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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,618
Reviews: 1,796
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 293
Gots: 656 | FT: 22
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown, almost a mahogany, with a fairly thick pale tan head that sticks around for a little bit. Strong, malty aroma has an undertone of spices and some fruity hints. Flavor is mainly malty, subtly spicy and fruity, with just a little bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is very smooth yet a little rough on the edges. Worthy!

Photo of Bisho
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There is not a hell of a lot I can say about this one that hasn't already been said. I think it's great but doesn't hold a candle to its big brother. The 10 has more of everthing and is perfectly balanced. This one is just shy of the mark and also has too much carbonation. It's very hard for me to open one if I have a 10 lying around. Why would I choose excellent when I can have extraordinary???

I recently tried the Bernardus Prior 8 and consider that to be the better drop!

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark red with a nice off-white creamy head. Lasts the whole time. Smells are great and burst through right upon opening the bottle, plum, raisin and booze. Taste is very good, complex. Figs, rum-soaked raisins, wheat, yeast, plum, dark cherries. Alcohol is definitely present but mixes in very well so it's not a bother. Whereas the 6 tasted more tart + light to me, this is definitely more rich + dark tasting which I prefer. Mouthfeel is full and rich. A great beer to sip and savor.

**11/24/11 - more notes**

Picked up a bottle for Thanksgiving, hadn't had it since the original review and wanted to give it another try. Didn't even notice til I got it home that it was 18 months old. Great flavor here, it's got that classic deep dark fruit/dark bread/Belgian yeast thing going on that the Trappist beers do so well. It feels a bit boozy at first but it starts to meld quickly. A slight flaw is the mouthfeel, feels overcarbonated but that also improves a bit with time. Doesn't quite match the 10 but a great beer in its right.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light crimson color with an expansive tan head of thick foam. As it settles to a swirly disc of thick froth over the top the head lays down thick rings of lace on the glass. Exceptional appearance.

S: In a word, explosive. Cherries, figs, berry, and light citrus are all bursting forth from the glass. Swirling yields some nice crystal maltiness and a soft touch of spice from the yeast. This smells absolutely wonderful, and it enlivened my entire living room with its magnificence, even drawing praise from my wife.

T&M: Wow. I think I just found my new favorite beer, at least for the time being. Loads of malt and spice contribute a dynamo of complex and explosive flavors. Initially sweet, it showcases flavors of brown sugar and molasses with alcohol-soaked figs before giving way to a dry cocoa flavor and finishing with a reprise of phenols, dry fruit, and a healthy spice on the finish. A symphony for the taste buds if there ever was one. Body is medium to full with a zesty and full carbonation that works perfectly.

D: For a beer this big this is absolutely a gulper. I'm glad my bottle is small because I would definitely be in trouble right now otherwise. This beer is a masterpiece.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle. It is at least two years old because it was purchased when Rochefort was still available in Texas.

Pours murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, sugar and dark fruit. The flavor has quite a bit of grape with some other dark fruits, caramel and candi sugar. The sugar is pretty forward in the taste. Somewhat boozy. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. A very good beer, but not as good as Rochefort 10.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours garnet colored with a tight, gloppy, khaki head.

S - Dates and dark fruits are the main things I'm getting here. Candy sugar, some aged aroma like a dusty brick cellar. Mostly caramel sweetness.

T - Again with the caramel, brown sugar, deep rich sweetness. A blanket of malt and dark fruit flavor cover up the faint hoppy flavors. Does a surprisingly good job at covering up the 9.2% ABV, and has an amazingly smooth yet potent finish.

M - Viscous, substantive.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.22/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Copper/brown. Huge, rapidly expanding dark beige head persists with some lace.

S- The hayloft of an antique barn: Hay, old wood, saddle leather, funk. Some earth minerals. Touch of dates.

T- Creamy caramel maltiness, brown sugar. Looonnng, lingering sweet & sour malty finish.

M,D- Pleasant, but hindered by an aggressive level of CO2. I will let the next one flatten to a degree first.

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

It fills my Chimay goblet with a thick, brown with red highlights, cloudy with fine yeast, beauty of a brew. A two finger, beige head retreats to a thick and lasting cap, leaving pretty coriolis ejections of lace.

The smell is a light to medium aroma of mellow yeast, caramel, dark fruit, candi sugar, with lighter notes of earth and bitter. Could be a brighter bouquet, but it is very enticing.

Wowwww, this is a hefty taste for such a mellow smell. It is a full flavor of yeast, ripe dark fruit, dark caramel, with hints of spiciness. The sip crests as bitter, herbal notes join the party, and ends fairly juicy and full of earth, rounded bitter, and deep fruity notes. It has warmed now, and the flavors have really gotten their acts together. It is an uncommonly good taste, the fruity notes just tart enough, the bitter just understated enough, and the complexity of the myriad undernotes make this a luscious treat.

Low to med. carb., creamy, full bodied taste in a medium body, and a cling that is just right to showcase the finish. I love it when all the parts come together into a brew this yummy.

This is a sipper that wants to be more. It is just refreshing enough to warrant some major league quaffing.

Impression: Took 110 bottle returns to score this, but I will be looking to get another 110 quickly so I can score another. A must try for those who love the complex and interesting flavors Belgians in the Trappist traditions offer.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown-copper color, much darker than the 6. Also, much better head retention. same glass.

smell: dark breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma.

taste: better than the 6. richer and more of a strong dark ale. bready and sweet, brown sugar sweetness, but no over board. coffee back end with some bitterness.

mouthfeel: low carbonation... fuller than the 6. medium bodied

drinkability: overall its a nice belgian ale and ranks up there with the worlds best. slightly less than anticpated though. can;t wait for the 12. maybe tomorrow.

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Good presentation so far.

Aroma is full of plum and raisin with a hint of alcohol heat in the nose. A hint of caramel is present as well.

Taste is sweet and full of caramel, plum and raisin flavors. Very easy to drink. well done to where only a hint of alcohol heat is present.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness of the plum and raisin. Very nice once again. Almost deceptive for the amount of alcohol it has.

Overall, a very nice and drinkable beer! You might want to sip on it as it's deceptively easy to drink.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nose that almost automatically evokes chocolate and coffee if you let the beer sit in the glass. It also reveals a hint of fig. A taste and heady, reminiscent of the liquor, and more specifically fruits macerated in alcohol. It is first in first mouth full bodied but then quickly becomes soft and chocolaty or fruity. The finish is long with a taste of cake and chocolate and leaves an incredible number of flavors on the tongue. Beer complex.

Photo of Anthony1
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, hazy and opaque, little bit of red is visible, small off white head and lots of lace. Smell is cherries, chocolate, molasses, apples, some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malts, some liquorice near the end, then some more chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, very warming with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty.

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

The world class rating is very much credible. Belgian strong dark ales are my favorite and this one may be my favorite of the style. 11.2 oz. bottle poured, unfortunately, into a pint glass.

It pours a murky brown with a wonderfully large fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a smaller creamy one. It laces well all the way down to the last sip.

It smells fantastic. Very sweet bread like and malty aromas fill the air around the glass. Ripe fruit esters are also present.

Even with a 9.2 abv this beer just goes down so easily and smoothly. Lots of dark fruit flavors, raisins for sure, it has that great Belgian yeast flavor. A gorgeous, complex beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thick off white head made up of small and medium bubbles. I cannot determine the level of carbonation due to the haziness. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Sweet smell, nice aroma that includes fruit and a strong malt presence. This beer smells wonderful. I can pick up a slight alcohol aroma as well.

Spicy, medium body, sweet and peppery (is that allowed in a beer review). Beer bites me at first, a big shock. I'm thinking I should grab a few of these and age them for years. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good. Second taste, beer is a little thin for my expectation, taste is pretty good, a little bready / biscuity, not as aromatic or honey like as I expected. Overall a good beer but not my favorite trappist.

Photo of grayburn
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the interesting beer, pours a murky greenish grayish brownish color, reminiscent of pond water. Topped with a fluffy tan head, nice retention, little light on the lace.
The first sniff is all rum and coke. Cuba libre sin limon Verde. Strong vanilla and cola nut booziness going on, some raisin in there as well.
The taste starts with some burnt caramel, the raisins reappear soaked in booze. Light floral notes swim in the rum and raisin see. There is just a touch of sourness going on, balanced in the back by some clove.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin with ample carbonation, finishes very dry.
easy drinking for the the abv but a little bit off. I think I would like this more if it were less attenuated.

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

A: Gorgeous deep orangy Brown with a big foamy head

S: Nice light smell. Spicy and sweet with no overpowering booziness.

T: The alcohol (9.2%) is hidden behind an almost light malty flavor. Sweet but with enough spice to keep it from overpowering the beer. No high in hoppiness and not too boozy.

M- Smooth as butter with enough burn to remind you that you're drinking a real beer.

D- One of the most drinkable beers over 9% I have ever tasted. Absolutely smooth and without a strong alcohol taste. Beer drinkers at all levels could drink this one with relative ease.

The world class reputation matches the flavor.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The last I bought from Joe Canal's. Poured into a snifter. Pours a murky brown color with a fluffy off white colored heading that sticks around for a bit.Ridiculous amount of sediment in the glass. (tried to decant slowly but no good)

Smell is a bit grainy along with decent bready aroma. Softer fruits come in to play for a bit.

Taste is all the same as the nose. Starts out a bit grainy followed by a soggy bread taste,also some banana and finishes clovey and spicy.

Mouthfeel is great. Alot going on in the mouth. Spiciness tingles and damn near numbs the teeth and settles in the belly all nice and warm like. Full bodied and crazy carbonation.

An easily drinkable beer but I was a little aggravated with the amount of sediment I got in this beer. It was almost like I had gotten the bottom of the barrel in my bottle.

Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter.

This beer just looks awesome. Murky, pond-water brown with a big pillowy head and tons of lacing. It smells even better. I get hints of very flower hops, slight lavender, grape juice, and molasses. I pick up more of the molasses after I give it a good swirl in my glass. Smelling this beer would not get old.

Upon tasting, I pick up much more of that lavender, along with a bitter roasted characteristic similar to Orval is some respects. The maltiness of it is just twisted, wrung out by the yeast character. Alcoholic phenols abound. A sweet, grape taste lingers on the tip of my tongue. This beer is one-of-a-kind delicious.

This is obviously not an every-day drinker, but this stands out as one of the best beers I've ever had, and while, at about $6 a bottle in the states, I don't see myself buying this often, I would be incredibly grateful to take it off any of my friends hands if they happen to have a few sitting around.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark murky brown with hints of red, big carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is great, booze, dried fruits, mainly dark ut I did taste grapes? Taste followed the nose very closely but the taste was incredible, spice, fruits, booze. Drinkability is perfect and spot on.

Photo of sprucetip
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Huge effervescent head lingers then fades to nothing. Active, hazy, medium brown with visible yeast chunks. Some richness to the color when backlit.

SMELL> rich malty sweetness, ripe dark fruit, fruity esters. Strong, complex, and balanced, with long legs.

TASTE> Tempered malty sweet base with some moderately assertive hop bitterness, a bit boozy and dry. Dark fruit is less prominent than in the nose, but still there. Belgian yeasty character subdued.

FEEL>warming, medium body, pretty dry, even before the finish. Some mild bitterness.

OVERALL>Easy drinking special treat. More bitter and less sweet than expected and than most Belgians of this ilk.

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

Review from Old notes circa 2005

A: dark brown it is nearly the same color as the bottle it comes in, some lacing but not too much, a little cloudy and brown in color.

S: Its complex blend of sweet raisin/plum like malt and a slight hint of yeast and hops. You get a medium blast of alcohol. a hint of spice, very interesting and complex blend.

T: At first sip you get a warm back of throat feeling of alcohol. The bite of alcohol is very easy to handle. Main taste is the sugary malt blend that has highlights of plum/raisins, I detect some pepper, and some clove like flavors with some sweetness of the yeast blend.

M: medium to thick body, heavy finish, you know your drinking a strong brown ale, as it should be.

D: I almost always drink these as a flight, but I also when In Belgium to buy these buy the case for about a buck a pop, so I drank 3 or 4 in a row many times.

Rochefort and Orval are the 2 beers I buy for myself every time we land in Benelux area.

Photo of NicholasCasber
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance was a nice solid brown color, with a cream colored head. Didn't have the proper glassware to pour into, so I had to use a regular pint glass.

S: Smelled of fruits and some fairly sweet flavors.

T: The taste was out of this world. I rated it a 5 for a reason. I'm very impressed with how this developed in my mouth, and made me want my next drink even more than the last. An almost bittersweet blanket was on the back end of my pallet at the end.

M: The mouthfeel was full bodied, but carried over the bittersweet blanket.

D: This beer, was amazing, and if it wasn't $7.00 for 11.2 FL OZ, I'd surely drink this more often. However, you get what you pay for, and this beer, I'm more than willing to pay more for.

Overall, if you can get your hands on it, which I know you can if you try, please do yourself a favor and grab it and savor it. Cheers.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first trappist product for me!

poured into a relatively large wine glass.
it pours a mahogany brown with ruby red highlights. now that i think of it, i dare say it overall gives off a purple color, something i'm not used to, but i like it. not a whole lot of head, i didn't pour it aggresively, but its off white and its bubbles away. not a whole lot of lacing.
what a beautiful smelling beer. smells of dark fruits. a little alcohol is present in the nose too.
well, from my first experience so far, monks know what they're doing. tastes great. i get some dried dark fruit taste that i got from the nose. there is a warming alcohol feel as it goes down.
carbonation is right on, the strength of this beer shows. i can taste alcohol a little more than i prefer.
this is definitely a beer to be had in large quantities. a sipper, definitely enjoyable that way.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Small fizzy head with creamy film and equal lacing once head dissipates.
A- Brown body with amber tones when held up to the light

S- Plums, fig, cherry, vanilla. It is definitely holding up to the average complexity of the style. If anything, it smells exceptionally blended which can make it difficult to pick out the myriad of what's really going on in here. Every sniff brings something new.

T- Wow, so good. It meets the smell but adds a little coffee. If I hadn't read the previous review I don't think the "cola" flavor would have hit me but when I was looking for it I could definitely taste it.

M- Warming, lightly carbed, nice body for the style, could gain a bit from a little more body but is beyond "acceptable"

D- I could drink this often. Only one or a couple a night would do, but if my wallet would let me I would drink this all the time

Photo of callmescraps
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the Belgium haul. Poured into the great Westy glass. A nice hiss of carbonation on opening.

Appearance - Pours a nice nutty brown, seems to have a hint of deep amber when held to the light. An inch of toffee colored head slowly settles into a quarter inch cap.

Smell - Deep fruits. Cherries, as well as some plum. Maybe raisin as well. A malt sweetness as well. Can smell the alcohol. Also, almost some cola. It smells nice, a little subdued.

Taste- There is a real alcohol presence. The cola taste comes up front, unexpectedly, maybe with some chocolate as well. A chocolate malted, honestly. It's nice, but a little lacking. A hint of roast coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, but a tad thin.

Drinkability- Pretty good, but that sweet cola finish, with a hint of roast is a little tough.

This is a good beer, but I was a little disappointed. Glad I tried it, but I'd rather get a 10, or an Abt 12 any day of the week.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,618 ratings.