my area) per 11.2 oz bottle (again for the 10). Is it worth it? At this point I will review the 8 which I just sampled. And first, to answer the prior question with regard to the 8, Hell yes!

Appearance: It does pour a murky chestnut (into a Chimay Chalice) with a fair amount of fizz that evaporates quickly. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Distinct and very, very, complex providing a fantastic precursor to your first sip.

Taste: Excellent in nearly every way, deep, rich flavor. I'll leave it to you to suggest what notes you taste, for me it was a mix of fruit (cherry, plum) and a hint of chocolate. I find this beer far superior to other Dubbels, yes, much better than Chimay and even better than Westmalle.

Mouth feel: Very smooth with what I believe to be the "right" level of carbonation.

Drinkability : Very, very drinkable, took serious will-power not to immediately open another. Best to drink slowly and savor.

This is an incredible beer, truly one of the best. I purchased 2 bottles of the 10 (all they had left) and I can't wait to try it. I plan to sample the 10 with both the St. Bernardus 12 and Chimay GR to try to determine which I like best. Right now I like the 8 best of all, so my anticipation for the 10 is great.

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

Bottle poured into a chalice. Perfect in terms of appearance: dark brown/plum color with a good inch of fizzy tan head. Smell is very sweet... candy sugar, all kinds of fruit (although the one most prominent to me is pear), and some light spiciness. Awesome. Taste isn't quite as exceptional as the smell.. not nearly as sweet, fairly strong alcohol presence but not really any burning, and again several different fruits. Still pretty darn complex and and tasty. For a beer this strong, as drinkable as you can get.

An awesome beer. Just as good if not better than Rochefort 10.

Photo of biboergosum
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Nice to be able to try these Trappiste offerings without an indeterminate trip to the brewery itself, knowhutimean?

This beer pours a cloudy, very dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of audibly fizzy, lightly foamy pale beige head, which contains a few black, roaming specks, and leaves an undulating wall of painted lace as it lazily recedes. There is also some persistent, rising effervescence swirling about and upwards after the fact.

It smells weirdly (not in a bad way) of woody, earthy, noble hops, and very little yeast - expectations are a bitch, I suppose, as the fruity, dark caramel-tinged malt kind of has to approach this from a lower position, but this is not a problem whatsoever. The taste is more forward with the raisins, toffee, caramel, and mild dark fruit (plums, blackberries, most evidently), and some moreover earthy, fruity hops, and a very even, less than obvious alcohol dryness.

The carbonation is quite mild, and generally effusive, the body displaying a solid state smoothness, and a certain hefty density, finishing with an undeniable heaviness, and a well balanced melange of malt and hops, yin and yang, as it were. The big ABV is so well integrated, I almost forgot to mention it.

I've been holding on to this bottle for a while, but after having sampled a number of other Belgian and German offerings of late, and getting out of my IPA-heavy comfort zone, it seemed appropriate to bring out the heavy guns - so what the hell was I really waiting for?

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,489 ratings.